Ranges  
 

Range Info

We currently have 6 firearm ranges that are maintained and supervised by our range committee. We have three pistol only ranges (7, 15 & 25 yards), and three shotgun, rifle, or pistol ranges (25, 50 & 100 yards). All these ranges have sheltered firing lines to help protect you, your firearms and other gear from the hot sun or rain. We also have three specialized ranges: Trap, Card Shoot, and Cowboy. Other than the area on the trap range by trap house 4 and the pattern board area, these ranges are only open for scheduled shooting events.

Ranges

Use of the ranges will be during daylight hours only, sunrise to or sunset, except with the expressed written consent of the chairman of the respective shooting events / activities, or with approval from the Board.

Cease Fire Rules
The three major commands a shooter needs to understand are:

  1. “Cease Fire” This means stop what you are doing.
  2. “All Clear” This means that there is no longer anyone past the firing line.
  3. “The Range is Hot” This means that you may commence firing when ready.

When a Cease Fire is called ALL SHOOTERS must obey.

  1. If an unsafe action is observed it is YOUR responsibility to immediately Call a Cease Fire - Loudly and Repeatedly until all shooters respond.
  2. When the Call is Cease Fire! You must obey the directive, and insure those around you obey.
  3. Every shooter on the line has the right to call a cease fire; shooters will use common courtesy when doing so.
  4. No firearm or ammunition is to be handled or touched during a cease fire.
  5. Every gun on the line will be emptied and grounded with the action open and magazines removed. An open chamber indicator (OCI) must be used on firearms lacking a lock open feature during a cease-fire; you must provide your own suitable OCI device.  Black-powder firearms will be de-capped or un-primed and hammers lowered. In addition, Black-powder long guns will be stationed vertical with their butt stocks on the ground.
  6. Make sure that all others on the firing line (including non-shooters) have acknowledged the cease fire and that all firearms are safe.
  7. Whenever anyone is down-range, everyone else must be away from the bench/firing line and behind the ready line.
  8. The shooter calling the cease fire is responsible for calling the line “All Clear” when down range activities are completed.
  9. All shooters must acknowledge that the range is “All Clear” and personally verify that there are no others downrange before resuming.
  10.  “The Range is Hot” shall be used to indicate a return to operations.

Firearm Types Permitted:

  1. Rifles, pistols, shotguns with slugs, pellet and BB guns may be used only on the appropriate rifle and pistol ranges. Shotguns firing shot shells may be used on the rifle ranges, for the purpose of patterning. A pattern target stand exists just south of trap range #4 for that purpose as well. Only Shotguns with shot shells may be used on trap ranges.
  2. Firearms may be excluded from use on the ranges on a case by case basis. Examples would include:
    • Firearms that are found to not be in safe working order
    • Firearms whose caliber exceeds the ranges ability to safely contain the fired projectiles within the backstop, (e.g. .50 BMG, .416 Barrett).
    • Firearms that cannot be safely controlled by the shooter.

Range Closure Notification:

  1. The 4’ X 4’ Range open / closed sign located at the northeast corner of the clubhouse parking and at the pedestrian entrance to the ranges is the “Master Sign”. When this sign reads “Range Closed”, then ALL GUN RANGES are closed. When the Master Sign reads open, individual range closings may still occur. Shooters MUST pay attention to the range open / closed sign that is specific to the range they desire to use as individual range closing will be necessary from time to time.
  2. No unauthorized person is to tamper with or change the Range Open / Closed indication signs.
  3. If a range is marked closed no person is to utilize that range, NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXCUSES.
  4. These signs are for the safety of all members and are to be obeyed at all times.
  5. On those occasions that the Board must close the ranges for events or work reasons a reasonable effort will be made to post an announcement in the newsletter and / or on the webpage, prior to the closing. 
  6. During shooting events on the Cowboy Action range the 7 yard range will be closed for safety.

Range and Safety Rules:

  1. When present, a Greene County Fish and Game Range Safety Officer (RSO) is the authority on the range and have the responsibility of making the final decision on all range safety matters. All members and guests are to abide with his / her direction as it pertains to range activities. Users of the ranges should make themselves aware of the identity and location of any RSO, so as to report and assist if necessary in correcting an observed unsafe condition. All members are to consider themselves to be safety officers in the absence of any assigned RSO.
  2. Safety precautions MUST be observed! To do otherwise is to endanger yourself and others.
  3. Members observing violations of range safety rules are responsible for bring such violations to the attention of the Range Safety Officer or if an RSO is not present, to the offending party.
  4. When confronting the offending party, Members should point out the violation in a calm and constructive manner and ask that the offender alter their behavior. At no time should a member put themselves or others in jeopardy when confronting a violator, step away and report it as soon as possible to an officer or director.
  5. Continuation of the unsafe behavior should be reported to any available Range Safety Officer, board member or club officer.
  6. Adults supervising minors in a shooting activity shall have instructed the minor in basic firearms safety prior to allowing them to shoot. Minors are required to be under the direct supervision of an adult member while participating in a shooting activity. You must be 21 to use a handgun unsupervised.
  7. The Association strongly recommends that every minor or person new to shooting attend and pass the basic hunter education safety course or a qualified firearms safety course.
  8. Adult members supervising minor shooters are responsible for the minor’s actions and conduct.
  9. Spectators, defined as anyone not directly involved in the shooting activity, are to remain behind the Ready Line, (defined as the rear boarder or edge of the range covers), or in the designated Spectator area if on the Cowboy, Trap, or Card Shooting Ranges.  During Youth Shooting events, only those youths and their coach/ assistant are permitted on the Firing Line.
  10. Chairmen and or Range Safety Officers, during an organized shooting event, may modify or diverge from parts of the Range and Safety Rules, within the bounds of safety, due to the nature of that shooting event.
  11. All guns being carried to and from the ranges shall be unloaded with the action open and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. It is preferable to transport them in cases.
  12. Firearms carried on your person for personal protection (concealed or open carried) are exempt from the above.
  13. Those shooters who are approaching the range area are to wait until all clear is called before proceeding to uncase or deploy a firearm.
  14. Shooting will be done from designated firing positions to established target positions.
  15. No cross shooting of targets.
  16. No short shooting of targets. Short shooting can cause ricochets flying over the berm. Short shooting is defined when your target is not placed along the established target line, but rather placed in the area between the target line and the firing line.
  17. Rapid fire shooting is not permitted unless required in a sanctioned competition.
  18. Rapid fire is defined as anything more than a three (3) round burst, in a one second interval. Such bursts shall be followed by a marked lull or pause before continuing to fire.
  19. Place ALL duds in the boxes provided. Do not throw them on the ground or in the trash barrels where waste is burned.
  20. When sharing ranges with organized events, shooters will follow and obey all range commands and directions as given by the event coordinator.
  21. During Upland Game Season, November 1- January 31 ranges are only open on Sundays and Wednesdays unless otherwise announced.
  22. All Ranges will be closed after 3:00 PM on the Wednesday prior to the Thanksgiving.
  23. During Clean-up Weekend all Ranges will be closed from 3:00 PM Friday, until sunrise the following Monday.
  24. No fully automatic fire is permitted.  Legally possessed full automatic firearms may only be fired in single shot or semi-automatic mode, no full or burst modes. No tracer or armor piercing ammunition may be used.
  25. Targets are to be:
  26. Hung on the parallel wires / roping provided.
  27. Broken wires / roping are to be repaired (tied back together).
  28. Paper hung on cardboard. (Come prepared, bring them with you).
  29. Clay targets may be used if placed in a frame / holder or suspended. If suspended from wires / ropes the remnants remaining attached to the wire / ropes, along with the suspension materials must be removed. The broken pieces of clay may remain on the ground.
  30. Steel targets are acceptable when they are designed for the distance, bullet type and caliber of firearm being used. The target and stand are the responsibility of the shooter to use and remove.  They must be set to use the full range; no mid range targets are allowed.
  31. Suspending or propping of targets on support posts is prohibited.
  32. The intentional shooting of support posts will be treated as a dangerous act, (ricochet) and as destruction of club property, whether the round impacts or not. Such violations will be acted upon as defined in the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws
  33. BOTTLES, CANS OR OTHER MATERIALS MAY NOT BE USED.
  34. NO EXPLODING TARGETS (e.g. Tannerite, or similar).
  35. Police the Area of all used targets, empty shell casings, (except .22 rim fire) and trash generated during your session. Clean up a little extra too.
  36. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed while participating in shooting activities or while in the shooting area. Persons may not take part in this event while under the influence of alcohol.
  37. Destruction of club property, littering and safety violations will not be tolerated and are cause for disciplinary action from the Board of Directors.
  38. The Mining of lead, copper, and other metals from the backstop / berm is considered destruction of club property. The picking up of found lead, copper, or other metals that do not require digging or disturbing the soil is permitted.

WE CAN NOT AFFORD OR ALLOW CARELESSNESS TO CAUSE PROBLEMS ON THE RANGES.  IF YOU SEE VIOLATIONS OCCURRING REPORT IT FOR THE PROTECTION AND SAFETY OF ALL CLUB MEMBERS.

Card Shoot Range

  1. All shooting on this range is done at Board authorized events under supervision of the chairperson for the event.
  2. This range is closed to all other casual shooting use.

Cowboy Action Range

  1. The Cowboy Action Range is located between the 7 yard pistol and 25 yard rifle range.
  2. This range is closed to all other casual shooting use.
  3. During a Cowboy Action event, only cartridges using soft lead bullets may be used. No gas checks, no copper washed, or jacketed bullets of any kind are allowed, except for copper washed .22 rim fire rounds, Only lead shotgun shot; no larger than #7, is permitted.
  4. Other shooting events utilizing the Cowboy Action Range shall use projectiles types as specified by the event chairman.
  5. All shooting on this range is done at Board authorized events under supervision of the chairperson for the event.

Rifle Ranges

  1. The rifle ranges are the three East facing 25 yard, 50 yard and 100 yard ranges.
  2. Pistols may be used on the rifle ranges, unless such use would interfere with a person wishing to utilize the rifle range for rifle shooting.
  3. The last half of the 100-yard range firing line (southern most portion; from the firing line shelter southward) is closed when the traps are in use. Closure is for the safety of range users.

Pistol Ranges

  1. The pistol ranges are the three 7, 15, and 25 yard ranges that face the North, located well behind the 25-yard rifle range.
  2. Shooting on these ranges is to be done from the designated firing lines only. The 7-yard range is for handgun use only, no rifle or shotgun of any gauge or caliber is allowed.
  3. The use of any firearm other than a pistol on the 15 and 25 yard pistol ranges, with the exception of a rim-fire .17, or .22 caliber rifles is strictly prohibited, without board approval.

Trap Shooting Ranges

  1. Trap shooting ranges are for the use of Shotguns firing shot shells only, no slugs or buckshot (No’s. 4 or larger) are permitted on the trap range.
  2. Observe safety rules. Do not point your gun at another, even if it is unloaded, (never treat a gun as unloaded). On the firing line, always keep your gun pointed toward the ground or the trap house.
  3. When in the clubhouse all guns are to be kept in the rack provided, actions completely open, or enclosed in a case.
  4. Cases are not to be placed on tables.
  5. Do not shoulder, mount or point a shotgun while inside the clubhouse walls, never close the action, never dry fire. All such activity should be done outside, in an unused area adjacent to the trap line.
  6. Maintain muzzle awareness at all times, do not ‘sweep’ a person with the muzzle, even when removing or placing the shotgun in the rack or case.
  7. Move from the clubhouse to the trap line with the action open and the muzzle pointed in the safest possible direction (usually straight up).
  8. When Clubhouse activities are scheduled during a trapshooting event, trapshooting participants are to use the trap equipment storage room as their operations and lounge area, reserving the Clubhouse as much as possible for the scheduled Clubhouse activity.
  9. All shell casings, boxes and other trash should be policed at the conclusion of a trap event.

 

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