The following Firearm Handling Safety Rules are not inclusive of every possible aspect of
Firearm Handling Safety; therefore, Seymour Fish and Game Club, Inc’s. Members and
Guests also must supplement the following Rules with a “Common Sense” approach to
handling firearms while on Club property for their Safety and other Club Members’ Safety.
— Safety Rules are not negotiated on the field —
ALWAYS HANDLE A GUN AS IF IT IS LOADED. Whenever you pickup a gun,
immediately engage the safety, if possible, and check the chamber to make sure it is
ALWAYS KEEP THE GUN POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. A safe direction
means the gun is pointed so even if it goes off the shot will not cause injury or damage.
The key to this rule is Muzzle Control of the barrel, which also applies to unloaded
guns, which are assembled in a case. Safe and Proper Muzzle Control must be
observed at all times.
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT.
Keep your finger Outside the Trigger Guard.
ALWAYS KEEP THE ACTION OPEN AND THE FIREARM UNLOADED UNTIL READY TO USE ON THE TRAP LINE OR SKEET STATIONS. Loaded is
considered as having any part of a shell in the gun. If you shoot an Over/Under or
Double Barrel break-open shotgun, it can be closed only when on a gun rack … Break
it open immediately when you pick it up!
KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND THE TARGET. When on the
shooting fields, you also should be mindful of adjacent areas and act accordingly.
EYE AND EAR PROTECTION IS MANDATORY for everyone when shooting or
observing on any of the ranges.
DO NOT change stations on the TRAP OR SKEET FIELD with a loaded gun. Guns
MUST BE “Open and Empty” to change Stations. Remember – If you’re moving, the
gun must be Open and Empty.
NON-MEMBERS cannot load any of the Club’s Traps. ONLY SEYMOUR FISH
AND GAME CLUB TRAINED AND AUTHORIZED MEMBERS ARE
PERMITTED IN THE TRAP AND SKEET HOUSES!!! However, Non-members can
help with the overall process by carrying targets to the Skeet or Trap Houses, breaking
up boxes, etc.
A CAUTION DEVICE (orange cone or flag) must be used to signal that someone is
loading or working inside the Skeet or Trap Houses. ALL GUNS must be made safe
(Open and Empty) when someone is inside the Skeet or Trap Houses.
Ensure your firearm is safe to operate and Know how to use your firearm safely.
Use only the correct ammunition for your firearm. When at the Club with more than
one firearm, Members should use one at a time and when finished with one firearm
store it properly and its ammunition before using another firearm.
Store your firearm(s) so it is not accessible to unauthorized persons. There are State
statutes regulating the manner of firearms storage, including some that make failure to
properly store firearms a criminal offense. In addition to regulatory requirements and/or
penal prohibitions, failure to properly store firearms, pursuant to State Law, gives a
party a cause of action to sue you for injuries or damages caused by a third party that
obtained access to one of your firearms.
Never handle another person’s gun without asking permission.
If two or more members are present on a Trap or Skeet Field, one must act as a Safety
Any CLUB SAFETY OFFICER or MEMBER has the right to call a “Cease Fire” at
any time when they find an unsafe shooting condition or unsafe shooter on the shooting
Please Note: During a Cease Fire, all persons on that shooting field will
immediately unload their guns (make the gun “Safe”) and continue to keep their
guns pointing downrange in a safe direction. If the Safety Officer or Member
finds a Firearm Unsafe or a Shooter Unsafe, they have the authority to ask the
shooter to leave the shooting position and field.
DO NOT walk off a shooting station with (1) a loaded gun, (2) a closed gun, or (3) a
gun that has fired shells in the chamber(s).
DO NOT leave a Shooting Station with a Gun Malfunction or Problem. Guns with a
Malfunction or Problem must be unloaded (made Safe) and restored to a working
condition and/or completely disassembled to prevent an accidental discharge. If there
is a problem with the gun or ammunition, KEEP THE GUN POINTED IN A SAFE
DIRECTION. Ask for help, if you need assistance.
ALWAYS check the bore for obstruction after a misfire and before firing the next
round. After a misfire, point the muzzle down range and wait at least Thirty (30)
seconds before opening the action to remove the misfired shell. Do not discard the
misfired shell on the ground or in the garbage bin. Place the misfired shell in the
Any shooter whose gun accidentally discharges for mechanical reasons shall be
required to cease use of the gun and change guns to continue the round. Any gun with
such an accidental mechanical discharge problem shall not be used at the Club until a
qualified gunsmith has made the appropriate repairs. Adequate proof of professional
repair must be submitted to the Safety Committee Chairperson or Club President before
the gun can be used at the Club.
If a gun Doubles or Fan-Fires, the shooter immediately must withdraw from the round
and shall not use the gun at the Club until a qualified gunsmith has made the
appropriate repairs. Adequate proof of professional repair must be submitted to the
Safety Committee Chairperson or Club President before the gun can be used at the
ALWAYS keep your muzzle pointed in a SAFE direction when loading your gun. This
rule is especially true on Stations 1 and 7 on the Skeet Fields.
DO NOT load your gun until you are actually standing on a Shooting Station and your
gun is pointed in a safe direction WITH YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER.
DO NOT load a shot shell into the chamber and close the breach of a break-open
shotgun, release the bolt of a Semi-Automatic shotgun or slide a Pump Action shotgun
closed with the Muzzle resting on the ground or your toe.
ALL GUN ACTIONS must be OPEN and Empty when on Club Property – Except
Single, Over/Under and Double Barrel break-open shotguns, which are closed and
empty when on a gun rack. If you’re moving, your gun must be open: NO
An Assembled Gun in a Closed Case is NOT considered “Safe” and the muzzle should
never be pointed at (passed through) anyone. An Assembled Gun in a Closed Case
cannot be brought into the Clubhouse.
DO NOT carry any break-open shotgun “over your shoulder”, unless the barrel is
forward facing and pointing at the ground.
DO NOT shoot at broken pieces of a Target.
NO Gun Mounts (raising a gun to your shoulder with or without a closed action) are
allowed inside the Clubhouse. A Gun Mount is allowed only when the gun is safelypointed down range on the Trap or Skeet Fields.
NO GUNS shall be repaired in the Clubhouse.
Factory, commercially made, “Snap Caps” shall be used only outside of the Clubhouse
with the gun’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Do not pull the trigger on your gun to release firing pins springs on Club Property.
There shall always be a minimum of One (1) “Wad Push-Out Rod” on each Field.
ANYONE on a medication, impairing their judgment or awareness, should use
common sense and Not Shoot. DON’T SHOOT if you are not feeling well and/or
NO SHOT LARGER THAN #9 IS ALLOWED WHEN SHOOTING SKEET. NO
SHOT LARGER THAN #7½ IS ALLOWED WHEN SHOOTING TRAP AND/OR
DOC ADAMS. Guests must shoot new factory ammunition to ensure compliance with
these ammunition size limits. Any Violation of this Rule will result in a $200 Fine and
a six (6) month suspension of shooting privileges for the Member even though the
offense was committed by a Guest. A second offense of this Rule will result in
expulsion from the Club … No Exceptions.
SOME SHOTSHELLS do not always fire as anticipated due to a number of reasons.
(1) If you experience a “hang-fire”, wait at least Thirty (30) seconds with the barrel
pointed safely toward the field, before you empty the chamber. Then, make sure all
shells are removed from the gun, check to be sure the chamber is empty, and inspect the
barrel to be sure that no wad or shot remains in the barrel and it is completely free of
any obstructions. Push Rods are available on each field to remove barrel obstructions
(2) If, upon firing a shell, you experience ANY sensation that something wasn’t
“RIGHT” such as abnormal recoil or abnormally loud or soft report, immediately
unload all shells from the gun, check the chamber to be sure it is empty, then check the
bore to see if a wad, shot, or any other obstruction is present. A plugged barrel can
explode if another round is fired through the gun, causing potentially serious injuries to
the Shooter and anyone nearby.
On the Shooting Field, throwing a shell or any other object will result in immediate
suspension from the Club. Anger and shooting do not mix.
When not standing on a Shooting Station, guns shall be carried with breech open and
empty. Pump Action and Semi-automatic guns must be carried with the bolt open and
the muzzle pointed upward or toward the ground. Single, Over/Under and Side-by-Side
barrel guns must be carried with the breech broken open and empty and with muzzles
pointed toward the ground.
When the shooters are on the Shooting Station, ready to shoot and a delay occurs, such
as an equipment breakdown, guns shall be (made safe) opened and all shells completely
removed from the gun.
Loading of Two (2) shells in a gun is permitted only when shooting Skeet, Trap
Doubles or Doc Adams.
Loading of More than Two (2) Shells in a gun shall not be permitted at any time.
A gun shall not be used if it will accept more than One (1) gauge of shells at the same
Release-Type Triggers must be clearly marked with designated safety stickers. Release
Trigger Stickers, with instructions on placement, are available from NSSA and ATA
Headquarters. Please call or write to Membership Services.
All Members are required to complete the Club’s Safety Training Program before they
can shoot on the ranges. There will be a three (3) months “grace” period for Member
training from the official start this new Safety Training Program. The Board will
establish the Safety Training Program with input from the Shooting and Training
Committees. After completing the Safety Training Program, members will sign the
Club’s Safety Training Forms to acknowledge that they have completed, understood
and will abide by all the Clubs Safety Rules and Policies or that they require more
training. These Safety Training Forms will be permanently kept on file and accessible
to the Club’s Desk Person to use as proof that a Member has completed the Safety
Training Program before shooting Skeet or Trap.
Guests will be required to complete the Safety Training Program before they are
allowed to shoot at the Club.