Range Rules

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Range Rules

  1. When arriving or departing range property, all firearms must be unloaded and either cased or actions open. Range Officers will ask to check all firearms including concealed carry arms, to ensure they are unloaded at check-in. Safety comes first at all times!

  2. All patrons will print and sign their name on the Range Log, indicating a release of liability. Persons under 18 years of age may use the range facilities only under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

  3. Eye and ear protection are highly recommended for everyone on the firing line.

  4. The Range Officer (RO) has the authority to restrict a shooter to only one (1) round at a time if the RO observes unsafe behavior.

  5. Pistol shooters must get permission from the RO to practice drawing and shooting from the holster. If the RO permits, use the buddy system and only use the 6-bench side of the range.

  6. Muzzle:  Always point the muzzle in a safe direction, either down range or muzzle up.

  7. Action:  Keep all firearms unloaded and actions open until on the firing line and ready to fire. No rounds in the chamber until ready to fire. Firearms may only be loaded on the firing line.

  8. Trigger:  At all times, keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until ready to fire.

  9. Know how your firearm operates. If your firearm jams or misfires, keep the muzzle pointed down range and notify the RO.

  10. Be sure your firearm and ammunition are compatible.

  11. Only one (1) firearm and its appropriate ammunition are allowed on a shooting bench at a time, except during scheduled supervised matches.

  12. No alcohol or illicit drugs are allowed on the range. Anyone appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed on the range.

  13. Equipment may be set up or removed from the firing line only when the range is hot. Do not handle firearms during a cease fire. During a cease fire, removal of firearms from the range area is only permitted with Range Officer supervision.

  14. When a “CEASE FIRE” command is given, shooters will immediately cease fire, unload, open actions, lay their firearm on the bench, and step behind the red line. The Line Officer will inspect the firing line to insure all firearms are unloaded with actions open. When the Rangemaster has determined that the firing line is safe, the command will be given to allow people to go down range, check targets, etc.

  15. Shooters will only shoot at authorized targets placed directly in front of their shooting bench, in their firing lane. Do not shoot at other people’s targets. Human picture targets are not allowed. Do not intentionally shoot at target numbers, target frames, or rocks on the range.

  16. Shooters with a center fire firearm must shoot at targets with an earthen berm backstop.

  17. Shooters may retrieve brass from in front of the firing line barricade wall only during a cease fire with the permission of the RO.

  18. Shooters may set-up a chronograph forward of the firing line barricade wall only during a cease fire, with the permission and assistance of the RO. Shooters shall not cross or reach over the barricade wall without permission of the RO.

  19. None of the following are allowed:

    1. Fully automatic firearms or devices that simulate full auto fire.

    2. 50 BMG guns or derivatives.

    3. Incendiary, tracer or armor piercing ammunition. 

  20. Smokeless powder reloading is allowed only behind the red safety line. No smokeless powder reloading is allowed at shooting benches or the firing line except during scheduled competition shoots.

  21. Black powder loading directly from powder horns, flasks, or smokeless powder measures is not allowed. An intermediate powder measure must be used.

  22. A muzzleloader will be considered unloaded when there is no powder in the barrel and no cap on the nipple or powder in the flash pan.

  23. No walking on or over berms. Use graveled pathways. 

  24. Before going beyond the 18-bench 100yd berm, a shooter will place the orange safety cone in a position visible to the Rangemaster from the RO safety station. After returning, the safety cone is placed back out of sight near the sliding door.

  25. All shooters are expected to retrieve their target stands before leaving the range.

  26. Anyone willfully damaging fixtures or range property may be subject to dismissal from the range. The LCWC reserves the right to seek compensation.

  27. Shooters must always conduct themselves in a responsible and safe manner in accordance with these Safety Rules.

  28. Anyone refusing to leave the range property at the direction of the RO will be considered to be trespassing. The RO will call the Nez Perce County Sheriff and/or Lapwai Tribal Police for assistance.

  29. Pets or unsupervised children are not allowed on range property.

  30. Smoking is allowed anywhere outside of the building. Smoking is not permitted in the building or on the firing lines.

  31. No littering. Place trash in designated garbage cans. Pick up spent casings and place in designated brass barrels.

  32. The RO on duty has the authority to enforce these rules and regulations. 

  33. The RO on duty may designate a qualified person as a temporary range officer to assist in safe management of the range.  


Basic Range Commands And Procedures


    • When certain that the range is safe for shooting, the Rangemaster will announce: "Range is Hot! Commence Fire! Remember your hearing and eye protection."


    • When there is approximately one minute left of the firing session, the Rangemaster will give a warning. This warning is to allow anyone who has a round chambered, time enough to fire it. The Rangemaster will turn on the yellow flashing lights, sound the chime and announce: "One Minute Warning, One Minute to Cease Fire."

    • The yellow lights are left on until the cease fire is announced.


    • After the warning time has expired, the Rangemaster will switch from yellow to the red flashing lights, sound the siren and announce: "Cease Fire!...Cease Fire!...unload all firearms, open all actions, leave muzzles pointed down range. Step behind and remain behind the red line. Do not handle any firearms during the cease fire."

    • The flashing red lights remain turned on the entire period of the cease fire. The Line Officer will inspect all firearms to ensure they are unloaded with actions open.


    • When the Line Officer determines the firing line is safe, the Rangemaster will announce: "Range is Clear, it is now safe to go downrange and check targets."

    • No one is allowed downrange until the Rangemaster gives this command. Shooters will proceed downrange via the sliding doors at the ends of the building.


    • When the Line Officer determines the range is safe to resume shooting, the Rangemaster will turn off the red flashing lights and announce: "Range is Hot! Commence Fire! Remember your hearing and eye protection."


    • When shooting activities are to be completed for the day, the Rangemaster announces: "Warning, the Range is Closing in Five Minutes! Finish firing, unload and stow all firearms behind the red line prior to the final cease fire."

    • After the final cease fire and the Line Officer determines everyone has returned from downrange, the flashing lights are turned off and the Rangemaster will announce: "Range is Closed and Clear, you may now remove all remaining equipment."

    • The range is now closed and shooters may check out.​