(Updated) We have posted about range rules before, specifically the issue of ammo restrictions and brass retention policies.
Another set of rules that many shooters encounter is restrictions on the amount or frequency of shooting.
While it is common for publicly-accessible ranges to exclude full-auto weapons, certain ranges take the principle farther. Some ranges limit the number of shots you are supposed to take without a pause between them (a “5-shot rule” or a “no rapid fire/double-tap rule”). Others limit the number of rounds you put into the magazine. One range (according to a commenter in this post by SayUncle) doesn’t allow semi-auto rifles to be fired with a magazine inserted!
A post over at Gun Nuts Media got me thinking about ammo restrictions at shooting ranges. Indoor ranges, specifically.
There are all different kinds of steel, and backstops are made to stop a specific caliber/composition of bullet (much like bullet-resistant vests are rated to stop up to a certain caliber). If you increase the power of the bullet over the rating of the backstop, or use bullets that are harder/denser than the backstop is rated for, the backstop will be damaged or even penetrated.
Some ranges ban magnum calibers. Ok, fine, if the backstop can’t take it that’s just the way it is.
Hamden Fish & Game Protective Association
155 Willow Street
Hamden, CT 06518
Note: Hamden & Game is a members-only facility. Visit their website to obtain a membership application.
The Hamden Fish & Game Protective Association Inc. is a traditional hunting, fishing and shooting sports club. Located on Willow Street in the Mount Carmel section of Hamden, CT, the club sits on over 80 acres of woodlands near Sleeping Giant Mountain.