Range Rules

  • SILVERDALE GUN CLUB RANGE ORIENTATION AND RULES
    Welcome to Silverdale.  As a member you agree to, and are responsible for following all Silverdale Gun Club Range Safety Rules at all times when using Silverdale Gun Club facilities.
    HOURS OF OPERATION
    Store and Office:  Monday to Friday 10 to 5 and Saturday and Sunday 9 to 5
    Range Officers:  RSO’s are on duty 8 am to sunset.  20 minutes prior to sunset members and their guests are to begin packing up their firearms and cleaning their area in preparation to leave.
    All ranges are under video surveillance incl. the office, store, parking lot and archery areas.
    MEMBER SIGN-IN PROCEDURE
    Before entering the shooting ranges, every member must swipe their membership card at the gate pad (located on the driver’s side before the gate), whether the gate is open or closed.  If signing-in a guest, members can alternately swipe their membership card in the office.  It is not necessary to swipe out when leaving Silverdale.
    When leaving, slowly pull up close to the gate and the gate will open automatically.  On Saturdays and Sundays the gate is left in the open position, but all members entering the range are still required to swipe their cards.
    After hours if more than one member is in the vehicle, each must swipe their card, so all are recorded as entering the ranges.
    RULES AND REGULATIONS
    1) Ear and eye protection (safety, prescription, or sunglasses) are mandatory at all times while on the ranges, on both RED and GREEN flag colours.  Any person not complying with this safety requirement will be sent home for the day if a 3rd reminder is necessary.
    2) Proper footwear is also required at all times on the ranges.  No sandals, or open toed footwear is permitted.
    3) A flag system is in-place at all times, on all ranges:
    RED FLAG
    – Handling and shooting of firearms is permitted.
    – No person shall cross the firing line.
    – Safe muzzle direction must be maintained at all times.
    – Loaded firearms can only be pointed downrange towards your own targets.
    GREEN FLAG
    • All uncased Rifles and Shotguns must be stored in the rear rack, unloaded with action open, magazine removed (or floor-plate open).  Pistols will be placed on the bench unloaded facing downrange with the action open, magazine removed and ejection port facing upwards   BEFORE THE RANGE FLAG CAN BE CHANGED TO GREEN .
    – If a firearm is too short to fit securely in the rear rack (including the upper short-racks) it may be placed on the table in the same manner as a handgun, as per RSO discretion.
    – No handling of firearms or ammunition in any capacity.
    – Persons are permitted to go downrange to post targets; those not going downrange should step away from the shooting benches or tables.
    – Unlicensed guests must step off the range completely when not accompanied by a licensed member or guest.
    – Shooters DO NOT handle items placed on benches or tables.
    – Cased firearms may be brought onto, or removed from a range on a green flag with the stipulation that the case must be left closed until the range flag is changed to red.  To remove any firearm from the range it must have already been cased prior to the green flag.   Gun socks will not be considered cases for this purpose
    4) SAFE MUZZLE DIRECTION IS MANDATORY AT ALL TIMES regardless of the flag colour.  On all Silverdale ranges there are only 2 safe directions any uncased firearm can be pointed:
    SAFE DIRECTION 1 RED FLAG – muzzle pointed downrange towards your own targets only.
    SAFE DIRECTION 2 RED or GREEN FLAG – after firearm has been unloaded and PROVEN SAFE, the magazine has been removed (or floor plate open) and the action is locked open, the muzzle can be pointed straight up.
    5) NO PASSING OF LOADED FIREARMS AT ANY TIME.  If you are assisting an unlicensed or inexperienced shooter they must be able to safely load and unload the firearm prior to use.
    6) Unlicensed shooters must be directly supervised by a licensed shooter within arms-reach at any time the unlicensed shooter handles a firearm.
    7) A licensed shooter responsible for supervising an unlicensed shooter can NOT be handling phones or cameras at the same time they are supervising NO EXPEPTIONS.
    8) A loaded firearm can NOT be left on a shooting bench or table unattended.  You must have direct control of any loaded firearm (includes any firearm with a closed action and magazine inserted) at all times.
    9) A live round can NOT be chambered with the firearm muzzle pointing higher than the top target line at any time.  It must be aimed at your own target(s) only.
    10) RAPID FIRE is permitted on Action Range# 6 only by qualified Silverdale members. NO EXCEPTIONS
    11) Do not leave your firearm(s) unattended.  If you need to step off the range it is best to ask an RSO or other member if they can keep an eye on your firearm(s) for you.  Any uncased rifle or shotgun must be safely placed in the rear rack before you step away from the range.
    12) No shooting of wildlife is permitted at any time.  If you are shooting and an animal enters the range, everyone is to do a ceasefire until the animal leaves.
    13) You are responsible for cleaning up before you leave the range.  Brooms, brass and steel pails, and dustpans are provided.  Clean up around your own shooting area, DO NOT CROSS THE FIRING LINE ON A RED FLAG.  You can retrieve brass casings here on a GREEN flag only.  When changing targets, do not throw any paper or garbage behind the target line or you will be asked to retrieve it, delaying other users of the range.
    14) Vehicles are to be parked in designated parking areas only.  Do NOT drive any vehicle   directly onto any range, including the Competition Ranges.
    15) No person is allowed to operate any type of business on Silverdale property.  This includes but is not limited to selling of reloads, bullets, tactical equipment, ammunition, or other firearms related goods.  You may sell or trade your personal firearms or shooting related items only.
    16) Any range issues or concerns should be brought to the attention of an RSO or emailed directly to management at gunrange4u@yahoo.ca.  Do NOT raise issues or voice complaints in the office or store as this will NOT resolve the issue.
    17) The speed limit on all roadways at Silverdale is 15 km per hour.  Drivers entering and leaving the ranges must obey this speed limit to minimize dust blowing across the ranges.
    HAVE CONSIDERATION FOR OTHER PEOPLE ON THE RANGES!!!
    MEDICAL/INJURIES
    • All firearm related injuries should be reported to the range officer on duty or the head range officer immediately or as soon as possible.  If medical attention is needed it takes priority over notifying staff.  The full address for Silverdale Gun Club is posted on each range for 911 emergency calls.
    • First aid kits are provided in the range shack, this is just for basic cuts and injuries.  For major traumas all range officers are equipped with a trauma kit, and can assist in getting you the proper medical help needed.
    LICENSED AND UNLICENSED GUESTS
    Our range maintains a one person with a firearms license to one person without a firearms license ratio.  You may bring one guest or family member without a firearm license when you visit the range.  We encourage you to maintain an even licensed to unlicensed guest/family ratio.  Additional unlicensed guest(s) will not be permitted to shoot and should stay back at the office area to wait for you.  Only with the approval of the office or an RSO will additional unlicensed guests be permitted to go downrange.  If approval is given the additional guest will be given a NON SHOOTER tag, and they will also be required to pay the day pass fee of $20.00 before they can pass the gate.  NO EXCEPTIONS
    TARGETS
    • Only paper targets are permitted on backboards.
    • All steel targets must be completely shrouded inside bunkers a minimum of 12” deep and angled forward so as to direct any splash’ or ricochets into the ground. All steel must be AR500 only.
    • Rimfire is not permitted on any centerfire steel targets.  All rim fire steel swinging type targets must be    placed inside the bunker, as well as all rim fire self sealing targets.  PISTOL calibre can be no closer than 10 meters and RIFLE cartridge no closer than 50 meters.
    • Paper targets must be stapled to the colored backboards, not on the posts or cross boards
    • Do not staple any targets above the top of any colored back board
    • Do not place any target or object on top of posts or cross beams (plastic bottles, cans, bricks etc)
    • Do not staple targets on the bunkers
    • On the Competition Ranges wood H-stands must be placed tight against the berm with the target boards no higher than 5 feet at the top
    • Shooting at targets on the ground or berms is prohibited
    • On covered ranges, shooters are required to use only the backboards directly in front of them and that correspond with the color on their bench (no cross firing)
    • Photographic targets of people (bosses, ex-spouses, political figures) are strictly forbidden
    HOLSTERS
    • Holsters may only be used by Members with an approved holster qualification (includes IPSC Black Badge, TDSA, PPC, CBSA with proper documents, and Police with proper documents.
    • Holsters may be used on Action Range# 6 or the Competition Ranges only.
    • Holstered handguns may only be loaded when immediately engaging targets at the firing line; otherwise they must be unloaded and have the magazine removed.
    • The muzzle of a holstered handgun must not point further than 3 feet away from the shooters feet when standing in a relaxed manner, and must not point towards the shooter’s body
    RAPID FIRE
    • Rapid fire is permitted on the action range(s) only by qualified members, which include IPSC Black Badge, TDSA, PPC, CBSA [with proper documents], Police [with proper documents], and Silverdale members with the Club Level Rapid Fire and Holster Course.
    • All other ranges are limited to 1 shot every 2-3 seconds for members and 1 shot every 5 seconds for guests
    SHOT-SHELLS
    • Shot is permitted on Trap Ranges (T1 or T2), or the Patterning Range only.  No shot is to be used on colored backboards on any other ranges. Patterning of shotguns will be permitted at the Patterning Line located beside Trap Range# T2.  Members are requested to bring their own cardboard for patterning.
    • Shotgun slugs are permitted on all ranges except for the Trap, Patterning, and the pistol ranges.
    AMMUNITION
    • No tracer, incendiary, or prohibited ammunition are permitted at anytime
    • Armor piercing rounds are never to be used
    • Steel core (non armor piercing) is permitted
    • Black powder (or black powder substitutes) must not be placed on the shooting benches
    • Unwanted/dud ammo should be discarded in the red dummy tubes located on covered ranges
    BRASS
    • Members and guests are permitted and encouraged to pick up all of their own spent brass. At this point it belongs to you and you may do what you wish with it. Unwanted brass should be placed into the white containers located on each covered range
    • Any brass left behind will be deemed abandoned’ and will become property of SGC
    • Brass that is the property of SGC may only be removed from the premises at the discretion of the staff of SGC
    ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
    • No alcohol or illegal/illicit drugs are permitted past the front gate at any time
    • No person that is under the influence of alcohol or illegal/illicit drugs shall be permitted past the front gate
    RANGE #1 – RSO Training Range
    • This range is closed to members and guests
    • Use of range is for our new shooter program ONLY
    • No Rapid fire will be permitted on this range
    RANGE #2 – Metric Range 40/60/100 Meter
    • Shotguns (Slugs only) and Rifles only.
    • NO RAPID FIRE (NON MEMBERS 3-5 seconds between shots; MEMBERS 2-3 seconds between shots).
    • Left side benches (facing downrange) may only use the 40/100m targets.- right side benches may only use 60/100m targets [no cross-firing].
    RANGE #3 – 100/200 Yard Range
    • Shotguns (Slugs only) and Rifles only.
    • NO RAPID FIRE (NON MEMBERS 3-5 seconds between shots; MEMBERS 2-3 seconds between shots)
    • Rimfire is permitted on the first 8 benches (from the left facing downrange) only. Absolutely NO rimfire is to be shot at steel in the bunker.
    • Benches to the right of the yellow sign are for shooting at the AR500 steel ONLY.
    • No shooting at steel from the benches to the left of the yellow sign.
    RANGE #4 and #5 – 50 Yard Ranges
    • Shotguns (Slugs only) and rifles only.
    • NO RAPID FIRE (NON MEMBERS 3-5 seconds between shots; MEMBERS 2-3 seconds between shots).
    RANGE #6 – Action Range *RED \ GREEN FLAG SYSTEM NOW IN-PLACE
    • Handguns, Shotguns (Slugs only), and Rifles.
    • All shooting is towards the back berm only.
    • Minimum engagement distance of 10 meters for all hard targets, which is marked.
    • Rapid fire and holsters are permitted on this range at a distance no further than 10 meter from target line, and with appropriate qualifications only.
    • *Detachable magazines are NOT to be loaded on a GREEN FLAG.
    • *All shooters not changing targets must stand behind the new SAFE LINE while the range is on a GREEN FLAG.
    • During IPSC or TDSA competitions only, holsters may be worn while walking from one range to another for competing in matches.
    RANGE #7 – 20 Yard Handgun Range
    • Handguns and Rim fire rifles only.
    • NO RAPID FIRE (NON MEMBERS 3-5 seconds between shots; MEMBERS 2-3 seconds between shots).
    • No shot-shells, rifle cartridges allowed, or carbine rifles that shoot handgun rounds.
    • Firearms that are placed on the shoulder to shoot are not permitted on this range.
    RANGE #8 #9 COMPETITION RANGES (Past Gate)
    • Competition ranges may be used by qualified Silverdale members only (IPSC Black Badge, TDSA, PPC, CBSA [with proper documents], and Police [with proper documents].
    • No guests or non-members will be permitted on these ranges.
    • Handguns, Shotguns, and Rifles permitted.
    • Left side of range is approved to be used as a backstop for a distance of 35 meters which is marked by a sign.
    • Right side of berm is not permitted to shoot into. A sign is posted.
    • Minimum engagement distance of 10 meters for all hard targets, which is marked.
    • Target boards must be placed tight to the berm and no higher than 5 feet at the top of the target.
    • Rapid fire and holsters are permitted on these ranges at a distance no further than 10 meters and with appropriate qualifications
    • These ranges are for courses, competitions, and RSO use ONLY.
    • Detachable magazines may be loaded while people are downrange
    • Competition Range 3 when not in use is available to members only with the following qualifications ONLY [IPSC Black Badge, TDSA, PPC, CBSA [with proper documents], Police [with proper documents].
    • During IPSC or TDSA competitions only, holsters may be worn while going from one range to another for competing in matches.
    RANGE #10 STEEL RANGE
  • This range is a steel range and the cost will be $10.00 for 2 runs
  • Monthly competitions during summer and fall months
  • RANGE #11 TDSA RANGE
  • TDSA range for competition and courses
  • TRAP/PATTERNING RANGES T1 – T2
    • Shotgun only.
    • #7 ½, #8, and #9 sized shot only.
    • No hunting loads (i.e. turkey loads) or slugs.
    • Shooters must pick up all spent shells.
    • Cost for 25 clays (1 round) $7.00 – must be paid for in advance in the office.
    • Shooters are permitted to load only one shell at a time when they are prepared to shoot unless shooting doubles, in which case two shells may be loaded.
    • Loading and setup of the trap range is to be done by designated RSO’s ONLY.  Trap shooters may assist an onsite RSO.
    PATTERNING RANGE P3
    • Shotgun only – NO SLUGS  –  NO RAPID FIRE
    • #7 ½, #8, and #9 sized shot only.
    • No hunting loads (i.e. turkey loads) or slugs.
    • Shooters must pick up all spent shells
    ARCHERY RANGE
    • Located behind the garage at the front of the property.
  •    Field and 3D targets available
  •    NO  Broadheads
  • MEDICAL/INJURIES

    All firearm injuries should be reported to the range officer on duty or the head range officer immediately or as soon as possible. If medical attention is needed it takes priority over notifying the range officer.

    First aide kits are provided in the range shack, this is just for basic cuts and injuries. For major traumas all range officers are equipped with a trauma kit, and can assist in getting you the proper medical help needed.

  • LICENSED AND UNLICENSED GUESTS

    Our range maintains one person with a firearms license to one person without a firearms license. You may bring one guest or family member without a firearm license when you visit the range. We encourage you to maintain an even licensed to unlicensed guest/family ratio. NO EXCEPTIONS

    During hunting season August 20 to November 30, no persons NOT SHOOTING will be permitted beyond the front gate. Be prepared to leave your guests at the front if they are not shooting.

    Unlicensed guest should not be given a fully loaded magazine, they should be shown to load one bullet at a time. Unlicensed guests are not permitted to rapid fire or double tap under any circumstances. At all times the PAL holder must be within arms reach of the unlicensed guest (PAL holders may not shoot at the same time as an unlicensed guest).

  • GUESTS WITH RESTRICTED FIREARMS
    1. Proof of completing a Club Level Handgun Course.
    2. Proof of valid membership to a CFO certified range.
    3. Request an invitation for use of your firearm at Silverdale by emailing gunrange4u@yahoo.ca
    4. Bill C-42 change was to eliminate the actual LATT paper and now is added to your PAL this has resulted in not having to wait long delays in having the ATT paper delivered to your club and then to the shooter, with that being said ranges in Ontario as well as Silverdale still require the same restrictions when transporting and using restricted firearms on the range.  Our range rules state you must be a member of Silverdale or another certified range and have completed a club level ATT course.  Non members are also required by CFO rules that an invitation still be requested before transporting your restricted firearms to a range that is not your home club.
  • TARGETS
    • Only paper targets are permitted
    • All steel targets (AR500 only) must be completely shrouded inside bunkers a minimum of 12” deep and angled forward so as to direct any ‘splash’ or ricochets into the ground. All steel must be AR500 as per CFO rules.
    • Rim fire is not permitted on any steel targets
    • Paper targets must be stapled to the colored backboards, not on the posts or cross boards
    • Do not staple any targets above the top of any colored back board
    • Do not place any target or object on top of posts or cross beams (plastic bottles, cans, bricks etc)
    • Do not staple targets on the bunkers
    • On the competition ranges, wood h-stands must be placed tight against the berm and target boards no higher than 5 feet at the top
    • Shooting at targets on the ground or berms is prohibited
    • On covered ranges, shooters are required to use only the backboards directly in front of them and that correspond with the color on your bench (no cross firing)
    • Photographic targets of people (bosses, ex-spouses, political figures) are strictly forbidden
  • HOLSTERS
    • Holsters may only be used by members with an approved holster qualification which include IPSC Black Badge, PPC, CBSA w/proper documents, Police w/proper documents, and members with the Club Level Rapid Fire and Holster Course.
    • Holsters may be used on the action range(s) only.
    • Holstered handguns may only be loaded when immediately engaging targets at the firing line, otherwise they must be unloaded and with the magazine removed
    • The muzzle of a holstered handgun must not point further than 3 feet away from the shooters feet when standing in a relaxed manner, and must not point towards the shooter’s body
  • RAPID FIRE
    • Rapid fire is permitted on the action range(s) only by qualified members, which include IPSC Black Badge, PPC, CBSA w/proper documents, Police w/proper documents, and members with the Club Level Rapid Fire and Holster Course.
    • NEVER allow children or unlicensed persons to rapid fire or double tap.
    • All other ranges are limited to 1 shot every 2-3 seconds for members and 1 shot every 5 seconds for guests
  • Shot-Shells
    • No shot is to be used on any range other than the two trap fields. No shot is to be used on colored backboards/H-stands on the action range, and must be directed into the berm. Patterning of shotguns will be permitted at the Trap Range #7 only. Members are requested to bring their own cardboard for patterning.
    • Shotgun slugs are permitted on all ranges except for the trap fields and the pistol range.
  • Ammunition
    • No tracer, incendiary, or prohibited ammunition are permitted at any time
    • Armor piercing rounds are never to be used on steel targets
    • Steel core (non armor piercing) are permitted
    • Black powder (or black powder substitutes) must not be placed on the shooting benches
    • Unwanted or dud ammo should be discarded in the red dummy tubes located on all covered ranges
  • Brass
    • Members and guests are permitted and encouraged to pick up all of their own spent brass. At this point it belongs to you and you may do what you wish with it. Unwanted brass should be placed into the white containers located on each covered range
    • Any brass not cleaned up will be deemed ‘abandoned’ and will become property of SGC
    • Brass that is the property of SGC may only be removed from the premises at the discretion of the staff of SGC
  • Alcohol and Drugs
    • No alcohol or illegal/illicit drugs are permitted past the front gate at any time
    • No person that is under the influence of alcohol or illegal/illicit drugs shall be permitted past the front gate
  • RANGE INFRACTIONS

    It is every member and shooters responsibility to follow the rules and regulations at Silverdale. At Silverdale we do have a guideline that we follow to keep the range at the safest possible.

    All our range officers follow the 3 strike rule. While on the range you will be only given 2 warnings for any infractions and the third you will be asked to go home for the day. This will cover all infractions from not wearing eye wear to passing a loaded firearm.

  • INFRACTION GUIDELINE
    Unsafe gun handling 7 day suspension – compulsory range etiquette lesson
    Passing a loaded firearm 14 days suspension
    Unregistered guests downrange 30 day suspension
    Crossing the firing line on a red flag 30 day suspension
    Ear and Eye protection not worn 3 warnings – must leave for the day
    Placing targets on the berm or range floor 30 day suspension
    Firing rifles on the handgun ranges 14 day suspension
    Firing over the berm Expulsion
    Shooting any unapproved targets 14 day suspension
    Not following proper flag procedure 14 day suspension
    Leaving firearms unattended 1 day suspension
    Point or sweep people with a firearm 1 – 30 days suspension (at RSOs discretion)
    Deliberate damage to Silverdale property Expulsion
    Rapid fire, allowing minor or unlicensed guests 30 days suspension
    Rapid fire – ranges 2-8 60 days suspension