RANGE SAFETY INFORMATION AND RULES
Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.
Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.
Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
General Range Safety Rules
We run on a Cold Range, keep all rifles unloaded with the bolt open till you’re on the firing line and been given the OK to load and make ready. Chamber flags are mandatory. Once you are done shooting a stage, open your bolt and unload your magazine, show clear and insert your chamber flag before pulling your rifle from the firing line.
Watch your muzzles, ESPECIALLY while you’re transitioning positions in a stage. Flagging someone with a loaded rifle will not be tolerated. Keep your muzzle pointed straight downrange during any transitions in a stage. During movement from stage to stage, weapons will be pointed up or down whenever possible. Stage your rifles at each stage in a safe manner with the muzzles pointed down range.
Keep your bolt open until you have your sights on your target. Make sure your finger is off the trigger till you’re ready to fire. Any transition of your position during a stage MUST be done with an open bolt. Again, do not close your bolt till you’re on target.
If you are running a semi-auto rifle, you will place the weapon on SAFE during any transitions and say out loud SAFE before moving. Do not switch off the safety till you have acquired your target.
Know what targets you’re shooting and know your DOPE to be able to hit those targets. If you are unsure of your dope, especially beyond 600 yards, ask a competitor for help. If you cannot safely engage a target at longer distance we ask that you do not take those shots.
Everyone is a Range Officer, please do not hesitate to say something if you see an unsafe condition.
Competition Day Rules
If you have a NEGLIGENT discharge, you will be disqualified from the match immediately. An ND is defined as any round unintentionally discharged from a firearm during a transition, movement, and/or weapons manipulation; or a round intentionally discharged during a ceasefire period.
If you have an ACCIDENTAL discharge, resulting from equipment failure, you will stop shooting the stage immediately and unload your weapon and clear it from the firing line. If you are able to repair your weapon and demonstrate its safe operation, you may rejoin the competition. You may not reshoot any stages that are missed due to the weapons malfunction.
Lastly, any pistols that you may be carrying must be left in your vehicle. If you have a pistol on you, you will be flagging everyone behind you while shooting a stage. If something were to get into your trigger in an awkward position it could cause an ND with people standing behind you.