The club bases its General Safety Rules very closely on the shooting Range Rules published by the Education and Training Division of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The subsections below use the NRA guidelines as headings and information for each subject.
1.1.1 It is NOT acceptable for any person to be “swept” by the muzzle of any firearm
1.1.2 While on the firing lines, every firearm should, at all times, be pointed down range or straight up in the air.
1.1.3 Every firearm should be brought to the firing line in a suitable case, with the firearm unloaded. If a case is not available, the firearm must be brought to the firing line carried with the muzzle pointed straight up in the air with the action open.
1.1.4 An uncased firearm may not be brought to the firing line if the line is in a “cold “ status.
1.2.1 It is the shooters responsibility to ensure that no unintentional discharge occurs.
1.3.1 In general, all firearms must be brought to the range unloaded. All loading must be done on the firing line, and all firearms must be unloaded before being removed from the firing line.
1.3.2 Whenever the firing line is declared “cold” every firearm MUST be unloaded, its action open, and it must be placed in a secure position on the bench, on the ground, or in a case or rack behind the firing line. No firearm may be handled while the range is in a cold status and shooters will move away from their equipment.
1.3.3 Every firearm left unattended on the firing line, especially when the range is cold, must be unloaded and left with the action open.
1.5.1 It is the shooters responsibility to realize a cold or hot range when first entering a range.
1.5.2 It is the shooters responsibility to ensure that every firearm and its ammunition used on the range is maintained and used in a safe manner.
1.5.3 It is the shooters responsibility to ensure that only suitable ammunition is used in each firearm. It is strongly recommended that a shooter bring only one firearm and its ammunition to the firing line at a time.
1.6.1 Only targets authorized for each range may be used on that range. It is the shooters responsibility to insure that paper targets are being used, that they are secured to the club provided backboards – and not of any material that would promote or generate ricochets.
1.6.2 Every target must be placed to a height to ensure that all bullets fired will impact the berm. Aerial shots and ground skips will NOT be tolerated.
1.6.3 It is the shooters responsibility to line up with their target. No Crossfire will be tolerated.
1.7.1 The firing line is maintained in one of two states: “Hot” or “Cold”. When the firing line is “hot” shooters are free to fire, and no one may go forward of the firing line for any reason under any circumstances. When the firing line is “Cold”, shooters are free to move forward of the firing line to work on targets, and no one may handle any firearm.
1.7.2 It is the responsibility of every shooter, member or guest, to know the current state [Cold or Hot] of the firing line at all times.
1.7.3 It is the responsibility of every shooter, member or guest, to ensure that all others on the firing line are made aware when the firing line is declared Hot or Cold.
1.7.4 It is the responsibility of every shooter, member or guest, to ensure that the firing line is NOT declared HOT until all others are behind the firing line.
Minors under the age of 18 must at all times wear ear and eye protection whenever the range is HOT. It is highly recommended for all persons on the range to wear suitable ear and eye protection.
1.8.1 At any moment each range is considered to be on one of two states:
1.8.2 Except during authorized matches, the club operates the ranges by cooperation between the shooters on the firing line. Any shooter may request a cold range. In general shooters will cooperate to make the firing line cold when it is convenient for all the shooters present. In particular, shooters should be allowed to complete firing strings before the firing line goes cold. Shooters will cooperate to make the firing line “Hot” by consensus of all shooters on the line. All shooters will be given time to complete target work.
1.8.3 During authorized matches the state of the range is controlled by the match director of that particular discipline.
This section will define rules specific to the club not already covered by previous section including rules for each range.
2.1.1 Shooters must also be aware of the effects of fatigue on shooter performance. Members are responsible to ensure that they and their guests are in a safe condition whenever they come to the range.
2.1.2 Shooting times on the ranges are from sunrise to sunset.
2.1.3 NO tracers, incendiary, explosives, or other projectiles carrying any form of active components will be permitted.
2.1.4 All rounds must be fired from designated firing points, as defined for each range below. Special firing points may be established for particular authorized Club matches or Club – sanctioned training purposes.
2.1.5 All rounds must be fired in a manner such that they strike the backstop. Rounds must not be fired into the ground or over the backstops.
2.1.6 No persons will be allowed on the impact berms or side berms of any range except for the purpose of authorized and scheduled maintenance, for placing wind flags, and then only after the range has been declared cold. Shooters will be permitted onto the footing of the impact berms of the plinking range only to place targets. Shooters may NOT under any circumstances be allowed on the berms of the plinking range.
2.1.7 No hunting will be permitted on Club property.
2.1.8 Guests of members must be directly supervised at all times while on Club property. Guests must not be allowed to handle firearms or be present on the firing line without the direct supervision of the host member. The member and the guest cannot both shoot at the same time. The member must directly supervise their guest and when the member is shooting, their guest must remain behind the red safety line.
2.1.9 Children, under the age of 18, must AT ALL TIMES be supervised while on Club Property. In particular, minors must be directly, immediately and continuously supervised by an adult while the youth is in possession of a firearm.
2.1.10 Pets must be adequately controlled while on Club property. No pet shall be allowed to run freely so as to disturb other shooters. No pets are allowed on public day.
2.1.11 The retention pond is off limits to everyone.
2.1.12 Vehicles must be operated in a safe manner on the property. Speeds must not exceed 15 mile per hour on club property.
2.1.13 Shooters are required to clean up all trash and brass.
USE OF THIS RANGE RESTRICTED TO SCGAA SANCTIONED EVENTS ONLY.
3.2.1 Public shooting starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM on the first Sunday of each month. Unless you have a membership badge in full view or you are the signed-in guest of a member, you must leave promptly at closing.
3.2.2 Holstered firearms are prohibited!
Note: Any confusion or questions regarding the individual range rules can be directed to any Range Official.