MONROETON — Smoke and fog both made appearances at Shooter’s Gauntlet’s 3rd annual Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot and Gun Show on Saturday — one stemming from the weather, the other from dilapidated vehicles completely engulfed in flames after being used as targets for hundreds of rounds of shelling.
More than 300 people turned out for the two-day shoot and show’s first day with 50 shooters set up on the machine gun line and room left to grow.
Patty Raimo, Shooter’s Gauntlet co-owner, stated that while many aspects of the machine gun shoot remain constant each year — vendors selling weapons and weapon-related accessories, opportunities to shoot machine guns of multiple models, and plenty of time to socialize with like-minded shooters — organizers have remodeled an “Assault Hike” course to please guests with a new trail for a new year.
A $25 ticket to the shoot also provided visitors with an opportunity to bring their own firearms to shoot on the machine gun line, at paper, steel and explosive targets if they so choose.
Gates opened to the public at 9:45 a.m. Saturday with a USA Chemical Supply RWB explosion at 10:15 a.m., machine gun tree cutting competition at 1:30 p.m., dueling line shoot at 4:15 p.m. and night vision shoot that began at 7 p.m.
“I think it’s great, I think it’s a great way to just show your second amendment rights,” stated Raimo, telling about benefits of hosting the machine gun show in Bradford County.
“I think we’re great for the community in terms of a business perspective because we sell out all the hotels, the restaurants are packed and the little flea market, farmers market in town is visited and makes a lot of money so they love it, the business community loves it,” she said.
Raimo explained that while crowd favorites vary greatly on a person to person basis, she believes the overall concept of having a place to explore machine guns is what keeps individuals coming back.
“I think people just love seeing the different types of machine guns that they don’t see … things you don’t typically see anywhere and that no one really has a place to go shoot it,” she said, highlighting more obscure pieces shown at the shoot such as cannons and mini guns.
Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot and Gun Show’s Sunday schedule is set to include another USA Chemical Supply RWB explosion at 10:15 a.m., School Bus Havoc starting at 1:30 p.m. and a dueling line shoot at 4:15 p.m.
Tickets will be sold Sunday for $25 cash only at the gate.
Upcoming Shooter’s Gauntlet events include an inaugural one-day Mid Summer Machine Gun Blast on July 21 and the 3rd Annual Labor Day Machine Gun Shoot on Saturday, Sept. 1. More information can be found at www.shootersgauntlet.com.