Range Info 2017-08-14T07:17:31+00:00

Jefferson County Sportsmen’s Association Range Rules

Firearms may be loaded only when shooting at authorized targets from firing lines.

  1. Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Keep your gun unloaded until ready to use it.
  4. Know your target and what is beyond.
  5. Know your firearm and how it operates.
  6. Wear eye and hearing protection as appropriate.
  8. Do not handle your firearms while anyone is down range. Firearms must be unloaded and the action open until everone is safely behind the firing line. Be certain you communicate with all shooters as to “Range hot” or “Range cold”.
  9. Shoot only authorized targets. No ground-level targets or trash targets, i.e. glass, metal or plastic containers.
  10. Targets must be placed such that shots passing through them will hit the impact berm.
  11. No exploding targets or ammunition and no tracer ammunition allowed at the range.
  12. Shoot only designated firearms on the appropriate ranges. (See below)
  13. Pick up all used targets, trash, and empty casings when finished and place in trash barrels or take them with you when you leave. Dismantle and stow portable target stands when finished shooting. There is no staff to clean up.
  14. Individual users – Lock the gate when entering as well as when leaving unless a gate person is on duty.


PISTOL RANGE #1: All hand guns and rifles, and any shot gun and loads are allowed. Use only paper targets using the stands provided. No steel targets or silhouettes are allowed except at special events.

PISTOL RANGE #2: This range has three individual bays. Bay 1 has steel targets implanted into the berms. These are the only steel targets allowed for membership and public, with the exception of special events. Specific procedures for this range are on the second page of this document and on our website. Firearms used on Pistol Range #2 include Pistols and Pistol-caliber carbines using up to .45 ACP or rifles using rim-fire cartridges. No rifle-caliber handguns allowed.

RIFLE RANGE: Rifles or pistols using center-fire or rim-fire ammunition up to and including 50 caliber BMG and Black powder firearms are permitted. Canons using 2” balls maximum may use position #10 (far right side of range) with three-quarter-inch minimum backer, provided by shooter.

The 200 and 300 yard benches are open for long range use Tuesday mornings from 9:00AM to 11:00AM exclusively. No portable target stands allowed. Long range shooting on the right side of the road only.

SHOTGUN RANGE: Shotguns only. No shot larger than 7 1/2. Shot velocity not to exceed 1200 FPS.

ARCHERY WILDERNESS TRAIL: Once you start, continue to the end. Do not turn back. No firearms allowed on the archery range or trail.

Pistol Range two (2) range procedures

Pistol Range two (2) is now open. We now have two free-standing fences that separate the range into three separate bays. At the end of each fence, a flagpole has been attached with a pulley system to be used to raise a red flag when a shooter is down range. Any time a shooter is down range using any one of the three separate bays, the red flags are to be raised. This will indicate that the range is hot and no firearms are to be handled at the existing fire line which is under the shed roof.

General usage of pistol range two (2):

Any member or non-member and/or guest who has signed a wavier and paid his or her fees, arrives at pistol bay two prior to any other shooters and wishes to shoot from a down-range position (closer to the main impact beam), will be responsible for raising the red flags on each fence prior to setting up any targets. This will give a clear indication that someone is down range getting ready to begin shooting.

A member or non-member who arrives at pistol range two and sees the red flags are up and wishes to shoot from a firing line at the bench (under the shed roof), that person should move to Pistol Range #1. If range one is full and there is no room to accommodate the member and his or her guest, then they can return to pistol range two and safely communicate to the down range shooter that they would also like to use a part of the range.

There are two options. Option number one: Communicate with the shooter already using the range. There are two other bays available if you wish to shoot within one of the other bays. Option number two: If you wish to shoot from the bench under the shed roof, communicate this in a courteous manner to the down range shooter. Please allow the down range shooter to complete his or her exercise.

At this point the down range shooter will remove his or her targets and move back up range to the bench under the shed roof and lower the flags. Always remember to be courteous to the shooter who is on the range.

Always remember: Do not handle your firearms when a person is down range. Safe ways to transport your firearm from one range to the other are: If your firearm is not loaded and is in a carrying case or if your sidearm is holstered and is unloaded.  Remember we can never be too safe.

A copy of these rules must be printed and signed before you will be allowed to use the range.

Click here for a printable copy of these rules – Range Rules

Jefferson County Sportsmen Association is an affiliate of the NRA and as such provides a training environment for all NRA Certified Instructors. Any NRA certified instructor who wishes to use the range can apply to the Executive Committee.

Presently we have one instructor using our facilities. That instructor is John Ebner who teaches basic firearms safety, basic pistol shooting, and personal protection in and outside the home courses that are scheduled throughout the year. To find out more please contact him by email at ebnerent@olypen.com or by phone at 360-385-3652.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provides hunter education classes as well. Their contact information can be found on their website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/

To get to the Pistol Range: After entering the gate, travel straight ahead about 300 yards to the parking area near the rifle range. The pistol range is located to the left of the warm-up shed on the left side of the rifle range.

The pistol range is an open bay area approximately 20 yards wide and 50 yards long. Portable target stands are used on the pistol range and can be set at any distance from the covered firing line. (See button below for how to set up a target stand.) The covered firing line features eight firing points and is accessible to the warm-up shed in case of inclement weather.

The pistol range is generally unsupervised except during Action Pistol practice and other training activities or when the range is reserved for other groups for training and qualification. (See the calendar for when the range is reserved or call the Rangemaster for the most current updates.)

Any caliber of handgun, rifle or shotgun is permitted on the pistol range but shooters must use care that all shots hit the impact berm, not the floor of the range nor over the berm. Set target stands so the target is at a height to insure bullets hit the berm after passing through the target.

No trash targets like tin cans, water jugs, frying pans, or other such target are permitted. Use only approved targets on an approved target stand. If in doubt, check it out with the Rangemaster or an experienced pistol shooter.

Safety is our most important concern. Communication between shooters is vital to safe enjoyment of your pistol shooting experience. Make sure other shooters have unloaded their firearms and have placed them on the bench with the actions open before going down range to check your targets. Be aware that special safety rules are employed for certain special activities and shooters must yield to the activity leader for when it is safe to go down range.  Refer to our Range Rules posted at the range and available by clicking the button below.

Pick up your spent cases and put into the buckets or cans provided and pack out your garbage and used targets. Dismantle and put the target stands away when finished.

For information about our Action Pistol program, contact our committee chairman at HandgunInfo@jeffersoncountysportsmen.org. Include your reply info so he can get back to you. Action Pistol meets on the first and third Sunday of each month. Sign up begins at 11:30 a.m. and the match runs until 4 pm.

Enjoy and be Safe!

To get to the Rifle Range: Proceed straight ahead after entering the gate to the parking area about 300 yards down the drive way. You will see a covered firing line with six shooting benches and an open area with four firing points for those who don’t want to use the covered area. The warm-up shed is on the left end of the cover and there is a sani-can to the right of the rifle range.

The range has a fixed target hanging area at the impact berm and all targets must be mounted on these backer boards on the rifle range. No portable target stands are permitted on the rifle range except if specifically authorized by the Rangemaster for special events.

Shooters are permitted to go down range to shoot shorter distances than 100 yards but extreme care and communications with other shooters is required for safety. Good sportsmanship and patience is key to short-range shooting on the rifle range. It is generally unsupervised so shooters must be constantly aware of their shooting environment to insure safety.

Short-range shooters may use the pistol range if available and use the appropriate target stands. If in doubt, check it out with the Rangemaster on duty.  Review the range rules posted at the range and available by clicking the button below.

Special safety rules apply for shooters wishing to use the 200 or 300 yard firing points situated to the right of the driveway leading to the rifle/pistol range. Always check with the Rangemaster before setting up at either of these points and physically check to make sure that the rifle range, pistol range and warm-up shed are completely unoccupied before starting to shoot at these points.

High Power matches are conducted the second Sunday of each month beginning at 10:00 am and running till 4 pm. This is a supervised event and only participants will use the rifle range. All are welcome and the match fee is generally $15.00 per shooter.

To get to the shotgun range: Upon entering the gate, make an immediate left turn and travel along the roadway about a tenth of a mile. You will see the clubhouse in front of you and parking is to the right of the clubhouse.

The range is equipped with a beautiful clubhouse with kitchen and bathroom facilities.  This is where the regular club meetings are held. The trap field has three trap houses and an area for shotgun patterning.

Regular JCSA sponsored trap shoots are every Wednesday and Sunday beginning at noon. Range fee is $4.00 for a line of traps consisting of 25 targets thrown at random from the voice controlled trap machines. A 10-line punch card is also available for $35.00 giving the regular shooter a discount on each line of traps. Junior members are also welcome to shoot for only $2.00 per line.

Be sure to check the “Shotgun News” link below for the latest info  and fees and check the “Calendar” page for the latest scheduling info.

Any gauge shotgun is permissible at the trap range but size of shot is restricted to 7½  or smaller and velocity is restricted to 1200 feet-per-second or less. Buckshot and slugs are not permitted on the trap range but may be used on the pistol or rifle range. Check with the Rangemaster before you set up if you have any questions.

Shooters may use the trap range at other times but must bring their own target throwing device. Hand traps or mechanical traps are permitted but must be adjusted so as to throw targets into the field area and not so high as to allow shot to go beyond the tree line. Standard clay targets only, No Trash Targets, and clean up after yourselves. There are barrels for spent hulls located near the clubhouse.

Always follow the fundamental rules of safe firearms handling and the special rules posted at the range, or click the button below for our rules.  If in doubt, check it out with the Rangemaster.  For more information about upcoming shotgun events, please email ShotgunInfo@jeffersoncountysportsmen.org. Safe shooting!


Place base of stand on the ground in front of you so you view it like the picture at the right.


Insert two uprights into the slots on the base like the next picture at the right. These uprights, also called “sticks” become the parts you will be stapling a sheet of cardboard onto. It is recommended you use ½” staples to do this for a more secure attachment of the cardboard sheet. Put about three or four staples along each edge of the large cardboard sheets and into the sticks.

The cardboard sheets provided are about 24” wide and some are about a yard long. We also have half-sheets that are about 24” wide and 18” high. Note the half-sheets can also be oriented vertically by moving the sticks closer together in the base slots. Use the sheet that is compatible with your target.


Attach your paper target to the cardboard sheet with ¼” or 3/8” staples, tacks or tape. Whatever you use, make sure your target is secure to the cardboard.


  1. Don’t use the base, by itself, as a target holder. Put a complete unit together.
  2. Take it all apart and put it away when finished. If the cardboard is still in good condition, you only need to remove the stick/cardboard panel assembly, as a unit, to put it away in the bin provided.
  3. Discard broken sticks.
  4. Ricochets over the berm are a danger to the public. Do not allow bullets to strike the floor of the range. Mount targets high enough so shots will pass through to the impact berm.
  5. Remember, your behavior at the range can affect us all. Unsafe practices will be dealt with according to the by-laws. If you’re not sure about something, ask the Rangemaster or another JCSA officer.