NCRGC Rules and Regulations

General Gun Handling Rules

  • Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • Be sure that the gun is safe to operate.
  • Know how to use the gun safely.
  • Use only the correct ammunition with your gun.
  • Wear eye and ear protection.
  • Yell out “CEASE FIRE” if you see an unsafe condition.
  • If you hear CEASE FIRE, stop firing, keep the muzzle pointed downrange, and await instructions.
  • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.


General and Specific Range Rules – Shotgun Fields

  • Raise the range flag when the range is in use. Lower the flag when the range is not in use.
  • Shotguns with fixed stocks and target loads 7½ to 9 shot only (no slugs).
  • Shotgun fields (Skeet & Trap) are closed when Tactical Bays are in use due to potential overspray from shot. Manual throwers can be used when Tactical Bays 1 and 2 are in use.
  • Communicate with all shooters when the range is HOT and when the range is COLD. Double check!
  • Keep actions/breaches open when not on a shooting station. Reopen after shooting.
  • Do not load your shotgun until you are on your station. Load from a standing position. 
  • Armor piercing, tracer, explosive or incendiary ammunition and targets are prohibited.
  • Do not shoot at target frames, holder, guardrails, posts, cove, livestock, wildlife, etc.
  • Keep your range clean - pick up spent casings, misfired ammunition, used targets and trash.
  • Failure to observe these rules is cause for suspension or expulsion from the club.


General and Specific Range Rules – Manual Throwers

  • Use the manual clay throwers at your own risk as they can cause serious injury.
  • Read the operating instructions and warnings located in the clay storage box before use.
  • Keep hands and body outside of the throwing arm path indicator areas.
  • Load the trap magazine from the rear of the trap.
  • Shoot from the area to the left of the thrower on the platform.
  • Be aware of your line of fire and do not shoot the sheds.
  • Utilize two people for a sitting-style thrower and one or two people for post-style thrower.
  • Watch out for scatter pieces that result from cracked or broken targets.
  • When finished, secure covers on throwers, pick up all broken clays larger than a quarter and put them in the trash, and place unbroken clays in the clay storage box.
  • Failure to observe these rules is cause for suspension or expulsion from the club.


Skeet & Trap Event Safety Rules

  • No one under the age of 16 years old shall shoot or handle firearms without adult supervision.
  • Shotguns with fixed stocks and target loads 7½ to 9 shot only.
  • Never pass the Skeet or Trap houses while range is hot.
  • Do not load your shotgun until you are on your station (Skeet) or it is your turn to shoot (Trap).
  • Re-open actions/breaches upon completion of your stage and before leaving a station.
  • Shooters shall not pick up dropped shells or empty casings while the range is hot. Shells and casings should only be picked up after the Skeet/Trap round is complete.
  • Misfired/dud shells are to be kept in the shooter’s possession or turned in to the Range Safety Officer (RSO) for disposal. At no time should an unfired shell be placed in trash cans.
  • Maximum of 5 shooters per squad on the Skeet and Trap field at any given time. (Additional shooters may only be added to the Skeet squad at the Discipline Chair discretion)


Disqualification from Event
Engaging in any of the following activities may show cause for disqualification and request by Match Director of participant to leave Event. Any decision regarding disqualification made by the Match Director is final and not debatable at the Match.

  • Pointing or sweeping firearm in unsafe direction, at other participants or self
  • Arrival or exiting a shooting station / firing line with a loaded firearm.
  • A negligent or accidental discharge of a firearm.
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