Recreational Rifle and Handgun Range Safety Briefing
(This Range Safety Briefing shall be read by each shooter at check-in)
The following are rules and regulations you, as the shooter or spectator, should be aware of when using our recreational rifle and handgun range. The Range Safety Officer (RSO) commands are listed directly below in A thru G. General rules and regulations are outlined in 1 thru 23. Please adhere to these rules. SAFETY COMES FIRST!
Safe Gun Handling Rules
- ALWAYS KEEP THE GUN POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
- ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT.
- ALWAYS KEEP THE ACTION OPEN AND FIREARM UNLOADED UNTIL READY TO USE.
- KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND.
- BE SURE THE GUN IS SAFE TO OPERATE.
- KNOW HOW TO USE THE GUN SAFELY.
- USE ONLY THE CORRECT AMMUNITION FOR YOUR GUN.
- WEAR EAR AND EYE PROTECTION.
- NEVER USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS BEFORE OR WHILE SHOOTING.
- STORE GUNS SO THEY ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE TO UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS.
GENERAL RANGE RULES
- KNOW AND OBEY ALL RANGE COMMANDS.
- KNOW WHERE OTHERS ARE AT ALL TIMES.
- SHOOT ONLY AT AUTHORIZED TARGETS.
- GROUND LEVEL TARGETS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED WITHOUT A PROPER BACKSTOP.
- DESIGNATE A RANGE OFFICER WHEN NONE IS PRESENT OR ASSIGNED.
- UNLOAD, OPEN THE ACTION, REMOVE THE MAGAZINE, INSERT THE EMPTY CHAMBER INDICATOR, AND GROUND OR BENCH ALL FIREARMS DURING A CEASE FIRE.
- DO NOT HANDLE ANY FIREARM OR STAND AT THE FIRING LINE WHERE FIREARMS ARE PRESENT WHILE OTHERS ARE DOWN RANGE. YOU MUST BE BEHIND THE YELLOW SAFETY LINE DURING THIS TIME.
- ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED AT THE BACKSTOP.
Range Commands are standard on all recreational ranges. The commands given by the RSO are as follows:
A. Shooters, make ready to fire. (Shooter may do everything to ready his firearm to shoot except pull the trigger)
B. Fire At Will (Shooter may fire when ready)
C. Cease Fire (After a 10-15 minute firing session, shooter will stop shooting at the command)
D. Make Your Guns Safe, Empty your magazine and insert your empty chamber indicator.
E. Moving Guns
1. If you wish to remove a gun from the line, or bring one to the line, do so at this time. (this is the time for new shooters to come to the line). Keep all muzzles/ barrels skyward while moving your gun.
2. If you wish to move to a different distance, you may move your firearm to another bench at this time.
F. Please move behind the yellow line. Those who need to go downrange, may do so at this time. Those who remain, stay behind the yellow line and do not handle your guns. (the yellow line on the concrete, behind the firing line, is the safety line that cannot be crossed while individuals are downrange.)
G. When all individuals have returned from downrange, begin with command “A” again and repeat sequence.
OTHER RANGE RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Upon arrival at the recreational ranges, please find the RSO (wearing orange hat). Our RSO will check you in and provide your first paper target free of charge.
- This is a cold range. This means you cannot load, or handle a loaded firearm, unless the Range Safety Officer (RSO) on duty gives you permission and you are on the firing line.
- The RSO will have complete and unquestionable control over the rifle and handgun range to which they are assigned. The shooter and spectator must obey his commands without question. The RSO will remain on the firing line at all times and shall not go downrange. (it is the RSO who maintains safety on the firing line)
- The RSO will assign a bench to you. You are welcome to place your shooting equipment on the assigned bench. You CAN NOT move your firearm to your bench until the RSO gives you permission.
- Firearms will be brought to the firing line from your automobile with the barrel pointed skyward and the empty chamber indicator inserted into the gun. Please do not bring a cased firearm to the firing line. ALL firearms must be uncased. If you do not understand the use of the empty chamber indicator, Please ask the RSO prior to bringing your rifle from the parking lot. Place your rifle/handgun in the rack when you arrive at your preferred range.
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- Once at your bench, your firearm should always be pointed downrange. The muzzle shall be controlled so that it will not deviate from 45 degrees, either right or left of the line of sight on the appropriate target.
- You are shooting on our recreation range. Please show respect for other shooters around you. Know where others are at all times. The RSO will be moving between ranges. Wait for the RSO before going downrange.
- Holstered handguns are only allowed in the holstered area on Range A and only after completion of park certification class.
- Only hunting handguns fired from a sitting or benched position will be allowed on the 100-300 yard ranges.
- No shooting from the “hip”.
- No rapid or uncontrollable shooting is allowed. Maximum rate of speed is one shot per second.
- Stop Shooting Immediately upon the command “Cease Fire”. This command may be given by anyone observing an unsafe condition.
- Eating and smoking is prohibited while at the range. Airborne lead particulates will contaminate everyone and everything at the range. Hands should be washed in cold water and soap before eating or smoking. Clothing should be washed as soon as possible to minimize exposure. Drinking is only permitted from closed containers. No open drinking containers are permitted on the range.
- Pregnant women and children under 7 should consult a physician before visiting the range. They should be aware of the dangers of lead exposure.
- Ear muffs are required for youth 12 and under.
- Shooters shall remain behind the firing line at all times while shooting is in progress and shall not shoot from a position forward of the firing line.
- No 50 BMG caliber firearms are permitted on any range.
- Range B is restricted to .22 rimfire ammunition only (22 Long Rifle or smaller)
- No Fully Automatic firearms are permitted on any range.
- No tracer type ammunition is permitted on any range.
- Steel core or armor piercing ammunition is permitted on paper targets only. Do not use on steel targets!
- No mining of lead is allowed from any range berm.
· Shoot only at authorized targets. (Targets are designed for certain ranges and may cause hazardous conditions if used on other ranges)
· All targets must be placed so that all shots impact the backstop.
· Multiple paper targets are allowed per frame backer provided the targets do not exceed the size of the backer.
· All personal targets must be approved by range RSO prior to use.
· No exploding targets will be allowed.
· No Human Figure type targets will be allowed.
· No cans, bottles or non paper items may be used as targets.
· Targets are to be removed from the target frame upon completion of shooting.
- Shooters must clean all of their brass from range prior to leaving. Shooter may take only his brass with him. If a shooter does not want his brass, it should be deposited into the Brass Bucket on each range. This is a revenue source for the Park. Please respect this rule.
- Shooters under 16 years of age require an adult to be present with youth on range. The adult may be a parent, coach or other person 18 years of age and older for rifle and 21 years of age and older, for handgun.
Thank you for visiting Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, Nebraska
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