Pistol

The pistol range features a covered, poured concrete firing line, with fixed target positions at 7-1/2, 12, 25, 50, and 100 yards.

Public Use

The Pistol Facilities are not open to the public. Shooting Instructors are available for lessons to non-members and members.

Pistols firing "traditional pistol cartridges" (up to .50 AE) can be used, as well as .22 caliber rim-fire rifles. (Not allowed are ANY centerfire rifles, black powder rifles, and fully automatic weapons, or devices that simulate fully automatic fire.)Informal pistol competition includes falling-plate, IDPA Style (International Defensive Pistol Association), and PPC (Police Practical Combat) competitions. Shooting events are held Tuesday evenings. Shooting year-round weather permitting, and are open to the public. Formal competition is offered in NRA Hunters Pistol Silhouette, Small Bore Hunters Pistol Silhouette, Small Bore Rifle Silhouette, and Small-bore Cowboy Rifle Silhouette. These matches are NRA approved and in 2008 will be held on the third Sunday of each month March through November.

Pistol Rules

PISTOL RULES (Updated 1 April 2019) PDF

Pistol Test (Updated 1 April 2019) PDF

Note: New members will be required to attend and pass a live fire qualification course before using the pistol range. Members and their spouses receiving a new pistol certification (not the annual recertification) must first pass a live fire test. A spouse may chose not to take the live fire test. In this case they would shoot under the same rules as a member’s child – the certified member must stand beside them while they shoot and the certified member may not shoot but must supervise the spouse. To shoot off hours they must still pass the written and dummy gun portion of the annual pistol certification. Members failing to pass will not shoot on the pistol range. The live fire will not be given to any member twice.  Members will use their own firearm at this course. Notification of these courses to new members will be by the website, email, or at the Sunday-Wednesday safety classes

Use club paper targets (free) or bring your own paper targets.  Use only one centered paper target per wooden target holder at 7, 15, and 25 yards.  This means one bullseye only on the paper.

1.0  Arrival at the Pistol Range and Check-In during "Open" Hours:   All individuals must sign in on the pistol range during both on/open hours as well as off/closed hours.

1.1  All handguns and rifles must be unloaded and packaged, meaning in a bag, sack, box, gun case, or the like. Magazines must be removed from all firearms before coming onto Club property.

1.2  No pistol will be carried openly in a holster, except during approved matches.

1.3  All magazines and speed loaders must be unloaded when entering and leaving the range.

1.4  FIREARMS ARE TO BE UNCASED ONLY ON THE FIRING LINE (BENCHES). DO NOT uncase any firearms on the tables, floor, or anywhere behind the firing line.  Firearms must remain packaged unless on the bench at a shooting station.

1.5  Before taking a shooting station all shooters must check in with the Range Officer.   Do not take a shooting station or unpack any firearm or touch any firearm without the Range Officer’s approval.

1.6  The Range Officer on duty has full authority over the pistol range.

1.7  The Range Officer will ensure that all shooters have the proper badge, or are hosted by a member with a pistol range certified badge. Hand your badge to the duty range officer during open hours.

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2.0  Pistols and Pistol Ammunition Allowed

2.1  Pistols, including black powder pistols, must be .45 caliber or smaller; however, additional calibers approved by the Board of Directors may be posted at the pistol range.

2.2  Air pistols may be used. Inform others if they must be fired to unload.

2.3   If shooting black powder or air pistols, inform the Range Officer that these pistols cannot “just” be unloaded and made safe on command.

2.4  Single shot or bolt-action handguns are restricted to production straight wall pistol calibers.

2.5  Additionally, the calibers approved for NRA “Hunter’s Pistol” competition are permitted. These

are:

2.5.1 Hornet .25-20, .32-20, .22 calibers

2.5.2 Sig .357 caliber

2.5.3 Mauser .30 caliber

2.5.4 Rensing .270 caliber

2.5.5 AE .50 caliber has also been specifically approved by the Board of Directors.

2.6   The use of tracers, incendiary, and armor piercing ammunition, and ammunition prohibited by federal, state or local law, is prohibited.

3.0 Rifles and Rifle Ammunition Allowed

3.1 Rimfire rifles must be .22 caliber and below .

3.2 If shooting an air rifle, inform the Range Officer that that the rifle cannot “just” be unloaded and made safe on command.

3.3 Only rimfire ammunition is allowed, including:

3.3.1 Winchester .22 caliber Magnum Rimfire

3.3.2 new Hornady  .17 caliber Magnum Rimfire.

4.0 Targets and Stations; Clean-Up

4.1 Shooters are responsible for cleaning up their stations and removing their targets.  Shooters must clean up all targets used. Strip paper targets off the cardboard.

4.2 Use club paper targets (free) or bring your own paper targets.  Use only one centered paper target per wooden target holder at 7, 15, and 25 yards.  This means one bullseye only on the paper.

4.3 Exploding targets, glass containers, and containers containing toxins are prohibited.

4.4 No metal targets.

4.5 No ground targets are allowed.

4.6 Shoot Only Down Range And Below The Berm Line.

4.7 Shoot only at targets directly out from the station where the firearm is set up; no cross firing is permitted. Lanes are numbered so shoot only the target in your lane.

4.8 Shooters may change stations; firearms do not change stations.

4.9 Pick up all empty shells when finished shooting.

4.10 Do not clean firearms on the range or your car.  Take them home.

4.11 If benchresting a firearm you may use the rests supplied and be sure your barrel is at the height of the center of your target.

4.12 Do not shoot from a prone, sitting on ground,  or  kneeling position anywhere on the range.

4.13 Watch signs posted on the range for any rule changes.

4.14 Bullseye shooters who have their own “turning target” equipment are permitted to use them on the pistol range. The target must be at the same height as those nearby.

4.15 When loading a pistol, keep the muzzle pointed down range and not pointed up. A valid exception will be made for muzzle loading pistols which must be loaded in an upright position.

4.16 Shoot at a pace which allows you to fully control your firearm and maintain your ability to keep all your rounds on target. This range should be used for accuracy, not plinking.

5.0 Pistol Range Commands

5.1 Shooters are to instantly obey the commands of the Range Officer.

5.2 Those commands are:

5.2.1 “Shooters to the Firing Line”.  Step to the bench. May unpack but not load.

5.2.2 “You may load”.  Shooters may load ammunition; however a shooter cannot yet start firing and must wait for a further command to shoot. Shooters may package and unpack firearms and set up at a station.

5.2.3 “Commence firing”.  Shooters may start firing. Shooters may also package and unpack firearms and set up at a station.

5.2.4 “Cease Fire or Stop Firing”.  After this command is given, do not take another shot.

5.2.5 “Make your firearms safe, slides back, cylinders out, magazines removed”.  After this command, shooters are to unload all firearms and remove all clips and magazines. All firearms must then be made safe. This means: for a double action revolver that the cylinder must be swung out and away from the frame; for a single action revolver that the loading gate is open or the cylinder is removed; for a semi-automatic that the slide is pulled back and locked open by a pin, a spent cartridge case, a stick, a pencil, or some other means of holding it open; for a bolt action that the bolt is pulled back or removed and the action is visible; and for all other actions that it is possible to visibly validate that the chamber is empty. Empty chamber indicators (open bolt, open action) indicators shall be used on any firearm on the bench that you are not in the process of firing. Say this with the range commands.

5.2.6 “Step back from the firing line” This means that all shooters must step back from the bench to the other side of the green line painted on the floor. Shooters may not cross the green line, touch firearms, ammunition, clips, gear, etc. The Range Officer will visually validate that all firearms have been made safe. Shooters should do the same by looking at firearms on the stations to the right and left, while remaining behind the green line. At this time, only the Range Officer is allowed on the bench side of the green line.

NOTE:  If the flashing red lights are on, these are to indicate that the range is currently under a cease fire and that individuals may be downrange.  HOWEVER….Please check down range even if the red flashing lights are not on.  DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING.  These lights were added as an additional safety measure, but again do not assume everyone is back from down range if the lights are off.

5.2.7  “You may go forward to change targets”. Shooters may go down range to set up targets, check targets, and retrieve targets. No one may touch any firearms, ammunition, clips, gear, etc.

6.0 Pistol Range Costs:  Members = 1 token;  Guests = 2 tokens.

6.1 The cost of shooting is posted.  Kids (under 18) shoot free at pistol.

6.2 Shooters may bring their own paper targets but the club’s are free.

6.3 Paying for off hours is based on the honor system; money (tokens) should be put in the marked slot in the shed.

6.4 You should use tokens to pay the applicable daily charge when shooting off-hours. During Club “open hours”, when a Volunteer Range Safety Officer is present, the proper token is to be given to the RO.

7 Pistol Range Off-Hours

7.1 Badges must always be worn on the pistol range. If you do not have the proper badge do not come onto the range during off hours.

7.2 There must be one color (not white) pistol certified badge with your group. The rest must have badges with pistol certification. It is not acceptable that it is in your car or in your gear.

7.3 If you do not wear your proper badge you are not allowed on the pistol range. If you are found on the pistol range without your proper badge, You Will Be Told To Leave.

7.4 No guests are allowed on the pistol range during off-hours, except as noted in the Club Rules.

7.5 The first Pistol Range Officer (PRO) to arrive on the range is in charge until he leaves. They will have a color (not white) badge. Then, whoever comes next, etc., will be in charge.

7.6 When you show up on the Pistol Range off-hours and someone is there ahead of you, check in with the Range Officer and show him/her your badge.

8.0 Pistol Range Officers – Additional instructions to duty Pistol Range Officers

8.1 Situate yourself in a comfortable position from which you can see all incoming and outgoing

shooters.

8.2 All members must sign in and hand/show their pistol certified badge upon entering the Pistol Range.  All must wear eye and ear protection, including you.

8.3 Use the commands verbatim as posted on the range wall.

8.4 Familiarize yourself with the Club rules by re-reading them.

8.5 Open the shed if it is not already open.

8.6 It is not your responsibility to set up the targets or target stands - that is to be done by the shooter.

8.7 Be sure that all firearms are packaged when they enter and leave the Pistol Range.

8.8 If shooters are already present, introduce yourself to them and ask their names.

8.9 Check their badges, since all members must be wearing the proper badge, collect the proper token and deposit  in the collection box, and turn this in to the shop at the end of duty.

8.10 During Club open hours (Saturday/Sunday) each guest must be hosted by a member with a pistol range certified badge (one on one). Members may not shoot while guest is shooting and must directly supervise them. Guest must also sign Club waiver before being allowed to shoot on the pistol range.

8.11 Check all firearms being used.  If you do not believe they are safe, do not let them be used.

8.12 The left side of the range (“left” from the position of facing the targets) is for 7, 15, 25, 40, and 50 yard targets only.

8.13 The right side is closed to any shooting.

8.14 Allow shooters to select their own stations, and get involved assigning stations only if the Range becomes crowded.

8.15 You may read or even shoot while on duty if you are by yourself, or if there is only one other shooter present, if you believe it is safe to do so.

8.16 You may want to bring water to drink and something to eat. Wash your hands prior to eating or handling food or drinks after handling or shooting firearms or handling ammunition.

8.17 Report all safety and Rules violations to the Committee Chairman or to the Board of Directors.

8.18 You must maintain visual supervision of shooters at all times.  If one of the Pistol Range Officers needs to take a break, the other PRO must maintain visual supervision.  Use the speaker for commands.

9.0 Pistol Range Hosting

9.1 The hosting of guests at the Pistol Range is limited to members with pistol range certified badges.

9.2 The hosting of guests at the Pistol Range is allowed only during Club open hours (Saturday/Sunday) when the duty range officer is present, excepting only NRA Certified Pistol or Rifle Instructors, either of which must have prior Board approval.

9.3 The host and guest must sign the Club waiver form before shooting.

9.4 A host may bring more than one guest, but only one guest at a time may shoot. When a guest is shooting, the host must not shoot and must directly supervise the guest.

9.5 The scheduled Pistol Range Officer (PRO) will have total authority at this time.

10.0 Concealed Firearms

10.1 Concealed firearms are allowed on Club property, in accordance with North Carolina’s concealed carry law.

10.2 If you want to fire your concealed carry pistol on the pistol range, unload it off club property, case it, and then bring it cased to the pistol range.

Pistol Test Review

-You MAY NOT uncase any firearm on the tables, floor, or anywhere behind the firing line.

  1. UPON ARRIVAL AT THE PISTOL RANGE YOU WILL LOOK FOR ANY ACTIVITY AND OBSERVE SAFETY CONDITONS. WERE GATES OR THE SHED UNLOCKED TO INDICATE RANGE ACTIVITY? ARE OTHERS ALREADY PRESENT?
  2. IF OTHERS ARE PRESENT YOU WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THEM, LOOK FOR SAFETY, LOOK FOR THEIR BADGES. NO BADGE? ASK THEIR NAME AND ASK THEM TO LEAVE THE RANGE. REPORT THE NAME TO CURRENT PISTOL RANGE CHAIRMAN.
  3. IF OTHERS ARE PRESENT YOU MUST KNOW AT ALL TIMES WHICH RANGE COMMAND YOU ARE UNDER AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. IF RANGE COMMAND IS “YOU MAY GO FORWARD TO CHANGE TARGETS”, YOU MAY SET UP A TARGET AND AWAIT THE “SHOOTERS TO THE FIRING LINE” COMMAND AT WHICH TIME YOU MAY SET UP YOUR GEAR ON THE LINE AND AWAIT THE “YOU MAY LOAD” COMMAND.
  4. IF NO ONE IS PRESENT, YOU MAY SET UP A TARGET AND PREPARE TO SHOOT.
  5. WHEN SETTING UP ON THE LINE, ANY FIREARM OUT OF ITS CASE WILL IMMEDIATELY HAVE ITS ACTION OPENED AND AN EMPTY CHAMBER (OPEN ACTION) INDICATOR INSERTED. THE ONLY TIME THIS INDICATOR WILL BE REMOVED IS WHEN THIS FIREARM IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING FIRED. IF YOU HAVE THREE FIREARMS ON THE BENCH, TWO SHOULD HAVE INDICATORS IN THEM AND THE OTHER SHOULD HAVE YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION.
  6. WHEN INSERTING ROUNDS OR REMOVING ROUNDS FROM THE FIREARM GREAT CARE MUST BE EXERCISED IN KEEPING THE MUZZLE STRAIGHT DOWNRANGE. AT NO TIME WILL YOU EVER POINT THE MUZZLE OF YOUR FIREARM (LOADED OR UNLOADED) ANYWHERE BUT DOWNRANGE AS THIS WILL GUARANTEE IMMEDIATE HOSTILITY TOWARDS YOUR CONTINUING MEMBERSHIP.
  7. MUZZLE CONTROL IS ALSO EXPECTED REGARDING BULLET IMPACT. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE REARWARD BERMS FROM YOUR POSITION. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO GET SOMEONE TO SPOT FOR YOU. IF YOU SHOOT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE GROUND CAUSING A RICHOCHET OR OTHERWISE FIRE OVER THE BERM WE TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY AND WILL IMPOSE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES IN SUCH CASES. GUIDE YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGIVEN FOR SHOOTING THE GROUND, FOR A RICHOCHET, OR OBVIOUSLY FIRING OVER THE REAR OR SIDE BERMS.
  8. NEVER POINT A LOADED FIREARM ABOVE THE TOP OF THE REAR OR SIDE BERMS.
  9. EMPTY CHAMBER INDICATORS (OPEN ACTION) SHALL BE USED ON ANY FIREARM ON THE BENCH THAT YOU ARE NOT IN THE PROCESS OF FIRING.
  10. AGE REQUIREMENTS
  1. RIFLE:
  1. .22 & .17 Rifle:   Must be 8 years old with adult supervision
  2. .22 & .17 Rifle: Must be 18 years old to shoot alone
  3. PISTOL
  4. .22 & .17 Pistol: Must be 10 years old with adult supervision
  5. Centerfire Pistol: Must be 16 years old with adult supervision
  6. ALL….You must be at least 21 years old to shoot pistol alone

 

No one is allowed on pistol range off-hours without pistol certification on their badge.  Spouses, and member children without pistol certification on their badge may not step onto the pistol range during off-hours.. Guests and visitors are prohibited from stepping onto the pistol range during off-hours.

YOUTH UNDER 18 SHOOT PISTOL FOR FREE!

Pistol Tuesday Match Rules

    • DCWC Pistol Tuesday matches are run under standard “cold range” rules. Firearms shall remain empty, hammer/striker down, no magazine inserted for the duration of the event unless under the direction of an RO who has given the “Load and Make Ready” command.

 

    • All firearms must be kept within a bag or appropriate container when arriving or departing the range and shall remained bagged within vehicles. Firearms may only be moved from their bags to an appropriate holster within the designated safe area.

 

    • You may only handle an unloaded firearm within the designated safe area.

 

    • No ammunition may be handled with the designated safe area. This includes ammunition loaded within magazines.

 

    • Only strong side holsters which fully cover the trigger guard and allow no more than a 15 degree cant may be used. No small-of-back, appendix, shoulder, or cross-draw holster will be permitted.

 

    • Finger-manipulated retention holsters such as the Blackhawk Serpa model are not permitted at DCWC. Thumb-manipulated retention holsters are allowed. *Military, law enforcement, and security personnel participating with their duty gear may be exempted from this rule.

 

    • Participants shall not be impaired by alcohol or drugs prescribed or otherwise under any circumstances.

 

    • Participants and all spectators are required to wear quality eye and ear protection while down range at all times.

 

    • Matches will be conducted as per the governing association's rule book.

 

    • Any egregious violation of DCWC Club Safety rules, competition safety rules, or belligerent behavior will result in the shooter being banned from club property.

 

    • The drawing of a concealed carry weapon (CCW) or the removal of a holstered CCW on club property is not permitted anywhere. If you intended to shoot your CCW in a match, it must first be unloaded and bagged off of DCWC Property. Any concealed carry weapon which comes onto DCWC property must remain concealed.

 

    • If you choose to keep your CCW concealed, it must remain concealed and appropriately retained for the entire match. Any failure to to keep it retained will be treated as handling or dropping a loaded firearm.

The 4 Laws of Gun Safety from IDPA Website

The more often you handle guns the more likely someday you will have a
Negligent Discharge (ND)! It's just a matter of when, where, and under what
circumstances. If you are obeying the 4 Laws of Gun Safety when it happens, it
will be VERY scary.

IF YOU'RE NOT, IT COULD BE VERY TRAGIC!

The 1st Law of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!

EVERY TIME you pick up or draw a gun, inspect it in a safe manner,
control your muzzle, and always treat it as a loaded gun. You should VISUALLY
inspect your gun's chamber every time you pick it up even if you just sat it
down moments before. It may seem redundant but establishing good habits may
save a tragedy during a moment of "brain-fade". Remove all ammunition
and loaded magazines from the immediate area when handling any gun. Also, if
you hand someone your gun, VISUALLY show them the empty chamber and accept no
less in return! An experienced gun handler would never feel insulted.

The 2nd Law of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!

The best way to handle a gun is to imagine the worst case scenario:
Assume your "empty" gun is loaded and that it's going to function
PERFECTLY! When you press the trigger it will FIRE! Since you are prepared for
that, you should only point the gun in a safe direction - never allowing the
muzzle to sweep you or someone else. That way, if "brain-fade" does
result in a Negligent Discharge (ND) , it will be into
a safe impact area and there won't be a tragedy.

The 3rd Law of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!

Bullets can penetrate lots of things, many of which may surprise you.
Identify your target before firing - even before dry-firing. If you are not
sure, DON'T FIRE! Just as important, make sure there's a safe impact area
behind your target. For home dry-fire practice, find and aim only at a BULLET
PROOF BACKSTOP. Even though you have checked and double-checked your gun, you
should still treat your gun as though it's loaded and functional. Plasterboard
walls and outer walls are not bulletproof. A handgun bullet can easily travel
through several rooms before stopping. Who is in these rooms? If you're not
sure, and you still aimed in that direction, SHAME ON YOU!

The 4th Law of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!

KEEP YOUR FINGER OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD! Placing the finger on the trigger when you aren’t prepared to
fire causes almost all Negligent Discharges (ND). A finger on the trigger
during reloading, during movement, during the draw, holstering, or while
clearing a jam has led to several Negligent Discharges (ND). It's difficult to
isolate the trigger finger from the muscles required to hold the gun firmly -
they all want to contract together. It can be especially difficult under stress
and anxiety. Therefore, THE FINGER SHOULD NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER UNTIL THE
INSTANT YOU ARE PREPARED TO FIRE! This holds true even if you find yourself in
a legitimate self-defense situation.

In conclusion, you should take personal responsibility for the safety of your guns
and for those persons you permit to handle them. Remember, even those with
experience may have bad habits that die hard! Keep guns safely out of the hands
of children, people that aren't trained or responsible, and especially THIEVES!
If you enjoy your gun hobby, it's up to you to prevent a personal tragedy -
while giving others the propaganda they need to take it away. More people would
enjoy guns if properly socialized so do your part to keep it safe and fun!

IDPA Range Commands

Follow all ranges commands immediately.

 

STOP or Cease-fire -
anyone may YELL this command if the shooters are grossly unsafe and/or any
unsafe condition exist, and/or equipment/prop issue has arisen. Shooter is to immediately
stop firing, stop moving, freeze in place, and wait for instructions from the
range officer.

FINGER - for trigger guard violations, shooter has finger
on trigger in an unsafe manner. Shooter is to immediately correct the unsafe
condition.

MUZZLE - shooter’s muzzle not pointed downrange or is
pointed in any unsafe direction. Shooter is to immediately point muzzle in a
safe direction.

COVER - the shooter’s
upper body is more than 50% exposed to a threat target and/or his foot/leg is
beyond the outside the edge of cover.

Empty firearms will be holstered after safety check with slide down.

IDPA Prepare to fire Commands

Any questions in regards to the course of fire?
- This is the shooters chance to ask for clarification of the course instructions

Load and Make Ready - Shooter will draw their weapon, point it at the
berm and load their gun to division capacity

Shooter Ready? - Shooter indicates they are ready.

Standby

Execute the start signal. (Within 3 seconds)

Shooter executes course of fire.

Ask if the shooter is through?

Unload and show clear.

Magazine out or Cylinder Open

Slide lock back

Range officer and shooter MUST SEE the empty chambers.

Slide down or Close Cylinder, close the slide.

Hammer down, must actually PULL the TRIGGER while weapon is pointed at the berm.

Holster - Holster your weapon

Range is Safe! - DO NOT move forward of shooter to paste
targets until you actually hear the command range is safe.