The following general safety rules must be applied at all times while using Wabamun Gun Club facilities:
- When handling, loading or unloading a gun, keep the muzzle pointed down range. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
- Don’t touch the trigger until you have the gun pointed at a safe target, you are ready to fire and you are sure of your back stop.
- Adequate eye and ear protection must be worn on all ranges.
- If a chambered round or shell does not fire when you depress the trigger, keep the firearm pointed down range and in a safe direction, take your finger off of the trigger and wait for 30 seconds. If the cartridge or shell does not fire, remove it from the chamber and place it in the “Dud Boxes” located at the range. These will be picked up for destruction by WGC staff.
- Cleaning firearms and gun handling on WGC property is to be performed in the designated “Safe Areas.”
- Shoot only at targets directly in front of your position. Shooting targets at an angle may result in bullets going outside of the berms or create the chance for a ricochet, especially on steel targets. Both are serious safety problems.
- When unloading semi-automatic firearms, remove/unload the magazine first, rack the slide twice, lock it in the open position and inspect the chamber to be sure that no live round is present.
- Members are responsible for their guests. Members and guests must stay together.
- Members must police their brass and clean up after themselves. Be considerate of the ejected brass from semi-automatic firearms to ensure they are not interfering with other shooters.
- No full-auto or burst-fire firearms are allowed on this range.
- No explosive targets are allowed on this range (e.g. Tannerite).
- When arriving at the range, first observe all safety devices, such as flags and signs. Understand the range status and obey applicable range rules.
- The destruction of foliage, property, or wildlife on any range is strictly prohibited.
- Before going down range, request a cease-fire and follow Range Commands. Unless it is an immediate safety concern, be considerate of other shooters and make your request when they have finished shooting a sequence.
- WGC requires the use of Range Commands. They will be practiced by the RSO when assigned and also by members in the absence of an RSO. Commands must be obeyed immediately.
- RSO’s have the right to ask any person to leave the range for any unsafe practices or for breaking any range rules.
- If a cease fire is called on the main rifle range, a cease fire exists on the handgun range as well.
- There will be no discharging of firearms skyward, at berms or any other place other than at designated targets.
- There will be no discharging of firearms at target stands.
- There will be no discharging/firing of shotguns at the range where the shotgun is loaded with shotgun shells containing pellets/shot.
- It is the Duty of All WGC members to keep up to date with range rules and regulations and to be aware of changes before using the range.
- If you still feel something is not safe, are unsure of something or witness an unsafe act, PLEASE SPEAK UP IMMEDIATELY! Any safety issue not corrected shall be referred to the WGC Executive.
All WGC Range Members (Range Officers, Range staff and Range users) are required to sign their WGC (Wabamun Gun Club) Membership Card acknowledging that they have read and understood these Range Operating Instructions.