NEVER fool around or play with guns.  Guns are dangerous when they are not handled or used properly.  They can easily injure or kill you and those around you.  There are no second chances with a gun and the rules for safe gun handling must always be followed to avoid accidents.


  1. Know and follow all the rules of the Shooting Range.
  2. Listen and do what the Range Master tells you to do.  The range master will direct all fire / cease fire actions and enforce all other rules of the range.
  3. Always treat the gun as if it is loaded.
  4. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.  Downrange would be best!
  5. Always keep the gun on safe until you intend to shoot.
  6. Always KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER, and outside the trigger guard, until ready to fire or until the command "Commence firing" has been given.
  8. Never point the gun at anything you don't intend to destroy.
  9. Be sure of the target and what is beyond it.
  10. Know the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
  11. Always use proper ammunition.
  12. Shoot only at authorized targets.  Never shoot at water or hard surfaces.
  13. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  14. Unload, open the action, remove the magazine and ground and / or bench all firearms during a cease fire.
  15. Do NOT handle any firearm or stand at the firing line where firearms are present while others are down range.
  16. Always keep the muzzle pointed at the backstop, bullet trap, or berm.  Never allow the muzzle to point in any direction whereby an inadvertent discharge would allow the escape of a projectile into an outer area.
  17. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then, with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
  18. Don't rely on the gun's safety to keep it from firing.
  19. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns. You don't want to trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and / or fire the gun at anyone or anything.