Range Rules & Safety

 

The Three Rules of Gun Safety:

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Safety is everyone's responsibility.   General safety regulations are posted inside the range gate, with range-specific regulations posted at each range.  All individuals utilizing RP&RC ranges are expected to absolutely follow ALL General and Range Specific regulations.  Violations should be reported immediately to the club’s Safety Officer or any Club Officer.

The following Range Rules apply to ALL Members, Guests and Visitors when on Club property and using any of the RP&RC ranges.  View the General and range specific rules by clicking on the respective + next to the title below.


General Range Regulations

ALWAYS follow The Three Rules of Gun Safety (above) and all range specific rules (listed below) while on all RP&RC ranges.

  1. Range Officers:  We do not employ full time range officers.  While participating in live fire on any range, one member is to be designated as range officer ensuring safe transition from Range Safe to Range Hot conditions and ensure overall safe operation.
  2. Cease Fire:  Any shooter is empowered to call Cease Fire in the event of observed/experienced unsafe practices.
  3. Safe Direction:  For all ranges the only safe direction is down range.
  4. Loaded Firearms:  Load only when on the firing line facing the target. Loaded firearms are not allowed in the ready area (picnic tables).
  5. Range Limits:  The pistol and rifle ranges are each surrounded by a containment berm on each side and at the range terminus.  Ensure rounds impact into the berms by never raising the muzzle of a loaded firearm above the berm.
  6. Range Cold/Safe:
    1. Absolutely NO firearms may be handled while the range is cold/safe.
    2. No one may be forward of the firing line unless the range is acknowledged cold/safe.
    3. When going down range make all firearms safe and no handling of firearms when anyone is down range.
  7. Ear and Eye Protection:  Ear and eye protection is mandatory at all times when the range is hot/live.
  8. Loaded Firearms:
    1. Always consider firearms to be loaded and handle accordingly.
    2. No loaded firearms are allowed in shooting preparation areas (picnic tables)
    3. No firearms are to be loaded when a range in in a clod/safe condition.
  9. Automatic Firearms:  Fully automatic firearms use is NOT allowed without prior written approval of the Safety Officer.
  10. Ammunition:
    1. Incendiary, armor piercing, and tracer ammunition are not permitted.
    2. Maximum caliber firearm permitted is .45 caliber.   (This does not apply to muzzle loading firearms.)
    3. Special permission to fire calibers larger than 45 and fully automatic fire may be obtained on a per use basis by contacting the Club Safety Officer for written approval to do so for the specific date.
  11. No alcohol or drugs are permitted on the ranges at any time.
  12. See range specific regulations below.


Safe Use of Steel Targets

Steel target shooting sports are the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports, however, some common sense guidelines for utilization must be followed.
Steel targets are safe. They provide instant feedback to shooters, with most shooters finding they make a range trip more enjoyable than just shooting paper.

In the month of April we will begin installing steel targets on the ranges.  The following safety rules will be posted at the range and included in our Range Rules documentation.
It is every shooters’ responsibility to abide by these guidelines.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of range privileges and/or club membership.

From time to time we may make some rules changes as we go along.  Check this page regularly.

Steel Target Rules:

  1. Minimum engagement distance for center fire rifles is 50 yards.
  2. Minimum engagement distance for handguns and rim fire rifles is 15 yards.
  3. Steel targets shall be inspected monthly by the Club Range Safety Officer or a person designated by the CRSO.
  4. Steel targets shall not be moved by anyone except the Club Range Safety Officer or a person designated by the CRSO.
  5. Damaged targets shall be removed from the range immediately and disposed of or repaired.
  6. These rules may be temporarily amended for a competitive shooting event or other range event if approved by the Club Range Safety Officer or a person designated by the CRSO.


25 Yard and Falling Plate Range Regulations

ALL general range regulations stated above apply, PLUS;

  1. Allowed Firearms:  Pistols only are allowed on the 25 yard range– no shotguns or rifles allowed
  2. Range Safe Signs:  Use of Range Safe signs: The Range Safe signs must ALL be UP (Range Safe Condition) or  ALL be DOWN (Range Hot Condition).
  3. Ammunition:  45 caliber is maximum caliber allowed as per General Rules. Full metal jacket ammunition is allowed on falling plates
  4. Targets:  
    1. Place targets only on backers/stands provided.
    2. Plinking Range:  Space is provided for placement of non-paper targets  you provide to the right of firing position 12.   No glass targets allowed.  Remove any targets you placed.
    3. Falling Plates Lane (adjacent to firing position 1).  The provided falling plates are suitable for all calibers allowed.
  5. The standard firing line is defined by the installed fixed benches. Firing positions downrange from this fixed position should be avoided except in circumstances where all shooters on the range agree on doing so (i.e. shooting at the falling plates at distances other than 25 yds.) In such circumstances EXTREME CAUTION and adherence to ALL firearm safety rules MUST be followed.


50 Yard Range Regulations

ALL general range regulations stated above apply, PLUS;

  1. Allowed Firearms:   Rifles, pistols and shotguns may be used on this range.
  2. Targets:  No clay targets allowed.
    1. Plinking range -  Space is provided for placement of non-paper targets  you provide to the left of the covered positions.   No glass targets allowed.  Remove any targets you placed.
  3. Shotgun Patterning:  50 yard range can be used for patterning.
  4. The standard firing line is defined by the downrange edge of the concrete slab. Firing positions downrange from this point should be avoided except in circumstances where all shooters on the range mutually agree on doing so during a “fire & maneuver” type exercise (i.e. Cowboy Action and personal defense shooting with varied target placement.)  In such circumstances EXTREME CAUTION and adherence to ALL firearm safety rules MUST be followed.


100 Yard Range Regulations

ALL general range regulations stated above apply, PLUS;

  1. Allowed Firearms:  Rifles, pistols and shotguns may be used on this range.
  2. Targets:  No clay targets allowed.
    1. Plinking range -  Space is provided for placement of non-paper targets  you provide to the left of the covered positions.   No glass targets allowed.  Remove any targets you placed.
  3. The standard firing line is defined by the downrange edge of the concrete slab. Firing positions downrange from this point should be avoided except in circumstances where all shooters on the range mutually agree on doing so for a “fire & maneuver” type exercise (i.e. Cowboy Action and personal defense shooting with varied target placement.)  In such circumstances EXTREME CAUTION and adherence to ALL firearm safety rules MUST be followed.


Shotgun Range Regulations

ALL general range regulations stated above apply, PLUS;

  1. No pistols, rifles or slug ammunition allowed on this range.
  2. No shot larger than 7 ½ may be utilized.
  3. Keep the action open and empty when handling guns, with barrels pointing in a safe direction when walking.
  4. Break action guns may be closed when in the gun rack.
  5. Load only when on the firing line facing down range and it is your turn to shoot.
  6. The steel plate can be used for patterning lead shot only 7 ½ & smaller or the 50 yard range can be used for patterning.
  7. No tracking of targets behind the firing line.
  8. Load only one round at a time unless shooting doubles.
  9. Pick up empty shells and put in designated cans.

Updated November 2015


NOTICE TO GUESTS AND VISITORS

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS MAY NOT POSSESS, HANDLE, OR OPERATE FIREARMS ON RPRC PROPERTY:

  • Anyone adjudicated as mentally defective, been committed to a mental intuition, or have a history of mental illness.
  • Unlawful users of depressants, stimulants, narcotic drugs or any other controlled substance.
  • Anyone under legal restriction which would prohibit owning, possessing or having access to firearms under Federal, State, or local law.
  • Persons with physical or mental impairment which would render firearms activity unsafe.