Guidelines for Range Safety
In addition to knowing the range commands, shooters should also follow these range safety protocols while at the range:
Rule #1: Read the range guidelines before doing anything.
Before doing anything, familiarize yourself with the guidelines of the range first. If they are not posted somewhere, ask for a copy and read it carefully.
Rule #2: Wear protective gear.
Shooting involves loud noises and toxic chemicals and items that can get in your eyes. Protect yourself by wearing the prescribed gear.
Rule #3: Ask for help if you’re unfamiliar with the gun.
If you’re unsure about something, such as how to handle or operate your gun, don’t hesitate to ask for help.
Rule #4: Before handling a gun, make sure the muzzle is pointing downrange.
Rule #5: Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
Do not point your gun in the direction of other shooters, or anything other than the target.
Rule #6: Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re lined up and ready to shoot.
Rule #7: Always keep the gun unloaded unless you’re ready to use it.
Make sure the magazine is empty, out of the gun, and that there’s nothing in the chamber.
Rule #8: Unload gun before changing targets, shooters, or loading magazines.
Rule #9: Never hand a loaded gun to anyone.
Handing a loaded gun involves the risk of the shooter accidentally shooting himself or the other person.
Rule #10: Never cross the firing line for any reason.
Rule #11: If there’s a need to go downrange, wait for a ceasefire and further instructions.
Rule #12: Align your muzzle with your target.
Make sure the muzzle is directed at the center of your target to avoid shooting the ceiling, floor, or other targets.
Rule #13: Call for a ceasefire if there is anything unusual.
While range officers usually call this command, you can always call for it if you see something off or unsafe.