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Dixon Springs, Tennessee 37057

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Safety Rules

Important Rules &  Reminders

The Rifle Range is open for use. 

  • Carefully review the Safety Rules below. There will be changes to these rules as construction progresses so please take time to review the rules often. Safety is #1 as always.

  • Hours Sunday are NOON until sunset or 8:00 PM-- whichever comes first.

  • Hours Monday- Saturday are SUNRISE until sunset or 8:00 PM-- whichever comes first.

  • When the range is called cold, open actions and step back away from the benches. Do not approach the benches or handle any firearms until the range is hot again. Do not bring firearms to the rifle shed while the range is cold, only when the range is hot. We are in the process of installing a light system to show when the range is hot or cold. 

  • We must walk out to put out targets and frames. NO VEHICLES DOWNRANGE.

  • Police your brass. Trash cans are on the rifle range. We will have a dumpster soon.

The first 14 benches from the left end of the range are to be shot to a max of 100 meters only. The 28 benches from the right end can be shot to 200 meters now, and will have 300 meters and 400 yards as soon as the weather permits building the berms.

The berms finished at the range are 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 meters, and 200 meters. There is plenty of room in front of the berm to set your target at the desired yards or meters. That way your rounds are going into the berm, not over the berm.

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Safety  Rules for Posting

  • Range is open Sunday from NOON until sunset or 8:00 PM-- whichever comes first.

  • Range is open Monday- Saturday from SUNRISE until sunset or 8:00 PM-- whichever comes first.

  • The range is for MTSA members only and their immediate family (same household), and guests. Each guest is limited to two visits per year. Members can bring only two guests at a time. Guests must read the Safety Rules before using the range.

  • Membership cards shall be worn at all times while on MTSA property.

  • Eye and ear protection are required for all shooters and non-shooters using the range.

  • The first person on the range shall assume the duty of Range Safety Officer (RSO) until a trained RSO, a Board Member, or the Chairman presiding over the match is present. 

  • This is a COLD RANGE. All firearms shall be unloaded until they are on the line and all shooters acknowledge the range is "HOT." Do not wear a loaded pistol on the property. Firearms can only be brought to the range shed when the line is hot. All firearms carried to and from the shooting area shall be either cased, holstered, or with the action open. The action of firearms must be open when not in use.

  • Members shall "CLEAR" the firing line with ALL shooters before going downrange. ALL FIRING STOPS, ACTIONS MUST BE OPEN and FIREARMS SHALL NOT BE HANDLED. All shooters not going downrange must step back behind the yellow line. Do not handle firearms, mags, or ammunition while any person is downrange. After ALL shooters return from downrange, they shall acknowledge with ALL shooters present that the range is "HOT" before firing can continue.

  • Members are responsible for bringing their own target stands and targets for practice. Metal Gongs shall not be shot with AP or LAP armor piercing rounds. Members will forfeit their membership if a fire occurs due to steel being shot with armor piercing rounds. Metal targets shall not be shot any closer than 200 yards. (Exceptions: 22 rim fire spinners and sanctioned match targets may be placed closer than 200 yds.) Police your targets, blowing pens, brass, boxes, etc. before leaving the range. Do not shoot bottles, rocks, blocks, etc.. Keep the range clean for mowing and the use of others. Please empty trash cans in the dumpster.

  • The Bianchi Plates are for all members. They are for HANDGUNS ONLY. NO RIFLES (or rifle conversions), NO SHOTGUNS, and NO MAGNUM handgun rounds. Plates shall not be shot any closer than 25 yds, and must be shot directly in front of the plates, not at an angle.

  • No fully automatic weapons or "bump-firing" allowed. No tracers, incendiary, or explosive rounds are allowed on MTSA ranges. The use of exploding and/or pyrotechnic targets is strictly prohibited.

  • No rifles chambered for 50 Browning Machine (50BMG) will be allowed on MTSA shooting ranges. 

  • Shotgun ammunition containing pellet sizes no greater than 7 1/2 may ber used at any time on the trap or 5-stand shotgun facilities. Shotguns firing pellet sizes larger than 7 1/2 including buckshot and slugs may be fired at the pistol bays or rifle range.

  • Hunting is not allowed on MTSA property. Beware of deer, turkey, and other animals on the range and ceasefire when they are present. No shooting any wildlife on the range, game or varmint.