It is your responsibility as a member of the Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club to be familiar with the Range Rules and to understand their meaning, particularly those involving safety.



The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling are:

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:

  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
  • Know how use the gun to safely.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
  • Know your target and what is beyond it.
  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
  • Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.

Due to insurance regulations, the following firearms are not permitted:






INTRODUCTION..............................……......         3

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION...................         3

            Privileges: ...........................................            3

            Address Change...................................          3

GENERAL RANGE COMMENTS.................         4

            Range Problems....................................          4

            Range Entry..........................................          4

Housekeeping.......................................          4

            Work Days...........................................           4

Bulletin Boards....................................           5

RANGES..........................................................          5

USE OF RANGE..............................................         6

            Guest Policy.........................................           6

GENERAL RANGE RULES...........................         6

CEASE FIRE RULES......................................         8

BULLSEYE PISTOL RANGE.........................        9

            General.................................................           9

            Specific Safety Rules...........................           9

ACTION PISTOL RANGES............................        10

            General.................................................           10

            Safety Rules.........................................           10

            Barricade Range...................................          10

            Falling Plate Range..............................           11

            Moving Target Range..........................           11

            Comments............................................           11

GENERAL SHOOTING RANGE…………...         12


SMALL BORE RIFLE RANGE......................         12

BIG BORE RIFLE RANGE.............................        13

            Specific Safety Rules...........................           13

MATCH OPERATION GUIDELINES............        14


The Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. was established in 1947.  The objects and purposes of this non-profit corporation are: To promote sportsmanship among its members and the general public; to promote marksmanship with firearms among its members and the general public; to foster programs to educate its members, and the public in general, in the safe, proper, and responsible use of firearms; to arrange for the holding of meetings and contests involving the safe use of firearms; and to provide facilities for use in carrying out the above purposes.


Each club member must be a member of, and maintain membership in, the NRA.

The rules listed in this booklet are the result of many hours of discussion between members of the Rules Committee which consisted of club members who shoot the various disciplines at our range.  While every attempt was made to be thorough, it is impossible to foresee every individual problem that may arise during the use of the range.  As there is no Caretaker, Supervisor, or Range Master at the range, it is incumbent upon every member, to conduct him or her self in a safe manner so as to observe, and help enforce, these range rules and to bring problems to the attention of the Club Officers.  (Refer to your membership card or the Club’s website for the names and telephone numbers of the Club Officers). The club reserves the right to restrict or prohibit any shooting activity if a Club Officer or Match Director feels it may be unsafe.         


When you, an existing club member, sponsor a new member, you are required to give the new member his or her range orientation.  That orientation should include a complete walk-through of the range, while reviewing this rule book, and explaining the club rules.


After a new member has met the club’s requirements, he or she is entitled to the use of any range except as specified in this rule book.  Additional restrictions may be posted on the Club’s website, at the range or published in the club newsletter.  Major competitions and work days are normally the only events requiring closure of the entire range.           


You are a member of a private club.  Your membership is an INDIVIDUAL membership; we do not offer “family” memberships. The gate combination is your permission to use the range.  You paid for it.  Guard it carefully.  It may not be given to friends, relatives or business associates.  Giving the combination to an unauthorized person is grounds for EXPULSION from the club.


Address changes should be sent to the Club Secretary at P.O. Box 518, Lake Charles, La.  70602.


The club’s range facility is divided into several different dedicated ranges.  In order to provide these specialized facilities, we ask our members and their guests to respect the restrictions placed on the use of the various ranges.  We must all observe certain rules in order to service all members as safely as possible.  Common sense, mutual courtesy and a cooperative attitude will help everyone enjoy the shooting sports.


Any member noticing safety issues, problems or damage to any range property is urged to contact any Club Officer. Any member witnessing a violation of the range rules or having a problem with another user of the range should report this information to a Club Officer. Please give a description of the incident with as much detail as possible including names, vehicle license plate numbers, etc.  A signed written statement would be very helpful.  Anonymous complaints are difficult to act upon effectively.  Officers’ names and telephone numbers are listed on your membership card and inside the back cover of this booklet.


Occasionally you may have a problem opening the lock on the gate.  There are generally only three reasons your combination will not open the lock:

  1. Your dues have lapsed: This is very common in July and August.
  2. The combination was changed and you didn’t read your newsletter: The club may change the combination routinely in midyear or at any time for security purposes

3. The lock is broken: This usually happens in July also when a member gets angry at the lock when it won’t open because he let his dues lapse.

The combination normally will not be given over the telephone for any reason.  An Officer of the club may, after verifying a member’s dues are current, give this information if he wishes.  Generally, though, only the Club Treasurer will have access to current information.


Do not throw cleaning patches, ammo boxes, or other trash on the ground.  Please remove your cardboard target backers from the frames upon completion of your firing sessions, so they will not blow all over the range.  The trash barrels are for burnable trash only.  Please take any non-burnable trash such as aluminum cans and trash bottles with you.  The club does not have a custodian; please do you part to ensure our range remains clean and litter free.     


Work days take place one or two times per year, as needed, to take care of minor upkeep and deal with normal wear and tear items.  Work days generally last only a few hours and, of course, if more people attend, more gets accomplished in a shorter amount of time.  Work days certainly are not mandatory but if there is any way you can join in to help, it will go a long way toward keeping our range in a condition we all want.  Over and above the obvious, one thing work days accomplish is bringing together members who have never met allowing them to get to know each other.  So if you can, please make an effort to attend the work days.  They are a big part of keeping our range in the great condition we all enjoy.  



The main range bulletin board is located on the entrance road to the range.  Secondary bulletin boards are located under the Rifle and Pistol Sheds.  Any notices of club business, work days, matches, etc., will be posted by Club Officers on the Main and Secondary Bulletin Boards.

Club members may post other notices of interest on the secondary bulletin boards.  This would include match notices, newsletters, items for sale, range problems, comments, etc.

The Club Newsletter, which is available on the Club’s website and mailed to members on a monthly basis, remains the primary means of communication of notices to club members.

The bulletin board indicates the G.P.S. coordinates for emergency medical evacuations and other general range information.  There is also a plaque commemorating the World War I Gerstner Army Air base.


Our club offers a variety of ranges at our facility which are each designed for a specific purpose.  The ranges are listed below, in order, from South to North:

Moving Target Range: NRA Action Pistol Moving Target Competition.

Falling Plate Range: NRA Action Pistol Falling Plate Competition.

Bullseye Range: NRA Conventional Pistol Competition shot at 25 and 50 yards only.

General Shooting Range: for general target shooting, out to approximately 125 yards.

Pistol Benchrest Range: for shooting pistol from a benchrest and for magnum handgun shooting.


Small Bore Rifle Range: for target shooting with .22 caliber rifles.  Includes steel target arcade.

Barricade Range: NRA Action Pistol Barricade and Practical Event Competition.

Steel Bay: for general pistol and small bore rifle shooting at fixed or portable targets.       

Big Bore Rifle Range: NBRSA Bench Rest Competition at 100 and 200 yards and General Rifle shooting at fixed or portable targets from 25 to 200 yards.      



Each member is entitled to one firing station / point at the range.  Members have priority in the use of the range with the following exceptions:

A.  Scheduled Matches

B.  Approved scheduled non-member groups.

C.  Scheduled work-days or other approved range improvements.

All non-member group activities must be sponsored by a regular member and approved by the Officers prior to use of the range.   All Junior Groups using the range must be supervised by a Certified Instructor or by a regular club member.


Guest Policy

You are allowed to bring guests to the range, but you must accompany your guests, not send them.  You must supervise your guests’ activities at all times.  Guest are not allowed to freely roam the range.  You may only bring as many guests as you can safely supervise. Regardless of the number of guests you have, you are entitled to only one firing station / point and must surrender excess positions to any other member upon request.

Frequent Guests should be encouraged to join the club.  The club's Executive Committee reserves the right to prohibit access to any person or persons who have been deemed “Frequent Guests” and to request that person to join the club.


  1. Your Club Membership card must be carried at all times and produced upon the request of any member or club Officer.

  1. The gate is to be kept locked at all times, except during scheduled matches and work days.  When locking the gate hang the chain loosely with one wrap and spoil all four numbers of the combination. Be sure not to leave the combination on 0000.

  1. Eye and ear protection is required for all shooters and spectators on all ranges.

  1. Neither members nor visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs are allowed on Range Property.  The consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on the range is strictly prohibited.


  1. Full auto firearms (Class III) or firearms with attachments or modifications such as the Hell Fire trigger device, trigger cranks or Slide Fire (bump fire) stock may not be fired at our range.  If in doubt about the safety or permissibility of any firearm, cartridge, target or any other range activity, contact a Range Officer before you act.

  1. Fireworks or other activities which present a fire hazard are not permitted at our range.          

  1. For safety reasons, the use of glass or plastic bottles, cans, buckets or trash as targets is strictly prohibited

  1. The safety of all participants and spectators demands that continuous attention be given to the Safe Handling of all Firearms.

  1. All shots must be aimed in such a manner as to impact the earthen berms / backstops

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located down range.  Shooting crawfish mounds, birds, or animals while fun, could cause ricochets, which could skip over the berm / backstop and leave the confines of the range.  At the very least, these activities endanger the existence of our range and in extreme cases could cause injury or death to people or livestock on adjacent property.  Please refrain from these unsafe acts.       

  1. Firearms shall not be handled or moved, including cleaning them, while anyone is down range.  Specific rules apply on the Action Pistol Ranges, as well as other ranges, and are listed under the rules of the specific ranges later in this booklet.

  1. Action Pistol shooters fire from various down range positions, in front of the shed.  In the event members wish to shoot other disciplines concurrently with an action shooter, all parties involved are expected to cooperate and coordinate in sharing the range.  However, the burden to initiate coordination rests with the 2nd shooter who is just beginning his or her practice session.  No one has priority on any range, except during scheduled matches.

  1. The club does not have a Custodian on staff - paid or volunteer.  Therefore, all shooters are responsible for cleaning around their own firing point and range when they have finished shooting.  Please remove the cardboard backers from the target frames.  Remove all non-burnable trash from the range facility.  We do not have trash service.  Please do your part to keep our Range clean.

  1. Dud rounds and unwanted brass cases are to be taken with you or placed in the yellow ammo dump cans located on the shed posts.

  1. Any and all misfires should be treated as hang-fires.  A hang-fire is a round that does not fire immediately but detonates after a short delay.  If you experience a misfire, keep your gun pointed downrange and wait thirty seconds before opening your firearm, just in case it is a hang-fire.  Once you have confirmed it was a misfire, clear the weapon, lock the slide or bolt open and using a cleaning rod, check the bore for obstructions. Place misfired ammunition in the yellow containers mounted on the shed posts or take it home with you.

  1. Do not leave unfired ammunition, including .22 LR, on the ground, as lawnmowers may set them off.  Do Not put unfired ammunition in the trash barrels under any circumstances!  We burn trash in these barrels which will set off ammunition, creating an extremely dangerous situation.

In the absence of a specific rule governing a particular activity, safety should be the primary consideration.  Before beginning any shooting activity, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is the activity safe for people, both on the range and on adjacent property?  Be aware of your impact area, particularly if you are shooting a shotgun at thrown clay birds.

  1. Is the activity distracting or annoying to other members using the range?  Loud talking can be distracting to Bull’s Eye Pistol or Benchrest Rifle shooters concentrating on their sights.  Please be courteous.


  1. Will this activity damage any equipment or property?  Pay close attention to your bullet impact area.  A great majority of the damage we sustain is caused by shots that are aimed at a close range target that passed through the target and impacted equipment, etc. that was behind the shooter’s target. This goes back to the age-old principle of knowing your target and what is beyond your target.                  

  1. Will this activity leave any hazards, which may result in potential liability?  Some examples of this would be throwing misfired, but still live ammo in the trash barrels, which are burned regularly, or on the ground where it could be detonated by a lawnmower.  Also, shooting glass bottles will leave broken glass on the range which could be stepped on, causing injury.  DON'T DO IT!


There are four barrier walls separating ranges. Two walls isolate the Falling Plate Range from the Moving Target Range on its left and the Bullseye Pistol Range on its right.  The Action Pistol Barricade Range is isolated by a wall from the Small Bore Range on its left.  The fourth wall isolates it from the Steel Bay on its right. These walls are constructed of heavy, dense wood timbers, and should stop or deflect any errant shots, thereby protecting people on the opposite side of the wall.  Never aim shots such that they will hit the wall.  There is also a berm at the far end of the Steel Bay, extending southward by the Action Pistol Barricade Range and the Smallbore Range.

  1. Because of the protection provided by the walls and the berm, it is no longer necessary for cease fires on the Handgun Ranges and the Big Bore Rifle Ranges when the adjoining range calls a cease fire.  This is a departure from past practice and it may take time for some club members to become comfortable but this is standard range procedure all over the world.  It should be noted, however, that this does not relieve any shooter of the responsibility to keep his or here muzzle pointed down range, in a safe direction, at all times.

  1. Rifle shooters wishing to move beyond 100 yards downrange should still notify the pistol shooters on the Bull’s Eye Range, and obtain a “Range Clear” signal from them before moving forward.

  1. NOTE: The 200 yard line is fully protected from activity on the handgun side of the range, except from the Bullseye Range as well as any shooter firing into the berm on the Pistol Benchrest Range and the Smallbore Rifle Range.  It is unnecessary for shooters using these ranges to cease firing while other shooters move downrange to the 200 yard line.




The purpose of this range is to provide a standard facility where members can participate in NRA Conventional Pistol shooting.  This discipline is shot at 25 and 50 yards with .22 LR, .38 Special and .45 ACP pistols.

The Bullseye Range is designed and fitted for 25 and 50 yard target shooting only.  Portable frames must not be placed at intermediate distances on this range, as damage to the concrete slabs and turning target equipment may result.  Portable target frames are to be used on the General Shooting Range.

Please do not fire magnum pistols on this range because of the possibility of damage to range equipment, including target frames, sockets, and concrete slabs.  Magnums are loud and disruptive to someone wishing to shoot .22 LR and reduced .38 Special loads.  Please use the General Shooting Range or the Benchrest Pistol Range for magnum handguns.  Do not shoot center-fire rifles on the Bullseye Range.



  1. The firing line must be “made safe” before anyone goes forward of it.  The firing line is “Safe” when all firearms are unloaded and placed on the bench, with magazines removed, slides locked back on semi-automatics, and cylinders open on revolvers.  Weapons must not be touched for any reason when the line is “safe”!                    

  1. Pistols must be pointed downrange at all times, especially when loading, unloading, or clearing jams or alibis.  Be careful not to inadvertently point your firearm to the left or the right of your shooting position, or toward the adjacent ranges.  Remember, we do not have side berms to protect people or animals on adjoining property and just one accidental discharge could close our range permanently.

  1. Any and all misfires should be treated as hang-fires.  A hang-fire is a round that does not fire immediately, but detonates after a short delay.  If you experience a misfire, keep your gun pointed down range and wait thirty seconds before opening the action, just in case it is a hang-fire.  Once you have confirmed it to be a misfire, clear the weapon, lock the slide open, and check the bore for obstructions using a cleaning rod.  Place the misfired ammunition in the yellow containers mounted on the shed pole, or take it home with you.

  1. Do not leave unfired ammunition, including .22 LR on the ground, as lawnmowers may set it off.  Do not put unfired ammunition in the trash barrels under any circumstances!  We burn the trash in these barrels, which will set off ammunition creating an extreme hazard.
  2. During any Bullseye Pistol tournament, the rifle range will be closed beyond the 100 yard target line.  During a Registered Tournament, i.e., a State or Regional Championship, the entire Rifle Range shall be closed.




There are three separate ranges dedicated to Action Pistol Shooting: The Barricade Range, the Moving Target Range, and the Falling Plate Range.  These ranges are equipped with specialized target and shooting position equipment. The purpose of these ranges is to provide standardized facilities where members can participate in NRA Action Pistol Shooting. Please do not plink on these ranges or set up portable target frames in front of any permanent frames or other structures, as damage to the equipment will result.

Unlike other shooting disciplines, in Action Pistol Shooting, the target line remains fixed at fifty yards from the Pistol Shed, and the shooter moves downrange toward the targets to shoot stages at the shorter distances.

In the event members wish to shoot other disciplines concurrently with an action shooter, all parties involved are expected to cooperate in sharing the range, however, the responsibility to initiate coordination rests with the shooter who is just beginning his practice session.  No one has priority on any range, except during scheduled matches.


The firing line is considered “safe” when all persons on the line have unloaded and holstered or cased their firearm.

The line is considered “hot” from the initial loading of firearms at the first firing position until declared “safe” at the end of the event.

Movement between shooting distances is generally done with a loaded and holstered firearm.  Under no circumstances is anyone allowed to carry or handle a loaded firearm while moving from one firing distance to another.


Only targets designated in the Action Pistol Shooting Rule book should be used on these ranges (This is usually NRA D-1 or AP-1 targets).  Do not shoot bottles, cans, or other unauthorized targets.


The Barricade Range is located immediately north of the Pistol Shed and south of The Great Wall dividing the New Range from the Pistol Range.  The range is composed of turning target frames with pneumatic actuators and steel/plywood barricades.  These barricades are meant to represent barriers, which are utilized as “cover” while firing the Barricade Event.  They are not target frames.  Please don’t use them as such.

The space between the barricades out to fifty yards is used for the Practical Event.  Please keep this area free and unobstructed. The turning target frames are designed to hold only the NRA D-1 targets.  Although the pneumatic actuators and tubing are protected by heavy timbers, they could be damaged by high-powered projectiles.  This range is to be used only for Action Pistol events.



The Falling Plate Range is located at the south end of the Pistol Shed, south of the Bull’s Eye target line. Unless specifically tagged, the steel plates are designed for centerfire pistol loads, not centerfire rifle ammunition.  Centerfire rifle loads will damage the steel plates requiring that they be replaced at considerable cost and inconvenience.

Rimfire pistol shooting is also permitted on the Falling Plate Range. 

As noted earlier in this booklet and as with all ranges at our facility, eye protection is mandatoryfor all shooters and spectators on the Falling Plate Range.   


The Moving Target Range is located at the far south end of the Pistol Shed, and is separated from the Falling Plate Range by a heavy timber wall.  This wall protects shooters on the Moving Target Range from shooting activities on the rest of the Pistol and Rifle Ranges.  Conversely, all shooters wishing to go down range on any Pistol or Rifle Range are protected from the activity on the Moving Target Range.  The Moving Target Range consists of motors, cables, target frames, controls, concrete shooting pads, and target barriers.  The target barriers also conceal the motors and controls.  They are constructed of thin plywood and equipment damage will result if fired upon.  This range is to be used for Action Pistol Moving Target shooting only!


Access to the moving target controls and falling plates for practice is available from the Action Pistol Coordinator at a nominal fee to help cover the cost of providing and maintaining these specialty items.





These three ranges are located at the north end of the Pistol Shed between the Bullseye Range and the Action Pistol Barricade Range.

The purpose of these ranges is as follows:

  1. To provide a place to shoot targets at various distances without damaging the range and target equipment installed on the ranges dedicated to Bullseye and Action Pistol shooting.  Use these ranges for general shooting and target shooting with handguns and small bore rifles.

  1. To separate pistol shooters from the Big Bore Rifle shooters moving to 200 yards.

  1. To provide a place to shoot magnum handguns, in a variety of positions, including: benchrest, standing, and sitting. 

There is a fixed 25 yard target frame and portable frames are available for use out to 125 yards. 

A steel target arcade for .22 LR rimfire pistols and rifles is located in the north corner, near the wooden wall, against the berm.    

Please address your target straight forward from the firing line, not at an angle.  PLEASE BE AWARE OF WHAT IS LOCATED BEHIND YOUR TARGET SO YOU DON’T DAMAGE CLUB TARGET EQUIPMENT.

Do not shoot glass bottles or cans on this or any other range.  Use only club approved targets.  This includes all targets, which are approved for competition shooting or practice.  If you are in doubt, contact a Club Officer.

The 200 yard targets on the Big Bore Rifle Range are protected from much of these ranges. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to cease firing while a rifle shooter moves down range to 200 yards.  This should be decided upon and coordinated by the members involved.


The Steel Bay is located to the right of the entrance road, north of the Barricade Range.  It is a general shooting range with portable frames for pistol and rifle. Once again, please use approved targets only.


The Big Bore Rifle Range is located to the right of the New Range.  The firing line consists of a covered shed, and 20 concrete shooting benches. "Lay down" target frames are located at 100 yards and fixed frames are located at 100 and 200 yards. 

Portable frames may be used for shooting at less than 100 yards.  Lines of dead grass are located at 25, 50, and 75 yards for positioning the portable frames.  Portable frames must be positioned such that down range target frames are not in the line of fire.

The "lay-down" target stands at 100 yards must be laid down and paper targets removed after each shooting session.  Please be careful when raising or lowering these target frames as they are quite heavy.  Use two people if at all possible.

The lay down targets at 200 yards are for the sole use of the NBRSA Benchrest shooters.  They are not to be used by anyone else.  The fixed targets at 200 yards are for the use of the general club membership.

During scheduled Bulls Eye Pistol matches, the rifle range will be open up to 100 yards.  For safety reasons, no one is allowed down range past the 100 yard target line during these matches.


During a Registered Pistol Tournament, i.e., a State or Regional Championship, the entire Rifle Range shall be closed.


  1. During open shooting, anyone wishing to move to the 200 yard targets has the responsibility to coordinate their actions with any shooters on the Bullseye Range in addition to the other shooters on the Rifle Line and obtain an “all clear signal” before proceeding down range.

  1. Dud rounds, misfires, and unwanted brass shall be placed in the yellow dump cans mounted on the shed posts, or taken with you when you leave the range.  Do not put ammunition in the trash/burn barrels.

  1. All shots must be directed in such a manner as to impact the earthen berm.

  1. When there is a request to make the “line safe”, as soon as practical firearms shall be unloaded and placed on the bench, pointed downrange, with the actions open or bolts removed.  FIREARMS SHALL NOT BE TOUCHED OR HANDLED FOR ANY REASON when the line is “safe”.

  1. For safety reasons, all rifles, small or big bore, not previously sighted in must be checked for accuracy at 25 yards, or less, before sighting in at longer ranges.  Whenever possible, rifles should be bore sighted before beginning actual firing.  An unsighted rifle can cause damage to the target frames from inaccurate fire, or rounds may ricochet and leave the range confines causing damage or resulting in injury or death elsewhere.


  1. Newly constructed berms are located in front of the lay down targets at 100 and 200 yards and are there to protect the targets, not as a rest for unauthorized targets.  Do not shoot the berms.


A club match coordinator will be appointed and all proposed dates for matches for the calendar year must be submitted to him before January 1, of each year.  The match schedule for a calendar year will be review and approved by the Executive Committee (The Officers) during January of each year.

All "points” matches will be approved matches shot in accordance with NRA, NBRSA or Applicable National Organization rules.  Fun matches will comply with the safety rules of such National Organizations and SWLA Club Range Rules.

State championship matches will be NRA registered matches or NBRSA approved and approved by the Louisiana Shooter’s Association and all competitors will be LSA members.

Only the handgun half of the range will be closed for the duration of approved, registered or club sanctioned handgun matches.  The rifle half of the range will be closed for the duration of approved or registered rifle matches. For approved State Championship or Regional Matches, the entire range may be closed for the duration of the matches.                                 

A fee / expense worksheet will be submitted by the match director to the club Treasurer for all approved and registered matches within thirty (30) days after each match. Ten percent (10%) will also be submitted to the Treasurer after expenses, excluding prizes and awards.

The director of each shooting discipline will submit a financial report and inventory to the club Treasurer by January 1 of each year for the previous year.



Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 5655, Lake Charles, LA 70605

Range Address for use with GPS:

5720 Old Camp Road, Bell City, Louisiana 

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