August 10, 2013

Range Rules



Effective Date:  August 6, 2015

The Club’s Range Rules & Regulations are established to assure the health and safety of everyone who uses the facilities as well as the community at large.



  1. Always treat every gun as if it is loaded.
  2. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  3. Never point your gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until the gun is lined up on the target.


  1. The Club’s facilities are operated as a “cold range”. All exposed firearms may not contain any ammunition except when they are actively being used on a “hot” firing line or shooting bay.
  2. Shooters must always be considerate of others using the range.
  3. If there are multiple shooters using a firing line or shooting bay at the same time, each shooter is limited to one bench and one lane.
  4. Targets must be directly north of the shooter. No crossfiring.
  5. Before a firing line or shooting bay is “cold,” all shooters on the firing line or shooting bay must acknowledge the “cold” call. As shooters wearing hearing protection may not hear the command, double check to assure that all shooters on the firing line or shooting bay acknowledge the “cold” command. The firing line or shooting bay, however, is not fully “cold” until all shooters have properly secured their firearms by unloading them, removing all ammunition, leaving the breech open, engaging the safety, and then placing the firearm down (pistols may be holstered, bagged or boxed) on a shooting bench or shooting mat and stepping away from the firearms. Chamber safety flags should be used if available.
  6. When the firearm is properly secured and the shooter is away from the firearm, each shooter must call, “line clear.” When all shooters acknowledge “line clear”, the firing line or shooting bay is “cold” and shooters may proceed downrange to set or change targets.
  7. Firearms may not be touched or handled during “cold” range periods, no exceptions. Cased firearms may be unloaded from a vehicle at these times but must remain cased until the firing line or shooting bay goes “hot.”
  8. When a shooter returns to the firing line or shooting bay area, he or she should shout “range clear” to indicate they are out of the active firing area. When all shooters are “range clear”, it is “range hot.” At this point, shooters may return to their firing positions and resume handling firearms.


General Rules for All Areas

  1. The DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club Como range facility is a private club and is accessible to members and guests only. Always keep the gate closed and locked when a Range Officer is not on site.
    1. Exception: Authorized organizers of scheduled training or other events open to the public may choose to leave the gate open and unlocked during the period in which the training or other event is occurring.
  2. All firing lines and shooting bays will be kept open and available for usage by Club members in good standing, and their guests, as much of the time as is practical. Firing lines and shooting bays may be closed for special events and maintenance. These closures will be published on the Club’s Internet web site in as far in advance as is reasonably possible.
  3. During competitive matches or other similar events, one or more qualified Club members must serve as a Match Director / Safety Officer.  Specific range rules may be modified by the Match Director as required for the event.
  4. Arrange targets so that bullets strike the North impact berms after hitting the target. ALL SHOTS FIRED MUST REMAIN ON CLUB PROPERTY.
  5. Members must wear their membership cards in a manner that is visible to other members at all times when on the range.
  6. Hours of operation are Sunrise to Sunset, every day of the year.
  7. The following are specifically prohibited at the range at all times:
    1. Use or consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Exception: The Executive Committee may allow the consumption of light alcoholic beverages (beer or wine) in specific areas during special, scheduled events by persons participating in those events.
    2. Possession of illegal or recreational drugs.
    3. Usage of fully automatic firearms.
    4. Tracer, incendiary ammunition, armor piercing or penetrator rounds.
    5. Tannerite or any other type of exploding, reactive or moving target.
    6. “Bump” firing, “quick draw/fast draw” and “instinct” firing.
    7. Drawing from a shoulder holster.
    8. Cans, bottles and/or plastic containers as well as fruits, vegetables and other organic matter as targets.
    9. 50 cal. BMG.
    10. “Horseplay” of any kind at any time.
    11. Any comments or behaviors a member may reasonably interpret as belligerent, hostile or threatening.
    12. Offensive targets such as those depicting pictures or images of elected officials and/or prominent people, religious or ethnic imagery, etc.
  8. No hunting is allowed on range property.
  9. Members may bring as many as two (2) non-member guests each visit. The member assumes responsibility for the actions of their guests while at the Club.
  10. Small vehicles such as golf carts, ATVs, and similar may be driven into any “downrange” area. Passenger or other vehicles may not be driven into t any “downrange” area except as authorized by an event organizer to facilitate event setup or teardown.
  11. Two range flags must be flying before firing may commence. The range flag at the northeast corner of the 600-yard Long Distance Range must be up and a range flag must be raised on the pole nearest the firing line or shooting bay to be used before any firing may begin.
  12. Club target frames are provided for member convenience. Targets should be mounted to the frames so that bullets impacting the targets do not also impact the target frames. Target frames should be at sufficient height so that rounds passing through the target impact the berm at the far end of the range. Use the thin wall PVC pipe sections provided to raise target frames as necessary to achieve the desired height to assure bullets strike the impact berm.
  13. Only Club owned target frames might be stored in Club facilities. If you bring a target frame, you must take it with you when you leave.
  14. The only steel or reactive targets permitted on ranges are those belonging to the Club. Member-owned metal or reactive targets are not permitted.
  15. The Club requires that eye and ear protection be worn by all persons in a firing line or shooting bay or within close proximity to a firing line or shooting bay.
  16. Every member is responsible for cleaning up his or her area after firing. All center-fire metallic cartridges and shotshells must be picked up as well as any other trash such as empty food packaging, beverage containers, ammunition boxes, etc. Please be sure the lid is properly secured to the container when you put it back on.
  17. When not actively shooting, secure and store your firearms so they are not accessible to anyone else.

Specific Rules for Pistol Bays

  1. Pistol Bays 1 and 2 may only be used for pistol, pistol caliber rifle, center fire rifle calibers no larger than .223/5.56 mm, and rim-fire rifle (.22 LR and lower calibers) shooting.
  2. Pistol Bay 3 may be used for all calibers of pistols and rifles, not to exceed .30 caliber for rifles.
  3. Clay pigeons may be shot in all Pistol Bays, but must be set on the north berm and may never be thrown. Shotguns may be used in all Pistol Bays with lead shot only (no steel shot) when clay pigeons are used in this manner.
  4. Shotguns may not be used with club provided target frames at any time.
  5. All targets 4. Shotguns may not be used with club provided target frames at any time.must always be set up so that rounds impact the rear (north) berms only; there are no exceptions.
  6. Target center-of-mass may be no more than 5’6” (66”) above the flat ground level of the pistol bay in use, whether the targets are freestanding or mounted in the north berm itself.

Specific Rules for 200 Yard Rifle Range

  1. The only allowable distances for shooting on the 200 Yard Rifle Range are 100, 150 & 200 yards.
  2. No pistols or shotguns are to be used on the 200 Yard Rifle Range.
  3. No shots may be made on the 200 Yard Rifle Range while standing. All shots must be made while sitting, kneeling or prone.
  4. Rapid fire shooting on the 200 Yard Rifle Range is not allowed. There must be a minimum of a 3 second gap between each shot.
  5. Target frames should be at sufficient height so that rounds passing through the target impact the North berm at the far end of the range. Use the PVC pipe sections provided to raise target frames as necessary to achieve the desired height to assure bullets strike the berm.

Specific Rules for 600Yard Rifle Range

  1. The 600-yard Long Distance Rifle Range is open for non-match shooting only to members who are certified to shoot on that range.

Specific Rules for Archery Range

  1. Field points only–No fixed or mechanical broad heads allowed on Club provided targets.
  2. Personal targets (block, bag, decoys) are allowed. You may use broad heads on your personal targets.
  3. Do not move or rotate Club provided targets.
  4. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Do not fire if someone is down range beyond the distance of your target.
  5. Crossbows are allowed on archery range.
  6. The “firing line” is denoted by two orange posts. From that line, targets are at 20, 40, and 60 yard distances. Please do not fire from behind the firing line. Shooters may move up to 10 yards forward of the firing line to establish shorter distances.
  7. Shooters may tape, staple, or tack their own targets to the target face. Please remove all targets and fasteners when finished shooting.
  8. Please utilize the full target face. Repeated firing into the target centers will lead to premature wear.


  1. Violation of these rules may subject the violator to such disciplinary action as the Club’s Board of Directors, acting on behalf of the Club’s Membership, may impose.  This may include expulsion from the DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club and/or criminal charges may result if the situation dictates they are appropriate.