WCTC Firing Range
This indoor firing range and training facility was designed and built for the purpose of training law enforcement officers. Law enforcement training will always have priority over all other functions of this facility. Open to the Public hours may be canceled or modified to accommodate law enforcement training.
Hours of Operation
The facility will be open to the public during the following days/times:
- Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The facility will be open to Law Enforcement only during the following days/times:
- Monday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Civilian user fees are as follows:
- $45 application fee
- $15 annual fee due on or before user's initial anniversary date
- $20 per 55 minute visit with a 55 minute visit minimum
- All visits are in 55 minute increments, no partial increments
Law enforcement contract
- $350.00 for 8 hours
- $175.00 for 4 hours
Safety glasses and hearing protection are required to be in place before you enter the live fire range. Eye protection with an ANSI Z87 or higher rating is required for all WCTC staff and is highly recommended for all members and law enforcement agencies having a signed range rental agreement.
Muff style hearing protectors are required for all users. Muffs with a noise reduction rating, (NRR), of 30 decibels or higher are required for all WCTC staff in addition to ear plugs and are highly recommended for all members and law enforcement agencies having a signed range rental agreement. A combination of ear muffs and ear plugs provides the most protection and is recommended.
- Members may fire handguns of the following listed calibers only: 22, 25, 32, 380, 9mm, 38, 357, 40, 45 and 44
- Handguns chambered in rifle cartridges are not allowed.
- Members may not fire fully automatic weapons
- Members may not fire long guns
WCTC maintains the right to determine which ammunition may be used on its range and deny the use of any ammunition it deems unsafe for any reason.
- New factory ball ammunition
- New factory copper jacketed hollow point ammunition
- New factory sub-sonic ammunition
- Reloaded ammunition
- Tracer ammunition
- Armor-piercing ammunition
- Incendiary ammunition
- Explosive ammunition
- Chemical ammunition
- Wad-cutter ammunition
- Black powder ammunition
- Less than lethal ammunition
- Steel cased ammunition
- Birdshot ammunition
- Aluminum cased ammunition
- Frangible ammunition
This required Safety Briefing will clearly state the rules that apply to each and every user of this range helping to ensure a safe environment for all. The Safety Briefing consists of a short video and the required reading of this handout. In addition, WCTC has highly trained experienced instructors, offers a variety of classes at different skill levels, and encourages you to experience all we have to offer in safe gun handling and use.
Before you experience the exciting sport of firearms shooting we need cover the rules and responsibilities of safe gun handling. These rules apply to all shooters and help to ensure a safe environment for all. All persons using the WCTC Indoor Firing Range and Training Facility must strictly follow the below stated rules of safety. A copy of these safety rules are available at our customer service counter and online at www.wctc.edu/firing-range.
Follow the cardinal rules of firearm safety. Your cooperation in following these four safety rules at all times will ensure a safe training environment.
- Rule number 1: Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
A Firearm can be an actual working gun loaded or unloaded, an actual gun that is not in working condition, a training aid or a plastic replica. All are always handled as if they were real and loaded. Our brains remember through repetition. We want to repeat safe gun handling to train our brain to remember proper gun safety and avoid any errors.
- Rule number 2: Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
Many people ignore this rule when they think their firearm is unloaded and that is an accident or tragedy waiting to happen. Bullets destroy what they hit. Treat all firearms as if they were loaded at all times. Know where the muzzle of your firearm is pointed and make sure it is not pointed at anything you do not intend to shoot.
- Rule number 3: Keep your finger off the trigger and away from the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
A trigger must be pressed in order for a firearm to discharge. By keeping your trigger finger straight and high above the trigger where the slide and frame meet or the cylinder and frame meet you will reduce the chance of an accidental discharge.
- Rule number 4: Know your target and what is beyond your target.
Every shooter is responsible for every round they fire. If there is any doubt as to your target or what is beyond your target, don’t fire. Following this rule will protect bystanders from injury and you from potential civil and criminal liabilities.
- No food, beverage, or tobacco product of any kind is allowed in the live fire range and cosmetics may not be applied while in the live fire range.
- Do not handle your firearm in the building or on the grounds of the Waukesha County Technical College’s Indoor Firing Range and Training Facility except inside your assigned shooting lane in the live fire range. Firearms should be uncased or removed from the holster only at the firing line bench in your lane under supervision of a WCTC staff member or designated department employee for police departments having a signed range rental agreement. Keep your firearms muzzle pointed down range at all times.
All firearms and ammunition must be inspected before use by a WCTC staff member or designated department employee for police departments having a signed range rental agreement. The inspection will assist in making sure the firearm is in safe operating condition and the correct ammunition is being used.
- Users are permitted to use new factory ball, copper jacketed and sub-sonic ammunition only. We do not allow reloaded, tracer, armor piercing, incendiary, chemical, wad-cutter, black powder, less than lethal, steel cased, aluminum cased, frangible or bird shot ammunition. This is to protect all members from ricochets, possible damage to your firearm and breakdown of range equipment.
- Fire only at your designated target, no cross-lane firing is allowed. Police departments having a signed range rental agreement are exempt from this rule.
- No one is ever allowed forward of the shooting lane benches for any reason during range operation. Police departments having a signed range rental agreement are exempt from this rule.
- Only targets approved and sold by Waukesha County Technical College Indoor Firing Range and Training Facility may be used. Police departments having a signed range rental agreement may supply their own targets.
- Never use or be under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, including prescription, over the counter and illegal drugs before or during shooting activities. When under the influence of a drug to any extent, the decision making process is greatly diminished and puts everyone at risk.
- Holster work is not allowed at the Waukesha County Technical College and Indoor Range Training Facility at any time. Drawing your firearm from a holster greatly increases the risk of an accident to yourself and all others using the range. Police departments having a signed range rental agreement are exempt from this rule.
- All verbal instructions issued by Waukesha County Technical College Indoor Range and Training Facility Staff members or designated department employee for police departments having a signed range rental agreement must be followed immediately. Safety is our first and foremost concern and our staff is here to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
- Immediately stop firing, put down your firearm and back away from the shooting booth if you hear anyone call “CEASE FIRE” or you hear the “CEASE FIRE” ALARM HORN.
- Immediately call a “CEASE FIRE” if you observe an unsafe act or believe there could be one. Anybody on the range can call a “CEASE FIRE”.
- When it becomes necessary for authorized personnel to go downrange or in front of the firing line, all weapons will be unloaded, cylinder open or action locked open and laid down with the barrel pointed down range. All shooters will step back away from their weapons. Police departments having a signed range rental agreement may allow their officers in training to holster their weapons and step back away from their lane bench. A WCTC staff member or designated department employee for police departments having a signed range rental agreement must issue the command “The Line Is Clear” before anyone may move in front of the firing line.
- Never fire a succeeding round following the malfunction of a cartridge until the barrel has been examined by a WCTC employee or designated department employee for police departments having a signed range rental agreement to ascertain whether a bullet is lodged in the barrel.
- Use only one firearm at a time. When finished, unload and case that firearm before uncasing another firearm.
- Upon completion of all shooting activity, weapons must be inspected by a WCTC staff member or designated department employee for police departments having a signed range rental agreement and then holstered or returned to the user’s gun case. The inspection will assist in making sure the firearm is safe.
- Report any incident or injuries to a WCTC employee or designated department employee for police departments having a signed range rental agreement immediately!
Any inappropriate conduct not associated with safe range operation or that is morally or ethically improper will result in immediate termination of range usage. Inappropriate conduct is determined at the sole discretion of WCTC employees and their ruling is final.