West Liberty Gun Club

Range Safety Rules

(Adopted 3/25/2020)

A copy of these revised Range Safety Rules are available at the

Yellow Sign-In Box & in the Range Safety Officers office.

The following Range Safety Rules have been adopted by the West Liberty Gun Club Board of Directors. The West Liberty Gun Club values safety and adopted these range safety rules to keep our members, visitors, property and surrounding neighbors safe.

 

If you have any questions about these range safety rules, problems arise with other shooters or you have concerns, please contact West Liberty Gun Club Staff on Duty. If no staff are on duty please email your questions and concerns to secretary@westlibertygunclub.org

 

In case of an EMERGENCY Call 911 first then contact West Liberty Gun Club Staff.

 

In the event that you or any other person is injured, there are trauma first aid kits located in the orange boxes on the North Pistol Bay, the 100 Yard Rifle Range, and between Bay 1 & 2 and Bay 4 & 5 in the South Pistol Bays.

Call: 319-627-2295

Chief Range Officer – Ian Wicke

Vice President - Doug Carden

President - Bruce Guither

 

 

Firearms Safety begins with you.

 

The Range Safety Rules should be reviewed on a regular basis.

 

Table of Contents

Section A. Definitions

Section B. General Information

Section 1.  Range Security (Member Log-in / Guest Log-In)

Section 2.  Safety

Section 3.  General Range Policies / Shooters Conduct

Section 4.  Indoor Range

Section 5.  Specific Range Rules – Trap Range / 25-Yard Pistol Bay

Section 6.  Specific Range Rules – 100-yard range

Section 7.  Rimfire – 22LR Shooting Gallery (Left Side of 100-Yard Bay)

Section 8.  South Pistol Bays (Bay 1 through Bay 6)

Section 9.  EXCEPTIONS to WLGC Range Safety Rules

Section 10.  Reserved

Section 11.  Reserved 

                       

Section A. Definitions

A.1 SHALL – Means it is mandatory; You will, You will NOT or there are NO exceptions.

A.2 CRSO – Chief Range Safety Officer

A.3 RSO – Range Safety Officer

A.4 WLGC – West Liberty Gun Club

A.5 WLGC Authorized Personnel – WLGC Board, Chief Range Safety Officer, Range Safety Officers & those individuals who have been given authority by the WLGC Board of Directors.

A.6 Ready Line – the designated line where shooters may make ready and prepare their firearm for target shooting.

 

Section B. General Information

B.1 There are times when all or a portion of range may be closed to WLGC members & the public for scheduled matches, instruction classes, reservation by law enforcement or other groups, range maintenance, etc.  The WLGC Calendar is updated to include all regularly scheduled matches and events. Special matches or events may be added from time to time throughout the year. You may view our calendar at our website:  www.westlibertygunclub.org/calendar

B.2 It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these range safety rules and review them from time to time.

B.3 All visitors accompanying a member is required to read these range safety rules and sign a waiver which acknowledges that they have read and understand the rules.

B.4 The WLGC Board of Directors reserves the right to change or amend these range safety rules as needed from time to time.

 

Section 1. Range Security (Member Log-in / Guest Log-In)

1.1 All members entering club property must swipe in at the gate with their membership card.

1.2. If other members or guests of members accompany the member who swipes in, they must be signed in at the log-in station (The Log-In station is in the Yellow Box near the South Pistol Bay Entrance). 

1.3  All individuals entering club property must have a signed liability waiver on file.  (They may also be completed at the log-in station). 

1.4  If the gate is open when you arrive, all must sign in at the log-in station.

 Exceptions:

       1.4.1 During public hours, all users sign in on the Range Officer's daily log, not by activating your key card at the gate or signing in at the yellow box;

       1.4.2 During scheduled USPSA or other sanctioned matches the gate will be open. Match participants check in per the match check-in procedures.

       1.4.3 All others shall log-in at the yellow box or if available with the RSO on duty.

1.5 Members may bring up to two (2) guests at a time onto club grounds for shooting or observing. No guest may be brought to the club more than twice per year. Members are responsible for the safety and behavior of any guest they bring to the club.

1.6  When leaving the club, make sure any target stands, supplies and buildings you accessed are locked and secured, and that the gate closes behind you before you drive away.

1.7  Members whose membership has lapsed or expired may not shoot at the club until their membership is renewed, other than in sanctioned matches or public hours.

1.8  Members should be prepared to show proof of membership (i.e. membership card) when requested by club personnel. Don’t be offended; we certainly cannot know everybody and range security is important.

1.9  As a member or guest of the WLGC you are subject to video surveillance and other monitoring.

 

Section 2. Safety

2.1 The first concern of everyone at the West Liberty Gun Club is SAFETY.

REMEMBER THE THREE PRIMARY RULES OF SAFE GUN HANDLING:

M - A - T (Muzzle, Action, Trigger)

(1).   MUZZLE:  Never point the muzzle of any firearm at another person or in an unsafe direction, even when unloaded.  KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED DOWN RANGE AT ALL TIMES!

(2).   ACTION:  Always keep the action OPEN with magazine removed (if applicable) unless you are on the firing line and preparing to shoot.

(3).   TRIGGER:  Never put your finger into the trigger guard or touch the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.

REMEMBER THE ACRONYM!  M - A - T

MUZZLE - ACTION - TRIGGER!

If you see anyone violating any of these rules, speak up!

If you are corrected for violating any of these rules, thank the person who corrected you!

2.2  All firearms not on the firing line SHALL be a) safely holstered, or b) unloaded with their action open, any detachable magazine removed, chamber flag inserted if available, and tabled with the muzzle pointing downrange, or c) unloaded, chamber flag inserted if available, and cased.

2.3  All Federal, state, and local firearm laws must be obeyed. Members and guests are solely responsible for knowing, understanding, and complying with applicable law.

2.4  Members who possess a valid Iowa concealed weapon carry permit may carry a loaded firearm on club grounds.  However, loaded firearms should NEVER be handled except on the firing line.

2.5 ANYONE may give the emergency range command “CEASE FIRING.” If you see a hazardous or unsafe condition, you may use this command to stop all shooting immediately.

2.6  When the command "Cease Fire" is given by a Range Safety Officer (RSO) or ANYONE on the Firing Line:

    2.6.1 Stop shooting IMMEDIATELY,

    2.6.2 Remove your finger from the trigger,

    2.6.3 Keep the firearms muzzle pointed in a safe direction,

    2.6.4 Wait for further instructions from the RSO or the Individual who called Cease Fire.

2.7  During a ‘Cease Fire’ for target changes, or downrange activities, firearms SHALL NOT be touched or handled under any circumstances. All shooters SHALL clear their firearms, by unloading it and make it safe by removing any magazines (if applicable), chambered rounds and inserting an empty chamber indicator (chamber flag) if possible, or leaving the chamber open, before putting it down on the bench. When benching any firearm, it should be pointed downrange.

2.8  Loaded firearms should never be set down on the bench and left unattended. If for some reason you wish to bench your firearm without firing all cartridges in the firearm, unload it and make it safe by placing it down on the bench with any magazines removed, the action open, and an empty chamber indicator (chamber flag) in place if possible. When benching any firearm, it should be pointed downrange.

2.9  Never load any firearm or insert a magazine into a firearm until you are on the firing line and prepared to fire and have determined that there is no one ahead of the firing line. Never load any firearm or insert a magazine into a firearm that is not pointed at a berm. This rule also applies to any administrative loading of a concealed carry weapon prior to placing it back in its holster for carry use.

2.10 All shots fired at the WLGC must be aimed. This means use the sights for each shot fired.  Rapid firing is permissible, but those who wish to empty their magazines as fast as possible without regard for their target the safety of others, should find another place to shoot. WLGC will not tolerate reckless use of a firearm.

2.11 All shots must be fired at an appropriate backstop. No shots should be impacting the ground or be aimed over a berm.

     2.11.1 EXCEPTION: Shotguns may be fired into the sky on the trap range between the designated angles allowed for clay targets.

2.12 Incendiary, tracer, armor-piercing, explosive, steel core, and any illegal ammunition is not permitted on WLGC ranges.

2.13 NO ONE may climb or walk on the berms at any time. 

        2.13.1 EXCEPTION: Range personnel inspecting the ranges when a Full Range ‘Cease Fire’ has been called.

2.14 Firearms with release triggers, “binary” triggers, or bump stocks and fully automatic firearms are not permitted on WLGC ranges.  No rifles of .50 caliber or larger may be fired on WLGC ranges. Muzzle loaders and shotguns are allowed.  Not all ranges are suitable for all firearms. Section 5 through Section 8 of this document outline which firearms are appropriate for that range.

2.15 Hunting is not permitted on the range grounds.

2.16 Always respect other shooters while on the range.  Before commencing fire, be certain that no one is ahead of the firing line and that others on the range know you intend to fire.

2.17 Target stands and targets SHALL NOT be placed on the berms.

2.18 Commands issued by RSO’s and Range Personnel must be obeyed immediately and without question.

2.19 Always determine that your firearm is in safe working order, that the bore is not obstructed and that you are using safe and proper ammunition.

2.20 Use the appropriate size target, placed at eye level, to ensure that your shots strike the backstop berm and not the ground, target holder or go over the berms.

2.21 Always assume that every firearm is loaded.

        2.21.1 Even when the firearm has been inspected and is determined as clear you should always assume it is loaded.

        2.21.2 The use of chamber flags is a perfect example of an unloaded safe condition and allows others to visually see the firearm is in a safe condition.

2.22 The “180 rule” is a common one. It is a reinforcement of 2.1 #1 Muzzle. Always make sure you are aware of where your muzzle is.

2.23 As firearms suppressors have been declared legal to possess in the state of Iowa, use of suppressed firearms at the West Liberty Gun Club is henceforth permitted only under certain circumstances. 

2.23.1 First and foremost, ALL range rules must be scrupulously followed, just as with any other firearm. 

2.23.2 During public shooting hours, anyone wishing to shoot a suppressed firearm must report this fact to the RSO on duty and indicate which range will be used. 

2.23.3 The RSO may direct the shooter to use a specific range if the range is busy or for other reasons of safety.

2.23.4 There is inherent hazard in use of suppressors in that others may be unaware of the use of a suppressed firearm is taking place.

2.23.5 If a range is being used by other shooters, they must all be notified that the shooter will be shooting a suppressed firearm. 

2.24 Anyone who violates any portion or sectional of these range safety rules may be subject to financial restitution requirements, reporting to the appropriate authorities, suspension or even removal from the club.

2.25  In the event that a projectile (besides appropriate shotgun shot fired at clay targets on the Trap Range during normal and safe use of the thrower) fails to strike an appropriate backstop and leaves the Club premises, any person with knowledge of such occurrence SHALL IMMEDIATELY inform WLGC Authorized Personnel (after contacting emergency services if appropriate under the circumstances). Failure to do so SHALL be grounds for removal from the club, in addition to any other penalties.

 

Section 3. General Range Policies / Shooters Conduct

3.1 Everyone SHALL use proper ear and eye protection when shooting on WLGC ranges, or when in the proximity of the ready line and other shooters. It is recommended that you wear both at all times.

3.2 No food, beverages or smoking on the ready line. Food, beverages & smoking are permitted outside of the ready line. No smoking in any structure on WLGC property.

3.3  If you set out target frames to support your targets, you will need to return them to the storage area, target shed once you are done. This includes all range equipment and all target stands.

3.4  Shooters under 18 years of age must be supervised by an adult or directly by the RSO on duty.

3.5  Do not fire at posts, supports or target frames or any unauthorized objects. These are expensive and time-consuming to replace.

3.6  Shoot at only range-approved targets.

3.7  Approved Targets - Paper, cardboard, clay bird, metallic silhouette and similar targets may be used on WLGC ranges as appropriate. 

3.8  NON Approved Targets

       3.8.1 Glass bottles, pop cans, plastic jugs, appliances, furniture, and other trash are not to be used as targets. No incendiary, explosive or reactive targets of any type may be used on WLGC ranges.

3.9 All steel targets are designed for specific ammunition based on their construction.  Use of ammunition more powerful than they are designed for WILL DAMAGE OR DESTROY THEM.  Silhouette and reactive targets to the south on the 100-yard range are for .22 caliber rimfire (not magnum) ammunition only.  Any .17 caliber rimfire and .22 magnum are far more destructive than .22 short or long rifle cartridges. They SHALL NOT be used on targets or ranges which are indicated for .22 rimfire only. 

       3.9.1 If you are responsible for the damage to any Plates or Targets throughout the Club that have a specified ammunition limitation you will be held financially responsible

for the repair or replacement.

3.10 Obey all range commands. ANYONE may call a cease fire; cease firing immediately, maintain control of your firearm, pointing the muzzle in a safe direction, finger off the trigger, and await further instructions.

3.11 WLGC personnel (Range Safety Officers, Club Officers & Board Members) are here to assist you to the best of their abilities and are responsible for the club. They are "in charge" when on the property, and their control of the WLGC ranges is not to be disputed.  If there is a dispute, follow their instructions, then report your concerns to a board member.

3.12 WLGC authorized personnel reserve the right to inspect any firearm, ammunition, or other equipment at any time and to prohibit their use. WLGC personnel reserve the right to close any or all ranges when an unsafe or hazardous condition exists.

3.13 Persons on the range who do not observe these rules, who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, who engage in horseplay or unsportsmanlike behavior will be required to leave the premises immediately, and may be subject to suspension, sanctions and possibly termination from use of the club.

3.14 Be aware of and courteous to other shooters.  If a range you wish to use is occupied, ask if you may join shooters already using the range, or wait until they are finished.  If you are using a range, make it available to other shooters if possible and make it safe for all to use.

3.15 If you have questions about a firearm you intend to shoot, or if you are unfamiliar with any range procedures, ask the RSO on duty.  If none is present, do not shoot until you are able to have your questions answered.

3.16 It is highly advised that you wash your hands and face as soon as possible after shooting and/or cleaning your firearm.

3.17 Range equipment stored in the target shed, RSO Shack and the indoor range building areas are for everyone’s use and enjoyment. You will need to get the RSO on duty to open certain buildings during public hours. Always return range equipment, target stands, spotting scopes, mats, unused targets, silhouettes, etc. to their proper places. 

3.18 Report any damaged range equipment to the RSO on duty.

3.19 If you notice damaged range equipment outside of the public hours, a report should be made to the WLGC Secretary by emailing secretary@westlibertygunclub.org

3.20 Shooters are expected to clean up after themselves. Clean up all trash, used targets, expended shotgun hulls and return the range back to a clean state.

3.21 In addition to these rules and policies, other rules and policies may be posted from time to time in and around club property.  Such posted policies are to be followed at all times.

3.22 Range equipment stored in the pistol bays around the red & green Conex SHALL NOT be used by WLGC members or the public. This equipment is specifically used during and for approved matches.

3.23 All gun club range equipment, props, benches, etc. available to WLGC members and the public should be treated with respect. 

3.24 No specialty equipment, props, etc. may be used without permission.

3.25 If you damage club property by accident, you should volunteer to pay for damages. ANYONE caught damaging club property could face serious sanctions up to and including expulsion from the club or civil/criminal prosecution.

3.26 At no time may any member of the club store personal belongings at the range.

3.27 Please note, the south pistol bays are subject to flooding. When the bays are wet, please do not drive into the bays. Your vehicle tires will leave ruts in the bays that will become a problem when the surface dries. The 100-yard bay grass parking area along with the trap range areas are also subject to rutting. If you are observed driving in a pistol bay or other parking areas and leaving ruts or destroying the surface, you will be financially liable and suspended from the club until full restitution is made. 

 

Section 4. Indoor Range

4.1 This section will be revised with new rules & policies when the indoor range construction is completed.

4.2 Access to the building is restricted to WLGC Board Members, Range Safety Officers (RSO), Match Directors and Approved Contractors.

4.3 The building may only be used for other purposes with pre-approval of the WLGC Board.

 

Section 5. Specific Range Rules – Trap Range / North Pistol Bay

5.1 The trap range and the north pistol bay ranges cannot be used at the same time. 

5.2 Both will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis except for scheduled matches and prior reservations.

5.3 If a member, or a guest during public hours, wishes to use either the trap range or the North Pistol Bay, please limit your time accordingly to allow others the use of the range.

5.4 ONLY shotguns may be used on the trap range.

5.5 Nothing larger than #7.5 shot may be used on the trap range.

5.6 The trap machine is available to use. Contact the on duty RSO for access.

5.7 The trap range has a maximum angle (right & left) that SHALL NOT exceed approximately 70 degrees from center each direction.

5.8 The north pistol bay is rimfire & centerfire pistol only.

5.9 Magnum loads SHALL NOT be used on the plate rack or on other steel targets belonging to the Club. All firing at steel targets shall be from a distance of 30' or greater for safety reasons.

5.10 All shooters are responsible to clean up all shotgun hulls and other trash when finished.

 

Section 6. Specific Range Rules – 100-yard range

6.1 Rifles firing rifle cartridges may only be used on the 100-yard range.

       6.1.1 EXCEPTION; Pistol Caliber Carbines Rifles (PCC) that use centerfire pistol ammunition may be used on any range that allows centerfire pistols.

6.2 Shotgun slugs may be fired ONLY on the 100-yard range.

6.3 No rifles of .50 caliber or larger may be fired on any WLGC ranges. Muzzle loaders and shotguns are allowed. 

6.4 The hanging steel placed at approximately 100 yards in the center of the bay may be used for rifle practice.

6.6 Targets may be placed from 10 to 100 yards as long as the trajectory is such that the projectile hits the center of the back berm. Be aware of the height of the target prior to using it as target practice.

 

Section 7. Specific Range Rules - Rimfire – .22 Shooting Gallery (Left Side of 100-Yard Bay)

7.1 Only .22 Long Rifle, .22 Long, and .22 short ammunition SHALL be allowed on the .22 Gallery.

7.2 Magnum .22 loads, .17 rimfire loads, centerfire loads, and any other ammunition not listed in Section 7.1 above SHALL NOT be used on the gallery plates.

7.3 All steel targets are designed for specific ammunition based on their construction.  Use of ammunition more powerful than they are designed for WILL DAMAGE OR DESTROY THEM.  Silhouette and reactive targets to the south on the 100-yard range are for .22 caliber rimfire (not magnum) ammunition only.  Any .17 caliber rimfire and .22 magnum are far more destructive than .22 short or long rifle cartridges. They SHALL NOT be used on targets or ranges which are indicated for .22 rimfire only. 

7.4  If you are responsible for any damage to these or any other Plates or Targets throughout the Club that have a specified ammunition limitation you will be held financially responsible for the repair or replacement.

 

Section 8. Specific Range Rules - South Pistol Bays (Bay 1 through Bay 6)

8.1 The south pistol bays shall be used for target practice and plinking.

8.2 The south pistol bays are closed during sanctioned matches for set up and SHALL NOT be used during those scheduled matches or during set up. Prior to planning a visit to the WLGC please check our calendar for scheduled matches which is available for viewing at www.westlibertygunclub.org/calendar

8.3 Range equipment stored in the pistol bays around the Red & Green Conex containers SHALL NOT be used by club members or the public. This equipment is specifically used during approved matches only.

8.4 Center fire rifles SHALL NOT be used or fired in the pistol bays.

8.5 Shotgun Slugs SHALL NOT be used or fired in the pistol bays.

8.6 Shotguns used in the pistol bays SHALL be restricted to shoot no larger than #7.5 shot.

8.7 Steel targets SHALL be used only in the westernmost pistol bays (Bays 4, 5 & 6).

8.8 Under NO circumstances should shots be made from any position not having side berms extending behind the shooter on both sides.

8.9 Cardboard Targets & steel targets SHALL be placed as far forward into the pistol bays as possible. Shooting at steel targets SHALL be done at a minimum of 30’ for safety reasons.

8.10 All shots should strike the berm or an approved steel or paper target.

8.11 Please leave the pistol bays cleaner than you found them.  Return all equipment to its proper place and dispose of all trash. Do not leave targets stands in the pistol bays.

 

Section 9. EXCEPTIONS to WLGC Range Safety Rules

9.1 During scheduled matches, the pistol bays are considered as COLD RANGES. Conceal carry permit holders SHALL NOT be allowed to have their firearm on their person. No loaded firearms are permitted except at a designated location or on the firing line under the supervision of match personnel. 

9.2 During sanctioned matches those rules will apply to all competitors.

9.3 Centerfire Rifles may be used during sanctioned matches in the south pistol bays under direct match supervision and sanctioning body rules.

9.4 Shotgun slugs may be used during sanctioned matches in the south pistol bays under direct match supervision and sanctioning body rules.

9.5 During sanctioned matches firearms may be placed in a loaded ready condition outside the reach or control of the shooter. These conditions are monitored and directed by match staff per specific sanctioning body rules.

9.6 During scheduled and approved training classes, additional ammunition types or usage in Specific Ranges may be authorized.

 

Section 10. (This section is reserved for future use)

10.1 Reserved

 

Section 11. (This section is reserved for future use)

11.1 Reserved

 

BE SAFE!

SAFETY FIRST, LAST AND ALWAYS

 

(Revised & Adopted – 03/25/2020)

© 2020 by www.westlibertygunclub.org         Website maintained by: 

  • Facebook App Icon
Website hosted by - Wix.com