Range Rules and Regulations

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OISC has gone to considerable lengths to ensure that the highest levels of safety are maintained on it’s ranges. This includes Range Design, Operating Procedures, Specific Range Rules, Safety Briefings, and the presence of Range Safety Officers (RSO) or Range Masters (RM) at all active ranges.

Key and essential to overall safety is the authority of the Range Safety Officer or Range Master to suspend shooting at any time for any reason he or she deems necessary. The Range Safety Officer or Range Master also has the absolute authority to suspend shooting privileges for individuals who do not conform to the Operating Procedures or to established Safety Protocols.  Such individuals will be required to leave the grounds immediately. Their expulsion will be subject to review by the Executive Committee which has the authority to restore shooting privileges; or, to invoke the permanent loss of privileges and membership.

Please take a moment to read the following Rules and Procedures.

RANGE RULES

GENERAL: Live firing conducted at the Orcas Island Sportsmen Club Range Complex is designed to provide authorized personnel access to a facility where they can become proficient with pre-approved firearms.

FACILITIES FOR USE: Range availability is determined by designated hours of operation, by range availability, and by the availability of a Range Safety Officer.

 

RANGE LIMITATIONS AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
Participants in live fire events will:
a. Sign a Public Shooter Waiver Form, prior to the use of any range.
b. Fire only on scheduled ranges with a RSO/RM present.
c. Fire only pre-authorized firearms and ammunition.
d. Use appropriate eye and ear protection on all ranges.
e. Be made fully aware that a “Cease Fire” may be called by anyone at any time an unsafe condition exists on any range.
f. Police all brass, paper and other debris that accumulates on the range only after completing that particular shooting event. Dispose of all material in the appropriate containers.
g. Any range infractions that resulted in a shooters loss of privilege will be reported to the Executive Committee by the RSO/RM.

PROHIBITED FIREARMS: Fully automatic firearms are strictly prohibited.

AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL:
The following persons are allowed to utilize the Club facilities:
a. Current members of the Orcas Island Sportsmen Club. The requirement for a Public Shooters Waiver Form applies to all club members.
b. Non-members and invited guests of members, after having signed the appropriate Public Shooters Waiver Form.

PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIES:
a. Range Safety Officer/Range Master will ensure that:
(1.) Each RSO/RM understands and can execute live-fire procedures. Live fire must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the applicable Specific Range Rules.
(2.) Each RSO/RM knows it is his or her responsibility to determine the reason for a “cease fire” being called; and that the RSO/RM alone determines if or when firing may resume.
(3.) Each RSO/RM knows that he or she may, at any time on any range, inspect the firearm or ammunition being utilized by the shooter.
(4.) Any person wanting to function as a Range Safety Officer/Range Master must first be recommended by the Range Safety Committee and approved by the Executive Committee.
b. Club Range Safety Officers/Range Masters will ensure that:
(1.) Range Inspections are completed prior to any scheduled shooting event.
(2.) All shooters have completed the applicable Public Shooters Waiver Form.
(3.) The firearm and ammunition to be utilized is appropriate to the event and the range.
(4.) A thorough range safety briefing is presented in accordance Club Procedures and the appropriate Specific Range Rules.
c. Sportsmen Club members are responsible for:
(1.) Signing in on the scheduled range.
(2.) Conducting themselves in an orderly manner at all times and reminding their guests, as necessary, to do the same.
(3.) Maintaining positive control of their firearms and ammunition.
(4.) Ensuring that any firearms out of their respective cases are clear and made to show safe.
(5.) Loading their firearms on the firing line only after the RSO/RM has given the command to load.
(6.) Pointing their firearms at nothing whatever other than authorized targets.
(7.) Loudly giving the “cease fire” command in the event they perceive an unsafe condition.
(8.) Immediately obeying any commands from the RSO/RM.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:
Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all times on all ranges and may not be consumed unless that person has declared his or her intention to not participate in any further shooting activity.

MEDICAL SUPPORT:
In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 immediately and initiate Emergency Procedures in accordance with Appendix 5 of the Standard Operating Procedures Manual. Upon arrival of the Emergency Response Personnel, the RSO/RM will commence filling out the Injury Report Form (Appendix 6 in the Standard Operating Procedures Manual)

SMALL CALIBER RIFLE AND PISTOL RANGE RULES

Aerial View

Aerial View

  1. Commands that will be or could be given on this range will be fully explained; and it is imperative that all shooters understand that range commands must be obeyed immediately.
  2. All targets must be in target holders provided by the club. Short Target Holders MUST be used for all shooting positions at 50 yards. Standing or Bench Rest shooting at 25 yards MUST use Tall Target Holders. All other shooting disciplines at either 25 yards or 50 yards will be on Short Target Holders. This includes Kneeling, Sitting and Prone. All targets must be Board approved.
  3. No person is allowed forward of the firing line unless a cease fire has been called, the range is clear and the RSO/RM has given permission.
  4. All shooters must wear eye and ear protection; and, spectators must wear hearing protection.
  5. When given the command to load, keep the firearm pointed downrange in a safe direction.
  6. Loaded firearms must be under the control of the shooter at all times with the muzzle pointed downrange.
  7. During a general ceasefire or at the end of any shooting event, all firearms will be unloaded with their magazines removed, actions open and the firearm grounded. Shooters will then step back and remain behind the ready line.
  8. Holstered firearms are strictly prohibited.
  9. Centerfire Magnum loads are not permitted at any time for any reason.
  10. In the event of a misfire, keep the firearm pointed downrange for a minimum of 30 seconds prior to opening the breach. In the event of a squib fire, do not attempt to again fire the gun until the barrel is clear.
  11. Range Safety Officers and Range Masters have total discretion regarding the use of any and all ammunition and firearms.

LARGE CALIBER RIFLE RANGE RULES

Through the tube!

Through the tube!

  1. Commands that will or could be given on this range will be fully explained; and it is imperative that all shooters understand that range commands must be obeyed immediately.
  2. All targets must be in target holders provided by the club. Shooting at anything other than paper targets is prohibited.
  3. Double hearing protection is mandatory; therefore, all shooters will wear earplugs and earmuffs as well as eye protection. Spectators must wear plugs or muffs.
  4. No person is allowed forward of the firing line unless a cease fire has been called, the range is clear and the RSO/RM has given permission
  5. All rifles must be bore sighted, using club instruments, prior to any live fire.
  6. When loading, keep the rifle positioned in the center of the tube with the muzzle forward of the shooting port. Muzzle loaders may be loaded outside the tube but the cap may not be inserted prior to having the muzzle forward of the shooting port.
  7. During a general ceasefire or at the end of any shooting event, all rifles are to be unloaded, actions open and made to show safe.
  8. Incendiary, armor piercing, tracer or explosive ammunition is strictly prohibited.
  9. In the event of a misfire, keep the rifle pointed downrange for a minimum of 30 seconds prior to opening the breach. In the event of a squib fire, do not attempt to again fire the gun until the barrel is clear.
  10. Range Safety Officers and Range Masters have total discretion regarding the use of any and all ammunition and firearms.

SHOTGUN  RANGE RULES

Aerial View

Aerial View

  1. Commands that will be or could be given of this range will be fully explained; and, it is imperative that all shooters understand that range commands must be obeyed immediately.
  2.  Shotguns only will be permitted of these ranges. Older guns having Damascus twist steel barrels are prohibited.
  3. Ammunition that may be used on these ranges is limited to factory target loads that do not exceed 3 drams and 1 1/8 ounces of number 7½ shot. Hand loads may not exceed a velocity greater than 1200 feet per second.
  4. All shooters will wear eye and ear protection. Spectators will also wear ear protection unless they are sufficiently far removed from the firing lines.
  5. No person is allowed forward of the firing line unless a cease fire has been called, the range is clear and the RSO/RM has given permission.
  6. Shotguns must be kept unloaded with the actions open at all times except when on a firing station of the firing line. Loading is performed only when it is the shooters turn to shoot. Break action guns may be closed for storage on a gun rack, but must be immediately opened upon removal from the rack.
  7. All shotguns must be opened and unloaded immediately following shooting and before advancing to the next shooting station or leaving the firing line.
  8. Only one shot-shell may be loaded at a time unless the specific shooting event requires more that one round to be loaded; and hulls may not be retrieved until after the round is completed.
  9. In the event of a misfire, keep the firearm pointed downrange for a minimum of 30 seconds prior to opening the breach. In the event of a squib fire, do not attempt to again fire the gun until the barrel is clear.
  10. Range Safety Officers and Range Masters have total discretion regarding any and all ammunition and firearms.