Okeechobee's Premiere Indoor Shooting Experience
Range Rules and Safety
The same rules apply for live fire and the simulation systems. You should always practice safe handling of firearms even when using non-lethal versions.

The additional rule that applies to the simulation systems is that there are NO FIREARMS allowed in the room. You can either leave your firearms or concealed carry firearms in your vehicle or in the locker provided. This will prevent any possible accidental discharges from drawing the wrong weapon when practicing your draw on the simulators.

Individuals using the range shall become familiar with these safety rules and procedures prior to using the range. The range safety rules and procedures help to provide range supervision and allow for enforcement of these rules to reduce or eliminate incidents from occurring.

All users are required to abide by and enforce these rules. All users are expected to politely point out any violations to the Range Safety Officer (RSO) to any user in violation of these rules. The goal is to ensure that everyone is educated in the safe handling and use of firearms and the general safety of all persons.

Definitions
  • Hot Range: no Cease Fire is in effect;guns may be handled and fired.
  • Cold Range: Cease Fire is in effect;range is not allowed to be used and guns shall NOT fired.
  • Firing Line: that part of the range where shooting benches are placed designated as a Live Fire Activities area.
  • Live Fire Activities: an activity that involves the firing of a gun. Individuals involved in a live fire activity include the shooter, Range Safety Officer, and supporting personnel such as score keepers, timers, and other individuals participating in a shooting activity on a Hot Range.
  • Range Safety Officer (RSO): an employee or designee of Center Mass that is charged with monitoring and enforcing all rules outlined in this SOP as they pertain to the range use.
  • Rapid Firing: firing more than two shots in a one second period. This activity IS permitted as long as the user is hitting the intended target.
  • Approved Firing: deliberate, controlled and aimed fire, which results in every shot hitting the impact berm.
  • Uncontrolled Firing: firing from the hip, firing a rifle/carbine/shotgun without the butt of the stock against the shooter's shoulder, or any other type of firing in which the firearm is not aimed by having the shooter's eye aligned with the firearm sights and the sights aligned with an approved target.
  • Cease Fire Range Wide: shooters stop shooting, firearms are cleared of all ammunition and placed on shooting bench with actions open and muzzle pointed down range, stay away from shooting benches and NO HANDLING FIREARMS.
Range Use Requirements

The use of the gun range is covered by these Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). The SOP defines what every person engaged in live-fire activities must know prior to being permitted to use the range facility.
  • Shooters may not consume alcoholic beverages or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter medications) that will affect his or her ability to participate with a maximum state of awareness and in a completely safe manner, before or during live fire activities. The Range Officer will deny range access to anyone that is or appears to be in violation.
  • Children must be 8 years of age or older, in order to be able to enter the live fire range. Laser Simulation ranges are at the descretion of the parents and Center Mass.
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany all minors (under age 18) at all times.
  • Absolutely no pregnant or expecting women are allowed on the live fire ranges.
  • We will allow only 1 person at one time in a shooting stall;others must remain behind the firing line.
  • The range should be a fun and safe experience. Please make sure to follow all of the range rules. If someone is seen not following the rules, they will be escorted out of the firing range with no exceptions.
  • Destruction of any range equipment (hangers, tracks, lighting, cameras, etc.), you will be held accountable and escorted out of the range. You will also be held accountable for the cost of any item, that would need to be replaced.
  • TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT IS LOADED. Always keep firearms pointed in a safe direction;down range, and not toward the floor or the ceilings.
  • Firing will only take place when Range Safety Officer signifies that the range is "HOT", and all persons are behind the firing line, and safe conditions exist.
  • Always keep finger outside of the trigger guard until ready to fire.
  • Always keep action open, and firearm unloaded until ready to fire (this is also applicable in transport).
  • Range staff must approve targets before being allowed into the range.
  • Customers must know safety mechanisms associated with their firearms and must be proficient in using them.
  • Range Staff must inspect all range ammunition before entering the live fire range.
  • All firearms must be cased and unloaded while entering and exiting the range and the property.
  • Spectators are not permitted on the firing line.
  • If you have brought more than one firearm, you must use only one at a time.
  • Ear and eye protection must be worn at all times while in the live fire range.
  • Shooters must wear clothing that helps protect their skin. No open-toed shoes, sandals, sleeveless shirts or low blouses are permitted on the range.
  • Loaded firearms are NOT allowed behind the firing line.
  • During the command "CEASE FIRE";shooters must immediately stop shooting, show a cleared and safe firearm, put your firearm on the shooting bench, and step away from the firing line. You may not approach the firing line or your firearm, until the signal "ALL CLEAR" is given.
  • No drinks, food, gum or tobacco products are permitted inside the range. All shooters should wash their hands with cold water and soap before leaving the facility and also before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Shooters may collect only their own brass, once they have unloaded and cased their firearms and are ready to exit the range. Shooters may only grab brass that is behind the firing line.
  • Act responsibly at all times, be aware of your surroundings, and if you observe any unsafe conditions, please report it to any of the staff immediately.
  • Class III or NFA Firearms and Accessories are permitted on the live range with the permission of the Range Safety Officer. You must be able to handle and control the firearm or use will be denied.
  • SLIDE-FIRE AND BUMP STOCKS OR ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT MIMICS AUTOMATIC FIRE IS PROHIBITED.
  • DO NOT SHOOT AT ANYTHING OTHER THAN YOUR DESIGNATED TARGET.
  • FIRING OF ARMOR-PIERCING OR TRACER AMMUNITION IS PROHIBITED. Armor piercing ammunition means a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a firearm and which is constructed entirely, excluding the presence of traces of other substances, of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, or beryllium copper.
  • NO AMMUNITION EXCEEDING .338 WILL BE ALLOWED.
  • NO EXPLODING TARGETS OR BLEEDING TARGETS WILL BE ALLOWED.
  • Firearms may not be moved from lane to lane unless they are unloaded and placed back inside their case for lane transfer.
  • The target should be placed so that you are shooting at eye level. Avoid shooting high or low to avoid shooting the floor, ceiling or targeting systems.
  • When entering and exiting the range there is a 2 door system. Open 1 door to enter the exit/entrance area and close the door behind you. Once that door is closed, you may open the other door. This will keep all noise inside the range.
  • No loaded firearms are allowed on the Center Mass property other than on the Firing Line under a Hot Range condition:
    • Exceptions to this are for Center Mass employees and Law Enforcement personnel.
    • Lawful concealed carry is allowed as long as it remains concealed.
Allowable Firearms
  • Handguns of all calibers are allowed on the live fire ranges.
  • Rifles of all calibers up to .338 Lapua - Larger calibers are prohibited.
  • Muzzle loaders are NOT allowed on the live fire ranges.
  • Shotguns of all types are allowed. Bird shot ammunition is not allowed.
Firearms Carry & Handling
  • Firearms in a bag or case must remain in the bag or case when transporting them between the parking lot and range.
  • Firearms must only be handled at the firing line with the muzzle pointed down range at all times.
  • Do not carry any open cases or firearms not encased to or from the firing line.
  • When leaving the firing line to use the restroom, etc be sure that all firearms are unloaded, magazines removed, action open and no ammunition is in the chamber.
Range Commands
  • "CEASE FIRE"
      To stop all firing. All shooters shall open the bolt/cylinder, clear the chamber, remove the magazine - unload the cylinder and lay the firearm down with the bolt/cylinder open and wait for further instructions.
  • "MISFIRE"
      To notify the RSO and other participants that a round did not fire when the trigger was pulled and to alert other shooters along the line that a hazardous condition may exist.
  • "MOVE FORWARD"
      To get shooters into position to prepare to begin shooting. Shooters will move from behind the ready line to their assigned position. DO NOT TOUCH FIREARM! Get comfortable, adjust your position make sure you are on the correct side of the bench.
  • "PROTECTIVE GEAR ON"
      prepare the shooter for a safe experience. Shooters should put on first their eye protection then ear protection.
  • "YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR FIREARM"
      prepare line for firing. Shooters will pick up their firearm, sight in on the target, make any final adjustments and prepare to load.
  • "LOAD"
      notify the shooters that they may load their first round. Shooters will load their first round and keep finger off the trigger and stand ready for the next command.
  • "IS THE LINE READY?"
      determine if all shooters along the line are ready. All shooters NOT ready should indicate their status to the RSO. Sufficient time will be allowed for the shooter to complete his/her preparation.
  • "READY ON THE RIGHT?"
      declare that the shooters have indicated they are ready on the right side of the range. Any shooter not ready at this command may choose to either alert the RSO that he/she is not ready or to complete the process of getting ready before the final command has been given.
  • "READY ON THE LEFT?"
      declare that the shooters have indicated they are ready on the left side of the range. Any shooter not ready at this command may choose to either alert the RSO that he/she is not ready or to complete the process of getting ready before the final command has been given.
  • "READY ON THE FIRING LINE?"
      notify all shooters that the range is about to be under live fire and that if anyone is not ready at that point, he/she should notify the RSO;Otherwise await the next command.
  • "COMMENCE FIRING" or "HOT RANGE"
      declare the range formally open for live fire. The shooters may commence the prescribed course of fire.
  • "SHOOTERS, YOU HAVE x MINUTES REMAINING"
      alert all shooters that a general cease fire is about to be called and to allow the slower shooters to complete the course of fire.
  • "CEASE FIRE"
      stop all firing. All shooters shall open the bolt/cylinder, clear the chamber, remove the magazine - unload the cylinder and lay the firearm down with the bolt/cylinder open and wait for further instructions.
  • "COLD RANGE"
      inform the firing line that the range is safe. The RSO is telling all shooters that all guns are unloaded.
  • "ON THE FIRING LINE"
      tell shooters to take their assigned place at their firing point and prepare to fire, but do not load.
  • "CEASE FIRE - ACTIONS OPEN, SAFETIES ON!"
      notify the shooters to stop firing immediately and all chambers and magazines are unloaded and shooters leave the firing line with the actions of their firearms open.
  • "RANGE IS CLEAR, YOU MAY HANDLE YOUR FIREARMS"
      Shooters may approach the firing line and handle their firearms since no personnel are down range.
  • "MOVE OUT OF POSITION AND REMOVE YOUR EQUIPMENT FROM THE FIRING LINE"
      Authorizes shooters to remove their gear.
  • "AS YOU WERE"
      Means to disregard the previous command just given.
  • "CARRY ON"
      Means to proceed with whatever was being done before the interruption occurred.
  • "REMOVE PROTECTIVE GEAR"
      Shooters may remove protective gear.
Cease Fire Procedure
  • When a verbal "Cease Fire" is heard all shooting must stop immediately, unload firearm ensuring the chamber is empty and remove magazines.
  • Open all actions.
  • Place firearms on the bench with muzzles pointed downrange.
  • Before anyone moves downrange, all persons must move behind the firing line and acknowledge the cease fire verbally or visually to the RSO.
  • There is absolutely no firearm handling during a cease fire.
  • AT ALL TIMES THE NRA GUN SAFETY RULES MUST BE OBSERVED:
    • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
    • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
    • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
Firing Line Rules
  • Eye protection is mandatory at all times on the range when range is "Hot".
  • Ear protection is mandatory at all times on the range when range is "Hot".
  • Each firing position is labeled to a corresponding target position. Shooters must only shoot in their prospective shooting lane.
  • During a cease fire, all firearms are to be unloaded and have an empty chamber.
  • No one is allowed forward of the firing line unless the range has been declared safe by the RSO.
  • Once on the firing line, a firearm's muzzle must be pointed down range at all times.
  • Loaded firearms must be pointed down range with barrel horizontal at all times.
  • Only one firearm and matching ammunition is allowed to be shot at a time. You may have multiple firearms on the bench.
  • Only shooting from the bench is allowed, unless approved by the RSO.
  • Shoot only at designated targets.
  • If there is a misfire be sure to keep the muzzle pointed down range (preferably on target) for at least 30 seconds, in case it is a hang fire.
  • No shooting from the hip, holster draw or prone shooting is allowed.
  • After a misfire or jam, the firearm must be cleared. A misfire is when a cartridge does not fire after the primer has been struck by the firing pin. A hangfire is a perceptible delay in the ignition of a cartridge after the primer has been struck by the firing pin. The normal procedure for handling misfires or hangfires is to:
    • Keep the gun pointed downrange (safe direction).
    • Wait at least 30 seconds in case it is a hangfire.
    • Squib load is when there is less than normal pressure or bullet velocity after ignition of the cartridge and the bullet gets lodged in the barrel. The normal procedure for handling a squib load is:
      • Stop firing immediately
      • Keep the gun pointed downrange
      • Unload the gun - make sure the chamber is empty but do NOT look down the barrel!
      • Insert a cleaning rod down the barrel from the chamber end (if possible) to make sure the bullet is not lodged in the barrel.
  • Only one shooter's target is allowed per frame, unless approved by the RSO.
  • Smoking is not permitted at any location on the property.
  • IN ALL CASES THE RSO'S DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING. HIS/HER DECISIONS ARE BASED ON THE CURRENT SITUATION AS IT EXISTS, AND HIS/HER JUDGEMENT DICTATES. THE RSO'S DECISIONS MAY SUPERCEDE THE GENERAL PRINTED RULES OR SOP.
Range Rules Specific to Black Powder Firearms
  • There is absolutely no use of muzzle loaded firearms allowed.
  • NO EXCEPTIONS!
NRA Hygiene Guidelines
  • Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, applying makeup, or otherwise placing hands in proximity to the mouth or nose while on the range or cleaning a firearm.
  • Wash your hands and face with soap and cold water after leaving the range or cleaning area before eating, or drinking.
  • Change and wash clothing after a shooting or gun cleaning session to minimize exposure to airborne particulate lead or solvent and cleaning product residues.