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Facilities: 100-200 yard range, walk through range.
Open To Public: Matches are open to the public.  See Event Schedule for specific dates.
Range Rules: Click Here to Download.
Contact: blkpowder@wsclub.org


MEDICAL OR FIRE EMERGENCY
CALL 911. Club Address is: 5095 ELLIS ROAD, YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP Send someone to meet and direct the emergency vehicle at the gate.

RANGE RULES
These Range Rules are intended to provide a safe environment for the use of firearms and archery equipment. Adherence to the Range Rules is mandated by the Board of Directors of Washtenaw Sportsman's Club and failure to conform to the practices defined herein may jeopardize the membership of violators.

GENERAL
• Firearm shooting hours are 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. OR when the amber lights on the Rifle, Black Powder, and Skeet &Trap Ranges come on. The Pistol Range parking lot light will indicate for the Pistol Range.
• The gate is to be kept closed and locked at all times; except when tagged and locked open to the post for Club-sanctioned events. In any case, the combination lock must be set on ALL ZEROS WHENEVER LOCKED.

VEHICLES: SPEED LIMIT IS 15 MPH ON THE CLUB GROUNDS.
Private vehicles are confined to the roads or designated parking lots. Driving on or across the ranges is prohibited; except when needed during a work party or when so directed by a Range Officer during a Club-sanctioned event.

SOBER SHOOTERS ONLY. Drinking alcoholic beverages before or during use of firearms or archery equipment is prohibited.
• Members are directly responsible for the conduct of their guests; children must be under the immediate supervision of a parent or guardian.
• Your MEMBERSHIP CARD must be carried whenever on the Club grounds.
ORDERLY, CIVIL, and SPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT is expected on the Club grounds.

USE COMMON SENSE!!
IF IT ISN'T SAFE - DON'T DO IT; AND DON'T LET ANYONE ELSE DO IT
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GENERAL FIREARM SAFETY RULES

1. Be certain the firearm is safe to operate; and that proper usage and handling is understood before coming to the range.

2. Open Bolt Indicators (OBI) are required for all uncased firearms on the Pistol and Rifle Ranges.

3. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

4. Make certain that appropriate and safe ammunition is used.

5. Do not load until ready to fire.

6. Keep the finger OFF the trigger until ready to shoot.

7. Avoid leaving the firearm unattended; keep it in sight or cased.

8. Eye and ear protection is required on all ranges.

9. Attaching targets directly to the vertical posts or wooden cross bars is prohibited.

10. Firing the .50 caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) cartridge on any
Club range is prohibited.


Range Description
The WSC Black Powder Range has an enclosed firing line with an office area on the right side of the building. Safe handling rules governing both individual practice and match condition firing are posted on the outer office wall, facing the firing line. Known Distance (KD) target frames and impact berms are located at 25, 50, 100, and 200 yards, Angled to the left of the KD range, is a reduced course metallic silhouette range in containment berms. Beyond the 200 yard line lays a Woodswalk Range with multiple firing stations and novelty targets; the Woodswalk Range is not accessible except during scheduled events with a Range Officer(s) present.

Personal Protection
Eye and ear protection is required for all persons on the Black Powder Ranges.

Permitted Firearms
• Black powder firearms ONLY are to be used on the Black Powder Ranges.
Informal/practice firing

A. Loading
• Tobacco smoking is prohibited in the enclosed firing /loading fine
and office area.
• Powder containers MUST BE CLOSED when not measuring powder.
• Loading firearms directly from a powder horn or can is prohibited. A separate measure must be used
• Loading is to be done only when the range is clear and no person is
forwardof the firing line.
• When loading, a caplock the hammer must be on half-cock; on the flintlock, the cock must be down and the frizzen up.
• Muzzles must remain UP until on the firing line.
LOADING FIREARMS OR SNAPPING CAPS IN THE OFFICE AREA IS
PROHIBITED.

BLACK POWDER OR BLACK POWDER SUBSTITUTES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE OFFICE. Leave horns, flasks or any other powder containers in the loading area.

B. Firing Line
• Shooters must be on the firing line to cap or prime.
• Clearing caplock nipples or "snapping caps" is to be done only when the range is clear and no person is forward of the firing line.
• Flintlock shooters should stand next to a shield or warn persons on their "vent side".

Cease-Fires
Regardless of the number of persons firing, whether one shooter or multiple shooters, the RED SAFETY FLAG must be placed in the socket at the 25-yard line whenever persons go forward of the firing line. Long guns should be racked with muzzles UP and other firearms made safe. NO LOADING or handling of firearms while persons are downrange.

Targets
• Paper targets ONLY during informal/practice shooting. Frangible (breakable) targets are reserved to Club sanctioned competitions or events.
• Targets must be stapled to cardboard backers and placed in the KD target frames provided.
• Attaching targets directly to the vertical posts or wooden cross bars is prohibited.
• Placing targets at ground level; or on top of the target frames; or on top of the impact berms is prohibited.
• Cross-range firing is prohibited. Targets must be in perpendicular line
to the firing point.

CLUB SANCTIONED EVENTS/COMPETITIONS
A Range Officer(s) will be present during Club sanctioned events and competitions. Be aware that event procedures will have significant differences to rules governing use of the facilities during informal shooting.

A complete copy of the current WSC Range Rules may be downloaded by clicking here.

For further information email  blkpowder@wsclub.org or contact Eric Savickas at 734-674-6946

 

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