Buffalo Target Shooters Association

Calgary, AB

Range Location, Layout and Description

The BTSA oversees use of range facilities at the APRA Homestead Shooting Facility in Sibbald Flats, Kananaskis.

Location:
Kananaskis, Alberta
Located approximately 60kms west of Calgary

GPS Coordinates to the BTSA Entrance/Gate:
N51o 00′ 14.8″
W114o 46′ 19.4″

Directions:


Homestead Shooting Facility

BTSA Range Configuration

The following information applies to users of the BTSA ranges to ensure the facilities are used appropriately and safely.

Failure to adhere to the designated range configurations and associated range rules may result in temporary or permanent suspension from the Homestead range and/or the BTSA and APRA.

The designations established here apply for general members use of the facilities.  Subject to approval of the BTSA Board of Directors the range designations may be modified for Board approved events, programs, and competitions.

ALL SHOTS MUST GO INTO THE BACKSTOP

The Action Ranges at the Homestead Shooting Facility are composed of the following components;

– Convertible 100/200 metre range (100/200)
– 50 M West
– 50 M East
– The Walking Trail or Jungle Run
– Chrony Bay (C)
 - 25 M East (25M)
 - 270 Bay (35M)

The locations of each facility is marked on the map below, and configurations for each of these ranges is provided below on the diagram.


Note: Range rules and configurations are subject to revision and update. It is the range user’s responsibility to ensure you aware of the current information.

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100/200-meter Rifle Range

  • Default configuration: 200 meter rifle range – with 100 and 200-meter berms.
  • Primary usage: Rifle calibers up to the .338 Lapua template group
  • Secondary usage: All handgun calibers and horizontal shotgun (no aerial targets)

The firing line for this range is to be established at the bottom of the range, by the rows of benches in front of the clubhouse.  There is to be NO shooting from any point along the range, but this firing line.

When using this range, you MUST fire from the designated firing line. You may NEVER move forward and shoot, as this would become a safety issue for the neighboring Walking Trail.

Benches are there for your use, you can move them, but never forward of the firing line. Shooters on the 100/200m range can shoot at either distance, but seat yourselves accordingly so that you line up with the appropriate target and berm. For example, do not shoot at a 200m target from the far-right hand side of the firing line, move to the left side. Shooters in the middle can shoot either distance.

  • From firing line to 22 caliber stand, approximately 25 yds.
  • From firing line to first berm, approximately 105 yds.
  • From firing line to second berm, approximately 225 yds.
BEFORE SHOOTING, ENSURE THERE ARE NO SHOOTERS DOWN RANGE OR BEHIND THE 100 METER BERM. You MUST walk to the back of 100m berm BEFORE shooting to ensure there is no one or no wildlife behind it.

The 100/200 meter range can be configured as either a 100-meter OR a 200-meter rifle range.

There is to be no 100-meter shooting using the top 100-meters of the range, except as required during BTSA-sanctioned events. The Upper half of this range is convertible to a secondary “100m” range only during sanctioned events.

Targets must be placed immediately in front of either the 100 meter or 200 meter berms. You may only place targets immediately in front of either the 100m or 200m berm. Placing them at intermediate distances is not permitted. Targets must be set up so that bullets strike the berms.

ONLY during BTSA sanctioned competitions is this range to be configured as an action range.

All shooters must shoot from the same firing line.

This range is rated to a maximum of .338 Lapua and range usage is primarily for center-fire rifle.

If you wish to shoot any firearm at less than 50 meters, please use the 50 East or West ranges – as long as you are using a firearm which falls within the template for those ranges.

Note: There are gates on the north and south (left and right side) of the 200- meter range, beyond the 100-meter berm, which control use of the access road that crosses the range. These gates are closed and locked unless opened for official club, or event, use.  DO NOT USE THIS ACCESS ROAD IF THE GATES ARE CLOSED.

If you see the "Range Closed" sign, find out why it’s there before using the range (there should be a match director around).

A doghouse with a steel gong will be left in place for members’ use. Do not use steel core rounds on this target. It is intended for hunting or precision rounds only.

Acceptable calibres:

* All rifle calibres up to and including the .338 Lapua template group

* All handgun calibres

* All black powder

* All shotguns, (horizontal only, no aerial targets)

Prohibited calibres:

* NO .50 BMG. No APRA ranges are templated for this round, meaning there is no Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) approval

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50-meter West Range

DO NOT SHOOT ACROSS THE ROAD BETWEEN THE TWO 50-METER RANGES.

Approximately 35 yds. long and 29 yds. wide

  • Primary use: Handguns, all calibers
  • Secondary use: Rifle up to .308 and horizontal shotgun only

The 50-meter west is primarily for handguns but may be used to fire center fire rifles, up to .308.

Targets must be placed immediately in front of the berm. Targets must be set up so that bullets strike the berms and not the range floor or travel through the target and over the berm.

Firing points and firing lines should be paced back from the berms/targets, with all firing points in line with one another (i.e. – shooters should all be at the same distance as one another).

ONLY during BTSA Board sanctioned events, programs and competitions is this range to be configured as an Action Range.  All shooters must shoot from the same firing line.

Acceptable calibres:

* All Rifle Calibres up to and including the .308 Template group.

* All Handgun Calibres

* All black powder

* All shotguns (horizontal only, no aerial targets)

Prohibited calibres:

* .338 Lapua template group

* .50 BMG

Note: There is a gate on the north side of the 50-meter East and West pistol ranges and Jungle run that controls use of the access road that crosses the 100/200m range. This gate is closed and locked unless opened for official club, or event, use.

DO NOT USE THE ACCESS ROAD IF THE GATES ARE CLOSED.

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50-metre East Range

DO NOT SHOOT ACROSS THE ROAD WAY BETWEEN THE TWO 50-METRE RANGES.

Approximately 50 yds. long, and 27 yds. wide

  • Primary use: Handguns, all calibres
  • Secondary use: Rifle calibers up to and including the .308 Template group.

The 50-meter East is primarily for handguns, if you are shooting rifle you should use the 200 meter rifle range, or 50-meter west range.

Firing points and firing lines should be paced back from the berms/targets, with all firing points in line with one another (i.e. – shooters should all be at the same distance as one another).

ONLY during BTSA Board sanctioned events, programs and competitions is this range to be configured as an Action Range.  All shooters must shoot from the same firing line.

Note: There is a gate on the north side of the 50-meter East and West pistol ranges and Walking Trail / Jungle Run that controls use of the access road that crosses the 100/200m range. This gate is closed and locked unless opened for official club, or event, use.

Targets must be set up so that bullets strike the berms and not the range floor or travel through the target and over the berm.

Acceptable calibres:

* All Rifle calibres up to and including the .308 Template group.

* All handgun calibres

* All black powder

* All shotguns (horizontal only, no aerial targets)

Prohibited calibres:

* .338 Lapua template group

* .50 BMG

DO NOT USE THE ACCESS ROAD IF THE GATES ARE CLOSED.

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Walking Trail / Jungle Run

This range is closed and not to be used except for club sanctioned events and matches. Members and guests found using this range without authorization will be subject to disciplinary action.

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Chrony Bay

There is a small chronograph bay (5m long) for load-testing, located along the road leading up to the 50 Meter East and West Ranges and Jungle Run.

Allowable usage: All handgun calibers

This chrony bay will allow handgun users to work up loads for their firearms.

Users should check for large stones in the berm at the end of the chrony bay and remove them prior to firing to ensure they are shooting into soft earth.

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25-metre East Range

Approximately 25 yds. long and 20 yds. wide

  • Primary use: Handguns, all calibers, rimfire pistols and rifles, pistol calibre carbines

The 25-meter East is for handguns, rimfire pistols and rifles, and pistol calibre carbines.

Targets must be placed immediately in front of the berm. Be wary of target placement. Place targets so bullets strike the large western berm.

Firing points and firing lines should be paced back from the berms/targets, with all firing points in line with one another (i.e. – shooters should all be at the same distance as one another).

Acceptable calibres:

* All pistol calibres up to .357 Magnum, including .44 Magnum & .45 ACP

* All black powder

Prohibited calibres:

* centrefire rifles and shotguns (except as authorized during club sanctioned events and competitions).


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270 Range

Approximately 28 yds. wide and 32 yds. long.

  • Primary use: Handguns, all calibers
  • Secondary use: Rifle up to .308 and horizontal shotgun only

Targets may be placed approximately 270 degrees around the perimeter of the bay. Targets must be set up so that bullets strike the berms and not the range floor or travel through the target and over the berm.

Acceptable calibres:

* All rifle calibres up to and including the .308 template group.

* Pistol calibers up to .357 Magnum template group including 9mm, .44 Magnum, .45 ACP

* All black powder

* All shotguns (horizontal only, no aerial targets)

Prohibited calibres:

* .338 Lapua template group

* .50 BMG

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Buffalo Target Shooters Association
PO Box 394
300, 8120 Beddington Blvd NW
Calgary Alberta T3K 2A8

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