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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Who can use the Club range facilities?

  • The Club is a private club and is not open to the public.
  • Only Club members and their guests may utilize the facilities.


Can I buy firearms or other related merchandise from the Club?

  • No, the Club is not a retail business and does not sell firearms or ammunition.


Can I rent range time from the Club?

  • No, we do not rent our facilities or range time to the public.


Does the Club offer legal advice or opinions on the Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013?

  • The Club does not provide advice or opinions on the Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013.
  • Please contact a local lawyer, Maryland Shall Issue, the Associated Gun Clubs of Maryland, or other organizations / agencies for an official legal answer.

Does the Club provide handgun training that meets the requirements of the Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013?
  • The Club does not provide any firearm training that meets the requirements of the Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013.
  • The Club does have members who are professionals that offer training through their private business.  Please visit the Firearms Training page for more information.


Can I take a tour of the Club range facilities?

  • The Club does not have daily hours of operation for visits by non-members to view the facilities.
  • However, the Club provides a tour of the facilities as part of the range orientation.  Please see the Calendar for the next available orientation.


What are your hours of operation?

  • Club members can use the facilities from 8:00 AM to sunset Monday through Saturday and 10:00 AM on Sundays.
  • Please see the Hours of Operation page.


What kind of ranges or facilities do you have?

  • The Club has ranges for archery, pistols, rifles, and shotguns for its members.


What kind of firearm ranges do you have?

  • The Club's three ranges for shooting pistols and rifles are 50-foot, 50-yard, and 100-yard.  Currently our shotgun range is being upgraded.
  • Click here for additional information on our facilities.


Do you provide targets?

  • No, the Club does not provide targets but does provide target frames for by members and guests.  Members may fabricate their own target frames or purchase Club-authorized target frames through a Club member.
  • All target frames must meet Club standard dimensions.


Can a member use fully automatic firearms on the ranges?

  • Yes, the Club allows restricted firing of fully automatic firearms on its ranges only by individuals who are:
    1. Legally authorized to own Class III firearms;
    2. have demonstrated the legal ownership of the Class III firearm; and
    3. have undergone a Club-provided orientation and safety validation on their use
  • The member must validation their safe use of each Class III firearm the want to use at the Club
  • To assure safe and proper use of the Club's ranges, the "Slide Bump Stocks" are treated as a Class III firearm.  A member must safely validate their use of the "Slide Bump Stock" for each firearm they install the "Slide Bump Stock" on.


Are there limitations on the types of ammunition that can be used on the ranges?

  • Yes, the Club prohibits the use of, and limits certain types of ammunition on the ranges.
  • These restrictions are posted in the Club's Range Rules.


Are there any limitations on the types of targets?

  • Yes, the Club has specific rules in the Club's Range Rules on the types of targets authorized for use at the ranges.


Is there trap, skeet, or sporting clay shooting?

  • No, the Club does not have the facilities for clay sports such as trap, skeet and sporting clays.
  • However, we have members who meet regularly at the Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center on Good Luck Road.  Please view the Calendar for specific dates and times.


Can a member bring a guest?

  • Yes, a member can bring up to four (4) guests and each guest must be familiarized with the Club's Range Rules and sign a liability form.


Do you track who uses the ranges?

  • Yes, the Club requires all members and any accompanying guest to log in and out during each visit.


Can a loaded firearm be carried on the premises?

  • No, the Club requires all firearms to be unloaded prior to entry on Club property and remain unloaded until they are placed on the firing line.

Do you offer public training classes?

  • No, the Club does not offer public training classes on the use of handguns or any other type of firearm.
  • The Club does have members who are professional trainers that offer training through their private business.
  • Please visit the Firearms Training page for more information.


Are there DNR hunter education classes that non-members can participate in?

  • Yes, the Club provides Maryland Department of Natural Resources hunter education classes to the public in the fall.
  • Please see the Calendar for scheduled days.


Do you offer any type of program to familiarize individuals under the age of 21 with firearm usage?

  • Yes, the Club has a Juniors Program designed to teach individuals under the age of 21 safe handling procedures and the proper use of single round, bolt action rifles.
  • Rifles and ammunition are provided by the Club and all Junior Program events require the presence of a parent or legal guardian during the program for those under 18 years of age.


Can I join as a full member and, if so, when can I begin using the ranges?

  • The Club annual membership is almost at full capacity of the member500 annual member limit.
  • You can complete a Membership Application to start the application process.
  • You must complete the membership application process, signing all require documents, passing a written test, attend a Range Orientation class and be voted in by the membership at a general membership meeting.  This process can take 1-3 months.


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