Range Rules

You will be asked to leave the range if you fail to obey any of the range rules or guidelines. 
The RANGE MASTER/Range Safety Officer (RSO) IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY on this range.

ALWAYS point your firearm in a safe direction (DOWN RANGE).

ALWAYS keep your finger off of the trigger and out of the trigger guard until the command to "FIRE" is given and when you are sighted on your target and ready to shoot!

You may resume shooting, but may not be positioned forward of the RED firing line for any reason. When handling firearms and walking to another table ALL FIREARMS MUST BE EMPTY AND POINTING UP!

Open and empty all firearms and remove all magazines. When your gun is completely unloaded, step behind the yellow safety line.


Do not handle any firearm when anyone is forward of the firing line. 

Be sure of your target and what is behind. DO NOT FIRE IF ANY WILDLIFE IS DOWN RANGE. 

Eye and ear protection is mandatory on this range (see the Range Master on duty - earplugs and safety glasses may be purchased).

Know how your firearm operates and use the correct ammunition

Use of ALCOHOL OR DRUGS (this includes certain prescription drugs) before or during shooting is FORBIDDEN. Zero Tolerance Policy! 

NO ARMOR PIERCING, TRACER or INCENDIARY AMMUNITION is authorized for use on this range. 

Individuals under 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or an adult who advises the RSO that he/she has accepted the responsibility of such individuals. Children 12 years o]d and younger MUST be supervised at all times. 

Food, drinks and smoking are prohibited under the range ramada.

Do not shoot at bottles, cans, or other trash. Shooting is limited to authorized targets & silhouettes. 

On Public Range (#4), shooting at any steel targets within 100 yards is prohibited! 

You may NOT go out past 200 yards without notifying the RSO (a fully coordinated cease-fire is imperative). 

When you have finished shooting:
-Return target stands to the area designated by the RSO.
-Remove ALL of your targets from the stands and place them in the trash cans.
-ALWAYS be courteous and sweep up all casings and place all trash/brass in the proper receptacles.


Black Powder Procedures for Rifles

Because Black Powder is classified as an explosive rather than a propellant, there are different procedures that need to be followed.

All Black Powder or Black Powder substitute should not be on the loading bench. Rather it should be on a table, or one of the red topped stools placed behind the yellow line on the range floor.  All black powder or black powder substitute needs to be in an appropriate container.

Black Powder firearms should be loaded at this location rather than the shooting table.  A  Black Powder firearm is not considered loaded until a cap is placed on the nipple or the pan is filled with priming powder.

Powder should NEVER be poured from a powder can, powder horn, or other large capacity container into the barrel of the firearm. Rather the powder is poured from the container or powder horn into a small measure that contains the proper amount of powder for that firearm. From this container or measure the powder is poured down the barrel.

After this the patch and ball are seated.

Then the firearm is taken to the shooting bench. At the shooting bench either the cap is placed on the nipple, or the pan is primed.  A small flask or very small priming horn is used to prime the pan, at the bench. This priming device must be capped or self-contained when not in use on the bench.

A Black Powder shooter may have a small container of water on their back bench. This is used to soften or clear black powder build up in the barrel.

A Black Powder Cartridge shooter may have a container of water to place fired cartridges in, after shooting them.

Hopefully by being aware of some of the basic fundamentals of Black Powder there will be less confusion when a Black Powder shooter is at the range.


Thanks for coming out to exercise your Second Amendment Rights and enjoying your day at the Sierra Vista Shooting Range!