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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, including temporary suspension or revocation of range privileges. We take safety seriously and want to provide our members with a safe and orderly environment 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 until the sights are on target and you're ready to shoot. 

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

  • Assume every firearm is loaded.

  • 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 RANGE PROTOCOLS

  • The range facilities are operated as a “cold range.” All exposed firearms may not contain ammunition except when they are actively used on a “hot” firing line. 

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

  • If multiple shooters use a firing line or shooting bay simultaneously, 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 ensure 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 secured correctly, 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

Rules for Members and Guests

  • The Brothers N Arms, LLC Gun Range is a private club accessible only to members and guests. 

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

  • Members must sign in AND sign out at the range house (a sign-in sheet is posted outside the entrance to the range house). 

  • Members may bring non-member guests each visit for a fee of twenty dollars ($20). 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.

  • Members are responsible for the actions of their guests, and guests must always remain with the member(s). If a guest violates the rules, the member can be punished for the violation, including membership revocation. 

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

  • An adult member or other range-authorized adult must always accompany anyone under eighteen (18). 

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

General operational rules

  • The hours of operation are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. 

  • Firing lines and shooting bays may be closed for special events and maintenance. These closures will be published on the club's website or emailed to the member's email address as soon as possible.

  • Small vehicles such as golf carts and ATVs 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.

 

General range usage rules

  • The club requires that all persons wear eye and ear protection in a firing line or shooting bay or within close proximity to a firing line or shooting bay.

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

  • Targets should be mounted to the frames so that bullets impacting the targets do not also impact the target frames. 

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

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

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

  • The only steel or reactive targets permitted on ranges belong to the Club. Member-owned metal or reactive targets are not permitted unless the range owners approve. 

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages or being under the influence of alcohol. 

  • Possession or consumption of illegal or recreational drugs or being impaired. 

  • Usage of fully automatic firearms, bump stocks, binary triggers, or excessively rapid fire. 

  • Use of tracers, incendiary, explosive, specialty shotshells, and other similar rounds is strictly prohibited.

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

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

  • Drawing from a shoulder holster.

  • Shooting cans, bottles, plastic containers, chairs, bricks, fruits, vegetables, or anything that is not an approved paper target applied to a permitted target backer. 

  • Use of any firearm chambered in .50 BMG, any round derived from .50 BMG, or producing a kinetic force on par with .50 BMG.

  • “Horseplay” of any kind at any time.

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

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

  • Hunting on range property.

  • Shooting target frames and or target frame supports (4x4 posts). We assess a replacement fee for any broken frames

  • Placing targets on non-approved target backers. ​​​

 

Specific Rules for Pistol Bays

  • Pistol Bays may only be used for pistols or pistol caliber firearms (no 5.7mm). 

  • 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.

 

Specific Rules for Rifle Range

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

  • NO pistols or shotguns are to be used on the rifle range.

  • The only allowable distances for shooting on the rifle range are 25, 50, 100, & 200 yards. You must only use the shooting benches that match the appropriate yardage. NO CROSS-FIRING

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

  • 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, 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. 

  • NEVER shoot steel targets with a rifle!

Steel Target Shooting Guidelines

  • NO RIFLE FIRE on the steel targetsOnly shoot the steel targets with handguns.

  • The steel targets provided by the range are the ONLY steel targets to be used, and they may NOT be moved to different locations. 

 

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 BBs, steel shot, or air gun pellets at steel targets.

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

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

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

 

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.

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