Facilities: 100 - 600 Yard Rifle Range
Open To Public: All Cast Bullet, Hi-Power, Long Range Prone and Varminter
Team events are open to the public. See
Schedule for specific dates and times.
Range Rules: Click Here
MEDICAL OR FIRE EMERGENCY
CALL 911. Club Address is: 5095 ELLIS ROAD, YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP Send someone to
meet and direct the emergency vehicle at the gate.
These Range Rules are intended to provide a safe environment for the use of
firearms and archery equipment. Adherence to the Range Rules is mandated by the
Board of Directors of Washtenaw Sportsman's Club and failure to conform to the
practices defined herein may jeopardize the membership of violators.
• Firearm shooting hours are 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. OR when the amber lights on
the Rifle, Black Powder, and Skeet &Trap Ranges come on. The Pistol Range
parking lot light will indicate for the Pistol Range.
• The gate is to be kept closed and locked at all times; except when tagged and
locked open to the post for Club-sanctioned events. In any case, the
combination lock must be set on ALL ZEROS WHENEVER LOCKED.
• VEHICLES: SPEED LIMIT IS 15 MPH ON THE CLUB GROUNDS.
Private vehicles are confined to the roads or designated parking lots. Driving
on or across the ranges is prohibited; except when needed during a work party or
when so directed by a Range Officer during a Club-sanctioned event.
• SOBER SHOOTERS ONLY. Drinking alcoholic beverages before or during use
of firearms or archery equipment is prohibited.
• Members are directly responsible for the conduct of their guests; children
must be under the immediate supervision of a parent or guardian.
• Your MEMBERSHIP CARD must be carried whenever on the Club grounds.
• ORDERLY, CIVIL, and SPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT is expected on the Club grounds.
USE COMMON SENSE!!
IF IT ISN'T SAFE - DON'T DO IT; AND DON'T LET ANYONE ELSE DO IT.
GENERAL FIREARM SAFETY RULES
1. Be certain the firearm is safe to operate; and that proper usage and
handling is understood before coming to the range.
2. Open Bolt Indicators (OBI) are required for all uncased firearms on the
Pistol and Rifle Ranges.
3. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
4. Make certain that appropriate and safe ammunition is used.
5. Do not load until ready to fire.
6. Keep the finger OFF the trigger until ready to shoot.
7. Avoid leaving the firearm unattended; keep it in sight or cased.
8. Eye and ear protection is required on all ranges.
9. Attaching targets directly to the vertical posts or wooden cross bars is
10. Firing the .50 caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) cartridge on any
Club range is prohibited.
RIFLE RANGE RULES
The Washtenaw Sportsman’s Club (WSC) Rifle Range consists of three principal
• The Rifle House, an enclosed building on the north end of the firing line
with permanently mounted benches; primarily used for 50, 100, and 200-yard
• Immediately to the right of, and attached to the Rifle House, is the Bench
Rest Structure, a covered firing line with permanently mounted benches; also
used for 50, 100, and 200-yard firing.
• To the right of the Bench Rest Structure are the Known Distance (KD)
Ranges with grass berm firing points at 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600-yards;
and incorporating the target pits and pit target storage shed.
The 200-yard KD firing points are on a line with the Rifle House and Bench
Rest Structure firing points and concurrent use is permitted during informal
shooting. NO OTHER SIMULTANEOUS USE of the KD ranges and the bench rest
areas is permitted. Safe handling rules and range regulations are posted in
the bench rest structure. Review them regularly for updates.
The Rifle Range is used for informal practice, sighting-in, load
development, etc. by individual shooters. At other times, formal
competitions and simulated competition practices are scheduled and conducted
under rules sets approved by the Rifle Committee or as established by the
National Rifle Association or the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Be aware
that competition procedures will have significant differences to rules
governing use of the facilities during informal shooting.
• Eye and hearing protection must be worn by all persons on the Rifle Range.
• Open bolt indicators (OBI) MUST be placed in the firearm chamber when a
cease-fire is called and/or the shooter is moving from one yardage line to
Permitted Firearms and Ammunition
Only legal firearms and ammunition as defined for civilian use and
conforming to State and Federal laws may be used on the Rifle Range with the
following Club restrictions:
• Firearms firing the .50 BMG cartridge are prohibited.
• Firearms capable of full automatic firing are prohibited.
• Tracer, armor-piercing, incendiary, or explosive projectiles are
Informal Firing From the Rifle House or Bench Rest Structure
• Single shot loading only. Only one cartridge at a time may be loaded into
the firearm. Detachable magazines or clips must not contain additional
cartridges and are to be used only as an aid to loading a single round.
• Shooters must be seated and the firearm fired from a rest or bipod. Firing
from the standing or “offhand” position is prohibited within the Rifle House
or Bench Rest Structure. During firing, muzzles of all firearms must project
beyond the forward edge of the bench (or window, if inside the Rifle House),
and must be aligned perpendicular to their respective target. “Cross firing”
or shooting across the “lanes” at other targets is prohibited.
• Firing at 50-yard targets is restricted to benches 1 – 4 and targets must
be posted to assure impact in the 100-yard backstop.
• Whenever two or more shooters are present, (NOTE THAT: this condition may
include shooters on the 200-yard KD grass berm firing points), a cease-fire
opportunity will be offered every 20 minutes for target change or repair.
Informal Firing From the KD 200 and 300-yard Firing Points (grass-berms)
• The 300-yard firing points may be used when the Rifle House, Bench Rest
Structure and 200-yard firing points are not occupied. The range gate must
be closed and a vehicle parked in front of the gate whenever the 300-yard
firing points are in use. Note that: Activities at the Rifle House, Bench
Rest Structure and 200-yard grass-berm firing points have priority of use
and 300-yard shooters must yield the range when requested.
• Timed or “rapid fire” WITH RIFLES is permitted from firing points on the
200 and 300-yard grass berms, and multiple-round loading of RIFLE MAGAZINES
• Firing at the 100-yard targets from the grass berm firing points is
Cease-Fires During Informal Shooting
• During cease-fires, actions of all uncased firearms must be open,
detachable magazines or clips removed, safeties: on, muzzles pointed
downrange, and an open bolt indicator (OBI) inserted in the chamber.
• Persons remaining at the firing line are to step BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE in
the Rifle House and Bench Rest Structure. On the grass berms, persons are to
step back a minimum of two feet from uncased firearms and all individuals
remaining at the firing lines are prohibited from handling, cleaning, or
manipulating any uncased firearm while persons are downrange.
• Persons going forward of the firing line for 100-yard target repair/change
will place a red flag in the pipe provided for that purpose at the 50-yard
line; persons going to the 200-yard pit area will place the “200-yard flag”
in the pipe provided for that purpose at the right-hand end of the 100-yard
impact berm. The last person returning from the 100-yard targets, and the
last person returning from the 200-yard pit area will recover their
respective flag and return to the firing line. The flags MUST be employed
whether only one or multiple shooters are present.
• Only after it is ascertained that all persons have returned behind the
firing line may firing resume.
Malfunctions, misfires, or: loaded & jammed firearms: KEEP THE FIREARM
POINTED DOWNRANGE, A CEASE-FIRE MUST BE CALLED AND ALL PERSONS WARNED TO
REMAIN BEHIND THE YELLOW SAFETY LINE UNTIL THE FIREARM IS CLEARED AND MADE
Club Sanctioned Use of the KD Ranges
• Only Club sanctioned events may be fired at ranges greater than 300-yards;
a Range Officer must be present; the range gate must be closed; and a
vehicle parked in front of the gate. A road guard (Club member only) must be
• control access to the ranges. There must be 3-way communications between
the firing line, road guard and target pits.
• During Daylight Saving Time, on the last calendar Wednesday of the month,
the Rifle House, Bench Rest Structure and 200-yard grass berm firing points
will close at 10:00 A.M. to permit long range firing practice. On all other
Wednesdays during Daylight Saving Time, the Rifle House, Bench Rest
Structure, and the 200-yard grass berm firing points will close at 1:00 P.M.
for the same purpose.
Range Officers (who must be Club members) are appointed by the Rifle
Committee. A Range Officer(s) will be present during all Club sanctioned
events. The Range Officer’s decisions will be honored without dispute or
contention during the event; appeals will first be directed to the Rifle
Committee for resolution, and, if necessary, thereafter to the WSC Board of
Directors. A RANGE OFFICER WILL NOT TYPICALLY BE PRESENT DURING INFORMAL
MEMBERS MUST INSIST ON THE COURTEOUS BUT FIRM ENFORCEMENT OF THESE RANGE
RULES FOR BOTH THEIR GUESTS AND FELLOW MEMBERS.
• Paper targets only are to be used on the Rifle Range. Human-form targets
are not to be used on the Rifle Range. The prohibition of human-form targets
is not construed to prohibit targets adopted by the Civilian Marksmanship
Program for their intended use in competition.
• Shooters must provide their own targets when using the Rifle Range for
informal practice and are expected to remove and appropriately discard used
targets. Targets will be supplied only for Club sanctioned events.
• Targets placed closer than 100-yards must be posted at an adequate height
to prevent ground-level ricochets and ensure direct impact in the 100-yard
• Frangible (breakable) targets may be used only during Club sanctioned
Rifle Range Orientation
Members who have not previously fired on the Rifle Range, must attend an
orientation session on the Rifle Range. The orientation will be conducted by
a Range Officer or Rifle Committee Division head. On completion of the
session, a Rifle Range Orientation Card will be issued; signed and dated by
the session leader. The member must put their name on the card and carry it
with their WSC membership card.
“Long-Range Handguns” on the Rifle Range
• Appropriate target model or hunting handguns. Barrel length must be
6-inches or longer.
• Single shot loading only. Only one cartridge at a time may be loaded into
the handgun. Clips, detachable magazines, or cylinders must not contain
• A rest or support must be used for all long-range handgun firing – whether
at the benches or on the grass berm. Firing from the standing or “offhand”
position is prohibited.
• Timed or “rapid fire” from the grass berm with long-range handguns is
• Members must apply to the Rifle Committee for authorization /
certification to use long-range handguns on the Rifle Range.
A complete copy of the current WSC Range Rules may be downloaded by
For further information email
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