General Range Rules:

1.     Always keep muzzle (and Bow) pointed in a safe direction at all times.

2.     Always keep your finger off of the trigger until the sights are on the target.

3.     Always keep action open and unloaded until ready to shoot.

4.     Know your firearm and ammunition.

5.     Carry only one caliber/gauge of ammunition at a time.

6.     Be sure of your target and what is beyond.

7.     Know where others are at all times.

8.     Hearing and eye protection are mandatory on all shooting ranges.

9.     Know and obey all range commands.

10.  Don’t mix alcohol or drugs with shooting.

11.  Remember: Treat every gun as a loaded gun.

12.  No hip shooting and no un-aimed fire. Sighted fire only on all ranges.                                                              

13.  When walking on club property and your long gun is not cased it must be carried muzzle down, action open, magazine removed and should have an Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) placed in the chamber. Handguns should be cased or holstered while walking on club property.

14.  Firearms will not be pointed higher than parallel to the ground while you are in the act of shooting at your target. For example, you may not begin your shooting routine by pointing your firearm skywards and then pointing it down to the target. No muzzle up unloading/reloading (except revolvers, muzzle loading firearms and certain types rifles/carbines with tubular magazines).

15.  Firing line must never be beyond the side berms of any range.

16.  Obey instantly all range commands. Stop shooting immediately upon command “Cease Firing” or other commands to end firing and follow directions from whoever is in charge: A RSO, if present, will take control in solving the situation. If no RSO is present, the person who called the cease fire will take control, or submit control to another person who can handle the situation

17.  Before shooting, make absolutely certain that nobody is downrange. The firing line MUST be safe before anyone goes downrange. Actions open, magazine removed, gun cleared and stored, laid on bench, and an ECI should be in the chamber, holstered, or placed into shooting bag or slung muzzle down. Do not handle or touch any firearm when someone else is downrange.

18.  COLD Range: Shooters must check with others to ensure firearms are unloaded, actions open, magazine removed, ECI’S should be in the chamber and firearms laid down on the shooting bench before going downrange. When firing line is called safe you may go downrange. No one is permitted to handle firearms or stand at the firing line while there is cease fire called or the range is declared safe.

19.  HOT Range: Shooters must check with others to ensure there is no one downrange; when the range is declared "HOT" shooters are permitted to commence firing. Only shooters, instructors or other designated safety personnel are permitted on the firing line. Shooters may move safe guns to and from the firing line only when advised to do so by the Range Officer or designated person in charge.

20.  Use paper/cardboard targets and swingers only. Bring targets with you.  Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. does not supply targets or target holders. No bowling pins, golf balls, bottles, cans, clay pigeons, exploding targets, flipping or spinning targets, etc. Exceptions may be granted by the BOD for organized events.

21.  All barricades should be made from wood strapping and thin plywood, cardboard, snow fence, or corrugated plastic sheeting. No plastic or metal barrels are to be used as barricades.

22.  In a Course of Fire (CoF) where the shooter starts in a position that has them facing up-range (facing the crowd), turning on signal and drawing their firearm; the shooter shall ALWAYS turn into their holster side, and obviously not draw until completely facing downrange!

23.  No shotgun shooting at thrown targets on club property.

24.  Fully Automatic firing is banned from Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. property. This includes trigger actuators, which cause a semi auto to function in a full auto manner. Exceptions to certain Law Enforcement Organizations (LEOs) may be granted by the BOD.

25.  Shooting from a moving vehicle is banned on Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. property. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this rule. Any range where a vehicle is used as a prop becomes a RESTRICTED RANGE.

26.  Shooting at wildlife on Pioneer Sportsmen Inc. property is prohibited.

27.  No incendiary, tracer, armor piercing or explosive rounds, exploding targets, or fireworks allowed on club property.

28.  No walking or standing on any berms. No placing target frames, sticks etc. in to a berm.

29.  Keep ranges clean. Pick up and throw away your targets when finished shooting. If the trash barrels are overflowing, empty them into the dumpster at the clubhouse.

30.  Air Pistols and air rifles may be used on the Indoor range, Outdoor 25 yard Multi-Purpose Range, The Outdoor 50 yard pistol range, Rifle Range, and Silhouette Range. Air rifles and air pistols are not firearms but when using air rifles and air pistols all firearm safety rules apply.

31.  All shooting and target placement must comply with the range marker guidelines listed below.

32.  180 Rule – When facing downrange the muzzle must always be pointed no further than 90 degrees left or right. This forms a line that is parallel to the downrange berm. The muzzle must never extend past that line.

33.  Gates to outdoor ranges are to be left open and unlocked while the ranges are being used. If you are the last one to leave you are responsible to lock the gate and ensure everyone has left.

34.  Prohibited on all PSI ranges are 50 BMG or similar ballistics.


Bullet Impact Zone

Be sure of your backstop at all times. All bullets MUST impact the rear most berm and should impact into the proper (safe) impact area of the berm. The proper (safe) impact area (hereinafter referred to as the impact area) is generally the same on all ranges and is from 2 feet up from the base up to 5 feet high on the rear most berm.


The only exceptions to this rule are:

·       Bullseye - When shooting or practicing Bullseye on the 50 Yard outdoor Pistol Range. In this case you must use the Bullseye target stands and be active in Bullseye shooting.

·       Action Shooting – Targets can be placed in accordance with acceptable IDPA/Steel Challenge rules, but care must be take to insure that all bullets impact the berms downrange of the Yellow topped markers on the Action Ranges and Multipurpose range.

·       Silhouette – When practicing on the Silhouette range be sure bullet and trajectory are such that bullet impacts the smaller berms just behind the target areas.


Targets placed such that bullets fired miss the impact zone or backstop will be brought before the BOD for disciplinary action and risk loss of membership with no refund.

Range Markers

All action bays and the Multi-Purpose range have a set of RED topped posts and YELLOW topped posts.

1.     These posts define two lines, a Yellow and a RED

2.     The YELLOW line shows the rear most point a target may be placed on the range when doing “action pistol shooting”. Otherwise place your targets up close to the berm, 2 feet off the ground, and not higher than 5 feet.  (See bullet impact zone)

3.     The RED Line defines the rearmost point where a shooter may fire from on that range.

Sighting In

When sighting in a firearm for the first time, and you are not quite sure of the point of impact, you should move as close to the target as practical for the firearm and ammunition you are using.  This should not be any closer than 7 yards for safety. Make sure you’re on the paper, and more importantly, that the projectile impacts into the backstop or the bullet impact zone of the berm.


Once you are confident of the accuracy of the firearm and yourself, gradually increase the distance between the target and the firing line making sure that that the projectile impacts into the backstop or the bullet impact zone of the berm.


Ammunition Restrictions:

Ammunition restrictions apply when shooting at any steel targets on the action bays and when using the indoor range.



·       Center fire rifle cartridges

·       Black Powder or Substitutes

·       Shotguns or Shotgun shells

·       Full Auto fire

·       Shot shells of any caliber including 22 rimfire

·       Armor piercing or Tracers

·       Steel Core, Tungsten or bullets with similar hardened cores

·       Magnum loaded ammunition (Factory or hand loaded)

·       .17 Caliber of any type

Action Bays Steel Target Restrictions:

·       Pistol caliber hand loaded or factory load ammunition must be manufactured to the following specifications:

o   Have a velocity Greater than 750FPS

o   Have a Max Power factor of 160

§  Power Factor = ((Bullet Weight in Grains x fps)/1000)

Indoor Range Restrictions:

·       No +P or +P+,

·       Lead or Jacketed ammunition must be rated under 1200FPS

·       Frangible/Sintered ammo over 1200 FPS may be used



·       Rim fire ammunition, .22 caliber standard or high velocity bullet may also be used on steel targets on the action bay and the indoor range.

·       Certain BOD approved events/matches may allow the use of shotguns or shot shells on steel targets. 


DO NOT SHOOT - If you are unsure of your firearm or ammunitions compliance with these rules. Contact the Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) and his staff of Assistant RSO's with any questions at the following email address:


Emergency Procedure 

Anyone observing or involved in an accident or injury will notify CRSO or PSI Officer or Director as soon as possible. If it is a life-threatening situation, immediately call 911 and say there was an accidental discharge. Each observer and accident victim will submit a report to CRSO concerning what happened, location(s) of the incident, time, and who was involved (obtain names, addresses, and phone numbers).


Members should comply with the following:

1.     Safety briefing should be held prior to the start of any event.

2.     All range users include associate members and guest should know the locations of first aid kits, AED, Men/Women facilities.

3.     It is suggested that everyone that uses our ranges have a first aid kit.

4.     Organized events should follow the PSI first aid and AED policy.

5.     A phone is available in the clubhouse next to the guest fee collection box that may be used for emergency purposes.


In the event of an emergency, take charge of the situation

·       Render Aid

·       Call for Help 9-1-1 and say there was an accidental discharge

o   Note: There is a phone in the clubhouse that is located near the guest range fee collection box.

·       Direct help to location and specify which range

o   Use the name indicated on range signs

o   Enlist others to help with directions and guide emergency services

·       Take reports (Who-What-Where-When-How–Why)

·       After the event please notify and provide the requested information to the Range Safety Officer or any member of the BOD


If dialing 911 you will be asked to provide the following information:

·       Address to dispatch services to:

21 Farrington Road

Dunbarton, NH

·       Range where the incident occurred

·       Type of incident (Please don’t say a gun shot or shooting!)

o   Accidental gun/bow wound

o   Heart Attack

o   Trouble breathing

·       Patient Condition and Awareness