Rifle 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Firearms shall be discharged only in a safe
    direction, so the projectile’s impact occurs in a predesignated location specifically designed to safely
    dissipate all of the projectile’s energy.
  4. Only firearms in safe working order which have
    been properly maintained shall be discharged.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. There will be no loaded firearms behind the
    yellow safety line.
  7. Cease Fire Command, Cold Range and Hot Range
    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
    firearm actions must be opened, emptied of all
    ammunition, and moved safely to the rack.
    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.
f. All firearms must remain unloaded, racked or
packed and untouched, while any person is down
range and until the ‘Hot Range’ designtion is
g. Only after the ‘Hot Range’ designation is called,
may firearms be once again moved to the firing
line 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 firearms chambered in .50 BMG are to be
    discharged on the range.
  4. No tracer rounds of any kind are to be used ont
    he range.
  5. No exploding targets, exploding bullets, or
    incendiary devices are to be used at any time.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. There will be no loaded firearms behind the
    yellow safety line (yellow hanging boards).
  9. Unwanted live ammunition can be depositd in the
    red “dud” can.
  10. No armour piercing rounds fired at steel targets.
  11. No firing at steel targets at less than 100 yards with rifles.
  12. No fully automatic firearms.