Austin Rifle Club, Inc – General Range Rules
This document is based on ARC ByLaws, paragraphs 10.04 and 13.01. The Range General Rules may only be changed by the Board of Directors. The Director of Range Safety (DRS) is tasked with the responsibility to enforce these rules. The Director of Range Safety has complete charge of the firing ranges and overseeing their use and safety. The Director of Range Safety is subordinate only to the Austin Rifle Club Board of Directors.
AUSTIN RIFLE CLUB — GENERAL RULES
1. SAFETY FIRST! Every shooter has the personal responsibility to make sure that each bullet fired impacts safely in a backstop or bullet trap. Every Member has a DUTY to report rules violations and unsafe acts.
2. Eye and Ear Protection: All Shooters and guests within 50’ of an outdoors “HOT” firing line are required to wear eye and hearing protection. Hearing protection devices may be either the passive or electronic type. Standard medically prescribed hearing aids are not acceptable hearing protection.
3. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet when BLACK POWDER is in use by any shooter.
4. The ARC Range Safety Officer, Match Director, or Activity Director in charge of any scheduled activity has complete authority over both shooters and spectators on any or all twelve ranges, Ranges ‘A’ through ‘L’.
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This document is based on ARC ByLaws, paragraphs 10.04 and 13.01. The Range Specific Rules may only be changed by the Board of Directors. The Director of Range Safety (DRS) is tasked with the responsibility to enforce these rules.   The Director of Range Safety has complete charge of the firing ranges and overseeing their use and safety.  The Director of Range Safety is subordinate only to the Austin Rifle Club Board of Directors. Range Specific Rules Physical address: (For 911 telephone calls): 16312 Littig Road, Manor, TX 78653, Travis County. CAUTION: The range is in a flood plain. It is subject to flooding that will block the bridge over the creek and prevent exit from the range. Water can raise very quickly, Watch for rainfall reports especially in the Pflugerville and Manor areas. Ranges are labeled “A” to “E” from left to right on the north side of the creek. Range “F” is the indoor Air Rifle Range in the Education Building.   The Ranges on the south side of the creek are labeled “G” to “L”. Shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.
RANGE “A” — PISTOL RANGE, 25 and 50 yards
  1. CALIBERS ALLOWED: All rim fire guns, all center fire pistols except those shooting rifle calibers.
  2. This is primarily a pistol range but .22’s and muzzleloaders are allowed, both rifles and pistols.
  3. CENTERFIRE RIFLES and SHOTGUNS are PROHIBITED. EXCEPTION: center fire rifles and may be fired ONLY from the bench at the right end of the range (position 41). Shotguns may not be shot on range A.  Please use range E or L for sighting in slug shotguns.
  1. Place targets 8-inches away from the wooden target frame. Remove targets and frames that are not in use. Be sure that the angle created with your shooting position and the target place the bullet impact on the middle to bottom half of the Backstop.
  2. Shoot ONLY from the firing line, and only from above bench height. PRONE SHOOTING IS PROHIBITED. This also Prohibits you from shooting forward of the concrete firing line.
  3. Shoot only at the 25 and 50 yard paper targets in the approved holders. No other targets are allowed. 
  Range Specific Rules, ARC Policy and Operational Rule Number I-202, November 12, 2009 (Continued)
RANGE “B” – PLINKING RANGE, CHL, 50 foot, 7 and 15 yards
  1. CALIBERS ALLOWED: Any rim fire or center fire smokeless cartridge, air guns.
  2. 2. NO SHOTGUNS OR CENTERFIRE RIFLES ARE PERMITTED.
  3. MAKE SURE ALL BULLETS IMPACT THE BACKSTOP. Be sure that the angle created with your shooting position and your target places the bullet impact on the middle to bottom half of the Backstop
  4. SHORT RANGE SHOOTING:  Minimum target distance from covered firing tables is 7 yards (21 feet).  Shooting at a distance less than 7 yards (eg. 3 yards, or 9 feet) from covered firing tables is prohibited. Minimum distance line is marked by fire hose, and red line painted on east wall.  Firing line may be redefined closer to the backstop if you are alone, or if everyone on Range B agrees to the new line.
  5. NO STEEL TARGETS OF ANY KIND. All distances on this range are less than 40 meters.
  6. Only paper targets or clay birds will be permitted. Hard targets of any kind, bowling pins, glass, steel or other hard targets, milk jugs, or cans are prohibited. Shooting at targets on the ground is prohibited. Clay birds may be shot when placed safely on the backstop horizontal to shooting plane.
  7. Target frame bases are provided by ARC and will be constructed to accept 1×2” wood strips. Members are to provide their own target frame uprights, backing material, and targets. Frames must be of a material that will not cause ricochet. Members may provide their own bases.
  RANGE “C” — BENCHREST / HIGH POWER RANGE, 100 and 200 yards
  1. CALIBERS ALLOWED: Any center fire cartridge up to .50 BMG and any muzzleloader rifle caliber.
  2. RIMFIRE FIREARMS, AIR GUNS, AND SHOTGUNS ARE PROHIBITED. The .17 HORNADY is prohibited.
  3. All firing at 100 YARD TARGETS must be from the bench only. No prone, sitting, or standing shots are allowed.
  4. All firing at 100 YARD TARGETS must be with firearms that have a muzzle velocity of 2000 FPS or more. This means NO .22s, black powder guns, rifles that shoot pistol cartridges (including .30 US carbines), or sub-velocity hand loads.
  5. No cross firing. Do not deviate more than one target either side of your firing position.
  6. All center fire and black powder firearms, regardless of velocity, are allowed to be fired at the 200 yard targets, as long as the bullet is on the target. It must not go over the backstop, or strike the flat ground in front of the backstop. Pistols with center fire rifle cartridges are allowed with the following stipulations.
    • Must meet all other Range ‘C’ requirements.
    • Must have a barrel with a minimum length  of 10 inches.
    • All pistol actions must be single shot only. No semi autos.
    • Pistols shall not be shot on the 100 yd firing line.
    • Pistols must be shot from the only bench or prone shooting positions
  1. When two or more shooters are using the High-Power firing line, 10 feet forward of the concrete, and the Bench rest line at the same time, the Bench rest shooter must stay at least five (5) shooting positions away from the High-Power shooter for safety.
Range Specific Rules, ARC Policy and Operational Rule Number I-202, dated: November 12, 2009 (Continued)   8) You may drive to the “C” range 200 yard targets when the ground will support vehicles without leaving ruts in the terrain. All driving to the 200 yd. targets is be along the berm between “B” and “C” ranges.
  RANGE “D” — .22 RIMFIRE / SILHOUETTE RANGE: 40, 60, 77, and 100 meters
  1. CALIBERS ALLOWED: Only .22 short, long, and long rifle, and air guns. NO .22 MAGNUMS or related high velocity cartridges. No .17 Hornadys. No center fire.
  2. Hang paper targets in front of the bullet traps – not over or behind them – avoiding the cross bars.
  3. Shooting may be from any position, prone to standing. Make sure your target is aligned with your shooting height so that bullets are fired parallel to the ground. This especially applies to the 50 yard targets used for 3-Position shooting.
  RANGE “E” — PISTOL SILHOUETTE & BLACKPOWDER RANGE: 40, 50, 75, and 100 meters                                                   
  1. CALIBERS ALLOWED – PAPER TARGETS: All firearms.
  2. CALIBERS ALLOWED – STEEL TARGETS: Calibers approved by hunter/cowboy silhouette rules for steel targets at all shooting positions: http://compete.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/RuleBooks/Sil-p/sil-p-book.pdf .  In addition to the existing hunter/cowboy silhouette calibers, high velocity center fire rifle/pistols of those calibers may shoot suspended steel targets at 100 meters only.  Shooters must ensure that misses impact the berm and not the rails.  For suspended targets the use of the sections without the center rail is highly encouraged.
  3. Hang paper target holders behind the silhouette rails so bullets do not impact rails.
  4. Shotguns may be fired at clay birds thrown from the East end of this range. Direct the birds about 30 degrees left of center. Use only shot sizes 7 1/2 or smaller when shooting clay birds.
  5. Shotguns with any shot size may be patterned at the Right end of the 40 meter backstop. “Home Defense” shotgun patterning may be done at the right end of the 40 Meter backstop at personal target frames of a type and design approved by the R.S.O.
  RANGE “F” – AIR GUN RANGE IN THE EDUCATION BUILDING
  1. Austin Rifle Club General Rules shall apply with the following exception and clarifications:
  2. Hearing protection is not required. (see Range General Rule 2)
  3. The Safety Zone shall include the entire RCM. All persons in the room must wear eye protection when shooting is in progress.(see rule 2)
  4. Smoking is prohibited inside the Education Building PERIOD. (see Range General Rule 3)
  5. An approved Air Rifle Officer (ARO) MUST supervise all shooting. The general membership of the ARC will not have the access code to the building, and must be admitted by the ARO. The ARO must wear an ARO badge while supervising shooting.
    Range Specific Rules, ARC Policy and Operational Rule Number I-202, dated: November 12, 2009 (Continued)   Only Air Rifles, Air pistols, and Smoothbore BB Guns, may be used on the indoor Air Range. All such air guns must have a muzzle velocity of less than 1100 feet per second, and shall be 22 caliber or less.
  1. All shooting shall be at 10 meters maximum.
  2. During shooting the two doors forward of the firing line must be locked such that they cannot be opened from the outside.
  3. Targets shall be placed such that no part of the target is closer than Eight (8”) inches from the edge of the wooden frame.
  4. There shall be no open food or drinks on the firing line.
It is recommended that shooters and any others that handle lead pellets wash their hands with soap and water before touching food or leaving the premises.
RANGE “G” – CHL AND EDUCATION RANGE Range “G” is reserved for Concealed Handgun License classes (CHL) and education classes approved by the Board of Directors.
RANGES “H, I, J, and K ” – IDPA, IPSC AND FIXED FIRING LINE RANGES
  1. CALIBERS ALLOWED: Any rimfire or center fire pistol cartridge, air guns.  Handguns,  non-magnum pistol caliber carbines, & shotguns with lead birdshot allowed.
  1. ALL BULLETS MUST IMPACT THE BACKSTOP. It is the shooter’s responsibility to position targets in a manner that will insure all bullets will impact the middle to bottom half of the berm. Targets must be a minimum of 48” from the ground and may be placed no closer to the firing line than 10 yards (30 feet).
  2. Target frame bases are provided by ARC and will be constructed to accept 1×2” wood strips. Members are to provide their own target frame uprights, backing material, and targets. Frames must be of a material that will not cause a ricochet. Members may provide their own target bases.
  3. All firing MUST be from the static firing position tables unless it is during a scheduled match or scheduled, supervised practice session. NO EXCEPTIONS
  4. Only paper targets, clay birds, USPSA type or commercial steel targets will be permitted. Hard targets of any kind, bowling pins, glass or other hard targets, milk jugs, or cans are prohibited. Shooting at targets on the ground is prohibited.
  Steel Targets – USPSA type or commercial steel targets are allowed for handguns with a maximum muzzle velocity of 1500fps, shotguns with lead birdshot, or any rimfire firearm providing the targets fall over or deflect the bullet at a downward angle.  Rimfire steel targets may be any commercial swinging/falling type target.  One shooter per target at a time.  Targets must be placed against or on the back berm.  The bottom of the target must be a minimum of 36” from the ground, bullets must impact berm if target is missed.
Altered Firing Line – If all shooters agree the firing line may be redefined as long as all ARC safety rules are met.  Targets must be placed against the back berm and shooters must have a common firing line.
Steel targets are limited to the following stipulations if the firing line is redefined.
  • Shooting from a common firing line under the direction of those with current USPSA or IDPA RSO credentials, or those that have successfully completed the ARC Steel Safety Course.
  • Scheduled IDPA or USPSA practice sessions or matches with shooter being supervised by a range officer
  • All materials not provided by the club must be removed from the bay and the firing line when the shooter is finished. This includes any frame material, backing materials, paper targets, brass and any personal trash such as water bottles. Trash receptacles and brass buckets are provided at each bay.
RANGE “L” – IDPA, IPSC AND FIXED FIRING LINE RANGES
  1. CALIBERS ALLOWED: Any center fire smokeless rifle cartridge, and shotguns except .50 BMG
  2. ALL BULLETS MUST IMPACT THE BACKSTOP. It is the shooter’s responsibility to position targets in a manner that will insure all bullets will impact the middle to bottom half of the berm. The bottom of the target frame/backing must be a minimum of 48” from the ground and may be placed no closer to the firing line than 10 yards (30 feet).Range Specific Rules, ARC Policy and Operational Rule Number I-202, dated: November 12, 2009 (Continued)
  3. Target frame bases are provided by ARC and will be constructed to accept 1×2” wood strips. Members are to provide their own target frame uprights, backing material, and targets. Frames must be of a material that will not cause a ricochet. Members may also provide their own target bases if so desired.Z4. All firing MUST be from the static firing position tables unless it is during a scheduled match or scheduled, supervised practice session. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  4. Only paper targets or clay birds will be permitted. Hard targets of any kind, bowling pins, glass, steel or other hard targets, milk jugs, or cans are prohibited. Shooting at targets on the ground or anything but clay birds on the backstops is prohibited.
  5. All materials not provided by the club must be removed from the bay and the firing line when the shooter is finished. This includes any frame material, backing materials, paper targets, brass and any personal trash such as water bottles. Trash receptacles and brass buckets are provided at each bay.  Approved by the ARC Board of Directors, January 19, 2015, to become effective immediately.
Pat Callan President