Range Rules

Overall Rules

  • The Canadian Firearms Act must be followed at all times while on WRPA property. This includes transportation of ammunition, firearms, 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.
  • While shooting, all members must wear their Membership Card in open view.
  • All users of the range must sign in at each range they are using. Signature and membership number are required. This is a Federal Requirement.
  • Guest shooting (to a limit of 2 visits per guest) is permitted on indoor range, however prior approval is required for outdoor ranges unless there is a club sponsored event in progress.
  • The use of Tannerite binary exploding targets or any other exploding device/targets is prohibited on WRPA property.
  • No food is allowed on the firing line.
  • No smoking is allowed on the firing line, or anywhere near the designated loading line for black powder.
  • Eye and ear protection is mandatory during all firing sessions.
  • 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.
  • Muzzle control must be practiced at all times. Guns being transported out of case must have the action open and the muzzle pointed straight up.
  • All firearms must be unloaded and, when uncased, the action open unless the firearm is actively being shot in the designated firing zones.
  • 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.
  • All people on the range will communicate with each other and 1 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 and on weekends. Outdoor ranges close at dusk.
  • The use of holsters is allowed only on the Barry Pearson West Rifle range.
    • Holstered firearms are only permitted on the shooting line. No roaming the range with a holstered firearm, loaded or un-loaded.
    • Holstered firearms must be indexed on an empty cylinder or an empty chamber except as allowed by shooting discipline.
    • Holstered firearms must not leave the shooting line until the gun is cleared and made safe.
    • This rule does not apply to Law Enforcement or other qualified rental contracts.
    • Any violation of this rule may result in immediate termination of your membership.
  • Outdoor ranges open at 8AM weekdays and 9AM on holidays and weekends. Range closes at dusk.
  • 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

  • Sign in upon arrival.
  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Red – No handling of firearms
    • Green – Safe to shoot
  • Pistol calibers and 22 caliber rifles only. Hot loads and magnum loads are allowed.
  • One target per backboard and 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.
  • Return target boards back under the canopy.
  • All areas of the pistol range are to be controlled as one for target resetting or posting targets.

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

  • Sign in upon arrival.
  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Red – No handling of firearms
    • Green – Safe to shoot
  • 22 caliber pistols and rifles are permitted.
  • Handgun pistol calibers 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. If you bring your own steel targets, ensure that you remove them from the property or they will be disposed of.
  • 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.

Small Bore Rifle Range

  • 17 or 22 calibre rimfire rifles only.
  • Sign in upon arrival.
  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Red – No handling of firearms
    • Green – Safe to shoot
  • Be sure to use the chains to close off the walk ways before shooting.
  • No pistol shooting, unless approved by the President and Board of Directors.
  • Return target boards and target frames back under the canopy.

Barry Pearson Range – West Rifle Range

  • Range opens at 8AM week days and 9AM holidays and on weekends. Range closes at dusk.
  • Sign in upon arrival.
  • Use of the flag system is mandatory when the range is in use.
    • Red – No handling of firearms
    • Green – Safe to shoot
  • Rifles and pistols permitted. 50 BMG is not permitted to be used on the range.
  • Targets must be placed at a range 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.
  • No shooter may fire at a rate that precludes their ability to aim each shot and strike the designated target.
  • Steel targets can be used but must be behind the first baffle and in front of the last baffle.
    • No high powered, centrefire rifle or similar high powered rifle caliber handgun shooting on steel targets.
    • Rifle shooting on steel targets is only permitted with pistol calibre loaded with lead bullets.
    • Rimfire rifles are permitted with the use of silhouette targets.
  • Pick up your brass and any other trash.
  • Remove any “Dud” rounds from the property.
  • Muzzleloaders must ensure loading area is away from the firing line.
  • Do not prime or insert percussion caps until on the firing line.
  • No smoking on the firing or loading line.
  • 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 and all garbage placed in the trash receptacles.

Indoor Pistol Range

  • Open Mondays and Thursday at 7PM.
  • Sign in upon arrival.
  • No one may approach the firing line or handle any firearm when a cease fire (red light) is in operation.
  • Handguns, rifles with pistol caliber with mid-range loads and rifles firing .22 short, long, long rifle ammo 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 shooter may fire at a rate that precludes their ability to aim each shot and strike the designated target.
  • 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 safety as are manually or electronically operated trap throwers.
  • All shooters using the Trap Range must sign in at the Small Bore Rifle Range.