Gun Range Etiquette

Practising good range etiquette isn’t just good manners—it’s good sense! Range etiquette is a blend of common sense, courtesy and safety. A day at the range is fun, and good gun range etiquette makes it even better.

1.  Do not fire at posts, supports or target frames. These are expensive and time-consuming to replace.

2. Shoot only range-approved targets. Only shoot at range-approved targets and not posts, supports, or target frames. Check with your range to see what targets are accepted. Never shoot at someone else’s target.

3. If you set out target frames to support your targets before you started shooting, you will need to return them to the storage locker once you are finished

4. It’s good etiquette to leave the range better than you found it.  Remember to take down your old targets, clean your shooting lane, throw away your trash, and return any equipment/chairs/tables, etc. Other people use the range too and no one wants to walk up to a dirty lane.

5. Don’t interrupt someone when they’re in the middle of shooting. Instead, wait to talk until they are reloading or resetting targets. Also, don’t touch another person’s weapon or ammunition.

6. Respect and listen to the on-duty Range Shooting Officer and ask questions if you have any doubt about what to do. Range Officers are the first and often only authority on any range; their decisions are generally final and made to ensure safety or to protect range assets. Arguing/debating with a Range Officer is both in poor taste and may just get you thrown out depending on circumstances.

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