Safety is our #1 Priority

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
  • Ear and eye protection are required, both for shooters and spectators.
  • The action on your gun must be able to be seen visibly open at all times while not shooting.
  • Your gun should never be loaded unless you are in the shooting position, and it is your turn to shoot.
  • The gun’s muzzle should always be pointed down-range while loading.
  • You must point your muzzle in a safe direction while carrying it, preferably up to the sky.
  • In no circumstance shall more than two shells be loaded into your gun at any given time.
  • All shotgun ammunition must be between 7 1/2 and 9 shot size, with the drams of powder not exceeding 3 1/4. Steel shot can also be used, if shot size is 7 or smaller (larger in shot number). This means that you cannot shoot buck shot or game loads (such as 6 shot) at clay targets. If you are caught on the range shooting improper ammunition, it will be confiscated and further actions may be taken by MSC management.
  • Shotguns with barrel length less than 26 inches are not allowed on the clay target ranges at Island Lake Shooting Range. The only exception to this rule is youth model shotguns. All barrel lengths are permitted at our Bald Mountain location.
  • Do not attempt to fix any machines, call the club house, or notify an employee only.
  • Ear and eye protection are required, both for shooters and spectators.
  • Range hours have been established to ensure safety and to protect your range against vandalism. Shooting is allowed only when range personnel are present.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and cased in order to enter the range. Note: CPL holders are allowed to keep their carry firearm concealed, however it must be cased and unloaded prior to entering the range if the user plans on shooting it.
  • Shooters under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult.
  • Firearms can only be uncased at the shooting stations on the firing lines. They must be cased prior to leaving the shooting  station.
  • Shooters must keep their firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Firearms may be loaded and discharged only at an established shooting station.
  • Only  approved targets may be used; no human form silhouettes or metal targets. Paper targets with a bull’s eye pattern or a depiction of legal game may be used. Targets are available for purchase at the range or you can bring your own.
  • A minimum of three seconds is required between shots. Range officers may suspend this permission, based on his/her discretion, when conditions exist that may compromise the safety of the shooters and others.
  • The 25, 50 and 100 yard ranges are designated for hand-held rifles, muzzle loaders (not exceeding .70 caliber), pistols, revolvers and shotguns with slugs only.
  • Firearms can only be loaded at and discharged from established shooting stations on the firing line and under the discretion  of a range officer.
  • Always keep muzzles pointed downrange.
  • During a target check, shooters must move behind the yellow line and are not permitted to reenter the shooting line until the range command, “All clear down range, you may commence fire. Commence fire.” is given.
  • Firearms may not be taken down range.
  • Armor piercing, tracer, incendiary, explosive, or steel core ammo, including bi-metal jacket ammo, is not allowed. If there is any steel in the projectile, it is not allowed and/or if the projectile is attracted to a magnet it is not allowed.
  • No open flame or lighted smoking materials on the firing line or transfer table. Smoking and cell phones are allowed in the designated areas only.
  • Muzzle-loaders must have all necessary tools to operate and assemble and disassemble their firearm. This includes breach plug removal tool, cleaning supplies, nipple removal tool, nipple cleaning tool, bullet extracting tool.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed at the ranges. Individuals under the influence of alcohol are not allowed to shoot.
  • Shooters are responsible for keeping their shooting area in order and properly disposing of all targets, trash and shell casings.