Indoor Shooting Range Etiquette
When dealing with firearms, either outside or in an indoor shooting range, it is always necessary to observe safe and proper etiquette.
Whether you are outdoors or at an indoor shooting range, knowing how to conduct yourself around firearms is not only imperative for your safety as well as everyone else’s, it is just plain polite to know what to do and what not to do in a situation involving firearms. This can be rather intimidating for novice shooters and that’s why we decided to cover some of the proper etiquette when at an indoor shooting range.
You can’t do the right things if you don’t know what the right things are, so read on to learn more about what to do when shooting at an indoor range.
First of all, all the regular rules of gun safety apply at an indoor range. This should go without saying, but you need to be just as cognizant of safety at an indoor range as you would be in any other setting.
Most of the time you will find safety rules posted at each range, but if you can’t find them, take a minute and ask an instructor or employee if you have any doubt in your mind. Just remember; firearms are just as dangerous at an indoor range as they are anywhere else. Safety first!
Next, listen to the Range Officer. Pretty much all indoor ranges will have a Range Officer assigned to be on duty while the range is open for shooting. One of the duties of the RO is to tell you when it is ok to shoot and when you need to cease-fire. The Range Officer is there to insure the safety of not only you, but everybody else as well, so make sure and listen to what he or she has to say. This way there are no miscommunications that could result in accidents.