Frequently Asked Questions

  What is the Austin Rifle Club?

The Austin Rifle Club, Inc. is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the shooting sports and the education of America’s youth in the areas of shooting and safe gun handling.  Established in 1894 and incorporated in 1928, the Austin Rifle Club has a range and Education building on Littig Road in the town of Manor, TX.  Our membership boasts over 1,500 members.  We are a club!   Members of ARC have unlimited access to our range to shoot as much as they want, and it is also our membership who maintains the range.  If you choose to join the club we ask that you become an involved member who donates time to help insure that we and our children have a safe place to shoot for generations to come.

Is the public allowed to shoot on the range?

No.  The Austin Rifle Club is a private club.  Only members and their guests are allowed to be on the range, or shoot on the range.

Do you have a map of the range? How do I join the club?

Click here to read all about how to join the club.

What is a Prospect Safety Evaluation?

The Prospect Safety Evaluation session is the very first step of the membership process. All applicants for membership must first be evaluated by an ARC member Range Safety Officer to insure prospective members can handle firearms and use the range safely by themselves and in the presence of others.  This is a one-on-one evaluation with you and an ARC RSO.  See “How to Join the Club” for a list of available Safety Evaluation Instructors (our RSOs) and their contact information.  

Should I mail in my membership application before the Range Orientation class?

NO!  Please hold on to your membership materials and bring them with you to Range Orientation class. Click here to read about how to join the club. Click here to read about what to bring to Range Orientation class.

What should I bring with me to Range Orientation class?

Click here to read all about what you will need to bring to Range Orientation class.

Is Range Orientation Class Ever Canceled?

To date, this has never happened.  We hold Range Orientation on the first Sunday of the month, even if that turns out to be New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, you name it.  Watch the ARC calendar!  If there is ever a schedule change it will certainly be reflected there.  If a class should ever be canceled we will email all registered students.

How do I do an online background check?

Click here to read about how to do an online background check.

Can I include my parents, sibling, or other extended family in a Family Membership?

NO!  The Family membership is designed for a married couple to both join the club as full members at a reduced rate, plus all of their children are included in their membership for a family rate of $150.00. Click here to read about all of the membership options.

What does it cost to join the club?

Click here to read about all of the membership options. Dues are prorated for the first year of membership based upon the month you join.  So, PLEASE do not come to Range Orientation class with your check all filled out unless you know the proper prorated amount.  Add to the prorated dues a $200.00 initiation fee to join the club. NOTE:  Prorated dues for the first year apply only to first time members.  Members who have let their membership lapse (past the current year) will pay a $200.00 reapplication fee, plus dues for the full year in which they are joining. Dues for lapsed members (past the current year) who are returning will be $350.00. Example: if you join the club as a first time member in July and have an Associate member your dues to join will be: $150.00 /12 months in the year * 6 months remaining = $75.00 dues for the primary member for the year Add $10.00 for the Associate member (Associate and Junior member dues are not prorated) Add $200.00 for the club initiation fee. Total to join the club = $285.00 for the remainder of the year.  Next year your dues would be $160.00 for you and your Associate member.

How do I Renew My Membership Online?

Online Membership Renewal is available to current ARC members only.  You first need to register for the ARC Members Online Area.  Instructions to self-register for an ARC online ID appear immediately below this FAQ item.   Once you have an ARC ID you can logon to the ARC Members’ Area of our web site.  The top-left menu will contain a link to “Renew Your ARC Membership”.  Click on that link and follow instructions.

I am paid ahead. Do I have to renew my membership every year?

YES!  All members must renew their membership every year including members who are paid ahead and/or Life Members.  The renewal process insures that you refresh your knowledge of our range safety rules every year, and also insures that we have current contact information for you.  If you are paid ahead and/or are a Life Member then you simply will not owe any dues. Renewal is not a paperwork exercise.  You can renew your membership online whether or not you owe dues this year! Click here for renewal information or to download the Austin Rifle Club renewal packet.

I am a Life Member. Do I have to renew my membership every year?

YES!  All members must renew their membership every year including members who are paid ahead and/or Life Members.  The renewal process insures that you refresh your knowledge of our range safety rules every year, and also insures that we have current contact information for you.  If you are paid ahead and/or are a Life Member then you simply will not owe any dues. Renewal is not a paperwork exercise.  You can renew your membership online whether or not you owe dues this year! Click here for renewal information or to download the Austin Rifle Club renewal packet.

What classes are being offered at ARC?

Click here to view the Education Section home page. Click here to read class descriptions. Also, be sure to check the ARC Guns by Range XrefCalendar to see our scheduled classes.  Classes offered by ARC Education can be registered for online by clicking on the “Register Now” link in the class details.  Click on the class description in the calendar to see the details information.

How do I contact the Board of Directors?

Click on the Board of Directors link in the “Contact Info” menu on our home page.  Then pick the director you wish to communicate with and a form will open allowing you to send messages of any size.  You can copy yourself at the same time if you wish so you’ll see what the message you sent looks like.  We encourage you to feel free to contact any BOD officer if you have the need

What Firearms are Allowed on Each Range?

Click Here to see our “Guns by Range” Reference.  Better yet, print a copy and keep it in your range bag!

What Special Events Take Up What Ranges, and When?

Always check the ARC calendar before coming to the range if you have a specific place you are interested in shooting.  It’s no fun to drive to the range only to find out there is a match where you want to be!  Click Here to see the ARC calendar.  While viewing the ARC calendar click on any individual event to see the Range Venue where the event will be held.

What is Online Voting?

Online Voting is a secure online function enabling the entire membership to take part in large club decisions, even when they are unable to attend discussion meetings such as the club Annual Meeting.  Only current club members have access to online voting.  The only pre-requisite is for each member to register for a user ID here on the club web site.  See the instructions above if you have questions about how to self-register for an ID for the ARC Registered User’s Area.  Once you have an ID you can log on and vote if there is a topic to vote on in the members-only online area. Your vote is entirely your secret.  Once you vote on a topic it is recorded that you did vote to prevent you from voting twice in the same ‘election’, but your selections are only recorded in the tallies with no way to tell who voted for what.  You do receive an email with your vote selctions so you have a personal record of your own vote.

Where Can I Park at the Range?

  1. When on the south side of the creek at the six shooting bays Ranges “G” through “L” park in the designated parking area “A”.  DO NOT drive down the service road which runs along in front of these shooting bays (unless you are disabled) !  If there is insufficient room for parking during a match please park on the north side of the creek (across the bridge) in the grassy area there.
  2. On the north side of the creek at Ranges “A” through “E” you may park right in front of the shooting positions at each range.  It is also OK to park in the grass across the road from each range, but do not drive on the grass (stay on the road until you reach the place you want to park).

How do I use my ARC Proximity Card/Badge?

Click here for instructions on the use of your ARC proximity card/badge.

Where is the club located?

Click here to see our location page with address information, directions, and maps.