Range Policies and Rules

Obeying safety rules ensures an efficient and orderly club operation. All members and guests must be in compliance with all federal, South Carolina State, and local laws, at all times, while on the range premises. Any violation of these procedures, policies, restrictions, and regulations should be reported to a club officer. Violations will be investigated and may result in disciplinary action.

General Information

  • Every Member has a DUTY to report rules violations and unsafe acts.
  • Members must provide their own ammunition, paper targets, staplers and tape.
  • The range is monitored with closed circuit cameras for the safety of all members of the facility.

 Safety Rules

  • Before anyone moves forward of the firing line, all firearms on the firing line must be holstered or laid on the table, muzzle pointed down range, slides open, magazines out, cylinders open and empty.
  • Anyone seeing an unsafe condition must declare a cease-fire.
  • Every shooter has the personal responsibility to make sure that each bullet fired impacts safely in the dirt berm or steel target.
  • Loading and unloading of guns must be done only on the firing line.
  • ALWAYS wear safety glasses and ear protection while on a “hot” range (meaning when guns are loaded and people are shooting).
  • ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction – downrange toward the targets.
  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
  • ALWAYS keep the action open with the gun unloaded, benched, and muzzle pointed in a safe direction or keep the handgun holstered when someone is downrange.
  • DO NOT handle any firearm when someone is downrange.
  • ALWAYS treat guns as if they are loaded.
  • ALWAYS fire downrange into the dirt berm. The signs, and target frames/stands are NOT impact areas.
  • No firing is allowed over or to the sides of the DIRT BERM. Firing is NOT permitted in any other direction other than into the DIRT BERM.
  • No firing in areas not designated as shooting bays.

 Range Hours

  • The Panteao Range Facility is open to club members from Monday to Saturday from 9:00AM to 7:00PM. On Sunday the range is open from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.
  • For Day Pass guests, the hours are Monday to Saturday from 9AM to 5PM and on Sundays from 1PM to 5PM.
  • The Panteao Range Facility may periodically be closed to members either during the week or on weekends due to the Panteao filming schedule or other Panteao events. In some instances, just a specific bay is closed instead of the entire range. To keep up to date on the range schedule, visit the calendar page on this website or sign up for our newsletter.
  • The Panteao Range Facility is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

 Procedures For Using The Range

  • To enter into the controlled area of the property, you must use your club issued gate card at the card reader by the entrance. That will open the motorized gate. Please note that the gate is timed for one vehicle. Do not tailgate. Panteao is not responsible for damage to vehicles.
  • Each person that is granted access to the range facility is issued a gate access card. That card must only be used by the person issued the card. At no time should the card be used to grant access to the facility to someone else. Violation of that rule can cause deactivation of the gate card and revocation of access to the range facility.
  • If a member forgets his club issued gate card, the member must stop in at the office and show identification in order to obtain access to the range facility. A temporary gate card will be provided to the club member for that day.
  • Before setting up your equipment, check to ensure no one is down range.
  • Before going down range to place your target, check to ensure that no one is shooting and the line is safe.
  • Follow all safety procedures while using the range.
  • Clean the area used and pick up your spent brass when you are finished shooting.
  • Place ammunition misfires (duds) in the containers located on each range. Do not throw ammunition in the grass, under the bench, in garbage cans, or in the brass barrel.
  • To exit the property, use your gate card at the exit card reader to open the gate.
  • There is to be no loitering in the controlled area of the property. The controlled area consists of the area of the range facility inside the fenced in area.


  • Members are allowed one free guest. Additional guests are $30 per guest.
  • Members must bring their guests to the office to sign the guest in and have the guest sign a waiver before entering the controlled area.
  • Members must accompany their guest at all times.
  • Members are responsible for their guest’s conduct and safe gun handling.
  • All South Carolina State laws pertaining to the use of firearms must be adhered to at all times.
  • Non-members are not covered by Panteao Sportsman’s Club insurance.

 Restrictions, Range Use Rules and Regulations

The following Restrictions apply to members and their guests when using any of the ranges.

  • NO alcoholic beverages allowed on any range.
  • NO armor piercing or tracer ammunition.
  • NO bottles, cans, glass or other items are to be used as targets.
  • NO exploding targets.

 Rifle Bay

  • No shooting forward of the static firing line on the rifle bay.
  • The rifle line is ONE firing line
  • Shooters must all follow the operational commands for HOT and COLD range.
  • Shooters on the line: please be courteous and coordinate range hot and cold with others. Don’t just turn the red lights on or off without verbally checking with others.
  • Be especially careful to check with long range shooters as they might be downrange and out of sight.
  • RED LIGHTS ON: the range is COLD
  •  Firearms must be unloaded, magazines out, bolts back
  •  Do not handle a firearm on a cold range! No looking through scopes, no unpacking firearms, no cleaning firearms, just don’t touch it! Stay behind the red line.
  • Cased firearms may be taken to or brought from a vehicle when the range is cold but must remain in the CLOSED case until the range goes hot.
  • RED LIGHTS OFF: the range is HOT
  • However you must ALWAYS visually confirm that no one is downrange before loading a firearm or firing.
  • Normally, the red lights are left off when the range is not occupied. When you first arrive at the range, if the lights are off, visually verify that no one is downrange anywhere before loading or firing.
  • Bullets are to strike the dirt berm or steel targets
  • Please collect all spent casings and targets when finished shooting.
  • Do not move steel targets from where they are positioned in the bay.
  • After shooting steel targets, please paint them with the supplied paint available at the bay or from the pro-shop.
  • Firing .50 BMG on the rifle bay is only allowed on Thursdays in positions 1 through 3 in the rifle bay shelter.
  • Do not shoot .50 caliber ammunition on the steel targets.

50-Yard General Purpose Bay

  • Do not walk on top of the berms.
  • No vehicles in the bay.
  • Only one static firing line at a time.
  • Use caution when entering the bay. If the bay is in use, do not enter. Wait for a cease fire to be called.
  • Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns may be used in the General Purpose Bay. Please collect all spent casings and targets when finished shooting.
  • When shooting clay targets with a shotgun, do not fire shotguns in the direction of the rifle bay or handgun bays.
  • Do not shoot towards the entrance of the bay or the side berms.
  • Targets shall be set to a height and shot from an angle that allows impact of the bullet to strike ONLY the target and dirt berm and no other object/surface prior to impact with the dirt berm.
  • If there are steel targets within the bay, do not fire rifle calibers or shotguns at the steel targets. Handgun calibers only for steel targets.
  • Do not shoot the target frames.

 Handgun Bays

  • Do not shoot steel targets closer than 15 yards.
  • Do not move the steel targets.
  • Only one static firing line at a time.
  • Do not drive vehicles into the bays.
  • Only HANDGUN CALIBERS are allowed on the handgun bays. No Short Barrel Rifles (SBRs) or Pistols firing rifle calibers are allowed. No shotguns are allowed.
  • Please collect all spent casings and targets when finished shooting.
  • Targets shall be set to a height and shot from an angle that allows impact of the bullet to strike ONLY the target and dirt berm and no other object/surface prior to impact with the dirt berm.

No firearms are to be discharged outside of the designated shooting bays.

Stay in your lane – Shoot at the targets in front of you. Do not shoot diagonally across any of the bays. Move your shooting position if you wish to shoot different targets.

For the sake of the safety of all those using the range facility and the safety of neighbors in the area, there is a zero tolerance for rule violations. Any member caught breaking the rules may be asked to leave the facility and their membership revoked.

If a person violates the rules of the facility and access to the facility is revoked due to that violation, said person will no longer be allowed on the property and will be considered trespassing after access is revoked. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.