Range Rules

Anyone Caught Firing a Gun Anywhere On This Property Other Than On A Designated Firing Range Will Be Removed and Barred From the Property Permanently!


Attention All Shooters – Spent Cases:
It is your responsibility to pick up your spent cases, either Steel or Brass and take home or deposit them in the proper receptacle.

Please, do not go downrange if anyone is shooting, until a “cease fire” is called and all guns holstered or unloaded and tabled, even if they are on the far
side of the range. Rocks or bullet fragments can ricochet sideways and hurt or kill you!

Please, use red stands with black bases for shotgun only.  No pistol or rifle ricochet DANGER.

Members Notice:
Please remember during members 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 to the public for an organized competition event, classes, police or security training or maintenance. Please check the Online Calender prior to using the range during member only hours.

Competitive Matches: IDPA, IPSC, etc. The competitive matches held under the auspices of specific clubs or organizations shall be governed and overseen by their organization’s rules and Range Safety Officers (RSOs). These matches shall be held on ranges which shall be closed to the public for the duration of the match and controlled by the RSOs responsible.

Pistol Plate Rack Rules:

  1. Standard pistol calibers only, no magnum, rifle or shotguns.
  2. Shoot at a distance of 40ft. or more, ricochets are possible.
  3. Safety glasses are mandatory.
  4. Make sure range is safe before going downrange for resetting plates.
  5. When finished with movable plate rack, please move it to the west-side berm of the range.
  6. 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 ding your vehicle.  The Park is not responsible for paint chips or other damages.

General Rules for Both Ranges:
There will by necessity be two sets of rules for the pistol and rifle ranges. One set of rules will govern range use for competitions. A second different set of rules are for “open” shooting days when the public and/or members are in attendance.

NO GUNS SHOULD BE LOADED, UNLOADED, CLEANED OR MANIPULATED 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.

  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 “Ready 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.  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”Ready 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 off 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 are action open, unloaded and facing downrange, AND all shooters are BEHIND the yellow “Ready 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 180 degree line which is the firing line, nor the 180 degree line up or down.
  13. No shooting of objects or make shift targets (glass, cans, cement blocks, furniture) off or near the ground is allowed.  This is a serious ricochet safety danger.  No shooting of breakable items.
  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 Ready 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 “Ready 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.

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 5ft. height (ground to target top). 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.

Due to continued confusion over this rule:  What this means is that if NOBODY else is using the range, the individual or single group wishing to shoot from a position forward of the 50 yard 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 party 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. Be sure that the barrel is clear of obstruction and that you have the proper size of shells.
  2. Watch that muzzle.
  3. Keep your action open and your gun unloaded until you are on your shooting station.
  4. Do not close the action until it is your turn to shoot.
  5. 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.
  6. Be sure that the action is open and that the gun is empty before changing stations.
  7. Allow misfired ammunition 30 seconds in the chamber before careful unloading.
  8. Only shot shells may be fired on the trap, skeet, and sporting clays fields.
  9. No spectators are permitted beyond the sidewalk or marked spectator areas while a squad is shooting.
  10. Hearing and eye protection are required while shooting or observing beyond the sidewalk.
  11. Range Safety Officers may expel anyone who persists in unsafe behavior.

NRA Safety Rules:

  1. ALWAYS keep your gun pointed in a safe direction (that is downrange).
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot (and your gun is pointed downrange).
  3. ALWAYS keep your gun unloaded until ready to use (that is pointed downrange).
  4. KNOW your target and what is beyond. You are responsible for where your bullets end up.
  5. This is a HOT range – holstered sidearms may be carried loaded. If drawn, you must be on firing line pointed downrange.
  6. Please follow the rules. The life you save may be your own!