Updated December 14, 2011
Revised March 5, 2012
Revised March 21, 2019
Revised October 12, 2021

Any violations of the Rules will result in a review by the DSA Executive Board and may be grounds for expulsion from the club or other penalties. Your Membership is a privilege, not a right. If you abuse it, you may lose it!

Every member is responsible for range safety!

Members should not be offended when approached about range safety by another club member. 

Violation Tier Key

  • [E] = Severe violation – automatic expulsion from DSA membership and property.
  • [B] = Serious violation – results in a hearing by the DSA Executive Board and may result in expulsion, suspension, assignment of points or other penalties.
  • [M] = Minor violation – results in DSA Executive Board assignment of points that may accumulate to more severe penalties.

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I. General Club Rules

[B] INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR: No horseplay (rough, boisterous, or rowdy behavior) or other inappropriate behavior will be tolerated on club property.

  1. [M] ENTRANCE/EXIT: Everyone entering the property must scan/sign in. This includes multiple members in the same vehicle. When leaving the property, sign out. If you are the last to leave, make sure that all buildings and the gate are securely locked.
  2. [B] LIABILITY WAIVER: All persons 18 years of age and older, including Guests, entering DSA property must annually read and sign the DSA’s “Waiver and Release from Liability” form. Blank copies of this form are available at the sign-in desk in the Clubhouse and signed copies are to be left there. Those under 18 years of age must be escorted by a waivered adult Member or Guest at all times.
  3. [M] MEMBERSHIP: A Regular Membership shall include that Member’s spouse and dependents under the age of 21 who shall be considered Associate Members. Associate Members must be accompanied by a Regular Member at the range and are subject to all Club rules and regulations. All club members must have their membership card on their person while at the range. The exception to this is when attending Club events (such as Cowboy matches, USPSA, etc.). At any time while on club property, members should be prepared to show ID or membership card by a BOD member or other club officer upon request.
  4. [M] GUESTS: A Guest is limited to two (2) visits annually (September – August) to use the range, excluding organized Club shoots, and must be accompanied by the sponsoring Member both on the Range and on the Firing Line. A Member is allowed to bring a maximum of two (2) shooting guests per visit and shall be responsible for the Guest’s activities. After two visits, the Guest should apply for membership if they desire to use our Range any more
  5. [B] ACCIDENTS, INJURIES, PROPERTY DAMAGE: All accidents, injuries or property damage shall be reported to a Club Executive Board Member as soon as possible. Any malicious abuse of the facilities will result in loss of membership. (See the Members page of the DSA web site for names and contact information of the Board Members. Telephone numbers of Board members are also posted inside the clubhouse.)
  6. [M] VEHICLES: Restrict vehicle speed to a maximum of 5 mph on Club property. All vehicles must be kept on the parking areas, not on the grass.
  7. [B] For those members using the silhouette firing line for silhouette shooting or shotguns, park your vehicle on the silhouette firing line in plain view so it can be seen that someone is down range of the 75 to 200 yard rifle range cover.
  8. [B] NO OPEN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are allowed on Club property at any time. Anyone found drinking alcoholic beverages will be removed from club property and barred from the Range for one year. A second violation will result in permanent expulsion from the club.
  9. [B] FIRES: There shall be no open fires or trash burning on Club property.
  10. [M] SMOKING: The Clubhouse interior is a No Smoking area. Cigarette and cigar butts shall be policed and put in the trash not just dropped on the ground.
  11. [M] PETS: Clean up after your dog, cat or children.

II. General Firing Range Rules

  1. [E] NO FULL AUTO OR .50 CAL BMG FIRING: No full-auto or .50 caliber BMG firing is allowed on Club property at any time. This includes bump firing, Gatling Guns, burst fire or any simulations thereof.
  2. [E] NO EXPLODING OR FLAMMABLE TARGETS ALLOWED. No incendiary or tracer ammo.
  3. [E] RANGE HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 8:00 AM to Sunset; Sunday – 9:00 AM to Sunset. The lighting on the range is for set-up ONLY, not shooting. Access to this lighting is for match directors only. THERE WILL BE NO FIRING OF FIREARMS AFTER SUNSET! VIOLATION OF THIS WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM THE CLUB! THERE WILL BE NO SECOND CHANCES.
  4. [B] FIREARM HANDLING: All firearms brought to the Range must be in safe condition and fired only on their assigned ranges. All firearms must be unloaded, with actions open, until ready to fire on the firing line. (Definition of unloaded – the action is open and unloaded, no live ammunition in the firearm either in the chamber or magazine.) Firearms shall never be loaded until a shooter is on the line and the range is hot. Never place your finger near the trigger until you are ready to shoot and the range is hot. Never allow the muzzle to point at anything you are not willing to destroy. In other words, always have the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  5. [B] PAPER TARGET PLACEMENT: Targets used on the 50 yard rifle range and all pistol ranges are to be hung from the provided ropes/cables. Paper targets are to be attached to backers provided by the club or members may use their own backers. Lower targets may be used, however, these targets must be placed immediately in front of the berm. Do not place targets on or in front of the posts.
  6. [B]Tall/Portable target frames/stands will only be used on the Rifle Range for targets placed from 75 to 200 yards. (exception for Pistol Bay 3 special rules.)
  7. [E] DO NOT SHOOT AT THE CONCRETE WALLS. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM THE CLUB. THERE WILL BE NO SECOND CHANCES.
  8. [B] “HIP SHOOTING”: Shooting from the “HIP” is prohibited. All shots fired must come from a position where the firearm is at head/eye level.
  9. [B] CEASE FIRES: The command “Cease Firing” will be immediately obeyed by everyone on the firing line. FIREARMS WILL NOT BE TOUCHED OR HANDLED while a “Cease Fire” condition is in effect and/or when people are down range. All firearms must be cleared with action open and empty before anyone goes down range.
  10. [M] EYE & EAR PROTECTION: Ear and eye protection is mandatory for all personnel on or near the firing line, including Guests and Spectators.
  11. [M] BERMS: In order to prevent erosion, no one is allowed on the berms (backstops) or banks.
  12. [M] MATCHES: Registered or Sanctioned Matches shall be conducted in accordance with DSA Rules, as well as the Rules of the sanctioning body. The Chief Range Officer’s word will be final. The ranges on which these matches are taking place will be closed to non-participants for the duration of the match, including set-up and teardown times.
  13. [M] SPECTATORS: All children and spectators shall remain behind the firing line.
  14. [M] GLASS: No shooting at glass bottles or other glass is permitted. Plastic bottles and metal cans may be used as targets provided they are placed in the designated areas directly in front of the berms. You must remove all your trash when done shooting.
  15. [B] STEEL TARGETS: Steel targets may be used on most ranges, but they must be placed immediately in front of the berm and be in the center of the berm, away from the concrete walls. STEEL TARGETS MAY NOT BE SHOT AT FROM CLOSER THAN 25 YARDS WITH RIMFIRES, PISTOL CALIBER CARBINES, AND HANDGUNS. TARGETS MAY NOT BE SHOT AT FROM CLOSER THAN 50 YARDS WITH HIGH POWER RIFLES AND SHOTGUN SLUGS. Steel targets MAY NOT be used on the 10 yard berm.
  16. [B] Vehicles parked on the range must not be forward of the established firing line.
  17. [M] CLEANUP: Brooms and dustpans have been hung outside for use in cleaning up the concrete areas on both the Rifle Range and the Pistol Range. Clean up the area before leaving. Pick up trash, brass, ammo boxes, etc. and put them in the proper trash containers. DO NOT THROW LIVE ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION IN THE TRASH BARRELS – TAKE THEM HOME TO DISPOSE OF THEM. Be sure to remove targets and return the benches, target frames, etc. to their proper locations. Leave the Range better than you found it.

III. Pistol Range Rules

  1. [M] The position of the firing line will be established by the first shooter. Shooters my stand at any distance downrange of the Pistol covers to shoot, as long as all shooters are at the same distance. When any shooter wishes to fire from under the cover, all shooters must fire from under the cover.
  2. [B] All firearms must be unloaded and placed on the benches with actions open and empty while setting up, removing or checking targets. (Refer to “CEASE FIRES” in the General Range Rules above.)
  3. [M] Shotguns (firing slugs ONLY), high power rifles, and muzzle loader rifles may be fired on
    Pistol Bay One only.
  4. [M] Rim fire rifles, rim fire handguns, centerfire handguns and rifles firing straight wall pistol cartridges or cowboy cartridges may be shot on all pistol ranges.
  5. [B] Make sure that all shots are hitting the backstop/berm. Steel targets and any low target must be set directly in front of/against the berm to prevent ricochets from leaving the range. No round should ever leave the Range!
  6. [B] Paper targets must be hung from the provided ropes/cables using club provided backers. DO NOT PLACE TARGETS ON OR IN FRONT OF THE POSTS THAT HOLD THE ROPES/CABLES. Clay birds should be placed directly on the berm. Use of portable stands will longer be permitted
  7. [B] Steel targets may not be used on the 10 yard pistol range.
  8. [B] There are certain exceptions to these rules for Pistol Bay 3. There will be a separate document addressing alternate uses of Pistol Bay 3. Members wishing to avail themselves of these alternate uses must get a special ENDORSEMENT from a DSA RSO Core Committee Member.
  9. For further information, see additional rules as posted under the Pistol Rules Addendum(s) that are posted on poles at each Pistol Bay.

IV. 50 Yard Rifle Range Rules

  1. [M] The position of the firing line will be established by the first shooter. Shooters my stand at any distance downrange of the Rifle cover to shoot, as long as all shooters are at the same distance. When any shooter wishes to fire from under the cover, all shooters must fire from under the cover.
  2. [B] All firearms must be unloaded and placed on the benches with actions open and empty while setting up, removing or checking targets. (Refer to “CEASE FIRES” in the General Range Rules above.)
  3. [B] All steel targets must be placed directly in front of the berm (backstop).
  4. [B] All paper targets must be hung on the provided ropes/cables with backers provided by the club. Members may also use their own backers provided they can be hung from the ropes/cables or, targets may be placed at ground level immediately in front of the berm. Portable stands will no longer be allowed on this range. DO NOT ATTACH TARGETS TO THE POSTS HOLDING THE ROPES/CABLES. DO NOT PLACE TARGETS IN FRONT OF THESE POSTS.
  5. [B] No matter what targets are being used, be sure that all shots are hitting within the berm and do not ricochet off the ground before reaching the berm. No round should ever leave the Range!
  6. [M] All club approved firearms are allowed on this range, this includes shotguns when firing slugs only.
  7. For further information, see additional rules as posted under the 50 Yard Range Rules Addendum(s) that are posted on roof poles

V. 75 to 200 Yard Rifle Range Rules

  1. [M] The position of the Firing Line on the Rifle Range will be established by the 1st shooter. Use common courtesy in establishing or re-establishing the firing line as other shooters arrive. 30 minutes is the suggested limit (see Shotgun and Silhouette Firing line rules)
  2. [B] All firearms must be unloaded and placed on the benches with actions open and empty while setting up, removing or checking targets. (Refer to “CEASE FIRES” in the General Range Rules above.)
  3. [B] All low or steel targets must be placed directly in front of the 200 yard berm (backstop) only.
  4. [B] This is the only range where portable target stands must be used. All target backers used on this range will be tall frames. Short frames will no longer be allowed. Any targets used on these frames must still still comply with the rule that the target must fit within the confines of the 2ft X 2 ft backer.
  5. [B] No matter what targets are being used, be sure that all shots are hitting within the berm. No round should ever leave the Range!
  6. [M] All club approved firearms are allowed on this range, this includes shotguns when firing slugs only.
  7. For further information, see additional rules as posted under the 75 - 200 Yard Rifle Range Rules Addendum(s) that are posted on roof poles

VI. Silhouette Firing Line Rules

  1. [M] The position of the Firing Line on the Rifle Range will be established by the 1st shooter. Use common courtesy in establishing or re-establishing the firing line as other shooters arrive. 30 minutes is the suggested limit
  2. [B] All firearms must be unloaded and placed on the benches with actions open and empty while setting up, removing or checking targets. (Refer to “CEASE FIRES” in the General Range Rules above.)
  3. [M] Only proper sized silhouette targets that are typically used for matches, steel or paper, may be used on the silhouette berms. (swingers are OK as well) All targets must be placed directly in front of the berm at rail level.
  4. [B] Only those firearms that are typically used for the Silhouette competitions and shotguns firing only shot shells are to be used on these berms.
  5. [B] For those members using the silhouette firing line for silhouette shooting or shotgun shooting, park your vehicle on the silhouette firing line in plain view so it can be seen that someone is down range of the 75 to 200 yard rifle range cover.
  6. For further information, see additional rules as posted under the Silhouette Range Rules Addendum(s) that are posted on roof poles

VII. Shotgun-Specific Range Rules

Note: There is no dedicated shotgun range.

  1. [B] Shotgun shooting with SLUGS is only allowed only on the Rifle Ranges and on Bay 1 of the Pistol Range. To sight-in shotguns firing slugs, use either the 50 yard Rifle Range or Bay 1 of the Pistol Range. No shot or slugs, wads, ejected cases or clay targets shall leave the boundaries of the particular range while firing.
  2. [M] Shotgun shooting with shot shells must be done from the Silhouette firing line only. Members must supply their own targets and backers for this purpose.
  3. [B] All firearms must be unloaded and placed on the benches with actions open and empty while setting up, removing or checking targets. (Refer to “CEASE FIRES” in the General Range Rules above.)
  4. [B] With the exception of club-sanctioned events, the use of shotguns and clay target throwers shall be allowed ONLY on the Rifle Range. Use proper targets (clays) thrown from a trap placed on the Silhouette Firing Line (near the 75 yard mark). Clay targets shall be thrown straight downrange ONLY. No cross direction target shall be thrown. Targets (clays) that are unbroken should be retrieved and removed from the field.
  5. [M] If use of a shotgun with thrown clay pigeons on the Rifle Range interferes with others who need to use these ranges for their designated purpose with rifle or pistol, the shotgun user(s) must yield after the “30 minute rule”
  6. [B] For those members using the silhouette firing line for silhouette shooting or shotguns with shotshells, park your vehicle on the silhouette firing line in plain view so it can be seen that someone is down range of the 75 to 200 yard rifle range cover.
  7. For further information, see additional rules as posted under the Shotgun-Specific Range Rules Addendum(s) that are posted on roof poles

VIII. Muzzle Loading-Specific Rules

  1. [M] Rifles may be fired only on the Rifle Range or Bay 1 of the Pistol Range.
  2. [B] All firearms must be unloaded and placed on the benches with actions open and empty while setting up, removing or checking targets. (Refer to “CEASE FIRES” in the General Range Rules above.)
  3. [M] Keep powder containers closed/covered at all times except when loading.
  4. [M] Loading behind the firing line is permitted but capping or primer pan filling must be done only at the firing line.
  5. [M] Clear the area and ignite powder spills on the ground.
  6. [M] Point hang-fires or misfires downrange at a berm for a full minute. Includes firing a cap or flash pan to make sure firearm is clear.
  7. [B] No smoking at the firing line or the loading bench.
  8. [B] For safety sake, be sure that all shots are hitting the backstop; no round should ever leave the range!
  9. For further information, see additional rules as posted under the Muzzle Loading-Specific Range Rules Addendum(s) that are posted on roof poles.

IX. Three Tiered System For Violations Adjudication

Every member is responsible for range safety!

Members should not be offended when approached about range safety by another club member. 

Upon report of a willful violation of any DSA Club Range Rule(s), a hearing by the Executive Board shall convene within 15 days of the reported infraction and a decision shall be rendered by the Executive Board within 10 days after the hearing. The Board decision shall be final unless new substantiating evidence is presented within 10 days of Boards ruling. The Board must have a majority of Members (four of the seven) in attendance. The decision from the Board will be decided by majority vote.

  1. Violation Tiers: Rules violations are divided into three categories or tiers according to the criticality of the rule – Severe, Serious or Minor.
    1. [E] Severe: Expulsion: violations of certain rules allow no second chances.
    2. [B] Serious: Depending upon the severity of the infraction, penalty may be expulsion, suspension, probation and/or assignment of points. A minimum of two (2) points for each infraction may be assigned. Accumulation of points may lead to more severe penalty. (See “Point System” below.) Damage to club property may also result in the member being assessed payment of repair or replacement costs of the damage.
    3. [M] Minor: Minor infractions will result in a warning and may be assigned a minimum of one (1) point for each violation. Accumulation of points may lead to a more severe penalty. (See “Point System” below.)
  2. Point System
    1. At the discretion of the Executive Board, points may be assigned in lieu of or in addition to other penalties for rule violations.
    2. A Member “earning” a fourth point shall appear before the Executive Board for a hearing.
    3. Points retained on the Members’ record shall expire at the rate of one (1) point every six (6) months from the date of recording.
  3. Any member found in violation of those rules deemed “Serious” or “Severe”, will have their gate pass deactivated until such time that they schedule a range “Safety Refresher” with the club Chief Instructor or his designee.
  4. Members found in violation of any rules will be notified by phone, email or certified mail with information about the infraction, results of the BOD ruling and any further instructions. Depending on the severity of the infraction, the Board may request that the member attend a hearing before the Board.
  5. Tracking of Points and Violations: A record of violations and/or points shall be tallied on the DSA Membership data base kept by the Membership Chairperson.
  6. Violation Tier Key
    • [E] = Severe violation – automatic expulsion from DSA membership and property.
    • [B] = Serious violation – results in a hearing by the DSA Executive Board and may result in expulsion, suspension, assignment of points or other penalties.
    • [M] = Minor violation – results in DSA Executive Board assignment of points that may accumulate to more severe penalties.