Range Procedures

Every act of handling a firearm should be planned and deliberate; safety and muzzle direction are paramount.

Handling Firearms at Lytle Creek Firing Line

  • Transporting firearms on Lytle Creek Firing Line
    • Firearms should be uncased at the vehicle
      • Magazines should be removed immediately.
      • Actions should be open immediately, to confirm the firearm is indeed unloaded, and remain open to demonstrate that the firearm is indeed unloaded.
      • Muzzles should be pointed up. At Lytle Creek Firing Line “up” is the safe muzzle direction.
    • Firearms can only be handled when the range is “hot”. “Hot” is a term used on many ranges to indicate that shooting is actually taking place.
      • Firearms can only be moved from the vehicle to the bench and back when the range is “hot”.
      • Firearms can only be moved bench to bench when the range is “hot”, and remember the muzzle should be pointed up, and action open.
      • Cleaning, disassembly of firearms, and assembly of firearms should be done on the shooting benches, while the range is hot.

Handling Ammunition and Magazines at Lytle Creek Firing Line

  • Ammunition is only handled while the range is “hot”.
  • Magazines should be loaded at the shooting bench.
  • During “cease fire” periods we do not handle firearms, ammunition, or magazines anywhere on the range.

“Cease-Fire” Procedures at Lytle Creek Firing Line

  • “Cease-Fire” is a term commonly used on ranges that means stop shooting immediately and await further instruction.
    • “Cease-Fire” is called twice an hour, usually at the top of the hour and bottom of the hour.
      • During our normal “Cease-Fire” procedure, we will announce a two-minute warning, “Cease-Fire, Cease-Fire, bench all firearms action open magazine removed, chamber indicator inserted.”
    • What we are asking you to do is remove the source of ammunition from your firearm, open the action and insert your empty chamber indicator and place it on the shooting bench.
    • The Range Safety Officer will inspect all the firearms on the line, to confirm they are indeed unloaded and in a safe condition, then give further instruction.
    • Anybody may call “Cease-Fire” at anytime and shooters are expected to comply. This is generally a very rare occurrence.
    • During “Cease-Fire” periods no firearms, ammunition or magazines are handled at Lytle Creek Firing Line.

Target Placement during “Cease-Fire”

  • Targets are placed during a 10-minute “Cease-Fire” period at the top and bottom of the hour.
    • The Range Safety Officer will announce when it is safe to go down range to service your targets.
    • The Range Safety Officer will announce the range is “hot” when the range is clear and it is safe to commence shooting.