Brothers N Arms Range Rules 

ATTENTION! YOU ARE EXPECTED TO READ, UNDERSTAND, AND FOLLOW ALL RANGE RULES. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH AND WILL BE GROUNDS FOR TERMINATING YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
 
Remember, safety is EVERYONE'S responsibility! If you fail to follow the rules you will be subject to disciplinary action; to include temporary suspension or revocation of range privileges. We take safety very seriously and want to provide our members with a safe and orderly environment that is conducive to learning and training. 

FUNDAMENTAL RULES FOR SAFE GUN HANDLING

  • ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. 

  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot. 

  • ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use on the range.  

  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

  • Know how to use the gun safely. 

  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate. 

  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.

  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.

 

GENERAL PROTOCOLS

  • The Club’s facilities are operated as a “cold range.” All exposed firearms may not contain any ammunition except when they are actively being used on a “hot” firing line inside of a shooting bay or the rifle range. 

  • All uncased firearms MUST have actions OPEN and MAGAZINES REMOVED unless the firearm is active on the firing line. 

  • If there are multiple shooters using a firing line or shooting bay at the same time, each shooter is limited to one bench and/or one lane.

  • Targets must be directly in front of the shooter. No cross-firing.

  • Before a firing line or shooting bay is “cold,” all shooters on the firing line or the shooting bay must acknowledge the “cold” call. As shooters wearing hearing protection may not hear the command, double-check to assure that all shooters on the firing line or the shooting bay acknowledge the “cold” command. The firing line or shooting bay, however, is not fully “cold” until all shooters have properly secured their firearms by unloading them, removing all ammunition, leaving the breech open, engaging the safety, and then placing the firearm down (pistols may be holstered, bagged or boxed) on a shooting bench or shooting mat and stepping away from the firearms. Chamber safety flags should be used if available.

  • When the firearm is properly secured and the shooter is away from the firearm, each shooter must call, “line clear.” When all shooters acknowledge “line clear”, the firing line or shooting bay is “cold” and shooters may proceed downrange to set or change targets.

  • Firearms may not be touched or handled during “cold” range periods, with no exceptions. Cased firearms may be unloaded from a vehicle at these times, but must remain cased until the firing line or shooting bay goes “hot.”

  • When a shooter returns to the firing line or shooting bay area, he or she should shout “range clear” to indicate they are out of the active firing area. When all shooters are “range clear”, it is “range hot.” At this point, shooters may return to their firing positions and resume handling firearms.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL RULES (General Rules for All Areas)

  • The Brothers N Arms shooting range facility is a private club and is accessible to members and their guests only. Members must sign in AND sign out at the range house (sign-in sheet is posted up outside of the entrance to the range house. Members are responsible for the actions of their guests. If a guest violates the rules then the member can be punished for the violation which could include up to membership revocation. 

  • All firing lines and shooting bays will be kept open and available for usage by Club members in good standing, and their guests, as much of the time as is practical. Firing lines and shooting bays may be closed for special events and maintenance. These closures will be published on the Club’s Internet website or emailed to the member's email address as far in advance as is reasonably possible.

  • Everyone (members and guests) who uses the range MUST pick up their brass (put the brass in the provided 5-gallon buckets).  Everyone MUST pick up any trash that they leave behind. This includes ammunition boxes, paper targets, water bottles, etc.

  • Arrange targets, so that bullets strike the impact berms after hitting the target. ALL SHOTS FIRED MUST REMAIN ON CLUB PROPERTY.

  • Members must wear their membership cards in a manner that is visible to other members at all times when on the range. If not properly worn you may be asked to leave. 

  • The hours of operation are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday and Sunday 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. 

  • The following are specifically prohibited on the range at all times:

1. Use or consumption of alcoholic beverages.  

2. Possession of illegal or recreational drugs.

3. Usage of fully automatic firearms, bump stocks, and binary triggers. 

4. Tracer, incendiary ammunition, armor-piercing, or penetrator rounds.

5. Tannerite or any other type of exploding, reactive, or moving target.

6. “Bump” firing, “quick draw/fast draw” and “instinct” firing.

7. Drawing from a shoulder holster.

8. Cans, bottles, and/or plastic containers as well as fruits, vegetables, and other organic matter as targets.

9. 50 caliber BMG or other calibers of comparable kinetic force. 

10. “Horseplay” of any kind at any time.

11. Any comments or behaviors a member may reasonably interpret as belligerent, hostile, or threatening.

12. Offensive targets such as those depicting pictures or images of elected officials and/or prominent people, religious or ethnic imagery, etc.

 

  • No hunting is allowed on range property.

  • Members may bring non-member guests each visit for a fee of fifteen dollars ($15). The guest fee is payable on this site in the online store. Guests MUST sign in and provide a state-issued identification card to the staff at the range house. The member ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY for the actions of their guests while at the Club and guests must stay with the member at all times. If the guest violates the rules then the member can get in trouble with the actions of the guest. 

  • Small vehicles such as golf carts, ATVs, and similar may be driven into any “downrange” area as long as the range is "cold." Passenger or other vehicles may not be driven into any “downrange” area except as authorized by an event organizer to facilitate event setup or teardown.

  • Club target frames are provided for member convenience. Targets should be mounted to the frames so that bullets impacting the targets do not also impact the target frames. Target frames should be at sufficient height so that rounds passing through the target impact the berm at the far end of the range. 

  • Only Club owned target frames might be stored in Club facilities. If you bring a target frame, you must take it with you when you leave.

  • Anyone under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by an adult member or other range authorized adult at all times. 

  • No children under the age of seven are permitted to use the range.

  • Do not shoot the frames. We assess a replacement fee for any broken frames.

  • All firearms must be in a case or worn holstered on the strong side to enter Main Range. Gun socks and scabbards will not be allowed as substitutes.

  • Tracers, incendiary, explosive, specialty shotshells, and other similar rounds are strictly prohibited.

  • Any firearms chambered in .50 BMG, or any round derived from .50 BMG, or producing the kinetic force on par with .50 BMG is strictly prohibited.

  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or impaired in any way will not be permitted to shoot.

  • Firearms must be cased and uncased at the shooting tables only, with the muzzles pointed downrange.

  • The only steel or reactive targets permitted on ranges are those belonging to the Club. Member-owned metal or reactive targets are not permitted unless approved by the range owners. 

  • The Club requires that eye and ear protection be worn by all persons in a firing line or shooting bay or within close proximity to a firing line or shooting bay.

  • Every member is responsible for cleaning up his or her area after firing. All centerfire metallic cartridges and shotshells must be picked up as well as any other trash such as empty food packaging, beverage containers, ammunition boxes, etc. Please be sure the lid is properly secured to the container when you put it back on.

  • When not actively shooting, secure, and store your firearms so they are not accessible to anyone else.

 

Specific Rules for Pistol Bays

  • Pistol Bays may only be used for pistol or pistol caliber rifle, and rim-fire rifle (.22 LR and lower calibers) shooting.

  • Shotguns may NOT be used with club-provided target frames at any time. You must bring your own frame to use with shotguns.

  • All targets must always be set up so that rounds impact the backstop berms only; there are no exceptions.

  • Target center-of-mass may be no more than 5’5” (65”) above the flat ground level of the pistol bay in use.

 

Specific Rules for Rifle Range and Rifle Shooting

  • The only allowable distances for shooting on the Rifle Range are 25, 50, 100, 150 & 200 yards. You must use only the shooting benches that line up with the appropriate yardage. NO CROSS-FIRING. 

  • NO pistols or shotguns are to be used on the Rifle Range.

  • NO shots may be made on the Rifle Range while standing. All shots must be made while sitting at the shooting benches.

  • Rapid-fire shooting on the Rifle Range is not allowed. There must be a minimum of a 3-second gap between each shot.

  • Target frames should be at sufficient height so that rounds passing through the target impact the designated backstop berms. Adjust target frames as necessary to achieve the desired height to assure bullets strike the berm.

  • Only paper targets are to be used on the rifle range. 

  • You MUST be on target at a distance of 25 yards before moving on to long-range shots such as 50 yards, 100 yards, 150 yards, or 200 yards. 

  • You may shoot a rifle standing but ONLY in Bay 3, however, you may NOT fire faster than 1 round every second. Do not shoot the steel targets with a rifle!

 

VIOLATION OF RULES

  • Violation of these rules may subject the violator to disciplinary action.  This may include expulsion from the Brothers N Arms Shooting Facility and/or criminal charges that may result if the situation dictates they are appropriate.

 

Steel Target Shooting Guidelines

The steel targets that we provide are the ONLY steel targets to be used on the ranges. Only use the steel targets in the pistol shooting areas AKA the pistol bays. Only shoot the steel targets with handguns. NO RIFLE FIRE on the steel targets that we have set up at this time. 

 

Shooting steel targets can be incredibly fun and engaging, but like all shooting activities, it needs to be done safely and responsibly. To ensure your next shooting activity is fun and safe for everyone, please follow these rules:

 

Steel Target Safety Rules

1. ALWAYS wear hearing protection and wrap around shatter-resistant eye protection.

2. ALWAYS inspect the target for damage, functionality, stability, etc., before using.

3. ALWAYS place the target on a soft surface free of large rocks or other secondary ricochet hazards.

4. ALWAYS stand at least 10 yards from the target when using a handgun and .22 rimfire calibers.

5. NEVER shoot BB's, steel shot, or air gun pellets at steel targets.

6. NEVER use armor-piercing, steel core, green tip, or other types of penetrator ammunition with steel targets.

7. NEVER shoot on steel that is cratered, pitted, or damaged in any way.

8. NEVER exceed a 20-degree angle of engagement.