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Rifle/Pistol Ranges at the St. John’s Rod & Gun Club
The Club rifle and pistol range facilities include:
- Range A: A twelve lane handgun gun range with moveable target stands at 20-25 meters.
- Range B: A fifteen lane rifle range with fixed target stands at 50, 100 and 200 meters.
- Range C: A combined 25 meter handgun and 50 meter rifle/shotgun range with no fixed target stands.
Located furthest to the right of the three Rifle/Pistol Ranges, Range A is approved for centerfire handguns (excepting those chambered for shotgun shells), rimfire rifles and handguns, and centre fire rifles in the .223 classification. Air rifles may also be used here. No shotguns are permitted here. There are 12 fixed firing positions, 4 have shooting benches 8 are standing positions with small tables. Approved targets include paper, balloons or frangible clay targets, pinned to the chloroplast panels of the target stands. Target stands are individually moveable from 25m to 20m and 20 yards.
Located furthest to the left of the three Rifle/Pistol Ranges with a covered canopy firing line, Range B is approved for centerfire handguns; centerfire rifles; rimfire rifles and handguns; shotguns; bow and arrow; and air rifles. There are fifteen fixed firing positions, and fixed target stands at the 50, 100 and 200 meter distances downrange. Single-seat and double-seat bench's are provided, some are removable to create a prone firing position. Centerfire rifles in the .338 Lapua Magnum class may only use the single-seat bench position where muzzle direction is limited by a wire mesh screen. Approved targets include paper, balloons or frangible clay targets, pinned to the Chloroplast panels of the target stands, as well as metal reactive targets of a type approved by the Executive (and which can only be used at a minimum distance of 11 meters for handguns and 50 meters for rifles).
In late 2005, the Club made a proposal to the Chief Firearms Office for the construction of a third rifle/pistol range to accommodate a growing membership and activity on Ranges A/B. The result of those efforts was Range C.
Located to the immediate right of the Range A/B parking lot and behind the Long Branch building, Range C serves as a combined 25 meter handgun and 50 meter rifle range with no fixed firing points. This range is approved for centerfire handguns; rimfire rifles and handguns; centerfire rifles of .308 Winchester class or smaller; shotguns, up to 10 Gauge; bow and arrow; and air rifles. Approved targets include paper, balloons or frangible clay targets, pinned to movable target stands (which are not provided on this range), as well as metal reactive targets of a type approved by the Executive (and which can only be used at a minimum distance of 11 meters for handguns and 50 meters for rifles).
Function and Use
Ranges A and B probably host the greatest amount of individual use by Club members throughout the shooting season. Whether it’s a member looking to try out a newly acquired firearm, a guest being introduced to firearms for the first time, a hunter getting his rifle ready for the upcoming hunting season, or an organized shooting event, it is rare to find Ranges A and B empty, especially on a good weather weekend. When the ranges are busy (as they often are, now more than ever), we encourage members to show courtesy by taking turns when there are more shooters than available shooting positions.
Because of its flexibility, Range C is actively used by “action pistol” shooting groups such as IDPA and IPSC, biathlon in the wintertime, and is often rented for use by government agencies, law enforcement, and armed security companies.
In all cases, it is critically important to check the Club website and schedule to ensure that the facilities are open and have not been reserved for a previously scheduled event, in order to avoid disappointment upon arrival at the Club.
These are intended only to be a broad description of Club range facilities and permissible activities, and nothing contained here shall replace the terms and conditions contained in the Range Operating Instructions or the Range Regulations & Safety Rules.
Use of the ranges and Club facilities is a privilege. Don't abuse it! Use common sense, be safety-minded, and always be considerate of the other people using the ranges.