Tri-State Shooting Park, Inc. – Range Standard Operating
Procedures March, 2018
General Rules for Both Ranges:
. The rules below apply when the club is open for public shooting days when the public and/or members are in attendance, as well as when club members are shooting on closed days.
• NO GUNS ARE ALLOWED to be LOADED, UNLOADED, CLEANED Or HANDLED IN THE PARKING LOT.
• All guns should be brought to the firing line cased or unloaded, with the actions open, and ONLY during a “Live Fire” period.
• NO FIREARM MOVEMENT TO OR FROM TABLES DURING “Cease Fire” periods. NO LOADING or unloading of MAGAZINES during “Cease Fire” periods.
• During a cease fire the shooter maybe down range at the target or behind the yellow line, not at the shooting bench
1. NO ALCOHOL OR PERFORMANCE ALTERING DRUG USAGE ALLOWED AT ANY TIME.
2. All shooters on the range will use the same firing line, NO moving down range, NO Exceptions.
3. When present, during public hours or formal events, the Range Safety Officer (RSO) has complete control of all range activity in accordance with these posted safety rules.
4. All guns positioned on tables or between the yellow line and the red “Firing Line,” must be pointed down range with the actions open and unloaded until the range is clear and “Ready to Fire,” has been called. Any rifle placed on the gun rack behind the yellow line must be empty and action opened. Holstered guns are excluded from this rule.
5. Anyone on the firing line can call “Ready to Fire.” If you call “Ready to Fire,” you must first visually and orally verify the range is clear by: 1) Visually observing nobody is downrange, 2) Call out, “Is the Line Clear?” 3) If the Line is clear call “The Line IS Clear.” 4) Then call, “Ready to Fire.”
6. NOBODY is to move forward of the red “Firing Line” during a “Live Firing” period. IF you DROP something forward of the red “Firing Line” LEAVE it until the next “Cease Fire” period. DO NOT bend or step forward of the red Firing Line. DO NOT walk around the front of the shooting tables during a “Live Firing” period.
7. When a “Cease Fire” is called, STOP shooting immediately, open the gun action, remove any cartridges from the chamber, remove any magazine or clip from the action, lay the gun down with the barrel pointing downrange, step behind the yellow line,” and call out “Clear.” Anyone on the firing line can call “Cease Fire,” for any reason. A “Cease Fire” can be called by anyone if a safety situation exists. Holstered guns are excluded from this rule.
8. After a “Cease Fire” has been called, no one is allowed to handle or pick up their guns on the firing line until the range is cleared and called “Ready to Fire.”
9. Guns can only be moved onto or off the Firing Line unloaded and encased within a gun case, or with the actions open and all cartridges, magazines or clips removed, and only after a “Ready to Fire” has been called. Holstered guns are excluded from this rule. NO GUNS SHOULD BE LOADED, UNLOADED OR MANIPULATED IN THE PARKING LOT.
10. No one is allowed to move down range in front of the red Firing Line, unless a “Cease Fire” has been called, and all shooters have fully complied. You should always call out, “Is the Line Clear?” And wait for any response, then visually confirm all guns have an action open, unloaded and facing downrange, AND all shooters are BEHIND the yellow line, before calling “The Line IS Clear,” and then moving down range individually or as a group, even though a “Cease Fire” was called.
11. During a “Cease Fire” it is allowed to drive a vehicle downrange to the berm to set up, move or repair targets.
12. Maintain Muzzle control… Muzzles down range only at all times. Never allow your muzzle to break the 45 degree line when at the shooting position which is the firing line, nor the 180 degree line up or down the line when handling unloaded firearms.
13. No shooting of objects or make shift targets (glass, cans, cement blocks, furniture) off or near the ground is allowed .Exception to ground targets is if they are placed at either the 50 yard or 200 yard berm. This is a serious ricochet safety danger. No shooting of breakable items or exploding targets.
14. No one under the age of 18 is allowed on the “Firing Line” without a responsible adult parent or guardian who is directly involved in supervising the youth shooter.
15. No children under the age of 12 are ever allowed down range, on the Firing Line, or to handle guns at any time unless accompanied by an adult.
16. Only shooters, spotters and adult youth supervisors are allowed on the Firing Line when a “Ready to Fire” has been called. Spectators should observe from behind the yellow line.
17. Eye and ear protection must be worn on the Firing Line whenever “Ready to Fire” has been called.
18. All pets must be kept behind the yellow line on a leash, tether, or left in vehicles while on Tri-State Shooting Park property.
19. Fully automatic weapons may be fired on the ranges with approval from the Range Safety Officer, when present. The weapons and owners must be in compliance with all applicable laws. Tracers are NOT recommended due to fire dangers. You are liable for any berm damage caused by high caliber weapons.
Anyone Caught Firing a Gun Anywhere On This Property Other Than On A Designated Firing Range Will Be Removed and maybe Barred From the Property Permanently!
Range Emergency Procedures
When RSO is on duty
1. RSO will take charge of the incident
2. RSO will command, “Cease fire, clear, unload and ground all firearms immediately … step back behind the yellow line”
3. Direct someone to call 928-758-3977 to report a range medical emergency
4. Direct someone to take notes with times, names and comments
5. Direct someone to drive up to the entry gate on Boundary Cone Road and direct emergency personnel
6. Provide first aid within your capabilities
When RSO is not on duty
1. Someone must announce, “CEASE FIRE, CEASE FIRE – CLEAR AND UNLOAD ALL FIREARMS”
2. Someone must call 928-758-3977 to report a range emergency
3. Someone provide first aid within their capabilities
Attention All Shooters – FIRED CARTRIDGE Cases: It is your responsibility to pick up your FIRED CARTRIDGE cases, either Steel or Brass and take home or deposit them in PLASTIC BUCKETS PROVIDED.
ALWAYS use the red stands with black bases for shotgun only. NEVER USE THESE FOR pistol or rifle due to ricochet DANGER. Do not shoot shotguns at the wood framed targets.
Members Notice: Please remember during member only hours there is no Range Safety Officer on duty. Please communicate with other members to ensure everyone practices safe gun handling and range operations. Please remember if multiple parties are using a range, everyone needs to shoot from the same firing line and nobody should go down range when others are shooting.
Range Closures: There will be times during which the range will be closed for general shooting for an organized competition event, classes, police or security training or maintenance. Please check the Online Calendar prior to using the range during member only hours.
Competitive Matches: Defensive match, steel match etc. The competitive matches held under the auspices of specific approved club matches shall be governed and overseen by their rules and Range Safety Officers (RSOs). These matches shall be held on ranges which shall be closed for general shooting for the duration of the match and controlled by the RSOs responsible.
Law Enforcement Activities – Numerous Law enforcement agencies use the range for training and qualifications, when they reserve the range (see club calendar) members are not allowed on their range and should not observe their training. The Law enforcement range officer controls their activities and are responsible for range safety.
Cartridge Failure to Fire
1. Keep the muzzle pointed down range for 30 seconds.
2. Open the action and eject the failed cartridge.
Cartridge Squib Load
1. The firearm fires, but does not sound right. This means a bullet is obstructing the barrel.
2. Open the action, clear the firearm and visually inspect the bore.
Pistol Plate Rack Rules:
1. Standard pistol calibers only, no magnum pistol calibers, rifle in pistol calibers only, and shotguns only use birdshot.
2. Shoot at a distance of 40ft. The plate is secured so behind the bench is the correct place to shoot from, ricochets are still possible.
3. Safety glasses are mandatory.
4. Make sure range is safe before going downrange for any reason.
5. It is recommended you do not park your car directly behind the west awning by the plate rack – splash backs can reach the parking lot and damage your vehicle. The TRI-STATE SHOOTING Park is not responsible for damages.
50 Yard Range Safety Notice:
For everyone’s safety when multiple parties are using the 50 yard berm during times when there is no RSO on duty the following rules will apply:
1. All shooting will take place from the 50 yard firing line. All tables and benches should be set up at the firing line.
2. Targets must be at a height (ground to target top) to prevent shooting into the ground. Set targets at desired distance from the 50 yard line. Please no shooting objects off or near the ground. This is a serious ricochet safety danger. No shooting of breakable items.
3. If NOBODY else is using the range, the individual or single group wishing to shoot from a position forward of the 50 yard FIRING line, toward the berm, may, at their discretion and using appropriate safety measures, shoot from positions forward of the normal firing line. If another individual or party arrives and wishes to SHARE the range, then the initial parties must immediately CEASE FIRE and revert to the normal firing line and use protocols for multiple parties sharing the range and ALL parties sharing the range must then shoot from the 50 yard line.
Scheduled law enforcement or security training, classes, competitions or other formal events which have a range reserved for their activities are exempt from this section.
Shotgun Field Safety Rules:
1. Watch you muzzle direction.
2. Keep your action open and your gun unloaded until you are on your shooting station.
3. Do not close the action until it is your turn to shoot.
4. Load only one shell at a time when shooting trap singles and skeet on station #8. On skeet stations #1 through #7 and in all other shotgun games, load no more than two shells.
5. Be sure that the action is open and that the gun is empty before changing stations.
6. Allow misfired ammunition 30 seconds in the chamber before careful unloading.
7. Only shot shells may be fired on the trap, skeet, and sporting clays fields.
8. No spectators are permitted beyond the sidewalk or marked spectator areas while a squad is shooting.
9. Hearing and eye protection are required while shooting or observing beyond the sidewalk.
10. Range Safety Officers may expel anyone who persists in unsafe behavior.
Firearm Safety Rules
1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
2. Always keep the muzzle in a safe direction.
3. Be sure of your target and beyond
4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
5. Please follow the rules. The life you save may be your own!