Summit County Shooting Range
Rules and Regulations
Effective July 17, 2012, new Rules and Regulations were established
for the operation of the range. You
click here to view all of the rules and regulations in a PDF
format, or you can just click a link below to scroll to your section
A compact, tri-fold brochure containing these Rules and
Regulations is also available as a PDF file. Click on this
Visitor's Guide link (590
kB PDF) to print the brochure (two-sided) on your computer.
Some of the more significant changes that have been put in place
effective July 2012 include:
- The type and caliber of firearms are now restricted to
- All shooting must take place from the firing line
- even if you are the only one on the range.
- Only paper, cardboard, or 'or reusable stationary targets
that are manufactured and sold for the purpose of target shooting'
are allowed on the 50 and 100 yard ranges. This means that
cans, bottles, TV's, computers, etc. are no longer allowed
as targets on the range. (See the
Target Frame Page
for instructions on building your own target frame that
works with the supplied target stands.)
- Tracer/incendiary ammunition is no longer allowed.
- The Summit County Sheriff has the authority to enforce these
rules and regulations with the force of law and penalties as
C.R.S. 16-2-201 and Resolution
The range typically operates as a user-supervised facility. NRA-Certified
Range Safety Officers are not typically provided during normal range
operation. This means you, the range user, are even more
responsible for knowing and understanding the rules and regulations
below before using the range. You must also obey all posted signs.
General Range Safety Rules
- Each shooter is responsible for his/her actions and the
actions of everyone in their group.
- Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on
target and you are ready to fire.
- Always be sure of your target and what is behind it.
- When an NRA-certified Range Officer is not present any shooter
may act as Range Officer, responsible for safe operation of
- Failure to obey the order of a Range Officer is a major
safety violation and can result in fines and/or expulsion from
- All uncased firearms are to be carried, unloaded, with the
muzzle pointed up or down and shall have action open when not
on the firing line.
- No firearms are to be readied except on the range firing
line and then they are to be pointed only down range.
- Persons possessing a concealed handgun permit must comply
with current state laws.
- Firearms shall only be loaded on the firing line, or loaded
and holstered on the firing line for "from-the-holster" shooting.
- Prior to anyone going downrange, all firearms remaining
on the firing line or benches will have their muzzles pointed
downrange, magazines removed and actions open with no live rounds
- Black powder firearms are to be charged with the muzzle
pointing up. They shall not be capped or primed until on the
firing line with the muzzle pointing down range.
- Toy guns and BB guns are to be treated as real firearms.
Persons handling such arms shall comply with all range rules.
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General Range Regulations
- Hours of operation -Shooting and access are permitted during
these hours only:
- April 1st to October 31st - 7:00am till 8:00pm
- November 1st to March 31st - 7:00am till 5:00pm
- Incendiary, tracer, armor piercing or explosive types of
ammunition are not permitted on any range
- Eye and ear protection are required on the firing line.
- Alcohol and drug use is prohibited.
- Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- No littering -Shooters must clean their shooting areas,
including brass, when finished.
- No dogs or pets allowed (with the exception of Service Dogs).
- Pedestrian access only -no motor vehicles permitted on the
- No firearms may be discharged at any location on the property
other than the designated firing line
- Violations of the General Range Safety Rules may result
in expulsion from the range
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Trap Range Regulations
- Shotguns with shot shells only on this range -no rifles,
pistols or shotguns with slug shells. Slug shells may only be
used at the 100 Yard range.
- Only clay pigeons are allowed on this range with the exception
that paper targets are permitted on the shotgun pattern board
- Shotgun pattern boards are located in Trap Range and may
only be used with shotguns or combination shotgun/pistol firearm
firing shot shells.
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50 Yard and 100 Yard Range Regulations
- Only paper targets, cardboard targets or reusable stationary
targets that are manufactured and sold for the purpose of target
shooting may be used on the 50-and 100 yard ranges.
- Only handguns, or rifles using rim-fire or muzzle loaded
ammunition, are allowed on the 50 Yard Range.
- Shotguns are not permitted on the 50- or 100 Yard ranges,
with the exception that shotguns firing slug shells are permitted
on the 100 Yard Range.
- Firing shall only be done from the designated firing line
or the bench
- Firearms will not be handled for any reason when persons
are forward of the firing line.
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Please see Board of County Commissioners
for a complete list of regulations, rules, penalties,
and enforcement provisions.