General Range Safety Rules
  1. All persons entering the PPGC property must sign in at the clubhouse before going to any shooting sites.

  2. When handling firearms, keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger, keep your firearm unloaded until ready to shoot, and always know what’s beyond your target.

  3. On duty Law Enforcement, PPGC members, and guests must transport and carry according to applicable Colorado law. Handguns (concealed or open carry) must remain in holsters unless on a hot pistol range firing line.

  4. On the PPGC ranges firearms are considered loaded if:
    • Actions or cylinders are closed.

    • Cartridges or empty cases are contained in the chamber, cylinder, or when the magazine is attached.

    • Black powder firearms that contain propellant, projectile, percussion cap, or powder in the pan of a flintlock.

  5. Eye and ear protection is required for all shooters and is strongly recommended for all observers. Individuals assume all responsibility for any injury that occurs by not wearing appropriate eye and ear protection.

  6. Cold Range:

    • All firearms are unloaded, actions/cylinders open, pistol magazines removed and all shooters have stepped back from the benches.

    • Person calling a cold range must check to see if all shooters are ready for a cold range.

    • You may then call a cold range.

    • No firearms may be handled while the range is cold. Ammunition and magazines may be handled as long as the firearm is NOT involved.

    • All shooters may proceed to repair or change targets.

    IF CEASE FIRE IS CALLED BY ANYONE AT ANY TIME ALL SHOOTING MUST CEASE, FIREARMS MUST BE PLACED ON THE BENCHES WITH SAFETIES ON OR CYLINDERS OPEN AND SHOOTERS MUST STEP BACK FROM THE BENCHES WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

  7. Hot Range:
    • FIRST check and DOUBLE check to be sure no one is down range.

    • Remind all shooters to put on eye and ear protection.

    • You may now call a range hot and at this time firearms may be handled, loaded, and firing may commence.

  8. Firing Line Procedure:
    • Muzzles shall be pointed downrange at all times, when on the firing line.

    • Fully automatic weapons are prohibited.

    • All firearms shall remain pointed downrange while on the shooting benches or in the provided gun racks.

    • When line is “Hot” firearms, with open action, may be taken in the muzzle up position to or from the firing line.

    • Under no circumstances will a firearm be discharged if the muzzle is behind anyone on the firing line.

    • Shots fired shall strike the designated impact area (berm).

    • No tracer or incendiary ammunition may be fired on PPGC ranges.

    • Placing targets on range impact areas is prohibited.

    • Targets must not be capable of deflecting a projectile. Projectiles must be able to easily pass through targets and no glass or easily broken targets may be used.  Self healing reactive targets may be used.  Note section 10 for rules pertaining to steel targets.

    • When not in use firearms must be unloaded, magazines out and/or actions open.

    • Muzzle loading firearms must be positioned upright for cold range, cease fire, cleaning and loading.

    • Shooting range infrastructure or target holders target frames is prohibited.

    • If a muzzle loading firearm fails to fire, the muzzle shall remain pointed at the impact area for at least 2 minutes before remedial action is taken and 30 seconds minimum for all other firearms.

    • Bump firing a firearm or devices that cause or simulate fully automatic firearms are prohibited.

    • Shooters experiencing chronic misfires hang fires, and squib fires should evaluate their firearms and ammunition.

    • Semiautomatic strings may be fired on any range at a rate that allows the aiming of each shot. All shots fired must be controlled and strike within the designated impact area.

    • Reckless gun handling (including but not limited to shooting from the hip), two gun shooting and other forms of shooting with limited control will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

    • All shooters shall clean up their area when finished shooting.

  9. Cease Fire Procedures:
    • During the cease fire firearms on the firing line shall not be handled (cold range rules apply)

    • A safety cease fire may be called at any time, by anyone on the firing line.

    • During a cease fire all firearms shall be pointed downrange or racked in an upright position with actions open.

    • All shooters with muzzle loaders or cap and ball revolvers shall discharge their firearm into the impact area before the cease fire can commence.

  10. Steel Targets:
    • All steel targets will be used under the supervision of a range safety officer and under current club management policies. See club management for current policies.

  11. Muzzle Loading Procedure:
    • No smoking within 15ft of anyone shooting with black powder or black powder substitutes.

    • Prior to loading, shooters using muzzle loading rifles, pistols and cap and ball revolvers shall fire caps on all nipples of percussion firearms or a pan full of powder in a flintlock while pointing the firearm down range.  Muzzle loading firearms using granulated propellant shall have the propellant poured into the muzzle from a powder measure, not from a bulk container.  Powder containers shall be closed after charging the powder measure.  Containers of propellant pellets shall be kept closed when not being used.

    • Shooters using muzzle loading rifles shall place their rifles upright and in a manor to prevent the rifle from falling during a cease fire or during loading. Hand formed cartridges, propellants and sabots may be loaded at the firing line with the firearm held in the upright position.

    • Percussion and flintlock firearms shall be pointed down range when a percussion cap is affixed to a nipple or when ignition powder is put into a flintlock pan.

  12. Cleaning of firearms may be done on the firing line with barrels of cartridge firearms pointed downrange and barrels of muzzle loading firearms pointed in the upright position. Firearms being cleaned away from the firing line shall not have live ammunition or components.  Note safety boxes have been constructed near the pistol berms for working on pistols without the presence of ammunition.

  13. Shotgun patterning may be performed only on the shotgun patterning range, located east of the bunker trap range.

  14. RSO’s are authorized to relocate the firing points on the firing line of members whose shooting activity causes multiple complaints from adjacent shooters (ie. crossing lines of fire).

  15. RSO’s may stop firing against any target if such firing represents a danger to shooters on the line or our range neighbors. In case of a dispute of any kind the decision of the RSO is final.  The RSO’s decision may be appealed to the PPGC manager.

  16. Pets:
    • Shall be accompanied by owner, leashed or controlled at all times.

    • Not allowed on the firing line.

    • Aggressive pets may be required to be muzzled, crated or asked to be removed.

  17. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in the vicinity of an active range. Alcohol may be consumed only in the clubhouse parking lot, after shooting is completed and firearms have been secured.  Alcohol may not be consumed in areas visible from public roads.

  18. PPGC members may bring guests but shall supervise their guests at all times. A PPGC member with guests may occupy only one firing point and have only one person shooting at a time (rifle/pistol).  The PPGC member is responsible for upholding all club rules and regulations with their guests.

  19. Sanctioned Matches
    • During PPGC sanctioned matches the match director controls the designated range.

    • Some PPGC sanctioned events require a preparation time prior to starting competition. The match director for that event will announce to all shooters that a preparation period will precede the start of the next relay.  During this preparation period no one will go forward of the firing line.  Unloaded firearms may be uncased and handled in safety bunker.

  20. These rules shall be followed by all persons on PPGC ranges and associated facilities. Range rules may be specifically modified, reduced or expanded only majority vote from the PPGC board.

Range Specific Rules
  1. Range #1 200yd Rifle
    • The 50, 100, 200 yard target lines are designed for single projectile cartridges fired from a rifle or silhouette/hunting pistol. (shotgun slugs are allowed on this range)

    • Firearms must be carried cased or in the upright position from the vehicle to the benches or racks on this range.

    • Offhand shooters shall stand between the front edge of the concrete pad and the rear of the shooting bench with the firearm muzzle at or past the front edge of the pad.

    • Shooters using other shooting positions shall place the muzzle of their firearm as close as possible to the front edge of the pad.

    • Under no circumstances will a firearm be discharged if the muzzle is behind anyone on the firing line.

    • Target frames and holders will be positioned, to ensure bullets strike the impact area.

    • When using the PPGC target frames the center of the target must be centered in the frame.

  2. Range #2 100yd Rifle
    • This range is designated for rifle and long range pistol shooting. (shotgun slugs are allowed on this range)

    • Firearms should be carried cased or in the upright position from the vehicle to the benches or the racks on this range.

    • Offhand shooters shall stand between the front edge of the concrete pad and the rear of the shooting bench with the muzzle at past the front edge of the pad.

    • Shooters using other shooting positions shall place the muzzle of their firearm as close as possible to the front edge of the pad.

    • Under no circumstances will a firearm be discharged if the muzzle is behind anyone on the firing line.

    • Shooting from prone or “creedmoor” position is allowed.

    • The permanent bench to the right side of the range is for shooters of disability and so designated.

    • Long range pistols may be fired on the range if the shooter is able to strike the impact area, regardless of the position of the target at intermediate ranges.

  3. Ranges #3, #4, #5 Pistol
    • These ranges are designated for the shooting of revolvers, semiautomatic and muzzle loading pistols only, as well as any special shooting events approved by sanctioned by PPGC committee.

    • Drawing from a strong side holster is permitted.

    • Anyone seen to be careless or out of control should be stopped immediately. (shoulder, cross draw and small of the back holsters are not permitted)

    • Pistols configured to shoot shotgun shells may be fired on the pistol ranges.

    • Firing from a prone or “creedmoor” position is prohibited.

    • Pistol caliber cartridges only. (ex: 22lr, 22mag, 32acp, 380auto, 38spl, 9mm, 357mag, 40sw, 45acp, 44spl, 44m, 50sw, ect) Muzzle velocities not to exceed 2000 ft/sec.

  4. Ranges #6, #7 Multiuse
    • These ranges are designated to be used for club sanctioned special events, action shooting, competitions, and training. Note: See club management for requirements to check out these berms.

    • No solo use of these ranges. There must be one certified range safety officer present during live fire.

    • Pistols and shotguns may be used under range safety officer supervision.

    • Rifle use under club management approved events only.

  5. Shotgun Sports, Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays
    • No slugs may be fired on these ranges.

    • Only shotguns firing a 2 ¾” shell containing shot size 7 ½, 8, 8 ½ or 9 shot allowed.

    • No shooting is permitted in front of the 16yd line (trap) station #8 (skeet), or anywhere outside of the shooting cage (sporting clays & 5 stand).

    • Keep the action open until it is your turn to shoot.

    • Actions shall be open and unloaded when moving from post to post or anywhere else on the range.

    • While shooting trap, you many only load ONE (1) shell into the gun at a time.

    • When a club staff member is in the trap house an orange safety flag/cone will be placed in a visible position.

    • Firearms used in all shotgun sports shall be fired from the shoulder. Folding stocks must be in the fully extended position.

  6. Shotgun Patterning Range
    • No shot larger than #4 bird may be fired at the patterning board.

    • When approaching the patterning range always be aware of the shooting activity on the adjacent range.

  7. Archery Range
    • All relevant range rules are applicable, by substituting archery terminology.

    • Only field point or target arrows may be shot at PPGC targets.

    • Prior to shooting, position an orange flag in a visible location to indicate that the archery range is being used.

    • Shooters shall designate a common firing line Sky drawing is forbidden.

Please Take Your Time and Familiarize Yourself With Our Range Rules.

 

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