Range Safety

Shotgun Safety

Shotgun Safety

1. Max shot size and loads allowed are 7 1/2 shot and 3 1/4 drams.
2. Semi -automatic trap shooters should use a shell catcher.
3. Release trigger shooters, do not leave gun where anyone could inadvertently
pick it up by mistake. Always notify referee and other shooters when using
4. Only one shot per target.
5. Do not load more than 2 shells at 5-stand and skeet stations 1 through
   7 or trap doubles. Do not load more than 1 shell at skeet station 8, or
   trap singles.
6. At skeet station 8, face the high house for a single shot. Then face the low
   house for a single shot (2 shots, 2 targets if perfect round); the center stake
   is your boundary marker. Do not swing gun past boundary marker.
7. A squad should not have more than 5 shooters.
8. A squad should move from station to station as a group.
9. Skeet shooters not on the shooting station should be ready for their turn
   and remain behind the station.
10. Shooters MUST always be alert to traffic along entrance road and stop
     shooting until area is clear.
11. Skeet shooters MUST always be alert to persons approaching trap houses
     (a red light should be flashing) on other fields. If either shot or targets are
     being fired toward those at a trap house. Stop firing until the area is clear
     (red light should be turned off).
12. Never walk directly in front of low house openings on the skeet fields. When
     picking up fired hulls, walk out and around the path of the target. Be careful
     not to expose yourself to other fields.
13. No hulls are to be picked-up during a round of skeet or trap.
14. Pull cords and other equipment can be damaged. Handle with care.
15. It is polite to refill the skeet and trap machines when finished shooting.
     Get club manager to assist you the first time.

a.   Reloading Skeet Machine:
1) After entering the house, step behind the machine.
2) The throwing arm is dangerous and travels counter clockwise
from 6:00 back to 3:00, 12:00, 9:00 and 6:00 where it “cocks” again
3) Stay behind machine, keep eye protection on.
4) Use one finger to depress the toggle switch (control box on wall)
down and release. This will throw target (be sure no one is in front
of low house window), and de-cock machine  making it safe. Throwing arm will stop at 9:00 position. Do not lean on throwing arm, it will break.
5) Enter trap house if machine has about two targets or less per sleeve.
Get club manager assistance to learn the proper way to load an
empty machine. Otherwise, carefully load 10 target sleeves to top of each. Do not rotate carousel, reach around to each of 10 sleeves. Once in a sleeve, do not let targets slide down on their own, they will break.
6) Turn machine on. (Toggle Switch Up)
b.  Reloading trap machine.
1) Turn on red flashing light located under the shelter so as to 
alert skeet shooters on adjacent fields before approaching the trap house.
2) Approach from left rear side of trap house to left front corner. Make
sure skeet and skeet shooters are not firing toward the trap house. 
3) Do not go to front of machine at this time. Keep eye protection on.
4) Reach around corner of trap house. Ise one finger to depress and
release inside toggle switch (2nd Switch). This will throw target and de-cock the machine making it safe. Throwing arm will stop at 9:00 position.
5) Enter trap house. if machine has about two targets or less per
sleeve. Get club manager assistance to learn proper way to load an empty machine. Otherwise, carefully load 16 target sleeves to top of each. Do not rotate carousel, reach around to each of 16 sleeves. Once in a sleeve do not let targets slide down on their own, they will break.
6) Exit house and re-cock the machine (2nd toggle switch up). Make
sure skeet and skeet shooters are not firing toward trap house).
7) Turn off red flashing light.
“Safety is everyone’s business”
Safety glasses and ear protection mandatory in all shooting areas.

Rifle and Pistol Safety Rules

Pistol and Rifle Safety

1. Rifles are shot 50 yards only on west range.​ Targets are placed in front of and just above wood wall.
2. Pistols are shot 25 yards or less on the east range. Targets are placed 5 to 25 yards, your choice.
3. Always enter shooting area from the north side (​behind firing line).
4. Shell deflector screens are available for semi-auto shooters. Use them.
5. If you are hit by hot brass from a semi-auto firearm, it will burn or blister you. Cover all exposed areas and wear a hat   when around this type of firearm. If burned while holding a loaded firearm, Keep it pointed down range.
6. Full automatic shooting is not allowed.
7. Armor piercing, incendiary, flash bang, tracer or explosive rounds are not allowed at the range.   
8. All guns and ammo behind the firing line (yellow safety line) are to remain in
cases or boxes.
9. When guns are uncased on the firing line you will immediately open the action,
cylinder, gate or put it on half cock and place the barrel pointed down range.
10. At all times in all circumstances, all guns will be pointed down-range until
they are placed unloaded back in their cases.
11. Only load magazines and guns at the shooting bench.
12. Paper targets (any kind), balloons or used clays are the only type of targets
      shot at these ranges. Mount paper and balloons on target frames provided
      behind the shooting line. Place used clays in the berm.
13. No laying of target stands on shooting benches or anywhere on the firing line.
14. All firing will be from behind the shooting bench, in either a standing or sitting
15. Drawing from a holster is not allowed at any time.
16. Never shoot at or near the top of the safety berm.
17. Don’t allow your bullets to impact railroad ties, concrete walks or anything
     other than the large dirt berm. On the 50 yard only rifle range, place targets in
     front of and just above wood wall.
18. Never shoot across another shooter.
19. Double tab defensive shooting is allowed.
20. Rapid-fire is not allowed, it is discouraged due to lack of control and the
     possibility of a squib load. (Note: a squib load is a bullet that does not 
   leave the barrel, and if another round is fired into it, your barrel will 
21. Firing line command and control is the use of range commands by a range
     officer to assure a safe start or stop, to shooting in a unified process by those
     on the firing line. Therefore, when more than one person is on the firing
     line.Two decisions must be made by the shooters. Who will act as range
     officer? How long will the range be hot?
22. Range Commands you will hear and use. The red flashing lights are 
     turned on whenever a cease fire is called and turned off when firing 
        a. To stop shooting;
1)“Cease Fire” -  If a dangerous situation is noticed its each  persons responsibility to call this command. If it’s a planned cease fire the range officer will inform each shooter when a cease fire will be called by the range officer.
     a) stop shooting
     b) keep firearm pointed down range
     c) finger off trigger
     d) wait for further commands
Resume Firing”- if a dangerous situation has been resolved.
2) “Unload your guns”
3) “Remove Magazines”
4) “Actions Open”
 If the action will not stay open on its own. Put something onto the action to hold it open. Such as a spent brass or plastic.
5)“Are We Clear on the Right? Are We Clear on the Left?”
a) If you’re not clear inform the range officer.
Everyone behind the yellow line” - you must not step or   
  reach across the yellow safety line until shooting resumes.
a) range officer will then walk the line and check all guns.
7) ”Line is clear, you may go down range and check your targets”.
You should tend to your target and frame in an efficient manner. Then return to the yellow safety line. Remember, stay out of the fireing line (between shooting bench and yellow safety line) area.
8) “Is Anyone Down Range?”-  it is your responsibility and everyone else who is on the firing line, to look down range for people or items that should not be there.
b. To start shooting;
If you see anyone or anything other than targets down range inform the range officer.
2) “Are we ready on the right? Are we ready on the left?”
a) If there is a problem inform the range officer.
3) “You may Load Your Guns and Commence Firing”
This is when you may cross the yellow safety line.
23. Only when the firing line is clear can you clean up your brass.
         a.  Don’t cross the yellow line!
24. Place misfires in “dud box” or take home.
25. Re-hang target frames on proper hooks when finished shooting.
“Safety is everyone’s business”
Safety glasses and ear protection mandatory in all shooting areas

Archery Safety Rules

Archery Safety
1. Always be sure the path to the target and beyond is clear before drawing your arrow.
2. Never point an arrow at anything you don’t intend to shoot.
3. Arm guards and finger tabs or similar equipment are highly recommended.
​Participants are encouraged to have their own protective equipment.
4. Make sure your equipment, bow, bowstring, arrows, and guards, are in proper working condition.
5. Place an arrow in the string only when you are ready to take a shot. Do not walk, run or turn around with a mounted arrow.
6. Make sure no one is near enough to your bow when it is released as to be hurt. Always be aware of danger areas of arrows and bow tips.
7. Arrows, when shot, can be dangerous penetrating weapons. Never, under any circumstances point a mounted arrow in an unsafe direction.
8. Under no circumstances is an archer to step in front of the shooting line to retrieve an arrow while others are shooting even if they’re shooting at a nearby station.
9. When behind target area lean bow against target to indicate your presence.
10. On field archery or a 3-D course stay on path and travel correct direction.

“Safety is everyone’s business”
Safety glasses and ear protection mandatory in all shooting areas

General Safety Rules

The Tulsa Gun Club has a good safety record and would like to keep it that way. As a member, we want you. your guests and our visitors to have a safe and enjoyable shooting experience at our club whether it’s to shoot archery, shotgun, rifle or pistol, or to watch these shooting sports. Safety is, and should be, our first concern and as such, we have herein listed our basic safety rules. Remember, no set of rules can cover all possible situations. The safe and rational use of archery equipment and firearms depends on the common sense and proper training of the user. Always follow safety rules and think before you act.
1. All weapons are assumed loaded - always point them in a safe direction. at this club “up” is not a safe direction. Always verify that weapons are unloaded when picking them up or when they are handed to you.
2. ALWAYS THINK SAFETY. You are responsible for your safety and the safety of those around you. Anyone who observes an unsafe act should immediately take action by politely correcting the individual or individuals involved, calling for a cease-fire, or notifying the club manager, whichever is applicable.
     a. No one under 16 is allowed to shoot rifle or shotgun without adult supervision.  No one under 18 is allowed to shoot pistol without adult supervision.
     b. Thoroughly read your weapon’s instruction manual.
     c. “Know your weapon” before loading or stringing it the first time. Know
          how to open and close the action for example, and how to remove
     d.  Be sure your weapon is safe to operate.
     e.  Remember your firearm “safety” is a mechanical device and it can
           malfunction. You are the primary safety.
     f.   Make sure you have the correct ammunition for your firearms.
     g.  All spectators must stay out of and behind the shooting areas.
     h.  Ensure that all guns are free of obstructions before loading.
           Obstructions can cause a firearm to explode.
      i.  Before opening fire and during shooting activities be on alert for persons
or things in the line of fire even to the left or right but forward of firing line.
( This would be an emergency cease-fire situation.)
3. Keep your gun unloaded and action open at all times except when standing on the shooting station ready to shoot. This includes when you are bringing a gun from your vehicle to the shooting area or back to your vehicle. The only exception is when the gun is in a shotgun rack or case. The gun action can be closed, but must be reopened when it is taken from the rack or case.
      a.   Black Powder guns to remain uncapped and on half cock until at the firing line with the gun pointed down range.
      b.   Arrows are to remain off string until shooting.
4.  Any gun carried over the shoulder must be carried with the barrel forward.
5.  All persons at the range MUST wear proper eye and ear protection! This  includes guests, spectators and workers. You should be wearing these before entering a shooting area. NOTE: Shooting glasses that give best protection are those that cover all around the eye area.
6.  You are 100% responsible for your guest. It is up to you to give them a safety briefing.
7. NEVER LOAD YOUR WEAPON except when standing on the shooting station ready to shoot. Always unload your gun completely of both live and fired shells and open the guns’ action before turning around and walking off the station. If it is necessary to turn around to talk,  ask a question or there is any hold-up while shooting the guns action should be open or the arrow removed from the bow,  Always keep your focus and your weapon pointed down range when loading, loaded or preparing to fire.
8.  Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
9.  Always be sure the path to the target and beyond is clear.
10.  No smoking, food or drink in shooting areas.
11.   Do not shoot wildlife on club property.
12. In case of gun malfunction, If you have a live round that cannot be extracted, gun must be pointed down range   until cleared. Get assistance from range officer or club manager.
13. In case of a misfire, keep gun pointed down – range and wait at least 30 seconds (muzzleloaders, 2 minutes) before opening action.
14. No intoxication, intoxicating beverages or drug impairment is permitted on or near the range.
15. Never transport a loaded gun.
16. The Tulsa Gun Club provides novice training. If you or someone you know wants training, speak with the Club Manager.
17. Clean up spent shotgun hulls and pistol/rifle brass when finished shooting and the firing line is clear.
18. Put all litter in trash barrels. Leave the range in better condition than you found it.
19. In all instances not covered by established safety rules, the decision and direction of the club management will be final.
20. Conduct yourself as a gentleman or lady at all times.