Range Rules

9mm-handgun-reviewsON THE RANGE

  1. ALL guns must be unloaded and bagged before stepping on to the range in the first place.
  2. DO NOT EVER handle a gun, unload it or remove it from your bag or holster once on the range. If you need to get ready and remove your gun from it’s bag or box you may ONLY do so at the designated safety range. If you do not know where it is, ask. If you break this rule you will be asked to leave the range.
  3. You may only draw and load your gun when it’s your turn to shoot and only after the RO has closed the range and instructed you to do so. WAIT for his instruction.
  4. While shooting is being done nearby, Ear and Eye protection must be worn at ALL times by everyone on the range including spectators.
  5. You are allowed to handle ammunition and magazines wherever you wish but NOT on the safety range



  1. You will only be allowed to shoot when your name is called by the range officer. Follow the instructions of the range officer VERY closely.
  2. If he asks you to place the gun on a table, you may not touch it again until instructed. Keep your hands well away.
  3. Do not ever turn around with your gun. You must always keep the gun facing down range and never swing it around past the ‘180’ which is an imaginary line all the way to infinity. If you are unsure where the 180 is you may ask the RO. When running and changing magazines be very careful not to ‘break the 180’.
  4. Occasionally you will be expected to start with your back to the targets, be careful not to draw before you have turned around after the buzzer goes.
  5. Your finger must remain off the trigger at all times unless you are aiming and shooting. You can rest your straightened trigger finger on on the side of the gun just below the slide.You may not change magazines, load,unload, run or rack the slide if your finger is on the trigger. If you run or change magazines with your finger on the trigger you will be disqualified.
  6. Do not sweep the gun across your arm, leg or body
  7. Even if you are an experienced shooter, wait for the RO’s instructions (listed below) to unload and show clear so he can inspect your gun and give you permission to re-holster.
  8. All shooters are expected to help patch targets and pick up brass for each other. It is considered rude not to.
  9. You may not go onto the range until the RO has stated that it is clear, and when he tells you to clear the range make sure that you get out. If someone is left behind and you suspect that the RO can’t see him you must tell him immediately.
  10. While scores are being taken, please keep the noise levels down so the scorer can hear the RO
  11. While patching please do not loiter around the starting area, this area is often congested enough as it and the next shooter needs that space to do his walk through.



Members and visitors wishing to shoot at Toti Sport Shooting Club (TSSC) are required to be licensed firearm owners.

As licensed firearm owners, all regulations and stipulations contained within the Firearms Control Act, ACT 60 OF 2000 need to be strictly adhered to irrespective of the fact that you are utilizing TSSC shooting range.

The TSSC committee is predominately there to perform an administrative and overseeing role within the club. Refer to sections 8 & 9 of the TSSC constitution.

The committee, and TSSC club, shall accept no responsibility in the event of an incident or accident of any nature.


Range Commands

If you have never been on an IPSC range it can be a little intimidating and you will worry that you’ll make a mistake when it’s your turn to shoot. Relax, the RO’s always help new shooters, if he doesn’t know that you are newbie, just ask him and he’ll help you.

These are the range commands that he will give you and what you are expected to do for each one:


“Range is closed”
This is your cue to get onto the starting position, stand still and listen for his instructions.

“You may load and make ready”
Please take your time to do this:

  1. While facing downrange you may NOW take out your gun and insert the magazine FIRMLY.
  2. You will pull the slide back to load the chamber – pull it all the way back and let go – if you hold it as the slide goes forward you can cause a jam.
  3. Production shooters must then manually lower the hammer if the gun has one. Do this carefully and pointed downrange NOT at your feet.
  4. Then you must re-holster and get yourself into the starting position. Please take your time to do this.

RO“Are you ready?”
Take a deep breath to relax and, when you are ready, nod your head.

You will have about 2 seconds after the word ‘standby’ before the buzzer goes off, it’s a loud, long beep from the timer usually held near your right ear.

Draw or pick up your gun and take the time to get your grip right, then shoot the stage as instructed.

“If you are finished you may unload and show clear”
Please take your time to do this:

  1. Take your finger off the trigger
  2. Remove the magazine and place it back in the mag pouch, on the table, in your pocket or even under your arm
  3. Pull the slide back to eject the live round and hold it back for the RO to inspect, he wants to look into the chamber and down the mag well to make sure it’s empty

“Slide Down”
You may gently lower the slide, do not drop the slide on an empty gun as you can damage it

“Hammer¬† Down”
Point the gun down directly range and pull the trigger. This is called ‘dry firing’ and (contrary to popular belief) this will not snap the firing pin. It’s an important safety precaution.

Re-holster the gun, lock the holster if necessary and take a minute to assess your results and reflect on mistakes you may have made, other shooters must collect your brass and magazines for you.


Practice at Home

You can easily practice all these actions in the safety and comfort of your own home so that, when you get onto the range, you feel more confident and comfortable with your gun.

Click here to learn how