Range Safety

1. You MUST obey all commands from the Range Safety Officer (RSO) immediately.

2. All shooters must sign-in with the RSO, show ID or pay range fees before bringing

firearms and equipment to the firing line.

3. A parent or responsible adult must accompany any shooter under the age of 18.

4. All firearms must be unloaded when entering or leaving the range. Loaded pistols properly holstered are allowed.

5. Uncased firearms must be carried with muzzle UP when entering or leaving the firing line, or to and from the parking lot.

6. Uncase or case firearms at the shooting benches with muzzles pointed down range at all times.

7. Eye and ear protection are REQUIRED for everyone while on the firing line. Prescription eyewear or sunglasses are acceptable substitutes for safety glasses.

8. A live fire time period will normally be 15 minutes. A cease-fire will then be called for target set-up, replacement or retrieval.

9. When a cease-fire is called, all firearms must be cleared by; unloading, locking all actions / bolts open, removing magazines, inserting an Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) and grounding firearms on the bench. Then stand behind the yellow safety line and wait for the RSO command to move forward.

10. Do not stop at or handle anything on the shooting benches during a cease-fire.

11. It is your responsibility to inspect the target frame for damage prior to use.

The RSO will inspect the frame after use, before returning it to storage. A fee will be charged for any damage caused by a shooter to target frames.

12. The general public must use paper targets. Any exceptions must be approved by the RSO.

13. Shotguns may be fired, but only on your targets and frames, after getting approval from the


14. All shooters will pickup their brass and trash and discard it in the appropriate containers behind the firing line.

15. The RSO has the right to inspect any firearm or ammunition for safety reasons.

Other prohibited activities:

No unsafe gun handling. Keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

No armor piercing, tracer, or incendiary ammo

No full automatic fire

No 50cal. BMG ammo

No drawing from holsters – unless authorized by the RSO

No smoking on the firing line

No alcohol or drug use anywhere on the range.

Violation of any Range Rules may result in expulsion from the range and possible loss of Club membership.


Other General rules for safe shooting and firearms handling.

Safety is no accident.
If you aren’t safety conscious you may cause harm to yourself or others and you may be held accountable for any harm done.
You should read and understand all of the rules.
If you are found to be of questionable judgment regarding the rules you may be asked by the Range Master or Range Safety Officer to leave the range and you may not be allowed to come back in the future.
If you see a person break any range rule it is incumbent upon you to bring it to their attention and to the attention of the Range Officer. If the Range Officer does not see the violation do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of both parties. It will be a learning experience that will pay dividends in the future. Don’t be rude but do bring it up.
Safety is not someone else’s job; it is your responsibility to be safe and to be accountable.
The safety of all persons and property are our primary concern. That includes property and persons off of the range property.
Live firing is permitted only when an assigned Range Officer is present. Organizations using the range under agreement with the Executive Officer may provide their own Range Officers if qualified. They may also arrange to utilize the club Rangemaster.

Gun Handling Rules

Always keep your firearms pointed in a safe direction.  A safe direction at this range will be down range at all times even if you have permission of the Range Officer to perform maintenance or repairs. Maintenance or repairs may be done with permission of the range officer only and will be done on the firing line with the firearm always pointed down range.

Always keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Handling of firearms during a cease-fire is not allowed.

Always keep the action of your firearm open and unloaded until you are on the firing line and the command to “commence firing” is given.  Open the action and install an Open Bolt Indicator as soon as you remove your rifle from your car, case or holster. Open Bolt Indicators will be installed in all rifles on the range until the Range Officer gives the command “The line is hot”. Holstered handguns are safe. Handguns on the firing line bench will be unloaded and open until “the line is hot”.

Know your target and what is beyond. When on this range be mindful of the adjacent areas and act accordingly.

Be sure that your firearm is safe to shoot.

Know how to use your firearm safely. If you need help ask the Rangemaster for help but don’t expect him to take the time to do this while others are using the facility.

You are responsible to see that you are using the correct ammunition in your firearm.

Eye and ear protection will be utilized.

NEVER USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS before or during your shooting activities.

Your property is your responsibility at this range.

General Range Safety Rules

Safety.  Always remember that safety is the first rule when you are on the range, shooting or as a spectator.

Spectators. If you aren’t shooting do not go onto the firing line area to talk to a shooter.

Range Commands. Know all of the range commands that may be used in your shooting discipline. If you are unsure of the commands ask the RSO.

Be Aware of others. Know where other shooters are at all times.

Target changing. At the Command to “Cease-Fire” all shooters will unload and apply bolt open indicators and then move to the rear of their station on the backside of the yellow safety line. Only when the RSO has determined the line is safe and he states the “The line is safe, you may go down range” is it allowed to do so.

Targets allowed. Shoot only at authorized targets. Nothing but paper targets will be used on this range and no more than one target per stand. All targets must be centered in the frame uprights. Multiple targets causes damaged frames. Do not use rocks to hold down target frames.

Ground level targets are not permitted on this range. Maintain the proper target height to insure that your projectile is hitting the backstop at the desired level. If you have a question about this ask the Range Officer for an opinion.

Impact areas. Targets must be positioned so that all projectiles strike within the impact backstop.

Range Officers. No person is allowed to shoot on this range unless there is a RSO on duty

Cease Fire Command. Anyone may issue the cease-fire command but the RSO on duty normally accomplishes this in the normal course of events. If you feel that fire should cease for a safety reason then do not hesitate to issue the command loud and clear.

Do not handle any firearm or stand at the firing line where firearms are present while anyone is down range. You must either be down range or behind the Yellow Safety Line

Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction.

Firing sessions will normally be fifteen minutes in duration, followed by a target-changing period. Do not accomplish your target inspections at the target line. Do it at the benches behind the firing line.

Junior shooters under the age of 18 must be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times.

Range Flags. There are three flags on the range. The Red flag is located to the rear of the hi-power firing line east of the range office. This flag must be raised before the range is operational. It should be lowed at the end of the day. The other two flags are boundary markers and fly at all times.

No Shooting will take place on the following days: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Shooting will be suspended for range maintenance one half day per month. The time and date of the suspension will be scheduled by the Range Director and will be noted on the monthly calendar.

Sand Bags and Target Frames. If you use club provided sand bags you are expected to put them back in the locker where they are kept in front of the Range office. The same goes for target frames. If you damage a target frame the range master will levy a charge based on his estimate of the cost to repair it.

Shotgun patterning. Patterning will only be done with permission of the Range Master and only on patterning boards supplied by the shooter. The Club will not allow the use of club target frames for this purpose.

Shotgun shooting. Firing at moving clays is not permitted. Shooting slugs is permitted but they must strike the backstops. This may be done on the pistol or the hi-power range with concurrence of the RSO.

Ammunition. Any commercial grade ammunition, properly hand-loaded ammunition, and military surplus ammunition, except tracer and armor piercing, may be used on this range.

Repairing firearms. Notify the RSO if you have a stoppage or malfunction which you cannot clear. Repairs will only be done at the firing line and only if the RSO grants permission. The firearm will at all times be pointed down range so that any discharge will strike the backstop berm.

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