Safety Rules

Diligent adherence to a few common sense safety rules makes the shooting sports safer than many other popular sports.  The Grand Blanc Huntsman’s club is extremely proud of it’s perfect safety record — since it was formed over 50 years ago, there has never been a firearms related injury.  We intend to keep it that way by strictly enforcing our safety rules.

NRA Firearms Safety Rules:

The Fundamental NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling Are:

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to shoot.

When using a gun, Always Follow These Rules:

  • Know your target and what is beyond; make certain the down-range area is unoccupied.
  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with how the gun operates.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
  • Wear appropriate eye and ear protection.
  • Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
  • Un attended guns should not be accessible to unauthorized persons.


Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.

General safety rules:

  1. Treat all guns as though they were loaded.
  2. Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger, and out of the trigger guard, until your sights are on the target (or, for clay target sports, until you are ready to call for the target.)
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  5. Eye and ear protection are mandatory.
  6. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all ranges at all times.  Anyone consuming alcoholic beverages will be denied shooting privileges for the remainder of the day.
  7. All children under 14 yrs to be under direct supervision of an adult, including in the clubhouse.
  8. GBHC Board of Directors and/or Management reserves the right to dismiss anyone from club grounds for unsafe or unsportsmanlike conduct.

Safety rules for clay target games:

  1. Guns must be carried unloaded and with actions open except when about to fire at a target.
  2. When in racks, guns must be unloaded and actions open (exception: break-action guns may be closed when in racks.)
  3. Only one person shall shoot at a time, and only from designated shooting stations or stands.
  4. Shooting is allowed at clay targets only.
  5. No more than two shells may be loaded at a time.  For singles and handicap trap, only one shell may be loaded.  Only target loads with #7½ or smaller shot are allowed (i.e., #7½, #8, #8½, #9 may be used.)
  6. Dry firing and aiming is only allowed from a shooting station or stand.
  7. If a delay occurs while a shooter is on a station or stand, the gun must be opened and shells removed.
  8. Spectators on the skeet and trap fields must remain behind the fence.

By order of the Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club Board of Directors.

Hunter Safety

For information about future classes or classes elsewhere in the area, contact John Bell (Genesee County Hunter Safety Coordinator) at (810) 694-3025 or