SBRC Ranges Rules

1. Firearms Safety First:

  • All firearms must be treated as loaded.
  • Never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

2. Visitors and Guests:

  • All visitors must be accompanied by a Club Member.
  • Club Members are responsible for their guests and actions.
  • Limit visitors to 2 guests per visit; contact a Board of Directors member for approval if you need more.

3. Security and Access:

  • Range keys/gate combinations may not be shared with non-members.
  • Lock the gate behind you when official matches are NOT being held.

4. Range Etiquette:

  • Use only one bench and target space when others are waiting to shoot.
  • Do not go downrange until all shooters on the line (including both sides of the clubhouse for the 100/200/300 range) have cleared their weapons with bolts locked open.
  • Activate the red light before going downrange to hang or retrieve targets.
  • The red light applies to both rifle ranges (50/100 and 100/200/300) and remains on until the range is clear.

5. Safety Gear:

  • Shooters and visitors must wear eye and ear protection while on SBRC property.

6. Range Availability During Matches:

  • At least one rifle range and pistol bay will be available for club member use during scheduled matches.
  • When the 100/200/300 range is used for a match, the 50/100 range is reserved for non-competing club member use.

7. Target Guidelines:

  • Only use approved targets; no cans, bottles, junk targets, rocks, or exploding targets.
  • Ensure all targets are between backer boards and remove target paraphernalia when finished.
  • Shotguns should avoid using the backers for pattern testing; provide your own cardboard for testing.

8. Metallic Targets:

  • Metallic targets must be placed immediately in front of the berms, no more than six feet from the berm.
  • Ensure bullets impact the berms; this is your responsibility.
  • Angle the bottom of steel plates at 10 degrees or more rearward to deflect rounds.

These range rules are in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all members and visitors at the Springfield Benchrest Rifle Club. Please follow these guidelines diligently. Violations may result in loss of range privileges and membership.