Range FAQs

What are your days and hours of operation?

  • Normal hours of operation are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The clubhouse opens at 8:00 am so that shooters may check in, and the line goes hot at 8:30 am. The last shooting session of the day ends at approximately 4:15 pm. Note: The last “line cold” event of the day occurs at approximately 3:30 pm, and the line remains hot until approximately 4:15 pm. Please take this into consideration if you need to go down range to setup paper targets.
  • We are closed on major holidays.
  • Lightning and extreme/inclement weather may result in temporary range closure.

Do I need to be a member to shoot here?

The range is open to both members and the general public.

Which types of firearms are allowed?

  • Shotguns, pistols, and rifles are all allowed on the range. All firearms must be encased when brought to the line.
  • PLEASE DO NOT bring firearms into the clubhouse.
  • Once a rifle is uncased on the bench (during a “range hot” condition ONLY), it may then be placed into available rifle racks uncased (magazine out, bolt open, empty chamber flag inserted and safety on).

Which types of ammunition are not allowed?

  • No armor piercing or steel core penetrator (green tip M855 5.56 or black tip .308 or .50 cal) ammunition to be used with steel targets, OK to use with paper targets .
  • No tracers, incendiary, or any other other explosive or fire-based ammo EVER.
  • The above ammo listed creates both a fire hazard and may damage steel targets.
  • If you are unsure of whether you may use a particular firearm or ammo, please ask a Range Safety Officer.

What else should I know before visiting?

  • Proper dress is required, simply because hot brass landing on your skin can create a safety hazard to yourself and others:
    • No open-toed shoes, sandals, or open-top boots are allowed on the firing line on any range.
    • No low-cut or under-cut tops are allowed on the firing line of any range.
  • Smoking, vaping, and e-cigarettes allowed in designated areas only.
  • No open carry of firearms unless you are a certified law enforcement officer with badge displayed or MGAC staff.
  • All guests under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times. Minors age 8-12 may shoot 22 caliber pistol or rifle only.
  • Severe weather or lightning may result in the closure of ranges during operational hours. Especially prevalent during summer months, when lightning strikes are detected within a ten mile radius (MGAC has a device similar to those in use at our public schools), our ranges are shut down and will remain closed until lightning strikes within the ten mile radius are not detected for a period of thirty minutes.

What should I bring?

  • Your firearm(s) and proper ammo.
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • Open bolt indicators (aka chamber safety flags) – one for each uncased gun.
  • Plastic clamps to secure your target backer to the wooden 1×2 furring strips provided (NO METAL CLAMPS).
  • A case or bag for your firearms (no uncased firearms are allowed off of the firing line, except in provided rifle racks).

If I don’t have something, can I buy it?

Yes! We sell (at reasonable cost) eye protection, ear protection, chamber flags and target clamps if you need them. All are yours to keep at the end of the day. Firearm cases are available to borrow in the clubhouse if needed (please leave your uncased firearm in the car).

Which types of targets can I shoot?

With the exception of permanently installed steel targets available on some ranges (200-yd, 300-yd, 600-yd & pistol) or temporary targets used for competitive events, we shoot only paper targets or self-adhesive targets adhered or taped to coroplast backers that we provide- no staples are allowed. One target is included with your range fee, and more may be purchased, or you may bring your own paper or “Shoot N See” type. You will need plastic clamps to hold the backers to wooden 1×2 furring strips that are provided at each bench, see “What will I need to bring to the range?” above for more information on clamps. Additionally target clays may be purchased and used on pistol and rifle berms. Absolutely no tannerite or reactive targets are allowed on any of our ranges.

Do you have rental firearms?

We do not have firearms available for rent.

Do you sell ammo?

Yes, for common pistol and rifle calibers such as .223/5.56, .308, 7.62×39, 6.5 Creedmoor, .22LR,  9mm Luger, .45 ACP, .40 S&W, .380 Auto. We also sell shotgun target shells for use on our 5-Stand range.

I saw on the calendar that there is a competition today, will the range still be open for public & member use?

Our main line (100, 200, and 300 yards) range always remains open during normal range hours (unless inclement weather forces a closure). We have separate ranges that are used specifically for competitions and special events.

Can anyone shoot long distance?

We allow shooters to work up to longer ranges as they demonstrate their accuracy at increasing distances. Safety protocols do not allow moving onto the 200-yd, 300-yd and 600-yd ranges before evaluation by range staff. Shooters must demonstrate accuracy at increasing distances. When you arrive, please see a range safety officer and let them know what distance you would like to initially shoot. They will evaluate and assign an initial distance. Shooting the 600-yd range requires a formal qualification, which demonstrates the ability to place five consecutive shots while maintaining 2 MOA @ 300 yards, with all shots striking within the black using a Birchwood Casey 6″ diameter Shoot-N-C Target or equivalent.  Once qualified you will receive a qualification card in our clubhouse listing the rifle/sighting system that you qualified with. Please note that the qualification is given for a specific shooter+rifle+sighting system combination, which means that if you have two rifles that you wish to shoot on the 600-yd yard range, you will need to qualify with both rifles on the 300-yd range first. You do not have to be a club member to be qualified for the 600-yard range.