Skip to main content
HomeInfo: Range Rules

RANGE
RULES


The below document is the most recent version of the Official Rules. For a PDF version that can be downloaded, please visit the [DOCUMENTS] folder:
 

RULES DOWNLOAD


Official Rules of the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club

 

 

 

Effective August 1, 2020

Contents


1 Introduction


1.1
Purpose

1.2 Mission Statement

1.3 Terminology

1.4 Rules Distribution, Ownership, and Revisions


2 Safety


2.1
Commitment to Safety

2.2 Range Safety Officers

2.3 Shotgun Duty Officers

2.4 Firearms Handling on Ranges

2.5 Final Bullet Disposition

2.6 Eye and Ear Protection

2.7 Safety Violations

2.8 Standard Operating Procedures for Incidents


3 Use of Range Facilities


3.1
Sign-in Log

3.2 Member Identification Badges

3.3 Guest Identification Badges

3.4 Range Qualifications

3.5 Hours of Operation

3.6 Guests

3.7 Children

3.8 Pets

3.9 Wild Animals

3.10 Selective Fire Firearms

3.11 Certification of Certain Firearms and Crossbows

3.12 Ammunition Restrictions

3.13 Target Restrictions

3.14 Alcohol and Drugs

3.15 Range Use During Matches

3.16 Accidents, Vandalism and Theft

3.17 Cleanup

3.18 Warning Lights and Other Precautionary Measures

3.19 Malfunctions


4 Ranges


4.1 Multipurpose Range

4.2 Rifle Range

4.3 Sight-In Range

4.4 Pistol Range

4.5 Large Plinking Range

4.6 Small Plinking Range

4.7 Action Shooting Facility

4.8 Shotgun Range

4.9 Archery Range

4.10 Indoor Range

4.11 Shooting Steel (various ranges)


5 Miscellaneous


5.1 Drones






1 Introduction

 

1.1 Purpose


The following Rules have been established in order to protect the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. (“the Club” or “CRPC”) and its members. Our Rules are designed to enhance, not inhibit, a member’s enjoyment of the Club’s facilities and programs. However, they must also protect the Club as a whole. Each member of the Club is responsible to themselves, to every person using the facilities, and to our Club’s neighbors for the safe enjoyment of the shooting sports. Range safety is our primary goal.


All members are required to be safe, to ensure their guests are safe, to use common sense, and to be courteous at all times.


1.2 Mission Statement


The purpose of this Corporation shall be the encouragement of organized archery, rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting among residents of the United States with a view toward a better knowledge on the part of such residents of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as the promotion of good marksmanship. It shall be a further purpose to promote and foster the development of relationships among the members of the Corporation and to develop characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play among the members of the Corporation. (see CRPC By-Laws October 2, 2018).


1.3 Terminology


The Rules These Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. Official Rules.

The Board The CRPC Board of Directors.

Members Unless otherwise stated, collectively refers to all CRPC member classes.

Primary Member A Primary Member is a member who is billed for dues (if any) and has voting privileges. Primary Members include Conditional Members, General Members, Senior Members, and Life Members.

Secondary Member A Secondary Member is a member of a Primary Member’s family who is eligible for dues-free membership by virtue of their relationship to the Primary Member. Secondary Members include Spouse Members, Junior Members, and Family Members.


Primary Conditional Member
A Primary Conditional Member is a member who has limited membership privileges.


Primary General Member
A Primary General Member is a member who has full membership privileges.


Primary Senior Member
A Primary Senior Member is a member who has full membership privileges, has attained the age of 65, and has been a member for at least 5 years. Primary Senior Members enjoy reduced annual dues.


Primary Life Member
A Primary Life Member is a member who has full membership privileges and whose extraordinary service to the Club has been formally recognized by the Board. Life Members are exempted from dues.


Secondary Spouse Member
A Secondary Spouse Member is the spouse of a Primary Member.


Secondary Junior Member
A Secondary Junior Member is the child or grandchild of a Primary member who is aged 14-17 and lives in the same household as the Primary Member. Secondary Junior Members must be supervised when shooting at CRPC.


Secondary Family Member
A Secondary Family Member is the child of a Primary Member who is aged 18-23 and lives in the same household as the Primary Member.


Hot
The condition of a range or firing line which is active. Handling of firearms and/or shooting may take place on a hot range.


Cold
The condition of a range or firing line which is not active. Shooting is prohibited, firearms must be in a safe condition and the handling of firearms is not allowed.

  • Exception: Carrying an unloaded and cased firearm to or from the firing line is permitted.
  • Exception: Firearms may be worn on slings at the ASF when that range has been called cold, provided they have been rendered safe.

Outdoor Range Refers to the firearms ranges of the outdoor property, exclusive of the Shotgun Range.


Action Shooting Facility (ASF)
Refers to the three-sided shooting bays west of the Rifle Range where action shooting is authorized for appropriately-qualified members.


Shotgun Range
Refers to the Trap, Skeet, 5-Stand, and Long Bird facility of the outdoor property.


Archery Range
Refers to the bow and arrow facility and courses of the outdoor property.


Indoor Range
Refers to the indoor shooting facility.


Rifle
A firearm with a rifled barrel of any length that is fired while using a body part (e.g., shoulder, forearm, hip, chest) as a stabilizer. This definition includes, but is not limited to:

  • AR-pattern pistols utilizing a stabilizer
  • Shotguns with rifled barrels firing slugs or sabot rounds

Handgun or Pistol A firearm designed to be fired using only the hands and not normally stabilized against another body part.


Shotgun
A smoothbore firearm that fires shotshells.


Long Guns
Refers to rifles and shotguns collectively


Backstop
The earthen berm at the rear of an outdoor range which serves as a boundary and bullet stop, or the structure at the rear of the Indoor Range which serves as a bullet stop.


Side Berm
A berm defining the left or right side of an ASF bay.


Firing Line
The line from which shooting takes place on ranges with backstops. The firing line is parallel to the backstop and perpendicular to the axis of the range, so that no shooter is ever in front of or behind other shooters. The firing line may move uprange or downrange with the shooter during action shooting, but always remains parallel to the backstop.


Action Shooting
The practice of shooting from a dynamic, or moving, position.


180-Degree Plane
An imaginary plane extending upward from the firing line during action shooting. The plane defines the limits of muzzle travel in a 180-degree arc on the downrange side of the plane.


Match Director
Refers to the person in charge of a Board-approved event. A Match Director may serve as an RSO for their event only if they are a CRPC-certified RSO.


Open Bolt Indicator (OBI)
Refers to a device inserted into the firearm action to indicate to RSOs and other shooters that the firearm is unloaded with its action open and is in a safe condition (defined below).


Safe
Refers to the condition of a firearm that has been rendered incapable of firing. A safe firearm is defined as:

  1. A firearm in a holster (handgun) or scabbard (long gun) that covers the trigger
  2. An unloaded firearm in an open or closed range box or range bag
  3. An unloaded firearm in a closed carrying case of such construction that the trigger is fully protected. A sock is not considered adequate for this purpose.
  4. An unloaded firearm with its action open, magazine (if applicable) removed, and an open bolt indicator (OBI) in place.
    • Exception: OBIs are not required at the Shotgun Range.
  5. A firearm that has been rendered incapable of firing by the installation of a trigger lock, locking cable, zip tie, or similar disabling device. Internal locks do not meet this requirement.
  6. A firearm that has been rendered incapable of firing by obvious partial disassembly. Examples include an AR-pattern rifle broken open at the hinge, a firearm with upper and lower receivers separated, and a single-action revolver with cylinder removed.

Loaded Refers to any firearm that does not meet the definition(s) of safe.


1.4 Rules Distribution, Ownership, and Revisions


The most current, approved version of the Rules is available on the CRPC website and is considered the version in effect for the Club.


From time to time the
Board may require that each member sign and return a form stating that he or she has read, understands, and agrees to abide by these Rules. Failure to respond in a timely manner will result in the suspension of Club privileges.


The
Board is the official owner and steward of the CRPC Rules.  This responsibility may be delegated to a person or committee for the purpose of revising and updating the Rules.


Club bylaws state that only the
Board may amend or change the Rules.


The
Rules in this document supersede all previous Club rules. These constitute the entire Rules for the CRPC. These Rules have been ratified by the Board and are effective immediately.


2 Safety

 

2.1 Commitment to Safety


Safety is the responsibility of all members and supersedes all stated or implied membership privileges.


2.2 Range Safety Officers


Range Safety Officers (RSOs) are qualified and appointed by the Safety Director and are representatives of the Board, empowered to take any action necessary to ensure the safe operation and use of CRPC facilities. Club-certified Range Safety Officer(s) must be on duty at any time the Outdoor Range is in use.


RSOs have ultimate authority for enforcing these Rules. Failure to comply with an RSO’s instructions could result in expulsion from the property and carries the potential for disciplinary action by the Board.


2.3 Shotgun Duty Officers


Shotgun Duty Officers (SDOs) are qualified and appointed by the Shotgun Director and serve as RSOs, with the same duties and authority, at the Shotgun Range. In addition, they provide member services.

2.4 Firearms Handling on Ranges

  1. Loading: Firearms may only be loaded on a hot firing line, firing station (Shotgun Range) or bay (ASF).
  2. Safe Direction: All loaded firearms must be pointed downrange, toward the ground, the target, the backstop, or a side berm and never pointed upward. Muzzle awareness must be maintained, and muzzles must never be allowed to sweep any part of any person.
    • Exception: At the Shotgun Range loaded shotguns may be pointed upward.
    • Exception: Muzzle loaders and rifles with tubular magazines in the process of being loaded may be pointed upward.
    • Exception: At the Indoor Range loaded firearms should never be pointed at the walls or ceiling.
  3. All firearms must be made safe before anyone is permitted forward of any firing line.
  4. When a line has been called cold or when anyone is forward of a firing line no firearms on that firing line may be handled.
    • Exception: Carrying an unloaded and cased firearm to or from the firing line is permitted.
    • Exception: Firearms may be worn on slings at the ASF when that range has been called cold, provided they have been rendered safe and are maintained in a muzzle-down orientation.
    • Exception: At the Shotgun Range it is permissible to handle a shotgun provided it is unloaded and has the action open.
  5. Any firearm being taken to or removed from a firing line at the Outdoor Range or Indoor Range must be unloaded and cased.
  6. Any firearm being handled away from a firing line must be in a safe condition. Ammunition must never be present when firearms are handled away from a firing line.
  7. When left unattended a firearm must be in a safe condition.
  8. Board-approved events may include additional rules.

2.5 Final Bullet Disposition


All bullets fired at any CRPC range must terminate either in the range backstop, a side berm, or a target (steel or media, where allowed). It is not acceptable for a bullet to impact the ground short of a backstop or side berm, to overfly a backstop or side berm, to impact a sidewall or sign, or to impact a baffle. Target placement must take into consideration the final bullet impact point.

2.6 Eye and Ear Protection

  1. Eye and ear protection is required on all hot firing lines for all shooters and spectators.
  2. Eye and ear protection is recommended for all spectators behind hot firing lines.
  3. Wraparound eye protection is strongly recommended for all shooters and spectators on any range where steel targets are being engaged.
  4. At the Shotgun Range, eye and ear protection is required for anyone forward of the fence on all hot shotgun fields, and at all times on the 5-Stand and Long Bird fields when they are hot.

2.7 Safety Violations


When a member enters a Club range, they become responsible for safety on that range. It is a member’s duty to address any unsafe gun-handling or 
Rules violations. If a member witnesses a violation, or any questionable activity, they should try to respectfully correct it if comfortable doing so. If the member feels uncomfortable, they should leave the firing line and report the situation to the RSO or SDO on duty, the Range Director, or the Safety Director as soon as possible. Phone numbers are posted in the range offices and on the Club website.


Safety violations should be reported via an Incident Report. Online reports are preferred, but paper forms are available. and all ranges have locked boxes in which to place the completed reports.


2.8 Standard Operating Procedures for Incidents


In the event of an emergency or incident, the published Standard Operating Procedures for the appropriate range should be followed. An RSO or SDO would normally assume command. In the absence of an RSO or SDO, a member or guest must take charge and, at a minimum, perform the following:

  • Render aid to the level of their training.
  • Call 911 as soon as possible.
  • Send someone to other ranges to identify medical professionals who may be present.
  • Position individuals to direct the emergency vehicles from the range entrance to the location of the emergency.
  • Assign someone to record and/or take notes.
  • Identify witnesses.
  • Document the incident in an Incident Report and report it to the Safety Director.

3 Use of Range Facilities


The following general rules are applicable to all CRPC ranges (with exceptions noted):

3.1 Sign-In Log


Upon arrival on Club property, all members and guests must sign in using the electronic log system. Paper logbooks will be used as backup.


3.2 Member Identification Badges


All members are required to display their membership badge on their person at all times while on Club property. Should a member arrive without their badge they must, upon arrival, show a form of government-issued identification to the RSO on duty and obtain a temporary member badge. Sign in will be accomplished using the paper logbook.


3.3 Guest Identification Badges


Members are responsible for ensuring that their guests display properly filled-out guest badges on their persons at all times while on Club property.


3.4 Range Qualifications


In order to shoot unsupervised in any of the following disciplines, members must complete the respective qualification course and display the corresponding sticker on their membership badges:

  1. Rifle (R): Successfully complete both the classroom and shooting phases of the Rifle Qualification course in order to shoot a rifle or shotgun at the Action Shooting Facility, Multipurpose, Rifle, Sight-In, Pistol, or Plinking Ranges.
  2. Pistol (P): Successfully complete both the classroom and shooting phases of the Pistol Qualification course in order to shoot a handgun at the Action Shooting Facility, Multipurpose, Sight-In, Pistol, Plinking, or Indoor Ranges.
  3. Shotgun (SG): Successfully complete the Shotgun Qualification course in order to shoot a shotgun at the Shotgun Range.
  4. Steel (S): Successfully complete Steel Qualification course in order to shoot steel targets from a minimum distance of ten (10) yards on the Action Shooting Facility, Multipurpose Range, or Small Plinking Range.
  5. ASF Static Shooting (SB): Successfully complete the Action Shooting Facility Safety Briefing in order to shoot from a static position into the backstop only on the ASF.
  6. ASF Action Shooting - Handgun (AH): Successfully complete the respective shooting qualification phase in order to conduct action shooting with handguns on the 180-degree plane at the ASF.
  7. ASF Action Shooting - Long Gun (AL): Successfully complete the respective shooting qualification phase in order to conduct action shooting with long guns on the 180-degree plane at the ASF.
  8. Archery (B): Successfully complete the Archery Range Safety Orientation in order to utilize the Archery facilities.

3.5 Hours of Operation


Outdoor Range 
hours may vary based on the season, the usage, and the weather.

  1. No discharge of any firearm at the Outdoor Range is allowed before 8:00 AM or after sunset or 8:00 PM, whichever occurs first. Exceptions require Board approval.
  2. The Outdoor Range will open upon arrival of the RSO(s). Firing may commence no earlier than 8:00 AM.
  3. The Outdoor Range will close upon the departure of the RSO(s), which is normally expected to occur at the following seasonal closing times:
    • During Standard Time, 5:00 PM.
    • During Daylight Saving Time, 6:00 PM, with the following exception:
    • During May, June, July, and August, 7:00 PM.
  4. Firing will cease on all ranges fifteen (15) minutes prior to closing time. Members should plan their target retrieval, packing, and clean-up time to be off the property no later than closing time.
  5. At the discretion of the RSO(s) the Outdoor Range may stay open after the expected closing times, but firing must cease not later than sunset or 8 PM, whichever occurs first.
  6. At the discretion of the RSO(s) the Outdoor Range may be closed earlier than normal in the event of extreme weather, conditions which may compromise safety, or other unforeseen circumstances which make closing advisable.

The Shotgun Range has defined, posted hours of operation set at the discretion of the Board.

The Indoor Range is available to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Special events and range closures will be posted on the appropriate calendar on the CRPC website.

3.6 Guests


Members may bring guests to CRPC facilities.

  1. All guests aged eighteen (18) or older who are not immediate family members (i.e., living in the same household or away at school) must pay a guest fee each day. (Only guests who shoot must pay the fee). A single fee, paid at any range, is good for all CRPC ranges for that day. The amount of the guest fee is determined by the Board and published near the sign-in locations.
  2. Only one guest may shoot at a time. While shooting the guest must be under the direct supervision of the host member and the host member may not shoot while supervising. The host member is responsible for all actions of their guest(s) while on Club property. While the number of guests per visit is not capped, it is strongly suggested that the groups be kept to a manageable size. The host member must be able to supervise their single shooting guest and, without losing focus on the shooter, all others they have brought to the Club.
  3. Conditional members may only bring immediate family members (spouses and children) as their guests and only on the ranges they are qualified to use. Conditional members are not permitted to supervise anyone shooting, including family members. A Conditional member may ask any Full member to supervise a family member. RSOs are not normally expected to supervise guest shooting and should only do so when task loading permits.
  4. A guest under the supervision of a steel-qualified member may engage steel targets on the same ranges and from the same distances as the host member.
  5. CRPC differentiates between guests and match competitors. Non-member competitors must sign a waiver prior to each match. Proof from the NRA or other organization(s) attesting to a level of proficiency may be accepted. In the absence of recognized credentials, the Match Director will require the competitor to shoot a to-be-determined course of fire (i.e., sighter target, etc.) in order to establish proficiency.

3.7 Children


Children under 18 years of age, to include Junior members, must be under direct supervision of the adult that brought them to the range.


3.8 Pets


Pets must be leashed and under the close supervision of the adult bringing them to the range. The adult is responsible for cleaning up after their pet. Pets are not permitted in the 
Indoor Range.


3.9 Wild Animals


The entire 
Outdoor Range property is a game sanctuary. The hunting or killing of any animal, except in self-defense, is prohibited.


3.10 Selective Fire Firearms


Automatic firearms, machine guns, binary triggers, bump-fire stocks, or any devices or techniques which simulate, or mimic automatic fire may not be used at any CRPC facility.


3.11 Certification of Certain Firearms and Crossbows

  • Semi-automatic Rifles: All semi-automatic centerfire Rifles (see Section 1.3, Terminology) must be certified by an RSO before they are used in any mode other than single shot. Upon satisfactory certification the owner will be issued a Certification card, which must be presented to an RSO upon request.
  • Long-Range PistolsPistols capable of safe long-distance shooting, and the members shooting them, must be certified prior to use on the Rifle Range. Upon satisfactory certification the owner will be issued a Certification card, which must be presented to an RSO upon request.
  • Crossbows: Before their use on the Club ranges, crossbows and their owners must be certified by an RSO. Upon satisfactory certification the owner will be issued a Certification card, which must be presented to an RSO upon request.

3.12 Ammunition Restrictions

  • Incendiary ammunition (e.g., tracer, explosive, signaling) is not allowed on any Club property.
  • Armor piercing (AP) rounds may not be fired at CRPC steel targets (see Subsection 4.11, Shooting Steel). AP rounds may not be fired in the Indoor Range.
  • Shotshells loaded with steel shot are prohibited on all CRPC ranges.
  • Metallic cartridges of greater than .50 caliber are prohibited on all Club ranges.

3.13 Target Restrictions

  1. Paper: paper targets are the only targets authorized for use at the Indoor Range.
  2. Glass: targets made of glass or any other material that might present a safety hazard or leave a mess are prohibited.
  3. Incendiary and/or Explosive: these targets are prohibited.
  4. Media: media targets (e.g., ballistic gel, water jugs) are allowed on the Multipurpose Range, the Rifle Range, the Large Plinking Range, the Small Plinking Range, and the ASF.
  5. Portable tanks: only tanks that have been emptied and vented (e.g., via valve removal or a drilled hole) may be used as targets.
  6. Steel: see Subsection 4.11, Shooting Steel.

3.14 Alcohol and Drugs


Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on any Club property is prohibited. This rule may be waived for special occasions by the 
Board. Under no circumstances is alcohol to be consumed while the ranges are open. No member or guest under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be allowed on Club property. Any persons taking prescription drugs which have been determined to affect coordination and/or alertness should refrain from shooting.


3.15 Range Use During Matches


Members who are appropriately qualified for the range in use, and their guests, are allowed to shoot on a range on which a match is taking place under the following conditions:

  1. The member must check in with the Match Director.
  2. There must be a shooting position, not being used by a match participant, to accommodate the member. This position could be in the midst of the match participants; however, the Match Director may relocate shooters to place the member at the end of the line. To avoid this shuffling of shooters it is recommended that Match Director “bunch” their participants together to allow for members to join the line without interruption.
  3. The member must only shoot when the match participants are shooting. The member may only go down range when the match participants go down range. The member must comply with the range commands given by the Match Director.

3.16 Accidents, Vandalism, and Theft


Members shall immediately report any accidents, vandalism or theft occurring on Club property to a Range Safety Officer, Shotgun Duty Officer, Range Director, or other appropriate Club authority.


3.17 Cleanup


All shooters must clean up when shooting is concluded, including sweeping up and discarding empty cartridge cases and shotgun shell hulls, placing trash and gun cleaning patches in the proper container, and returning target frames to storage.


3.18 Warning Lights and Other Precautionary Measures


The warning lights and horn systems on the Multipurpose, Rifle, Sight-In, Pistol and Plinking Ranges are intended to indicate one of two conditions:

  • That the respective range has gone cold and that shooting and firearm handling on that range are prohibited, or
  • That a forward firing line has been established and that no firearm handling is allowed behind that forward line.
  1. Only range-qualified members and RSOs may operate the lights for a range.
  2. Warning lights are to remain off when shooters are firing from the conventional firing line. The warning lights must remain on when anyone is forward of the conventional firing line for any reason.
  3. When a firing line at an outdoor range is deemed hot no one may take it upon themselves to turn on the warning lights without first consulting the others on the firing line as to a mutually agreeable time to do so. The lights must not be activated while anyone is handling a firearm.
  4. Before proceeding downrange, each shooter must turn on the switch nearest their firing position, even if the warning lights are already on.
  5. Everyone on the firing line is responsible for ensuring that all have safely returned from downrange before the line is made hot. This includes knowing that no one is in the target house on the Rifle Range or remains inside a Skeet or Trap house. Turning off a switch which another person activated, without that person’s explicit consent, is prohibited.
    • Exception: an RSO may turn off such switch after positively verifying the person’s whereabouts.

3.19 Malfunctions

  1. Any misfire must initially be assumed to be a hangfire. The shooter must keep the muzzle pointed downrange at the backstop for at least thirty (30) seconds. After thirty (30) seconds have elapsed without a discharge a misfire is assumed, and the shooter must remove the misfired cartridge from the chamber and dispose of it properly. The cartridge must not be left on the firing line.
  2. A jammed firearm must be considered loaded. In the case of a jammed cartridge, the shooter must keep the muzzle pointed downrange at the backstop, and either clear the jam or lay the firearm on the table, bench or suitable flat area and seek assistance. If an RSO or SDO is on duty, they must be notified of the situation. If the jam cannot be cleared the firearm must be rendered incapable of firing by any means available and removed from the range.
  3. A squib load is a cartridge that does not have enough powder to push the shot or bullet out of the barrel. Upon experiencing an under-powered discharge, a shooter must check the barrel for obstruction. Range rods are available at the Shotgun Range for use by all shooters to check for and to clear barrel obstructions.

4 Ranges

 

4.1 Multipurpose Range

  1. Handgunsrifles, and shotguns may fire on the Multipurpose Range.
    All rounds must impact either a target (steel or media) or the lower two-thirds of the backstop. Paper targets must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  2. Plinking targets may be placed on the bottom two-thirds of the backstop. Targets may not be placed directly on the retaining structure (i.e., railroad ties).
  3. Steel-qualified members and their guests may engage steel targets from a minimum distance of ten (10) yards (see Subsection 4.11, Shooting Steel). Others may not shoot steel on this range.
  4. The conventional firing line is the concrete strip. A forward firing line may be established provided the red lights are illuminated. The first person or group arriving at the range determines the firing line. When others are waiting shooters should limit their time as the one(s) establishing the firing line.
  5. No firing is permitted from behind the conventional firing line.
  6. Cross draws and rear draws of handguns are prohibited.
  7. Shotguns may be patterned. Caution must be exercised in order to:
    • Avoid damage to Club-provided target stands
    • Avoid hitting steel targets behind the patterning target
    • Avoid hitting the retaining timbers (railroad ties) or other structures
  8. No parking is allowed on the Multipurpose Range except for loading and unloading of vehicles. Vehicles should be parked to the rear of the buildings, on top of the rise, except for the handicapped space.

4.2 Rifle Range

  1. Only rifles and certified long-range handguns may be fired on the Rifle Range. In order to fire a long-range handgun on this range a member must be certified by a Board-approved designee and possess a Long-Range Pistol (LRP) card. Such card must be presented to the RSO upon request.
  2. All rounds must impact either the lower two-thirds of the backstop or a target (steel or media) mounted thereon. Only paper targets may be placed at intermediate ranges, and they must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  3. All rifles and long-range handguns must be zeroed on the Sight-In Range prior to their use on this range.
  4. The conventional firing line is the row of benches. A forward firing line may only be used during Board-approved events.
  5. Prone shooting may only be done from the two raised platforms at the right side of the firing line. Only prone shooting is allowed from these positions. The Board may approve exceptions for special events.
  6. Standing (off-hand) shooting may only be done from the two shooting positions at the far-right side of the firing line. Only off-hand shooting is allowed from these positions. The Board may approve exceptions for special events.
  7. No firing is permitted from behind the conventional firing line.

4.3 Sight-In Range

  1. The Sight-In Range is intended for the purpose of zeroing rifles, long-range handgunsshotguns shooting single projectiles, and crossbows.
  2. All rounds must impact the lower two-thirds of the backstop. Paper targets must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  3. The conventional firing line is the row of benches. A forward firing line may be established provided the red lights are illuminated. Normally, only a single shooter at a time would utilize a forward firing line, and only temporarily for the purpose(s) of determining initial zero, patterning a shotgun, or (with an RSO) certifying a semi-automatic rifle.
  4. No firing is permitted from behind the conventional firing line.
  5. It is the member’s responsibility to have sufficient knowledge of the ballistics of the firearm/ammunition combination to be sure that rounds will impact on the backstop when it is fired at the Rifle Range.
  6. Shotguns may be patterned. Caution must be exercised in order to:
    • Avoid damage to Club-provided target stands
    • Avoid hitting the retaining timbers (railroad ties) or other structures
  7. The Sight-In Range is not intended for plinking or continued shooting after zeroing.

4.4 Pistol Range

  1. Handguns and pistol-caliber rifles may be fired on the Pistol Range.
  2. Only .22 LR ammunition and subsonic (muzzle velocity less than 1125 fps) centerfire handgun ammunition may be fired, with the following exceptions:
    • All 9mm (except +P) ammunition is allowed
    • All .40 SW (except +P) ammunition is allowed
    • All .45 ACP (except +P) ammunition is allowed
  3. All rounds must impact the lower two-thirds of the backstop. Paper targets must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  4. The conventional firing line is the row of benches. A forward firing line may be established only with Match Director or RSO approval. When a forward firing line is used the red lights must be illuminated.
  5. No firing is permitted from behind the conventional firing line.
  6. All shooting from the conventional firing line must take place on or above the shooting benches. No shooting below tabletop level is permitted. The Board may approve exceptions for special events.

4.5 Large Plinking Range

  1. Handgunsrifles, and shotguns may be fired on the Large Plinking Range.
  2. Centerfire ammunition with a muzzle velocity not greater than 2,000 feet per second and all rimfire ammunition (regardless of muzzle velocity) may be fired.
  3. All rounds must impact either a target (steel or media) or the lower two-thirds of the Backstop. Paper targets must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  4. Plinking targets may be placed on the bottom two-thirds of the backstop or on top of brackets supporting steel targets (but not on the steel targets themselves). Targets may not be placed directly on the retaining structure (i.e., railroad ties).
  5. The minimum distance for engaging steel targets is thirty-five (35) yards (between the yellow signs) (see Subsection 4.11, Shooting Steel).
  6. The conventional firing line is the row of benches. A forward firing line may be established provided the red lights are illuminated. The first person or group arriving at the range determines the firing line. When others are waiting shooters should limit their time as the one(s) establishing the firing line.
  7. No firing is permitted from behind the conventional firing line.
  8. Shotguns may be patterned. Caution must be exercised in order to:
    • Avoid damage to Club-provided target stands
    • Avoid hitting steel targets behind the patterning target
    • Avoid hitting the retaining timbers (railroad ties) or other structures

4.6 Small Plinking Range

  1. Handgunsrifles, and shotguns may be fired on the Small Plinking Range.
  2. Centerfire ammunition with a muzzle velocity not greater than 2,000 feet per second and all rimfire ammunition (regardless of muzzle velocity) may be fired.
  3. All rounds must impact either a target (steel or media) or the lower two-thirds of the backstop. Paper targets must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  4. Plinking targets may be placed on the bottom two-thirds of the backstop or on top of brackets supporting steel targets (but not on the steel targets themselves). Targets may not be placed directly on the retaining structure (i.e., railroad ties).
  5. Steel-qualified members may engage steel targets from a minimum distance of ten (10) yards (see Subsection 4.11, Shooting Steel). For all others, the minimum distance for engaging steel targets is thirty-five (35) yards (under and abeam the shelter).
  6. The use of the conventional firing line (where the lights and switches are located) at the Small Plinking Range has been discontinued. The rearmost allowable firing line is under and abeam the shelter at mid-range. Consequently, the lights should be illuminated any time this range is in use. A forward firing line may be established. The first person or group arriving at the range determines the firing line. When others are waiting shooters should limit their time as the one(s) establishing the firing line.
  7. Shotguns may be patterned. Caution must be exercised in order to:
    • Avoid damage to Club-provided target stands
    • Avoid hitting steel targets behind the patterning target
    • Avoid hitting the retaining timbers (railroad ties) or other structures

4.7 Action Shooting Facility

  1. Handgunsrifles, and shotguns may be fired on the Action Shooting Facility.
  2. All rounds must impact either a target (steel or media) or the lower two-thirds of the backstop or a side berm. Paper targets must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  3. Steel-qualified members and their guests may engage steel targets from a minimum distance of ten (10) yards. The direction of engagement must be toward the backstop only (i.e., not toward a side berm.) Steel targets may be placed up to half the distance from the backstop to the back edge of a bay. (see Subsection 4.11, Shooting Steel).
  4. There is no conventional firing line. The first person or group within a bay determines the firing line. When others are waiting shooters should limit their time as the one(s) establishing the firing line.
  5. No firing is permitted from behind the rearmost boundary of a bay, defined by the landscaping timbers at the gravel/grass interface.
  6. Persons are not permitted in certain areas of the Facility, to include:
    • Backstops and side berms above the impact areas
    • Block walls
    • The cleared areas to the west (left) and north (backside) of the bays.
  7. Persons who hold the SB qualification may use an ASF bay as an extension of the Multipurpose Range. Only static shooting into the backstop (not the side berms) is allowed.
  8. Persons who hold the AH qualification may engage in action shooting with handguns.
  9. Persons who hold the AL qualification may engage in action shooting with long guns.
  10. Action shooting is limited to one shooter at a time. Exceptions may be approved by the Board.
  11. Guests and those who have not passed the proper qualification(s) are not permitted to engage inaction shooting within the Facility. Exceptions may be granted by the Board.
  12. Drawing from a side holster is permitted within the bays, provided the draw remains forward of the180-degree plane.
  13. Rear-draws and cross-draws are permitted only for members who hold the AH qualification. Shooters must orient themselves within the bay so that their muzzle does not cross the 180- degree plane. Only one person may engage in rear-draws and/or cross-draws at a time, and any other persons in the bay must remain behind the 180-degree plane.
  14. Shotguns may be patterned. Caution must be exercised in order to:
    • Avoid damage to Club-provided target stands
    • Avoid hitting steel targets behind the patterning target
    • Avoid hitting the retaining timbers (railroad ties) or other structures
  15. After signing it at the Outdoor Range office for an ASF bay, a member must take the numbered sign for the respective bay with them to the ASF and mount it in the bracket on that bay’s numbered signpost. (An absence of numbered signs indicates that all bays are occupied.) The sign must be returned to the office upon the member’s departure.

4.8 Shotgun Range

  1. Smoothbore shoulder-mounted shotguns may be fired at the Shotgun Range.
  2. Ammunition is limited to standard 2¾ inch loads with a maximum dram equivalent of 3 and maximum shot size of 7½.
  3. Magnum loads are prohibited.
  4. Shotguns must be maintained in a safe condition at all times and at all places within the facility except when a shooter is properly positioned at a designated shooting station. Shotguns must be made safe again prior to exiting shooting stations.
  5. Shotguns may be patterned at the Shotgun Range using the patterning stand. Shotgun Range ammunition restrictions apply. For patterning with larger shot sizes see the rules for the Multipurpose Range, Sight-In Range, Plinking Ranges, and Action Shooting Facility.
  6. shotgun may only be loaded at an approved shooting station.
    • 5-Stand shooters may only load when the barrel is over the cross bar at the front of the shooting cage.
    • Long bird shooters must load and shoot from within the approved shooting position cages.
  7. When shooting Skeet, 5-Stand, and Trap Doubles it is permitted to load up to two (2) shells. At all other fields and/or stations, only one shell may be loaded at a time.
  8. shotgun’s action may only be closed when it is the shooter’s turn to shoot.
  9. A shotgunner’s trigger finger must remain outside the trigger guard until s/he is ready to call for a target.
  10. Shooting is permitted only from designated shooting stations.
  11. On the Skeet ranges squad members should stand directly behind the shooter on station and remain out of the arc of the shooter’s swing.
  12. All persons must refrain from walking in front of a Skeet low house window, a Trap house, or any 5-stand or Long bird trap.
  13. Entry onto the range is prohibited when an orange cone is atop the Trap house or when the yellow chains are positioned across the range gate(s).
  14. All non-shooters, except a target pullers, shooting instructors, scorers, and/or qualification officers, must remain behind the white fence (Trap and Skeet fields), behind the shooting deck (5-Stand facility), and off the Long Bird field while shooting is taking place.
  15. If it becomes necessary for any person to go downrange (defined as the area beyond the safety fences extending forward of the Skeet towers) on any Trap or Skeet field, all four fields must be made cold until all persons who went forward have returned.
  16. Only vendors or trained and authorized members may load, adjust, maintain, or repair trap machines.

4.9 Archery Range

  1. Conventional bows, compound bows, and crossbows may be used on the Archery Range. Crossbows must be certified by an RSO prior to use.
  2. Arm guards and finger tabs or similar equipment are recommended for all archers.
  3. Only field points are allowed on the archery sight-in range and 3D targets.
  4. Broadheads are not allowed on the Archery Range.
  5. Paintballs and other non-archery specific projectiles are not allowed on the Archery Range.
  6. A portion of the Archery Range is adjacent to the shotgun road and bisected by the rifle road. Archers are required to be aware of all traffic and cease shooting when vehicles are passing. Shooting across any road is prohibited.
  7. If it becomes necessary to move into or behind a target area the archer’s bow should be leaned against a target to indicate his/her presence.
  8. On field archery or a 3D course, archers must remain on the path and travel in the correct direction in and out. Crossing lanes is prohibited.

4.10 Indoor Range

  1. Handguns and pistol-caliber rifles may be fired at the Indoor Range.
  2. Only .22 LR ammunition and centerfire handgun ammunition with a muzzle velocity not greater than 2000 feet per second may be fired.
    • Shotguns and/or shotshells are prohibited.
    • Black powder firearms are prohibited.
  3. All rounds must impact the backstop. Only paper targets may be used, and they must be mounted at a height that ensures impact in the allowable area.
  4. The conventional firing line is the row of benches. A forward firing line may only be used during Board-approved events. At such times, the Indoor Range will be closed to other shooters.
  5. Firing from behind the benches is prohibited.
  6. Firearms must be over a shooting bench and/or between ballistic panels during discharge.
  7. Firearms must be made safe before being moved between shooting stations if any of the intervening stations are occupied.
  8. Drawing and shooting is allowed provided the following conditions are met:
    • Prior to shooting from the draw the lane must be prepared by removing the bench top and the top half of the forward partition and storing them behind the yellow line. The lower half of the partition must remain in place. A shelf may be installed in either the left or right bench top slot.
    • When drawing, the shooter must be inside the bay and forward of the blue line.
    • Drawing from outside-the-waistband (OWB), inside-the-waistband (IWB), drop-leg, or ankle holsters may only be accomplished from the 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock positions on the body for right- or left-handed shooters, respectively.
    • Drawing from fanny packs, purses, sling bags, or similar accessories is only allowed if the bore axis of the firearm remains parallel to the range axis, i.e., no sweeping of adjacent shooting stations occurs.
    • Crossdraw, small-of-the-back (SOB) and shoulder holsters may not be used.
  9. Whenever the range is hot the downrange access gates adjacent to lanes 1 and 10 must remain closed.
  10. Whenever the range is cold, all persons who are not going downrange must remain behind the yellow line.
  11. The exit door adjacent to position 10 is for emergency use only. Under normal circumstances all entry into and exit from the range must be via the airlock.
  12. Use of the Indoor Range is on a first come, first served basis.  No shooter or group has precedence over another except during Board-approved special events.

4.11 Shooting Steel (various ranges)

  1. Engaging steel targets is allowed on the Multipurpose Range, Rifle Range, the Plinking Ranges, and the Action Shooting Facility.
  2. The following types of firearms and/or ammunition may not be shot at steel targets:  
    • Shotgun shells exceeding 2¾ inches and/or magnum loads.
    • Shotgun slugs
    • Any ammunition with a muzzle velocity greater than 2000 feet per second on the Multipurpose Range, Plinking Ranges, and ASF.
    • Armor piercing projectiles. (5.56mm green-tip “penetrator” rounds are not considered armor piercing at ranges beyond 200 yards).
    • Steel projectiles of any kind, to include BB’s
    • Non-lead air gun pellets, to include plastic
  3. Minimum engagement distances:
    • On the Multipurpose Range and ASF, steel-qualified members and their guests may engage steel targets from a minimum distance of ten (10) yards. Others may not engage steel on these ranges.
    • On the Rifle Range, the steel targets may only be engaged from the conventional firing line. The Board may grant exceptions for special events utilizing a forward firing line.
    • On the Large Plinking Range, the minimum distance for engaging steel targets is thirty- five (35) yards (between the yellow signs).
    • On the Small Plinking Range, steel-qualified members and their guests may engage the steel targets from a minimum distance of ten (10) yards. All others may engage the steel targets from a minimum distance of thirty-five (35) yards (under or abeam the shelter).
  4. Eye and Ear Protection: refer to Subsection 2.6
  5. Shooters engaging steel targets must wear close-toed shoes.
  6. Shooters engaging steel targets are strongly encouraged to wear a brimmed hat or a cap with forward-facing bill.
  7. Steel targets should be placed no closer than three (3) feet from other steel targets. The offset may be accomplished using either lateral or depth separation.
  8. Steel targets must be placed as close to the backstop as possible. The following exception applies:
    • At the ASF, steel targets may be placed up to half the distance from the backstop to the back edge of a bay.
  9. The angle of engagement for steel targets may not exceed twenty (20) degrees.

5 Miscellaneous


5.1 Drones


Drones may not be operated over Club property without 
Board approval.

 

Join the NRA Today!