Range Rules and Target Frame Info

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    • Weekdays, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm or Sunset.
    • Weekends, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm or Sunset.
    • Ranges will be open every day except:

Thanksgiving Day, CLOSED AT 2:00 pm
Christmas Day, CLOSED ALL DAY
New Year’s Day, CLOSED ALL DAY

  • The trap range may remain open until 9:00 pm on Wednesdays.
  • The 50 yard range may remain open until 9:00 pm on Tuesdays for league events.
  • Use of any range is prohibited if weather or other conditions prevents full visibility.
  • Officers and staff RSOs may close the range if lightning or other conditions pose a danger.
  • Any range may be closed to non-competitors during an AGC sanctioned event. Scheduled range closures are posted on the AGC website.


Range Office

Trap Office

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Range Descriptions and Quick Links:

In addition to the Facility-wide rules and regulations, each of these Ranges has unique rules that are addressed in their respective section as follows:

  • 50 Yard, 58-lane Handgun Range. Section IV.A.
    • 2 sections: lanes 1 through 47 and lanes 48 through 58.
    • Target frame holders at 25 and 50 yards.
  • 100 Yard, 100-lane, Multi-Purpose Range. Section IV.B.
    • Target frame holders at 25, 50 and 100 yards, positions 1 – 90.
    • Positions 91 – 100 reserved for benchrest position shooting with target frame holders at 50 and 100 yards.
  • 200 Yard, 10-lane Multi-Purpose Range. Section IV.C.
  • Trap Range, four Trap Fields. Section IV.D.
  • Shotgun Patterning Range. Section IV.E.
  • Archery Range, four lanes. Section IV.F.
  • Indoor Pellet Range (Memorial Hall), six lanes. Section IV.G.


Range rule violations have been categorized into four classes, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4. They are annotated throughout the range rules as (C1), (C2), (C3), and (C4).

  • Class 1 violations will result in the offender being reminded of the range rule.
  • Class 2 violations are those considered to be a minor hazard. The short form incident report shall be prepared.
  • Class 3 violations are considered much more serious and the RSOs are authorized to order violators off the range for the day if such action is warranted. The long form incident report shall be prepared.
  • Class 4 violations require the RSO to impound offender’s range badge and give them the completed “Class 4 Range Rule Violation Notification & Procedure” form (See AGC’s Policy & Procedures Manual, Chapter XI). . The long form incident report shall be prepared.

I. Facility-Wide Rules

Safety first, safety last, safety always!

     A. Cardinal Rules of Gun Safety

  1. Assume every gun is always loaded.
  2. Never allow the gun to point at anything you do not intend to shoot. (C3, C4 – live rounds in firearm)
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

      B. Administrative Rules

  1. The decisions of the Range Safety Officers (RSOs) are not subject to dispute during range operations.  Arguing with (C3), or refusing to follow the directions of (C4), a RSO, an AGC Officer, or a designated Match Director may result in the offender being directed to leave the property and having their range badge impounded.

a. Any action or decision of a RSO, AGC Officer, or designated Match Director may be brought to the attention of your Club Officers for disposition or appeal.

  1. Range badges shall be in the possession of the named badge holder and readily visible at all times while on AGC property. (C1)  Range badges may not be loaned or transferred to, or in the possession of, any other person. (C4)  The AGC reserves the right to request additional photo identification to confirm identity.  Non-shooting club members shall wear their range badge or current AGC club membership card, readily visible, while on AGC property. (C1)
  2. Persons prohibited by any Federal, state or local law from owning firearms are specifically prohibited from entering AGC property. (C4) EXCEPTION: Minors accompanied by a responsible adult.
  3. Adult badge holders may bring guests to the range.  Badge holders shall accompany their guest(s) to the Barnes Range House or the Trap Range as appropriate, where the guest(s) will present government-issued photo ID, sign in on the log provided and be issued a Guest badge. (C2)  Guest badges shall be in the possession of the person it was issued to and readily visible at all times while on AGC property. (C1)  Guest badges may not be loaned or transferred to, or in the possession of, any other person. (C4)  The AGC reserves the right to request additional photo identification to confirm identity. The badge holder is responsible for returning the Guest Badge to AGC when leaving the property. (C2)
  4. Badge holders are responsible for and shall supervise their guest(s) at ALL TIMES. Guest violations are charged to the badge holder.
  5. A badge holder with guests may only occupy one firing point and ONLY ONE PERSON in your party may fire at a time. (C1)  EXCEPTION: Trap Range; badge holder may have up to 4 guests on firing line firing sequentially.  Standard trap rules and procedures must be followed.  See IV.D.
  6. Badge holders are responsible for ensuring that their guests are conversant with and obey all range rules.
  7. Guests shall park in the outer parking lot when using the 50 or 100 yard ranges. (C1)
  8. Loaded firearms are prohibited in any AGC building. (C4)  See I.C.10. a. – d.   EXCEPTION: See Rule I.C.29.
  9. Consumption of alcohol is permitted in the Barnes Range House and Memorial Hall ONLY; no alcoholic beverages are permitted on or near any AGC range firing area. (C4)  Alcohol may be consumed only after shooting is completed and firearms have been secured. (C4)  Anyone who appears to be intoxicated, impaired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not permitted on AGC property. (C4)
  10. Pets shall be accompanied by their owner, leashed and under control at all times. (C2)  You are responsible for collecting and disposing of your pet’s waste. (C2)
  11. AGC reserves the right to remove and permanently ban any member, non-member, guest or student without refund for violent, inappropriate, rude, disorderly, threatening, unsportsmanlike, or intoxicated behavior. (C4)
  12. Parking is permitted in designated areas as posted. (C2)
  13. Driving onto or parking on any of the ranges is prohibited unless prior permission is granted by the RSO or Executive VP. (C2)
  14. Instruction or demonstration involving drawing from holster, aiming, or aiming and dry firing is prohibited. (C3)  EXCEPTIONS: Barnes lower classroom facing front of building; any firing line where authorized.
  15. Range Rules and Policy & Procedures affecting range operation will change from time to time.  Current Range Rules and Policy & Procedures will be available in the Barnes Range House. It is the Club Instructor and individual members’ responsibility to occasionally review the Range Rules and Policy & Procedures manual for changes.

      C. General Range Safety Rules

  1. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.  All of us have an obligation to police their shooting neighbors and help them follow the safety rules.  If a polite reminder does not have the desired effect or is poorly received, please report the violation to a RSO.
  2. Eye and Ear Protection

a. Eye and ear protection is strongly recommended everywhere on or near the ranges.

b. Individuals assume responsibility for any injury that occurs due to INADEQUATE eye or hearing protection.

  1. Cease Fires

     a. Do not touch firearms during a Cease Fire! (C2,  C4 – live round(s) in firearms or attached magazine)

     b. A Cease Fire is in effect from when it is called at the end of the day until the range is called HOT the following morning.

     c. Cease Fires normally occur on the hour and half hour. When multiple shooters are self-governing on the line, they shall follow the same    cease fire commands and procedures as staff RSOs. Upon mutual agreement, they may call for more, or less, frequent Cease Fires when an RSO is not present.

    d. During a Cease Fire, all uncased firearms shall remain unloaded and pointed downrange or racked in an upright position with actions open, magazines removed and Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) in place. (C2, C4 – live round(s) in firearm or attached magazine) EXCEPTION:  ECI use is optional for muzzle-loaded firearms and the Trap Range.

    e. During a Cease Fire, you shall remain behind the White Stripe when not pulling or posting targets. (C1)

  1. Shooters shall, if they leave the firing line for any reason, safe their firearms per I.C.3.d., Cease Fires, and instruct their guest(s), if any, to remain behind the White Stripe (C2)
  2. Firearms containing ammunition in any manner shall NOT be brought onto AGC property. (C4)  EXCEPTION: See Rule I.C.29.
  3. All firearms transported on AGC property shall be UNLOADED. (C4)  See I.C.10. a. – d.  EXCEPTION: See Rule I.C.29.
  4. All uncased firearms shall be carried muzzle up while being carried from place to place. (C3) EXCEPTION: break-open shotguns and rifles.
  5. Racked firearms shall be UNLOADEDSee I.C.10.a. – d.
  6. Firearms shall be UNLOADED until ready to shoot. See I.C.10.a. – d.
  7. On AGC property, firearms are considered LOADED if any of the following conditions apply:

a.  An Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) is not in place. (C2) EXCEPTIONS: muzzle-loaded firearms and cased firearms.

b.  Actions, cylinders or loading gates are closed. (C2) EXCEPTION: cap and ball revolvers.

c.  Cartridges (C4) or empty cases in the chamber/cylinder/fixed magazine, or if a removable magazine is inserted. (C2)

d.  Black Powder Firearms containing: propellant, projectile or cap; powder in the pan of a flintlock. (C3)

  1. Uncased firearms shall NOT be brought onto or taken from the Concrete Pad when a Cease Fire is in effect. (C2)
  2. Cased firearms may be brought onto the Concrete Pad and placed on the ground or shooting bench at any time.  You shall NOT open the case or otherwise handle the firearm until the line is called HOT. (C3)
  3. When on the Concrete Pad, firearms shall remain pointed downrange while being cased or uncased. (C3)
  4. Containers of propellant shall be kept closed when not being used. (C2)
  5. Cleaning of firearms on the Concrete Pad is permitted with muzzles pointed downrange or upright. (C2)
  6. Cleaning of firearms off of the Concrete Pad is permitted only if the firearm action is clearly disabled; firearm disassembled, bolt removed, etc., (C2) and ammunition is NOT present. (C4)
  7. No one shall fire at any target not in their lane. (C1 – FIRST WARNING)
  8. No one shall fire at any wildlife. (C4)
  9. No one shall fire at any permanent structure or fixture or engage in willful destruction of property. (C4)
  10. Semi-automatic strings may be fired on any range at a rate that allows the aiming and control of each shot.  All shots fired must strike within the designated Impact Area for the shooter’s position. (C2 – FIRST WARNING)
  11. The Firing Line on the 50, 100 and 200 yard ranges is the forward edge of the Concrete Pad. (C2)
  12. Shooters shall position themselves so the muzzle of their firearm is at or beyond the forward edge of the Concrete Pad. (C2)   Under no circumstances will a firearm be discharged if the muzzle is behind any person or behind a roof support pole on the Concrete Pad. (C3)
  13. No one shall go forward of the Firing Line (See I.C.20) while the line is hot. (C3)  Anyone observing an unsafe condition, such as a person in front of the firing line or down range, shall immediately call a Cease Fire.
  14. If a firearm fails to fire, the muzzle shall remain pointed at the Impact Area for a minimum of 30 seconds before remedial action is taken. (C2)
  15. Firearms, ammunition and ammunition components shall not be stored on AGC property. (C3)
  16. Tracer, incendiary and explosive ammunition is prohibited. (C3)
  17. Targets and target frames must not be capable of deflecting a projectile in an unsafe direction. (C2)
  18. Fully automatic fire is only permitted as detailed in Chapter XII of the Policy & Procedures manual.  (C3)
  19. Holstered firearms may be worn only under applicable Maryland law, within the constraints and conditions of your carry permit. (C3) AGC reserves the right to inspect your permit for compliance.
  20. Drawing from holsters is only permitted as detailed in Chapter XXI of the Policy & Procedures manual.  (C3)
  21. Shooters shall clean up their area and police their brass and shotshell hulls when finished shooting and firearms are not being handled. (C1)

II. Targets

Range-specific target and frame dimensions are posted on the AGC website.

A. General Requirements

      1. It is the shooters responsibility that regardless of the target frame origin (AGC or shooter furnished), the shooter’s firing position or the shooter’s height, the shooter must ensure proper target height such that fired rounds do not strike the ground anywhere between the firing line and the Impact Area. (C2)
      2. On the 50, 100 and 200 yard ranges, other than paper targets may be used provided that all fired rounds easily pass through them and strike the Impact Area.  Examples: tennis balls, ping pong balls, golf balls, plastic bottles, charcoal briquettes, chalk, etc., hung from/mounted on YOUR frameYou are responsible for cleaning up and properly disposing of any debris that is not biodegradable. (C1)
      3. Pictures, caricatures or illustrations depicting real people are prohibited. (C1)
      4. Exploding targets are prohibited. (C3)
      5. Glass targets or those containing glass are prohibited. (C2)
      6. Targets shall NOT be placed on the Impact Areas. (C1)
      7. Targets shall NOT be placed on the Protective Berms. (C3)
      8. Targets shall be placed in the location that matches the shooter’s lane number. (C1)

                 B. Steel Targets

      1. Member owned steel targets may be employed In accordance with Chapter XX of the Policy & Procedures manual.
      2. You must display your named yellow badge with certification sticker in addition to your range badge when shooting at steel targets. (C2)
      3. Steel targets and their mounts shall be submitted for approval by the Executive VP or his/her designee before initial use and are subject to inspection at any time. (C2)

a. You may be required to show proof, such as a receipt from the manufacturer, that your target meets AGC requirements for material type and hardness.

b. Pitted, cratered, holed, bent, warped or otherwise damaged targets are prohibited. (C2)

 4.  Prohibited ammunition;

    1. Rifle rounds exceeding 3150 fps muzzle velocity. (C2)
    2. Pistol rounds exceeding 1500 fps muzzle velocity. (C2)
    3. Any round with a muzzle velocity less than 750 fps. (C2)
    4. Any round labeled “Magnum”. (C2)
    5. Armor piercing, steel core or ‘penetrator’. (C2)
    6. 50 BMG and all long-range tactical rounds. (C2)
    7. Shotgun slugs. (C2)
    8. 5.7 X 28 ammunition (C2)

III. Black Powder Rules

    1. Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of black powder or black powder substitutes. (C2)
    2. Prior to loading, shooters using muzzle loading rifles or pistols shall fire caps on all nipples of percussion firearms, or a pan full of powder in a flintlock, while pointing the firearm downrange. (C1)
    3. Muzzle loading firearms using granulated propellant shall have the propellant poured into the muzzle from a powder measure. (C3)
    4. Containers of propellant shall be kept closed when not being used. (C2)
    5. Shooters using muzzle loading rifles shall place their rifle UPRIGHT in a v-notch in the loading bench or some other device during a Cease Fire or during loading. (C2)  Hand-formed cartridges, propellants and sabots may be loaded at the firing line with the firearm held in the upright position.
    6. Percussion and flintlock firearms shall be positioned with the muzzle forward of the Firing Line and pointed downrange when a percussion cap is affixed or when the pan is charged. (C2)
    7. Muzzle loading handguns shall be placed muzzle up in a loading stand or similar device during a Cease Fire. (C2)

IV. Range-Specific Rules

      1.  50-Yard Range
      1. This range is designated for the shooting of pistol-caliber handguns with barrels 10” or less in length. (C2).a. Handgun cartridges with ballistics between .22 rim fire and .500 S&W are permitted. A sample list of cartridges that meet this requirement can be found here.
      2. Rifle-caliber handguns are prohibited. (C2)
      3. Shot shells shall NOT be fired on this range. (C2)
      4. Firing from a position other than standing, or sitting on a stool, is prohibited. (C1)
      5. When AGC-owned frames are used, only one target with a single, centered aiming point is permitted.(C2)

     B. 100-Yard range (Barnes Range)

    1.  Rifles, handguns and shotguns permitted.
    2.  Positions to the left of the orange roof support pole (at lane 57) are normally closed to use.  They may be opened at the discretion of the Range Safety Officer.  Ask for lane assignment BEFORE setting up. (C1)
    3. The 10 fixed benches on the far right of the Barnes range are for Benchrest Position shooting only. (C1)
    4. In the Benchrest area, everyone must be behind the Red Zone while the line is hot. (C1)
    5. Portable shooting benches shall be positioned so that the front legs are at the forward edge of the Concrete Pad. (C2)

     C.  200-Yard Range

    1. Rifles, handguns and shotguns permitted.
    2. Portable shooting benches shall be positioned so that the front legs are at the forward edge of the Concrete Pad. (C2)
    3. An orange flag shall be displayed forward of the firing line when anyone is downrange. (C3) EXCEPTION: organized events under the control of a Match Director.
    4. The target carriages shall ONLY be used for firing properly sighted-in rifles at paper targets. (C3)
    5. When using the AGC target carriages:

    a. A conventional bullseye target shall be centered in the target frame. (C2)

    b. Multiple aiming point targets, or any target other than a conventional bullseye target, shall be mounted with the aiming point(s) no closer than 12” from the frame side members and all your shots must strike on the target paper. (C2)

    1. Silhouettes, gongs, and spinners may be used for silhouette or hunting HANDGUN practice ONLY and shall be positioned directly in front of the 50, 100 or 150 meter berms or 200 meter Impact Area. (C2) Missed rounds must strike the associated impact berm/area. (C2)
    2. Firing a rifle at any target placed anywhere closer than 200 yards is prohibited. (C2)
    3. Portable target frames shall be placed behind the 200 yard pits immediately in front of the impact area. (C2)
    4. Portable target frames with PAPER TARGETS may be placed atop the protective berm immediately forward of the pits. (C2)
    5. An AGC-style portable wooden frame may be placed in the receptacles on the back side of the protective berm bulkhead above the pit roof. (C2)
    6. Firing at objects placed on the protective berms is prohibited. (C3)
    7. People may remain in the pits between ceasefires only during organized shoots/practices under the control of a designated Match Director.  (C3) People in the pits must be able to communicate by voice (electronically) with the Match Director from within the pits.  (C3) Cell phones are NOT an acceptable means of communication under these circumstances; they are too slow in an emergency. (C3)
    8. No personnel are permitted in the 200-yard target pits when shooting steel targets. (C3)
    9. Firearms shall NOT be left unattended. (C2)  Lockers with locks are provided for your use.
    10. Initial sighting in of firearms/scopes/sights is prohibited.  (C2) Use the 100-yard range to ‘get on paper’.

D. Trap Range

    1. Trap fields are run independently of each other.
    2. Shooting forward of the 16 yard line is prohibited. (C2)
    3. Only shotguns firing a maximum powder load of 3 drams equivalent, shot size 7 1/2, 8 or 9, and a maximum muzzle velocity of 1200 fps are permitted. (C3)
    4. Firing slugs is prohibited. (C4)
    5. Shotguns shall remain unloaded with actions open at all times until on station and ready to shoot. (C2, C4 – closed action, loaded)  ECIs are optional on this range only
    6. When shooting handicaps, shooters may shoot from a staggered position not to exceed 2 yards. (C2)
    7. Portable traps and other throwing devices may be used when positioned on or behind the 16-yard line. (C2)
    8. No one shall proceed beyond a trap house when any other fields are in use. (C2)
    9. Spent and/or unspent shot shells shall not be picked up until shooters have unloaded and racked their shotguns. (C2)
    10. It is permitted to walk to the trap house as long as the field is ‘clear’.  Shooters shall unload and rack their shotguns prior to anyone going to the trap house. (C2)
    11. When a person is in a trap house, an orange safety cone shall be placed on top of the trap house. (C3)
    12. All firearms used on the Trap Range shall be fired from the shoulder. (C2)
    13.  Folding stocks shall be in the extended position. (C2)

E. Shotgun Patterning Range

    1. This facility is intended for PATTERNING of shotguns ONLY. Shotgun “practice” shall be conducted on the 100-yard range, (C3)
    2. Patterning targets shall have a single aiming point centered on the patterning board. (C4)
    3. Slugs are prohibited,, (C4)
    4. LEAD shot sizes larger than #2 are prohibited,, (C4)
    5. STEEL shot sizes larger than BBB are prohibited, (C4)
    6. Placing of, or shooting at, objects on top of patterning frame is prohibited,, (C4)

F. Archery Range

    1. Sky drawing is prohibited. (C2)
    2. Only field point or target arrows may be shot at the AGC targets. (C2)
    3. Broad head arrows shall NOT be shot at AGC targets. (C2)
    4. All relevant range rules are applicable by substituting archery terminology.
    5. Archers shall designate a common Firing Line. (C2)

G.  Indoor Pellet Range

    1. All firearm safety rules apply.
    2. The Pellet range is available for Club use from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM on any day the range is open.
    3. Only compressed air, carbon dioxide, and spring-powered guns firing .177 or .22 caliber blunt-nosed lead pellets weighing less than 25 grains may be fired on this range. (C2)
    4. The maximum allowable velocity is 1000 fps for .177 pellets and 800 fps for .22 pellets. (C2)
    5. Only paper targets or AGC-approved metal or metal-clad targets may be used. (C2)
    6. Shooters shall be aligned properly with their pellet traps. (C1)

End of Range Rules

These rules shall be followed by all persons on AGC Ranges and associated facilities. Range rules may be specifically modified only by vote of the Board of Trustees.

Persons witnessing an infraction should first bring it to the attention of the offender. If the infraction is not corrected, the witness should then inform the AGC range officer. Enforcement of the range rules is granted to the AGC executive committee, AGC range officers, and any AGC sanctioned Match Director. Range Officers have the right to stop any action they feel is unsafe or violates the range rules until the matter can be ruled upon by the AGC executive committee. Range badge privileges may temporarily be revoked until the infraction is reviewed by the AGC executive committee.

It is not realistic to think that a set of range rules could encompass all possible situations that may develop on the AGC Patapsco Ranges. If your actions are considered as unsafe by a “Reasonable Person” standard, stating “It is not in the range rules” is no protection and your actions will be addressed.

We have an obligation to ourselves, each other and our community to enjoy our sport in a totally safe and lawful manner.


Any member in good standing of an associated club.

Badge Holder:
Any member in good standing of an associated club holding a valid “Range Badge” (AGC photo ID)

A friend, acquaintance, family member or prospective member who you invite to the range for recreational purposes. If you are acting as an
instructor and/or representing a third party for profit entity of any stripe, or if you are financially compensated in any way for your
instruction, either directly or indirectly by your student(s), then your activity falls under the provisions of Chapter XV, Certified
Instructor Organizations (CIO’s), Vetting and Operating Procedures as amended, of AGC’s current Policy & Procedures Manual
as posted on the AGC website.

Any unaccompanied “non-member” on AGC property.

Concrete Pad:
The concrete slab consisting of the firing line, red or yellow line, white line, benches, tables Etc.

ECI (Empty Chamber Indicator)
Any brightly colored flag device to show the chamber or action of a firearm does not contain a cartridge. The use of an ECI is optional ONLY on the trap range.  It is recognized that on some types of firearms, black powder handguns for example, the use of an ECI is not possible. If an ECI can be used, it is required.

Impact Area:
The area where a fired projectile “should” contact with the hill after passing through a target.

Protective Berm:
A special berm designed to protect equipment or fixtures.  These are located on the 50-Yard Handgun range immediately in front of the
25-yard target positioning mechanism and on the 200-yard range immediately in front of the pit overhang. Care must be taken to avoid
hitting these berms.


CIO (Certified Instructor Organization) Training classes:
During CIO events, holstered firearms must stay on the concrete pad or adjacent rack area.


Hey, I got to go…What about my guest?
If for any reason the badge holder must leave the firing line: safe your firearm(s) insert ECIs, Remind your guest to not touch the firearms and to stay behind the white line until you return

Unable to safe a firearm when a cease fire is called:
If you have a problem making your firearm(s) safe when a cease fire is called:
Raise your hand, (this will indicate to the RSO there is a problem). Do not move behind the white line until the malfunction is cleared and the firearm is safe, OR after the RSO has assessed the situation and has asked you to do so. If the malfunction can’t be cleared the RSO may ask you to place your firearm vertically in a reloading notch (long gun) or a loading stand (handgun) and “stand guard” over the firearm until the cease fire is completed.

When my firearm is cased, how am I supposed to know which direction it is pointing?
It is your responsibility to know which direction your cased firearm is pointing!  A common practice is to mark the exterior of the case to indicate which end conceals the muzzle. However, if you open your case and your firearm is pointed in the wrong direction, simply close the case and turn it around. Your firearm should be cased with an ECI installed, if possible.

My case contains 2 firearms, each pointed in opposite directions, how shall I proceed to remove them from the case?
You can remove the firearm that is pointed down range as long as it has a properly installed ECI. Then, simply close the case, turn it around so the second firearm is pointed down range, reopen the case and remove the second firearm as long as it has a properly installed ECI.

I just drove 35 miles to the Range only to find out that it was closed?

I drove all the way to the Range only to discover I left my Range Badge at home, can I still shoot?
If you have a photo-ID (driver’s license) you can get a Guest Badge from one of the RSO’s.

Can a detached magazine be reloaded during a ceasefire?
Detached magazines may be reloaded during a cease fire behind the white line.

Can I shoot a pellet gun on the 100-yard range?
Yes, and pellets do not have to hit the impact berm.


The AGC By-Laws state that the purpose of the Association, among others, is to encourage organized shooting, develop improved marksmanship, promote, arrange and conduct contests, matches and tournaments between member clubs and others. This has been done in various forms for the past 50 years or so. Some clubs conduct matches for their members only. Other clubs conduct matches that are open all AGC members as well as the general public.

If a club match is to be conducted without any change in the normal routine of the range the club can elect not to appoint a Match Director. Open matches which may attract non-AGC club members and for which a report must be prepared for the AGC must have Match Directors appointed.

What are the responsibilities of the RSO’s and the Match Directors during the competition? The RSO’s are responsible for ensuring that everyone on the range obeys the current range rules including the competitors.  If a competitor violates a range rule the transgression will be brought to the attention of the Match Director for immediate resolution. If the on-duty RSO sees any action by the competitors or other shooters on the range that he feels is detrimental to the best interests of the AGC he is authorized to halt all firing until the problem is rectified.

The Match Director’s responsibilities are: (Before, during and after a match)
•To establish the duration of the match
•To determine which firing points are to be used
To determine the length of the relays
•To inform non-match shooters of any restrictions relative to their shooting such as firing points, rate of fire, acoustic signatures of their firearms, boisterous behavior and time taken to change targets.
•To control the behavior of the match shooters.
•To provide suitable targets and target frames
•To return the range control to the RSO at the end of the match
•To see that any match debris is cleaned up
•To oversee the preparation of the report for the AGC