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RM | OUTDOORS

Sighting
in on

safety

Range Master Terry Price takes aim at a target on the Sgt. Darrell S. Cole Memorial Shooting Range in Park Hills. In addition to having a range safety
officer on duty during open hours, another unique aspect of the range is the 15-meter tunnel on each shoot house.

Mineral Area College offers
state-of-the-art shooting range
by Zach Smith | zsmith@ruralmissouri.coop

having trained at the academy, who better to run a shooting range?
"Safe and sensible is what we try to do," says Brad Tinor target shooters and hunters alike, having a
ker, a former police officer and coordinator for continuing
good shooting range to test their skills is almost as
education training at Mineral Area College's academy.
important as the ammunition or the firearm itself.
"That's the biggest thing with firearms: Just use your
Without an available and accessible proving ground,
common sense, like we've been taught our whole lives."
it's hard to judge one's accuracy. When it
The range is named after Sgt. Darrell S. Cole, a
comes to outdoor ranges, the Sgt. Darrell S.
World War II veteran who was awarded the Purple
Cole Memorial Shooting Range in Park Hills is
Heart with a gold star, the Bronze Star, and,
right on the money.
posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor
Open since 2016, the 100-meter range is a
for his actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
partnership between Mineral Area College and
Park Hills
Cole, who was 24 years old when he died
Missouri State Parks and is located next to the
after successfully assaulting enemy machine
entrance of Missouri Mines State Historic Site.
gun positions, haled from Esther - one of
College staff handles the day-to-day operations.
four towns including Flat River, Elvins and
Opening a public shooting range in the Park
Rivermines which merged to become Park Hills.
Hills area was a logical choice for the school, as
Many features set the Cole range apart from the typical
MAC's Law Enforcement Academy has become a welloutdoor shooting area, including bathrooms and a pavilion
known program since it was established in 1994. With
with benches to shade non-shooters. The onsite officeagencies from local law enforcement, Missouri State Highstore sells everything one might need from targets, select
way Patrol's SWAT team and the U.S. Marshals Service

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