Rifle and Pistol Ranges

NOTICE: The rifle ranges are currently NOT to be used at the 175 and 200 yard distances as the berm is under construction and has not yet been built high enough to ensure safety and that no rounds leave the premises.

Please expect Range Closures over the next two weeks for berm construction and range repair. This work is weather dependent and may require very short notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but safety is our highest priority. Please be aware of any workers on or around the ranges, obey range closure signs, and, if there is any doubt, refrain from using the ranges. Thank you!!

We have three outdoor ranges dedicated to a variety of rifle and pistol target shooting: a 10 yard pistol range with a target mover, a 25 yard pistol and rimfire rifle range, and a longer rifle range with backstops at 50, 75, 100, and 150 yards. The longer rifle range also features covered benches for comfortable all weather shooting. It's a great place for club members sight in their guns or get in some practice.


Our rifle and pistol ranges are open to members during the following times:

Every Day 9:00 am - Dusk Except during the below listed periods of time or any other time when there are shotgun events taking place

Range Closures

Every Wednesday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sporting Clays and Five Stand
Every Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Sporting Clays and Five Stand
Sep 14th, 2014 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Club's 100th Anniversary
Sep 20th, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Boy Scout Fund Raiser
Oct 18th - 19th, 2014 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Hunter's Tour
Nov 8th, 2014 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Rochester Personal Defense (east range only)

Range Rules

These are the rules for using the rifle and pistol ranges at the Canandaigua Sportsmen's Club. The range rules can also be download: CSC Range Rules.pdf (PDF 16KB)

Always Observe The Fundamentals Of Firearm Safety

  • ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe (downrange) direction.
  • ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
  • ALWAYS keep you finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • ALWAYS wear eye & ear protection. (Guests included)
  • The Canandaigua Sportsmen's Club is a cold facility. This means carrying loaded firearms anywhere except on the appropriate ranges is prohibited. This includes the clubhouse, the parking lots, and the area behind the shooting ranges. Exceptions:
    1. Loaded carry guns allowed on club property if kept holstered until at the firing point.
    2. Members who are hunting on club property may carry loaded firearms when in the field.
  • Firearms may be handled only on the appropriate ranges or in the safe area provided (no loaded firearms or ammo in safe area). Firearms are not to be handled behind the ranges under the roof and must never be handled behind the ranges when others are using any of the ranges. When transporting guns from the vehicle they must be cased or holstered (or carried with action open) until you are on the range you will be using.

  • Used cardboard targets and knock-down steel targets are available in the shed closest to the road.

  • Paper targets and club authorized steel targets are the ONLY targets that may be used on club ranges. This specifically excludes:pigeons, spent cases, milk / water jugs, etc.

  • Cardboard or paper targets may be used on any of the ranges. Wooden bases and uprights are available for use as movable target stands. Users must provide a stapler.

  • Shooting on all ranges MUST take place from a position forward of the rearmost end of the side berm(s).

  • It is unsafe to place targets on any range in a manner that would cause a shot or richochet to pass over the top of any berm. On all ranges targets should be placed as close to the rear berm as possible and the center of the target should be just below eye level.

    Such care taken in target placement should prevent allowing rounds to pass over the top of any berm or to ricochet off the ground and (possibly) pass over a berm. Before shooting, assess where the round will impact after passing through the target. The impact area should be approximately half way up the berm. It is always unsafe to place targets at ground level. Doing so could cause ricochets which might result in injury.

  • The range farthest to the east (farthest from the clubhouse) is commonly known as the Mover range and is a handgun only range. Only paper or cardboard targets may be used on this range, placed as previously described.

  • The center range is commonly known as the Plates range. Either paper or steel targets may be used on this range. Paper or cardboard targets should be placed as previously described using wooden target bases and uprights. Steel targets may only be placed on the stationary plate racks and are only to be used for handguns.

  • Steel targets may be shot with handguns only. This specifically excludes all rifles and shotguns and also excludes handguns chambered for rifle cartridges (Thompson Contenders. etc. ). Shooting steel plates with rifle rounds or shotgun slugs will damage the plate and could cause injury to the shooter.

  • There are two sets of steel knock-down targets that may be used. One set consists of 8" plates which are intended to be used with center fire handguns. These can be used with .22 rimfire but may not fall over with such a light load.

  • The second set of plates are 5" in diameter and are to be used with .22 rimfire ONLY. Shooting these plates with centerfire ammunition will damage the surface of the plates creating the possibility of injury to the shooter or bystanders.

  • Distance markers on the floor of the Plates range denote 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards from the plate racks. Under no circumstances should steel plates be engaged from closer than the 10 yard line. Doing so may cause injury to the shooter or bystanders.

  • Using the rope provided, attached to the arm of the plate rack, will allow the shooter to reset the plates without having to walk downrange.

  • The range farthest to the west (closest to the clubhouse) is commonly known as the Rifle range and may be used for rifle. shotgun. or handgun. Only paper or cardboard targets may be used on this range.

  • When using the rifle bench targets may only be placed on the permanent target holders. Do not shoot any other targets from the bench. Placing single targets, centered on the holders, will prolong the life of these target holders. A bridge downrange allows access to the farthest target holders. Sandbags for rests are hung on a hook on the post to the rear of the bench.

  • If this range is used from a position other than the rifle bench the targets should be placed as previously described using the wooden target bases and uprights. Extreme CAUTION must be used in target placement on this range due to the distance from the firing point to the back berm.

  • Please return all equipment to its proper place after using. Please remove paper targets after shooting and place in burn barrels. Please pick up spent casings and either place in brass barrels or take them from the range. Please keep the ranges free of trash and litter. If you do not it will find its way into the neighbors yards.

  • The ranges are open for use from 9am - dark. The rifle range is closed while the Sporting Clays course(s) are in use (Wednesday 3pm -9pm and Sunday 9am -2pm). Organized shooting events sponsored by the club will have priority over individual range use. A calendar of events is posted to the rear of the Rifle range and by each door to the clubhouse.

  • All persons using the range must display a club membership badge with the orange sticker attached. Observed use by unauthorized persons or observed inappropriate use by members should be reported to the Club Manager or one of the Officers of the club. Try to get the person's name. If that is not possible, get a vehicle license number.