frequently asked questions
WHERE CAN I FIND THE MATCH RULES?
The links in the right hand colum of each web page will have full rules for each respective match.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Although you are welcome to arrive the morning of a match and register at the range, it is strongly recommended that you register in advance, as many of the matches fill up fast. Advance registrations also help us to plan enough staff to cover scorekeeping for all participants, which is especially important during the Hunter Rifle match.To download a mail-in registration form, click on the link found right above the rules information on each match page, OR use the pull down menu at the top of the Contact page. We do not take online registrations at this time. You will need to download the form, fill it out, and enclose it in an envelope with your payment and mail it to us.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Match fees are listed each match's respective registration form. There is a small fee in addition to this if you want to camp overnight on the range. We are a not-for-profit range in that every dollar we take in goes back into the matches in some way: new targets, paint, website costs, and to help cover property taxes for our landowner.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
See a complete set of directions and maps on THIS PAGE.
I'M NOT SURE I WANT TO SHOOT YET... CAN I JUST OBSERVE A MATCH FIRST?
Absolutely. We welcome anyone who might be interested in one of our matches to drop by during a scheduled shoot, and get a feel for our range and what we have to offer. (You'll be sorry you didn't bring a gun, because you'll see how much fun we're having!)
THIS SOUNDS LIKE FUN, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET STARTED...
Read the match rules to get a basic rundown on what equipment you need to shoot the match. If this doesn't answer your needs, email us or visit the range during a scheduled shoot where you can talk to one of the Range Officers about your specific questions.
IS PRACTICE TIME AVAILABLE?
The range is usually open for a few hours on the Friday and Saturday evenings of match weekends, and you are welcome to shoot any appropriate firearms during those hours. Staff are often downrange doing maintenance on targets, so a Range Officer will advise you when the range is "hot" for shooting practice.
WHAT KIND OF AMMUNITION CAN I USE?
Each match has its own specific equipment and ammunition requirements, which are listed in the match rules. In addition, due to the expense of replacing damaged targets, Golden Spike Range has very specific rules about what ammunition can and cannot be used on which targets. Before shooting at ANY target on GSR, you must download and read the target information sheet. YOU WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE for repairs to damaged targets should you use inappropriate ammunition. If you are in doubt what is appropriate, PLEASE ASK a range officer before firing.
CAN I BRING TRACERS?
Tracers cannot be used in regular matches. Tracers are only allowed at our Airplane Shoot side match and free practice shooting hours, and only during the months of April and May due to the extreme dry vegetation later in the summer. Even though they are usually allowed in the spring months, they may also be prohibited even during this time should fire conditions warrant.