Range Rules & Procedure

Shooting Locations & Types of Targets

  1. When shooting any gun that fires a single projectile (rifle, shotgun w/slugs, handgun, muzzle loader, air rifle, etc.) the only place that targets may be posted are on the 25yd, 50yd, or 100yd target boards on the main range or on the target boards in the pistol bunker.
  2. When shooting bows or crossbows targets (foam, 3-D, etc.) are to be placed down range and shots are to be taken from the firing line on the main range. Bow shooters may also shoot out back by the tower directing shots toward the railroad tracks.
  3. When shooting shot shells (#7 ½ shot or smaller) at clay targets you may: (A) Shoot from the firing line of the main range or the pistol bunker directing your shot down range. (If there is nobody else on the range you may shoot from any location between the firing line and the 100yd. backstop as long as your shots are directed away from the firing line.) (B) You may also use shot shells (#7 ½ shot or smaller) from the tower located in the back area of the range. Shots should be taken so they are not in the direction of the Front Range or towards the road. (C) When shooting shot larger than #7 ½ you must be on the firing line of the main range or pistol bunker firing downrange into the backstops.
  4. At no time are any targets or other objects to be shot at on the outside of the pistol bunker backstop or its side wings.
  5. On the 25, 50, and 100 yd. target boards you are to use only paper targets stapled to the target boards. Do not place targets on the target boards directly in front of any of the wooden parts of the target frames.
  6. Swinger type targets may be used but should be placed at the base in front of the target board, not out in the open. Always make sure you have a backstop behind the target.
  8. At no time are any glass or pottery items to be shot at on the range.
  9. ONLY shot shells with #7 1/2 shot or smaller are to be used on the patterning plate located in the back field by the tower.
  10. Anyone caught shooting in non-designated areas or directions or at buildings or unapproved targets will face immediate dismissal from the club and possible prosecution.
  11. No shooting before 07:30 AM Monday thru Saturday, or 12:00 Noon on Sunday.
  12. There is no shooting after sunset, as established by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources timetables.

Covered Firing Line

  1. The front edge (side towards the back stops) of the cover on the main range is considered the firing line. When shooting on the main range this is the line you are to shoot from. Not in front or back of.
  2. Firearms are to be carried muzzle up while on the range.
  3. Loading your firearms: (A) You may load muzzle loaders at the bench or table but you may not cap or prime until you are at the firing line. (B) You may load detachable magazines or clips at the bench or table but you are not to put them in the firearm until you have reached the firing line and have the muzzle pointed down range. (C) Non-detachable magazines, tube magazines or single shots may not be loaded until at the firing line with the muzzle pointed down range.  (D) No round is ever to be chambered unless you are on the firing line with the muzzle pointing down range.
  4. Any person at the range with you that is not actively involved with your shooting is to stay back behind the spectator line.  The spectator line is the cut in the concrete that runs the length of the middle of the covering.
  5. There is NO SMOKING allowed under the covered firing line while black powder is present.
  6. When anyone is down range the orange cone or the flashing overhead lights must be activated, allowing arriving new shooters to recognize that someone is indeed down range.
  7. When anyone is down range of the firing line all weapons will be unloaded with the action open and racked or cased on the rifle range. All weapons will be unloaded with the action open and tabled or cased in the pistol bunker. No one is to handle a firearm when members are down range!!!


  1. Camping, for members with a guest is permitted on the club grounds. Do not put your campsite down range of the firing line. Be aware of days when we are having club sponsored shoots. Tend to any fire you start and make sure it is out and filled in before leaving camp. Camping is limited to 1 week.

Work Days

  1. Periodically there will be work days scheduled to do construction, repairs or routine maintenance on the grounds. Normally these will be in the monthly newsletter.

Procedures for Handling of Club Monies (Effective 3/2/2011)

  1. Dues will be turned in to the Club Treasurer as soon as possible, but no later than the next club meeting.
  2. Weekly scheduled shoots, profit monies will be turned in to the Club Treasurer as soon as possible, but no later than the next club meeting.
  3. Monthly scheduled shoots, profit monies will be turned in to the Club Treasurer as soon as possible, but no later than the next club meeting.
  4. Specialty shoots, profit monies will be turned in to the Club Treasurer as soon as possible, but no later than the next club meeting.
  5. The Chairperson of any of the outlined shoots, 1-4, must report to the club meeting the outcome of your shoot each month, and make a full report and turn in all monies following the last shoot of the season.
  6. If monies are needed before a scheduled shoot, a request must be made at a club meeting prior to the first shoot. The membership will vote on the request, and if approved, the monies will be disbursed. The disbursed amount can be held by the shoot Chairperson throughout the season to purchase supplies as needed. Profits above this amount and all spending receipts must be turned in to the Club Treasurer no later than the next club meeting following each shoot.
  7. The Club Treasurer must have receipts for all expenses.

The Constitution

The purpose of the Brokenlock Longrifles Club is to carry on the sport of marksmanship, and do it in a safe and fun manner. We want to always remember all the people who have contributed so much to the club and help to preserve this fine sport.

Original Founders 1983:

  • Tom Armentrout
  • Chris Armentrout
  • Gary Gable
  • Scott Mykrantz
  • Jim Parhamovich
  • Dave Swartz
  • Glenn Turner


These BYLAWS are rules and regulations for safety and competition of firearms as of April 6th, 2011. 

Firearms and Ammunition:

  1. Use of any type of legal firearm (long gun or handgun) is permitted on the range except, fully automatic weapons or weapons capable of firing the .50BMG cartridge.
  2. Other items allowed are; - Bows, Crossbows, Air guns, Knife or Tomahawk.
  3. It is expected that any firearm or ammunition you bring to the range is both in safe working order and legal.
  4. Black powder or manufacturers recommended propellant only are to be used in muzzleloaders.
  5. No tracer ammunition of any kind may be used on the range or in the pistol bunker.


  1. You must be a paid member in good standing for a minimum of 2 consecutive years to be eligible to hold an elected office.
  2. New officers will be nominated at the October meeting and elected annually at the November meeting.
  3. Officers hold position from January to January and take office at our annual banquet.
  4. Officers to be elected and their function: (A) PRESIDENT – to run the matters of the club. (B) VICE-PRESIDENT – to aid the president and to serve as Head Range Officer. The member serving as Vice-President shall have completed and passed a certified NRA Range Safety Officer course. Any member elected to serve as Vice-President that is not certified, will have 60 days after the club banquet to take and pass a certified NRA RSO class. The member will be expected to keep their NRA RSO credentials up to date and current throughout their term as Vice-President. If the member fails to fulfill these requirements, a stand-in will be appointed by the officers, and a special election will be held within 60 days for a replacement. (C) TREASURER – to handle all money, write all checks, and pay all bills, keeping the club’s money and records in proper order; (D) SECRETARY – to record the minutes of each meeting. (E) MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY – to maintain membership records.
  5. Duties of Range Officer: (A) To keep firing line and loading areas safe at all times, and run shoots according to all rules set forth by the club. (B) There is to be at least one Range Officer, more may be used and appointed by the Head Range Officer or volunteers may be used. (C) Must be present on firing line during shoots. (D) At club sponsored shoots, Range Officers must wear an orange hat or vest at all times. (E) Range Officer will supervise all range activities and his decisions are final.


  1. Requirements for membership are as follows: (A) Annual dues run from July 1st through June 30th. (B) Brokenlock Longrifles Inc. has a cap of 250 roster spots, with an additional 50 spots available to family members only. Maximum membership will not exceed 300 members at anytime. (C) New members are required to pay the current annual dues (1/2 the current annual dues if joining January 1stthrough June 30th) plus a background check fee. Assuming the member keeps their membership current, dues will be at the annual rate per year after that. If the member lets their membership lapse, they are subject to the background check fee, along with the annual dues, to rejoin. Remember if you pay your dues after June 30th you are late! On July 1st your roster spot will be given to the next available applicant on the waiting list. (D) A hold or freeze may be placed on your membership if extraordinary circumstances arise i.e.… illness, job requirements, Military Service etc. To apply for a hold or freeze you must contact an Officer of the club, and they will submit your request to the membership for a vote, remember, a hold or freeze is only temporary and its length of time is determined by the membership in each case. (E) Once the 250 member limit is reached all new applicants will go on a first come first available waiting list. When a spot comes open the Membership Secretary will contact the applicant next on the list and proceed with their background check and application submittal procedures. (F) Membership applications require a sponsoring member. A sponsoring member must be a current member, in good standing, who has been a member for a minimum of 2 years prior to sponsoring the new member. (G) A photo copy of your current state issued identification and current NRA card are required with your dues and background check payment when joining and must be included when renewing. (H) Membership entitles the member, their spouse and dependent children to use the range and facilities properly when in the company of the current member.(I) You must be 18 years old to be a member, anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by a paid member. (J) Family memberships are subject to the same application procedures as any other member, however; if they are applying for one of the 50 provisional memberships after our 250 cap is reached they must: (a) Have their sponsoring family member submit, in writing, a request to the Membership Secretary for admittance of an immediate family membership. (Mother, father, sister, brother, etc…) Once the authenticity of family is established the application will be submitted to the membership for approval and membership vote. (b) The sponsoring family member must meet the same criteria as any other sponsor. (c) If the family membership extends the roster past the 250 cap then only family provisional memberships will be accepted until the roster falls below 250 again. (K) Prospective new members are subject to the approval of the Head Range Officer, or appointed Officer, after orientation and a firearms proficiency exercise. (L) Membership may be revoked at anytime by a consensus of the Officers or by a majority vote of members present at the meeting. (M) Dues payments are non-refundable.
  2. Lifetime Memberships: (A) Minimum criteria for Life Membership: (1) Must have been a member in good standing for a minimum of 5 consecutive years; and (2) Must have served as an Officer or helped with one of the club programs for a minimum of two consecutive years. (B) Application for Life Membership. (1) The application/request for Life Membership must be submitted and received at a club meeting prior to the first meeting in June. (C) Voting on Life Membership. (1) Only current Life Members may vote on an applicant's Life Membership request. The applicant must be approved by a majority of the current Life Members present at the meeting. (a) All current Life Members must be notified of who is to be voted on for Life Membership prior to the first meeting in June. (b) Voting will occur at the first meeting in June. (c) Balloting shall be by written ballot. (D) Dues for Life Membership. (1) Life Membership dues are ten (10) times the rate of the current annual dues at the time the application/request was submitted per Section B-1. (2) Dues for Life Membership are to be paid in one of the two methods below in D-2 or D-2-b: (a) In whole upon acceptance as a Life Member; or (b) A conditional Life Membership can be paid in four semiannual payments with the first payment being due upon acceptance as a Life Member. However, the Life Member privileges won't be applicable until after the final payment has been made. (1) Any and all payments towards a Life Membership are non-refundable. (E) Revocation of Life Membership. (1) Membership shall be immediately revoked if any member is found guilty of a felony in a court of law in the United States of America. (2) The Life Membership of a deceased Life Member shall not be conveyed to any other person or entity.


  1. Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month unless otherwise notified. Meetings start at 7:00 PM and are held in the basement at the First National bank in Smithville. We encourage everyone to attend the meetings, as that is the time when we make the decisions that affect the club. 


  1. A monthly newsletter will be E-Mailed to you and is available to you on our web site at www.brokenlocklongrifles.org with club news, highlights of recent meetings and all club programs. 

Club Grounds:

  1. The club owns the property the range is located on. The property is roughly situated between the railroad tracks and the creek, from Leichty Rd. to the end of the woods. As a member you may use the grounds to target shoot (in designated areas), fish, camp, walk, bird watch, etc.
  2. There is no hunting on the club grounds.
  3. There is no recreational motorcycle, snowmobile or ATV riding on the club grounds.
  4. If you enter the range and there is already a vehicle(s) here but nobody around, be conscious of the fact they are there.

Railroad tracks:

  1. Whenever there is traffic of any kind (train, maintenance vehicle, pedestrians, etc.) on the railroad tracks, ALL shooting will come to a stop until the traffic has left the area.


  1. As a member you are allowed to bring a guest to the range. There is a limit to the number of times you may bring the same guest. You may bring a guest to the range twice, after which they are obligated to become a member themselves. Remember, while you have a guest on the range they are YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. They are expected to follow the same rules of the range that any ordinary member would have to follow. Destructive or inappropriate behavior by a guest is the responsibility of the hosting member.

General items:

  1. It is the interest of this club to promote the safe sport of shooting. Keep it that way, SAFE.  SAFETY FIRST!
  2. No use of alcohol or illegal drugs on club grounds.
  3. Keep the sport clean, if you make a mess, clean it up.
  4. No profanity or horseplay.
  5. No shooting on Sundays before 12:00 noon.  (A) No shooting before 7:30AM on Monday thru Saturday (added by club vote 9/4/2013) 
  6. Sight and hearing protection are required when shooting firearms.
  7. Your club range badge is required at all times when on club property.