Safety: First, Last, and Always
- Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Keep the muzzle of a loaded weapon pointed below the top of the backstop to avoid sending a bullet off the range.
- Keep your finger off the trigger, and outside the trigger guard, until ready to fire or until the command "Commence firing" has been given.
- Keep the action open and the firearm unloaded until ready to use. Actions on all uncased guns in the rear of any firing line or point must remain open at all times. Actions that cannot be locked open must be blocked open.
- Know how your firearm operates. Be sure the firearm and ammunition are compatible.
- FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS are NOT allowed. Do not draw from a holster. Start from a ready position instead.
- Shoot only at paper targets, and only at targets which are directly in front of your firing point. Do not shoot across ranges.
- Be sure of the target and what is beyond. Be aware that livestock may be grazing beyond the backstop. If livestock appear on the range, cease firing until they are clear of the ranges.
- Wear ear and eye protection.
- Do not mix alcohol and drugs with shooting activities.
- Be aware that certain circumstances may require additional rules.
- The 7 yd, 25m, 50m, 100m and the silhouette ranges operate as one unit. A cease fire must be called on all to move downrange. The 200 yd range operates independently.
- The first shooter onto the firing line is the Range Safety Officer (RSO) and controls the range operations. When the RSO is no longer a shooter or leaves the firing line, another RSO must be appointed or volunteered to control the range.
- When a cease fire is called, all weapons must be unloaded. Be sure by voice confirmation that all shooters know that a cease fire has been called. Senior ears and shooting muffs make it difficult for shooters to hear range commands. Only then is it safe to go downrange.
- During a cease fire, DO NOT HANDLE a weapon on the firing line. People who are downrange become nervous and ill-tempered.
- Complete safety rules are found in the Members Book.