You must read this and comply with these requirements. This is a combination of the NRA/MOD rules and those specific to HWDRPC.
- The Chief Range Officer (CRO) is in overall control of all areas, including the butts, whilst the range is signed over to him/her.
- Only those in possession of a current NRA/MOD Safety Certification Card (SCC) may shoot unsupervised. All others must be supervised by a SCC holder acting as Range Officer/Safety Officer (RO) on a one-on-one basis.
- No shots to be fired prior to the RCO giving permission for shooting to commence, and none to be fired after the order to stop shooting has been given.
- Unless in a slip or case all firearms must be visibly safe by fitting a breach flag. If a breach flag is not available or not possible then in the case of a bolt action the bolt must be removed. In all other cases see the CRO for assistance.
- Firearms must only be loaded when on the firing point, pointing at your target and with the permission of the RCO.
- All firearms must be cleared by the RCO before a breach flag is fitted and before removing them from the firing point. Until such time as the firearm is cleared it should be kept pointing downrange at the target.
- All firearms must be sighted in by an approved NRA method before shooting on the range.
- No sighting of firearms even when unloaded other than on the firing point and with the permission of the RCO.
- No HME capable rifles/ammunition to be used without prior approval of the CRO.
- All home loads need to be declared to the CRO who may require them to be chronographed to ensure compliance with non HME and HME limits. Ensure you know your bullet weights to allow muzzle energy to be calculated.
- Energy limits
- The maximum muzzle energy for non HME ammunition is 4500 J (3319 ft lb) and HME maximum muzzle energy up to 7000 J (5160 ft lb)
- The maximum muzzle velocity for all ammunition is 1000 m/s (3280 ft/s)
- The Short Siberia range is NOT a No Danger Area range therefore no bullet must pass over the backstop, thus from the time of closing the bolt/action on a live round until the bolt/action is opened the firearm must be pointed down range with no elevation of more than 4 degrees or 70mils. Note that most rifles using a bipod will be elevated above this limit so should not have a live round chambered until in the shoulder and pointing at the target.Carrying of firearms from storage area to firing point must be done barrel up and never with a finger/s near or in the trigger guard.
- Carrying of firearms from storage area to firing point must be done barrel up and never with a finger/s near or in the trigger guard.
- All Shooting must be prone or from the back position (supine). Shooting from a standing, sitting or kneeling position is not permitted.
- Only Rifles or Gallery Rifles permitted. No Long/Short Barrelled Pistols or shotguns without permission of the CRO.
- No Muzzle Breaks without permission of the CRO.
- Ear protection is mandatory when on or near the firing point and when in the Butts.
- Eye protection is recommended but not mandatory.
- Alcohol: No consumption of alcohol prior to or during shooting permitted.
- Drugs: Anyone under the influence of drugs will not be permitted to shoot
- Safety angles:
- Horizontal : a loaded firearm must at at all times point no further left or right of the assigned target than 11.25 degrees (200 mils), approximately six targets widths. Greater than this and you could be aiming at shooters in front of you!
- Vertical: a loaded firearm must at all times point no further vertical than 4 degrees (70 mils) from the horizontal. Greater than this and you could fire over the sand bank and into the local villages!
- A shooter who points a loaded firearm outside these limits will be considered to be acting in a dangerous manner.
- Misfires: If ammunition fails to fire the safe misfire procedure must be followed (see below). The failed ammunition must be shown to the RCO/CRO and either taken home for safe disposal (if you hold an FAC with that category of ammunition on it) or handed in to the NRA Range Office for disposal.
- At Bisley a siren is used to signal when shooting is permitted to start and when it ends.
- One blast – shooting may commence, though you must still wait for the RCO to give you permission to shoot during HWDRPC competitions.
- Two Blasts – normal end of shooting, no more shots to be fired.
- Four or more blasts – emergency stop, all shooting must immediately cease. If during the normal course of shooting you hear any siren blasts assume it is an emergency stop even if you only hear one as you may have missed the others.
- It is the shooter’s responsibility to ensure any firearm used is in a safe working order.
- No one (member or not) under the age of 14 can shoot without consent of the CRO who has to seek permission from the NRA in advance of the meeting.
CRO: Chief Range Conducting Officer. Responsible for the conduct of everyone on the range. This will be the same person for the entire day.
RCO: Range Conducting Officer. Gives commands on the firing point and is responsible for safe conduct at the firing point. Reports to the CRO and may change throughout the day.
RO: Range Officer. (Also known as a safety officer). Gives assistance to a shooter on the firing point and supervises shooters without a current SCC . Reports to the RCO.
SCC: Shooter Certification Card. Issued either by the Club Chairman or the NRA and must be current and cover the firearm type to be used (eg. Scoped Rifle, Iron Sighted rifle, HME etc.).
HME: High Muzzle Energy. Any firearm/ammunition combination producing muzzle energy above 4500 J (3319 ft lb).
If on pulling the trigger the round does not fire the following procedure must be followed:
- Keep the firearm pointing downrange aiming at your target for 30 seconds.
- Raise your hand and inform the RCO or RO you have a possible misfire and ask for their assistance if necessary.
- Warn those around you that you have a possible misfire.
- Position your hand so that you can open the bolt without having your hand or any other part of your body behind the bolt as if the round fires as you open the bolt there’s potential for the bolt to travel back with huge force.
- Open the bolt and inspect the ejected round.
- Ask for help from the RCO/RO if you are in any doubt before loading another round.