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Where to shoot outside, in the St. Louis area?

Discussion in 'Midwest Glockers' started by REA9mm, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. REA9mm

    REA9mm get ready

    With the warm weather approaching and the Jay Henges Shooting Range closed for upgrades until September 2010, where does one go to to shoot outdoors in the St. Louis region? I generally go to to top gun, but 25 yards is not enough for shooting an AR. And, unfortunately, I and most of my friends live in the city, so no shooting on private property for me.

    So, without turning it into more than a 1 hour or longer trip, where does one shoot?

    TIA for any info, and maybe we can meet up to put some rounds down range.
  2. mister happy

    mister happy Lefty

    Mar 18, 2009
    Of course, Busch is available. They're at 2360 Highway D, St. Charles. Exit I64/US40 at Mo 94 once you cross the Boone bridge, go south, and then east on D. 10am-4pm, closed on Wed. and Thurs.

    Probably shouldn't have told you about it - it's crazy busy since Henges is closed.

    Further out, there are a couple of unmanned state ranges in the area that I've been meaning to try: One is Frank Reifsnider State Forest, 2 miles east of Warrenton on Route M and 3 miles south on Schuetzenground Road. (Take I-70 west to Route 47 south to M east, to Schuetzenground south.) Open from sunrise to sunset, maintenanced on Mondays.

    I think the best club is the Arnold Rifle and Pistol Club - give them a call to see when they have open shoots or day passes to see if you want to join.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010

  3. REA9mm

    REA9mm get ready

    Thanks for the tips, I will probably give the Arnold club a call. Busch is just a lil too far of a drive for me. I heard there was a nice place to the south on the Illinois side, but I couldn't find any info online about it. Plus, I am a little leery of venturing into the Peoples Republic of Illinois with my firearms.
  4. heehaw


    Mar 31, 2010
    I lived in Warrenton most of my life and still shoot there at least once a month. The Frank Reifsnider State Forest range is generally pretty empty. As mister happy said, it is unmanned. When the place is empty I take that opportunity to do defensive shooting drills and that sort of thing. It has a few 25 yard benches, a few 50 yard benches and a few 100 yard benches. The range itself is not the best. None the least it's a place to shoot. Hope this helps!
  5. mister happy

    mister happy Lefty

    Mar 18, 2009
    Is it true you need to ford a stream in your car to get to Reifsnider, so a truck/suv is needed? I've been told this by a coworker.
  6. MoCop


    Jan 2, 2005
    I'm pretty sure that's the Logan Conservation area located in Lincoln County. That's also a nice place to shoot. Pretty, open and grassy area with no range nazi's around to tell you to shoot once every three seconds.
  7. blackbmw


    Aug 29, 2008
    st. louis
    Nah, just give it some throttle and you should be ok.:whistling: