CMSC Range Rules
These rules are dictated by the fact that CMSC is a privately
owned and insured range. As an owner/member of the CMSC you are insured
when shooting on this property as long as you are following the rules-if
you are not following the rules and have an accident you are liable.
Range hours are: The pistol range start time is 0700
and ending at 2100. Rifle and shotgun from 0600
- The front gate must be locked at all times. Once you have entered lock
the gate behind you.
- Members will not loan their key out. All shooters or family groups must
have a key in their possession when on site. All keys are individually numbered.
- All shooters on site, when asked by another shooter for their identity
must identify themselves to that shooter in a cordial manner. If asked to
produce a key, a shooter must produce a key and show the person asking, the
number on that particular range key.
- Shooters must never use alcohol or drugs while shooting on the premises.
- All guests, children under 19 and pets must be under the immediate supervision
of a CMSC member.
- All persons on the firing line and in the shooting areas must WEAR
eye and hearing protection.
- All actions must be open, chambers empty and magazines removed or unloaded
when firearms are uncased. Firearms may only be uncased on the firing line
with the muzzle pointed down range.
- If your firearm does not have a case, your action must be open, chamber
unloaded and muzzle point directly up in the air.
- Only firearms that are on the firing line may be loaded and then only when
the line is HOT*. Firearms not on the firing line must have
their actions open and magazines removed and cased or in the rifle rack along
the back wall. If the magazine is not removable then all ammo must be removed
from the gun.
- All actions must be open; chambers empty and magazines removed or unloaded
and gun on the bench before anyone goes down range during a cease-fire. Handguns
must be unloaded, magazines removed, and holstered or benched.
- If no RSO is present shooters will designate a member to be RSO. Only the
RSO can send shooters down range. The designated RSO shall hang cease-fire
- No shooting at wildlife unless specified for varmint control.
- All shooting will be on designated ranges only, using established berms
and specific bullet impact areas (backstops) except during some competitions
and shoots. During special competitions or shoots authorized by the board
will the side berms be used as bullet impact areas. Don't shoot over berms
- keep bullets in backstops to insure they are contained on the range.
- Only CMSC authorized targets and target holders may be used on all ranges.
Only posted specified distances may be used and only from specified benches
or bays. Shooters must remove all targets from supplied target holders when
done shooting and place target holders in storage area under shelter. Absolutely
no other items will be brought onto the range to shoot at for target practice
except during competitions or shoots. Shooters who have custom-built target
holders may get them approved by an RSO for use on the range. CMSC members
who see seniors or handicapped struggling with target placement are encouraged
to help out in these situations.
- The rimfire bay is for .22 long rifle cartridges only, 22 mags, 17hm/mach2
are to be used at the high power range. The rimfire bay is a "family"
bay...please be aware that other people may be waiting and keep shooting
times to 1 hour.
- When the command Cease-Fire is heard all shooters
will stop shooting immediately and freeze with their actions pointed downrange.
They will await further action from who called the cease fire.
- Handicap shooters shooting from the handicap vehicle pullout (at the high
power range), when alerted to a cease-fire shall pull their firearm into
the vehicle and open the action on the firearm.
- During a cease-fire no firearms may be handled for any reason unless authorized
by the RSO. Shooting may not commence until the RSO has verified that all
shooters are off the range.
- Shooters are required to police their brass when done shooting. Shooters
can donate fired brass to the club by putting their brass in the club brass
receptacles or keep their brass. Shooters cannot take brass out of the brass
- Misfires are to be put into the box labeled "misfires" at each
- During a cease fire once the command has been given to step back from the
red line, no shooter may cross the red line and resume shooting until the
RSO has given the command.
- The use of armor piercing, steel core, iron core, explosive or
tracer ammunition is prohibited on CMSC property.
- On entry to any range area the first shooter driving in will raise the
red flag to mark that this particular range is under use. The last shooter
leaving, at any time of day, will lower the red flag at that particular range.
The red flag is a universal gun range signal that there is shooting being
done on that range. Flagpoles shall be set in a way that all shooters going
into and out of a particular range will notice easily if there are shooters
- Red flags with a diagonal bar will designate cease fires.
- Fully automatic firearms are not allowed on any range whatsoever.
- 50 BMG's are not allowed on the range.
- Magnum handgun calibers (calibers designated as "magnum" by name)
are not allowed at the pistol range and may only be used on the high power
- During busy times each bench or bay has a maximum use time of (1) hour.
- At anytime an RSO may remove a shooter(s)/members(s) whose behavior is
irresponsible or unsafe to themselves or other members.
- Alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden unless the board approves it
for an event. Then all firearms must be locked and stowed and all ranges
cold before before any alcohol is served.
- Members will police their shooting area and take with them any trash they
may have brought with them.
- Smoking, eating, and drinking beverages is strictly forbidden in the shooting
areas. Do this in the parking areas away from ranges.
- All pets out of vehicles must be leashed by their owners and owners will
clean up after their pets.
- 10 mile per hour is the maximum speed limit on the range.
- Pistol range target check times are on the quarter hour (15/30/45/60)
- High power range target check times will be quarter after and quarter to
the hour or as designated by an RSO or CRSO.
- RSO will identify themselves when offering safety advice to shooters. In
this event the shooters will directly follow the orders given by the RSO.
- Violation of these or other good judgment rules could possibly result in
termination of membership.
- All members will go through range indoctrination by an RSO before picking
up a gate key.
- The high power range will be closed for one week every year to allow for
grazing. This will help to keep fire danger to a minimum.
- Firearms are not to be cleaned in the shooting areas ...clean them in the
parking areas. BE SURE YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED AND POINTED IN A
- Ammunition going faster than 1300 fps will not be permitted in any pistol
- Shooters will not stand closer than 10 yards from steel targets.
- Shooters are encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts when
shooting steel pistol targets...this will help prevent injury from splatter.