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Public Range Protocols

This page contains a step by step list of how to have a safe and successful day at Pima Pistol Club while enjoying the use of our Public Pistol range and our Public Rifle Range.  Please take a moment to read through the orientation list before your range visit.

Public Range Protocols

You are responsible for knowing and adhering to all Pima Pistol Club guidelines.  Range Safety Officers always have the final decision on range safety and use.  Please ask an RSO about anything you are not sure of before acting.


After you come through the gate, make sure that all your firearms are unloaded, magazines removed, and in a case or bag.  If any of your firearms are loaded, please stop at the firearms clearing station to the inside right of our gate and unload and case any firearms that may be loaded.  If you are carrying a firearm, clear and case it at this time.

If you do not have a case, safely stow your cleared firearm in your vehicle and ask the on duty RSO for a loaner case while on the property.

Check In

Head to the Range Office where you will check in and pay your range fees if you are not a member of the PPC.  You will provide your ID which will be held until you leave the range and you will be issued a temporary yellow non-member ID.  This range ID must be displayed while you are using the range. 

You will sign a range safety waiver form.  You will also sign a form stating that you know, understand, and agree to comply with all Pima Pistol Club safety regulations.  If you are on your first visit to the PPC, you will be required to watch a short safety video that covers range rules and the proper HOT and COLD range protocols.

The Range Safety Officer will ask you what types of firearms you will be using on your visit and guide you to the proper range for them.

Chamber Flags & Targets

Any firearms that are uncased at the public ranges must have a chamber flag properly displayed when the range is COLD or when the firearm is not in use.  If you need chamber flags or targets, you can purchase them from the RSO Range Office for $1.

Moving to your Range

After the RSO clears you to head to your range, drive to the appropriate range and park your vehicle.  Determine the current status of the range.  If there are no audible signals and flashing lights, the range condition is HOT.  If you hear audible signals and see flashing lights, the range condition is COLD.

NEVER transport, handle, or set up firearms on a COLD range!  When you can confirm that the range is in a HOT status, you may move your cased firearm to the bench and properly set up your firing position.

You may only set up your firearms at the shooting bench on a HOT range.  If the range is HOT, bring your cased firearms, range bag, targets, ammo, stapler or tape, and any supplies to your desired bay location.  If the range condition is COLD when you arrive, you must wait until the status changes to HOT to set up.

Range Bay
Set Up

When you have transferred your equipment to your desired range bay during a HOT range, remove your firearm or firearms from the cases or bags, lock back the slides or actions, and insert chamber flags.  Organize your  station and cooperate with other range guests when ready to move the range to a COLD status.

Tip:  Mark your firearm case or bag so that you always know the position of the muzzle in the case.  Orient the marked muzzle end of the case to the impact berm so that when you open the case, the muzzle always stays oriented downrange at the impact berm.

Target Set Up

When you are ready to set up your target, move to the back of the range behind the yellow line. 


When all guests at your range are confirmed clear, when chamber flags are inserted in all firearms, and when all guests are behind the yellow line - the range can then be moved to COLD status and the switch at the back of the range which activates the audible signals and lights can be engaged.

Any guests setting up or attending to targets may now move downrange.  Any guests not moving downrange must stay behind the yellow line and must not approach the firing line or handle any items at the firing line.

When all guests are confirmed to be clear of the downrange area and when all guests are behind the yellow line, and the range is verified clear a second time, the range status can be called HOT and signaled by disengaging the audible signal and light switch at the back of the range.

Clean Up

When you have completed your range session, during a HOT range status:  clear all firearms, remove all magazines, re-case all firearms and supplies, and return them to your vehicle. 


Pick up any brass in your shooting area where safe and take it with you or put it in a blue brass collection barrel.  Clear everything from your shooting area.

When the range returns to a COLD status, remove your targets from the backer and discard.  Return target stand to shooting position.

Check Out

Check out at the RSO Range Office.  Return your yellow non-member range ID in exchange for the ID that you provided at check in.  Return any cases, rests, or spotting scopes you may have borrowed at check in.

Leaving the Range

As you leave the range, if you regularly carry a loaded firearm, stop at the red station inside the range gate, load and holster your firearm, return to your vehicle, and carry on with your day.

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