Due to a shortage in Range Officers, and availability, Please call the Outdoor Handgun director in advance to make sure there will be an RO to open the range. If you do not call there may be no one available to open the range.
Schedule & Location
Outdoor Handgun takes place at our 50m Outdoor Range.
50m Outdoor Range Rules
- A Range Officer must be present and obeyed at all times.
- All members and guests must sign in and pay appropriate Range Fees.
- All members must have their membership card present in order to receive Member Rates.
- Hang targets only in Frames provided at the backstop.
- Shotguns firing bird shot or buck shot may not be fired at the backstop.
- All Shooters and Observers on the Range, must wear ear and eye protection when the Range is Active.
- You may only handle or touch firearms when the Range is Active.
- Never close the action on a live cartridge or shell until the Firearm is pointed down range.
- Do not touch the trigger until the firearm is pointed down range and you are ready to fire.
- Alcoholic beverages or drugs are prohibited on the Range
- Smoking is to be conducted in designated areas only.
- This range may not be used when the Rifle Range or Trap Range is in operation.
Safety is Penticton Shooting Sports primary concern. We are focused on providing a safe and friendly environment for our club members and their guests.
Nothing can ruin a day faster than one individual and their unsafe firearms practices.
Some common infractions we see and to beware of in yourself.
- Never handle a firearm when the range is closed or inactive.It doesn’t matter if the firearm is unloaded or if you were only stroking the beautiful finish on it.Your fellow members are downrange and will not appreciate you handling a firearm while it is pointed in their direction.
- Take care unpacking your firearms so you don’t sweep the range with the muzzle.Pointing even an unloaded firearm is a federal offence, you may not be doing it in a threatening manner, but it’s all in how the person you pointed it at perceives it.Try to visualize a red hot laser pointing out the end of your firearms that will burn everything it touches.This will help you remember to keep your firearms pointed in a safe and unthreatening direction at all times.
- Take care clearing jams, loading and unloading your firearms.It’s easy to get focused on an issue with your firearm and forget where your pointing it.
- Keep your finger off the trigger, unless you are on target and ready to fire.
- Always be aware of your targets foreground and background.As well be aware of any ricochets.Shooting at targets on the ground will result in ricocheted rounds.
Our Range Safety Officers will be on site at all times to help identify any safety concerns. If you have any questions about Range Safety please be sure to ask.
Minor Infractions will be politely corrected. If Minor infractions continue they will be escalated to Major Infractions and the violators may be asked to leave the range. All Major infractions will be recorded in an Incident Report.
- Penalties for Major Infractions could include:
- Being asked to leave the Range
- Having your membership revoked
- Being Banned from Penticton Shooting Sports
- In extremely serious Major Safety Concerns, the RCMP will be contacted and Public Safety Concern will be raised.
Here is a list of common Range Commands you may hear on the Range. Reading this will help you prepare for your day at the Range
“Range is Active.”
- Red Flag is up
- You may handle/unpack/pack your firearms at the firing line
- You may load magazines
- You may NOT load your firearms
“Eyes and Ear Protection On.”
- Everybody in attendance must put their on their ear and eye protection.
” Load and Commence Fire.”
- Firing may be conducted as per the Range Officers instruction.
- All Firing Must Stop.
“Make the Range Safe.”
- All Firearms are unloaded and chambers locked in the open position.
- Open chambers are displayed as per the Range Officers Instruction.
- Firearms are stored as per the Range Officers Instruction.
- Chamber Flags are used in Firearms where the Chamber cannot be locked open.
- Everybody in attendancemust move behind the safe line.
- The Range officer will visually inspect all firearms to ensure the are unloaded and safe.
“The Range is Closed, you may go downrange and check your targets.”
- Firearms may NOT be handled during this period.No Exceptions!
- Shooters may proceed down range and check/replace their targets
- When you return from downrange, step to behind the safe line.
“Has everybody returned from downrange?”
- All personnel should visually confirm that nobody is still downrange, and that everybody is safely behind the safe line.