Q. Does Rifles & Reels prorate membership fees?
A. Yes and no. Our membership year runs from January to December. Renewing members do not qualify for prorating. If a new member joins in November, they will pay $15 for that month + $15 for December + the full fee for the next calendar year.
Q. I went to the member’s only section on the website but its password protected, how do I get in?
A. The password is the gate code for the current year.
Q. When does the gate code change from year to year?
A. February 1st
Q. I have a PDF copy of my membership renewal from a previous year, can I just change the date and resubmit it?
A. No, the club is no longer accepting paper/PDF applications/renewals. Each applying or renewing member must complete the form on the website. www.riflesandreels.ca/membership
Q. How do I find the dates for events/meetings at the club?
A. Event and meeting dates are shared by email. They can also be found on the website. www.riflesandreels.ca/calendar
Q. I’d like help out at the club or I have some ideas I’d like to share, who do I get in touch with?
A. You have a few options. You can contact any member of the Executive directly, attend a general meeting or contact the club through the website/Facebook.
Q. I’m not receiving emails from the club, what do I do?
A. Visit the website www.riflesandreels.ca/members-only and signup for emails in the member’s only section. Alternatively, you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . This email address stays with the Secretary position from year to year. If you’ve signed up and still aren’t receiving emails, check your spam/junk folder.
Q. Can I bring a guest with me to the range once I’m a member?
A. Yes, you can bring as many as you like but they are all your responsibility and members have priority over any and all guests. Each guest must pay $5 every time they visit the range.
Q. I’ve seen someone doing something unsafe or destroying club property, what should I do?
A. If someone is being unsafe, your first course of action should be to address it with that person immediately. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Your second course of action should be to inform a member of the Executive. Incident report sheets can be found next to the sign in book. Be helpful, not confrontational.
Q. Where should my muzzle be pointed (unloaded firearm)?
2. Vertical, pointed at the sky (high carry)
3. At a berm while at/on the safety table
If your muzzle is pointed in any direction other than the 3 listed above, you are handling your firearm in an unsafe manor.
Q. Where can I unbox/keep unboxed long guns on the range?
A. The only acceptable places to unbox/store unboxed long guns are either on the firing line with the muzzle pointing downrange, on a table labeled “Safe Area” or “Safety Table” with the muzzle pointed towards a berm or in a rifle rack. An ECI shall be in place for each of the scenarios listed. Please note that benches behind the firing line on the main range (Ranges #3 and #4) are NOT a safe area.
Q. Where can I unbox/keep unboxed pistols on the range?
A. The only acceptable places to unbox/store unboxed pistols are on the firing line with the muzzle pointing downrange, on a table labeled “Safe Area” or “Safety Table” with the muzzle pointed towards a berm or in a holster. An ECI shall be in place for each of the scenarios listed except the holster. Please note that benches behind the firing line on the main range (Ranges #3 and #4) are NOT a safe area.
Q. What’s an ECI and why do I need to use them?
A. An ECI (empty chamber indicator) is a device that members shall insert into the chamber of the firearms when they are unboxed and not in use. They’re available at most retailers or can be fashioned from trimmer line which the club continually provides for the membership. Their purpose is to clearly demonstrate that the chamber of a firearms is indeed empty.
Q. I’m not sure how to operate one of my firearms, can I ask someone for help?
A. Absolutely. You can contact any member of the Executive to ask for help.
While at the Range
Q. Can I walk around the property with my pistol in a holster?
A. No, holstered pistols are only allowed on ranges #2 and #3. You are also allowed to travel in between those ranges but nowhere else.
Q. One of the garbage cans is full, what do I do?
A. Remove the full bag and place it in the clubhouse for a member of the Executive or you can take it and dispose of it yourself. There will either be a new bag at the bottom of the can or a fresh one can be found near the sign in book.
Q. I’m cold and there’s no firewood in the shooting shack, what do I do?
A. Remove the piece of plexiglass from the wood chute and send some wood down to the shack. Wood can be stacked underneath the table directly below the chute. You’re now ready to start a fire.
Q. There’s something broken on the range, what do I do?
A. Fix it yourself or you can inform any member of the Executive. Their contact info is on the website in the member’s only section or send an email to .
Q. Is it okay to shoot shot at paper target stands?
A. The only shotgun ammunition allowed on paper targets are slugs. Shot tends to destroy the target holders.
Q. It’s perfectly legal for me to have an unboxed non-restricted firearm in my vehicle. Do I need to have it boxed or covered when entering the range?
A. Yes, you must have your firearms covered on all 6 sides when entering the range. Boxes/gun socks are the most appropriate ways to cover your firearms.
Q. How do I hang paper targets on the action range?
A. Staple them to the conveyor belting hanging from the target frame or you can place 2 – 1x2s in the mobile targets stands and staple a piece of cardboard between them. Do not staple your targets directly to the 2x4 or 4x4 posts.
Q. What type of ammunition is allowed on each range?
A. Please read the rules that are posted on each range or you can ask a member of the Executive.
Q. I have a pistol with a holster, but I haven’t received the club level holster training, can I still use the holster for storage only?
Q. I have my Black Badge training from IPSC Ontario, is this an equivalent to the club level holster training?
A. Yes, if you have your Black Badge training the club level course is not required. Simply contact the chairperson for training at the club and provide your Black Badge number.
Q. There’s a lot of snow on some of the paths around the property, how do I get through it?
A. Shovel it.
Q. I’ve come across a mess on the range or I’ve created one myself, what do I do?
A. Clean it up. Don’t leave a mess for someone else to clean up.
Q. I’ve found someone’s gear or ammo on the range, what do I do?
A. The best thing to do is nothing. Chances are that the person that left it behind will be back for it. If it needs to be moved, put it somewhere out of the weather where that person can find it. If it’s something that you feel shouldn’t be left at the range, contact email@example.com.
Q. I’ve lost an item and can’t find it, what do I do?
A. Post a note near the sign in book describing the item with your contact info. You can also send an email to to see if anyone has turned it in.
Q. I’m all done shooting for the day and I have a bunch of shot up cardboard, where do I put it?A. The club doesn’t have garbage or recycling pickup so we need to burn whatever’s left there. We ask that you please take your cardboard/paper targets home with you to recycle. If you find cardboard/paper somewhere at the club, you can place the paper in the blue “Paper Only” can in the shooting shack or place cardboard beside the burn barrel on the action range (Range #2). Please do not stuff your cardboard targets in the garbage cans.