Safety & Instructional

Welcome to our Be safe, have Fun and Shoot Well area. Below you will find lots of great safety and instructional information as it relates to shotgunning and clay target shooting. Please take some time to review this valuable information.

Firearm and Range Safety Videos

Firearm Safety Rules

Firearm Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Every participant is expected to follow general Firearm and Range safety rules at all times.

  • Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  • Before handling any firearm, understand its operation. (Thoroughly read the instruction manual supplied with your firearm)
  • ALWAYS keep the gun (muzzle) pointed in a safe direction. (Do not point your gun at anything you are not willing to destroy)
  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger (and outside the trigger guard) until ready to shoot.
  • ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded (and action open) until ready to use. (Open or Out rule: Keep the gun open or you’re out!)
  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate. (keep it clean, check for barrel obstructions)
  • Never rely on a mechanical safety as a replacement or substitute for safe gun handling.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
  • Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.

Range Rules

  • ALL registered Athletes, coaches, and anyone on the shooting field must wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. This includes ALL practice and competitive events.
  • Obey all directions given by Coaches and Range Personnel.
  • Firearms instruction is only permitted by authorized program personnel.
  • While on a shooting post or station, the muzzle must never cross any part of the shooter’s anatomy or any other person’s anatomy. Violation of this rule may be grounds for disqualification.
  • Do not rest the barrel of any gun on your foot/toe. This can disqualify the entire team at an SCTP Shoot!
  • No Open Toed footwear of any kind is allowed, including sandals.
  • Guns may only be loaded on shooting stations, immediately prior to shooting.
  • Guns are to be loaded one shell at a time, except when shooting doubles.
  • In the event of a malfunction, keep gun pointed down range, raise your hand so a safety officer can assist you.
  • When shooting any firearm, if the recoil and/or noise seems much weaker than normal or a round gets lodged in the barrel, DO NOT FIRE AGAIN. Keep your gun pointed down range and raise your hand so a safety officer can assist you check for a bore obstruction with a squib rod or appropriate tool.
  • Participants must be alert at all times for anyone who might be in the firing area. Unload and wait for until firing area is clear before shooting.
  • Mounting, shouldering, sighting or pointing of guns behind shooting stations is not allowed.
  • Maximum size of lead shot is: # 7 ½
  • Guns are to be fired from shoulder only.
  • Absolutely no shooting at any live animals or birds.
  • No horseplay of any kind will be tolerated.
  • An ammunition pouch, vest or other method to allow shooter access to their ammunition form a standing position is required.
  • Any dud shell shall be kept in the possession of the shooter or turned in to a Coach or Range Personnel for disposal. At no time shell an unfired shell be placed in a recycling bin or waste bin.
  • To reduce the risk of lead contamination, thorough washing of face and hands is strongly recommended after shooting activities.
  • Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted inside the shooting field area.
  • The range is not responsible for personal property. Leave no property or bags unattended.
  • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
  • If a Cease Fire is called stop shooting immediately and unload the firearm.

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