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General     Sporting Clays     Pistol     Smallbore     Schuetzen
 

THESE SAFETY RULES DEPEND UPON COMMON SENSE, COURTESY, COOPERATION AND GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP

 Policy: 

Colorado Rifle Club (CRC) is committed to the safety and well-being of its members, their guests and employees.  To ensure the safety of all persons using or visiting our facility, Colorado Rifle Club approves the handling of only authorized and approved firearms by properly trained and qualified persons.

 Purpose:

This policy sets forth guidelines and procedures regulating the use of the Colorado Rifle Club ranges by members, their guests, and employees. This policy is not intended to create a contract of employment or to be construed to constitute contractual obligations of any kind between Colorado Rifle Club and any of its members, guests, or employees. Colorado Rifle Club retains the absolute right to modify or alter this policy based upon professional or business issues.

This policy should not be construed as creating a legal duty or a standard of safety or care. This policy is for internal use only and is not intended for use in any criminal or civil proceeding. Violations of this policy may form the basis for internal decisions within the Club by the Board of Directors. Only violations of the law may form the basis for civil or criminal sanctions in a recognized court.

Scope:

This policy applies to all Club members, guests, and employees seeking to utilize the Club’s Facilities. Members, guests, and employees must familiarize themselves with the contents of this policy and sign the Agreement of Release and Liability verifying that I have read and understand it, and approve of its contents.

This policy and the accompanying general and specific range rules apply in general to all activities on the CRC property. The ONLY exceptions to this protocol and rules may occur where the conditions of an ORGANIZED event, competition or training program, conducted under the supervision of competent range staff, require Variations from the protocol; and specific rules are NOT PERMITTED when the shooting is not organized and conducted under competent supervision, e. g., individual practice.

Definitions:

1.  For CRC purposes, a Target is a man-made, non-glass article that is temporarily placed, or thrown, into position for the shooting. Therefore, glass bottles, cans, rocks, target numbers, target frames, animals, buildings, permanent fixtures, and other objects are not targets.

2.  Clear Firing Line: A firing line is clear when, and only when, all firearms' actions are open with bolts removed or an open bolt indicator placed in the chamber, or racked or cased and all shooters acknowledge that the line is "clear" by stepping back and remaining behind  their firing point and equipment. Firearms of any kind may not be handled in any way while a firing line is in “clear” status and people are forward of the firing line. There are eight ranges on the property and each of those ranges accommodates one to several different sports. Each sport has certain customs or conventions peculiar to that sport. It is the participant’s responsibility to be familiar with those customs and conduct him/herself in a safe manner at all times.

3.  Range Officer: During organized events a Range Officer will be designated by the Match Director. One or more assistant range officers may be designated as needed. Such range officers and assistants may or may not wear an armband, hat, badge or some other identifying symbol. It is the shooter’s duty to know who the Range Officer is at any time and obey his firing line commands to the letter. Firing line commands and procedures may vary with the customs and conditions of the sport in question at any time.

During casual practice, the first CRC member arriving at a firing line is the “Acting Range Officer” (ARO) so long as he/she is present. The ARO is responsible for the safe operation of the range at all times. He/she will among other things: call “cease firing” as needed for target changes; ascertain that the firing line is “clear” before permitting shooters to go forward; be certain that all shooters are behind the firing line before permitting firing to resume; and manage the general operation and decorum of that firing line. All other shooters must, on arrival, determine who is the Acting Range Officer and obey all firing line commands of that person. When an ARO leaves the range he/she will designate another shooter to succeed as ARO and be certain that that individual is aware of the change.

4. Matches have precedence: Scheduled tournaments have precedence for the use of the range during the time that the tournament is in progress. Casual shooters may be accommodated at the discretion of the Match Director if there is space available and the casual shooter does not disturb or interfere with the tournament shooters. If a match extends beyond one day, it may be necessary to preserve the range and target setup overnight and the match director may close the range even after the match has finished for the day. Match Director’s phone numbers and email addresses are listed on the annual club calendar. Call the appropriate MD for specific information.

 

GENERAL RANGE RULES:

The following general rules apply to all persons who are on CRC property for any purpose, and at all times. There are additional rules specific to each of the ranges, and all persons must be familiar with and observe those range specific rules as well.

1.  Treat ALL firearms as though they are loaded and ready to fire until YOU have ascertained otherwise. Never point any firearm at anything that you do NOT want to shoot. Know what is located behind your intended target.

2.  All firearms must be unloaded and safely cased when transferring from a vehicle to the firing line or from the firing line to a vehicle.

3.  When uncasing a firearm at the firing line ACTIONS MUST BE OPENED and the firearm carried with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, normally straight up. Some ranges or events require an open bolt safety indicator be inserted into the open action. Muzzle loading firearms are excempted from the actions open rule but must be unloaded.

4.  Wearing handguns in Holsters is PROHIBITED on CRC property.           

NOTE: Exceptions to wearing handguns in holsters on CRC property are: Law enforcement officers in uniform.  On the East Range only, shooters are authorized to carry guns in holsters while participating in, or practicing for, organized events such as USPSA Pistol, Steel Challenge, Zoot, Cowboy Action, etc.

5. “QUICK DRAW” handgun practice or shooting is PROHIBITED on CRC property.

6.  All wildlife is protected on club grounds under the terms of our special use permit from Adams County. Hunting and dog training is forbidden.

7.  Dogs allowed only on restraint and at owners risk.

8.  Alcoholic beverages are allowed in designated areas for special events. Alcohol may only be consumed after all shooting is completed for the day, and all firearms are unloaded, cased and placed in vehicles or otherwise secured. Alcohol may not be consumed on or near to any firing lines while shooting is in progress.

9.  Persons under 18 years of age may shoot only when supervised by a responsible adult.

10.  Members bringing a guest are responsible for that person and must accompany them at all times on CRC property.

11.  Drive only on designated roads and park only in marked parking areas.

12.  The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

13.  Be extremely careful with fire. Do not burn trash or drive through dry grass because the heat of car exhausts may start fires.

14.  The nearest emergency fire and medical responders are in Byers and it will take at least half an hour for assistance to arrive at the range. Note that some cell phones will not access the Byers 911 number. Signs are posted around the property with the 10 digit number for Byers fire and medical assistance. Always use that number when calling for assistance.
   Action: Send someone to meet the emergency responders at the road gate to lead them to the accident or fire.
       Byers Fire Department                                     303 822-5222
       Byers Medical and Ambulance                          303 822-5353
       Adams County Sheriff Emergency Dispatch     303-288-1535

15.  Please remove your trash and waste from the property. We have no trash pickup and there is no waste water dump station on the property. Please pick up your fired brass.

16.  Each range is designed for certain firearms. For safety reasons it is essential that only the designated firearms be used. Refer to the individual range rules for each range.

  • 50 cal. BMG (Browning Machine Gun) cartridges are PROHIBITED on any range.
    Any caliber lead or sabot bullet from a muzzleloader or black powder firearm is permitted.
  • FULL AUTOMATIC FIRING is PROHIBITED. This also includes “BUMP FIRING”, “FAST FIRE STOCKS”, and “HELL FIRE TRIGGER PULLING DEVICES.”
  • TRACER, INCENDIARY OR EXPLOSIVE BULLETS are PROHIBITED.
  • ARMOR PIERCING BULLETS are PROHIBITED.
  • EXPLODING OR PYROTECHNIC TARGETS are PROHIBITED.
  • BLACK POWDER CANNONS are PROHIBITED.

17.  Arrange your firing point so that you fire straight downrange (do not fire diagonally across any range) and be sure that all shots impact the backstop. Firing is permitted ONLY ON THE DESIGNATED RANGES and is forbidden elsewhere on the property.

18.  It is the duty of all persons using the CRC facility to know, understand and observe these rules as well as common sense safety precautions at all times when handling firearms. Willful violation of these rules is grounds for immediate expulsion from the range and the club.

19. Shooting while moving is PROHIBITED on any range, except for authorized events and organized training sessions on the East range ONLY, under the supervision of a qualified Match Director/Instructor.

20. Hours of Operation: The ranges are open and may be used during daylight hours at any time of the year.  Shooting after dark is not permitted.

21LEAVE the gate as you find it. (i.e., if open when you arrive, leave open when you leave)

22.  In accordance with Colorado State Law on gun sales, any sale of a firearm arranged on the Colorado Rifle Club property must be completed by a Federally licensed firearms dealer.  CRC has arranged for the following FFL dealer to complete sales in accordance with existing laws:  
                     W-2 Enterprises       Bill Stark        303-771-4593             

NOTE:  Certain range rules may be waived during Scheduled Events held under the supervision of Qualified Match Directors.

 

SPORTING CLAYS RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the shotgun or sporting clays range area.

1. This range is limited to SHOTGUNS ONLY. Rifles or pistols of any kind are not permitted.

2. Shotshells only are permitted and shot must be No. 6 or smaller lead shot. Do not use magnum loads because this is a small area and heavy shot with high powered loads could leave the CRC property. Rifled slugs may be fired on the Schuetzen range.

3. Fire only in the area of the established traps. Do not shoot in the parking lot, the area around the range buildings or in the area west of the established traps. That area is reserved for archery and wildlife habitat.

4. Pick up your fired shells and dispose of them in the barrels provided.

5. Shoot ONLY clay targets. For practice shooters must bring their own supply of clay targets. Do not shoot at wildlife, cans, bottles or other informal targets.

6. When using the pattern boards, shooters must provide their own paper and supplies.

7. Keep vehicles on the established roads to avoid getting stuck in the soft sand which prevails in the area.

8. Be very careful with the traps. The trap arm can cause serious injury.

9. The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

 

PISTOL RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the Pistol range area.

1. Bullets escaping from this range have impacted in the ranch house area. Therefore, this range is restricted to HANDGUNS ONLY and only those handguns firing straight cases. Bottleneck cartridges or handguns firing rifle type cartridges may not be fired on this range but may be fired on the Schuetzen or Silhouette ranges.

2. RIFLES, CARBINES OR SHOTGUNS of any kind are PROHIBITED on this range.

3. Be sure that all shots impact the backstop. Be aware of ricochets and if ricochets are heard, change your target or position so as to eliminate them. Do not shoot across the range.

4. “QUICK DRAW’ shooting or practicing is PROHIBITED.

5. Shoot only at PAPER targets mounted on a proper frame. Targets and target frames are available in the range shed.

6. Shooting at STEEL targets or gongs is PROHIBITED.

7. Cans, bottles and other trash are not authorized targets and are PROHIBITED.

8. All handguns must be carried unloaded with the actions open and magazines out.

9. Wearing handguns in Holsters is PROHIBITED on CRC property.          

NOTE: Exceptions to wearing handguns in holsters on CRC property are: Law enforcement officers in uniform.  On the East Range only, shooters are authorized to carry guns in holsters while participating in, or practicing for, organized events such as USPSA Pistol, Steel Challenge, Zoot, Cowboy Action, etc.

10. During cease fire periods all handguns must be benched with magazines out, cylinders open, and slides locked open. If cylinders cannot be opened or slides cannot be locked back, a dowel, open bolt safety indicator or some other positive device must be inserted in the action to prevent firing. All shooters must step away from the firing line and handguns may not be handled.

11. The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

12. Pick up your brass and dispose of it properly. Remove fired targets and take them away with you. Remove all your trash and waste.

 

SMALLBORE RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the Smallbore range area.

1. Bullets escaping from this range may have impacted in the ranch house area. Therefore, this range is restricted to ordinary velocity 22 CAL RIM FIRE RIFLES ONLY. Center fire 22 cal. and smaller cartridges as well as 22 magnum, 17 HMR or hyper velocity rim fire cartridges may be used on the Schuetzen range. Only single shot or bolt action rifles should be used. Magazine or multiple round loading in not permitted on this range because of the danger that a live cartridge might be overlooked in a magazine.

2. Use only paper targets on the frames available in the target shed. Use provided spring clips to mount targets. Do not use staples or tacks in the target frames. They are hard to remove and may cause injury.

3. Be sure all shots impact the backstop. Rifles must be pointed at the backstop before closing the action. Beware of ricochets and if ricochets occur change your position or target to eliminate them.

4. Actions or bolts must be open at all times except when firing. During cease fire periods, rifles should be in racks or cases or laid flat on the ground. Step away from the firing line. Do not handle rifles for any purpose while persons are downrange.

5. The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

6. Pick up your brass and dispose of it in the containers in the target shed or on the line. Remove fired targets and take them away with you. Remove all your trash and wastes.

 

SCHUETZEN RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the Schuetzen range area.

1. Any safe rifle or pistol may be used on this range EXCEPT 50 cal BMG and shotguns firing shotshells (buckshot). Shotguns firing rifled slugs may be used.

2. Shoot ONLY at PAPER targets properly posted on the target frames. Targets are available in the shed at the west end of the Smallbore firing line, the pistol range shed or the high power range pit. Do not post targets across the horizontal center bar of the target frame. There is a frame member behind that bar that will be destroyed by bullets. Do not shoot at the legs or other structural parts of the frame.

3. Shooting at STEEL targets or gongs is PROHIBITED.

4. When using the short distance target frames on the west end of the range, be sure that they are not aligned with each other or with another frame at the 100 yard line.

5. Be sure that all shots impact one of the two backstops. When shooting at 100 yards, especially in the prone position, be sure that shots do not impact near the top of the backstop. This causes ricochets. If you hear ricochets, adjust your position or target to eliminate them.

6. During cease fire periods all firearms must be unloaded, magazines out, actions open with bolts removed or an open bolt indicator placed in the chamber, or racked or cased. Firearms may be left on the benches unloaded, magazines out, actions open with bolts removed or an open bolt indicator placed in the chamber.

All shooters must step away from their firing point and equipment to a point behind the yellow line. Handling any firearm while persons are downrange is PROHIBITED. This includes moving firearms from vehicles to the benches or racks.

7. The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

8. Pick up your brass and dispose of it in the barrels on the line. Remove fired targets and carry your trash away with you.

9. RED SAFETY FLAG MUST BE RAISED (located at east end of the 100 yard line) when shooting at 200 yards.  LOWERED and put away at the end of shooting.   Acting Range Officer (ARO) will be certain all shooters have returned and are behind the firing line before permitting firing to resume.

 10. During scheduled matches – range is CLOSED to casual shooting.

 

HIGH POWER RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the High Power Range area.

1. Any safe rifle may be used on this range EXCEPT 50 cal BMG.

 “Range in Use” RED SAFETY PENNANTS MUST BE RAISED opposite the west end of the 1000 yard firing line and on top of the west end of the backstop BEFORE any firing begins regardless of the distance in use.

2. Range Use Preference:

  • On even numbered dates shooters firing short ranges, i.e., 200, 300 or 600 yards, have preference for use of the range.
  • On odd numbered dates shooters firing long ranges, i.e., 600 to 1000 yards have preference for use of the range.
  • Shooters wishing to fire on non preference dates, for example 300 yard shooting on an odd number date, may do so if no long range shooters are present. On arrival, a preference date shooter must give the other a reasonable time to finish his string and clear the line.
  • On any preference day, shooters wishing to fire at different ranges, for example 200 and 300 yards, must work it out among themselves.

3. If both bench rest and prone shooters are present at the 1000 yard firing line, the groups must segregate themselves at opposite ends of the firing line, preferably bench rest shooters to the left (west) and prone shooters to the right (east).

4. During cease fire periods all rifles must be grounded or racked with the actions open and magazines removed. Very heavy bench rest rifles may be left on the benches with the bolts removed.  Open bolt indicators should be put into the open actions. Do not handle any firearms for any reason during cease fires. All targets must be pulled down into the pits during cease fires.

5. The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

6. The high power range is heavily used. Note that rifles of this class may also be fired on the Silhouette range to 500 meters or on the Schuetzen range at 100 or 200 yards.

7. Any supplemental target not mounted on the Pit Target Frames, MUST BE placed on the impact area of the backstop. Placing any target in front of or on the pit building is PROHIBITED.

 

HIGH POWER PIT RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the High Power Range pit area.

1. TARGETS MUST BE DOWN whenever persons are changing from firing line to pit duty or are outside the pit for any reason. Targets will be raised only on the “commence fire” command unless particular match conditions require other exposure of the targets. ALL PERSONS MUST BE INSIDE the pit before targets are raised for any reason.

2. Do not leave the pit for any reason, except to the rest room, during any time that targets are raised.

3. On completion of firing:

  • Lower target and remove target from the carrier. Place it against the south wall to prevent rain from destroying the cardboard backing. 
  • Close the observation window and be sure it is latched
  • Close the sliding cover and be sure that the lock pin is engaged to prevent wind damage. 
  • If there are no others present, be sure the pit doors are closed and locked.

4. On completion of match operations be sure that there are several target boards accessible in the pit for practice firing, together with target faces, glue, pasters, spotters, etc.

5. The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

6. Pick up trash and keep the pit area clean and the steps free of debris and obstructions.

 

SILHOUETTE RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the Silhouette range.

1. Any safe firearm or handgun may be used on this range.

2. ARMOR PIERCING BULLETS and TRACERS are PROHIBITED. They will destroy targets, target stands and start fires.

3.  Shotguns are PROHIBITED on this range.

4.  The East side if the range is for .22 Rimfire shooting only.

5. During practice shooters must provide their own targets except that some gong targets are in place on the range. Shooters may bring frames, so long as they are placed so that shots impact a backstop.

6. Bottles, cans, and other trash are not authorized targets and are PROHIBITED. Any target material brought to the range MUST be removed from the range.

7. The several small backstops at the east side of the range are restricted to .22 Rimfire only.

8. During cease fire periods all firearms must be unloaded, magazines out, actions open with bolts removed or an open bolt indicator placed in the chamber. No firearms may be handled while persons are downrange. Be sure that all persons are behind the firing line before shooting.

9. Be certain that all shots impact a backstop. Beware of ricochets and if any are heard, change position or target to eliminate them.

10. The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

11. Pick up trash and brass and dispose of it properly. Keep the range area clean.

12. Do not move the equipment tables.

13. During scheduled matches – range is CLOSED to casual shooting.

 

EAST RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on CRC property, the following rules are specific to the East Range area.

1.  All firing must be done from locations completely enclosed by the side berms.  Firing from points outside the berms is not permitted.

2.  The wear of Eye and Ear protection is MANDATORY for everyone on or near a firing line or while shooting is in progress in a berm.  This applies to shooters and spectators.

3.  Walking or climbing on the berms is PROHIBITED.

4. Shooting while moving is PROHIBITED on any range, except for authorized events and organized training sessions on the East range ONLY, under the supervision of a qualified Match Director/Instructor.

5.  All targets must be placed as close as possible to the rear backstop, so rounds will impact in the rear backstop.  Shooters are encouraged to use the target frames provided. 

6.  All rounds fired must impact in the rear backstop.  Shooting into the side berms is PROHIBITED

7.  Firing high power rifles on STEEL targets is PROHIBITED.  High power rifles are restricted to PAPER targets only.  High power rifles are defined as rifles using a bottleneck cartridge firing jacketed bullets.

NOTE:  A steel gong is provided for casual shooters on the 200 yard range. High power rifles may be used on this gong ONLY. Restrictions against shooting steel targets with high power rifles on all other berms still apply.

8.  CRC stores steel targets on the East range.  Those targets are for use in approved matches ONLY.  Steel targets are NOT provided for casual target practice.

9.  Bottles, cans, and other trash are not authorized targets and are PROHIBITED.

NOTE:  Certain range rules (such as shooting into the side berms, for example) may be waived during SCHEDULED EVENTS held under the supervision of QUALIFIED Match Directors.

 

ARCHERY RANGE RULES

In addition to the General Range Rules which apply everywhere on the CRC property, the following rules are specific to the shotgun or sporting clays range area.

1. This range is limited to Handheld bows. Rifles or pistols of any kind are not permitted.

2. The use of razorheads or hunting tips is not permitted

3. Shoot at designated targets only (no shooting at adjacent targets).

4. Covered targets shall be recovered after shooting is finished.

5. Range "in use" flag should be raised when the range is in use. Since it is not always possible to see other shooters on the range, this is a safety precaution.

6. Donation boxes are located at the static range and the 3d range. Recommended donations are $2.00 for the static range and $8.00 at the 3d range. These donations will help us maintain and improve the range for the benefit of our archery shooters.

7. Keep vehicles on the established roads to avoid getting stuck in the soft sand which prevails in the area.

8. The archery range will be closed during sporting clays shoots for safety reasons.
 

 

 

 
     
 

 

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