RULES

GENERAL - These rules are in effect throughout the property and must be obeyed at all times.

  • Obey all posted signage.

  • Eye and ear protection MUST be own at all times.

  • All members and guests must be behind the firing line when shooting is taking place.

  • Range officers must be obeyed when on the range.

  • Shooting times are one half hour (30 minutes) before sunrise until one half hour (30 minutes) after sunset.

  • No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are permitted.

  • Do NOT leave firearms unattended.

  • The use of TRACER, INCENDIARY or EXPLOSIVE or SIMILAR AMMUNITION is PROHIBITED.

  • The use of explosive targets is prohibited.

SAFETY TABLES (located behind the firing line)

  • Rifles & Reels provides safety tables for the purpose of boxing and unboxing firearms ONLY. Do not store, repair, or perform gunsmithing on the safety tables

  • At no time is ammunition to be present on the safety tables.

 

UNBOXED FIREARMS

  • When not shooting, unboxed firearms must be carried in one of the following conditions:

    • Unloaded. Action open, barrel facing down range.

    • Unloaded. Action open, barrel facing upwards (high carry).

    • Unloaded. Action closed, firearm holstered.

 

CEASEFIRES 

  • Shooters will immediately cease fire.

  • Unload. (No rounds will be in the chamber until ready to fire. Firearms can only be loaded on the firing line).

  • Open actions.

  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction – either lay the firearm on the bench muzzle down range or muzzle up in a rifle stand. (A muzzleloader will be considered unloaded when there is no powder in the barrel, no cap on the nipple, and no powder in the flash pan.)

  • Step behind the cease fire line.

  • A person may set up or remove equipment from the firing line only when the range is hot.

  • Firearms will not be handled during a cease fire.

  • During a cease fire, removal of firearms from the range area is only permitted with Range Officer’s supervision.

  • An RO or the person in charge of the line, will inspect the firing line to insure all firearms are unloaded with actions open. When they have determined that the firing line is safe, the command will be given to allow people to go down range to check targets.

  • An RO or the person in charge of the line, will inspect the range to insure all shooters have returned to the firing line. When they have determined that the range is safe, the command will be given “The range is hot”

  • Only then may handling of a firearm and equipment resume.

 

RANGE SAFE/GREEN - Range is SAFE will be called once the Range Officer (if present) is confident that all firearms are secured.

  • At this time it is safe to go down range to check or change targets.

  • No shooters are permitted to step up to the firing line when range is declared safe.

  • Handling of firearms is NOT permitted at this time.

 

THE CARDINAL RULES - In addition to our own rules, please follow the age-old “cardinal rules” whenever you are handling firearms.

  • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.

  • Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times (never point at something you are not willing/permitted to destroy).

  • Keep your finger OFF the trigger and OUT of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.

  • Be aware of your environment, your target and what lies beyond it.

ACTION RANGE

  1. A RED FLAG must be raised when the range is active, when firing is taking place.

  2. This range is designed for Rifle / Handgun / Shotgun

  3. Handguns may be carried UNLOADED in a holster on this range.

  4. Or firearms must be unloaded; actions open and laid on the bench facing down range when targets are being checked. Do not leave firearms unattended!

  5. When more than one shooter is using the range, one person must act as a range officer.

  6. All targets must be as close to the berm as possible and all shots must be directed into the backstop.

  7. All shooting must be done forward of the line of fire.

  8. Members have priority over guest for shooting positions.

  9. Steel Targets shall be shrouded to capture bullet splatter (shrapnel):

    1. SHOTGUN Lead #7 shot or smaller. Engagements must be a minimum of 7 metres from target. Steel Shot is strictly prohibited. 

    2. PISTOLS engagements must be a minimum of 10 metres from target.

    3. AMMUNITION Steel Core and/or Armor Piercing ammunition is strictly prohibited.

  10. Glass and plastic bottles are not allowed as targets.

  11. All targets must be removed, and all spent cartridge casings must be collected and disposed of.

  12. Place all targets and props stands back to the appropriate storage area.

25, 50, 100, 200 YARD & PRS RANGES

  1. A RED FLAG must be raised when firing is taking place.

  2. Firearms must be unloaded, actions open and laid on the bench (or in the provided stands) when targets are being checked. Do not leave firearms unattended!

  3. The carry of handguns (unloaded, holstered) is only permitted on the range.

  4. When more than one shooter is using the range, one person must act as the range officer.

  5. Whenever possible, two or more people should be present when shooting is taking place.

  6. Firing of rifles and shotguns (with slugs) must be done from behind the firing line.

  7. Members have priority over guests for shooting stations. A member must relinquish his own station to his guest if other members are present. Only one guest can shoot at a time.

  8. Muzzle loaders are considered to be unloaded if they are uncapped/unprimed.

  9. Shooting must be directly inline with targets. Cross-lane firing is not permitted. Your shooting station number MUST match that of your target.

  10. Paper targets only! Glass bottles, cans, and other garbage has no place on the range. Target gongs have been provided.

  11. All paper targets and spent cartridges MUST be collected and disposed of at the end of your shooting session. Containers for both have been provided.

SHOTGUN TRAP RANGE

  1. A RED FLAG must be raised when firing is taking place.

  2. All members and guests must be behind the firing line when shooting is taking place.

  3. When not firing, stand with your action open, unloaded, and muzzle down.

  4. When the shooter immediately before you in the firing rotation calls for his bird, slip a shell into the chamber or your shotgun, but DO NOT CLOSE THE ACTION. The action is closed only immediately before you shoulder the shotgun.

  5. Call for your target in a loud voice, using the word ”PULL!” 

  6. After firing, eject the spent case immediately if the gun doesn’t do it automatically.

  7. When you turn comes, be ready, don’t delay.

  8. When you change stations, do it quickly.

  9. If your firearm malfunctions, point it towards the outfield until you clear up the trouble.

ARCHERY RANGE

  1. Be sure the appropriate signage / flag is being displayed.

  2. Broad heads are only to be shot into the broad head specific target (located in the clubhouse).

  3. No cross firing, shoot only the proper target from the proper peg or position.

  4. Clean up all your targets and garbage when you are done using the range.

  5. Missed arrows can only be retrieved by placing your bow against the target to make newly arriving shooters aware of your presence behind the targets.

  6. Archers must stay on the marked trails, to avoid ending up behind any other targets.

  7. 3D targets are to be placed out and shot on the practice range or archery trail only.

  8. No sky pulling, bows must be drawn level to target.

  9. Do not nock an arrow until all other archers are clear and you have checked your target and beyond.

 
 
 
 

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950 Goodwill Drive - Garson, ON  P3L1E8

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