Basic Range Safety (M-A-T)

1. Handle every firearm as if it were loaded.

2. Keep the Muzzle pointed “down range”.

3. Firearms must have their Action open to show safe condition.

4. Keep your finger off of the Trigger until your sights are on the target, and then identify your target and what is beyond it. Make sure all bullets will go into the dirt backstops, even if you miss the target.


Club Policies – General Club Information

The Griffin Gun Club (GGC) is dedicated to providing an esthetically, pleasing, safe and enjoyable experience for all our family members.

1. GGC is a private club for use by members, their spouse and dependent children and guests.

  • Guests must be accompanied by the member.
  • A member can only bring up to two guests at a time to the range, only one guest can shoot at a time, and must be supervised by the member at all times.
  • Each local area guest is limited to two visits. After his or her initial two visits, GGC expects him or her to become a member.

2. Everyone must sign a liability release before entering or using any range.

3. Range hours are from sunrise to 10:00PM, unless approved by the GGC BoD (LEO night training).

4. The speed limit on club property is 15 mph.

5. Please drive only on the roads and park in the proper areas. Never drive over concrete firing lines. Members are expected to walk down range (if able) to hang targets. No parking on or about skeet ranges or on sides of clubhouse except for loading or unloading of equipment or maintenance and Vendor setups. Golf Carts are an exception.

6. Hunting is not allowed on club properties at any time.

7. Members must wear their membership badges (on your person and visible) at all times while on GGC property.

8. Match Directors and course instructors have control of their range(s) during matches and courses.

9. Smoking, eating and drinking (bottled water with a lid is ok) are discouraged on the firing lines and in bays.

10. Accidents or mishaps, or any problem that needs to be elevated to the Board for action must be reported to a club officer in writing.

11. The first person on a Range will be the Range Safety Officer (RSO), unless, by mutual agreement, that responsibility is turned over to a more experienced person. The RSO must say that they are responsible to be the RSO so that all on the pistol range will know and acknowledge it.


General Range Operational Rules

1. GGC ranges are normally treated as a “cold range” – firearms must remain unloaded with actions open until at a firing line; exception –concealed carry is allowed in areas such as the Club House, Restrooms, parking areas, Target sheds, and areas outside of ranges where set-up, tear-down or similar activities are taking place, in accordance with GEORGIA Open and Concealed carry Law. Match operation and Concealed or Loaded Firearms rules may be found in the Appendix under each discipline.

2. Tracers and incendiary rounds are prohibited. Armor piercing and steel core rounds are prohibited on all steel targets. Exploding targets such as Tannerite are prohibited.

3. Consumption of Alcoholic beverages and intoxicating drugs and then shooting are prohibited on all ranges at GGC.

4. Appropriate eye and ear protection (for the activity being conducted) is required at all times at the range when in proximity of firing lines. Normally this will be safety glasses and ear plugs or noise reducing ear muffs. Match Directors and course instructors shall determine the appropriate levels of eye and ear protection for their matches based on the firearms, ammunition and targets used in the match.

5. Do not permit anyone to “forage” for spent bullets in the bay floor or anywhere in the backstops.

6. Bricks, concrete blocks, glass bottles, plastic bottles, or like targets that fragment or are likely to increase the possibility of ricochets, are strictly prohibited.

7. DO NOT shoot or use the props (or hang targets on them) that have been placed or may be in the bays examples: Plastic barrels, building facades, fences, walls, wagons, wells, etc.

8. Clean up the range area after firing. Take down and dispose of all targets. Pick up all brass, including .22 and place it in the brass Buckets. Shotgun shells, targets, paper, shotgun wads, etc. go in the trash. Place all trash in a can or the dumpster.

9. These rules may be updated or modified at any time without notice.


Pistol Range / Bay (1 – 8) Safety Rules

For casual shooting and practice – Match Operating Rules can be found in the Appendix

1. Each bay is independently controlled by the RSO (first person there) in that bay.

2. The “safe line” in each bay is established as the line behind all shooters (towards the road), but in no case shall the “safe line” be further towards the road than 10 feet into the bay (inside the side berms).

3. Firearms are generally “cold” behind the “safe line” in the bay, unless under the Direction of a Match Director or an Instructor.

4. Magazines may be loaded at the safe line, but cannot be placed in the magazine well until the shooter is at a hot firing line.

5. No one handles a firearm anywhere in the bay when people are downrange.

6. Pistol bay targets:

  • Paper targets, cardboard targets, and clay pigeons, must be placed on target stands so that bullets pass through them and strike the backstop. Do not place targets where the bullet can skip off the ground or go over the backstop, and do not hang targets on steel plate racks, trees, props or wood support posts!
  • Steel targets provided on the plate racks and steel targets set up for matches are permitted. Range users may bring their own steel targets provided that the targets are commercially made for the intended purpose, the targets deflect bullets downward to the ground and the targets are placed where bullets will strike the backstop if the target is missed. Steel must be placed no closer than 15 yards from the entrance to the bay.
  • Pistol bay steel plate targets may only be shot with normal pistol caliber cartridges (no Rifles or Pistols using center fire cartridges exceeding 1500fps, no shotgun slugs, and no magnum calibers allowed on Steel Targets). No steel core, armor piercing, tracer or incendiary ammunition may be used.
  • Shooters must generally be no closer than 10 yards from steel plate targets, however, SASS type targets, shot with “cowboy” loads may be shot at 5 yards. Further is better.

7. Rifles may be fired in the pistol bays so long as the bullets strike the backstop. Initial sighting in of rifles is encouraged in one of the pistol bays (preferably Bay 6) before shooting at the rifle range.

8. Shotguns may be fired in the pistol bays, but all shot must impact the backstop. No “skeet shooting” with thrown targets is allowed.

9. Rapid Fire must be conducted as near the Backstop as practical to assure that all bullets impact no higher than half way up the backstop, and do not damage Baffles or other range equipment.

10. Automatic (Select) fire: See Automatic (Select) fire Appendix


Rifle Range Safety Rules

For casual shooting and practice – Match Operating Rules can be found in the Appendix.

There are 7, 14 or 21 lanes on the rifle range, depending on the activity being conducted. Make sure to shoot down your lane. Work is being done to the rifle range at this time and it will continue and be marked off as we continue. Do not fire across lanes.

Shotguns are not allowed on rifle range except when firing slugs.

1. The rifle range has ONE firing line. The Muzzle of your gun must extend over the firing line.

  • Shooters must all follow the operational commands for HOT and COLD range.
  • Shooters on the line – please be courteous and coordinate range hot and cold with others in 20 min or less intervals.
  • The RSO will “Call out” the time when the range will go COLD for Target Changes.

2. When the range is COLD!

  • Firearms must be unloaded, magazines out, bolts open / locked to the rear or Actions open.
  • No one may handle a firearm when the range is cold. No looking through rifle scopes, no unpacking firearms, no cleaning firearms.
  • Cased firearms may be taken to or brought from a vehicle when the range is COLD. Guns that are not cased must be brought to the firing line with the action open, muzzle pointed up.

3. Before calling the range HOT, you must ALWAYS visually confirm that no one is downrange.

4. Pistols with pistol caliber cartridges are prohibited from the covered firing points on the Rifle Ranges. The bullets will hit the ground before impacting the backstop. Rifles shooting pistol cartridges are allowed at 100 yards provided that the cartridge has sufficient velocity to pass through the target and strike the backstop. Pistols shooting center-fire rifle cartridges are also allowed on the rifle range.

5. Targets must be placed at the proper height (normally 6 to 6 ½ feet off the ground) so that the bullet passes through the target and impacts into the backstop.

  • 100 yard target line – staple targets directly to the horizontal target boards or stands (not the posts!)

6. Rifle target line steel targets are for use only with expanding bullets. Steel core “penetrator” and armor piercing ammo is prohibited. If your bullet sticks to a magnet, it is steel core and cannot be shot at these steel targets.

7. Rapid Fire must be conducted as near the Backstop as practical to assure that all bullets impact no higher than half way up the backstop, and do not damage Baffles or other range equipment.

8. Automatic (Select) fire: See Automatic (Select) fire Appendix

9. Firing Line Etiquette:

  • Check in with other shooters already on the Range, establish who will be the RSO. Let them know what you’ll be doing.
  • Be prepared to hang targets as soon as the line is called safe / COLD.
  • Set up your equipment while the line is HOT.
  • Make sure everyone has time to put on hearing protection before you start shooting.
  • Make the line safe about every 20 min so others can hang targets.


Shotgun Ranges

The person pulling targets (the “puller/trapper”) is in charge of the field, and all shooters must follow their commands. When the command “Cease Fire” is given by anyone, immediately cease all firing, open your action and remove all shells from your gun.

  • Skeet, Trap, and Five-Stand fields are for shotguns firing at clay targets.
  • No slugs, buckshot, or any loads of lead shot larger than #7½, are permitted on these ranges. Please remember that the smaller the number the larger the shot so number 7 ½ -12 is the only shot generally allowed. Exception may be given by the Shotgun Committee Chair on a case-by-case basis.
  • Shooters must pay before leaving the ranges.
  • Generally Authorized shotgun ammunition:
  • 12ga or smaller
  • Shoot only 2 ¾ inch or shorter shells
  • Use 7 ½ shot or smaller.
  • Requests to use 8 or 10 gauge ammo for aerial targets must be approved by the Shotgun Committee Chair, on a case-by-case basis.
  • All shooters and spectators are REQUIRED to wear both eye and ear protection while on the shotgun ranges.
  • All shotguns, even empty, must be handled with care:
  • Carry your shotgun either with the breech broken open or with the breech bolt open.
  • Keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction – either down towards the ground (preferably) or upwards. Do not carry in a manner where your barrel sweeps across other people.
  • Place your shotgun in a stand or case when not in use.
  • Keep your shotgun open and unloaded at all times except when you are on a firing station preparing to shoot.
  • Do not load more shells than the number of targets that will be presented at one time.
  • Do not place shells into any part of the gun until you are standing on the shooting station with your gun pointed safely toward the flight area.
  • Shoot only from designated shooting stations.
  • Do not set an unsafe example for other less experienced shooters. No “Trick Shot” shooting.
  • Only one shooter, from a single firing station, may fire at a time. No more than one person may occupy a firing station at the same time, except when a coach and pupil are together (and in that case, there may be only one shotgun on the station).
  • Never “poach” or shoot at another target. If it is their turn to fire, it is not yours.
  • When the trap machines are to be filled a red cone will be displayed on the field near the trap house. While this cone is visible, immediately cease all firing, open the action, remove all shell’s from your gun, and place your gun in a rack or in the bag. While personnel are in the trap houses you may not sight your shotgun down range in the direction of the trap house or personnel. FIRING IN THE DIRECTION OF PERSONNEL IN THE TRAP HOUSES WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION FROM THE GUN CLUB.
  • No one except authorized personnel may make adjustments to the trap or skeet machines or enter the skeet/ trap houses.
  • Sighting or gun fitting/checking gun fit is only permitted on the shooting station or in a designated SAFE area. It is FORBIDDEN to shoot at, OR EVEN SIGHT AT, live animals while on any range.
  • You may retrieve only your empty hull’s, provided this does not unnecessarily delay the shooting squad, or create an unsafe situation.
  • Continuous use of the range when others are waiting is discourteous. Do not go directly from the last station back to the first to begin a new round until you have ascertained that there are no others waiting to shoot.
  • The patterning wall is available for use with lead shot, 12 gauge or smaller, and 71/2 – 12 shot only.


Pistol Appendix: Matches, Competitions and other activities that have a governing body or rule books will follow those rules once they are adopted and approved by the GGC BoD.





SASS / Cowboy Action

Steel Challenge


Rifle Appendix: Matches, Competitions and other activities that have a governing body or rule books will follow those rules once they are adopted and approved by the GGC BoD.

Rifle Sight-in

Rifle Sight-in Day

Rimfire Sporter

Appleseed Events

High Power “Cross the Course” Reduced



Shotgun Appendix: Matches, Competitions and other activities that have a governing body or rule books will follow those rules once they are adopted and approved by the GGC BoD.



Five Stand


Automatic (Select) Fire Appendix: (With GGC BoD approval)

Automatic (Select) Fire guns or firing using devices or methods that simulate automatic (select) Fire (such as “Slide Fire”, external trigger springs, etc.) is only permitted with advance approval of the GGC Rifle and Pistol Chairman. Automatic (select) Fire guns may be fired provided that they are set to semi-automatic fire and all legally required documents are physically present with the owner.

1.  Firing must be conducted as near as practical to the backstop to assure that all bullets impact not higher than halfway up the backstop, and do not damage the Baffles or Range equipment.

2.  Tripod and bipod mounted guns can be fired on the 100 yard rifle range or the 50 yard range from their mounts, from the ground, or from sandbags on the benches.


Instructor Appendix: All course materials, lesson plans, courses of fire, etc… Will be reviewed by the appropriate Committee Chair, and then presented to the GGC BoD for Approval prior to a class / instruction taking place.

1.  Any deviation from the approved course materials must be approved prior to a class being conducted.

2.  Law Enforcement style training poses unique, rigorous and often more dangerous situations than normal range use and must be reviewed prior being conducted at GGC.

3.  Any Instructor conducting training is responsible to have signed Liability Waivers for everyone on the range, prior to the first shot being fired.


Law Enforcement Appendix: Griffin Gun Club is a private operation that is available for use by Law Enforcement organizations on a “Per Fee” basis. Fees are established for Annual Use, or on a case-by-case basis, and must be paid in full prior to schedule requests being approved by the GGC BoD.

Agencies wishing to use ranges at GGC will submit a written Training Plan (approved and signed by the Chief Law Enforcement officer in the Agency, or their designated representative) in advance to the GGC BoD for review and approval. No deviation from the written training plan can be made by the agency without the deviation being submitted to the GGC BoD 30 days in advance.

1.  Reporting: The Precise number of agency personnel using GGC facilities must be reported monthly as well as in an Annual Report.

2.  Scheduling: Requests for scheduling dates will be submitted annually (date) and when approved by the GGC BoD the dates will be entered to the GGC Calendar. Agencies wishing to schedule GGC Ranges (normally Bay 6) for use may submit up to 4 days per month for consideration and approval by the GGC BoD.

3.  Insurance: Agencies wishing to use ranges at GGC will submit a copy of their Insurance Policy (with GGC listed as a beneficiary on the declaration Page) and have the equivalent of $1,000,000.00 or more of Liability coverage.

4.  Clean-up: Agencies wishing to use ranges at GGC will assure the range (normally Bay 6) is clean upon completion of training for the day and prior to departing GGC. All trash cans, targets, etc… will be placed in the dumpster and no trash will be left at the Bay or individual range used.

5.  Damage: Any damage found or caused by the Agency must be brought to GGC’s attention (in writing) within 3 calendar days.

6.  Failure to follow this or any of GGC policies may result in termination of this agreement.