SHOOTING RANGE SAFETY RULES AND REGULATIONS
Safe Firearm handling is the first and most important Rule in all Shooting Sports.
1. All firearms must be holstered or cased while going to or from the range. NEVER handle un-cased or un-holstered firearms behind the firing line. Keep the firearm unloaded when not in use. All guns carried on or about the shooting grounds must be held in a position of safety, with the breach open and unloaded at all times.
2. Always keep firearms pointed down range and in a safe direction. NEVER turn around in the booth while holding a firearm. Never point (muzzle) the firearm toward yourself, another person, the ceiling, range or shooting booth walls. Never for ANY REASON leave your booth with an un-cased or un-holstered firearm! Cross firing is strictly prohibited. (Firing across your assigned lane as opposed to down the line). Shooters must only shoot down range, in the assigned lane, and at the assigned target and nothing else. Shooting on the grounds at any place, other than at a legitimate target, is prohibited. Firearms must be shot from the firing line only and nowhere else. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Know your target and what is beyond it.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Don’t rely on your firearms safety device.
4. Never cross the RED firing line for any reason. Do not attempt to retrieve anything that falls in front of the firing line. If you lose a piece of equipment, ask the RSO for assistance.
5. If you observe any unsafe behavior or condition by anyone, report it to a Range Safety Officer immediately.
6. Always keep the action open and firearm unloaded until ready to fire. Consider every firearm as “loaded” and treat it as such. Never point a firearm in fun or jest.
7. Eye and ear protection MUST be put on before entering the range and worn at all times while inside.
8. Upon the command “CEASE FIRE”, stop all shooting immediately, put down your firearm and back away from the firing line. Do NOT re-approach the firing line or pick up your firearm until the “All Clear” signal is given. Only the Range Master (RM) or assigned Safety Officer (SO) can call to close the range.
9. For any firearm or ammunition problem, (such as a squib or hang fire) keep the gun pointed down range, do not set the gun down, remain in your booth, signal a Range Safety Officer for assistance by raising your non-shooting hand.
10. Use only the correct ammunition for your firearm. Emerald Coast Indoor Shooting & Sport does not permit STEEL CORE, STEEL SHOT, TRACER or ARMOR PIERCING ammunition. Emerald Coast Indoor Shooting & Sport does not permit MUZZLE-LOADERS or Black Powder.
11. If you brought more than one firearm, we recommend that you use only one at a time. This will reduce the chance of loading the wrong ammunition.
12. Know and understand the operating mechanism and safety features of your firearm. Know the firearm you are using.
13. Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
14. No food, drink, gum or tobacco is permitted inside the range. Wash your hands each time you leave the range and before smoking, eating or drinking.
15. Shooters who desire to shoot handguns from the holster must be “HOLSTER QUALIFIED”. Shooters who desire to shoot long guns from positions other than off-hand or bench-rest must be “TACTICAL QUALIFIED” through a Emerald Coast Indoor Shooting & Sport Instructor.
16. Shooters may collect their brass behind the firing line once they have unloaded and cased their firearm and are ready to leave the range. Inform the RSO at the beginning of your session that you would like to keep your brass.
17. Proper covered footwear is required: No bare feet, No thongs or flip flops, and no open toe sandals or Crocs.
18. All non-shooters must wait in the assigned staging area. Non shooters are prohibited from stepping onto the firing line with active shooters.
19. No home reloads, green tip, armor piercing, steel core, magnetic core, tracer or incendiary ammunition on the ranges at any time. Shooters will be responsible for all damage to range equipment due to the use of these rounds.
Act responsibly at all times. Foul language, horseplay or any other unsafe activity will not be tolerated. If we observe an unsafe act we will help you understand what you did and work with you to learn the correct safety procedures. If you repeat or commit another unsafe act, you may be asked to leave the range and meet with the Chief RSO. If you appear to be impaired (such as under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medication), you will be evaluated by the RSO; you may be asked to leave the range. The safety of everyone is a primary goal of Emerald Coast Indoor Shooting & Sport. We want you to enjoy shooting and will work with anyone who wants the same.