Range Rules

Range Rules

Read about our range rules, general safety principles, safety rules, and muzzleloader safety.

GENERAL SAFETY PRINCIPLES

  1. All guns are always loaded! This rule means that you are to consider every gun as loaded until you have personally inspected it and assured yourself that it is unloaded, and then, you will continue to handle it as though it is loaded.
  2. Never allow the muzzle to cover or sweep anything you are not willing to destroy! This rule includes sweeping parts of your own body as well as others while handling a firearm.
  3. Always keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target! There is absolutely no reason to have your finger on the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
  4. Always know your target and what is behind it and around it! If you can not identify your target, and what is behind or around it, don’t shoot until you can.

GENERAL SAFETY RULES

  1. No drugs or alcohol allowed on the range. We have a zero tolerance rule toward these items. No one who has consumed alcohol or illegal drugs prior to arrival at the range is allowed.
  2. All firing on the range shall be conducted in a safe and courteous manner under the direction of a Range Officer.
  3. All persons firing on the range shall instantly obey the command “CEASE FIRE”. Anyone may call a “cease fire” at any time should an unsafe situation arise.
  4. All shooters and spectators shall wear eye and ear protection in the range area at all times. It is the shooter’s responsibility to be in possession of these items.
  5. No one will be allowed inside range premises with loaded firearms except while on the firing line. NO EXCEPTIONS will be allowed.
  6. All shooters shall fire from the same firing line. No person shall move forward of the firing line until all firearms on the line have been unloaded and made safe, i.e. cylinders or actions open, magazines out and slides locked back and in the case of muzzleloaders, guns will either be fired or have the cap removed and hammer lowered. All firearms will then be holstered, tabled, racked or cased.
  7. Absolutely no handling of firearms is permitted while anyone is forward of the firing line.
  8. All firearms on the range, which are not in use, shall be unloaded and made safe and stored in a case or racked. Handguns must be loaded and holstered with the safety on during firing exercises on the line, but must be unloaded and made safe when leaving the line for any reason (modified “hot” range).
  9. Only those persons who are shooting are permitted on the firing line. Observers may watch from designated areas only.
  10. Shoot only on at target number, which corresponds with your shooting lane.
  11. No more than one (1) person permitted at each firing lane at any time.
  12. All firearms, unless holstered, cased or racked shall be pointed downrange at all times.
  13. All shots must be fired directly into the backstop. Dry firing is permitted only in the direction of the backstop. Dropping the hammer on an unloaded and cleared firearm shall be done only in the direction of the backstop.
  14. Loaded firearms are not to be pointed above the horizontal at any time! Down range only.
  15. In the event of a misfire, the shooter shall keep their muzzle pointed downrange for at least thirty (30) seconds prior to checking for the cause of the misfire. All misfires shall be removed from the range and shall not be discarded on the ground or in the trash can.
  16. All shooters must sign the range log with name, date, time-in and time-out.
  17. The following ammunition is prohibited on the range: Armor Piercing, Incendiary, Explosive, or Tracer.
  18. All shooting will be done on approved targets in approved target stands. No plinking at objects other than approved targets is permitted.
  19. Unscoped pistols will not be fired at distances in excess of fifty (50) yards.
  20. Horseplay on the firing line or anywhere on the premises is not permitted and will not be tolerated.
  21. No smoking on the firing line.
  22. All persons under the age of eighteen (18) using long guns, and under the age of twenty-one (21) using hand guns, must be under the immediate supervision of their legal guardian.
  23. The use of fully automatic or select-fire firearms is strictly prohibited during regular range hours. Scheduled times are available, please see staff.
  24. With the exception of training classes, draw and fire exercises shall not be conducted.
  25. Leave dropped ammunition on the floor until a “cease fire” is called and all firearms are benched.
  26. Notify the Range Safety Officer (RSO) by raising your hand when there is a firearm malfunction or misfire.
  27. All firearms must remain unloaded with actions open except when on the firing line and authorized to be loaded.
  28. When firearms are benched or grounded, keep the actions open and ejection ports facing upward so chambers are visible.
  29. Notify the Range Safety Officer (RSO) immediately of any safety infraction or unsafe situation you observe by immediately raising your hand.
  30. All shooters must read, understand and agree to the terms of the “Acknowledgment of Voluntary Participation and Release, Waiver, Indemnification and Assumption of Risk Agreement”.
  31. All shooters will conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times and will be responsible for the conduct of any of their accompanied guests.
  32. All shooters are responsible for their guns and ammunition while on the complex. All guns that are out of the case and not being fired must be benched with actions open facing upwards, chambers empty, muzzles pointing down range, and safety on. Guns must only be loaded on the firing line after the RSO has given the command to load.
  33. Do not point guns at anything other than authorized targets.
  34. Follow all instructions from the Range Safety Officer (RSO).
  35. Pets are not permitted on the premises.
  36. Shooters may enter the pavilion in the designated viewing area only after all guns and ammunition have been properly secured and cased.
  37. No smoking on the premises.
  38. No open powder cans.
  39. Eye and ear protection is required at all times.
  40. Transport all firearms to and from the range in compliance with all State and local laws.

ADDITIONAL RULES FOR MUZZLELOADER SAFETY

  1. Do not cap the nipple or prime the flint pan until the firearm is on the firing bench and pointed down range.
  2. Loading may only occur from a powder measure containing powder for one charge. No loading from a powder can, flask, or horn.
  3. Hang-fires are to be left on the firing bench pointed down range for a minimum of five (5) minutes. Advise a Range Safety Officer if you are not familiar with the proper clearing procedure.
  4. It is your responsibility to have the equipment required to safely fire your muzzleloader. A nipple wrench, flash hole pick and powder measure are required.
  5. Clean up spilled powder and keep the loading bench clean. Remember, you are using a very flammable and potentially explosive material.
  6. All other range safety rules still apply.

IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANY OF THESE RULES OR ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH THE OPERATION OR HANDLING OF YOUR FIREARM ON THE FIRING LINE, ASK THE RANGE SAFETY OFFICER (RSO) FOR ASSISTANCE BY RAISING YOUR HAND. PERSONS UNFAMILIAR WITH THE SAFE OPERATION OF THEIR FIREARM ARE ENCOURAGE TO READ THEIR OWNERS MANUAL AND MUST SEEK ADDITIONAL TRAINING PRIOR TO ATTEMPTING TO USE IT ON THE RANGE.

VIOLATION MAY RESULT IN EXPULSION AND REVOCATION OF RANGE PRIVILEGES WITHOUT WARNING.