Q: What are the requirements to become a new shooter at Action Pistol?

A: Basic safety and firearm manipulation.

Safety is our highest priority, people that disregard safety will be asked to leave. This may be temporary or permanent ejection, based on the incident. You should know understand, and be able to demonstrate basic firearm safety. We will cover range safety procedures when you arrive.

Basic firearm manipulation is a key element to our activity. This includes loading and unloading of the firearm and magazines, locking the slide open, using de-cocking, safety levers, and basic field stripping. You should understand what all the knobs, buttons, and levers do on your gun. We can help you with some of this, but it is your responsibility to understand it and demonstrate it. If you can not demonstrate basic firearm manipulation, we may ask you to come back at a later date after you have become more acclimated to your firearm.

Q: I have never shot a before should I come to Action Pistol?

A: Please talk to us, but probably not.

Although we emphasize the fundamentals, this is not an introduction to firearms course. We are a club that enjoys active shooting. If you have not shot before it would be starting in the deep end of the pool and safety may be at risk.

If you need help, there are many training courses available outside of Action Pistol. Please check out our Links page for a local trainer or contact us for information.

Q: What do I need to bring the first night?

A: The first night you will need.

  1. A pistol in good condition
  2. A good quality holster designed for the pistol you will be using
  3. Four to five spare magazines or speed loaders for a revolver
  4. Magazine pouches or speed loader carriers
  5. A sturdy belt
  6. Eye and ear protection
  7. 100+ rounds of ammo for your pistol
  8. Range appropriate clothing

This is what is expected for our designated Orientation and Basics time, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Q: What is a "good quality holster"?

A: The holster must meet the minimum requirements described below.

While it is difficult to cover all the parameters, these are a few features that you should look for when shopping for a good quality holster.

  • Hard sided, non collapsible holster.
  • At least one rentention mechanism (friction lock, lever, backstrap)
  • Must cover the trigger completely
  • The shooter must be able to use the holster safely with a single hand
  • Should not cause the shooter to alter the operation of the gun while shooting.
  • The firearm should fit properly into the holster

What is not allowed

    Any holster that:

  • can collapse after the gun is removed.
  • requires two hands to remove or re-holster the firearm.
  • is made of only from nylon or other soft materials.
  • that has loose, unsecure, or deficient mounting systems.
  • is not design for that specific make and model of firearm.
  • attaches to anywhere but the belt or thigh.
  • requires a hand to cross the body (cross draw).
  • is designed to attach to the ankle or shoulder.
  • is inferior build quality, may break, faulty, or may cause a safety issue.
  • does not generally point the muzzle downwards
  • has another function like a "fanny pack", breifcase, cell phone case, etc...

The use of all equipment is at the Match Directors discretion. If you show up with questionable equipment, expect to get some questions. This may mean that you won't be able to shoot that night.

If you have doubts, ask. Questions are always free.

Q: I'm a Navy Seal Firearms Instructor, do I need to come at 6:00 pm?

A: Yes.

While we respect your time serving our country and your training, you still need to be there at 1800. No matter whom you are, or what you have done, we want to talk to you personally before we let you run around with a live firearm. Every range runs differently. We would like to take a little time to ensure that we are all on the same page.

Q: I want to practice my stuff I learned at some school. Can I do that with your group?

A: Yes and no.

It depends on what it is. We are bound by certain physical and safety restrictions of the range. For example our range is indoors, so shooting at an angle has restrictions, because there may not be sufficient background. However, we may be able to modify the scenario or drill to fit into our range. Other drills just may be inappropriate. The drills that are run are at the discretion of the Match Director.

Q: Do you do anything else beside pistol?

A: Yes.

We try to mix up the scenarios, and occasionally work shotgun and carbine, but we are restricted on ammunition caliber. Shot gun is limited to bird and buck shot. Carbines are limited to rimfire calibers. only. We can still have plenty of fun with rimfire carbines.

Q: Can I bring my AK-47 or M4?

A: Yes we love toys; however, you may not use the firearm at in our range unless it's rimfire.

Q: Can I shoot my Berretta CX4 Storm, it's 9 mm?

A: No, range rules do not allow us to use any long guns except shot gun (bird and buck shot) and rimfire.

Q: I do not own a gun can I rent one?

A: No, we are not a business.

We do not rent/sell guns or ammunition. You may borrow a gun from a friend. If you borrow a gun you are still bound by all the legalities associated with possession and transport of a firearm. This is your responsibility. Also you must meet our safety criteria for basic firearms manipulation.

Q: I'm an Officer with Anytown USA/I have a CCW, can I carry hot at your range?

A: Unfortunately no, we operate a cold range.

This is not our rule; it is the rules of our host. All firearms are to be in the holster unloaded or on the safe table unloaded, when you are not on the firing line.

Q: Can I take my brass home with me?

A: Yes, but brass collection is only done at the end of the evening.

Picking up brass is time consuming and waiting until the event is complete helps keep the event moving. At the end of the event, brass is sorted and divided among the people that would like to take some home.

Q: I am a new shooter, what if I couldn't find the range, had a brain fart, etc. and couldn't get there until 6:30pm?

A: New shooter orientation begins at 6:00pm.

If you arrive after 6:10pm, we will unfortunately, have to turn you away. However, you are still welcome to watch the training and orientation.

The New Shooter time is dedicated to help new people and assess whether they are prepared to participate as part of the experienced group. The rest of group made the effort to show up on time for orientation and training. It is unfair to interrupt their practice time.

Please plan to be there at 6:00pm. If you need to arrive 15-30 minutes early to be on time, then please do so. That will give you some time to socialize with the instructors, ROs and assist with setup.

Q: If I need to sight in my gun or test loads what is the best way to go about it.

A: This is not the time or place to “test” your gun and/or loads.

If you have work done to your gun or new ammo, it may take several trips to the range to dial in the accuracy. It can be time consuming and will detract from the event for others. This falls under the “please come prepared” request.

If have no choice but to zero your sights the day of the match, the range is open to the public from 2pm-5pm. Once Action Pistol starts we do not have the time for testing, zeroing & /or tinkering with your gun. We would like to take a little time to ensure that we are all on the same page.

Q: What is TMJ ammo.

A: TMJ (Total Metal Jacket) is a lead bullet that is fully encased inside a copper jacket.

The range no longer has a restriction on FMJ ammo. This article is for information only. Please note that steel and steel core ammuntion not allowed.

As defined by the National Institute of Justice, bullet jackets may be fabricated in a number of configurations:

  • Full metal jacket - encloses the entire bullet, with the exception of the base. Normally used for military purposes, these bullets are also known as full jacketed, full patch, full metal case, and ball ammunition.
  • Semijacketed – partially encloses the bullet with the exception of an exposed soft point or a hollow point.
  • Total metal jacket – fully encloses a bullet core.

Purchasing ammunition in bulk is genrally available from several several sources. Our members have had good luck with Miwall or Load-x . It is best to contact them directly or check their local gunshow schedules and purchase it there.