Range Rules & Procedure (rev. 5/21/2018)
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 all of which need to be placed between the white lines.
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 down range.)
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 proper targets stapled or held 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 (white lines).
6. Swinger type targets may be used but should be placed in front of the target boards between the white lines, not out in the open. Always make sure you have a backstop behind the target.
7. Steel targets are to be hung from the specific target brackets/hangers in place for that purpose on the rifle and pistol ranges only. Or on stands made for that purpose in front of the wood target boards between the white lines so that bullets are directed towards the ground or into the dirt backstops after impact.
8. Steel targets must be spaced out from the boards so that they are free to swing or move to allow the proper dissipation of energy and control bullet ricochet down or into the backstops.
9. It is required that steel targets be made of AR450/AR500/AR600 grade steel or better for center fire rifle. And they be free from deformation and deep gouging to prevent errant ricochets.
10. ABSOLUTELY NO ITEMS (cans, clay targets, glass, etc.) ARE TO BE PLACED ON TOP OF THE TARGET FRAMES OR ON TOP OF THE BACKSTOPS!
11. At no time are any glass or pottery items to be shot at on the range.
12. 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.
13. No shooting in non-day light hours or before 7:30am ever, or before 12:00 Noon on Sunday.
14. Shoot at the corresponding target board to the lane you are in or one adjacent to yours
only, NO shooting across multiple lanes on 25, 50, and 100-yard ranges.
a) Not always applicable for special shoots i.e. the Jug Shoots, Youth Shoots, etc.
Covered Firing Line (25, 50, 100-yard Range)
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 stripper 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
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
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!!!
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. Factory Black powder or manufacturers recommended propellant only are to be used in
5. NO tracer ammunition of any kind may be used on the range or in the pistol bunker.
6. NO armor piercing ammo may be used on steel targets.
7. Rapid firing of any firearm of more than a few shots must be done in the Pistol bunker to
prevent errant bullet strikes from missing the backstops.
8. NO bump stocks or anything that mimics Full Auto firing.
9. NO bump firing of any firearms.
10. Any Pistol used for CCW or holstered for Open carry is allowed if it is in safe working
order and is properly holstered on your body. But, it must remain holstered at all times
and not be handled. Concealed Carry is only permitted if that individual has a valid carry
a) If this firearm is unholstered or removed from its holster for shooting or showing
it off, it must then follow all normal range rules for handling of firearms i.e.
action must remain open when not in use, no handling of it while the range is
closed or members down range, and must have the muzzle pointed up or down
range when on the main range.
b) It can only be re-holstered when you are away from others, or in the pistol bunker
and not on the concrete on the main range.
c) During organized range events, the person organizing it or the lead range safety
officer in charge at that event may determine if they will allow anyone to carry a
loaded holstered firearm during that event.
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.
a) The only exception to this rule is for some ATV use for during sporting clays or
other sanctioned club events.
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.
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. It is the interest of this club to promote the safe sport of shooting. Keep it that way,
SAFE. SAFETY FIRST!
2. Follow all NRA Safety rules!
a) Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
b) Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
c) Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
3. No use of alcohol or illegal drugs on club grounds.
4. Keep the sport clean, if you make a mess, clean it up.
5. No horseplay and keep profanity limited.
6. No shooting before 7:30am Monday thru Saturday or on Sundays before 12:00 noon.
a) All shooting must be done during daylight hours as set by the ODNR Daylight tables. Any shooting after dark is prohibited! (If you need lights of any kind do NOT shoot…)
7. Sight and hearing protection are REQUIRED when shooting firearms.
8. Your club range badge is REQUIRED at all times when on club property.
9. Range use is limited to personal use ONLY. Our range is not to be used for paid instruction or training i.e. Gun handling or CCW training classes.
a) Training for NRA Instructors or RSOs for club members for club use is exempted.
When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA Rules:
• Know your target and what is beyond.
• Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
• Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
• Store guns so that they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
• Know how to use the gun safely.
• Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
• Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
• Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
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.
Procedures for Handling of Club Monies
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.
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.
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 basic rules and regulations for safety and competition of firearms on club grounds.
Firearms and Ammunition:
- 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.
- Other items allowed are; - Bows, Crossbows, Air guns, Knife or Tomahawk.
- It is expected that any firearm or ammunition you bring to the range is both in safe working order and legal.
- Black powder or manufacturers recommended propellant only are to be used in muzzleloaders.
- No tracer ammunition of any kind may be used on the range or in the pistol bunker.
- Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month unless otherwise notified. Meetings start at 7:00 PM and are held at the Smithville Community Center in Smithville. We encourage all members to attend the meetings, as that is the time when we make the decisions that affect the club.
- 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.
- There is no hunting on the club grounds.
- There is no recreational motorcycle, snowmobile or ATV riding on the club grounds.
- If you enter the range and there is already a vehicle(s) here but nobody around, be conscious of the fact they are there.
- 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.
- It is the interest of this club to promote the safe sport of shooting. Keep it that way, SAFE. SAFETY FIRST!
- No use of alcohol or illegal drugs on club grounds.
- Keep the sport clean, if you make a mess, clean it up.
- No profanity or horseplay.
- No shooting on Sundays before 12:00 noon. (A) No shooting before 7:30AM on Monday thru Saturday.
- Sight and hearing protection are required when shooting firearms.
- Your club range badge is required at all times when on club property.