Range Rules

September 2020

TRI-STATE SHOOTING PARK (TSSP), INC. – 200 & 50 YARD RANGE RULES FOR MEMBERS, GUESTS, AND THE PUBLIC.                       THESE GENERAL RANGE RULES APPLY AT ALL TIMES 

ANYONE CAUGHT FIRING A GUN ANYWHERE ON TSSP PROPERTY OTHER THAN ON A DESIGNATED FIRING RANGE WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE AND MAY BE BARRED FROM THE PROPERTY PERMANENTLY! 

NO ONE MAY USE ALCOHOL OR PERFORMANCE ALTERING DRUGS WHILE ON ANY RANGE!

  1. Guns must never be loaded, unloaded, cleaned or otherwise handled in the parking lot.
  2. Shooters may move guns from or back to vehicles only during HOT RANGE
  3. All shooters must sign in on the log sheet on the front of the wood range shack before using any range.
  4. Eye and ear protection required for anyone on or near the firing line.
  5. Gun muzzles must always point down range during HOT and COLD ranges. Includes guns laying on shooting benches.
  6. Never break the 180 degree arc with your gun muzzle with respect to THE RED FIRING LINE.
  7. All shooters on any range must always use the same firing line – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  8. When present, during public hours or scheduled events, Range Safety Officers (RSOs) have complete control of all range activity in accordance with these general range rules.
  9. Report any range safety concerns to an RSO.
  10. COLD RANGE – Anyone can yell CEASE FIRE!
  11. When CEASE FIRE is called shooters stop shooting, unload their gun, remove magazines or clips and leave action open, step back behind THE YELLOW LINE and yell CLEAR! Shooters yell RANGE IS SAFE! and RANGE IS COLD!  Holstered handguns are exempt.  Shooters may go down range to set up, move or repair targets.  All others must remain behind THE YELLOW LINE.  Do not touch guns or anything else on shooting tables.
  12. HOT RANGE – Anyone can yell READY TO FIRE? or READY TO GO HOT? Shooters must visually verify no one is down range of the RED FIRING LINE. Shooters yell, RANGE IS HOT!
  13. When RANGE IS HOT never move forward of the firing line. If something falls forward of the RED FIRING LINE leave it until the next CEASE FIRE period.
  14. Shoot only at paper targets or hanging steel. No exploding or breakable targets allowed.
  15. Shooters may use their own targets provided they conform to TSSP standards mentioned above. RSOs or TSSP officials must approve any other target design.
  16. Machineguns/automatic weapons may not be fired on ranges during public days.
  17. Tracers, incendiary ammo are not allowed due to fire dangers.
  18. Shooters are liable for any range damage caused by large caliber, high energy ammunition. Never shoot at TSSP steel targets with these guns.
  19. No children under the age of 18 are allowed forward of THE YELLOW LINE or on the FIRING LINE without a responsible adult parent or guardian directly involved in supervising the youth shooter.
  20. Clean up after yourself! Pick up fired cartridge cases and dump them into white buckets, return target frames and metal stands to bins provided.
  21. RANGES ARE OCCATIONALLY CLOSED – There will be times when one or both ranges are closed to members for routine maintenance or scheduled event. Please always check the TSSP Online Calendar before you drive to the range.

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

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.

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!

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