Rifle and Pistol Range Rules

Rifle and Pistol Range Rules
Section I
Gun Handling Rules
1. Be aware that shooting can be a dangerous sport. Shooting activities are at the shooters and
spectator’s own risk.
2. Always point the muzzle in a safe downrange direction. Never allow the muzzle of a firearm
to cross the path of or point toward another individual.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger, and outside the trigger guard until ready to fire or until the
command “commence firing” has been given.
4. Keep the action open and firearms unloaded on the firing range until ready to use.
5. Know how the firearms operate.
6. Be sure the firearm and ammunition are compatible.
7. Carry only one gauge/caliber of ammunition when shooting. When at the shooting range
with more than one firearm, use one at a time and when completed shooting, store that
firearm and its ammunition before using the next on.
8. Be sure of the target and what is beyond, bullets must impact into the lower 1/3 of the
backstop.
9. Alcohol and Drug Policy: Discharging or handling firearms or bows after consuming alcohol
on the same day is prohibited. All firearms and bows must be properly secured if consuming
or taking drugs that impairs an individual. Discharging or handling firearms or bows while
under the influence of alcohol of drug(s) that impair mental alertness, judgment, or physical
coordination is prohibited. Violators of this policy shall be permanently expelled from
the Club per Club Bylaws.
10. Be aware that certain circumstances may require changes or additional rules.
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Section II
General Rang Rules
1. Know and obey all range commands.
2. It is strongly recommended that all shooters and spectators wear eye and ear protection at all
times while on or at the range. Shooters and spectators assume all risk if they choose not to
wear such protection.
3. Know where others are on or around the firing range. Be aware of the location of private
residences beyond backstops and earth berms.
4. Shoot only at authorized yardages, targets, supplied frames, and other authorized targets,
such as clay pigeons, balloons, and plastic bottles. If used, clay pigeons, balloons, and plastic
bottles shall be placed against the middle 1/3 of the 50 yard berm ONLY and be maintained
at the height of supplied target frames. The only targets allowed on the 100 yard range shall
be paper targets. These targets must be used on the club supplied target frames. On the 50
yard and 100 yard ranges, the target frames must be set in the frame support rails located
immediately in front of the earth berms. Shoot only into backstops and earth berms. Never
place targets on or at the top or bottom of the earth berm.
5. Ground level targets are permitted only in the covered pistol range, immediately in front of
the 25 yard position.
6. First member utilizing the range will be in command of the range until that member leaves
the range. When the first member leaves the range, they will appoint another member to be
in command.
7. Unload, open the action, remove the magazine, and ground and/or bench all firearms and
stand behind the colored line on the range building floor, while other are down range.
8. Do not handle any firearms or stand in front of the colored line on the range building’s floor
during a cease fire or while others are down range.
9. Always keep the muzzle pointed at the backstop. Never allow the muzzle to point in any
other direction.
10. Rapid fire is permitted only when controlled with a 3’0” x 3’-0” target area.
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11. No fully-automatic firearms may be used on the property or on the range at any time, NO
EXCEPTIONS.
12. Shooters must pick up all of their spent casings and clean their shooting area before leaving
the range.
13. Only paper targets backed by supplied wooden frames, or other authorized targets, will be
allowed on the 50 yard and 100 yard ranges. Bowling pins and metal silhouettes will be
allowed on the covered 25 yard pistol range only; bowling pins and metal silhouettes must
be set at 25 yards. Minimum caliber for use on bowling pins shall be .38 +P or 9mm.
14. Unsighted weapons must begin the sighting in procedure inside the covered twenty-five yard
pistol range, worked up from the distance to the ability of the shooter to ensure that the
fired projectiles are passing through the target and hitting the backstop.
15. When a ceasefire is called, all ranges shall observe the ceasefire.
16. Ceasefires, checking targets, and target changes on the rifle range shall be coordinated with
users of the North trap field. No shooting is allowed on the rifle or pistol range while
someone is downrange on the North trap field. No one shall go downrange on the rife or
pistol range while a squad is shooting on the North trap field. In the event that someone
goes downrange on the rifle range, pistol range, or the North trap field, shooting will stop
immediately. The range officer shall then remind shooters of coordination requirements.
17. The Range Committee or Safety Committee may determine that the range should be closed
for safety purposes. A sign will be posted on the range, and no shooting will be permitted
until the Range Committee or the Safety Committee decides otherwise.
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Section III
Administrative Rules & Regulations
1. Members must have a current badge to be recognized by a range officer to have membership
privileges on pistol/rifle range. Members must have a current badge on his or her person to
be recognized by other members to have membership privileges on pistol/rifle range.
2. The rifle range is open for membership use from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM both Saturday and
Sunday (light permitting). The rifle range is open for membership use from 9:00 AM to dusk
weekdays. The pistol range is open weekends and weekdays from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
3. Non-members are not allowed on the pistol/rifle range unless accompanied by a member.
4. Only one guest is allowed to fire on the pistol/rifle range with the full supervision of the
member accompanying him or her. A member may have more than one guest at the range,
but only one guest may shoot at one time. The member is not allowed to shoot while his or
her guest is shooting. At no time will the member leave the guest unsupervised.
5. Guests will be charged ($5.00) five dollars each to fire on the pistol/rifle range unless the
accompanying member is part of the immediate family (i.e. spouse and children under the
age of 21).
6. Members & guest(s) must sign in and out of log book on the pistol/rifle range with
information required on the log’s pages.
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Section IV
Range qualification, responsibilities and privileges
1. All new members must be qualified on the use of the range.
2. Qualifications will be scheduled and supervised by the range committee chairman. Basic
instruction on the safe use of firearms will be provided to new members as needed. The
ability to handle and shoot a firearm safely and a basic understanding of the
principles/operation of the types of firearms allowed on the range will be the criteria
considered for range qualification.
3. All members will be responsible to take positive control to assure that the range facilities
are used properly. Each member and guest user must obey posted and/or written rules
and regulations and control and/or stop anyone who is a danger to him/herself or
others.
4. All members have complete authority to remove any person from the range or property
for not following the rules and regulations or who poses a danger to him/herself, others
or property.
5. Any member may bring a member not following said rules and regulations up on charges
of misconduct to the Board of Governors.
6. Members administrative duties are as follows:
a) Members must have badge or card.
b) All members and guests are required to sign in and out.
c) Collection of guest fees (All members are responsible for the fees of their guests).
d) Return of target frames and range cleanliness.
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Section V
Range Commands and Actions
1. Command: “Cease Fire”
Purpose: To stop all firing.
Action:
All participants shall unload, open, remove magazines and bench or ground all
firearms and stand behind the red line on the range building’s floor. If activities are
complete for the day, step back from the line or clear the area by backing away firearms,
ammunition, and other gear and clean up the area.
2. Command: “Ready on the firing line!”
Purpose: To notify all participants that the range is about to be under live fire.
Action:
Anyone not ready at this point, should call a ranger officer, otherwise, await
the next command.
3. Command: “Commence Firing”
Purpose: To declare the ranges formally open for live fire.
Action:
The participants may commence the prescribed course of fire. Muzzleloaders may
snap caps prior to loading. No muzzleloader may be loaded before the command to fire
has been given.
4. Command: “Range is clear”
Purpose: To alert all shooters along the line that travel beyond the firing line for
purpose of target change or retrieval, the removal of brass and trash is approved.
Action:
Participants may move down range as directed or desired to change, remove targets
or to clean up. The next relay shall not take up positions on the firing line until told to
do so. Participants not going down range are to stand behind the red line on the floor
and away from firearms. No firearms will be handled while others are down range.
5. Command: “Misfire”
Purpose: To notify the range officer and other participants that a round did not fire
when the trigger was pulled and to alert other shooters along the line that a hazardous
condition may exist, especially with muzzleloaders.
Action:
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a) The shooters experiencing the misfire continues to keep the firearm pointed
downrange, removes the finger from within the trigger guard and awaits
further instructions.
b) The range officer may or may not call a general cease-fire depending upon
the situation.
c) Shooters immediately adjacent to the misfire should cease fire, unload, open
and either ground or bench their firearm.
d) The remaining shooters may continue to fire as directed by a ranger officer
or may cease fire at their option and await further instructions.
6. Command: “Hangfire”
Purpose: To notify the range officer and other participants that a round did not fire
when the trigger was pulled and to alert other shooters along the line that a hazardous
condition may exist.
Action:
a) The shooters experiencing the hangfire continues to keep the firearm pointed
downrange, removes the finger from within the trigger guard and awaits
further instructions.
b) The shooters must keep the firearm pointed downrange for at least 30
seconds and muzzleloaders must keep the firearm pointed downrange at least
2 minutes.
c) The range officer may or may not call a general cease-fire depending upon
the situation.
d) Shooters immediately adjacent to the misfire should cease fire, unload, open
and either ground or bench the firearm.
e) The remaining shooters may continue to fire as directed by a range officer,
otherwise, wait for the next command.
7. Command: “Squib load”
Purpose: To notify the range officer and other participants that a round did fire when
the trigger was pulled but the sound and recoil was different and to alert other shooters
along the line that a hazardous condition may exist.
Action:
a) The shooter experiencing a squib load continues to keep the firearm pointed
downrange, removes the finger from within the trigger guard and awaits
further instruction.
b) The shooter should unload the gun and make sure the chamber is empty.
c) Shooter should insert a cleaning rod down the barrel from the chamber end
(if possible) to determine if the bullet is or is not lodged in the barrel.
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I hereby certify that I have read and clearly understood all these rules and agree to abide by
them.
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All new members must complete all requirements for membership in order to have full
access to Highland Rod and Gun Club. It will be the responsibility of the new member to
obtain signatures from all chairpersons showing they have met that requirement prior to the
issuance of his/her badge and keys.
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Pistol and Rifle Range Chairperson
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Building and Grounds Chairperson
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