This is an illustration
of two basic stages that a shooter might
encounter. The Targets are usually steel plates that are slanted so bullets
ricochet into the ground.
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The black targets are represent revolver targets
The gray targets represent shotgun targets
The red targets represent rifle targets
The horizontal red line represents the firing
line. No one should be downrange from the firing line at any time unless
proper safety procedures are followed.
The vertical red broken line represents an
imaginary dividing line between stages. Two stages are illustrated here,
but there may be several more stages set up along the firing line.
The brown area in the back represents a bullet
stop. This is usually an earthen berm or the side of a hill.
The gray tables represent loading tables.
Someone is assigned to watch the loading table to verify that guns are
loaded correctly for each stage.
The red tables represent the firing position.
Instead of tables, there may be various types of props built from which
to shoot to create an "Old West" feel. A corral fence, an outhouse, a window
in a wall, a doorway, etc.
The blue tables represent unloading tables.
Someone is also assigned to the unloading table to verify that all guns
have been cleared before the shooter leaves the firing line. Loaded guns
are ONLY allowed on the firing line.