Hand Trap Range

The hand trap range is set up for club members to enjoy trap shooting outside of the designated weekly club trap events. Members may bring their own hand throwers, though the club has installed 3 rope-pull throwers that are available for club-member use at any time. Members are simply asked to replace the “doghouses” over the throwers after they are done, and report any maintenance issues to the board so they can be fixed. The club asks that all members clean up after themselves by policing up their spent shotshells and placing them in the trash before leaving.

If you enjoy shooting trap, be sure to join us every Wednesday, with exception to Winter months, at 6:00PM for the club trap shooting events. Learn more about the weekly trap shooting events here.

Range Rules: Hand Trap

  1. Hand Trap throwing on designated ranges only.

  2. Hand trap range is closed when main range is open.

  3. Clay targets only on all trap ranges.

  4. Shot shells only, #6 or smaller.

  5. Magazine loaded to 3 shot maximum.

  6. Check trap operation before using and report any damage or malfunction to a club officer.

  7. No smoking on the firing line.

  8. Clean up when finished.

  9. Hearing and eye protection are required.

  10. Members violating these rules shall be subject to disciplinary action.

General Range Rules (Apply To All Ranges)

  1. Current membership card must be displayed at all times when on club grounds.

  2. Drugs and alcohol prohibited.

  3. Ranges close at 7 p.m. on meeting nights.

  4. Ranges will be closed during maintenance and/or work parties.

  5. No children permitted on ranges except when directly supervised by their parent or guardian.

  6. A member is responsible for their guest.

  7. Shooting hours at all outdoor ranges are: 8:00am Monday through Saturday and 10:00am Sunday. Shooting ceases at sunset.

  8. Club members may not use club facilities for personal financial gain.

  9. No one may be forward of the firing line when someone is shooting.

  10. No one may handle a firearm on the firing line while anyone is forward of the firing line.
  11. Any firearm considered a pistol (barrel 16" or less and/or no butt stock) with a semi-automatic action and chambered in center fire rifle cartridges cannot be used on any range at our club.

  12. Effective May 1, 2018 chamber flags or empty chamber indicators will be required at all ranges. No one may walk forward of the firing line unless a chamber flag is inserted into the action of their firearm.

If you do not have a chamber flag for your pistol or rifle, Columbia Fish & Game have provided yellow zip-ties throughout the club ranges for use as chamber flags. The chamber flag rule does not apply to holstered, personal defense firearms. If a handgun is holstered it is considered to be safe. Safety is our highest priority and these rules will be strictly enforced.

Be aware that we have installed security cameras at the pistol ranges, the rifle range, and the indoor range. Club officers monitor these cameras regularly and if violations are discovered the member found violating the rules will be notified to attend and upcoming board meeting to be given a hearing. The board will then determine the appropriate action to be taken.

As a self-policing club, in alignment with Pennsylvania's S.P.O.R.T. initiative (Sportsmen Policing Our Ranks Together), it is your duty to be aware of all rules while on club grounds. If you see a violation of the rules, you can ask to see the membership card of the violator and submit their name to a club officer. If one of the club officers sees the violation you could lose your membership privileges. We will not tolerate continuing safety and rule violations as this places the entire club at risk if there is an incident related to mishandling of firearms.