“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Peytonsville in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

The Historic Shooting Range

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By Darren Jefferson Clay, September 11, 2020
1. The Historic Shooting Range
Africa, Alaska, Montana, The Yukon and other destinations were the hunting grounds of Tyler Berry, Jr. during his lifetime quest for adventure and hunting trophies. In preparation for each hunt, he would prepare and zero in his rifle at 150 yard rifle range running from south to north parallel to I-65 on the Reams Fleming Place.

While his favorite rifle was the pre-1964 Winchester .270 (used on various big horn sheep and mountain goats), he also used his .458 Griffin & Howe Winchester Magnum (used on African lion and water buffalo), Griffin & Howe 22-250 Winchester. 300 Magnum Winchester (caribou, moose, wild boar, wildebeest, antelope) as well as various varmint rifles to dispatch ground hogs. wild dogs, coyotes, pole cats, squirrels and rabbits.

“Berry's Folly” was constructed to the rear of the Home Place to serve as headquarters for reloading and display of his various hunting trophies.

During World War II he and a fellow Tennessee sharpshooter were credited with extricating an Infantry Battalion from a roadblock by firing a 155 “Long Tom” howitzer direct fire at
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By Darren Jefferson Clay, September 11, 2020
2. The Historic Shooting Range
distant tanks blocking the advance and destroying them.

After returning home from service, he purchased 10,000 rounds of surplus ammunition for his 1911 .45 Colt and shot the entire supply within months.

His well-earned reputation of being a crack shot was tested one night at Rural Plains when he heard some trespassers trying to shoot a treed squirrel. He picked up his rifle and walked down the lane and asked them what they were doing, and they explained their frustration of being unable to hit the squirrel high in the tree. He aimed, shot and hit the squirrel on his first and only shot. The trespassers never returned.
Erected by Williamson County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsSportsWar, World II.
Location. 35° 50.894′ N, 86° 49.626′ W. Marker is in Peytonsville, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Pratt Lane 0.1 miles south of Peytonsville Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 624 Pratt Ln, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Halfacre Reams Fleming Family Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Tyler Berry (approx. ¾ mile away); Franklin Noon Rotary Rodeo
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(approx. 1.1 miles away); Franklin High School Gymnasium Windows (approx. 1.4 miles away); Epworth United Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Edward Swanson (approx. 3.3 miles away); Hood's Retreat (approx. 3.3 miles away); Peytonsville (approx. 3½ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2020, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2020, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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