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Dutchess CountyPistol Association

Policies & Rules 


Dutchess County Pistol Association is dedicated to firearm safety. Obeying safety rules ensures an efficient and orderly club operation.

All members and guests must be in compliance with all federal, New York State, and local laws, at all times, while on DCPA premises.

General Information
  • All Ranges are open Every Day, 9am-9pm, except when closed for certain events (ie, work parties)
  • All Members should carry their Membership Cards for proper identification.
  • All firearms must be transported on the grounds in a Range Bag, Gun Case, or Holstered.
  • All Members are allowed to bring up to Two (2) Shooting Guests at a time to the DCPA Ranges.
  • All Members and Guests MUST Register at the Stat Office upon arrival, and Log Out upon exit.
  • DO NOT leave locks set to the combination code.
  • NO consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances on DCPA property.
  • NO smoking allowed on the Range or in the Clubhouse.
  • Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Clubhouse.
  • Additional parking is located in the upper, gated area near Range 3.
  • NO vehicles are allowed on or near the Ranges unless authorized.
General Safety Rules
  • All Firearms Safety Rules must be obeyed at all times.
    • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
    • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction (down range towards the berm)
    • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to fire
    • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire
    • Know your target and what's beyond (muzzle, target, berm: there should be no other objects between these points or beyond)
  • Be considerate and treat others on the range with Respect and Courtesy.
  • Always address any unsafe action/situation witnessed on the range with tactful instruction.
Range Rules & Etiquette
  • Eye and Hearing Protection MUST be worn at all times while on the range.
  • Turn on Red Range Light for the range you are using - this alerts others that the range is HOT.
  • All firearms not holstered must be placed on the firing line, muzzle pointed down range, slide open, magazine out, ejection port facing up and empty with chamber flag inserted.
  • Firearms may only be handled on the Firing Line on the Range. No handling of firearms BEHIND shooters on the firing line or when others are Down Range.
  • When more than one person is using the same range, one person must be designated to be in charge of the Firing Line. All shooters will comply with the directions given by the shooter in charge.
  • Use DCPA Approved Ammunition ONLY!
  • Use DCPA Approved Targets ONLY!
  • Placing all Targets at the Berm is Highly Recommended (Range 2 & 3).
  • Ranges 1/2/3 can be used for both Firearms and Air Gun shooting. Range 4 is for Air Guns Only!
  • Shotgun and .22 Rifle shooting is allowed on Range 2 for Qualified Members with proper credentials.
  • NO Magnum loads or Shotguns may be shot after 8pm.
  • Please Clean Up after yourself and your guests - put Trash in Trash-Cans, Duds in Dud-Boxes, and Brass in the Brass-Barrels. Return targets, stands, tables, etc. back to where they belong.
  • Turn off lights and heat, log out in the stat office, and lock up behind you if you are last on the range.

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