Range Operating Instructions

Contents

 

SECTION 1 – GENERAL


  • These Range Operating Instructions cover the use of the range facility operated by the Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters Inc. & Parry Sound Pistol Club.
  • All range officers and range users are required to read and sign these Range Operating Instructions yearly.
  • Requests for exemptions from any provisions of the Range Operating Instructions shall be submitted in writing to the Range Co-ordinator for approval.

Original Publication – January 2009     Updated August 2015, December 2016



SECTION 2 – RANGE FACILITY


The range facility has multiple ranges. The description of the operational ranges is listed below:

  • “A” Range – 25 yard handgun, small bore, rim-fire rifle, & action shooting
  • “B” Range – five (5) position shotgun trap range
  • “C” Range – 25/50/100 yard muzzle loading and rifle ONLY
  • “D” Range - Special Use Range – handgun, rifle, muzzle loading, shotgun
  • “E” Range – Archery


"A" RANGE
Location: To right of Angler & Hunter clubhouse
Description: 25 yard handgun, small bore, rim-fire rifle, & Action shooting
# of Firing Points: 4 Outside – 8 Inside
Firing Distances: 25 yard only
Approved Firearms: rim-fire rifles, all centre-fire handguns, air guns and muzzle loading handguns & action shooting
Maximum Calibres: .45 ACP/17/.22/.54 muzzle loader
Approved Target: Paper targets
Approved Ammunition: FMJ, SP and LEAD
   
No incendiary, tracer or armour piercing bullets


"B" RANGE
Location: To left of Angler & Hunter clubhouse
Description: Trap Range
# of Firing Points: Five (5)
Firing Distances: N/A
Approved Firearms: Sporting shotguns
Maximum Calibres: 12 gauge
Approved Target: Frangible trap targets
Approved Ammunition: 1300 feet per second, # 7 ½ sized lead or steel


"C" RANGE
Location: Immediately left of "B" Range
Description: 25/50/100 yard rifle range
# of Firing Points: Fourteen (14)
Firing Distances: 25/50/100 yards
Approved Firearms: Black powder and rifle
NO full automatics
Maximum Calibres: 338 Lapua magnum
Approved Target: paper targets
Approved Ammunition: FMJ, SP, and LEAD
   
No incendiary, tracer or armour piercing bullets


"D" RANGE
Location: Below trap field – to right of 100 yard
Description: 50 yard
# of Firing Points: N/A
Firing Distances: Maximum of 50 yards
Approved Firearms: Hand gun, shotgun & rifle
Maximum Calibres: 45 ACP, 12 gauge, 54 black powder
Approved Target: Paper targets
Approved Ammunition: FMJ, SP, LEAD, SHOT and SLUGS
   
No incendiary, tracer or armour piercing bullets


"E" RANGE
Location: Immediately left of "C" Range
Description: Archery Range
Approved Target: Non-metal


SECTION 3 – PERSONNEL


1. RANGE OFFICER
 

The Range Officer has complete authority on the range property to conduct authorized shooting practices and matches.

R.O.’s have the responsibility to supervise all personnel (shooting and non-shooting alike) present on the property and may have members and/or non-members removed at his/her discretion.

All R.O.’s operating the facility must have a valid Range Officer certification from a recognized agency. Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters recognizes R.O. qualifications from the following agencies or groups:

CFI
CSSA
SFC
IPSC
RCMP (Range Master course)
Canadian Armed Forces Range Safety Officer Training
DFO, Ports Canada Police, DNR or MNR
Any other individual whose equivalent qualifications are deemed acceptable by the Club Executive and who has taken a Range Orientation Course.


2. GUESTS AND SPECTATORS
 

Guests (children and adults and pets) are the responsibility of the Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters member who they came with and must remain under adult control at all times.

Spectators are the responsibility of the R.O. He/she must take personal responsibility for them or delegate that responsibility to someone else, preferably a Parry Sound Anglers & Hunters member.



SECTION 4 – RANGE OPERATIONS


1. FLAGS
  A RED flag MUST be flown from the flag pole at the main entrance when firing is being conducted on any range within the facility.  Each range has specific flag(s), which must be flown when in use.
They are:
 
"A" Range
  • Drop sign at club house door
  • RED flag at active firing line, GREEN flag when firing has ceased
"B" Range
  • Drop sign 'Range in use'
  • RED flag at active firing line, GREEN flag when firing has ceased
"C" Range
  • RED hand flags & Range in Use drop sign
  • RED flag at active firing line, GREEN flag when firing has ceased
  • RED on flag pole down range
"D" Range
  • RED flag on flag pole
  • RED hand flag at active firing line, GREEN hand flag or no flag when range not in use
"E" Range
  • RED on flag at gate
  • RED flag at active firing line, no flag when range not in use
  • Drop sign at corner of "C" Range building


2. TARGETS
 
"A" Range - Paper
"B" Range - Frangible clay/trap targets
"C" Range - Paper
"D" Range - Paper
"E" Range - Non-metallic
  AT NO TIME CAN GLASS, POP CANS, WOOD, PLASTIC OR SIMILAR TARGETS BE USED ON THE RANGE FACILITY! ONLY APPROVED TARGETS.


3. LOG BOOK
  ** ALL Members and Guests MUST sign the log book at the appropriate range, prior to using any Range. **

ALL Guests MUST fill out “Guest Form” located beside the Log Book.

ALL Members and Guests MUST display name tags when on Range.

IT IS THE R.O.’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE SIGNS IN.


4. AMMUNITION
 

All spent cartridge cases or shot shell hulls must be collected and disposed in containers provided or removed from the range.

Any misfire casings must be removed from range by shooter and placed in appropriate container.

The use of tracer, incendiary, explosive or similar ammunition is prohibited.

Only authorized calibers and types of ammunition may be used on any range.



5. FIRING
 

The following firing guidelines are applicable to all ranges on the complex:

  • No firing before 7 a.m. (9 a.m. Sunday)
  • No outdoor firing later than 10 minutes after sunset.
  • No indoor firing (Inside Range "A") after 11 p.m.
  • Shooting alone is NOT recommended
  • No firing if target visibility is reduced as determined by the R.O.
  • Shooters with loaded firearms must be under R.O. direction
  • Firearms shall never be left unattended
  • Lone shooters must act as the R.O.


6. FIREARM TYPE APPROVALS (by range)
 

The following firearms types are approved for use on the range as indicated:

"A" Range - Pellet, centre-fire and rim-fire cartridge handguns, rim-fire cartridge rifles, muzzle loading and/or black powder handguns.

"B" Range - Shotguns only

"C" Range - Pellet, centre-fire and rim-fire cartridge rifles, muzzle loading rifles

"D" Range - Centre-fire and rim-fire caliber hand guns, rim-fire caliber rifles, shotguns

"E" Range - Archery



7. EXPLOSIVES
 

The detonation of explosive target devices is prohibited on the range property.



8. FIREARMS INSPECTION AREA
 

"A" Range - Inspection area is located in Pistol Club House (safe area)

"B" Range - Inspection area is a four (4) sided wooden table behind trap firing stations

"C" Range - Inspection area inside entrance door

"D" Range - Inspection area at safety bench

"E" Range - Inspection area at safety bench



9. HUNTING
 

No hunting allowed on property



10. SAFETY ZONES
 

Each range has a safety (danger) area designed for specific firearms and calibers. These areas are out of bounds (no trespassing) areas designed to contain overshoot and ricocheting bullets. Every reasonable effort shall be extended by the R.O. to ensure that the safety area does not have people in it during range operations.



11. GARBAGE
 

All garbage (including empty casings) is to be collected, bagged and left in Club House or otherwise removed (NOT BURNED) from property. Transfer Station is next door.



12. HANDGUNS
 

All handguns must be cased and trigger locked, except while on an active firing line or while in the inspection area.

All handguns must be cased and trigger locked when moving from Range to Range.



13. MATCH COMPLETION
 

At the conclusion of all matches or practices the R.O. will ensure that:

  • All targets are removed
  • Firing points are policed for brass and other debris
  • All flags are lowered and caution signs closed
  • Buildings and entrance gates are closed and locked

The R.O. will inspect the range prior to a match as well as at match completion and report all noted deficiencies in Log Book in Club House.



SECTION 5 – RANGE SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS


1. GENERAL SAFETY
 
  • No vehicles on Range.
  • Ranges B C D E: Only one Range may be used at a time.
  • New Gun, Sights, or Scopes MUST start at 25 yd Range.
  • "C" Range: Check for spectators behind 50 yard berm.
  • If Range Maintenance sign is in place at gate; ALL RANGES ARE CLOSED.
2. SPECTATORS
 

Spectators will follow all directions given to them by the R.O. Spectators must remain 5 meters behind any active firing line.

Hearing and eye protection should be worn by spectators.

3. HEARING AND EYE PROTECTION
 

Hearing protection for shooters and range staff in near proximity to an active firing line is MANDATORY. 26dB or better

Eye protection for shooters and range staff in near proximity to an active firing line is MANDATORY. CSA approved with side protection

4. ALCOHOL / DRUGS
 

Any person deemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will NOT be permitted to shoot.

5. SMOKING
 

Due to the extreme fire hazard in the range area, smoking is NOT PERMITTED in wooded areas.

Smoking is NOT permitted on any firing line or in any building.



SECTION 6 – EMERGENCY INFORMATION


GPS: 45.309274 / 79.945729
Emergency phone number: For Fire, Ambulance, or Police - call 911
Physical address of Range & Club House: 41 Brooks Road, Seguin Township
Defibrillator: Located in the Angler & Hunter Club House, by the phone
Chief Firearms Office: 1-705-329-5522 or 1-800-731-4000
Range Co-ordinator: JOHN E. COLES - 705-378-2973

Accident forms and Range Director information in Club House by phone.
HOSPITAL: West Parry Sound Health Centre
6 Albert Street, Parry Sound
705-746-9321
Directions: Brooks Road west to Oastler Park Drive north. North to Bowes Street then west 2 kms on Bowes Street to Albert Street then south to hospital. Travel time approximately 10 minutes.


SECTION 7 – RANGE SAFETY OFFICER DUTIES

THERE MUST BE A RANGE SAFETY OFFICER PRESENT WHEN ANY RANGE IS IN USE.

  • Must have passed Range Officer course or completed Range Orientation Course
  • Range Officers must identify themselves with hat, vest, armband, or flag
  • Make sure Range and shooting stations are safe:
    • Sign-in book and guests sheets must be filled in by everyone
    • Flags, lights, signs (Red = Range in Use; Green = Range is Safe)
    • Firearms racked and handled safely
  • Check that shooters have had Range Orientation Course
    • That shooters know Range Rules
    • That shooters FOLLOW Range Rules
    • Act in a safe manner
  • Ensure that Eye and Ear protection is worn
  • Give all commands – make safe, load and firing.
  • Report any deficiencies and accidents in Log Book, file accident forms and notify Range Co-ordinator or President immediately.
  • OPP must be notified immediately of any accident caused by discharge of a firearm.
  • The Shooting Range – Personal Injury Report form must be filled out immediately and given to the Range Co-ordinator or the President
  • When using Ranges "B" "C" "D", check behind 50 yd. berm.
  • Follow specific Range Rules depending on what Range you are using.
  • Ensure that Ranges' garbage, targets and used brass are cleaned up.


SECTION 8 – PSPC HOLSTER AND ACTION SHOOTING RULES


  1. No use of holster by any member unless during designated Action Shooting Events and under direct Safety Officer supervision.
  2. All participants must have completed a qualification course approved by the PSPC and have received approval to participate by the PSPC by completing a PSPC orientation specifically designated for participation in Action Shooting.
  3. Fire arms always unloaded, unless under direction of safety officer.
  4. No firearm may be handled unless the shooter is either on a live firing line or at a designated "Safe Handling Bench."
  5. At no time is ammunition to be present at a "Safe Handling Bench."
  6. Range "A" – the left side Berm is restricted to 15 meters or less. No targets placed on range floor. All bullets must impact the backstop at middle or lower without striking range floor. All targets are to be placed as close to backstop as practical. No shooting greater than 45 degrees from the firing line to backstop or side backstop.
  7. Range "D" – No targets placed on range floor. All bullets must impact the backstop at middle or lower without striking range floor.  All targets are to be placed as close to backstop as practical. No shooting greater than 90 degrees from the firing line to backstop.
  8. All steel targets must be shrouded for competition use or bunkered for regular day to day use. At 10m or more

At no time may a loaded magazine or speed loader be handled at the "Safe Handling Bench"

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