Range Rules and Safety

To ensure a fun and safe day at the Jackson Hole Gun Range, a few reminders:

Before beginning any activity, whether on the rifle, archery, pistol or shotgun bay please sign in at the range office. The clipboard is located in the target closet on the door.

Please do not fire magnum ammunition or .454 Casull at any of the steel targets in the pistol bay, or .50 caliber at the steel targets on the rifle bay. Doing so damages the targets and makes them unavailable for use.

Except for steel target at 200 yards and further, only shoot at targets that YOU put up!

      • Always think safety.
      • Range Officer is final authority at Range. Always obey commands of the Range Officer
      • Always keep firearm muzzle pointed downrange.
      • Uncase all firearms at the shooting station only.
      • Never load firearm until at shooting station and ready to fire. All firearms must remain unloaded at all other times.
      • To demonstrate unloaded firearm, remove magazine (if possible) and all ammunition from firearms, and leave bolt/chamber open.
      • During live fire on range, do not move in front of firing line for any reason.
      • Always fire with muzzle at or in front of firing line.
      • All non-shooters must remain behind yellow safety line.
      • Unless leaving the Range do not remove firearms from the shooting benches/area.
      • Only handle firearms during live fire times.
      • Do not bring firearms to the Range until Range is under live fire or Range Office has given permission.
      • During cease fire:
            • stop all firing
            • keep muzzle pointed downrange
            • remove ammunition for firearm and open chamber
            • do not handle firearm
      • Do not advance downrange to target until Range Officer has given permission.
      • When finished with shooting session, please clean up all brass and other items, remove targets from frames, place frames back in target closet, and dispose of waste in authorized locations.

When a rangemaster is NOT on duty:

­­Range Etiquette for Target Changing Time-Outs When a Rangemaster is NOT on Duty.

There should be about 15 minutes of shooting between Cease-fire timeouts.

When you want to have a Cease-Fire to change your targets, do NOT be timid and stand around waiting to be noticed, and instead:

  1. Put a big smile on your face and yell out loudly,
    1 Minute, 1 Minute Please

… just like the Rangemaster does when he is on duty.

  1. Wait for about 1 minute until everyone else has finished shooting.
  2. Yell loudly “Cease Fire, Cease Fire, Unload your guns & open your actions.”
  3. Make sure everyone has done so, either by nods, verbally or by visual inspection.
  4. Yell loudly, “The range is cold, Do NOT handle firearms, you may go downrange.”
  5. Flip the red light off.

Respectful range users will move quickly and efficiently to get their targets set out or retrieved quickly so that everyone else can get back to shooting!

When it looks like everyone is back, check out to the 500-yard target for anyone that might be setting a long range target out, make sure the North bay is safe and then ask loudly, “Is everyone back?  Is everyone back?”

  1. Hearing no notifications; check the entire range again and if safe yell loudly, “The range is hot, eyes and ears, the range is hot.”
  2. Flip the light switch to make the range hot.

PLEASE Do NOT stand around waiting for someone else to call the cease fire.  Summon up your courage and loud voice and politely bark out requests!  🙂