Contributor Guidelines

About the Publication

The Range Report is published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Its intent is to offer information that will help shooting range owners, operators and officers manage ranges in a professional, environmentally sound and economical manner while providing their shooters with an optimum experience. The E-newsletter covers good business practices, community involvement, legislation and other topics of importance to the range administrator.

The monthly publication is distributed to nearly 30,000 readers in the shooting range community.

Opportunities for Freelancers

In addition to the regular departments authored and edited by staff and consultants,The Range Report features articles and photographs contributed by freelancers.

All article proposals should begin with a query to the editor sent to

The query should explain the focus of the proposed article, its significance to The Range Report readership, your credentials relevant to the proposal and an indication of the graphic support you might provide. Features should be aimed at the reader and the goals identified above. The best articles will draw upon the experiences of ranges to illustrate points. Articles must be more than entertaining; they should provide specific suggestions, examples and other information that will benefit the shooting range manager. If an article could, with the change of its lead, appear in other trade publications, it doesn’t belong in The Range Report.

For the return of materials submitted by mail, please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Articles, including complementary graphics, should not be sent to NSSF unless specifically requested by the editor. NSSF is not responsible for the return of, or loss or damage to, any unsolicited articles or photographs or items that may accompany your query.

Format, Payment and Rights

Only assigned articles will be considered. A contributor’s agreement will be sent by the editor, and only upon its completion and return to the editor will an assignment be considered offered and accepted.

Submissions should be sent electronically the address referenced above. An assignment letter will specify desired word length of the main text and sidebars. High-resolution (300 or greater dpi at print size) scans and digital photographs in JPEG, TIF or EPS format should be e-mailed (up to 8 MB total of files). Digital photographs should be sent in their original format, without any cropping or enhancements.

The editor shall request payment for articles and photographs upon his acceptance of the material. NSSF buys nonexclusive, unlimited print and Web rights for the text and one-time rights to the graphics, though those rights include use of the published graphics if the article is reprinted or posted on the Web. Payment for the text of feature articles shall be determined at the time of assignment, but is generally compensated at a one-time fee of $500. Payment for photographs is set at the following one-time fees: $50 to $100, depending on size.

Thank you for your interest in The Range Report.