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A: We shoot on the drill floor of the Armory, but the room where we keep our equipment and hang out is in the basement. Take the stairway on the right down and turn right when you reach the bottom. Sorry, we don't have any signs; we know that's confused some people in the past.

Q: How much does this cost?

A: Earplugs - Free with purchase of ammo. You can also borrow club-owned ear muffs during practice from the basement, or buy your own for $15.
Ammunition - $6.00 / box of 50. This price tends to fluctuate according to market-wide supply and demand, so expect that it might be different when you get to practice. * Price last updated: 1/13/2014
Club dues - $40 / one semester or $70 / the whole year. New members can shoot free for about a week or two while you decide if you want to join, before we ask you to pay dues.
Competition fees - $50/year. Want to compete? This funds your match ammo, banquets, etc.

Q: I've never shot before.

A: Absolutely no experience is necessary! We're more than happy to teach you how to shoot - we do it all the time. Just be sure to ask whenever you have questions!

Q: Do I need my own equipment?

A: Nope! The club can provide firearms, ammo, spotting scopes, targets, eye and ear protection, and everything else you might need. Probably a lot more than you need, actually. All you have to bring is yourself.

Q: Can I bring my own gun to practice with?

A: Yes, but be aware that shooting at the Armory is limited to .22LR ONLY! Please contact us in writing if you wish to bring your own firearm so we can inform you of procedures. We must make you clearly aware of University Policy on firearms prior to any such action.

Q: I have a new (Glock/1911/AR-15/etc) that I'd like to shoot. Can I shoot it in the Armory?

A: Unfortunately not, University policy does not allow the use of any caliber other than .22LR in the armory. However, if you use a .22 LR conversion you may use the firearm in question.

There are several shooting ranges within a reasonable distance of Purdue that allow centerfire firearms. In the meantime, why not come out to the armory and shoot some .22? Nothing improves your big-bore technique like putting a few thousand .22s downrange!

Q: Can I store my firearm(s) in the armory?

We have a dedicated safe for storing members' personal firearms. There are no caliber restrictions on storing firearms, as long as you only shoot .22's in the armory. You'll need to fill out some paperwork and have your firearm inspected by an armorer beforehand, though, so ask for details at practice. You can access your firearm during regular club practice times, or by making an appointment ahead of time with an officer who has keys. We'll try our best to be accommodating, but note that appointments are entirely at our discretion.

Q: What's this "JP" place I keep hearing about?

A: Glad you asked. Jasper-Pulaski is a large public firing range about an hour north of West Lafayette. Once or twice a semester, the club gets together, pulls out all their privately-owned pistols and rifles (of all calibers :-D), and travels up to J-P for a day of informal fun shooting. On average there's four or five times more firearms than people who show up. It's a lot of fun, and a great way to meet other shooters and check out their gear.

If you don't have any guns of your own, don't sweat it! The other members will hook you up. Nobody ever goes wanting for guns to shoot at Jasper-Pulaski, however, they often go home wanting to buy new ones!

Q: What's with these red signs at the doors?

A: "ACTIVE FIRING RANGE. DO NOT ENTER." When these signs are posted, unauthorized persons may not enter the drill floor of the armory for any reason. The men's restroom on the drill floor will be closed and locked; an alternative restroom is available in the basement. The women's restroom may be accessed via the rear stairway from upstairs. Authorized persons are generally restricted to club members having already attended a welcome/safety briefing.

Q: My clip ran out of ammo!

A: Chances are you mean magazine. Yes they are different. To learn the difference please click here.

Q: Do you use assault rifles?

A: Again most people do not know what assault rifles are. To learn the difference click here. No, we as a club do not use/have them.

Q: Can I/Where do I buy ammunition?

A: To buy ammunition for practice, find the officer or member (probably in the basement) who's selling stuff during that practice.

Q: Please forward this product or service advertisement to your members.

A: "No. Please stop asking us this.

Also, here's an advertisement for our next event."

Q: I already know how to shoot/I've already seen your briefing online. I don't need to go through the welcome/safety briefing.

A: The welcome/safety briefing is not optional for anyone, under any circumstances. Without it, you will not be familiar with the club, our rules/fees, and our expectations of you, and you will be unprepared to function safely according to the procedures of our firing range.

Additionally, the personal experience of some of our members suggests that shooters who feel they have nothing to learn from our experienced members, or are somehow otherwise "special," end up being a greater hazard to themselves and those around them than their peers. Humility, and eagerness for learning and safety, are in fact great virtues on a shooting range.

Q: X rule doesn't apply to me.

A: See immediately above. Regardless of your experience, confidence, or any other factors, our rules exist for a reason. Everyone will abide by them, or be removed from the range.

3 Rules:

1. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.

2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

3.Always keep your firearm unloaded until you are ready to shoot.


"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." - Amendment II to the Constitution of the United States of America.