1. Always point the muzzle of all firearms in a safe direction, down range or down at the ground.
2. All pistols and rifles must be kept at a low ready position when preparing to fire and never pointing in the air.
3. Always wear eye and ear protection while on a live firing range. All shooters and spectators on the firing lines and staging areas must wear ear and eye protection. Safety ear and eyewear is available from the check in area.
4. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
5. A “Cease Fire” may be called by anyone on any range at any time for any reason.
6. Never load or fire a firearm if there is any doubt of its ability to operate safely and reliably.
7. Never attempt to load or fire any firearms unless they are familiar with their operation.
8. A loaded firearm will never be left unattended.
9. No loaded firearms are allowed on the Ares Training Facility property other than on the Firing Line under a Hot Range condition, unless they are properly holstered for open carry or properly concealed for valid CWP holders. Only individuals with Concealed Weapons Permits from the state of FL or states with reciprocity may carry loaded concealed firearms on ATF property.
10. ALL firearms must be unloaded, cased, and/or actions open when taken to and from the firing line, as well as sitting on the firing line, if not actively being shot.
11. Always be sure that firearms and ammunition are compatible. Do not fire any ammunition that had to be force into the chamber.
12. All shooters will be given a safety briefing prior to shooting.
13. All members and guests must be sure of their target and what is behind it; all bullets will impact the dirt berms.
14. No ground level targets, cross-firing or ricochets are allowed.
15. All members and guests must ensure that all bullets and shots fired on Range property remain on Range property.
16. No shooting cross-range.
17. All shooting can only be done from the firing line. Dry firing or aiming behind the firing line is prohibited.
18. No shooting of large caliber rifles in the pocket berms. They are for machine guns, pistol calibers and lower velocity rifle rounds. No shooting the side tire walls of the pocket berm.
19. Offhand, sitting, and prone shooting of rifles is only allowed in the rifle area on the Main Range or on the Long Range in allocated positions assigned by the RSO.
20. Firing of armor-piercing or tracer ammunition is prohibited. Armor piercing ammunition means a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a firearm and which is constructed entirely, excluding the presence of traces of other substances, of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, or beryllium copper. The armor piercing rounds cause damage to our steel targets and is expensive to replace.
21. Explosives are prohibited.
22. No bullet impacts off the range, into buildings, signs, storage containers, sheds, or any other structure or range feature not an Ares Training Facility approved impact area.
23. No repeated misses of the target board, or bullet strikes that ricochet causing a danger of bullets leaving the range.
24. No disruptive activities, such as loud music or children that are not supervised properly on the firing line.
25. The shooting of glass, non-approved steel or rocks is prohibited.
26. All members’ and guests’ firearms are to be used only on the designated targets with safe ammunition.
27. Exercise caution not to negligently discharge guns in the direction of range property, range signs, and stationary furniture. None of these will ever be permitted down range and used for a target.
28. If your rounds are not going to hit solidly in the berm - DO NOT FIRE!
29. Firing in a careless manner will not be tolerated. Shoot at your target only. Do not shoot at any elevation that will allow a bullet to travel over the backstop berm. Any bullet strikes to facility equipment, structures, or the like other than a designated target carry a fine/fee to cover costs of replacement and/or repairs. Those individuals firing in a careless manner will be dismissed from the range for the rest of the day. A Safety Incident Report will be filled out by the RSO and will be reported to appropriate staff for collection of fees.
30. No shooting at wildlife.
31. As part of the range safety procedures, all safety rules will be followed.
32. Inexperienced shooters are to advise the RSO if assistance is needed.
33. When a "Cease Fire" is called by anyone, stop all shooting immediately, place all firearms on the table, back away from the firing line, and wait for instruction from the RSO.
34. When “Cold Range” is called by an RSO, stop firing, unload, clear, and lock back each personal firearm on the line. Wait until RSO has cleared the whole firing line and granted permission for anyone to go down range. Do not go past the 100 yard berm without the RSO’s permission.
35. NO firearms are to be handled or moved during a “Cease Fire” or “Cold Range” at all. Individuals must wait until the RSO gives a Hot Range command. All firearms in need of cleaning or repair during a "Cold Range" must not be touched without prior consent of an RSO and an RSO present to supervise.
36. RSO commands and range rules must be accepted at this range. Challenge to any rule or RSO command may be made in writing or in person to the Ares Training Facility management.
37. The RSO on duty will be equipped with first aid supplies, basic tools, and radio for communications with other RSOs/Instructors.
38. Every Individual on the property of Ares Training Facility must sign the Liability Indemnification and Release Waiver whether they are shooting or not.
39. All shooters must ensure that all safety rules and regulations are followed.
40. All members are responsible for their guests and must have them under direct supervision at all times including minors under the age of 18.
41. Range is to be used as posted, or as directed by the RSO on duty.
42. All shooters must sign in and pay for their range use, targets, ammunition, and any other consumables that they may need on the range as a receipt is necessary to show the RSO on duty.
43. Target stands may be rented from ATF. Personal targets may be used if they meet the requirements of the RSO on duty and are to be properly disposed of or returned after individual is done shooting. Glass targets, explosive targets, and any other exotic items may not be used as targets at any time without the permission of the Range Management and/or RSO on duty. Each shooter on the range must clean up their bench and targets down range prior to leaving - this will be enforced by the RSO on duty.
44. Keep your area used clean - the RSO will enforce this. Please respect the equipment and clean up your area when you are through shooting. If you move something, PUT IT BACK. If you break something, REPORT IT so it can be repaired for future use. If you make a mess - CLEAN IT UP.
45. All targets are to be removed from down range when finished shooting - but only during an RSO called "Cold Range".
46. The range will pick up all shell casings. Please only pick up your brass if you reload.
47. All members and guests are responsible for their personal belongings.
48. Clean up all your range trash when you are finished and throw it away.
49. Vandalism at the range will not be tolerated and will be handled with potential serious consequences. Vandals may lose their membership and ATF may initiate both criminal prosecution and civil action to recover damages.