Copyright Marshall County
Hunting & Fishing Club 2016

RANGE SAFETY AND RULES

RANGE SAFETY RULES - Click here to download a printable PDF

  1. Always point muzzle in a safe direction. When removing your firearm from your vehicle, open the action and inspect the firearm to ensure it is not loaded. Do this before approaching the shooting area. Always keep muzzle pointed down range. Never allow muzzle to point in any direction whereby an inadvertent discharge would allow the escape of a projectile into an outer area.

  2. Keep action open and firearm unloaded until ready to use. On a firing range this means the shooters are in a position on the firing line and the range has been cleared for a live firing.

  3. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions. Check action and barrel prior to firing. Check firearm for barrel obstruction after firing defective or dud ammunition.

  4. Make sure no one is downrange before loading or firing a firearm.  Know where others are at all times.

  5. Notify all shooters on the line before going downrange. After notification of need to go down range, warning flags or warning lights are employed to give all shooters notice of impending downrange activities. At the times when these warning measures are in effect, firing line activities are suspended and all shooters are to be behind the red line painted on the concrete directly behind the shooting area. All firearms are to be unloaded with actions open. When the downrange activity is concluded, the warning flags or the warning lights are discontinued and the “range is hot” notice is announced. At that time, shooters may return to the shooting benches and firing may commence.

  6. Be sure of the target and what is beyond.  When on a shooting range, be mindful of adjacent areas and act accordingly.

  7. Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.  In particular never point your firearm in the direction of other people.

  8. Avoid all horseplay with any firearm.

  9. Wear ear and eye protection.

  10. Do not mix alcohol or drugs with shooting activities.

  11. Absolutely no Styrofoam or similar targets which leave debris on the ranges. These targets leave messes which must be cleaned up by work crews before mowing. When at the club bear in mind the work required maintaining the property and do not create extra work for those who volunteer.

Don’t hesitate to point our poor gun handling. Safety depends on all of us. Even when it is not comfortable to hear or say.

Obey and study the range rules. The rules apply to members and non-members and to all shooting activities on club property.

Range boundary markers (4x4 white posts with posted yardage information) have been placed to the right side of the rifle range. All targets must be placed to the left of these markers. Be certain all trajectories of projectiles land said projectiles to the left of these markers and in the safe area of the range.

All types of fully automatic firearms are prohibited on the ranges.

Firearms with muzzle energy greater than 6500 foot pounds (greater than a .458 Lott) are prohibited. The 50BMG is well in excess of this limit. Shooters are responsible to know their firearms and act accordingly.

From the hip shooting of long guns is prohibited.

Any violation of the safety rules can lead to disciplinary action if deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

Directors, MCHFC

RANGE SAFETY PLAN - Click here to download a printable PDF

Purpose:  The Safety Plan has been established to ensure the health and safety of those individuals who use and frequent this facility.  This program is designed to reduce risks associated with the use of firearms either on or off the range.  Further, the plan protects the safety and health of those who live nearby.

RANGE RULES:

  1. Always open action and check to be certain firearm is unloaded upon first arriving at the club before approaching shooting area.
  2. Always point muzzle in a safe direction
  3. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  4. Keep action open and firearm unloaded until ready to use.
  5. Make sure no one is downrange before loading or firing a firearm.
  6. Notify all shooters on the line before going downrange.
  7. Be sure of the target and what is beyond.
  8. Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
  9. Avoid all horseplay with any firearm.
  10. Wear ear and eye protection
  11. Do not mix alcohol or drugs with shooting activities.

    Rule applications:

  12. The safety rules apply to all members and non-members while on club property..
  13. The safety rules apply to all shooting activities on club property.

Any disciplinary action taken for violating the Club Safety Rules should fit the offense with varying degrees of severity.  Disciplinary action may range from a friendly warning to being ejected from the club.  The Board of Directors will make such determinations.

Directors, MCHFC