June 5, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 23

Vandalized Saco Shooting Range Closed

Repeated Damage Forces Saco Shootist Society To Padlock Gate

Because of repeated vandalism at its shooting range on private land south of Saco, the Saco Shootist Society has closed the range to the public.

“This has been going on for several years,” said Richard Barnard, vice president of the Saco Shootist Society, “but this last round is the worst.”

Barnard said the first damage occurred a couple of years ago. An empty old trailer house on the range was shot up. Now some small metal targets have been damaged and a large metal target has been shot to pieces. This target was made of old railroad tie plates, 1/2- to 3/4-inch-thick metal pieces welded into the shape of a buffalo. Barnard said there are holes in the metal 1/2-inch in diameter.

“This tells me it was a .50 caliber jacketed bullet,” Barnard said.

Club rules prohibit using jacketed ammunition on the hard targets. They plan to replace the damaged targets.

Early in May the club reluctantly decided to put a lock on the gate, so only members may enter. The lock has been shot off and pried off since.

Weather permitting, the Saco Shootist Society plans to hold the cowboy shoot planned for this weekend, June 8 and 9.

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