Rifle Range

The NWCSA rifle range consists of an enclosed 20 port range building with roll up doors opening onto an approximately 200 yard range. Shooting benches are located under cover in the lighted building. There is a 7 foot concrete apron outside the roofed part of the structure for prone shooting. The rifle 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.

Events held at the rifle range include:

  • Target rails are located every 25 yards from 25 to 100 yards; beyond that every 50 yds
  • Metal silhouette cast-lead bullet rifle matches
  • Centerfire rifle benchrest matches
  • .22 rimfire 50 yard benchrest matches
  • Lever action rifle silhouette matches
  • Long-range buffalo silhouette and Quigley-bucket silhouette matches
  • Schuetzen rifle matches
  • Junior marksmanship rifle shooting training seminars
  • Appleseed rifle training seminars
Safety Rules
  • Keep the muzzle of firearms pointed downrange at all times while at the firing line
  • If uncased, firearms must have the action open and be clear
  • Keep your finger off the trigger or the safety until ready to fire
  • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded, at all times
  • The “cease fire” command must be obeyed immediately and without question at all times. All firearms must immediately be unloaded with actions open when a cease-fire is called
  • Firearms may not be touched, handled or adjusted while anyone is down range
  • Be sure of your target and the area beyond it
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shooting hours are from 9 AM to Dusk every day
  • Proper ear and eye protection are required for all shooters and spectators while in the range building
  • 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
  • Dry firing or discharging muzzleloader caps will be conducted as if it were live fire
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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”)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Authorized targets at the rifle range are:
    Standard paper targets attached to club target holders or target holders that the shooter may bring.
    Metal swinger targets supplied at the range. White painted swinger targets are for cast bullets only. Fluorescent orange painted swinger targets are for cast lead or jacketed bullets.
    All other types of targets must be approved for use by the Rifle Range Chairman prior to their use
  • 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.
  • Nobody may move forward of the firing line during live fire.
  • Any single shot, semi-automatic rifle, shotgun (shooting slugs only), pistol or revolver may be used on the rifle range. Pistol or revolver use should be limited to 50 yards or longer range; pistol or revolver shooting at less than 50 yards should be conducted at the Pistol Range.
  • No rapid-fire is to be conducted on the rifle range, unless expressly allowed during events with Range Safety Office present. Aimed fire with minimum 3 second interval between shots is allowed.
  • Remove all paper targets from target holders after use.
  • Remove any debris left after shooting from the range to keep it neat and clean. Pick up brass and put in brass pails, especially .22 rimfire.
  • Store all target holders in the rack after use.
    Sound-reducing muffler tubes located on rifle range must be utilized when firing 50 BMG or any other loud, large caliber rifles equipped with muzzle brakes.
  • Prohibited Practices:
    Handling of firearms for any reason when someone is down range.
    Use of a fully automatic firearm or use of a device that simulates fully automatic fire.
    Use of unauthorized targets such as glass, cans, rocks, wood or any target that can cause a ricochet.
    Use of armor piercing ammunition (steel or tungsten core, penetrator, or military black tip), tracer ammunition or incendiary ammunition.
    Deliberate shooting at target stands, supports or range markers.
    Cross-fire onto another target or to any area of the range not directly in front of the shooter.
    Shooting or patterning a shotgun with any type of shot or birdshot. Shotgun shooting is limited to slugs on the rifle range.
    Absolutely no shooting beyond 250 yards unless directed otherwise by the Rifle Range Chairman.

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


Safety Light Operation
  • There is a RED-STOP/ GREEN-GO light outside of the entrance to the rifle range
  • When the light is red this means the range is hot. Everyone must wear eye & ear protection before entering range building
  • 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
  • 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
Event Descriptions

Metal Silhouette Cast Bullet Rifle Matches

Rifles: .22 Rimfire or min. 6.5mm centerfire, with either iron (open) sights or scopes.

Ammunition: Ammunition (centerfire) must be loaded with cast lead bullets to minimize metal silhouette target damage upon impact. Minimum of 40 rounds of ammunition required. Any .22 rimfire ammunition can be used.

Competition: All shooting is done offhand without slings or shooting jackets. The shooter is given 2-1/2 minutes to engage a bank of five silhouettes (five chickens, pigs, turkeys, or sheep, one shot each, left to right). Scoring is equally simple; if your shot knocks the target completely off it’s stand, it’s a hit. Anything else is a miss. Move on to the next silhouette in the bank. 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.

Jacketed Bullet Benchrest Rifle match:

Bench rest shooting as the name implies is shot from a bench. All shooting is done from a sitting position. The front of the rifle is supported by a mechanical rest and /or sandbag. The rear of the rifle is supported by a sandbag. The challenge in benchrest shooting is to shoot he smallest size group or highest score. This requires the shooter to develop the optimum load for his rifle and the prevailing weather conditions, pay attention to the details of shooting, and allowing for the proper wind conditions.

Two types of matches are shot: Group matches and Score matches. Group matches are those matches where the scoring is done by measuring the size of a five shot group. Groups are measured center to center of the two shots farthest apart. The winner is determined by who fires the smallest average group. Score matches are fired at five individual targets per match and scored according to number of X’s, 10’s, 9’s etc the shooter scores as determined by the target’s scoring rings. A perfect score for one match would be a 50-5X.

Rifles can be custom-built Modified Rifles or store-bought Production Rifles. High power scopes are common.

Cast Bullet Benchrest Rifle match:

Rifle: Any centerfire production or custom-built rifle with scope sights

Ammunition: Participants must bring appropriate ammunition for their rifle, either factory- or hand-loaded. Cast-bullet match competitors may shoot ONLY cast-lead-bullets (no copper jacketed bullets).

Competition: Shooting will be done on regulation Benchrest targets with one sighter target and 4 scoring targets. Group matches are those matches where the scoring is done by measuring the size of a five-shot group with precision calipers. Groups are measured center to center of the two shots farthest apart. The winner is determined by who fires the smallest average group. Score matches are fired at five individual targets per match and scored according to number of X’s, 10’s, 9’s etc. the shooter scores. A perfect score for one match would be a 50-5X. All shooting is done from a sitting position at a shooting bench. The front of the rifle is supported by a mechanical rest and /or sandbag. The rear of the rifle is supported by a sandbag. A spotting scope is recommended. Participants are responsible to bring or make prior arrangements to borrow the necessary equipment.

Buffalo and Bucket Long Range Match

This match is pretty much just what it says it is; long range shooting with centerfire rifles at steel plate silhouettes of a Buffalo and a “Quigley Bucket” at 200 yards. The silhouettes are suspended in a heavy metal frame with heavy chains. There is a sensing system attached to the target that detects when the target is hit by a bullet and flashes a strobe light which can be seen back at the firing line.

Two classes of rifles are used: Scoped Rifle and Iron Sight Rifle. Action types are: exposed hammer, single shot rifles (Sharps, Winchester hiwalls, Remington rolling blocks); bolt action sporting or military rifles; lever action rifles. Calibers are minimum of 6.5 mm, with common ones being 6.5 x 55 Swedish, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and the old blackpowder calibers like .38-55, .40-65, .45-70, .45-90. Bullets must be Cast LEAD only, no jacketed or half jacket bullets. Powder can be smokeless or blackpowder.

The Buffalo silhouette match is shot first. The Buffalo is about 4 ft long and 2 ft tall. Competitors are given unlimited sighter shots, either from the bench or standing, to verify windage and elevation.

After the sighters, the shots for record commence, all from the offhand or standing position.

Each competitor comes to the line, and for the first elimination gets 3 shots maximum to hit the silhouette target. If he/she hits the target in 3 tries or less, they continue to the next elimination. If they do not hit the target in the first 3 shots, they are disqualified and are out.

Next, the remaining shooters get a maximum of 2 shots to hit the target. If they hit the target they move on, otherwise they are out.

Finally, the last remaining shooters are allowed a maximum of one shot to hit the target. If they hit it, they move on to the next elimination and the last person to hit the target with a single shot WINS. There is one winner in the Scoped Rifle category and one winner in the Iron Sight category.

After the Buffalo Match, that metal silhouette is taken down and replaced by the Quigley Bucket target. This match follows the same course of fire. The ‘bucket’ is an almost-square piece of steel plate about 18” wide and 20” high, hanging from chains in the same metal frame.

Cash prizes are awarded at the end of the match.

2021 Match Scores

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