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!

Leave the range better than you found 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.

I. General Club Rules

  1. [B] INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR: No horseplay (rough, boisterous, or rowdy behavior) or other inappropriate behavior will be tolerated on club property.
  2. [M] ENTRANCE/EXIT: Everyone entering the property must sign in. When leaving the property, sign out. If you are the last to leave, make sure that all buildings and the gate are securely locked.
  3. [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.
  4. [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.
  5. [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.
  6. [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.)
  7. [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.
  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] TARGET PLACEMENT: On all 50 yard berms, use short target frames when shooting from a bench, sitting, kneeling or prone positions. Tall frames are to be used when shooting from the standing position. (Exception to this rule for competitions under controlled conditions.) Short frames may also be used for those shooters of smaller stature (example: ladies and children) from the standing position if a taller frame creates risk of rounds going over the berm.
  6. [B]Tall frames must always be used on the Rifle Range for targets placed from 75 to 200 yards.
  7. [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.
  8. [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.
  9. [M] EYE & EAR PROTECTION: Ear and eye protection is mandatory for all personnel on or near the firing line, including Guests and Spectators.
  10. [M] BERMS: In order to prevent erosion, no one is allowed on the berms (backstops) or banks.
  11. [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.
  12. [M] SPECTATORS: All children and spectators shall remain behind the firing line.
  13. [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.
  14. [B] STEEL TARGETS: Steel targets may be used on all ranges, but they must be placed immediately in front of the berm.
  15. [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. [B] Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Never allow the muzzle to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  2. [B] Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. [B] All firearms must be unloaded, with actions open, until ready to fire on the firing line and the range is hot.

    Definition of unloaded – the action is open and no live ammunition in the firearm whether in the chamber or attached magazine. Single action revolvers will be empty with the loading gate open, hammer down on an empty chamber.

  4. [B] Firearms will NOT be loaded, touched or handled while:
    1. a “Cease Fire” condition is in effect or
    2. when people are down range.
  5. [B] The command “Cease Fire” will be immediately obeyed by everyone on the firing line.
  6. [B] Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. Think first. Shoot second.
  7. [M] Ear and eye protection is mandatory.
  8. [B] Handguns, shotguns, (firing slugs only) center-fire rifle, or muzzleloaders (all club approved firearms) may be fired on the Pistol Range, Bay 1, 50 yard berm only. Bays 2 and 3 are for all rim fire firearms, centerfire handguns and rifles firing straight wall pistol cartridges only. (cowboy cartridges OK). High power rifles and shotguns are NOT allowed on the 25 yard berm
  9. [M] Shooters may fire at any distance from a berm, but must yield to any shooter that wants to shoot from a longer
    distance or under the cover.
  10. [B] Be sure that all shots are hitting the backstop/berm. Steel targets and any low targets must be set immediately in front of the berm and away from the concrete walls to prevent ricochets from leaving the range. No round should ever leave the Range!
  11. [B] Paper targets may be placed on the backers and hung from the ropes/cables provided on the 10 yard, 25 yard and 50 yard
    berms. It is also acceptable to use paper targets at the base of the berm. DO NOT PLACE TARGETS ON OR IN FRONT
    OF THE POSTS THAT HOLD THE ROPES/CABLES. NO STEEL TARGETS ALLOWED ON THE 10 YARD BERM.  USE OF PORTABLE TARGET STANDS IS NO LONGER PERMITTED ON THE PISTOL BAYS (exception for bay 3 with special endorsement)
  12. [B] Clay birds should be placed on the berm. No flying clay birds are allowed on the Pistol Range.
  13. [B] No shooting at glass bottles. You can shoot at plastic bottles and cans provided they are placed in the designated areas.
  14. [B] Clean up the area before leaving ~ pick up trash, brass, ammo boxes, etc. and put them in the proper trash containers. Leave the range better than you found it.
  15. [E] DO NOT SHOOT THE CONCRETE WALLS. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN EXPULSION. THERE WILL BE NO SECOND CHANCES.

IV. Pistol Range 3 Special Rules

Please note: THESE RULES ONLY PERTAIN TO PISTOL BAY 3. HOWEVER, ALL OTHER CLUB RULES ARE TO BE FOLLOWED WITH EXCEPTIONS LISTED BELOW.

ONLY THOSE MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY A DSA RSO CORE COMMITTEE MEMBER MAY USE PISTOL BAY 3 IN THE MANNER(S) LISTED BELOW. MEMBERS RECEIVING THIS ENDORSEMENT WILL BE GIVEN A STICKER SHOWING THEY HAVE RECEIVED THIS TRAINING AND ENDORSEMENT.

Pistol bay 3 may still be used by any club member following all of the regular club rules.

However, if a member that holds the endorsement wishes to use Pistol Bay 3 under these special rules, the non-endorsed member must move to another bay. Members holding the endorsement have priority in this case.

  1. [B] All steel targets must be placed in such a manner that in the case a shot misses the steel, the round impacts the BACK berm without skipping off the range/floor surface.
  2. [B] Steel targets are not to be engaged at closer than 21 feet.
  3. [B] Any steel targets used, must be in good condition and be without dimples, craters or any deformations that would cause large bullet fragments to pose a danger to people up range.
  4. Any paper/cardboard target that is typical for the discipline(s) may be used.
  5. [B] All paper targets are to be set in such a way that all rounds fired will impact a berm without skipping off of the range floor/surface, regardless of distance or angle.
  6. [B] Tops of paper/cardboard targets that are set against the side berms must be no higher than 4 feet.
  7. [B] Targets will not be engaged at an angle greater than 160 degrees up range of the back berm.
  8. [B] Rules for muzzle control are the same as for all members on all other ranges.
  9. [M] Rules pertaining to eye and hearing protection as outlined in the general club rules must be followed.
  10. [B] All other rules pertaining to the safe handling of firearms for  each discipline (SASS, USPSA, Steel Challenge) are to be followed.
  11. Everyone on the range, acting as an instructor, student, training partner, observer, member etc., must abide by all of these rules.
  12. [M] After using the bay under the special rules, members must remove all props, targets, target stands, sticks etc. so that all other members may use the bay under all regular club rules.
  13. [M] Please dispose of any trash properly in the trash cans.
  14. [M] PLEASE PICKUP AND REMOVE ALL BRASS, LIVE ROUNDS AND DUD ROUNDS FROM THE RANGE WHEN FINISHED. The only exception to this is empty rim fire brass.
  15. Some equipment may be provided by the club and is stored in the small shed behind Bay 3. However, endorsed members should be prepared to supply their own equipment.
  16. [M] Any club member or guest may use Bay 3 under these special rules provided they are under the direct supervision of a member with the Pistol Bay 3 Special Endorsement.

V. Rifle Range Rules (50 Yard Berm)

  1. [B] Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Never allow the muzzle to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  2. [B] Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. [B] All firearms must be unloaded, with actions open, until ready to fire on the firing line and the range is hot.

    Definition of unloaded – the action is open and no live ammunition in the firearm whether in the chamber or attached magazine.

  4. [B] Firearms will NOT be loaded, touched or handled while:
    1. a “Cease Fire” condition is in effect or
    2. when people are down range.
  5. [B] The command “Cease Fire” will be immediately obeyed by everyone on the firing line.
  6. [B] Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. Think first. Shoot second.
  7. [B] Be sure that all shots are hitting the backstop; no round should ever leave the Range!
  8. [M] Ear and eye protection is mandatory.
  9. [B] All club approved firearms are allowed on this range. Shotguns may only fire slugs on this range.
  10. [E] No full-auto or 50 caliber BMG allowed on Club property.
  11. [B] TARGET PLACEMENT: Target backers are to be hung from the rope/cables provided. Targets may also be placed at ground level, immediately in front of the berm. The club will still provide backers for members use, but members may bring their own backers to hang from the cables. DO NOT PLACE ANY TARGETS ON OR IN FRONT OF THE POLES HOLDING THE ROPE/CABLES.
  12. [B] Steel targets, cans, plastic bottles etc. may be used provided that they are placed immediately in front of the berm, below the level of the top rope. These types of targets are to be placed in the middle of the berm. KEEP THEM AWAY FROM THE CONCRETE WALLS.
  13. [E] DO NOT SHOOT THE CONCRETE WALLS. ANYONE SHOOTING THE CONCRETE WALLS WILL LOSE THEIR MEMBERSHIP. NO SECOND CHANCES.
  14. [B] Sighting-in must be done at the 50 yard rifle berm or Pistol Range, Bay 1 first before shooting at greater distances.
  15. [M] The position of the firing line will be established by the first shooter. Shooters may 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.
  16. [M] Clean up the area before leaving ~ pick up trash, targets, brass, ammo boxes, etc. and put them in the proper trash containers. Leave the range better than you found it!
  17. [M] Dud rounds are your responsibility. Take them home with you!

VI. Rifle Range Rules (75 - 200 Yard Berm)

  1. [B] Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Never allow the muzzle to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  2. [B] Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. [B] All firearms must be unloaded, with actions open, until ready to fire on the firing line and the range is hot.

    Definition of unloaded – the action is open and no live ammunition in the firearm whether in the chamber or attached magazine.

  4. [B] Firearms will NOT be loaded, touched or handled while:
    1. a “Cease Fire” condition is in effect or
    2. when people are down range.
  5. [B] The command “Cease Fire” will be immediately obeyed by everyone on the firing line.
  6. [B] Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. Think first. Shoot second.
  7. [B] Be sure that all shots are hitting the backstop; no round should ever leave the Range!
  8. [M] Ear and eye protection is mandatory.
  9. [B] All club approved firearms are allowed on this range. Shotguns must only use slugs on this range.
  10. [E] No full-auto or 50 caliber BMG allowed on Club property.
  11. [B] . TARGET PLACEMENT: Only the Tall/portable stands/frames are to be used when shooting paper targets from 75 to 200 yards. Any paper target used on these frames must fit within the 2 ft by 2 ft dimension of the backer. Lower targets must be placed against the 200 yard berm.
  12. [B] Steel targets shot at with High Power Rifles must be placed against the 200 yard berm.
  13. [B] Sighting-in must be done at the 50 yard rifle berm or Pistol Range, Bay 1 first before shooting at greater distance. The 50 yard berm (backstop) is located on the left side of the Rifle Range.
  14. [M] The firing line is established by the 1st shooter. Members may use the silhouette range per the rules listed under “CLUB AND RANGE RULES”. Use common courtesy in establishing the firing line as other shooters arrive. 30 minutes is the suggested time limit.
  15. [M] Clean up the area before leaving ~ pick up trash, brass, ammo boxes, etc. and put them in the proper trash containers. Leave the range better than you found it!
  16. [M] Dud rounds are your responsibility. Take them home with you!

VII. Shotgun-Specific Range Rules

Note: There is no dedicated shotgun range.

  1. [B] Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Never allow the muzzle to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  2. [B] Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. [B] All firearms must be unloaded, with actions open, until ready to fire on the firing line and the range is hot.

    Definition of unloaded – the action is open and no live ammunition in the firearm whether in the chamber or attached magazine.

  4. [B] Firearms will NOT be loaded, touched or handled while:
    1. a “Cease Fire” condition is in effect or
    2. when people are down range.
  5. [B] Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. Think first. Shoot second.
  6. [M] Ear and eye protection is mandatory.
  7. [B] The command “Cease Fire" will be immediately obeyed by everyone on the firing line.
  8. [B] Shotgun SLUG-ONLY shooting is allowed on the Rifle Ranges, and Bay 1 ONLY of the Pistol Range. Thrown clay birds are only to be shot at from the Silhouette Firing line on the rifle range.
  9. [B] TARGET PLACEMENT: On all 50 yard berms, paper targets are to be attached to backers hung from the ropes/cables or may be placed at ground level. DO NOT PLACE ANY TARGETS ON OR IN FRONT OF THE POSTS THAT HOLD THE ROPES/CABLES. Portable Tall frames must always be used on the 75 to 200 yard Rifle Range.
  10. [B] Be sure that all slugs are hitting the backstop/berm. No round should ever leave the Range!
  11. [B] The use of SHOT SHELLS ON thrown clay targets AND SHOTGUN PATERNING shall only be allowed on the rifle range from the Silhouette Firing line and beyond. For patterning shot shells, members must provide their own backers. Please use the Silhouette berms for this purpose.
  12. [B] Clay targets shall be targeted straight downrange ONLY. No cross direction target shall be thrown. No spent load, spent hull, clay target, or wad shall leave the range.
  13. [B] Targets (clays) that are unbroken should be retrieved and removed from the field.
  14. [B] For those firing from the silhouette firing line, please park your vehicle on the silhouette firing line so that your vehicle blocks the 200 yard berm and acts as a visible indicator that someone is down range.
  15. [M] The firing line is established by the 1st shooter. Members may use the silhouette firing line per rule 8 (above) However, use common courtesy as other shooters arrive that wish to use the rifle range from under the cover. 30 minutes is the suggested time limit.
  16. [M] Clean up the area before leaving ~ pick up trash, hulls, ammo boxes, etc. and put them in the proper trash
    containers. Leave the Range better than you found it.

VIII. Muzzle Loading-Specific Rules

  1. [B] Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Never allow the muzzle to point at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  2. [B] Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. [B] All firearms must be unloaded, with actions open, until ready to fire on the firing line and the range is hot.
    1. For Muzzleloaders only. The definition of unloaded shall be… “No powder or projectile will be present in the barrel.”
    2. Also:
      1. For flintlocks – no powder present in the flash pan and hammer down or at ½ cock.
      2. For in lines or those with a nipple – no primer or cap installed in the firearm.
  4. [B] Firearms will NOT be loaded, touched or handled while:
    1. a “Cease Fire” condition is in effect or
    2. when people are down range.
  5. [B] Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. Think first. Shoot second.
  6. [B] Be sure that all shots are hitting the backstop; no round should ever leave the Range!
  7. [B] Ear and eye protection is mandatory.
  8. [B] The command “Cease Fire will be immediately obeyed by everyone on the firing line.
  9. [M] Muzzleloading rifles may be fired on the Rifle Ranges or Pistol Range, Bay 1 ONLY. Muzzleloading pistols may be fired on all ranges.
  10. [B] TARGET PLACEMENT: On all 10, 25 and 50 yard berms, paper targets must be attached to the provided backers hung from the ropes. Portable Stands/Tall frames must always be used on the Rifle Range for targets placed from 75 to 200 yards.
  11. [B] For muzzle loading rifles, sighting-in must be done at the 50 yard berm on the rifle range, or Pistol Range, Bay 1 first before shooting at a greater distance.
  12. [B] Use only black powder or black powder substitute for those firearms that require it.
  13. [M] Keep powder containers closed/covered at all times except when loading.
  14. [M] You may load behind the firing line; charge/cap at the firing line.
  15. [M] Clear the area and ignite powder spills on the ground.
  16. [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.
  17. [B] No smoking at the firing line or the loading bench.
  18. [M] Clean up the area before leaving ~ pick up trash and put it in the proper trash containers. Leave the Range better than you found it.

IX. Silhouette Firing Line Rules

  1. [B] 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. Only those firearms that are typically used for the Silhouette competitions (rim fire and straight wall pistol cartridges only)
  2. [B] Shotguns firing ONLY SHOT SHELLS for thrown clays or patterning may be fired from the silhouette firing line. NO SLUGS. Members must provide their own target backers. Do not use the rifle backers from the shed.
  3. [B] Shotgun slugs and high power rifles are not allowed to shoot at the silhouette berms.
  4. [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.
  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.