The Nation's Most Advanced
Indoor Shooting Range

Elite Shooting Sports, Prince William County, VA
Open Monday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday-Sunday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Elite Shooting Sports: Range Safety Rules

  1. Everyone, regardless of experience using the Elite Shooting Sports ranges, must first go through the range safety orientation and complete all required paperwork. No exceptions.

  2. All firearms entering the facility must be either holstered OR unloaded and cased. Customers who are legally allowed to do so may enter the facility holstered and hot. Firearms must remain holstered or cased in all common areas except when in use on the range. For safety reasons, loaded firearms and ammunition are prohibited in certain areas of the facility where dry fire exercises may take place. These areas include all classrooms, the simulator, and the dojo.

  3. Never use alcohol or drugs before or during shooting. Per our legal counsel, if you're under the influence, recently have been under the influence, or have been exposed to marijuana, alcohol, or any illegal drug, you will NOT be permitted to use our facility. 

  4. No food, drink, chewing gum, or tobacco products are allowed on the range.

  5. Eye and ear protection is required; these items MUST be put on before entering and during the entire use of the range.

  6. All firearm handling is restricted to the confines of the shooting booth. The shooting booth is defined as the area between the booth partitions on the range. When removing or securing a firearm from a case/bag, the case/bag must be brought to the confines of the shooting booth to do so. Never handle firearms in the area behind the shooting booth. Firearms must be cased or holstered in this area even if they are just being moved between lanes.

  7. Shooters must remain behind the firing line at all times during open shooting hours.

  8. Always keep your finger off the trigger until your firearm is pointed at the target and you are ready to shoot.

  9. All targets must be placed at eye level to ensure the rounds go directly into the backstop. Multiple targets are allowed but they must all be placed at eye level. Be mindful of range damage, bullets do continue on a path beyond the paper and cardboard targets you are shooting at.

  10. Only aimed fire is allowed on the range; this means firearms must be sighted at eye level. Shooting from the hip is specifically prohibited.

  11. Firearms may only be tabled unloaded, with the actions open and muzzle pointed downrange. With revolvers, this means cylinder open and visible, muzzle pointing downrange. With semi-autos, this means slide locked to the rear, magazine removed, ejection port facing up and muzzle pointing downrange. The only exception is during a CEASE FIRE.

  12. If you have brought more than one firearm, use only one at a time. When finished, make sure to clear the firearm before using the next one. Always use the proper ammunition with your firearm.

  13. Drawing from the holster is allowed with the use of strong side holsters only. Care must be taken to keep your finger off the trigger at all times when your sights are not on target. Appendix style holsters may be used only after demonstrating proper techniques to ESS staff. Proper techniques are defined by finger and muzzle discipline.

  14. Firearms and ammunition used in the range are subject to inspection at any time.

  15. Use only the correct ammunition designated for your firearm. Armor-piercing/steel core and tracer ammunition is specifically prohibited. ESS staff understands the difference between steel jacketed and steel core. As a user of our facility, you are expected to have the same understanding.

  16. Shotguns may be used with slugs or 00 buck. 

  17. Muzzle loaders and black powder cartridges are prohibited.

  18. Full auto may be used during scheduled or arranged times with ESS staff supervision. Please check with ESS Range Staff for proper procedures to use full auto.

  19. All NFA items entering the facility must be accompanied with proper paperwork.

  20. The following procedures must be followed for any firearm or ammunition problems that occur and cannot be resolved in a safe manner by the shooter. Remain in the shooting booth while keeping the firearm pointed downrange and signal a Range Safety Officer for assistance. Raising your non-shooting hand will signal a Range Safety Officer that you are in need of assistance.

  21. If you observe an unsafe condition, report it to a Range Safety Officer immediately.

  22. Upon the command of CEASE FIRE, stop shooting immediately, engage safety, place your firearm on the table or ground pointing down range, and back away from the shooting booth. Do not under any circumstances reapproach the firing line or touch your firearm until the command of ALL CLEAR is given.

  23. All range commands given by ESS staff and Range Safety Officers must be obeyed immediately and without question. Range commands are non-negotiable.

  24. Shooters may collect their personal shot brass within the confines of the shooting booth once they have cleared and cased their firearm. Shooters must remain behind the firing line at all times.

  25. ESS staff must approve all targets used on the range. Targets deemed inappropriate by ESS staff are prohibited. Acceptable targets are available for purchase in our pro-shop.

  26. Wash your hands and face after leaving the range.

Be kind to your fellow shooters and ESS staff. Act responsible at all times. Foul language, horseplay, or any other unsafe activity will not be tolerated. Arguing with ESS staff will result in removal and possible banishment from the facility. Shooters may be held financially responsible for range damage caused by improper or negligent use of a firearm.

At Elite Shooting Sports, it is our mission to provide our customers a safe and clean environment to enjoy the shooting sport.

Click here to read ESS Range Rules in Spanish (español)(PDF)