Firearms Range Rules
Help us keep this range safe. Please abide by the rules and report to the Range Officer anyone you see not obeying the rules. After all, it’s your safety we are concerned about!
- TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT’S LOADED.
Even if you’re absolutely certain a gun is unloaded, still follow the following rules for safe gun handling.
- NEVER POINT A FIREARM AT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
Accept the mindset to always keep your gun pointed in a direction that would safely stop the bullet should it discharge. If you’re on the firing line, your gun should stay pointed downrange, at the bullet trap at the end of the range. If you’re not on the firing line, your gun should stay cased. If you will be cleaning or handling your unloaded gun at home, find a safe direction ahead of time — bullets penetrate floors, ceiling, windows, and walls. Masonry, a full bookcase, a full freezer, downward (if you’re on the ground floor), or even a five gallon bucket of sand may be good options.
- ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND IT.
You are responsible for the entire path of every bullet you fire from your gun. If you hit your intended target, the bullet may still continue through. You are responsible for only aiming in directions where you can be assured the bullet will be safely stopped by the bullet trap.
- KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE ON TARGET AND READY TO FIRE.
When you’re holding a gun but not shooting, you’ll hear us ask you to “index” your trigger finger. This means to keep your trigger finger straight, and to raise it up to rest flat alongside the body of your gun. Whenever you are not on target and ready to fire, your trigger finger should always be outside the trigger guard and resting straight and flat alongside the body of your gun.
GUNS & TARGETS BROUGHT INTO THE RANGE:
All firearms brought into the range must be carried UNLOADED AND LOCKED in a case or range bag from the parking lot to the facility. All guns and ammunition are subject to inspection by the range officer for cleanliness, workability and safety on the firing line. Firearms will remain in the bag or case until on the firing line unless directed otherwise by the Range Safety Officer. Targets may be brought into the range if approved by the Range Officer. Numerous targets are available for purchase at the SSEC.
RANGE SAFETY OFFICER (RSO):
- The RSO on duty is in direct charge of the range and all participants at all times.
- The RSO will immediately correct any person handling a firearm in an unsafe or careless manner. They will also inform the CRSO. The CRSO can reprimand, suspend, or revoke Approved User status should such conduct warrant it.
- The CRSO has the final word on safety violations and suspensions or revocations resulting from unsafe acts on the range.
Firing Line Rules
FIRING LINE PROCEDURE:
- Make sure your hearing and eye protection is on before entering the range. Take position at the lane assigned to you. Do not change lanes.
- Only one gun at a time at each shooting station. No other gun handling behind the firing line.
- The only place where loaded firearms are allowed is on the firing line. Loading and unloading occurs only at the firing line.
- Shooters must load and unload their own firearms. If a mechanical malfunction occurs which cannot be cleared by the shooter, place the weapon on the table at your shooting station pointed down range and ask the RSO for assistance. DO NOT REMOVE JAMMED OR MALFUNCTIONING FIREARMS FROM THE LANE.
- The MUZZLE MUST BE POINTED DOWN RANGE AT ALL TIMES.
- No rapid firing is allowed. Two-second rule is in effect (2 seconds between rounds) rifle calibers only.
- Targets MUST be set at full distance before shooting (rifle calibers only.)
- Pistol shooting will be done from the low or high ready positions. (No drawing from the hip or holster without RSO approval.)
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and have made the conscience decision to shoot.
- When leaving the firing line temporarily, lay the firearm with the muzzle down range and the action open.
- Upon completion of shooting session, unload firearm(s) with the action opened, unless it is cased.
- Cease Fire means…STOP SHOOTING AND STEP BACK from lane with your firearm unloaded on the counter facing downrange.
- When a “Cease Fire” is announced:
- Stop shooting
- Unload and make your firearm clear
- Place firearm on the counter facing downrange
- Step back from lane.
FIRING LINE OCCUPANTS:
- Appropriate dress is required at all times. No open toed shoes or sandals are allowed.
- The SSEC is a family-oriented facility and we have the right to refuse service to anyone. Persons smelling of alcohol on their breath or who appears impaired will be required to leave the facility.
- All persons using the facilities shall have a good attitude and sound mind.
- All persons utilizing the range are required to pass a background check, complete and sign the personal information form and liability waiver, watch the Range Safety Video understand and sign the rules, and pass the written and practical exams.
- A responsible adult must accompany persons under eighteen (18) years of age. This adult shall act as a coach, and MUST remain with the minor(s) at all times while the minor(s) utilize the range.
- NO FOOD, DRINK, CHEWING TOBACCO, SNUFF OR SMOKING ALLOWED ON THE RANGE.
- Only one shooter and coach permitted per firing lane; only one un-cased firearm permitted at the firing lane.
- Persons not shooting or coaching are not permitted on the range. They may observe from the observation area in the main hallway.
- No one is permitted forward of the firing line. (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- Any equipment or other personal items left unattended in/on a shooting lane are at the owner’s risk. The SSEC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Most handguns except those chambered for center fire rifle ammunition above 2,000 fps are permitted on the range.
- Full automatic firearms, silencers, and short barreled are allowed at the discretion of the Range Officer and proper paperwork (ATF Tax Stamp) is the responsibility of the shooter to have in their possession while utilizing the range. (Pistol calibers only will be allowed.)
- Shotguns are allowed at the discretion of the Range Officer. (Slugs Only)
- All air guns and BB guns are allowed with permission of the Range Officer.
- For firearms not mentioned here, check with the Range Officer prior to use on the range.
- Standard commercial and reloaded ammunition is permitted.
- Any type ammunition designed for penetrating metal is not permitted.
- Only ammunition purchased at the SSEC may be used in rental weapons.
- NO STEEL JACKETED, STEEL SHOT OR STEEL CORE BULLETS permitted.
- No tracer, incendiary, armor piercing, gas or explosive ammunition permitted.
Physical & Environmental Safety
Safety glasses are MANDATORY when entering the range. Thunder Alley rents safety glasses for a nominal fee or you may purchase from our inventory. The SSEC provides eye protection at no cost.
Hearing protection is MANDATORY when entering the range. The SSEC includes eye and hearing protection for a with a lane rental. PLEASE ASK THE RANGE OFFICER ABOUT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT SURE OF. WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP IN ANYWAY WE CAN. The SSEC provides hearing protection at no cost.
All range brass is collected and placed in the spent brass container on the range. Spent Brass deposited in the barrel is property of the range. Shooters may only collect their brass within the confines of their shooting stall.
Any person seen firing at lights, baffles, carriers or any other range property or equipment will have their membership suspended, and will be reported to the proper authorities for appropriate action. Firing at boxes, cups, or other objects is prohibited. Only targets authorized by the Range Officer will be permitted. All shooters will be held accountable and will pay for any damages including replacement and installation charges.
Last updated: 4/20/2018