Range Rules

Overall Rules

  • The Canadian Firearms Act must be followed at all times while on WRPA property. This includes transportation of ammunition, firearms, licensing and paperwork requirements, etc.
  • If you are unsure or in doubt of the rules or terminology on any range, please contact any member of the Board for further direction.
  • Eye and hearing protection is mandatory during all shooting sessions.
  • While shooting, all members must sign in to the correct range sign-in book and wear their valid membership card in open view.
  • Muzzle control must be practiced at all times. Guns being transported out of case must be unloaded and have the action open and the muzzle pointed straight up.
  • No shooter may fire at a rate that precludes their ability to aim each shot and strike the designated target.
  • Members are to indicate the status of the range property via the Range Facility Status Sign, either Range Closed or Range in Use.  As well, use the individual range toggles at the top to indicate which range you are using.
  • All users of the range must sign in at each range they are using. Printed name and membership number are required. This is a requirement under the Firearms Act.
  • Guest shooting (to a limit of 2 visits per guest) is permitted in the indoor range only.  In special circumstances, guest use of outside ranges may be granted by the club president.  Prior approval must be sought out and granted.
  • Red crosshatched lines as marked are “no shoot areas” of the firing line.  Move to areas without these markings.
  • The use of binary exploding targets (such as Tannerite) or any other exploding device/targets is prohibited on WRPA property.
  • No food is allowed on the firing line.
  • No smoking is allowed in club buildings, on the firing line, or anywhere near the designated loading line for black powder.
  • Please report any damage or faulty equipment as soon as possible.
  • Common courtesy shall be practiced at all times.
  • Safe gun handling is required at all times.
  • All firearms are to be made safe on the firing line when not actively being used.  Action open and firearm unloaded.
  • Firearms must never be pointed over the backstop. Shooters must bring their aim up to the target, not down.
  • Misfires and damaged ammunition must be retained by the owner and removed from WRPA property.
  • Shooters are responsible for policing the range at the end of their shooting session. Target backer boards must be returned to under the covered firing points on applicable outdoor ranges and all garbage placed in the trash receptacles.
  • All people on the range will communicate with each other and one person will assume the duty of range officer.
  • Damage to any WPRA property may result in immediate termination of your membership.
  • Outdoor ranges open at 8AM week days and 9AM holidays and weekends. Outdoor ranges close at dusk.
  • The use of holsters is allowed only on the Barry Pearson West Rifle range and the Multipurpose range.
  • Holstered firearms are only permitted on the shooting line. When leaving the active shooting area, the firearm is to be unloaded with magazine removed.
  • Holstered firearms must be indexed on an empty cylinder or an empty chamber except as allowed by shooting discipline.
  • Holster restrictions do not apply to law enforcement or other qualified rental contracts during training exercises or training.
  • The WRPA board of directors reserves the right to change the safety rules as instructed by the Chief Firearms Office or when deemed necessary.

Standard Pistol Range – 25 and 50 yards

  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Green – No handling of firearms
    • Red – Safe to shoot
  • Pistol calibers and 22 caliber rifles only. Hot loads and magnum loads are allowed.
  • There is to be no shooting of reactive-type targets on this range.
  • One target per backboard, all shots must be kept on the paper.
  • Targets must be posted on the top half of the backboard only.
  • No hand guns in centerfire rifle caliber can be used.
  • No shooter may fire at a rate that precludes their ability to aim each shot and strike the designated target.
  • All areas of the pistol range are to be controlled by flag system as one for target resetting or posting targets.

Plate Shooting Ranges: Knock Down and Hanging Targets – 25 yards

  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Green – No handling of firearms
    • Red – Safe to shoot
  • Pistol calibers and 22 caliber rifles only. Hot loads and magnum loads are allowed.
  • No hand guns in centrefire rifle caliber can be used.
  • No military hard ball, steel core ammo allowed.
  • Steel targets must be placed at least 25 yards from firing point.
  • Only club supplied steel targets may be used.  No outside targets or objects may be fired at.
  • Where applicable, pick up plates after shooting.
  • All areas of the pistol range are to be controlled as one for target resetting or posting targets.

Multipurpose Range

  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Green – No handling of firearms
    • Red – Safe to shoot
  • Pistol caliber handgun and rimfire rifles only. Hot loads and magnum loads are allowed.
  • All targets are to be posted at the backstop.
  • All shooters using the range and their equipment must share a single firing line for safety.
  • All pistol shooting will be conducted from the marked 25m firing line or closer to the backstop only.  This firing line is marked by a gravel path, stakes at the east end and painted line on the west wall.
  • Rifle shooting will be conducted from the marked 25m firing line or from the 50m cover firing line only.  All targets are to be posted at the backstop.
  • Rifle shooting at the 50m firing line, rifles are to be used in marked lanes 1 through 10.  No shooting from red hashmarked areas of the 50m firing line.
  • Be sure to use the chains with warning signs to close off the walk ways before shooting.

Barry Pearson Range – West Rifle Range

  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Green – No handling of firearms
    • Red – Safe to shoot
  • Rifle, pistol and shotgun use permitted.
  • 50 BMG is not permitted to be used on the range.
  • Targets must be placed at a range and a direction in which the shooter is able to hit the target paper and not the steel frames or baffle uprights.
  • Return target boards and target frames back under the canopy.
  • Shooting can only be done from under the canopy. Forward shooting can only be done under Range Officer control.
  • No shooting water bottles or cans or other trash items.
  • Steel target use is limited to Cowboy Action Shooting activities only.
  • Rimfire rifles are permitted with the use of silhouette targets.
  • Muzzleloaders must ensure loading area is away from the firing line.  Do not prime or insert percussion caps until on the firing line.

Indoor Pistol Range

  • Range is open to membership Mondays and Thursday beginning at 7PM.
  • No one may approach the firing line or handle any firearm when a cease fire is in operation.
  • Handguns with mid-range loads and 22 calibre rifles may be used.
  • No military steel core or specialty factory loads are to be used.
  • Factory jacketed ammo such as 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP can be used however all shots must be on the paper.
  • No magnum or hot reloads.
  • No double action shooting is permitted.

Trap Range

  • Limited to shotgun use only. No shot larger than #6, slugs, buckshot, etc. permitted to be used.
  • Hand clay pigeon throwers are permitted if used safely as are manually or electronically operated trap throwers.
  • All shooters using the trap range must sign in at the smallbore rifle range.