Beaver Valley Rifle & Pistol Club (BVRPC) in Brighton Township, Pennsylvania, has an ammo vending machine for the convenience of range members.
The machine vends both rifle and handgun ammo, providing ammunition for members who arrive at the range and discover they are short on bullets.
According to the Beaver Countian, the vending machine is run by Master Ammo Company, which is owned by Sam Piccinini, “a Rochester Township patrolman and Republican candidate for Beaver County sheriff.”
The BVRPC requires that shooters use “non-jacketed ammo” at the range, and Piccinini believed this posed an opportunity. So he approached the range about installing a vending machine that is only stocked with “non-jacketed” products.
Piccinini explained that the range’s non-jacketed ammo requirement is based on a desire to protect the longevity of range backstops and to protect shooters from split bullet jackets that “could cause a safety issue because the jacket can come back and hit [the shooter].”
The club is open to members 21-years-old and up. Those 18 years of age can join but cannot be in the facility unless “supervised by a sponsor” 21 or older.
The BVRPC gets “no rent for housing the [vending] machine, receives no revenue from the sale of ammunition, and has no control over its operation.” The vending agreement was purposely set up this way to free BVRPC from any liability, while providing range members with access to last-minute ammo.
Piccinini plans to install more machines at other shooting ranges.
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