Shooting Range Rules and Precautions

September 19th, 2014 Marty Zatrapa
Shooting Range Rules and Precautions

zZz Custom Works knows safety and preparation are key when owning a firearm, especially when you are just starting out. One of the best places to learn most about your firearm is at your local firing range. California is littered with firing ranges. If you are a first timer, then becoming educated is simple enough and here’s some information to take to the range.


Firing ranges are places where the gun enthusiast can go for practice their craft. You can go with family and friends, or by yourself and work on your marksmanship. Most ranges offer in-house training or instructors that can be beneficial so that the gun owner is properly trained.


Even for the beginner, know the rules and here are a few for your safety. One is not only a rule, but state law, and that’s to not have your firearm loaded before you enter the range, as transporting a loaded firearm is illegal in California. All firearms have to be in a case when entering the establishment, please pay attention to the posted signs around the premises, the establishments have rules that we all need to follow for everyone’s safety.


Wear eye and ear protection while on the range at all times. Remember to be aware of your surroundings; so keep your live firearms pointed at the target or backstop at all times.


Here are some other shooting range rules to live by:


1-      Always treat your gun as if it were loaded. This means that although a tool for most people, a gun is not a toy, we have to respect the fact that a projectile is meant to be propelled through the gun at very high velocity and this can cause grave injury, or death.


2-       Never point your gun at anything you do not wish to destroy. This rule goes hand-in-hand with rule number one.


3-       Always keep your gun on safe, until ready to fire. One reason the manufacturers put safety on guns is so they do not go off if you were to not follow rule number four.


4-      Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until your sights are on target and you are ready to fire. This rule means that in addition to rule number three, there’s safety in that you keep your finger off the trigger until it needs to be there. Most movies out there send the wrong message, we always see the hero with his finger on the trigger doing the impossible. The fact is, that they do not follow the basic gun safety rules and probably do not know much about the sport we all love.


5-      Always be aware of your targets foreground and background. Whenever shooting at a target, be it at an indoor range; keep the area between the barrel of your gun and the target, free of any obstructions and anything you do not want holes in. That goes for what is behind the target, you should have a backstop that will trap the round from going past your range and possibly causing harm. Especially important when out hunting, pick your shots wisely.


When in doubt, refer to your gun’s owner’s manual, we have not seen one yet without safety precautions and other helpful articles.

Shooting Range Rules and Precautions

Just these few tips will help make your trip to the range a fun and rewarding one, and at our shop we are here to make it even more worth your while.


At zZz Custom Works, there is a wide array of accessories that fit your needs, from holsters to magazine pouches; you will want to have the correct equipment, tailored to your needs that will make your trip to the range a success.


Don’t be afraid to contact us for any additional information on what zZz Custom Works offers.

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Written by Marty Zatrapa

Marty Zatrapa

Marty is the founder and craftsman at zZz Custom Works. With experience in the USMC infantry, US Army infantry, cavalry, intelligence, Nuclear security he is one to trust when creating custom gun accessories.

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