RANGE SAFETY AND USAGE RULES
13 Basic rules for Safe Gun Handling
(Applies equally to all gun activities (including hunting) anywhere on the property at any time!)
1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. (Low ready/down when not on target.)
2. Always treat the gun as loaded.
3. Always keep the gun on safe until you are ready to shoot.
4. Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are on target and intend to shoot.
5. Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
6. Never point the gun at anything you don't intend to destroy.
7. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
8. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
9. Always use proper Ammunition.
10. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
11. 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.
12. Don't rely on the gun's mechanical/manual safety to keep it from firing.
13. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.
Post 6557, Mountaintop Pistol (Hand gun) Range Safety and Usage Rules
1. Follow the 13 “Basic” rules listed above.
2. No firing from any point behind [north of] the edge of the parking lot.
3. Uncase and case your gun at the shooting bench, never behind the safety line.
4. Handguns must be unloaded with cylinders open/slides locked to the rear when behind the firing line.
5. Always keep the barrel pointed down range.
6. Always keep the gun on safe until you are on target and intend to shoot.
7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
8. Never shoot at standing water or hard surfaces.
9. Police your target areas and shooting areas when you have finished shooting for the day.
10. The use of automatic firearms is prohibited without exception on the pistol range.
11. The use of handguns firing rifle rounds such as .223 Rem, 5.56mm, 7.62X39mm or rounds with similar ballistics is prohibited on the handgun range for safety/liability reasons. These may be fired on the rifle range. Rifles in .22 short/long/long rifle rimfire caliber, only, may be fired on the handgun range.
12. If you are reported as unsafe you will be asked to leave the range and could lose your range privileges.
Post 6557, Mountaintop Rifle & Shotgun (Long gun) Range Safety and Usage Rules
1. Follow the 13 “Basic” rules listed above.
2. Upon arrival at the range turn the range sign from green to red.
3. If the sign is turned to red, with an orange sign underneath, that indicates there are people in the woods area to the southwest of the range. All firing on the range is to be done to the left [east] of position number 11.
4. While firing from under the shelter is permitted, all shooters should understand that the regulation firing line is marked by the white blocks in front of [south] the shelter. Shooters using the regulation firing line shall have precedence over those firing from the shelter. In the interest of safety this means that shelter users will have to move forward so that all users are firing from a common firing line.
5. No firing from any point behind [north of] the shelter.
6. Vehicles exiting the woods and returning to the range / VFW post area are asked to please sound your horn 3 times. This will advise any shooters on the range to call for an immediate cease fire until you are clear of the backstop area.
7. Uncase and case your gun at the shooting bench, never behind the safety line.
8. Always keep the barrel pointed down range.
9. Always keep the gun on safe until you are on target and intend to shoot.
10. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
11. Never shoot at standing water or hard surfaces.
12. Please police your target areas and shooting areas when you have finished shooting for the day.
13. If you are the last shooters to leave the range, turn the range sign back to green. Do not return it to green if the orange sign is attached.
14. The use of automatic firearms is prohibited without prior authorization of the range committee. Application must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.*
* Special requests can be made to the range committee for temporary waiver of these restrictions for special events. Requests must be presented to the range committee a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event and may result in the requirement of a member or members of the range committee being present for the firing of the gun(s).