Pensacola Rifle and Pistol Club

Range Rules

Shooting is one of the safest sports, as long as you follow the rules

Safety Is Everyone's Responsibility

Shooting firearms without following the basic rules of firearms is an accident waiting to happen. When a individual follows the rules of firearm ownership, the user and those in the area can be assured of a safe and enjoyable experience.

Below is a list of our current range rules and procedures. Modifications are made as needed and will be updated on this website and posted at the range.

Pensacola Rifle and Pistol Club Range Safety Rules (March 2018)

Club Board of Directors (BOD) serve as Range Safety Officers and are empowered to enforce all Club rules and regulations.
The unsafe handling of firearms will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal from the Club.
Members of the BOD have the authority to immediately suspend member privileges. All members are responsible for knowing and adhering to the RANGE SAFETY RULES and the RANGE RULES AND REGULATIONS.
Failure to follow stated rules and regulations will result in the termination of membership in the Pensacola Rifle and Pistol Club.
Members should police each other to promote safe practices for all.
All members are responsible for their guests and actions while on range property.
The member must make sure their guests follow all rules and procedures of the range. Failure to do so may result in termination of membership.

Safety Rules

  1. Always keep the firearm muzzles pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Always keep the firearm unloaded until ready to use.
  4. When not in use, all firearms must remain unloaded, with actions open and muzzles pointed downrange.
  5. Be aware of your target and what is behind it; all bullets must impact the lower half of the berm.
  6. Range Commands:
  1. Cold Range: The range is only considered “cold” when:
  2. 1) All firing has ceased.
  3. 2) Firearms have been laid down unloaded with actions open and magazines removed.
  4. 3) All participants verbally acknowledge a cold range.
  5. 4) Members should police each other to make sure actions are open and unloaded.
  6. 5) At this point members may proceed forward to targets.
  7. Hot Range: The range is only considered “hot” when:
  8. 1) All participants have returned behind the firing line.
  9. 2) All participants verbally acknowledge that the range is going into a “hot” status.
  10. 3) Only then can firearms be handled and firing may commence.
  11. 4) No one may proceed forward of the firing line.
  12. Cease Fire!! The cease fire command is given when any unsafe act or condition is witnessed.
  1. Firearms not in use on the firing line will be UNLOADED at all times. Revolving cylinders will be opened and SWUNG out, magazines will be removed. Actions/breeches on all weapons must be open. When moving between firing lines, firearms will not be carried in holsters.
    Exception: A weapon carried concealed on the person is exempt from this regulation. However, the weapon must remain holstered and concealed at all times, drawing to fire is not allowed.
  2. The Trap Range must coordinate with the rifle range before going forward of the firing line, except in the case of a schedule competition.
  3. Scheduled competition Match Directors have priority and control of the ranges they occupy. Match Directors will coordinate the range conditions and only they will give the range commands.
  4. No open shooting on the scheduled ranges until the matches have completed and the Match Director gives back control of the ranges in use. This includes social occasions after scheduled matches where food and drink is consumed.
  5. Highpower Rifle uses the 200 yard rifle range, but controls the trap and 100 yard range during matches. Trap uses the trap range, but controls the entire rifle range during matches.
Pensacola Rifle Match

    Kahn Range: 100/200/300 Yard Precision Centerfire Rifle Range

    Centerfire rifles and rifle caliber carbines may be used on any yardline. Rimfire rifles and non-rifle caliber carbines (example: M1 Carbine) may be used only at 100 yards, no pistols may be fired on this range at any time.

    General rules and procedures for this range. All regular PRPC rules apply.

    Additional Safety and Procedure:

  1. The member firing on the far left (longest yardline) is the range officer responsible for calling the line hot and cold. They also make sure that all personnel have returned behind the firing line before returning to a hot range status.
  2. The strobe light must be lit when the range is active with personnel downrange during cold range.
  3. Some benches are designated for specific yard lines. Those conditions must be obeyed to maintain the safety fire fan of the range. Angled fire outside the bench parameter must be avoided.
  4. This range may only be used with targets placed in the provided frames located at 25, 100, 200 and 300 yards, with no intermediate distance target placement.
  5. Loaded rifles must always be pointed at a backstop. A rear rest may be used to keep the loaded rifle pointed at the backstop.
  6. Member should use caution when firing to ensure bullets do not strike the range surface possibly causing a bullet or fragment to ricochet.
  7. Approved shooting positions are from the bench, prone, sitting, or kneeling with the rifle supported with a front rest or rifle sling. Standing/offhand position is not allowed on this range.

Allowed Targets:

  1. Targets shall be placed in the provided frames.
  2. Paper targets from the club or home generated paper targets may be used, the NRA 200 and 300 yard targets, which are provided at minimal cost through the Club and fit the target frames, are recommended. These targets produce a good sight picture for rifles with iron sights.
  3. At no time may anything other than paper targets be used on this range.
  1. 1) Target backers can be made from cardboard or corrugated plastic, but need to be large enough to fit the 28” frame clips (staples only used to attach paper target to the backer).
  1. All target material taken downrange must be brought back off the range for disposal since it is trash, do not “leave it for the next guy,” he doesn’t want it.
  2. Target placement must not allow deliberate shots into PRPC wood or target frames. Accidents can happen, but deliberately destroying PRPC property will result in disciplinary action.

25 yard sighting range

  1. Use only the two benches closest to the 25 yard line.
  2. Used primarily for sighting in a rifle that has no established zero through bore sighting and live fire.
  3. Guests may only use the 25 yard range only under the direct supervision of the member.

100/200 yard ranges.

  1. Use only the benches between the 2 on the right (for 25 yards) and the 3 designated as “300 yards only” for use at the 100 or 200 yard lines.
  2. Any paper target may be used, place targets on frames so that no bullets will deliberately impact the club provided wood frame.
  3. Guests may only use the 100/200 ranges only under the direct supervision of the member.

300 yard precision range.

  1. Use only the benches designated for use at the 300 yard line.
  2. If the member does not have 300 yard zero, they should use the 25 yard range to establish a zero. A 25 yard elevation zero should be sufficient to get a shooter on paper at 300 yards.
  3. Members should use good judgment to ensure only rifles in good working order and capable of striking the target consistently should be used. If a rifle has questionable accuracy at a shorter yard line, 300 will not be attempted.
  4. Members must have a spotting scope or an appropriate equivalent to see impacts at 300 yards.
  5. Guests may only use the 300 range only under the direct supervision of the member.
  6. Targets are mounted on the supplied frames only. A white backer can be placed behind the target to catch sunlight to assist the display of shots.
  7. The wooden scaffold to the right of the last target stand is designated for hanging steel targets that are supplied by the shooter. This is the only location steel targets are allowed.

If you already have a solid 300 yard elevation zero for the particular rifle you intend to use, you may proceed. However, if you do not have a previously established 300 yard zero, use the 25 yard procedure listed above.


Pensacola Rifle and Pistol Club Range Procedures (May 2015)

  1. Identification: Proof of Membership must be presented at the request of a Member of the Board of Directors (BOD) or a Range Safety Officer.
  2. Keys: Keys are issued yearly at the beginning of the membership year. Only members in good standing may use their keys. “Loaning” any keys to allow non-members access to the range facility is grounds for termination of membership. If a member loses their key, contact the BOD for a replacement at member’s cost.
  3. Gates: The outer gate must always be closed and locked behind entry, the inner gate may remain open while members are on the range. The inner gate is closed and locked any time the last member leaves the range.
    Note: The outer gate may only be left open by a member of the BOD or a Match Director and will be locked after the function or match is complete. A sign will be placed on the gate to leave it open for a special event.
  4. Guests: FIRST - Guests must sign the Club liability release before any use of the facility (not optional). Members must accompany their guests at all times, remaining together on the same range. Members will be held responsible for the actions of their guests and must inform them of the range safety rules and procedures.
  5. Children: FIRST - Parents of minor children must sign the Club liability release for their children before any use of the facility. Minor children are prohibited from the firing line unless directly supervised by their parent or guardian.
  6. Target Frames: 2x2 wood is provided for use in the steel target stands. Only paper targets (including cardboard backers) may be used with club materials. Targets will be attached in a way to not cause damage to Club property. Personal target frames may be used as long as the stand meets Club specifications.
  7. Targets:
    1. 1) The plinking range allows many kinds of objects (aluminum can and plastic bottles) for “plinking” however hard targets such as concrete, glass and “exploding” targets (ex: Tannerite) are prohibited. Objects must be placed on or at the base of the berm only, but no higher than the middle of the berm.
    2. 2) All other ranges require paper targets only.
    3. 3) To avoid ricochet, targets must be placed at a height so that all rounds fired will impact the only the berm, from the bottom to no higher than the middle. All rounds must stay inside the range property. NO EXCEPTIONS.
    4. 4) Steel silhouette targets may be used for practice or matches.
    5. 5) All target debris must be cleaned up before leaving the range.
  8. Range Uses:
    1. Plinking Range: General purpose shooting, any allowed weapon may be used.
    2. Pistol Range: Only pistols and rimfire rifles are allowed to be used on this range.
    3. 100 Yard Rifle Range: Targets may only be placed at 25 to 100 yards following target rules and frames listed above.
    4. 200 Yard Rifle Range: Targets may only be placed at 150 to 200 yards following target rules and frames listed above.
    5. 50 Yard Rimfire Range: Targets may only be placed at 50 yards following target rules; allowed frames are on the range. Care must be taken to place targets in a way that the custom wood framing will not be struck.
  9. Weapons: Fully automatic weapons are not allowed on the property. Fully automatic shooting is terms for immediate dismissal from the Club. Bumpfire, Slidefire, any similar device or style of firing are not allowed. Bumpfire, Slidefire, any similar device or style of firing are not allowed. Caliber 50BMG firearms with muzzle brakes are not allowed on the range property.
  10. Rate of Fire: Firing rate will not exceed 10 rounds in 5 seconds except on the plinking range.
  11. Dry firing: permitted only on the firing line or in the case of schedule matches, a designated firing area.
  12. Misfires: Ammunition that does not fire, should be removed from the action while the firearm is pointed downrange. Disposal on range property is made using the red boxes on the back side of the firing line.
  13. Eye protection is strongly recommended, ear protection is required. Children under 16 years old are required to wear eye and ear protection in the firing areas.
  14. Alcohol consumption is not allowed on a specific range until shooting is complete and all weapons are secured.
  15. Hunting: Hunting is expressly prohibited on Club property.
  16. Pets are not allowed on Club property.
  17. Before leaving, all trash must be policed and buildings locked. Last member on the range must secure all buildings including the bathrooms.
  18. Member use of the range is restricted to: the firing line and buildings, those areas cleared for targets and the road, unless you are working on an official work party.
  19. Spent bullets may be removed from the range, however, a simple weight report must be made to the BOD to comply with EPA regulations.

Violations and Termination of Membership

Deliberate safety violations or willful failure to follow the rules can result in probation periods to termination of membership. Only the most egregious violations will cause loss of membership.

  1. Minor or unintentional violations can be taken care of through simple correction of the action through the membership policing themselves.
  2. Deliberate safety violations or willful destruction of any Club property will be dealt with by the BOD.
  1. 1) A certified letter will be sent to the violator requesting an appearance at a meeting of the BOD.
  2. 2) The person will be allowed to speak at the meeting in their defense.
  3. 3) From the moment of major violation requiring BOD action, range privileges are suspended, disregard for the suspension will result in termination of membership. Any appearance on range property is prohibited until suspension is lifted.
  4. 4) The BOD may decide to issue a probation, suspension or termination of membership based on the violation and/or the character, composure and defense the member presents. A simple majority of a quorum of BOD members will vote to apply the punishment.
  5. 5) If the violator does not appear at the meeting without making prior arrangements to reschedule (suspension will
    remain in place), he will be deemed to have voluntarily accepted termination of membership. Appearance on the
    range as a guest of a member is prohibited and will be considered trespassing.