Indoor Range

We are open to members this summer with no regular hours.

We reopen to the Public late September early October with shooting activities and events for all to enjoy.

During any activities or events in the Indoor Range, all Falmouth Rod and Gun Safety and Range Rules are in effect. 

Please follow all protocols to the on-site member-coordinators require to ensure a pleasant and safe experience for all. Be courteous and cooperative.

For more details or to sign up, please contact George Spino george.spino@frandg.org

We do have some equipment available.

Please stay tuned! See the calendar for more upcoming events.

Our events will be open to members, their guests and the public as listed. 
 
As with all things at the club, safety is a primary concern: safety in shooting and for the health of our members. We do not yet have a formal set of rules for the range, so here are our tentative rules to follow:
 
  1. The indoor range is limited to airguns and archery equipment only. Absolutely no firearms are allowed in the indoor range. Certain high-powered airguns may be disallowed at the discretion of the Indoor Range Committee. We do have some archery equipment suitable for children up to about age 10, and we have a couple of air rifles as well. We may acquire more equipment going forward to accommodate growing interest in youth activities.
  2. Eye protection is a must. Hearing protection may be required depending on the guns being used, and you should bring it.
  3. Please follow all protocols to the on-site member-coordinators require to ensure a pleasant and safe experience for all. Be courteous and cooperative.
The current members of the Indoor Range Committee are and their contact info is on the directory page:
George Spino
John Martin
Tom Raymond
John Koletis
Warren Graumann 
Ed Ashley
 
 

Now Accepting Applications

Falmouth Rod and Gun Club is accepting new applications for membership. We encourage you to join as a member and support our club. We have re-opened all activities and events to the Public.

Your membership and support mean so much to building an active and invaluable community!

Currently the yearly dues and application fee for a new member is $200 and our annual renewal fee is $125. You can download an application on our website. Feel free to contact us with any questions or come check us out during one of our public events.

Please join us Sunday for TRAP or during the week for one of our other events/activities.

See TRAP page for additional opportunities: every third Saturday of every month 10:00 AM TO 1:00PM ON  6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, and 10/15.

Check our calendar for other days and times to participate. Our social event is the second MONDAY of each month and all are welcome.

All Falmouth Rod and Gun Safety and Range Rules are in effect. Please follow all protocols to the on-site member-coordinators require to ensure a pleasant and safe experience for all. Be courteous and cooperative.
  • TRAP: Please bring the correct change which is $5.00 per round for members.

All new members are required to attend a Safety Orientation Meeting before being issued a membership badge.

All events and Shooting Activities Open to the Public:

 

FOR Information about the Club,
please contact Keary Sibole (see contact page).

Our activities and events are open to members, their guests, and the public.

We host a Social Meeting on the second Monday of the month 6:30 pm,

and our Business Meetings are now in-person the third Monday of every month starting at 7pm. All are welcome!

We are open to members this summer with no regular hours. Please check schedule.

(We reopen the Indoor Range to the Public late September early October with shooting activities and events for all to enjoy.)

 

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Silhouette events are Wednesday evenings 6 to 8pm weather permitting from 1 June to 31 August.

Contact John Koletis or refer to our Silhouette page for details.

NEW TRAP in  addition to our Sunday events, we are hosting third Saturday of every month between 10:00 to 1:00PM:  6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, and 10/15. Please see TRAP page for additional details.

We look forward to seeing you at the range and hope you will bring young folks with you to enjoy the fun. (no fire arms permitted: airgun and archery ONLY.) We will have a few members on hand to facilitate and keep activities fun and safe for all. Please contact George Spino for inquiries about Indoor Youth Archery to return in Fall 2022 at george.spino@frandg.org.

Please check our calendar and the various activities pages for more details about time, protocols, cost if any, etc.

We will comply with any current Maine State Mandated Covid-19 guidelines: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus/index.shtml

Safety and range rules are always in effect and enforced. Please cooperate with the members running any event, ROS’s and other Club coordinators to ensure a safe and pleasant shooting experience for all.

Shooters and guests are required to sign log book as matter of safety. We thank you for your participation and cooperation. Our main objective is to provide community, access to our ranges, events, activities, and share and enjoyable season ahead with you.

Falling Plate (Check Calendar for Dates & Times!)

Falling Plate Shoots are pistol events, where participants knock over steel plates on the racks shown below. These events are on upper pistol range.

Plate RackPlease arrive at the range with ALL FIREARMS UNLOADED and FIREARMS & AMMO PACKED IN SEPARATE CONTAINERS. Then await instructions from the Range Safety Officer (R.S.O), prior to handling your firearms or ammo.

Check Club Calendar for Falling Plate Shoot Dates & start times! (Falling Plate shoots MAY BE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTICE in the case of inclement weather or cold temperatures). Matches start after the safety briefing & last until the final shooter completes the match.

The cost is $10.00 per gun for non-members and $5.00 per gun for members. We emphasize firearms safety and precede each match with a reminder talk/demonstration.  Check Club Calendar for event start times & arrive early enough to register (we try to have the gate open 1/2 Hr. before event start times). You will need at least 96 rounds of ammunition for each match entry.

You can choose to shoot 4 times all at 10 yards, or once at four distances: 10 yds., 15 yds., 20 yds., and 25 yds., in that order.  There are 24 plates to shoot at each distance.

There are reloads required after every six shots, so you need: four magazines for semi-automatics, or four speed-loaders/moon clips (for revolvers).

It is a speed and accuracy challenge, with a timer starting the shooter and timing the shots.  Each missed plate costs the shooter 3 seconds. Low scores are the goal.  Every registered shooter fires the 24 round stage 4 times. You may enter twice if desired, for a total of 8 runs & 192 plates (then you will need to bring 192 rounds of ammo & pay two entry fees).  We encourage Non-Club members to join in, where this event is “open to the public”.

Rules:
1. NEVER cover people with your weapon when handling (Regardless of weapon state be aware of your muzzle & keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times).

2. Absolutely NO loaded firearms, unless standing at the firing line & instructed to load by the R.S.O.

3. Keep finger(s) out of the trigger guard until completely up on target & ready to shoot.

4. Keep finger(s) out of the trigger guard when holstering, drawing from holster & during all reloads.

5. Wear eye and ear protection at all times on the range.

6. All weapon safeties must be engaged when holstering or drawing (including “decocker” safety devices).

7. No handling of firearms anywhere but the safe table, or at the firing line when instructed by R.S.O.

8. No ammo at the safe table (including loose ammo in pockets or loaded mags on your person).

9. If you aren’t using a holster, transport your gun in a case, with a chamber flag installed & no ammo in the case or gun.

10. All ammo used should be straight walled, Non-Magnum pistol calibers only. Pistol caliber carbines (PCC) are now permitted in these events. PCCs must be transported to and from the firing line with chamber flags installed. 

Procedure:
When it is your turn to shoot:

1. approach the firing line and wait patiently. The R.S.O. will announce that the range is “Going Hot” & will instruct you to load and make ready.

2. Draw your gun, with fingers out of the trigger guard, load your gun & engage any safeties the weapon has. (For firearms equipped with a “de-cocker”, “de-cocking” the weapon IS required prior to holstering).

3. Re-holster your gun & assume the surrender position (wrists above your shoulders). The R.S.O. will then say “shooter ready?…stand by” & start the timer. An audible beep from the timer will signal when to draw & begin firing.

4. Draw your gun; be careful not to put your finger in the trigger guard, or disengage any safeties until “up on target”.

5. Shoot six plates; only go as fast as you safely can, being mindful to keep your muzzle pointed down range at the target area at all times.

6. When you shoot the gun empty (after 6 rounds), remove your finger from the trigger guard & with muzzle pointed at target area reload your gun.

7. At this point you may continue shooting plates (Steps 5 thru 7 are repeated 4 times per run).

8. When you have shot all 24 rounds, drop your mag or swing revolver wheel out, to show the R.S.O the gun is empty. You & the R.S.O will inspect that: the mag well & chamber of semi autos are empty, or that the wheel of a revolver is empty. The R.S.O. will verbally announce “Clear” or “The gun is clear”.

9. Before re-holstering the empty gun, the shooter will point the gun back at the target area & pull the trigger, or
“de-cock” the gun. (Revolvers are exempt from this step, so long as the hammer is down.)

10. The R.S.O. will instruct the shooter to holster the gun & will announce “the range is safe”

Scoring: The total score for a run will be the shooters raw time plus 3 seconds for each missed plate.
There are no prizes awarded, other than the satisfaction of making some smoke & lots of noise.

Each year, normally in September, we hold the Dave Schneider Memorial Championship, in memory of one of our past expert shooters.  This event draws lots of entries and families, since we have a lunch time meal on the range & have awards at the conclusion of the match. Check the Club calendar for all scheduled event dates & times.

Steel Challenge

(See Calendar for Dates & Times)

Steel Challenge Shoots are pistol events, where participants shoot steel plates in various configurations, such as the one pictured below. These events are on the upper pistol range.

Please arrive at the range with ALL FIREARMS UNLOADED and FIREARMS & AMMO PACKED IN SEPARATE CONTAINERS. Then await instructions from the Range Safety Officer (R.S.O), prior to handling your firearms or ammo.

These shoots are on the Last Saturday of each month starting at 9:00 am, from mid spring to late fall (with exceptions in the case of inclement weather). Matches start after the safety briefing & last until participant interest wanes or the R.S.O. decides to end the shoot (typical around noon).

The cost is $15.00 per gun for non-members and $5.00 per gun for members. We emphasize firearms safety and precede each match with a reminder talk/demonstration.  Registration starts around 8:30 AM, so it is important to get there early enough to register and set up (we try to have the gate open by 8:30 AM). Participants will need to bring at least 125 rounds of ammunition to complete all stages (Non-Magnum, straight walled pistol calibers only).

It is a speed and accuracy challenge, with a timer starting the shooter and timing the shots.  Each missed plate costs the shooter 3 seconds, missed plates can however be shot again so long as the “Stop Plate” hasn’t been shot yet. Low scores are the goal.  Every registered shooter fires each of the 5 target stages 5 times. So if you don’t miss any plates each stage will require 25 rounds of ammo. We encourage Non-Club members to join in, where this event is “open to the public”.

Rules:
1. NEVER cover people with your weapon (Regardless of weapon state be aware of your muzzle
& keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times).

2. Absolutely NO loaded firearms, unless you are at the firing line & instructed to load by the R.S.O.

3. Keep finger(s) out of the trigger guard until completely up on target & ready to shoot.

4. Keep finger(s) out of the trigger guard when holstering, drawing from holster & during all reloads.

5. Wear eye and ear protection at all times on the range.

6. All weapon safeties must be engaged when holstering or drawing (including “de-cocker” safety devices).

7. No handling of firearms anywhere but the safe table, or at the firing line when instructed by R.S.O.

8. No ammo at the safe table (including loose ammo in pockets or loaded mags on your person).

9. If you aren’t using a holster, transport your gun in a case, with a chamber flag installed & no ammo in the case or gun.

10. All ammo used should be straight walled, Non-Magnum pistol calibers only. Pistol caliber carbines (PCC) are now permitted in these events. PCCs must be transported to and from the firing line with chamber flags installed. 

Procedure:
When it is your turn to shoot:

1. approach the firing line and wait patiently. The R.S.O. will announce that the range is “Going Hot” & will
instruct you to load and make ready.

2. Draw your gun, with fingers out of the trigger guard, load your gun & engage any safeties the weapon has.
(For firearms equipped with a “de-cocker”, “de-cocking” the weapon IS required prior to holstering).

3. Re-holster your gun & assume the surrender position (wrists above your shoulders). The R.S.O. will then say “shooter ready?…stand by” & start the timer. An audible beep from the timer will signal when to draw & begin firing.

4. Draw your gun; be careful not to put your finger in the trigger guard, or disengage any safeties until “up on target”.

5. Shoot the 5 plates remembering to not shoot the stop plate until the other 4 plates have been hit; only go as fast as you safely can, being mindful to keep your muzzle pointed down range at the target area at all times.

6. IF you shoot the gun empty, remove your finger from the trigger guard & with muzzle pointed at target area reload your gun. (remember to reload between each 5 plates “off the clock”, to avoid reloads during a string, to save time & lower your scores!)

7. After you shoot the first string of a stage the timer stops, and you can reload you gun. Where you are off the clock there is no rush, to reload quickly. The score keeper will record the shooters time & any penalties for the string.

8. When the shooter is reloaded and ready to shoot the next string, they they will repeat steps 4 thru 7, 4 more times (once for each of the 5 strings of fire of a given stage).

9. After the stage has been shot all 5 times, the shooter will unload the gun and allow the RSO to inspect the gun is empty.

10. Before re-holstering the empty gun, the shooter will point the gun back at the target area & pull the trigger, or
“de-cock” the gun. (Revolvers are exempt from this step, so long as the hammer is down.)

11. The R.S.O. will instruct the shooter to holster the gun & will announce “the range is safe”

Scoring: The total score for a run will be the shooters raw time plus 3 seconds for each missed plate, not hit prior to hitting the stop plate. Remember for Steel Challenge you may shoot plates you miss until you hit them, so long as you don’t hit the “Stop Plate” first.

There are no prizes awarded, other than the satisfaction of making some smoke & lots of noise, so shoot safely, within you ability & just have fun!