Pistol Range

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The NWCSA pistol range consists of an enclosed 14 port range building with inward opening doors and shooting shelf, opening onto an approximately 50 yard range. This paper-target shooting facility can be used for defensive pistol or precision, bullseye-pistol practice or competitions. Shooting positions are located under cover in the lighted, heated building. There is also a range-ventilation fan system in place to eliminate fumes and smoke from the building. The pistol range has a range-safety system which consists of several flashing/rotating amber beacon lights and a warning bell which are activated by shooters on the line or the Range Safety Officer to initiate a “cold range” condition.

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Target lines are marked every 5 yards from 5 to 50 yards. Portable target frame mounting bases are available for use at the range, as well as H-frame target frames with cardboard backers that can be put out at any distance on the range. Events held at the pistol range include:

  • .22 rimfire metal
  • Centerfire and rimfire bullseye target matches
  • Appleseed shooting training seminars

Pistol Range Event Descriptions

New shooters to any of these will be tutored in basics and all of the more experienced shooters are always willing to give pointers.

Handgun Silhouette match Handguns:

Centerfire handguns – revolver, single-shot, bolt-action, or semi-automatic. Typical calibers from .357 Magnum up, most common .44 Remington Magnum. Ear and eye protection.

Ammunition: Minimum 40 rds. of ammunition, jacketed or cast-lead

Competition: All shooting is done offhand. The shooter is given 2-1/2 minutes to engage a bank of five silhouettes (five chickens, pigs, turkeys, and sheep, one shot each, left to right). Scoring is simple – if your shot knocks the target completely off it’s stand, it’s a hit. Anything else is a miss. When the shooter has finished the first string of five targets, they are reset and a second string of five targets (of the same animal) is engaged. A match consists of ten gallina (chicken) targets, ten javelina (pig) targets, ten guajalote (turkey) targets, ten borrego (sheep) targets and has a maximum score of 40 points. The object of the competition is to knock over as many targets as you can, using only one shot per target, shooting in the prescribed sequence, within the prescribed time.

Rimfire Handgun Silhouette match Handguns:

caliber .22 LR, L or S – revolver, single-shot, or semi-automatic. Ear and eye protection.

Ammunition: Minimum 40 rds.

Competition: All shooting is done offhand. The shooter is given 2-1/2 minutes to engage a bank of five silhouettes (five chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rams, one shot each, left to right). Scoring is simple – if your shot knocks the target completely down, it’s a hit. Anything else is a miss. When the shooter has finished the first string of five targets, they are reset and a second string of five targets (of the same animal) is engaged. A match consists of ten gallina (chicken) targets, ten javelina (pig) targets, ten guajalote (turkey) targets, ten borrego (ram or sheep) targets and has a maximum score of 40 points. The object of the competition is to knock over as many targets as you can, using only one shot per target, shooting in the prescribed sequence, within the prescribed time.

Turkey, Ham and Lobster shoot Shotguns:

12 and 20 gauge shotguns, full and extra full chokes recommended. Ear and eye protection.

Ammunition: Shooters are supplied with club issued 20 or 12 gauge ammo.

Competition: There are usually 20 shooters per each round. Participants shoot at 5″x 8″ sheet of paper with a circle with a cross hair through it at a distance of 25 yards. Each shooter takes one shot at their target. The BB hole in the target that is closest to the intersection of the cross hairs is the winner of that round. Cost is $2 per round and $5 per money round, which is a 50/50 split.

Bowling pin match Handguns:

9MM or larger handgun. Ear and eye protection.

Ammunition: 100 rounds minimum

Competition: The object is to knock 5 pins off the table in the fastest time, One mag only no reloads. This is shot in 10 relays, fastest time wins.

Revolver bullseye Handguns:

Any caliber revolver, open sights only.

Ammunition: 30 rounds minimum

Competition: Shooting is in 3 stages,each stage is 10 min. to shoot 10 rds. The 3 target scores are added for the total.

.22 cal bullseye Handguns: .

22 cal semiauto handgun. Ear and eye protection.

Ammunition: 30 rounds minimum

Competition: Stage 1 slow fire, 10 min. for 10 rds Stage 2 timed fire, 5 shots in 20 seconds, reload on command and 5 shots in 20 seconds. Stage 3 rapid fire, 5 shots in 10 seconds, reload on command and 5 shots in 10 seconds. 3 targets are added for total score.

Pistol Range Rules

Safety Rules:

  1. Keep the muzzle of firearms pointed downrange at all times while at the firing line.
  2. If uncased, firearms must have the action open and be clear.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger or the safety until ready to fire.
  4. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded, at all times.
  5. The “cease fire” command must be obeyed immediately and without question at all times. All firearms must be unloaded with actions open when a cease-fire is called.
  6. Firearms may not be handled while anyone is down range.
  7. Be sure of your target and the area beyond it.
  8. Defective or damaged firearms must be cleared at the line, then cased and removed from the range.

Note: Any person on the firing line may call a “Cease Fire” if a potentially dangerous situation is observed.

General Rules:

  1. The Range Officer’s commands must be obeyed at all times. When a Range Officer is not on duty, all shooters present must co-operate with each other to ensure range safety. If a potentially unsafe condition is noticed by any shooter or spectator, an emergency cease fire must be called and all shooters present must obey immediately.
  2. Shooting hours are from 9 AM to Dusk every day.
  3. Proper ear and eye protection are required for all shooters and spectators while in the range building.
  4. All firearms must be pointed down range at all times whenever they are uncased or removed from storage containers. This precaution applies to loaded or unloaded firearms.
  5. Dry firing or discharging muzzleloader caps will be conducted as if it were live fire.
  6. Shooters may not move forward of the firing line line until a cease-fire (‘cold range”) has been agreed to and established, all firearms are open and unloaded, and shooters have moved back from their shooting positions.
    1. Anyone shooting at, working on, or walking down-range on the pistol range must use the Yellow Revolving Caution Light system. The switch to activate the Yellow Revolving Caution Light System is above the fan and range light timer-controls on the right as you enter the range building.
    2. When all shooters have agreed upon a cease-fire, the Yellow Revolving Caution Lights and Warning Bell are to be turned on. There are buttons at every shooting bench on the posts (“START”).
    3. After all shooters are back behind the firing line and have agreed on a live fire condition (“hot range”), only then can the Yellow Revolving Caution Lights be turned off, using the one reset button (“STOP”) located in the middle of the back wall of the pistol range building.
    4. Note there is a RED-STOP/ GREEN-GO light outside of the entrance to the pistol range.
      1. When the light is red this means the range is hot. Everyone must wear eye & ear protection before entering range building.
      2. When light is green this means the range is in a safe or cold condition and it is safe to enter without eye and ear protection.
      3. When the first shooter gets to the range, they must turn on the power to the range safety lights. The last shooter to leave must shut off power to range safety lights.
  7. Members are responsible for their guest’s safe use of the range and adherence to all range rules.  Guests must read range rules before using the range. Host members must remain with their guests and supervise their actions.
  8. Authorized targets at the pistol range are:
    1. Standard paper targets attached to club target holders or target holders that the shooter may bring.
    2. Action pistol targets during Action Pistol matches.
    3. All other types of targets must be approved for use by the Pistol Range Chairman prior to their use.
  9. Individuals may move down range to set targets only after a cease-fire has been announced, agreed to and all shooters on the line are aware of the cease-fire. All firearms are to be unloaded with the actions open. All shooters must step back from the line. There is to be absolutely no handling of firearms while people are down range.
  10. Nobody may move forward of the firing line during live fire.
  11. Any single shot, semi-automatic pistol or revolver may be used on the pistol range. Center fire or rim fire rifles, muzzle loading rifles, center fire rifle caliber handguns and shotguns may not normally be used at the pistol range. Shotguns may be used during supervised Turkey and Ham Shoots.
  12. Remove all paper targets from target holders after use. Pick up all brass and dispose of in brass pails, especially .22 rimfire.
  13. Store all target frames inside shooting house and stack target holder bases near shooting shed after use.
  14. Shooting of rifles should take place on rifle range if possible. No rifle calibers over .30 cal. are allowed.

Prohibited Practices:

  1. Handling of firearms for any reason when someone is down range.
  2. Use of a fully automatic firearm or use of a device that simulates fully automatic fire.
  3. Use of unauthorized targets such as glass, cans, rocks, wood or any target that can cause a ricochet.
  4. Use of armor piercing ammunition (steel or tungsten core, penetrator, or military black tip), tracer ammunition or incendiary ammunition.
  5. Deliberate shooting at target stands, supports or range markers.
  6. Shooting above black rubber sheet backstop. Try to keep your bullet impacts in between the support poles.
  7. Cross-fire onto another target or to any area of the range not directly in front of the shooter.

Note: Any member who violates these rules may be subject to suspension of membership or expulsion from the club.