rules of operation
· The range shall be open from 8:00 AM to one half hour after sunset, Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, the range will open at noon time . The Board of Directors may allow an earlier start on Sunday for special club or open house events.
· Every shooter has the personal responsibility to make sure that every bullet fired finds it target safely into a berm or backstop. Every shooter will also practice good range etiquette. Gun range etiquette is a blend of common sense, courtesy and safety. A day at the range is fun, and good gun range etiquette makes it even better.
· All Range Safety and Operational Rules are to be observed at all times. Our range presently has one Senior and at least three regular Range Safety Officers (RSO, also known as Range Masters) whose job is to supervise shooters, to enforce the rules and regulations of our range. When RSOs are on site, always pay attention to their instruction in case of emergency. Remember that the Range Safety Officer has absolute authority on the range. Compliance with his or her instructions is mandatory.
· Two of the most common range commands are Ceasefire and Commence Firing. Ceasefires are used whenever all shooting must stop, whether it is because time’s up or because a potential problem has arisen. Whenever a RSO is present and his or her attention must be away from the firing line, he or she may call a ceasefire. Whenever someone needs to go downrange for any reason, a ceasefire is called. Ceasefires are also called when it’s time to post, change or retrieve targets. Anyone who spots a potential problem should call “Ceasefire!” The RSO will repeat the words and see to it that all firing stops immediately. If you aren’t sure what’s happening, it’s okay to call a ceasefire. It’s better to call a ceasefire and be safe than not to call one and be sorry.
· Ceasefires are used in all kinds of situations—not just when it’s time to change, post or retrieve targets. Perhaps a person has inadvertently wandered out onto the firing range, or perhaps a shooter in the point next to you has become ill. It’s your duty to call a ceasefire so as to take control of the situation and provide a solution or direct others to provide assistance if necessary. During a ceasefire, there should be no handling of firearms. The key things to remember are:
o Ensure chamber is empty and ammunition source (magazine) is removed
o Slide or action is open and to the rear
o Step away from the firing line
· Before anyone goes downrange, the RSO will do a visual check to see that everyone has stepped away from the firing line, and then ask, “Is everyone clear?” Everyone else on the line should also make this visual check, because safety is everyone’s responsibility.
· Clear means that all shooters have made their firearms safe, that no one has a gun in his/her hand, and that there will be no handling of firearms until permission is given. Then, and ONLY then, may anyone go downrange.
· K F&G utilizes a three flag (light) system. The “green” flag (light) will be posted and indicates that the specific range is “cold.” This indicates that the range is either unoccupied or the party occupying this specific range is aware that another range may be sending a person or persons downrange. The “yellow” flag (light) indicates that the range is being used and that a party has left the shooting platform and proceeded down range, such as to change a target. No shooting will be done at any of the three stations while the yellow flag (light) is posted at any of the three ranges. The “red” flag (light) indicates the range is active, shooting is taking place and it is “hot.” No one is to be downrange when the red flag (light) is posted. It is the member’s responsibility to verbally communicate with all other shooters and have each range shooting platform posted correctly as to their activity or status.
· Commence Firing is the command given that tells everyone it’s safe to shoot.
· Remember, safety is everyone’s job. You are responsible for your own safety, the safety of others and for the behavior of your guests. If you see that someone else isn’t following the rules, you should leave the range and/or notify one of the range safety officers. Go to a safe place and report the situation as soon as possible to the authorities.
· All Federal, state, and local firearm laws must be obeyed.
· The use of hearing and eye protection is mandatory.
· Dependent children of Regular Members or guests under the age of 18 must be supervised by that adult parent club member. Dependent children, between 18 and 22 years of age shall not utilize the range without their parent club member, UNLESS they have been certified by a RSO as having passed the new member safety and orientation class required for all new members. The dependent child must also be in possession of his parent’s ID card.
· Any guests are the responsibility of their host club member. Maximum number of guests present at one time is no more than a quantity of two per club member.
· All firearms not on the firing line must be holstered or unloaded with their action open and the magazine removed, or unloaded and encased. Empty chamber indicator recommended.
· Use of full automatic firearms is prohibited unless you have prior approval from the Executive Board or Range Safety Officer and be in possession of any special permits or paperwork required by law.
· Tracer, armor piercing, and steel core ammunition are prohibited. Use of lead ammunition is discouraged due to its impact on the environment.
· On the pistol range, there shall be no center fire rifle cartridges or shotguns used. Patterning of shotguns to be done on the 50 yard rifle range only.
· Stand back at least forty feet when shooting jacketed ammo into steel targets. Clays can also be placed in either cardboard or steel approved holders.
· There are established firing lines for both the pistol and rifle ranges. Under no circumstances shall any one fire a weapon from behind either of these firing lines.
· No glass, pressurized containers or explosive targets allowed. Paper, steel targets or cardboard only unless authorized by the executive board or Range Safety Officer (RSO). Targets are not permitted to be placed on timbers surrounding the target areas. Use the appropriate size target, placed at eye level and/or proper height, to ensure that your shots strike the backstop and not the target holder. Firing a shot at the Kennebunk Fish & Game Club’s Range that results in the bullet striking anything other than the target and/or backstop, may result in a damage or repair fine and/or your removal from the range membership.
· All brass fired from your weapon must be collected at the end of your session. Remember, we are custodians of our planet. Keep our Range clean by collecting your brass and removing used targets and depositing them into the proper receptacles provided by the Club.
· No consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs on the range before or during shooting. People who are suspected of being under the influence of alcoholic or illegal drugs shall be asked to leave.
· There shall be no use of abusive language on the range at any time.
· Commands issued by Range Safety Officer or by Anyone (when RSOs are not available) must be obeyed immediately and without question for personal safety.
· Kennebunk Fish & Game Range Safety Officers reserve the right to inspect any firearms or ammunition for safety considerations. Video surveillance may also be utilized for safety and club rule enforcement.
FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES MAY RESULT IN A REPRIMAND OR YOUR REMOVAL FROM THE KENNEBUNK FISH & GAME CLUB