Pistol Range Rules

  1. Shooting hours begin at 9:00am and end at sunset
    or 8:00pm, whichever is earlier, all year long,
    regardless of daylight hours. After daylight shooting
    on the range requires specific permission from the
    Board of Directors for a designated date and time,
    and for each occurrence.
  2. Formal events of Big Timber Rifle and Pistol Club
    and scheduled training by law enforcement or
    authorized instructors will include the designation of
    an official Range Safety Officer and a Match/Training
    Director, one person may at times be designated for
    both roles.
  3. Informal shooting shall not interfere with formal
    events and scheduled training but may be permitted
    at the discretion of the Match/Training Director of the
    event or training.
  4. Firearms shall be discharged only in a safe direction,
    so the projectile’s impact occurs in a pre-designated
    location specifically designed to safely dissipate all
    of the projectile’s energy.
  5. Only firearms in safe working order which have been
    properly maintained shall be discharged.
  6. When not in a shooting station, all firearms shall be
    carried in a case or unloaded with the
    cylinder/breech open and in a safe manner. This rule
    extends to range parking lots.
  7. No firearm shall be loaded until the shooter is at the
    shooting station. Loading is considered as putting
    ammunition into any part of the firearm. Magazines
    may be loaded before approaching the firing line, but
    magazines may not be placed into the firearm until
    the shooter is at the shooting station.
  8. Cease Fire Command, Cold Range and Hot
    Range Designations:
    a. Anyone may call a ‘Cease Fire’ at any time, for
    any reason.
    b. When a ‘Cease Fire’ is called, the range is
    immediately designated a ‘Cold Range’ and all
    pistol action must be open, magazines removed,
    emptied of all ammunition, and left on the firing
    bench. 22lr rifles, or less, shall have actions open,
    magazines emptied and placed on the rack at the
    back of the shooting station. All persons shall stand
    behind the yellow line until the range is declared hot
    c. No person may go forward of a firing line except
    during a designated ‘Cold Range.’
    d. During a ‘Cold Range,’ all firearms are to remain
    safely racked and there is to be absolutely no
    touching or handling of any firearms.
    e. During a ‘Cold Range’ there is to be no handling

of firearms for the purposes of unpacking upon
arrival or packing to leave. During a cold range you
may load detached magazines behind the yellow
f. All firearms must remain unloaded, racked or
packed and untouched, while any person is down
range and until the ‘Hot Range’ designtion is called.
g. Only after the ‘Hot Range’ designation is called,
may firearms be once again moved to the firing
bench for loading/firing and/or packed and
unpacked for transportation.

  1. A firearm shall not be handled with the muzzle
    pointed in the direction of any person.
  2. Approved eye and hearing protection is required for
    every person on all firearm ranges.
  3. No tracer rounds of any kind are to be used on the
  4. No exploding targets, exploding bullets, or
    incendiary devices are to be used at any time.
  5. No glass, plastics, metals or woods not specifically
    and commercially designed as targets shall be used
    as targets on any range (vegetables, fruit, furniture,
    electronics, cans of any type are not range
    authorized targets). Paper, cardboard or clay targets
    and backers, along with proper stands and throwing
    devices, shall be used at all times.
  6. After using a range you and your party are
    responsible for the immediate cleanup of that range.
    Remove used targets, pickup empty cartridge brass
    and live ammunition, sweep if necessary; unwanted
    live ammunition can be deposited in the red “dud”
    can located at the rifle range. DO NOT THROW
  7. There will be no loaded firearms behind the yellow
    safety line
  8. Unwanted live ammunition can be deposited in the
    red “dud” can located at the rifle range.
  9. No armor piercing rounds fired at steel targets.
  10. No firing at steel targets at less than 10 yards with
    pistols unless using frangible ammunition.
  11. It is not recommended to use steel target stands
    less than 7 yards due to the fact you can deflect the
    bullet back toward you.
  12. Pistol caliber carbines may be used on the pistol range. No 223, 5.56, 300 blackout or AK 47 pistol carbine. No shotguns of any kind.
  13. Do not shoot the range markers, supporting posts,
    telephone poles, or no blue sky barrier in front of the
  14. No fully automatic firearms.