Michigan City Rifle Club
 Northwest Indiana's oldest gun club.

General Rules and Regulations

  1. The entry gate shall be kept locked at non-scheduled events and all buildings shall be kept locked with the club key card.
  2. When entering or leaving the club at non-scheduled events, ALWAYS lock the entry gate behind you.
  3. When the last two cars are leaving the range at night, they should both wait until the gate is locked.
  4. Before leaving the premises, all lights shall be turned off and all thermostats turned down to 50°.
  5. Premises shall be policed before leaving; LEAVE IT CLEANER THAN YOU FOUND IT.
  6. Pets should be kept on a leash at all times.
  7. All minor children shall be under adult supervision at all times.
  8. No holes or impressions are to be made in the blacktopped outdoor firing line.
  9. Absolutely no climbing, mining or digging on the outdoor backstops. No targets are to be placed on the outdoor backstops.
  10. Each member may have an individual as a guest no more than two (2) times a year. Note that immediate family (i.e. spouse and children) may accompany the member at any time.
  11. Members must sign in on one of the logbooks located in each building when on the premises. If they have a guest, the guest must sign the guest waiver and the logbook.
  12. All shots shall be directed into the backstop. DO NOT fire over the backstop.
  13. Incendiary, tracer or armor piercing ammunition of any kind is prohibited.
  14. Only target frames provided by the club or approved by the executive committee may be used on the ranges.
  15. Shooters using jacketed bullets on the indoor range do so at their own risk and are responsible for any injury to others.
  16. rifle usage on the indoor range is restricted to .22 cal. rim fire (short, long or long rifle) or the following pistol/carbine calibers: 9mm Luger, .45ACP, .38/.357, .40 S&W, and commonly available Cowboy Action calibers.
  17. No shotgun usage allowed on the indoor range.
  18. Multi-projectile cartridges or shot shells are prohibited on the indoor range.
  19. Black powder or black powder substitutes are prohibited on the indoor range.
  20. All indoor handgun shooting is to be directed to the backstop upper tier.
  21. Equipment used on the club's ranges is to be returned to its storage location when finished shooting.
  22. Full auto and 50 BMG weapons are prohibited.
  23. No hunting allowed on club property.
  24. Rifle caliber pistols, including .30 Carbine are prohibited on the indoor range. Also, bottle-necked cartridges are prohibited, except for: .357 SIG, 7.62mm Tokarev, .38-40, .44-40, .32-20, .30 Luger, and .30 Mauser. Specifically prohibited cartridges are: .50AE, .480 Ruger, .454 Casull, .460 S&V, .500 S&W and .45-70.

Safety Rules

  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  4. Know your target and what is beyond.
  5. Know how to use the gun safely.
  6. Handle all firearms as if they were loaded.
  7. Be sure the gun is safe to operate. Before discharging your firearm, you should routinely make sure that your firearm is in good working order and that the barrel is clear of dirt and obstructions.
  8. Only use ammunition recommended by the firearm manufacturer, and always be certain that the ammunition matches the caliber of your gun.
  9. Quality ear and eye protection must always be worn when shooting or observing.
  10. Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
  11. Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons. All firearms should be stored, unloaded and secured in a safe storage case, inaccessible to children and untrained adults.
  12. Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
  13. Always be certain that your target and the surrounding are safe before firing.
  14. Whenever you handle a firearm, the first thing you should do (while keeping it pointed in a safe direction with your finger outside the trigger guard) is to open the action to determine whether or not the firearm is loaded.
  15. Thoroughly read the instruction manual supplied with your firearm.
  16. The transportation of firearms is regulated by Federal, State, and local laws. Always transport your firearm in a safe, unloaded condition and in accordance with applicable laws.

Range Rules

  1. Commands issued by Range Officers must be obeyed immediately and without question.
  2. When the command "CEASE FIRE" or "STOP" is given:
    1. Stop shooting immediately
    2. Remove your finger from the trigger
    3. Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
    4. Wait for further instructions from the range officer
  3. When the line is declared "CLEAR"
    1. All firearms must be unloaded and benched or grounded or holstered, with the action open, cylinder or ejection port up, or verified "CLEAR" by the safety officer and the magazine removed.
    2. Everyone must step back from the firing line and, at the discretion of the Range Officer; No firearms may be handled while the line is "CLEAR"
  4. No loaded firearm is to be removed from the firing line.
  5. Absolutely no unauthorized items shall be used as targets. This includes, but is not limited to: glass containers, rocks, trees, cans, unapproved metal pieces, milk jugs or non-biodegradable birds.
  6. When a scheduled event is held on any range, no other firing may be done on that range without the express consent of the Ranger Officer.
  7. Only biodegradable birds are to be used for any purpose.
  8. When more than one shooter is using the range on a non-scheduled basis, one member shall be selected to act as Range Officer.
  9. Firing shall be done only from the designated firing lines and at right angles to the backstop at all times.
  10. Use the appropriate size target, placed at eye level to ensure that your shots strike the backstop and not the ground, floor, ceiling, or target holder.
  11. All firearms not being used on the line shall have the action open, and to any observer, be obviously unloaded and safe, other than as directed by the Range Officer.
  12. Smoking is prohibited on any firing line and near any gunpowder or loading equipment in use on the premises.
  13. Gunpowder must be kept in a closed and covered container anywhere on the premises.
  14. Use of full automatic firearms or .50 BMG cartridges is prohibited on any range.
  15. No cross-draw holster may be used, other than at Cowboy Action Shoots.
  16. At indoor or outdoor range, all "brass" (steel, aluminum or brass) must be collected and placed in can/bucket for disposal by shooters. Only rim fire brass may be swept off outdoor firing line.
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