Range Safety Rules

  • All Federal, State, and Local firearm laws must be obeyed. Always follow all firearm safety rules:
    • Always treat firearms like they are loaded. ALWAYS.
    • Always keep the muzzle pointed downrange.
    • Always keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
    • All shooters must be aware of their target and what is behind it.
    • Never attempt to catch a falling handgun
  • Commands issued by Range Officers and Range personnel must be obeyed immediately and without question.
  • Children must be at least 10 years of age to be allowed on the range. Children under the age of 18, if shooting a long gun, or under 21 if shooting a handgun, must be accompanied by their parent or guardian and supervised at all times. Proof of guardianship is required. Temporary form available here.
  • All firearms not on the firing line must be unloaded with their action open and the magazine removed.
  • Eye protection and ear protection are mandatory at all times on the range.
  • Tracer, armor piercing, incendiary, and all other ammunition containing steel (including core, tip, plating, jacket and casing such as Tula, Wolf and similar) are prohibited.
  • No one other than the Range Officer may go forward of the firing line.
  • Shooter must know and understand all of the operating and safety features of the firearms they are using prior to shooting in the range.
  • Report any unsafe activity or conditions to the Range Officer or manager immediately.
  • Never bring a loaded weapon out of the range. If your gun malfunctions, lay it in the booth facing downrange and notify the Range Officer or use the booth intercom to contact range personnel.
  • No firearm handling will be allowed outside the shooting booth. No exceptions.
  • Food, beverages, gum, smoking and tobacco are prohibited on the range.
  • When the command “Cease Fire” is given, stop shooting IMMEDIATELY and wait for further instructions from the Range Officer or Range manager.
  • Use the appropriate size target, placed at eye level, to ensure that your shots strike the backstop and not the floor, ceiling or target holder. Firing a shot on the range that results in the bullet striking anything other than the target and/or backstop, may result in a damage or repair fine and/or your removal from the range.
  • Only shoot at your target, cross firing of targets is prohibited.
  • Always wash your hands immediately after shooting and/or gun cleaning.
  • Range Officers reserve the right to inspect all firearms and ammunition for safety considerations.
  • Cell phone usage, including texting, is strictly prohibited on the range.
  • Shotgun may be used on the range with slugs or 00 buck shot only.
  • If you have brought more than one firearm, use only one at a time and, when finished, case the unloaded firearm and its ammunition before uncasing the next one.
  • If you wish to draw from a holster, you must have been qualified by a Range Officer and paid the Qualification Fee.
  • Double Tap or Point Shooting practice may only be executed after notification of intent to do so with the Range Officer. The shooter’s ability will be observed and continued practice will be at the sole discretion of the Range Officer.
  • No flash photography is permitted on the range.
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers are not allowed on the range at any time.
  • Shooters may collect their own brass behind the firing line. Please be aware that routine cleaning (approximately every 15 minutes) of the walkways is needed in order to maintain the cleanliness of the area, so pay prompt attention to any brass that falls behind your shooting booth.
  • No photo, realistic, or likeness targets are permitted on the range.

Never Been to a Range? How It Works

Q: I have never been to a gun range before or I am visiting from out of town, what do I need to bring and what should I know?

To rent a lane on one of our ranges for an hourly fee (see range rates here), you will provide a valid government issued photo ID and acknowledge by signature that you understand our safety range rules (see complete range rules here). To enter the range you must have eye & ear protection and targets, which we offer for sale. You can choose to rent a firearm from us in which case you will use Stoddard’s purchased ammunition.

Q: What if I already own a firearm and just want to use the range?

If you already own a firearm and eye and ear protection, you may simply rent the lane. You may bring your own ammo (no steel casings, no birdshot allowed). We can provide as much or as little as needed.

Membership

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

From ammo discounts to free range time and beyond, the thrill never stops when you’re a member at Stoddard’s.