Training Introduction


Tom Dowdy
Tom Dowdy
Douglas & Zack Greig
Douglas & Zack Greig

Thunder Gun Range is dedicated to providing quality training opportunities to develop shooting skills. To this end, the designated Instructors offering training classes through the range have developed a series of training classes. The description of classes can be viewed by scrolling down this page. If you are interested in any training classes click on the event calendar and click on the class you are interested in. A description of the class will be listed as well as instructions on how to sign up and pay for training.

Anyone shooting on one of the designated private training ranges MUST follow Thunder Gun Range Safety Rules. Shooters MUST demonstrate safe gun handling at all times, or they will be asked to leave the training range.

Safety is number one... PERIOD! Handling firearms in a dynamic environment is inherently dangerous. Thunder Gun Range has rules and policies to prevent injury to shooters and spectators.

• Thunder Gun Range Rules of Gun Safety on Private Training Ranges:

1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. (Because we always assume a gun is loaded.) A safe direction is pointed down range toward a dirt berm, pointed toward the ground so that an accidental discharge would strike the ground at least ten feet in front of you, or pointed up if the gun has been verified as unloaded or has a chamber flag visible in the closed bolt/slide.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. The Golden Rule is OFF TARGET, OFF TRIGGER and ON TARGET ON TRIGGER.
3. Always keep your gun unloaded until ready to use. That means unless the Instructor or Range Safety Officer has given permission to load your gun it must remain unloaded at all times.
4. Know your target and what is beyond. There are people, animals, and buildings beyond the perimeter of the range and it is the law that no projectiles travel beyond the boundaries of the range. You must be aware of any objects that might cause a ricochet and not shoot those, as well as the trajectory angle you are shooting to ensure the bullet will strike a berm.
5. Be sure your gun is safe to operate. If you are not familiar with function checking a gun ask a Range Safety Officer to function check your gun.
6. Wear ear and eye protection as appropriate. All shooters are required to wear ear protection and eye protection when shooting. While prescription glasses do not provide the same level of protection from ejected hot shell casings they are allowed. Some higher caliber or competition guns require additional ear protection to safely protect your ears from damage.
7. Know how to operate your gun safely. If you are familiar with safe gun handling rules or are unsure of how to operate your gun ask the Range Safety Officer or Instructor to show you how to operate it safely.
8. Never drink alcohol or take drugs before or while shooting. Shooters who have consumed alcohol, illegal drugs, or over the counter drugs with drowsy warnings are not allowed to participate in shooting on the private ranges.
9. Do not eat, drink, or smoke while on the firing line. You may eat, drink, or smoke in the gathering areas but you should wash your hands prior to eating anything.
10. Once you have finished your shooting activity you should wash your hands immediately afterwards to remove any lead residue. You should also wash the clothing you wore shooting before wearing it again.
11. Shooters are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper ammunition for their firearms. Personally reloaded ammunition may not be permitted in many classes or events due to inability to confirm proper loading procedures were followed. Personally reloaded ammunition can create a safety risk for others on the range who are not shooting if it is not properly loaded.
12. Shooters are personally responsible for their guns and gear while at Thunder Gun Range. Do not leave your guns and gear unattended.
13. All classes and events will have a designated Safe Area for uncasing and casing handguns. Shooters should carry their range bag to the Safe Area, verify there is no magazine or round the chamber, and then move the gun(s), keeping them pointed in a safe direction, to the gathering or ready area. Once cleared rifles and shotguns must have chamber flags inserted before moving them to the gathering or ready area.
14. During any class or shooting event guns may not be handled in the gathering or ready area except to move them to the firing line or to the safe area for any adjustments.
15. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when shooting on a private training range.
16. All spectators at shooting events are required to wear appropriate eye and hearing protection.