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General Club Information
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Members & Membership
Dues for 2012 are now payable. Please ensure you have your account up to date in the club office and that you have received your new annual tag's and that they are properly placed onto your membership badge's.
Any member is encouraged to use the facilities during normal hours of operations. Since we do support local law enforcement and military, some ranges are unavailable during those times in which these organizations are engaged in regularly scheduled training exercises.
Joining the club is easy.
There is no orientation class to become a member at the range now. You can come out anytime to join. All you have to do is watch a video about the range . In order for spouse to receive badge, they will also have to watch the video.
The current annual fee is $112.00+tax (plus a one-time initiation fee of $112.00+tax). This entitles you use the facilities and to participate in each of the club's activities as well as be eligible to hold office.
Bylaws of Gateway Rifle & Pistol Club (GRPC) on Membership Qualifications
(a) Any citizen or legal resident of the United States eighteen (18) years of age or older, may become a member of this organization upon favorable application after first subscribing to the following pledge and after paying the initiation fee and dues hereafter prescribed membership pledge.
I hereby swear or certify that I am a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America and that I am not a member of any organization or group which has as any part of its program the attempt to overthrow the government of the United States or any of its political subdivisions by force or violence. I have never been convicted of a crime of violence or felony and there are no legal reasons to prevent my lawful possession of firearms. If admitted to membership, I will faithfully endeavor to fulfill the obligations of good sportsmanship and good citizenship
(This pledge is on the reverse side of the membership application card.).
(b) No person shall receive membership until he/she has watched the club safety video and passed the test.
(c) All new memberships are probationary for sixty days pending approval by background screening as directed and approved by the Board of Directors. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement may be one of the screening agencies as an example. If a probationary member is rejected by the Board of Directors as not meeting the criteria in the pledge, the initiation fee and membership fee will be returned less $20.00 for the background screening. The rejected probationary member will be notified in writing as to the cause of rejection and may appeal his/her case to the Board of Directors.
If you are a visitor, we welcome you along the same vane. We charge $14.00+tax on weekdays and $18.00+tax on weekends and holidays for the facilities usage. Children of the visitor are charged the same fees, they are NOT free. This entitles you to use the pistol and 100 yard rifle range only.
We are located in an isolated section of West Jacksonville Florida south of Herlong Airport, north of 103rd Street, and west of Old Middleburg Road.
From Interstate (I-295) and 103rd Street, proceed west on 103rd to Old Middleburg Road; north on Old Middleburg Road to Noroad Road; west on Noroad Road to Zambito Avenue North; north on Zambito Avenue North to the Club. The following map will help: Click Here
Rules & Regulations
Membership in GRPC is open to all law-abiding citizens. The club has two types of memberships; life and annual. The annual membership duration is each and every calendar year (January 1 to December 31) and should be renewed prior to the new year. The cost of membership for the new member will be the initiation fee plus one year's dues (plus tax).
Each succeeding year, the cost will be only the yearly dues (plus tax). If your membership lapses one year or more, you must pay the initiation fee again. The initiation fee is equal to the yearly dues. That is, if the dues are $112.00 plus state sales tax, then the first year's cost will be $224 plus tax ($112.00 plus $112.00 dues = 224.00 + tax). The yearly dues are pro rated quarterly, but the initiation fee will remain the same as in the year full year's dues, regardless of when the new member joins.
Life membership is obtained by paying a fee equal to 10 times the annual dues. Once the life membership is paid, there are no further dues.
At this time Lifetime membership is at a freezing point. If you would like to be put on the waiting list please call the club manager at (904)771-2937.
The reason for this is the number of lifetime members at GRPC within a calendar year is now limited to 10% of the previous calendar year's total membership.
Hours of operation
The Ranges are open seven days a week, 362 days a year for your shooting pleasure. The Ranges are closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The range is near an area where several houses are located within a short distance from the firing line. Therefore, as a courtesy to our neighbors, we have defined the times you will be allowed to fire. You may begin firing no sooner than 8:00 a.m. and must cease firing before the time posted in the range office, which will be no later than 8:00 p.m..
At no time should you fire at tin cans, bottles, fence posts, target frames, plates, plastic covers, etc. or any other non club approved target. Paper targets only are approved at GRPC, with the exception of clay targets on the shotgun range, and approved steel targets on the proper range for that purpose. On the pistol ranges you should place the target with only one bull's eye or aiming area in the center of the frame to preclude destroying the wooden frame. Some ranges or possibly the entire range may be closed occasionally for special matches. Members must be given ample notice via this site or the Muzzleblast when a match of this nature is planned.
"The line is clear and cold". When this command is given all shooting will have stopped, all firearms will be unloaded and all actions will be opened. On all ranges all chambers will have an open bolt indicator inserted. Muzzle loaders will have the open bolt indicator inserted in the muzzle. When the line is clear, no one will handle a firearm for any reason (adjust sites, clean, remove from line if finished, bring to line if just arriving, or touch for any reason).
Below is the exact wording from Club Policy # 301, Range Rules:
3.6 Open Bolt Indicators, OBI’s (Also known as chamber flags.)
a. The use of OBI’s are required on all Club ranges where and when a cease fire or “cold line” is declared so that people or shooters may move forward of or down range of firearms that are in a “safe” and unloaded condition. There are three exceptions at present:
(1) The first is during sanctioned matches being run by a Club approved (sanctioned) match under the direct control of the Match Director and his/her Range Safety Officers.
(2) The second is when the range is leased to US military unit, federal, state or local police agencies willing to assume responsibility for any and all actions during that range rental.
(3) The third is on the Club’s skeet shotgun range where no one will be down range to examine targets. However, on the skeet range the shotguns will be loaded only while in the “box” when preparing to or ready to fire. Shotguns outside the box will be unloaded. This is standards practice on “sporting clay’ ranges and is adopted by our Club.
b. To facilitate this safety condition, only Club approved OBI’s are acceptable on our ranges. At present, these are yellow or orange in color and are sold in our Club Store. This way our Range Safety Officers (RSO’s) or any Club member can easily identify the OBI’s. The use of expended cartridges, sticks of wood or other make shift indicators is not acceptable. If in doubt, the RSO on duty at the time will be the approving official.
"The line is hot". This command is given when all shooters have completed their activity forward of the firing line and are ready to begin firing. If you observe any unsafe condition announce loudly "The line is “Not hot". Only during a "hot line" may a shooter who has completed firing remove a firearm from the line or bring firearms on to the line.
"Ceasefire" If an unsafe condition is observed by anyone on the range shout “ceasefire” immediately. Upon hearing ceasefire, remove your finger from the trigger, clear the firearm, put it down on the bench and step back from the line until the unsafe condition can be corrected.
Transporting firearms to and from the range should be done in a safe and secure manner. No firearm should be brought to or removed from the range while loaded. All firearms will be removed from your vehicle unloaded and in the case or similar container. If you do not use this type of container, then the firearm must be carried from the vehicle unloaded and the action opened with an OBI inserted properly.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on GRPC property with the following exception: only during a board of directors approved function, after all Ranges are closed, alcohol may be allowed.
Types of firearms
Any firearm in good working order may be used at GRPC with the following exceptions:
Ammunition should be safe and the proper size for the firearm you're using. When shooting various calibers of firearms, retire one firearm and ammunition before bringing a different firearm and ammunition to the firing line to preclude placing the wrong cartridge in the firearm you're now going to use. An example of what happens when the wrong ammunition is used is on display at the office.
When using black powder, keep the container covered at all times and never pour directly from the container to barrel; use a powder measure. Never approach a muzzleloader with a lighted cigarette, pipe or cigar. Never cap or prime your firearm until it is pointed down range and you are ready to fire.
The daily range fee is $14+tax weekdays and $18+tax on weekends and holidays for non-members. Children of the visitor are charged the same fees, they are NOT free. Member guest fee is 1/2 price of that day's rate. A member may only have one 1/2 price guest ( in or out of town) per day and that guest only one time per year. A member is allowed 2 more guests, for a total of three guests per day, but the two additional guests will be paying the full daily rate. The member must sign their guests in at register when arriving to the range. Please call 771-2937 ext 5 if you need more information.
The club publishes a quarterly newsletter for your benefit as well as informing you of what is happening within the club. The editor is always in need of articles to publish, so please forward (or e-mail) your articles, concerns or suggestions about these topics or issues to the editor. The club is only as good as its active members and you get out of the club only what you put into it. We need active members and encourage you and your family to become active. Read your Muzzleblast online, or pick up a printed copy in the club store, and keep up with the club's activities. Remember it’s your club.
Although not mandatory, one should wear eye protection of some type and hearing protection when on the firing line.
On each of our ranges, there is a compulsory open bolt indicator flag that must be inserted into the empty chamber or barrel. Muzzle loaders insert the OBI into the muzzle. This safety feature ensures that the range officer and all participants know that the line is in fact "cold". If you do not have such a device, it is available for a just a nominal cost in the club store.
Daily Fee for Camper/Recreation Vehicle Utility Hookup
A fee of $10 plus tax per day will be charged for each camping unit using the campground or pavilion area to camp with or without water/electrical hookup and with access to clubhouse bathroom facilities. A day is defined as 24hr. period. Camping is for activity attendees. Use is limited to the length of the activity plus one day before and one day after. Please call Gateway Rifle & Pistol Club for more information on camping (904) 771-2937 Ext 5.