Guide to Approaching
PMRPC Shotgun Ranges
When approaching any ranges always read the rule board to find out any range specific rules and what can be shot at this range.
Bench Rest (50 yard & 200 yard) Small Bore, Black Powder, High power 600 yard
When approaching any ranges always read the rule board to find out any range specific rules and what can be shot at this range.
Rifle Range: (200 Yard, 50 yard, Sm Bore):
Our Rifle ranges are hot/cold ranges, before approaching the range you will need to verify if the range is hot or cold.***see note below
On a hot range, you can bring your unloaded safely encased or uncased firearm to the firing line. If not encased the action or slide need to be in an open position and firearm need a chamber flagged, make sure to carry with the muzzle pointing down at the ground. When you approach the shooting bench, make sure when placing the rifle on the bench the muzzle is point the berm. You can shoot your rifle at will.
On a Cold Range, Leave your firearms in the vehicle until the range is Hot. Do not cross the red line, unless hanging targets or policing brass in front of the benches
Rifle Range (600 yard line):
This range is off limits unless you have been thru High Power Orientation. Orientation is held on Sunday of the fourth full weekend of the month. Plan to arrive early. The squading is between 7:30 AM and 7:50 AM. We begin shooting at 8 AM. There is a $10 fee, which goes to the club. We try very hard to be finished by 12:00 PM.
Rifle Range (Black Powder):
Our Black Powder Rifle ranges is a hot/cold ranges, before approaching the range you will need to verify if the range is hot or cold.***see note below
Only Black Powder can be shot on range this range, you can shoot Black Powder rifles, Black Powder pistols, and Black Powder shotgun. Make sure to read range rules, they range has very different rules then other rifle ranges
On a Hot range, you can bring your unloaded safely encased or uncased firearm to the firing line. If not encased the action or slide need to be in an open position and firearm need a chamber flagged, make sure to carry with the muzzle pointing down at the ground.
On a Cold Range, Leave your firearms in the vehicle until the range is Hot.
***If there is shots being fire, the range is Hot, if no shot are being fired, to determine if the range is cold look at the state of the range flags (red is hot, green is cold) or by simply yelling out to someone on the range and asking. If you are the only one on the range, you will make the call if the range is hot or cold; make sure to change the flag to the correct color.
STANDARDS & OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE
50 & 200 YARD BENCHREST RANGE
Firearms allowed: All rifles chambered for cartridges below .50 BMG and black powder rifles including muzzleloaders. Shotguns only when loaded with rifled slugs.
No pistols allowed.
No automatic or simulated automatic fire is allowed.
No open powder or powder pellets are allowed on the benches.
All muzzles must point directly at the berm at all times and not be raised above the shooter’s eye level (a line extending from the shooter’s eye and running parallel to the ground).
All bullets must impact directly into the berm.
All shooting must be conducted from the firing line. The firing line is at the edge of the concrete pad, closest to the berm.
Guns may only be fired from the benchrest position. The gun must be supported from the bench.
Only aimed, deliberate fire is allowed. No hip-shooting, or point shooting.
All firing must be at paper targets affixed to official target backers. NO ground targets are allowed.
At the completion of shooting, all casings should be swept up and the firing line policed.
No unfired ammo – live or misfired – can be disposed of in the trash containers.
STANDARDS & OPERATING PROCEDURES
FOR THE SMALLBORE RANGE
Firearms allowed: All rimfire rifles; and pellet rifles and pistols.
Competitive shooting takes precedence over casual shooting on this range.
Allowed positions: Benchrest and prone are the only positions allowed for casual shooting at the 100-yard firing line. On the 50-yard side, guns may be fired from benchrest, or from standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions. All muzzles must point in a safe direction at all times. All bullets must impact directly into a berm.
The only time muzzles may point over the berm is when shooters are slinging-up. To sling-up, the rifle must be made safe – bolt back, magazine out and chamber flag inserted in the chamber. The flag can be pulled and the mag inserted once the shooter is in the proper shooting position and the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.
Getting into position: Guns must be made safe before assuming any position, changing position or donning a sling. The rifle must be placed in safe condition on the mat before getting into any lower position. When finished shooting the string, the rifle must be returned to the mat in a safe condition. Getting into position with a loaded rifle is prohibited.
All shooting must be conducted from a single firing line. If shooters want to shoot from the grass that is down range from the concrete pad, all shooters must agree to move to the grass
Only aimed, deliberate fire is allowed.
All firing must be at paper targets affixed to club-approved target backers. NO ground targets are allowed. Targets that are posted at distances of less than 50 yards must be posted at specified heights.
The red range flag on the pole should be raised to indicate the range is in use. Red/green range safety flags must be posted whenever the range is in use to indicate the “Hot” or “Cold” condition of the range. Prior to moving downrange from the firing line, all rifles will be made safe and the line called “Cold.”
Equipment: A suitable shooting mat is required for the lower positions. A spotting scope is recommended for all positions.
Each shooter may only fire at the target backer directly in front of his position.
At the completion of shooting, all casings must be swept up and the firing line policed.
No unfired ammo – live or misfired – may be disposed of in the trash containers.
STANDARDS & OPERATING PROCEDURES
FOR THE BLACK POWDER RANGE v 2.0
Allowed guns and ammunition
Only pistols or shoulder-fired black powder firearms, muzzle loading or cartridge, may be used on the range.
Only black powder or a black powder substitute (Pyrodex, 777, etc.) may be used on the range.
All firearms will be carried to and from the firing line with the barrel pointed in the air and the muzzle held above the shoulder.
All guns will be positioned while at the loading bench with the barrel pointed up and all pistols will use a loading stand.
No priming, capping, or loading a cartridge unless on the firing line and the muzzle is pointed at the berm.
No black powder cartridge gun may be loaded except on the firing line.
Flintlock guns may only be loaded when both the cock and frizzen are in the forward position.
No loaded gun may be brought from the firing line back to the loading bench area.
Malfunctions on the firing line must be cleared and the firearm unloaded before returning it to the loading bench area.
Uncased firearms may only be handled, brought to or removed from the loading bench area when the range is hot.
The range may not be declared cold if there are any hot guns in the loading bench area or on the firing line. A hot gun is any gun with powder in it.
Powder may not be poured from a can, powder horn, flask, or other container directly into a firearm.
No open powder containers are allowed at the loading bench.
Clean up the loading bench of all spilled powder immediately, and powder spilled on the ground must be well scattered.
No smoking is allowed within ten feet of the loading bench area.
All targets will be placed on the wire frames in front of the berms.
Eye and ear protection will be used by anyone in the loading bench area or on the firing line when the range is hot.
All shooting positions (standing, sitting, kneeling and prone) are allowed.
600-Yard Range Rules (Proposed)
These are the rules revisions proposed by shooters on the 600-yard range at PMRPC. They have not yet been approved by the RSO Committee or the Board of Directors.
This club long range facility is an NRA High Power Rifle competition range intended for across the course or mid-range matches and corresponding practice for qualified individuals. It is not intended, nor is it approved, for any other use. The Rifle Director will limit access to the High Power Rifle range to those who have been qualified to use this facility. The Rifle Director has the discretion to change the access codes or key to the High Power Facility as necessary. Members must remain active to retain their access privileges to the High Power range.
1. Authorized Personnel Qualification Standards: Requirements for Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club Members to qualify for unsupervised use of the 600-yard range are as follows:
Members must possess an NRA High Power Rifle Long Range or Mid-Range Classification Card, any classification, plus a High Power range orientation.
Members must possess an NRA High Power XTC Rifle Classification Card, Expert class or above, with evidence of having fired multiple, full range matches, plus a High Power range orientation.
Members must possess an NRA High Power Classification Card- Any Class, plus evidence of having fired six, 20-shot stages from 600 yards, plus a High Power range orientation.
Members having fired at MULTIPLE Intermediate High Power matches or 300 meter matches who have demonstrated marksmanship proficiency and demonstrated knowledge of equipment and ballistic requirements for long range shooting, plus a High Power range orientation. This will be dependent upon the knowledge and skill of the shooter. Members attempting to qualify in this category will be issued an NRA Temporary Classification Record Book. It will be the responsibility of the member to carry it to each event and have it signed by a Range Official.
a) High Power range orientation will be conducted by the Rifle Director or his designee and will include a tour of the facility and a review of the High Power range rules. The member requesting to be allowed unsupervised access must also demonstrate a proficiency at shooting from both 200 and 600 yards firing line distances. One trip to the range may not be sufficient to become certified to use the High Power range unsupervised.
b) All members who are not approved to use the High Power range unsupervised may use the range only during approved matches, supervised practice sessions (under supervision of a qualified Range Officer hereby known as an RO), or under the supervision of a range qualified shooter. In the absence of a designated RO, the range-qualified shooter will be the de-facto Range Officer and be responsible for the conduct of non-qualified shooters. The Range Qualified Shooter RO is expected to directly supervise the nonqualified guest shooter and may not shoot while the non-qualified member is shooting.
c) High Power Range Qualified Members who have met the requirements for unsupervised access and use must supply the Rifle Director with their names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. The Rifle Director will maintain this information in a list of High Power range Qualified Members. Alist of names only of the High Power range Qualified Members will be available in the target shed.
d) High Power range Qualified Members will be supplied with a Port Malabar High Power sticker (type: ¾ inch circular, silver finish with club logo) which will have to be affixed to their Port Malabar Rifle & Pistol Club name tag. Members will be expected to present this on demand to assist in identifying that they are authorized to use the High Power range.
2. Range Limitations:
a) All Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club General Range Rules and NRA High Power Rifle rules apply.
b) All fired rounds must remain within the range. All efforts should be made to ensure that all rounds hit the receiving berm.
c) Everyone, whether or not they are a Club Member, who uses the High
Power range is expected to read and sign a PMRPC Hold Harmless agreement. Parents must cosign with Junior shooters. These must be 600 Range Rules 2015V3 Page 3 of 8 updated yearly. The Hold Harmless agreement will be maintained by the Match Chairs.
d) Outside users of the High Power range are expected to operate under the PMRPC High Power and NRA High Power rules. In the event the outside users rules are more restrictive they will be under the jurisdiction of their own rules as well.
e) Outside users must have a PMRPC High Power range qualified club
member present during any shooting, training, or matches.
f) The Junior Rifle program is allowed to use the High Power range only under supervised conditions and provided a Rifle Instructor or Range Safety Officer is present.
g) All Junior programs must have at least two adults present when there is agroup of minor participants.
3. Minimum equipment requirements:
a) Rifles approved for use on the High Power Range include any rifle thatcomplies with NRA high power rules 3.1 - 3.7.
b) No rifles over .35 caliber allowed.
c) Sights may be telescopic or metallic with adequate and repeatable wind drift and elevation correction.
d) Due to differences in calibers, ballistics and barrel twists, rifles will have different elevation standards that must be used when changing from a 200 yards zero to a 300 yards, 300 meters, 500 yards or a 600 yards zero. Each rifle must be capable of increasing the elevation of its sights above the 200 yards zero high enough to be on target at the longer distances. Rifles whose sights cannot adjust from 200 yards to 600 yards will not be allowed.
e) All rifles must have a known sight zero established prior to coming to the range. Evidence by a record target is preferred.
4. Types of firing allowed and relevant rules:
a) All firing will be from the raised firing line positions constructed on the 600 Range Rules 2015V3 Page 4 of 8 range. These are at 200, 300, 500 & 600-yards, and at 200 & 300 meters.
b) Firing will be conducted from the raised firing line position corresponding to the target number.
c) All individuals using the range will be required to operate the targets system for another shooter. Those with physical limitations should notify the Range Officer prior to shooting.
d) Temporary covering or shades maybe erected on the raised firing line positions during matches if there are enough shades to accommodate all competitors that want to use one. Shades may be used during practice sessions as long as they do not interfere with safety as defined by the RO, and do not hamper the RO in executing his/her duties and responsibilities.
e) When firing from 200 yards and 200 meters, the firing positions will include offhand, sitting, kneeling, or prone. No rapid fire is allowed when shooting offhand.
f) Only single load, slow-fire, prone position shooting is allowed from the 300 yards, 300-meters, 500 yards, and 600-yards lines. Again, when firing from the 500 & 600 yards line, there must be a person in the pits insuring that all rounds are hitting the berm.
g) Shooters who have an NRA “Across the Course High Power” Classification card may shoot rapid fire prone from the 300 yards position even when unsupervised but they must have someone in the target pits to assure they are hitting the target.
h) No one may fire from beyond the 300 yards line unless they have a puller in the pits that can verify all shots are impacting the berm. Only HP Range Instructors (so designated by the Rifle Director and identified by a gold sticker) may fire rounds from beyond the 300 yards line without a target puller present.
i) Individuals may utilize personal shooting benches that sit on the ground (no digging or drilling). These appliances must be removed from the range promptly at the termination of the shooting session. 600 Range Rules 2015V3 Page 5 of 8
j) Shooters and their equipment must remain behind the marked firing line. The rifle muzzles should be forward of this line.
k) When shooting at the 600 yards firing position, care must be taken to assure that the feet of bipods or pointed rifle rest feet have a mat or support under them to prevent damage to the AstroTurf.
l) Targets will be type SR, SR-3, MR-1, MR-63, MR-65, MR-FC, or C-1 ISU, or as provided on the range. No other targets are allowed without authorization from the RO. If other targets are authorized, they must be paper, be affixed to standard backers and operated in the standard carriers. Upon completion of shooting, all targets must be removed and the backers re-faced or re-centered to return them to "normal" condition.
m) At the end of shooting session, targets are to be returned to the target shed and stored neatly on the appropriate racks. There are racks for 200/300 yards targets, 600 yards MR targets, and 600 yards F-Class targets. The orange target boxes should be restocked with a supply of pasters. The spotting disc should be replaced if necessary. All trash must be removed from the box and properly disposed of. Please pick up any debris in the target shed prior to leaving.
n) A range fee of $15.00 may be imposed for each use of the range, payable to the RO. During unorganized practice, a fee of $1.00 for each large center target used should be placed in the red box in the target shed. At the discretion of the Rifle Director, this fee may be waived for individuals that contribute time and/or money to range maintenance and/or operation.
o) Vehicles are not to be driven on any firing line position or berm on the range. Shooters are allowed to unload their equipment at the firing lines but vehicles must be parked 50 feet back from the firing line. This is so the Range Officer will have an unobstructed view of all the firing positions.
a) Safety when using long range rifles is absolute. Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club Firearms Safety Rules are posted at each range. PMRPC General Rules apply everywhere on club property. The High Power range has additional rules, which must be adhered to. 600 Range Rules 2015V3 Page 6 of 8
b) Eye protection for rifle competitors is optional per NRA Rules but the use of eye protection is urged. Eye and ear protection is mandatory in the target pits. A brimmed hat is also highly recommended.
c) Rifles will be loaded only at the command to “Load” from the Range Safety Officer. The rifle must be horizontal and pointed at the impact berm whenever the bolt is closed. If the shooter stops for some reason, the bolt should be opened.
d) A safe rifle is defined as a rifle that has the action open, magazine removed or no rounds in a fixed internal magazine, safety on, and an Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) installed into the barrel chamber with the flag visible from outside the rifle.
e) Rifles must be unloaded and made safe whenever the "Cease-Fire" command is issued, regardless of source (see definition of safe rifle above). Anyone on the line may call Cease-Fire when there is a significant safety or health issue. When a Cease-Fire is called, the Pit Officer will be directed to lower all targets.
f) There will be absolutely no handling of firearms when someone is down range of the firing line. This also applies when individuals are in the target pits if the pits are not sealed.
g) No rounds fired on the Club’s ranges can leave the facility. Shooters who fire on the High Power range is accountable for every round fired.
h) Any shooter or competitor who has a non-visible miss on the target or receiving berm is subject to being immediately removed from the firing line. They will be required to go to the sight in range and correctly sight in their rifle before being allowed to shoot on the High Power range.
i) The Red range Safety flag should be raised at the gate and the “Range in Use” sign should be hung at the High Power range gate upon entry. It is recommended that unsupervised shooters lock the gate behind them as they will be responsible for other members who come in on non-match days.
j) Wind flags must be raised at the target line and the 200 yard line whenever the range is being used. This is so members on other parts of the Club facility can identify the High Power range is in use. At the end of each shooting session, the wind flags must be removed and stored in the marked 600 Range Rules 2015V3 Page 7 of 8 designated container provided in the storage shed. Wind flags should not be placed in the container while wet but rather draped on a target rack and allowed to dry.
k) All rifles will be cased or be made safe whenever the range is cold.
l) One person will act as Range Officer and one person will act as Pit Officer. The line officer and pit officer will coordinate safe operation of the range.
m) The Range Officer shall maintain communication with the Pit Officer. Should communications be lost, the Pit Officer will order all targets to be lowered. The Range Officer should call a Cease-Fire, make the line safe, and send someone to the target pits to ascertain the problem.
n) The Range Officer or Rifle Instructor must assure that the firing line is safe (cold) and so declare prior to allowing anyone to go forward of the firing line. No one may leave the pits while the pits are sealed. The pit officer will ascertain that the line is safe (cold) prior to unsealing the pits.
o) The trigger finger will remain off the trigger until the sights are on target and the muzzle is pointed at the berm.
p) Competitors and shooters are expected to notify the Range Officer, Rifle Instructor, or Rifle Director of any safety infractions or violations of NRA High Power Rules.
q) No smoking is permitted on the firing line nor is the use of any tobacco product allowed on the firing line. The use of tobacco products is restricted to the area behind the firing line.
r) When multiple groups are using the range, all firing shall be conducted from the same yard line. If you arrive and want to shoot at the 600 yards line and someone is shooting closer, say at the 200 yards line, do not handle nor uncase your rifle.
6. Operation Times:
a) The range is open to qualified individuals daily from sunrise to sunset. Firing cannot begin until 8 AM. Sunset is defined as the sun is behind the west impact berm.
b) Range maintenance and scheduled matches supersede individual use or open range times, regardless of advertising. The Rifle Director will have scheduled work parties to make repairs at the High Power range. All users of the High Power range are urged to participate in making these repairs.
7. Medical Emergencies:
a) A first aid/trauma kit will be maintained in the target shed. Any minor medical issues should be treated at once.
b) If a major medical situation develops, the Rifle Instructor or Range Safety Officer should take charge of the situation. The Rifle Instructor or Range Safety Officer will render aid to the victim. They will designate someone to call 911. A public phone is available at the PMRPC Guard Shack located at the entrance to the Club property. If a cell phone is used, our address is: 610 Hurley Boulevard, Northwest, Palm Bay, Florida.
c) The Rifle Instructor or Range Safety Officer should assign someone to go to the entrance to wait for and escort Emergency Services Personnel. Helicopter landing can be accomplished on the High Power range or any other location selected by Emergency Service Personnel.
d) These types of situations should be reported in writing or email to the Rifle Director as soon as possible. The Rifle Director will then notify the PMRPC Board of Directors.
a. All users of the PMRPC High Power range are considered safety officers. Each of us must make sure that the range is being used in a safe manor. All users of the High Power range are expected to work together to maintain safe use of the facility. Please Note: Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
b. Violation of Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club Range Rules or these High Power Range Rules will result in suspension of range privileges as determined by the Rifle Director. Violators of Club safety rules can be remanded to the Range Safety Officer Committee and/or the Board of Directors for review and possible disciplinary action.
For standing, targets must be posted so that the top of the target is four feet above the ground.
For lower positions, targets must be posted so that the top of the target is between two and three feet above the ground.
For benchrest shooting, targets must be posted so that the top of the target is four feet above the ground