FAS Is A Private Facility
We are closed to the public and are not open for visitors. You must be enrolled in a class or event that is actively occurring to come to the range. If you are camping, you MUST get prior approval from Belle. Camping is not open to new students.
Years ago at FAS we added a 5th rule to the classic 4 firearm safety rules.
1) All guns are always loaded. Treat all firearms with the respect due a loaded gun.
2) Never let your muzzle point at anything you are not willing to shoot or destroy.
3) Always keep your finger out of the trigger guard until your sights are on target and you are intending to shoot.
4) Know your target, backstop, and what is beyond it.
5) Keep your firearms locked up when not in use.
Firearms at Your Vehicle
There is to be absolutely no gun handling at your vehicle. You will have an opportunity at the beginning of the range portion of class to change guns, holsters, or ammo. Competitors, please check with a safety officer if you want to unload your carry gun. Always bring your range bag or gun case to the safe area to do any gun handling. Same goes for loading for the street. At the end of class you will be given time to change guns or load with your carry ammo.
Carrying to the Range
Our range is a Hot Range. You are welcome to come to class with a loaded handgun if you have a WA Concealed Pistol license or you have a carry permit from a state which Washington has reciprocity. Check https://handgunlaw.us/ to make sure you are legal to carry in Washington State.
We do not allow Appendix Carry (AIWB), small of the back, cross draw, shoulder, off body carry (fanny packs or bags), or SERPA style holsters which use the trigger finger to unlock the holster. Many of us do carry AIWB when we are not teaching or competing, but the risks associated with this carry method are not compatible with the remote location of our range. Guest instructors who have their own insurance may allow these holsters. Please contact us if you have any questions about if your holster is acceptable for class.
Absolutely no tracer, incendiary, or armor piercing ammo. M855/Green tip ammo is okay for rifle classes as long as it is not shot on any steel targets. For shotgun no steel shot. Lead Shot only.
Do not shoot steel targets with rifles or slugs unless told to do so by an instructor. The majority of our steel is not rifle rated and it will cause severe damage to the targets.