The official range rules can be found in the “Bylaws of the South Berwick Rod and Gun Club”. Those rules if different than below, supersede what is summarized on this page.Simple Gun Safety:

  1. Treat all guns as if they were loaded.
  2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Be sure of your target and know what is behind it.
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  5. Never handle firearms while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

General Range Rules:

  • All members must display their Photo ID membership card in a prominent location when using the archery, pistol, or rifle ranges.
  • Rifle/Pistol range hours are 9:00 AM to sunset.
  • Trap range hours are 9AM to sunset or 8 PM if club artificial lighting is used.
  • Archery range hours are sunrise to sunset.
  • Know and obey all range commands.
  • Do NOT handle firearms or bows when personnel are in front of firing line.
  • The shooter is responsible for every bullet, arrow, or shot he or she fires.
  • Range use is restricted to regular members or junior members and guests under the direct supervision of a regular member. Exception: Club sanctioned public events or activities.
  • A regular member may sponsor two guest shooters.
  • Guest shooters must use the same shooting bench or position as the sponsoring member.
  • Hearing and eye protection must be worn by everyone upon entering the gate for the Rifle/Pistol range.
  • Range warning flag shall be raised when range is in use.
  • Do not leave live or “dud” ammunition behind on any range.
  • Dispose of targets when done shooting.
  • Clean range of all shell cases when done shooting.

Amendment: May 9, 2017 Lines of Demarcation in ranges

  • The “Firing line” has been painted RED.
  • In the rifle house this is the leading edge of the cement toward the target frames.
  • In the pistol house this is the front of the bench toward the target frames.
  • A “Safety line” has been painted YELLOW a few feet back from the firing line in each range house.
  • Between these lines is the proper shooting work space where loading and firing may occur.

All firearms must be either unloaded or holstered when moved out of this zone. In addition to the rules printed above, adhere to any additional rules posted in the ranges.Range Warning Light Instructions:

  • Each shooting station has it’s own light switch. When you need to go down range, call a cease fire and switch on the light switch in your lane. The red lights on every lane will light. Switch on the light switch at your shooting station EVEN IF the red lights are already on! When each person has returned to their shooting station, they must personally turn their switch off. If multiple people are shooting from the same station, confirm that all of your group is back at your station before turning off your switch. This is a safety measure so we know that when the lights go off, no one else will be downrange. When the last shooter returns from downrange and flips off his/her switch, the red lights will go out on all lanes.

Range Commands:

  • Cease Fire!
    A “Cease Fire” is called when a dangerous situation is observed or to perform an activity in front of the firing line. Each shooter must acknowledge the “Cease Fire” and all firearms shall be unloaded, unprimed, placed on the bench, in the rack, or cased as the situation warrants. Firearm actions shall be open where possible.
  • Range is Cold
    All shooters will agree that the range is “Cold” before moving downrange. No personnel may handle firearms or ammunition while the range is “Cold”.
  • Is the Line Ready?
    After all activity down range has been completed and all personnel have returned to the safety of the firing line the question, “Is the line ready?” is asked. All shooters must agree the line is ready before declaring the range HOT.
  • Range is Hot!
    This phrase is passed from shooter to shooter on the firing line, and indicates live fire may commence.

Rifle/Pistol Range Rules:

  • Automatic weapon fire or the use of devices that replicate automatic fire is NOT allowed.
  • Firearms shall be unloaded, unprimed, with the action open when anyone is forward of the firing line.
  • Verify all personnel are behind the firing line before declaring the line ready.
  • Cross the firing line only after a “cease fire” is established.
  • All shooting shall take place from the firing line.
  • The switch for the red warning lights must be turned on from your shooting position before going downrange (Even if the lights are already illuminated). The only person allowed to turn off the switch is the person who turned it on at their own shooting position.
  • Moveable target holders are prohibited on the Rifle/Pistol range.
  • Only paper targets or balloons mounted on Club erected target boards are allowed.
  • Place targets in a way as to minimize damage to the target frames.
  • Shoot only those distances posted at the shooting position.
  • Loose/trash targets are not to be used on the Rifle/Pistol range. These include, but are not limited to; metal cans, glass, water bottles, clay targets, golf balls, bowling pins, fruit, exploding targets, etc..
  • Metallic silhouettes or gongs may not be used on the Rifle/Pistol range unless installed by the Club in a way as to avoid any ricochets.
  • Shotgun patterning may only be conducted from the designated position on the Pistol range and only at the fixed distances as determined by the Club using the Club designed patterning frame and holder. Shotgun use on Pistol range limited to shot only.
  • Patterning frame and holder must be removed after use.

Pistol Use On Rifle Range:

Members may use handguns on the Rifle range if they meet ALL of the following requirements:

  1. Handgun must be of a type that would be used for big game hunting, chambered in one of the following: .500 Mag, .480 Ruger, .460 S&W, .454 Casull, .45 Long Colt, .44 Mag, .41 Mag, 10mm Auto, .357 Mag, or a chambering normally found in a rifle. For example: Thompson Center single shots, Savage Strikers, and similar handguns.
  2. Handguns used on the Rifle Range must have a minimum barrel length of 4 inches and must be capable of reasonable accuracy so all bullets will impact the target board and then the berm behind the target at the distance fired.

Trap Range Rules:

  • Hearing and eye protection must be worn when using the Trap range.
  • One shell loaded at a time (two for doubles).
  • Action must remain open until it is your turn to fire.
  • Clear area of spent shells.
  • Shot sizes limited to #6 through #9.

Archery Range Rules:

  • Paper or foam targets must be affixed to target bales.
  • 3-D targets must be placed so that misses will not leave the Archery range.
  • Do not crossfire between target lanes.
  • Shoot only from designated firing line.

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