Entering the Actual Shooting Area

Indoor Range

Most indoor ranges have a "range safety officer" to show you to your shooting station, review range rules and answer any questions you may have.

Indoor ranges typically have a "stall" type system to shoot from. Each stall is for 1 person to shoot from. Stalls usually have walls on each side to keep flying cases from distracting the shooter in the next stall.

It is recommended that you enter the range with your eye and ear protection on as you proceed to your numbered station or stall.

Outdoor Range

Typically, you will have a short walk to the actual shooting range once you've checked in. That's why it's a good idea to have a range bag so you can easily carry the items you need.

When you arrive at the actual range, it's a good idea to take a few minutes to observe the firing line and decide where you want to set up. Some things you may want to consider:

  • Is someone shooting a very loud or large caliber firearm that would distract you or decrease your enjoyment?
  • is someone shooting a rifle that is extracting and launching brass cases many feet or towards your area?

Most ranges have a range officer (RO) to assign you a place or bench to set up and shoot from. If there is no officer or bench assignments, try to situate yourself away from other shooters so you can focus. Range etiquette dictates you allow at least 1 space between shooters—unless of course it is very busy.

Typically, shooting positions at an outdoor range are a heavy wood or concrete bench with a stool or seat. Many people bring a pad or blanket to protect their firearms from being scratched.

Most outdoor shooting areas can accommodate 1 or 2 shooters. If you are the non shooter it is always best to stand to the rear of the shooting bench. This helps you observe the target and also the rest of the firing line.

Like indoor ranges, it is recommended that you enter the range with your eye and ear protection on as you proceed to your numbered station or stall.

Unpacking Your Gun(s) and Ammo

When you arrive at your station, remove your firearm from its carrying case or box making sure the action is open.

Always keep the gun pointed down in a safe direction then move the firearm to the shelf in your station.

Point the firearm downrange toward the targets.

Once your firearm is safely on the shelf pointing downrange, unpack ammo, magazines, and other needed items


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