Shooting Range Layout
The main gate is the only authorized entry point to the range complex. The gate will normally be secured by padlock and chain. Close and lock the gate after entering unless the gate was open when you arrived. The same applies when you leave. An open gate indicates that there is an activity taking place on the range complex. However, you may still be able to shoot, but you will need to determine what activity is taking place and get clearance to go ahead and shoot on the range. The combination on the gate is change at least twice a year. Members are notified by mail or e-mail whenever the combination is to be changed.
Parking Areas and Roads
The parking areas and primary roads on the complex are graveled. Do not drive off the graveled roads or parking areas. The one exception is the prairie trail along the backstops on the west side of the silhouette range. However, it is not graveled so do not drive on the trail during the spring thaw or after any precipitation. Chains on the accesses from the north-south range road to the 500 yard silhouette backstop, the 200 yard silhouette firing point and the prairie trail entrance need to be up at all times. The only exceptions are for scheduled activities when the sighting-in-range is not open or when someone is putting up or removing targets under a cease fire on the sighting-in-range.
The equipment shed is used to store range equipment. Access is restricted to individuals maintaining the grounds or performing maintenance on range facilities.
The club house is normally locked unless there is an activity taking place which utilizes the facility. The club house is used to sign people up for matches, as a waiting room for the indoor range, as a classroom for hunter safety training and concealed carry classes, and as a meeting room for club activities and meetings.
The heated indoor range is utilized for matches, winter leagues and the junior marksmanship program. The fifty foot range has eight firing points and utilizes a steel backstop with a shredded rubber bullet trap. The air handling system utilizes filters and a heat exchanger to maintain air quality. The range is restricted to .22 short, long or long rifle caliber firearms. The range is inactive June through September.
There are three toilets located on the range complex. The primary toilet is located between the club house and the sighting-in-range building. This toilet has separate toilets for ladies and gentlemen. It has lights and electric heat. The toilet utilizes a negative pressure system to keep odors from the toilets. So, it is important that the lids on the stools be kept closed when not in use for this system to be effective. Also it minimizes the heat loss in the winter. Doors need to be kept closed at all times, winter and summer. Windows may be opened for fresh air in the summer. There are also two unisex fiberglass toilets located on the range complex. One adjacent to the 300 yard parking lot on high power range and one behind the target shed.
High Power Range
The high power range was the first range established on the W. G Coulter Rifle Range complex. It consists of an earthen backstop with a target pit behind an earthen backed concrete wall which holds fifteen target carriers. The target carriers hold individual target frames for each firing point. The targets are pulled and marked by individuals on one relay during the conduct of a rifle match or league, while members of another relay fires. In cases of rifle matches a third relay scores on the firing line. Between the stages of the match the relays rotate duties. There are raised firing points at 200, 300 and 600 yards. Shooting benches are located at the west end of each firing point for individuals to use in preparing for matches. Before utilizing the facilities on the high power range, turn on the strobe light located on the east side of the sighting-in-range building. This indicates that there is activity on the high power range and shooting on the sighting-in-range is restricted to the 100 and 200 yard backstops. If anyone is utilizing the sighting-in-range facilities inform them of your intentions to use the high power range. Remember to turn the light off when you are finished on the high power range.
The target shed located adjacent to the target pits on the high power range house targets and supplies used in matches and leagues. Members signed up for the high power and vintage rifle leagues have access to the targets for practice. Other club members must supply their own targets.
The 500 meter rifle silhouette range is located immediately west of the north-south range road. The range has earthen backstops at 200, 300, 385 and 500 meters. The firing point and parking area for the 500 meter range is located immediately south of the start of the prairie trail. The prairie trail utilizes the road entrance to parking area. The 200 meter silhouette firing point and parking area is located on the west side of the north-south range road across from the two hundred high power range firing point. The summer hunter rifle silhouette league and the smallbore silhouette league are fired from this location. The hunter silhouette league utilizes the 500 meter backstop for all targets, which are all shot at 200 meters. The smallbore rifle silhouettes are shot off individual target stands set at 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters from the firing line.
The sighting-in-range, located southwest of the club house / indoor range, consists of 100 and 200 yard backstops and the sighting-in-range building. A protective berm has been added on the north side of the range running from the 100 backstop to the firing line. Intermediate backstops have been placed at 25 and 50 yards as part of a planned 40 foot extension of the sighting-in-range building.
The prairie trail provides access to the backstops along the west side of the range complex during dry conditions. It connects with accesses to the 200 meter silhouette firing point and end of the north-south range road. Do not drive on the prairie during the spring thaw or after any precipitation. Keep the chain up on the entrance to prairie trail except when except when someone is actually utilizing the trail to put up or remove targets.
The sighting-in building contains seven unheated bays with overhead doors. Each bay contains a shooting bench. Be sure to open the doors completely before shooting and close them when done. On the southeast end of the building is a heated shooting house with three benches. The shooting house also has access to an illuminated 100 yard target frame, which permits shooting during hours of darkness. There is an additional annual fee for access to the shooting house. Members can shoot on targets located on the backstops of the silhouette range from the sighting-in-build providing they have physically assured that there is no one on the high power range or silhouette range and they have placed the chains up across the north south range road and the access to the prairie trail. When the chain is up across the entrance to the sighting-in-range parking area, the sighting-in-range is closed.