Closing Early On Halloween

HALLOW every Goblin and Ghost!

On 31 Oct, Ricochet Range will be closing for normal business at 6pm and transforming into a Curbside Trick-or-Treat. That night the last call for the range will be 5pm. Hope to see you all here for some treats.

Fall League

Ladies and Gentle-humans, it’s that time again to start thinking about signing up for Ricochet Range’s Top Shots Shooting League. This Year’s Fall League will be a little different than last year. This Fall we will not only have our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes at the end, but we will also have weekly top shot prizes as well!

For the Fall Time League there will be up to 10 members. The final Top Shot League prize will be a combined score from all weeks effort.

The Fall League will last for 7 weeks. The league will meet every week to complete 7 challenging courses of fire. Each course of fire will test your abilities! Ranging from shooting with one hand, firing at moving targets, reloading drills, and more.

We will not have small and large caliber divisions for this league. You will be allowed to switch your firearm up or down one caliber from week to week if you choose to do so.

Entry Fees and Times
  • Registration
    • Start of Registration/Sign up:
      • Srping Shooting League Top Three: 1 Sep 2021
      • Steel/Founders/Active RSOs: 8 Sep 2021
      • All Others: 15 Sep 2021
    • Registration fee is $25 and will secure your slot until your league fee is due. This fee is non-refundable. Should your league fee not be paid in full by 7:30pm on 27 Oct 21, you will loose your slot and it will be given to another Team on standby (if any). Team Registration fees will be refunded if the minimum number of league members are not met.
  • League fee: $100 per person ($125 with registration fee)
    • Membership Discounts:
      • Steel/Founders/RSOs $50 discount
Rules
  • All league fees are NON REFUNDABLE after the League Starting Date.
  • Ten league members (five minimum).
  • Each league member must be 18 years of age
  • The league season will last seven weeks and each week’s course of fire gets progressively harder. The league will be extended to allow for anticipated engagements during the holiday season. Date adjustments will be made available before the season starts. 
  • The first shooting night will be held on 27 Oct 2021 @ 7:30pm
  • League meetings will be held on Wednesday nights and meet at 7:30pm shooting starts at 7:45 pm
  • Each league night, one person will occupy one lane at a time. If a member can not show, the absent member will receive the same score of the lowest member for that week minus one (1) point. Exception if it is coordinated with the league leader at least 24 hours prior to that meeting night.
  • One alibi shoot per week for firearm malfunctions allowed per league member. League members must maintain their own firearms and may swap firearms if their firearm fully fails or has more than three (3) malfunctions in one course of fire. If this is required, the member will only get one alibi. One alibi is considered one full string of fire.
  • Each week the division will complete one course of fire which consists of individual strings of fire.
  • Scores will be posted every week on the website.
Required Items

Well maintained handgun, no single action revolvers, and no optics. Iron sights only. (two points of alignment on the firearm)
350 rounds, 50 per week (no steel ammo)
Two (2) magazines (by shooting week 5)
Closed toed shoes
Signed waiver on file specific to the shooting league.

Prizes

First Place Prizes

  • 8-10 members:
  • 5-7 Teams:
    • Heritage Rough Rider 22LR Revolver and 100 Rounds of 22LR Ammo

Second Place Prize:

  • 8-10 members:
    • Lead Single Memberships for One Year.
  • 5-7 members:
    • Lead Single Memberships for 6 Months

Note: These memberships are not transferrable


Third Place Prize : Free class. This may also be applied to a service related task such as firearm cleaning, an hour of gunsmithing, etc…


CWP Law Changes

Open Carry With Training Act

On 17 May 2021 the South Carolina Governor has signed H3094 named “OPEN CARRY WITH TRAINING ACT”. Though this change removes the restriction of the use of open carrying a holstered firearm, the legislation body has a caveat. You may only carry an openly holstered firearm provided you have either a South Carolina CWP or a resident CWP with a state that has reciprocity.

If you have taken the class before 15 August 2021 but have not yet submitted:

If you have an instructor/student checklist dated “09-28-17” at the bottom of the form, you must submit your documentation on or before 14 August 2021.

If you have instructor/student checklist dated “5/25/2021” at the bottom of the form, you can either submit or before 14 August 2021and pay the $50 application fee (if required), or you will be required by SLED to take an updated class and complete the course of fire again to meet the updated training requirements .

If you have taken the class on or after 15 August 2021:

You must have an instructor/student checklist dated “5/25/2021” and will not be required to pay an application fee.

NEW LAWS AND CHANGES TAKE EFFECT ON 15 AUGUST 2021

Changes to SC Laws as they pertain to individuals carrying:

  • Provided you have a valid SC CWP or a resident CWP with a reciprocal state, you may either open carry or conceal carry.
  • Legally posted signs stating you may not conceal carry, also applies to open carry.
  • CWP training will also include the requirement of Securing your firearm in your holster, carrying a firearm “cocked and locked”(their words, not ours), responding to someone who attempts to take your holstered firearm, and deescalation techniques (which Ricochet Range already teaches).
  • During a rally, protest, fair, parade, festival, or organized event, the person or entity hosting the event must post signs allowing or prohibiting open carry. A law enforcement agency may not confiscate a firearm or ammunition during these events unless a lawful arrest is warranted.
  • The Attorney General and assistant attorneys no longer require a CWP to carry concealed
  • No longer a fee for processing the application from SLED (currently $50)

Please note, as the CWP holder, it is your responsibility to be current with the laws. Although we have provided you the above overview, please click the button below to read the full text.

One Year Later

365 days ago we started putting the finishing touches on what you see today. Though we did a lot of work ourselves, we cannot forget all the hard work from those who hammered, drilled, poured, and wielded. Please take a few minutes and see all the companies and contractors that made our range great.

Kirk Commercial
Action Target
Square It Up Roofing
Elvira Steel
Palmetto Air And Chiller
Heins Electric
Miller And Sons Plumbing
Glassco Drywall
Heritage Roofing
Chapin Concrete
Hazen Masonry
Smith and Sons Painters
Lawn Solutions

Why We Check Ammo

Members of Ricochet Range, we have had a lot of people coming through the range who have been bringing in steel core rounds. Since we have a standard way of conducting these checks using a strong magnet, many new customers have been placing these damaging rounds under non-steel component rounds in pre-filled magazines to bypass these checks. Because of this, please understand we are having everyone empty their pre-filled magazines from this point forward to conduct an accurate check.

Why we do not allow steel core rounds: Steel core rifle rounds travel with enough energy to go through the backstop. Regardless, if you are firing handgun, rifle, or shotgun rounds with steel components it can cause sparks downrange. Since unburnt gunpowder settles on the concrete floor and sparks cause fire, steel component rounds are not and will not be allowed on the range (regardless of your intent to not fire them, we will ask you to remove them from the range completely)

Q: I have steel cased rounds but the projectiles do not contain steel. Can I use them?

A: No you cannot. Two reasons, if we cannot check the projectile, we do not allow the round. Secondly, if a steel case is down range, it has a chance of being hit and thus causing a spark.

What will happen to those who are caught with steel or any non approved rounds?

  1. You will be removed from the range.
  2. You forfeit your right to a refund for any fees paid and are responsible for any fees due up to that point.
  3. If it has caused any damage to our equipment or building, you will be held financially liable.
  4. St. Peter will be forwarded an email and you might be denied gate access…….

JM4 Tactical Holsters

Jm4 Tactical Holsters are now at Ricochet Range! These are magnetic leather holsters that are super convenient and very versatile all while made in the USA. No belt? No problem! These holsters can fit any style pants. Come to the range and see the amazing colors in person and what these holsters can do.

Navigating the CWP

SC Concealed Weapon Permit and What You Need to Know

So you are thinking the time is now but the South Carolina permit application process seems complicated. Take a breath and relax… it’s not. Let’s start with the basics.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be 21 at the time of submission of your application.
  • Must legally be ALLOWED to own a firearm (you do not actually need to own one though. We can help with that).
  • Must have successfully completed the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Course by a SLED certified instructor (not the online scams you see popping up on Facebook).
  • If required, successfully complete the SLED course of fire in the presence of a SLED certified instructor.
  • Submit all required items to SLED (your instructor will go over this with you during your class).
  • Must be a South Carolina Resident, certified non-resident (own property), or military member on PCS orders.

Steps for getting your permit:

Sign up for a class:

Find an instructor in your area. Each instructor brings their unique teaching style to the table. Not all instructors are created equal. Do your research and do not pick one to teach you just because they are cheap. Find a reputable instructor based on the quality of their instruction and ability to articulate the law so you have a clear understanding of it.  After all, if you are forced to use deadly force, it is YOU that must explain your actions to the law enforcement officer, not the instructor who signed your paperwork.

Firearm selection for class:

Find, borrow, or rent a firearm that is easy to use for the course of fire.  The firearm you use for the course does not have to be the one you carry after you receive your permit. If you use a 22LR for the class, you can still carry your favorite 45 long colt.  The course consists of 50 rounds and DOES require you to draw from a holster. It is highly advisable that you practice with the firearm or one similar to it prior to your class start.  Many instructors will not go over pistol basics prior to completing the course of fire, but the good ones will.

It is also worth mentioning that if an instructor is stripped of their credentials because they are not conducting the course correctly, all of their students could have their permits revoked. Do not take your course from those who will just sign your documents and take your money. Under the law, you could also be held responsible, charged with a crime, and fined.

Fingerprints and Documents:

It is advisable that you DO NOT get your fingerprints rolled by your instructor. Ricochet Range instructors highly advise you get your fingerprints digitally rolled through IDENTOGO after completing your course.  This will ensure there are no issues with your prints because they either got lost or smudged in the mail. Upon completion of your course, you will be given signed documents by your instructor. DO NOT LOSE THEM.

Submitting Your Documents

NOT RECOMMENDED METHOD – If submitting your documents by mail, you will need the following:

  • Completed application (signed by you and your instructor)
  • Instructor/Student Checklist (signed by your instructor)
  • Front and back color copy of your state issued ID or Drivers License 
  • $50 money order (purchased at Walmart of and banking institution) (not required if you are a disabled veteran)
  • Two, good quality, complete sets of fingerprints (if they are badly rolled or smudged, it will delay your application process)

RECOMMENDED METHOD – Submitting your required documents though IDENTOGO. You will make this appointment after completing your class. You will pay for the State required $50 application fee through a secure online portal while making your appointment. This ensures the fee is not lost in the mail and is one less thing to worry about. Once at your appointment, the technician will scan your documents given to you by your instructor and digitally roll your fingerprints as required by law to process your application. Prior to arriving at your appointment, ensure you have the following:

  • Completed application (signed by you and your instructor)
  • Instructor/Student Checklist (signed by your instructor)
  • Your state issued ID or Drivers License 

After submitting your documents, whether it be digitally or snail mail, SLED has up to 90 business days to process your application and send you back either a determination letter or your permit itself.

Final Thoughts

Ricochet Range in Sumter is here to help. If at any point you feel you need further help whether you were one of our students or not, we will answer any questions you may have.

Front Sight, Front Sight, Front Sight

Want to up your skills at home or when on the road, we have just what you need for dry fire training. Ricochet Range is now stocking the Mantis X systems in our store. Attach this little guy to any firearm or bow and take your fundamentals to the next level. This thing is like a range buddy that is brutally honest about your shooting.

https://mantisx.com/collections/all-items/products/mantis-x10-elite

Take A Class!

Ricochet Range is offering three CWP classes a week! With the capabilities to instruct and qualify on site, we have started to open more classes each month. Please click the link below to go to the scheduling portion of our site.

Not Just A Range

We have a fully stocked retail space with new product everyday. Cant find something you want, ask us to special order for you. You won’t even pay for shipping.

Dene Adams

Dene Adams holsters are some of the greatest concealed options for women of all sizes.

Nova Concealment

Carolina made product, Nova holsters are on our shelves.

Everyone Needs Lead Therapy

When was the last time you came to a range when you did not have to wear a rain jacket, freeze during the winter, or sweet in the summer? Come on down to Ricochet Range and see what you have been missing.

Shooting skills are perishable. The less you train, the more you forget. Please see a simple list of skills below to remember.

Stance

Good stance leads to more stability and better mobility. Ancient Egyptians had it right, you start with a good platform and build from there.

Grip

Hold the handgun high up on the grip so that the recoil is directed back to the hand and arm in a straight line. This allows faster repeat shots and more accurate shooting. Keep both thumbs on the same side.

Sight Alignment

Sight alignment is the alignment of the shooters eye, rear sight, and front sight.

Sight Picture

Center the front sight between the rear site and align the tops to be in align with each other. Finally, focus on the front sight so the rear sight and target appear blurry.

Finger Placement

The trigger finger should be placed on the trigger in-between the tip of the finger and the first bend.
Place the finger on the lowest point of the trigger to allow for the maximum pull with the least resistance.

Squeeze

Should be a controlled squeeze to the rear without disturbing the sight alignment/picture.