Range Rules and Fees – West End Gun Club, Inc.
Main Range Fees
Fees are charged for the main range, when a Rangemaster is present and is controlling the Main Range firing line.
- Annual members pay no fee for themselves or for their immediate family (spouse, minor children, and minor grandchildren). An annual member may bring up to three (3) guests, with a charge of $5/guest.
- Limited members pay no fee for themselves. They are restricted to two (2) guests (including minors), at a cost of $10/guest (minors are free).
- There is no charge for minor shooters at the Main Range. The Rangemaster present must approve all minor shooters. An adult must supervise minor shooters, at all times, while they are shooting.
- A waiver must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who is present, for all guests that are minors and on the range, regardless of whether they are shooting or not.
The fees paid by competitors in scheduled events are set by each discipline’s Director. Payment of a match fee does not entitle the guest to shoot free of charge on the Main Range or to the use of any WEGC range facilities before or after the match, without being with a WEGC member. Check with the Match Director for additional fees for special match events.
The Board establishes range fees and permission for special recreational events and use by members on a case-by-case basis. In general, however, range fees will apply and an Annual member must be in attendance with the group at all times.
General Club Rules
- No alcohol or other intoxicating substance (prescribed or not) is to be present or consumed by anyone, anywhere on club property, while guns are present and available for use. Once an individual starts to drink alcohol or ingest/inhale an intoxicating substance, he or she is finished shooting for the day.
- Any condition resulting in the shooters impairment will result in their immediate termination of shooting and may result in the shooter being asked to leave the range until this condition is mitigated.
- Absolutely no alcohol or other intoxicating substances are allowed on the Main Range at any time.
- Smoking is allowed inside vehicles only. There is no smoking allowed anywhere else on the premises. E-cigarettes and “vaping” are also allowed inside vehicles only, to avoid confusion.
- All members and guests on all Club range facilities, when in areas that may present a hazard due to the results of bullet impact and gunshot report, are required to wear eye and hearing protection.
- All Guests must sign a WEGC Waiver of Liability each time they visit the range or have a digital waiver kept on file annually with the club and on their person while at the club.
- Minor guests (under the age of 18) must have a WEGC Waiver of Liability signed for them by a parent or guardian, which must be present, and shall have a signed parental permission slip with them while on WEGC property.
- Guest participants of WEGC sponsored matches or events may have a WEGC Waiver of Liability kept on file annually by the Director of that match or event and therefore, will not need to complete the form each time, when participating in that specific match or event.
- Excluding immediate family (spouse, minor children, and minor grandchildren), Annual members are allowed no more than three (3) additional guests, while using the back ranges.
- Match Directors may have as many guest shooters as their Range Safety Officer cadre is able to support at any WEGC sponsored match or event.
- WEGC is a cold range. All guns are to be kept in a safe and empty condition, until on the firing line, or under the supervision of a Range Safety Officer, during competition.
- Except for those days and times when the Main Range is available to Limited members (when a Rangemaster is present), the range gate is to be kept locked by Annual members, at all times. Make certain that the padlock has been snapped into place, right side up, and the combination scrambled.
- Absolutely no sales of firearms or ammunition are permitted on range property.
- Direct transfer of black powder from bulk containers to a firearm is not permitted. Black powder shooters must reload from a powder horn or tin. Shooters may transfer black powder from bulk containers to a powder horn, but then they must safely secure the bulk black powder container before shooting.
- Any shooters under the age of 18 years old are considered a minor shooter. While shooting, minors must be under the constant supervision of an adult.
- Visitors are permitted to watch matches or events on the range, free of charge. They are not allowed to roam around freely, however, and must be accompanied by an Annual member when not in the vicinity of the Main Range or any of the matches.
- The speed limit for the range property is 5 mph, at all times. It is recommended that you not exceed 15 mph on the access road, due to loose gravel and blind curves.
- No WEGC member may use the Club’s property to conduct any business, where they directly or indirectly, personally profit from others (members or non-members), by using the range to facilitate their business transaction. This includes private instruction of firearms use, safety, or tactics. Other business ventures where WEGC members profit from the use of Club property to facilitate their business are prohibited. This does not include commercial rentals. If a WEGC member is requesting a commercial rental, and provides all the required insurance, safety plan, and payment mandates, this policy would not apply.
- Never shoot at club property or structures. Any club equipment which you might use, is to be used only for the purpose for which it is designed, including tables, chairs, benches, buckets, trash cans, rifle racks, equipment storage boxes, and target holders. Intentional vandalism to club property will lead to expulsion from the Club and loss of membership.
- Unauthorized use of safeguarded club equipment is prohibited. If material is locked and you don’t have a key, leave it alone.
- Members are responsible for bringing appropriate targets whenever they use the back ranges.
- Shooting at rocks or any other inappropriate targets that cause ricochets or may start a fire is prohibited everywhere on the range.
Shooting at the following items is strictly prohibited, everywhere on the range:
- Junk, glass, flammable or exploding material (like Tannerite or any other binary compound), containers designed to hold flammable materials, non-biodegradable targets (where debris might wash into the creek and present a hazard), e-waste (such as televisions, computers, refrigerators, light fixtures, automotive components, etc.), fruits or vegetables.
- Tracer, incendiary and armor-piercing ammunitions are prohibited, everywhere on the range.
- Steel-core ammunition is restricted to the Main Range and only when the Range Staff has permitted its use.
- Do not dump e-waste, petroleum products, or any other hazardous waste, in the trash cans or dumpsters.
- Members are responsible to clean up after themselves and their guests. Deposit all trash in the appropriate trash cans, dumpsters, or pack it up and take it home. This includes spent casings or shotgun hulls.
- Hunting or shooting at any wildlife is strictly prohibited everywhere on WEGC range property.
- Open campfires, and wood burning or charcoal barbecues, are strictly prohibited everywhere on WEGC range property. Only propane barbecues are permitted for use on WEGC range property.
- The Main Range is closed to Limited members on holidays or anytime the Rangemaster is not in attendance. The range gate will always be locked open if a Rangemaster is operating the Main Range.
- The action of all guns shall always be open except when in shooting positions. Range safety chamber flags are required for all firearms on the firing line.
- No handling guns of any kind or any equipment at shooting benches during the line-breaks.
- Stay on the firing line when shooting.
- Shoot at approved targets only. The Rangemaster on duty has the authority to classify any target as inappropriate, to preserve the safety of the range, members, or guests.
- Clay birds or any flying targets, of any kind, are prohibited, on the Main Range.
- Intoxicating beverages are not permitted.
- Minors (anyone under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and shall not be permitted to shoot unless under the supervision of an adult. Additionally, if the minor is not shooting, they shall not be permitted on the firing line.
- A time limit of two (2) hours may be enforced, if all firing positions are occupied.
- The Rangemaster may refuse anyone the right to shoot and may order anyone to leave the range to enforce range rules and preserve the safety of the range, members, or guests.
- While on the Main Range, shoot rifles on the rifle side, and pistols on the pistol side, unless you have prior authorization from the Rangemaster on duty.
- Use of a holster to carry a gun or to draw from is prohibited on the Main Range.
- Before proceeding to the back range area, all Annual members and their guests, must stop at the range office to check in with the Rangemaster, whenever a Rangemaster is in control of the Main Range. They will inform you if any of the back ranges are unavailable for member use.
- All Annual members are required to have a full sized shovel whenever they are on the range and show it to anyone who asks. A 4 lb. fire extinguisher is also recommended.
- Members are required to have their membership cards with them, whenever they are on the range. A member is required to show their membership card whenever they are asked, and may request to see any members’ card, as well. When asked about membership status, guests are required to provide information about who they are and who they are with.
- Use of the back ranges, by Annual members, are on a first come, first served basis, except as described otherwise, in these range rules. All members are required to share the range facilities with fellow members whenever attendance is high. This applies to all bays and pads. The Rangemasters have the final authority to close or open any bay or pad, at any time, to accommodate the maximum number of members using the range.
- Use of the back ranges is limited to Annual members and their guests. Annual members must accompany guests on the back ranges at all times. Regularly scheduled matches are open to guests, but non-members must remain in the immediate vicinity of the match.
- The Smallbore Silhouette/Youth Minor/Rimfire range is for .22 short, long, and long rifle rimfire only. Absolutely no .17 caliber, no magnum rimfire, no rimfire with a velocity above 1,500 fps, and no centerfire ammunition use are allowed. Clay bird targets are restricted and may not be used on the Rimfire Range.
- Rifle shooters are given priority use of the Silhouette pad (formerly known as 200-meter pads) Monday, Wednesday through Friday, and on the fifth Saturday and Sunday mornings (also known as Members’ Days), before 10:00.
- Before 10:00, members occupying bays beyond the Silhouette pad, must move back to other bays, at the request of Annual members, wishing to use the Silhouette pad, as long as there is space available for their activities in bays 1 through 11. After inspecting the back ranges and ensuring they are cleared of other occupants, the gate leading to bays 12 through 17 must be closed before using the Silhouette pad.
- The Rangemasters have the final authority to close or open any bay or pad, at any time, to accommodate the maximum number of members using the range.
- All rifle shooting positions that shoot over other shooting positions or bays, require a safety inspection first, where the member(s) drive or walk, the full distance from the firing line to the impact area. Once the range is determined to be secure, with no other persons present downrange, and all gates or safety cables closed to insure that no one drives past your firing position while you are shooting, only then may firing commence.
- Never walk or drive past any closed gates, cables, safety cones, or barricades without checking to see if that area is a live-fire area. ONLY match directors are allowed to lock the gate by Silhouette pad during matches.
- Shooting on the back ranges must always be in the direction of authorized impact areas and from designated rifle pads, or while completely inside the berms of an authorized shooting bay.
Upper Range – Shotgun and Rifle
The new upper range is available to members only, during certain, specified times.
- No member shall cross the upper range gate until it has been opened by the rangemaster.
- No member shall drive or walk past a closed red safety gate (possible live-fire area).
- Only full members or guests of full members may use the upper range. Guests must be accompanied by a full member. This does not apply to matches.
- All members must comply with the posted signs for both shotgun and rifle at the new upper range.
- All members must comply with the shotgun/rifle use schedule, posted on the calendar.
- Handgun use is not permitted on the upper range.
- All shooting shall only be from the rifle pads and into the designated rifle impact areas. Rifle targets are to be placed only at the designated areas at the 100, 200, and 325-yard impact berms.
- Trash must be carried out to the parking area and placed into the trash bin.
- Shell casings must be picked up and put in the container on the pad or in a trash bin in the parking area.
- Archery area is on the former skeet area.
- Discharge of any firearm is prohibited in Archery Area, including all areas east of the roadway.