Range Alerts

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:
ALL CAMPFIRES, AND THE USE OF BBQ’s ARE NOW PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PROPANE COOKING APPLIANCES ARE ONLY PERMITTED IN EITHER VEHICLES SO EQUIPPED, OR UNDER THE STEEL COVER AT THE BLACK POWDER RANGE!

The use of any exploding targets, such as Tannerite, are not permitted in the Forest or at the Desert Marksmen Range by National Forest Service Regulations.

Campfires, under certain conditions, are now permitted at the Desert Marksmen Range. Please read the Spring Bulletin #2 for details. It can be found on the Club Bulletins Webpage. You can also obtain and print out a free Campfire Permit by following this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sequoia/passes-permits/?cid=fsbdev3_059516

PLEASE do not shoot magnum rifle loads at the 100 yd, 200 yd or 300 yd steel targets installed at the range.They are not designed to handle high power magnum rifle loads.

-- Range: ... OPEN .... for normal use.

-- Road: .... OPEN .... Use caution, most of the road is only ONE LANE wide .

As members of Desert Marksmen, we are very fortunate to have a shooting range reasonably close to where many of us live, one that has minimal costs compared to what many commercial ranges charge others, and the added benefit of primitive camping on site.  One of the ways we are able to achieve this is by leasing land from the United States Forest Service (USFS).  A critical component of this lease arrangement is that we as a club agree to certain stipulations, one of those being that we will be good stewards of the land that is entrusted to us.

So what does this have to do with fire safety you may ask?  It means that we not be the cause of any forest or wildland fires.  As most of us recall, in 2009 the Station Fire in the Angeles National Forest burned over 160,000 acres, and killed two firemen in the process.  That fire burned right up to and all around DMRPC, and then continued on towards La Canada.  The financial costs of that incident are staggering, not to mention the untold losses of wildlife, structures, and environmental damage.  In this day of finger-pointing, blaming, and hyper-liability concerns, we as a club cannot afford to be the scapegoat in such an incident, especially in this phase of lease renewal with USFS.

We are in a very critical drought in Southern California; moisture levels in vegetation are critically low, humidity has been very low, and warm winds have only made this worse.  The very little rainfall recently has done nothing to help, and fire danger remains very high.

In light of this, CAMPFIRES at DMRPC are extremely hazardous, and should not be used until after we experience meaningful rainfall!  Let us not be the cause of another incident, and another reason to kick us out.

As for the two firemen mentioned above, I knew and had worked with both of them in my career, and don’t want to see that happen again.

SplitHoof, DMRPC # 282

Check the Calendar Page for additional Discipline Match schedules & information.

Carry your membership card and display your Club Vehicle Mirror Hanger ID.
Gate, Range Security and Safety Officers will ask to see your Membership ID Card.

Unauthorized access to Range: Non-members and additional Guests exceeding one(1) per member are in violation of Club Rules AND US Code Title 18> Part 1> Chapter 91> §1863 Trespass on National Forest Lands, which states: "Anyone who sets foot on National Forest Lands when they are closed to the Public can be charged with trespass. The penalties for this include fines and imprisonment for up to six months." If the trespass includes a firearm it may be subject to additional Federal and State "Criminal Trespass" penalties.

Contact a Range Official for more info:

The Desert Marksmen Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc., PO Box 1124, Lancaster, CA 93584