• Big Piney Sportsman's Club - Houston, Missouri


To ensure that our ranges remain safe, please be aware of these safety rules.

Please note: BPSC holds a variety of organized shooting events throughout the year. During these events, the rifle range is open only to those participating in the event.

Safety is Priority!

  • Alcoholic beverages and or drugs may not be consumed prior to, or during shooting on the rifle ranges. Shooters who are suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to shoot and may be asked to leave the property. For the purposes of this rule, “drugs” shall mean any illegal drug or prescription medication, if that prescription medication affects the judgment or safe conduct of the shooter.
  • Contact the BPSC President or a BPSC Board member at 573-889-8372 if you observe unsafe range conditions that you cannot correct.
  • Keep all guns unloaded, and in a case, when you are in the parking lot or moving between ranges. Guns can be uncased and loaded only when at the firing line and preparing to fire.
  • Everyone must stay behind the firing line.
  • Shooters must open the action, empty the chamber, empty any internal magazines, and place the empty guns on the rack. All guns must remain empty, with actions open, until shooters are on the shooting line.
  • Keep muzzles pointed in a safe direction, or down range, at all times unless the gun is on a gun rack or in a case.
  • Shoot only at paper or cardboard targets on the designated target holders at the backstop.  Do not shoot at the wooden posts or wood framework. Keep frangible target (clay birds) to a minimum and at the base of the backstop. Do not use firing position berms as a backstop.
  • Shooters, spotters and club personnel must wear appropriate eye and hearing protection while on the ranges.
  • Mind club traffic when shooting from the 700 and 800 yard positions. Members using those positions cannot deny others entry to, or exit from, club property.
  • Muzzle loaders must take precaution against accidental fires and explosions by loading and storing powder at a rear bench, while priming and shooting only from the front of the bench.
  • Fully automatic firearms are prohibited.
  • The use of explosive devices and explosives, to include Tannerite, is prohibited.
  • The hunting and shooting of animals is not allowed on club property. Violators will be reported to the legal authorities and club members may have to forfeit their membership without a refund. Exceptions: organized youth hunts and nuisance animals such as poisonous snakes.
  • Parking is allowed in the authorized parking area only. No vehicles are allowed down range while firing.
  • Be considerate of other shooters by practicing good sportsmanship, being respectful and using common sense.
  • Treat the club property with respect. Theft and vandalism will be prosecuted.
  • Repeat offenders of these rules will not be allowed on the rifle range.
  • Glass containers are not allowed on club property.
  • Members may not share the gate codes with non-members.
  • Youths under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
  • Pets must be tied, leashed, or placed in a vehicle at all times while on club property. Dogs must be controlled to prevent barking and the owner must clean up after their pet.
  • Close and lock the gate after entering and exiting the rifle range unless a public shooting event or work party is present.
  • Shooting after 10:00 pm is prohibited unless authorized or is a scheduled event such as a Night Shoot. Shooting may begin in the morning as soon as it is light enough to see your target clearly.
  • Club members who bring guests are responsible for the actions of their guests.

Ten Rules Of Safe Gun Handling

  1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  2. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Identify your target and what is beyond it.
  4. Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
  5. Ensure the firearm and ammunition are in good working condition and that only the correct ammunition is used.
  6. Store firearms and ammunition separately under lock and key, and use trigger locks.
  7. Always keep the action open except when actually hunting or preparing to shoot and always keep your finger off the trigger except when firing.
  8. Never climb a fence, tree, stand or jump a ditch without unloading your firearm.
  9. Never shoot at a flat hard surface or water.
  10. Avoid alcohol and other drugs before or during hunting and shooting.

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