Veterans Day at the Gun Range

12 January 2020   |   by Greg   |   Blog

Safety Tips for a Visit to the Indoor Gun Range...

Veterans Day at the Range

Visiting an indoor gun range can be a safe and enjoyable experience if you follow proper safety precautions. Whether you are an experienced shooter or a beginner, it's essential to prioritize safety at all times.

Here are some safety tips for your visit to an indoor gun range:
Range Master and Armorer at the indoor gun range
Know the Four Firearm Safety Rules
  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Know your target and what is beyond it.
Familiarize Yourself with the Range Rules

Before entering the range, read and understand all posted rules and regulations. Follow range commands and instructions from range staff.

Safety Gear

Wear appropriate safety gear, including ear and eye protection, as these are essential to protect against noise and flying debris.

Firearm Handling
  • Always keep the firearm pointed downrange, in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Never point a firearm at anything you don't intend to shoot.
  • Keep the firearm unloaded until you are on the firing line and ready to shoot.
  • Follow the range's specific procedures for loading and unloading firearms.
Range Master and Armorer at the indoor gun range
Range Etiquette

Be courteous and considerate to other shooters. Do not handle your firearm behind the firing line. Do not touch other people's firearms or equipment without permission.

Know Your Firearm

Be familiar with the operation and safety features of the specific firearm you are using. If you are not familiar with a firearm, ask for assistance or instruction from the range staff.

Keep Ammunition Secure

Store ammunition separately from your firearm when not in use. Load only the number of rounds you intend to shoot, and keep any additional ammunition away from the firing line.

Control Recoil

Maintain a firm grip on the firearm to control recoil. Be prepared for the recoil and follow through with your shot.

Target at the indoor gun range
Indoor Gun Range Target

A common practice on Veterans Day is to observe a moment of silence at 11:00 AM local time to honor the armistice signing that took place at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Alec and I were in the Tesla at 10:55 and headed home to watch Alabama play football. Roll Tide!

Cease Fire: In the event of an emergency or safety concern, immediately stop shooting, keep the firearm pointed downrange, and follow the range's cease-fire procedures. Alcohol and Drugs: Never consume alcohol or use drugs before or during shooting activities, as they impair judgment and coordination. Be Mindful of Your Surroundings: Always be aware of your surroundings, and be prepared to react to unexpected situations. Seek Training: If you are new to shooting, consider taking a firearms safety course or seeking instruction from a certified instructor.

Remember that safety should always be your top priority when visiting an indoor gun range. Follow these guidelines, listen to range staff, and exercise responsible firearm handling to ensure a safe and enjoyable shooting experience.


My MOS when I served in the United States Army was 76Y. For you non-military readers, the Military Occupational Specialty of 76 Yankee means that I was a Unit Armorer. While on REFORGER 85, I trained with German Paratroopers and qualified as "Expert" with the German G-3 rifle, the Israeli Uzi 9mm sub-machinegun and the 9mm handgun.