Waukesha Gun Club BASICS: A GUIDE FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS
Navigating the Waukesha Gun Club for the first time can be an intimidating experience filled with unfamiliar sights, sounds and safety protocols. This is where our beginner’s guide to gun club basics comes in. Here, we’re breaking down the essentials of gun club etiquette, safety rules, and practical tips to get you started with confidence. By the end of this post, you’ll know exactly what to do the first time at Waukesha Gun Club. So, let’s dive right in.
You must understand that safety isn’t just a priority – it’s an absolute necessity. That’s why we begin with the critical gun safety rules that every person, beginner, or experienced shooter, should follow! Safety is important – rules you should always follow, no exceptions.
- Treat Every Firearm Like It Is Loaded: To err is human. Even if you know (or think you know) a gun is unloaded, always handle it as though it’s loaded.
- Always Keep Your Gun Chamber open: If you are not ready to shoot, please keep your gun chamber open. This means that the bolt on a semiautomatic or pump shotgun should be pulled back and remain open, and a break-open single barrel, over/under or side by side should be open.
- Ensure the Firearm is Unloaded When Not Used: Always double-check to confirm your firearm is unloaded when you’re done shooting. Never load more than the prescribed number of rounds for the discipline you are shooting.
- Use Eye and Ear Protection When Shooting: Protecting your eyes from potential debris and your ears from loud noises is a must when shooting.
- Never Consume Alcohol or On the Course: Alcohol will increase the risk of accidents. No Alcohol on the course, even if you are just a spectator, and no alcohol may be consumed before or until you are done shooting.
- Know Your Gun: Every gun works differently. Know its specific safety features and handling methods. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help if you need it, and don’t be offended if someone speaks up to remind you to keep your action open or your muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
Before you head for the gun club, there’s some homework to be done. Every gun club has its unique but similar set of rules, so it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with them in advance. Restrictions might include the type of firearms allowed and the size of shot allowed. Waukesha Gun Club is a shotgun only venue and only target loads with shot 7-1/2, 8 or 9 may be used. So, be sure you’re in the loop to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
We do offer ammunition for sale and gun rental services for those who don’t own their own guns.
Also check the weather, because snow, rain, wind, and cold temperatures can dampen your shooting experience.
WHAT TO WEAR
Remember, the shooting range is not the place for sandals, short shorts, or low-cut tops. Many ranges have rules about what to wear, which you might find on their websites. If not, just give them a call to check.
Usually, it’s good to wear shirts with high necks, pants are a smart choice, too, and don’t forget a baseball cap for sunny days to help keep the sun out of your eyes. So, when you’re picking your outfit for the range, think comfy, safe, and practical!
Waukesha Gun Club is about enhancing your overall shooting experience, ensuring safety, and providing comfort while you focus on hitting those targets. Here’s a list of must-have range gear that will make a world of difference in your shooting journey.
- Eye & Ear Protection: Shooting glasses and earmuffs/earbuds are non-negotiable. If you’re new to shooting, you might be shocked by how loud guns are even though you are outside, and especially inside the 5-stand house. The noise can be intense and cause permanent hearing loss from repeated exposure when not wearing the necessary hearing protection. This is why it’s super important to wear ear protection. It keeps your ears safe and helps you concentrate on your shooting. It is also mandatory to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any bits that might fly off when you shoot. So, it’s not just about following the rules – it’s about staying safe and comfortable while you shoot.
- Gun Case: While a gun case is essential for transporting your firearm, please leave it in your vehicle and have your shotgun uncased with the action open whenever you enter the club house. Please, guns or gun cases are not allowed on the tables inside the club house.
- Range Bag: A dedicated bag to carry all your equipment, ammunition, and help carry everything while walking the course.
- Shells: Clays shooting is typically done with size 7-1/2, 8 or 9 shot so leave those hunting loads at home. We sell a variety of shells so don’t worry if you don’t have any. We have them for purchase!
- Shooting Vest: Bring one if you have one because it is an easy way to carry and access your shells.
So, you’ve just come to the Gun Club. First thing’s first – head straight to the club house service desk. Here, you’ll meet the office staff and sign in, which is essential for keeping things safe and orderly. You’ll probably need to show your ID and fill out some forms. A waiver stating that you understand the range safety policies is required. At this time, you may also want to join Waukesha Gun Club and fill out a membership form. Once you’ve paid your fees, the office staff will direct you to the appropriate skeet, trap, 5-stand or sporting clays venue. You’re now ready to go and enjoy a safe shooting experience!
TELL THEM YOU’RE NEW
Don’t be shy about telling the staff that you’re new. They are there to help you and will explain everything you need to know. People around you will also be more patient if they know you’re still learning or are new to the club.
RESPECT OTHER SHOOTERS
It’s important to respect other shooters. Don’t have loud conversations or laugh while they’re shooting or make them hurry up. Some folks are there for fun while others are there for serious practice or league shooting. Got a question or need help? Wait until they’re done shooting before asking.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF
Once you’ve had your fun, it’s time to clean up your mess. If you can, please pick up your hulls and throw them in the trash barrel if possible. Also throw out any rubbish like empty shell boxes, used ear plugs, etc. It’s about showing respect to the staff and the next group. Plus, it helps keep the place safe for all to enjoy.
Remember – Have a safe and enjoyable time!