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Question by squirrelgirl. Uploaded on December 29, 2012
Rules vary a little from one range to the next. They will always be posted somewhere, generally right before you enter the range, and usually in many places. Rules will be very similar to rules at outdoor ranges. They should go over range rules with you in your class before they put you on the range as well. But in general:
Standard firearm rules always apply:
All guns are always loaded.
Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
Be sure of your target and beyond.
Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy.
For indoor ranges:
Hearing protection will be mandatory if you are in the room (it's much louder, I usually wear earmuffs AND foam plugs).
Same with eye protection.
Usually loaded weapons are not permitted rearward of the lane benches.
Magazine and weapon loading is to be done at the bench.
Some ranges will allow you to remove the bench and shoot from a holster but most do not.
Never step in front of the shooting line for any reason (most ranges will have a broom with a long handle in case you drop a magazine or something).
Because of the proximity of other shooters, you must be very careful of where your muzzle is pointed when reloading or practicing malfunction drills.
Most indoor ranges do not permit muzzleloaders.
Most indoor ranges to not permit anything larger than .50 caliber.
They should have the rules of etiquette posted at the range if it has any credibility at all. Have fun. Careful with dishing out that passion. Some old farts on here are pretty lonely. Might give me ... er ... them cardiac arrest. :-)
1. Always keep the weapon pointed down range.
2. Never shoot the instructor/range officer, no matter how obnoxious he becomes.
These should get you qualified.
At outdoor ranges, when the range is "cold," you may go forward of the firing points to inspect or change your targets, but if you remain behind, you are not permitted to handle or even touch any firearm. You must stay back and wait until the range is "hot" again.
Thanks guys. I figured I already knew what was expected of me but as a girl with a gun I feel like people expect me to fail before I even start.
I would also check to see what type of ammo they will let you use at the range. There was one here a few years ago that you had to purchase the ammo from them. No wounder they went out of business.
I avoid public ranges for many reasons and a couple "types" who frequent them.(Nothing against most public range guys) Proper gun handling and safety obviously are paramount but you may want to brush up on the local rules ahead of time. Good Luck.
I like fezzants advice about ear plugs + ear protection muffs while indoors. Squirrel girl, don't worry about the jerks, most shooters are glad about more people getting involved.
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