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Revision: July 2016


  • All Federal, State and Local firearms laws must be obeyed.
  • Safety is the first consideration in using firing ranges.
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  • Eye and ear protection is mandatory for all shooters and spectators.
  • No alcoholic beverages shall be consumed prior to or during your time on the range. No drugs, prescription or consumer medications, may be taken prior to or during time on the range that could render the shooter unsafe.
  • Long guns not cased are to be racked or benched with the action open, magazines removed. Pistols are unloaded and placed on a firing bench pointed down range with action open and magazine removed, or cased or holstered when not on the firing line. No one is to go down range until pistols are made safe or holstered.
  • If there is no Certified Range Safety Officer present, a temporary RSO will be appointed from among the shooters on the line. It will be the RSO’s duty to maintain safety and order on the line.
  • Any shooter who sees an unsafe condition will call a cease fire and all firing will stop immediately, muzzles pointed in a safe direction, fingers off the trigger, and wait for further instructions until the condition has been corrected.
  • When a cease fire is called to check or replace targets, all firearms must be unloaded, benched with the actions open. No one will proceed down range until all firearms are verified safe.
  • No one will approach the bench or handle firearms when anyone is down range. Shooters will step back from the line to confirm no one is touching a firearm.
  • Ensure all rounds fired are impacting the backstop. Target stands are to be placed directly in front of the berms. Short range low targets may cause rounds to skip over the backstop and leave the range.
  • Shoot only authorized paper targets. No glass, plastic, wood, steel or other reactive targets are allowed except with prior written approval from the Board of Directors.
  • Do not shoot barricades, anchor posts, target stands or support wires.
  • Shoot only authorized firearms and ammunition. No tracer, exploding or armor piercing ammunition is allowed.
  • Shooters are responsible to police up brass, targets, and trash. Put all trash in the trash barrels when finished shooting. Please deposit all empty cartridge casings in the recycling “bird houses” provided at the range.
  • Return target stands, barrels, barricades, etc., to their proper storage locations. Leave the ranges cleaner than you found them.
  • Food, beverages and smoking is prohibited on the firing line.
  • Only members and guests that are signed-in at the club house are permitted on the ranges. Members are fully responsible for the actions and conduct of their guests. Parents and guardians are fully responsible for the actions and conduct of their children.
  • In the event of any serious accident refer to the emergency procedures (Procedures) and call 911 immediately.
  • NO muzzles are to be pointed above the top of any berm.
  • Violations of Standard Operating Procedures, range rules, specific procedures, or any unsportsmanlike conduct may result in the temporary or permanent loss of membership as determined by the Board of Directors.



  • All rifles up to .50 calibers may be used on the rifle range.
  • Extra care must be taken when shooting handguns on the rifle range to ensure all rounds fired impact on the backstop.
  • Shotguns may be used with slugs only.
  • Patterning of shotguns may be done on the Training Range only (see Training Range Rules and Qualification).


  • Firearms will be loaded only on the firing line prior to shooting.
  • When shooters are downrange, both the downrange flags must be moved to the forward position to block the doorways.
  • When all shooters downrange have returned to the firing line the downrange flags will be returned to their stowed position and only then may shooters return to their shooting positions and handle their firearms.
  • The firing line is the front edge of the concrete pad in the rifle shack. No shooting will occur in front of or behind this line.
  • Commands issued by the Range Safety Officer and range personnel must be obeyed immediately and without question.
  • When the line is declared CLEAR, all firearms will be made safe, actions open, pointed down range, with shooters behind and away from the shooting benches.
  • Targets will be hung only on permanent target backers/wire at the 50, 100, and 200 yard berms. Targets and target stands are not to be placed anywhere in front of the permanent target line to ensure that all rounds impact the backstop.
  • All shooting will be with aimed shots. No full automatic, bump fire, or rapid fire will be conducted on the rifle range. (see Training Range Rules and Qualification).
  • No cross-firing from shooting positions is permitted. Shoot only at yardage posted above each firing position.