General Club and Ground Rules - MCFG

General Club and Ground Rules - MCFG
General Club and Ground Rules
As amended February 3 2015
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Marion County Fish and Game Association
P.O. Box 24285
Speedway, In. 46224
Located at:
7052 Crawfordsville Road
Indianapolis Indiana
These rules supersede all previous rules.
Four Basic Rules of Firearm Safety:
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Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
Never let the muzzle cover 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.
Entering the Range:
5. All members and visitors must sign in on the sheet by the clubhouse door before
shooting. Visitors must indicate who the host is by putting the member’s number on
the visitor’s sign in. This is not required for organized events.
6. Occasional visitors are allowed, but must be supervised by a club member. No more
than 4 guest per member per visit.
a. Members are responsible for the actions of their guests and will be held
accountable for any rule violations committed.
b. Visitors who are 18 years and older must pay the visitor fee before shooting. This
fee must be placed in an envelope with the visitors and member’s name and
number written on it, and then put in the drop box. Visitors under the age of 18
are not required to pay a fee, but they must be escorted by a club member.
7. All firearms must be cased or holstered when on club property except on the firing
line as part of the shooting process.
8. Eye and ear protection must be worn by everyone on the firing line whenever the line
is hot.
9. Make sure you read, understand, and follow your firearm’s user manual.
On the firing line:
10. No uncased firearms are allowed on the back bench.
a. Do not take an uncased firearm from the back bench to the front bench; bring
the cased firearm to the front bench and then open the case with the muzzle
pointing down range.
b. Do not take an uncased firearm from the front bench to the back bench; bring
the case to the front bench and then insert the unloaded firearm into the case
with the muzzle pointing down range.
c. Muzzleloaders may use the back bench on the North Range to load. Do not prime (place
cap/primer on nipple or power in the pan) until the gun is on the firing line and pointing
down range. At no time during the loading and priming process should the muzzle break
the 180 degree line.
11. All shooting on the main range must be done at approximately 90 degrees to the
firing line. Do not shoot across lanes. Your muzzle should be directly over the firing
line (yellow line on the main range.)
a. On the main range when moving to a different shooting point which is more than
one lane from your current shooting position, you must unload and case /
holster your firearm before moving.
12. Always observe the 180 degree rule. Muzzle must always point down range, even
when casing and uncasing firearms.
13. Only aimed fire is allowed on the range, no “hip” shooting without using sights /
scope on the gun. No uncontrolled fire is allowed at any time.
Drawing from a holster:
14. Safely drawing from a holster and firing is allowed in the bays only. Drawing from a
holster on the main firing lines is not permitted. Safely drawing means that thought the
draw process, the muzzle is always pointed directly at the ground or into a berm. Only
holsters that hold the firearm in such a manner that the muzzle is pointed at the ground
within one meter of the shooters feet are permitted.
15. Fired bullets must impact the berms; bullets should not impact the ground, posts,
overhead baffles, plastic drums, or any other unauthorized target (see approved
target list).
16. Clean up any mess you make on the firing line. This includes sweeping up brass and
picking up shotgun hulls. Do not leave intact, misfired or live ammo on club property.
17. Handguns and rifles in traditional handgun calibers from 25acp up to and including
50 A&E are allowed. .17HMR, 17 Mach 2, 22LR, and 22 Mag are also allowed. This list
is not comprehensive; please see the website for the Approved Cartridge List. If
you’re not sure if your caliber is allowed, ask before you shoot! No armor piercing,
tracer, or explosive ammunition is allowed.
18. Children under the age of 18 years old on the range:
a. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed on the firing line.
b. Children must be under the direct supervision and control of an adult member at
all times.
c. At any time a child is on the range, the supervising adult must be within arm’s
reach of the child.
d. The adult member is responsible for the child’s actions, and if the child violates a
rule, the adult’s membership may be suspended or revoked.
e. One adult may supervise no more than two children under 18.
19. Airguns, regardless of ft/lbs rating, are subject to all of the same rules as other
firearms.
20. No smoking is allowed within 30 feet of any black powder guns or equipment.
Target, Placement, and Usage for the Main Range and Shooting Bays
21. Only target types listed below are allowed on the range. No targets of opportunity
(i.e. clay birds, rocks, soda cans, etc.) are allowed. Maximum height of stationary
targets is 5 feet to the top edge. Minimum height of stationary targets MUST be
sufficient to prevent bullets from impacting the gravel.
a. Place targets so a bullet passing through the target enters the berm without
hitting the frame.
b. Bullets should not strike the ground at any time.
22. Paper Targets – Any target made of paper commercial or handmade.
23. Steel Targets – Must be commercially produced and rated for the caliber you are
shooting.
a. Steel targets must be Hung Up directly in front of a berm and in a manner that
causes the lead splatter created when a bullet hits the target to be deflected to
the ground below the target. Do not use the Turning Target Frames (South Range
at the 25 yard line) to hang steel targets, as bullet fragments can damage the
turning mechanism. Per recommendation of the US Practical Shooting
Association; place steel targets a minimum of 23 feet from the shooter.
24. Clay Pigeons – Commercially produced clay pigeons used for Skeet and Trap. Aerial
target shooting for shotgun allowed, use #6 or higher. If no other shooters are on the
main range, clay pigeons may only be thrown from the main range grassy area
(where people normally stand during Trap night). If other shooters are present (i.e. at
the north or south end), all people must remain behind the yellow firing line. Aerial
targets may not be thrown in the bays.
Calling the Line Hot or Cold
25. Anyone on the range may call a “CEASE FIRE” at any time they see a potentially
hazardous situation. Cease Fire requires all shooters to immediately stop firing, and
point their guns in a safe direction while unloading them.
26. The firing line (entire concrete area forward of the windbreak) can be either “HOT” or
“COLD”.
27. If the line is hot:
a. Firearms may be handled.
b. Firearms may be loaded and fired.
c. Firearms may be brought onto or taken off the line.
28. If the line is cold:
a. The line must be completely clear, with no loaded firearms.
b. Firearms may not be handled in any way. This means absolutely no handling or
touching of firearms, not even to put them in a case!
c. Detachable magazines may be handled and loaded, but absolutely no handling
or touching of firearms.
d. Firearms if already in closed cases may be brought on or taken off the range.
29. To call the line cold:
a. Call “CLEAR” and point out to the range. If a shooter is completing a string of
shots, he may ignore this command until he is done. Please respect other
shooters and clear your guns safely and quickly.
b. When done shooting, each shooter must clear his gun by removing all
ammunition (and the magazine, if present) and locking the action open. The gun
must then be cased, or set on the bench pointing downrange. After their guns
are clear, each shooter must step 3 feet back from the firing line and raise both
hands.
c. Semi-autos without a slide holdback mechanism should have an empty case
inserted to hold the slide open.
d. Black powder guns must have caps removed, pans clear, and hammers down.
Any loaded black powder gun must be cleared by firing before the line can be
made safe.
e. When the person who initially called “clear” sees that everyone has stepped
back, they should raise both hands. The shooter may then say “THE LINE IS
COLD!” At this point the part of the range in front of the firing line is deemed
cold and targets may be changed, items in front of the firing line may be picked
up, etc.
30. To call the line hot:
a. Make sure that no one is in front of the firing line, then call “READY!”.
b. When ready, everyone on the line must respond by raising one hand.
c. Because there are some visual obstructions on the firing line, shooters should
step back slightly before gesturing, so everyone can see.
d. If a shooter sees some reason the line should not go hot, they must say “NOT
READY” until the line can be safely made hot.
e. When the person who initially called “READY” sees that everyone has raised one
hand, they should raise their hand and call “THE LINE IS HOT” At this point
shooting may begin. Please be respectful of the other shooters’ time and
minimize the amount of time you spend changing targets, so that we can
maximize the amount of time members can shoot.
Rules for the Bays:
31. If more than 1 person desires to use a bay, each bay shall be divided amongst up to 4
active shooters and the shooters shall all agree on a common firing line.
32. Keep your targets close to the back berm and as close to the ground as possible
without risking impacting the ground.
33. Targets in the bays may be placed in an array similar to Friday Night Steel, but the
muzzle must ALWAYS point down range.
34. No shooting of aerial targets (i.e.no throwing clay pigeons) in the bays.
General Club and Ground Rules
35. The range is open from 8:00am until sunset (when the security lights on the range
come on). Absolutely no shooting is to be done after 10pm.
36. The main range and bays will be closed during maintenance such as grass mowing.
37. Each member family is issued a key card to the gate. Only Board Members, Match
Directors, and Program Liaisons may have keys to other club properties.
38. All members must display their membership cards in a clearly visible manner while on
club grounds.
39. A member’s spouse and children under the age of 18 are included in his or her
membership.
40. Members wishing to use the clubhouse for private social activities must submit a
written request to the Secretary or Treasurer at least 1 month for Board approval. A
fee as set by the Board will be charged.
41. Some organized events with Range Officers may have rules which differ from these
rules.
42. No hunting or trapping on club property, as we are a federally classified wildlife
habitat.
43. No alcohol or illegal drugs are allowed on club property. No one under the influence
of alcohol or drugs is allowed on the range.
44. Swimming is not permitted.
45. Dogs must be leashed and picked up after.
Self-Policing
46. The Board has appointed members who act as Safety Officers that volunteer their
time to oversee club grounds and ensure that club rules are followed. They enforce
the rules as set by the Board and can be identified by the brightly colored hats and or
vests. If they notice that a safety violation has or is about to happen, the following
steps will be taken:
a. They will fill out a Safety Concern Form and put it in the drop box.
b. They will inform the offender of the rule that was broken.
c. If the violation is such that it constitutes a safety hazard, they will request that
the person leave the range. Examples of violations that warrant this action are:
Touching or discharging a firearm when the range is cold, any accidental
discharge of a gun, allowing an uncased firearm to point at a person, shooting in
a manner such that it is likely that a bullet would leave the range, etc.
47. It is the responsibility of ALL MEMBERS to see that association rules are followed. If a
member witnesses a rule violation, the following steps should be taken:
a. Fill out a Safety Concern Form and put it in the drop box.
b. Inform the offender of the rule they broke.
c. If the violation is such that it constitutes a safety hazard, they will request that
the person leave the range. Examples of violations that warrant this action are:
Touching or discharging a firearm when the range is cold, any accidental
discharge of a gun, allowing an uncased firearm to point at a person, shooting in
a manner such that it is likely that a bullet would leave the range, etc.
48. If a member or visitor is accused of committing a safety violation and is asked to
leave the range, they should:
a. Respect that other members had a safety concern, and leave the firing line.
b. Contact a Board Member.
c. Members wishing to discuss their actions must attend the next member
meeting. Failure to attend a meeting when a Safety Concern Form is submitted
will likely result in a suspension. Members who violated rules will be subject to
fines, suspension, or expulsion at the discretion of the Board.
49. If a Board Member witnesses a rule violation they may, do the following:
a. Immediately suspend membership privileges and confiscate the membership
card/gate key of the member in question.
50. Members exhibiting behavior deemed to be detrimental to the club (abusive
language, troublemaking, fighting, littering, inability to follow rules, etc.) can be
suspended or expelled by a majority of the Board.
Marion County Fish & Game Association
Approved Cartridge List:
Only cartridges listed below are approved for the range. If you would like to have a
cartridge added to the list, please come to the next Board of Directors meeting.
.17 Rimfire (HMR and HM2)
.22 Short, Long, Long Rifle, CB
.22 Magnum
22 TCM ( Handgun Only)
.25 ACP
FN 5.72mm x 28mm
7.62 x 25mm Tokarev
7.62 x 38mm Nagant
.30 Luger
.32 ACP
.327 Federal Mag
.32 Smith & Wesson
.32 NAA
.32 Smith & Wesson Long
.32 New Colt Police
.32-44 Target
.32 H&R Mag
.32-20 (.32 Winchester)
9mm Luger (9x19 Parabellum)
9mm Ultra
.38 Super Comp
.38 Smith & Wesson
.38 Colt New Police
9mm Makarov
.38-40 Winchester
.40 Smith & Wesson
.400 Corbon
10mm Automatic
.41 Remington Magnum
.41 Action Express
.44-40 Winchester
.44 Russian
.44 Smith & Wesson Special
.44 Automag
.44 Remington Magnum
.45 Winchester Magnum
.45 ACP
.45 GAP
9mm Browning Long
9mm Steyr
9mm x 23mm Winchester (9mm Largo)
.380 Automatic / 9mm Kurz / 380 ACP
.38 Short & Long Colt
.38 Special
.38-44 Target
.38 Smith & Wesson Special
.357 Sig
.357 Magnum
.357 AutoMag
.38 Super
.454 Cassull
.455 Webley
.45 Smith & Wesson Schofield
.45 Colt
.455 Webley Automatic
.455 Colt / Enfield
.475 Linebaugh
.480 Ruger
.50 Action Express
All Shot Guns
All Muzzle Loaders
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