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Fraser Coast Pistol Club Inc. 

Range Standing Orders

Adopted:28 / 3/2015

SECTION 1: GENERAL

These Range Standing Orders (SOs) cover the use of the range facility operated by the Fraser Coast Pistol Club Inc. (Club Approval no. 80000113-14).

They should be read in conjunction with Range Approvals No's. 81000123-14 & 81000217-09, FCPC Rules and By-Laws (see Notice Board or refer to secretary) and the Weapons Act 1990 associated Regulations and any amendments thereto, which are available at GoPrint or QG website www.qld.gov.au

All Range users are required to read and sign these SOs yearly.

Requests for exemptions from any provisions of these SOs shall be submitted in writing to the Management Committee for consideration.

It should be noted that FCPC runs a scheduled Calendar of Shoots (see Notice Board) and these shoots take precedence over unscheduled or practice shoots at all times. Official practice days; are all days that are not scheduled match days during the month!! Practice must be a match! If two (2) members are practising on the same range, one (1) member must act as Range Officer while the other shoots.

Revisions

These SOs have been published and revised on the dates listed below: Previous publications: October 10 2001, July 3 2002. May 12 2005, November 29 2008. January 16 2011.  March 20 2012. August 17 2013. This revision March 28 2015.

SECTION 2: RANGE FACILITY

Special Considerations.  

Concealable Firearms with calibres over .38 are not permitted on ranges 3, 4. Ranges 1, 2, 5and 6, Can use calibres over .38. Shooters must have a Class C Licence endorsement to acquire these firearms.

All holsters must have the belt in loops! Note: Women can have loops sewn onto their Pants etc to enable for the right positioning or the holster. Refer to rules of match!

N.B. Reference should be made to Range Approvals for usage parameters

2.1   Range Description

This range facility has multiple ranges covered by two Approvals. Copies of these Approvals, which clearly define permitted usage and ammunition velocity and energy parameters, are presented on the Notice Board, adjacent to the First Aid cabinet, and at the firing line on Range 7.  The descriptions of the operational ranges are below:

Range Approval No. 8100012311 comprises six ranges to the left (East) of the elevated range. Refer to site plan on Notice Board. Ranges starting from the left (East):  

Range 1 - A 50 yd. range with 9 covered bays and vertical rests is a general purpose range. Targets paper only, IPSC Match. NB. Targets to remain within alignment of Bullet Stop Butts.

Range 2 - An open pit designed for IPSC or Single Action Match. Targets paper or steel IPSC or Single Action Match.

Range 3 - A 25m range of 25 lanes with turning targets, used for ISSF matches. Targets paper only. All other matches must use the range beyond the turning targets, except for IPSC paper targets; these can be shot on the tuning targets. IPSC or Single Action Match can be shot in left corner adjacent to return mound. Targets paper or steel (IPSC).

Range 4 - A 25m range with 12 lanes and 4 vertical rests. Also with turning targets it may be used for ISSF. All other matches must use the range beyond the turning       targets, except for IPSC paper targets; these can be shot on the tuning targets. Targets paper only.

Range 5 - A 50yd Service Match range comprising 20 targets and 4 vertical rests/lanes.

Range 6 - A 100m Metallic Silhouette range which can also be used for other matches and with extensive flexibility as detailed in the respective Approval. Targets steel silhouette or steel IPSC or S/A Match.

Special Note: These ranges are PISTOL CALIBRE ONLY.

Range Divider between ranges 3 and 4 – The range divider allows concurrent matches to be conducted on Range 3, and on Ranges 4 or 5. When concurrent matches are held, a Range Officer must be appointed to both ranges. When scoring and patching targets, shooters must not proceed beyond the 25m target line.  

Range 7- Range Approval No. 810000310 located to the right (West) of the six pistol ranges. 

Special Note: This range is approved for penetrable targets only and has low velocity and energy limitations as detailed on the Approval. Centre fire ammunition is strictly limited to pistol calibres with velocities not exceeding 1400fps (426m/s) and energy not exceeding 500 ft pounds (678j). Shooting scope is strictly as per the Approval on Notice Board.

Air Pistol & Air Rifle Range: The Air Pistol & Air Rifle Range is situated in the (main) Canteen Building.

This range is only for .177 Air Pistol and Rifle matches.

Anyone using the Air Pistol & Air Rifle Range is to make sure it is safe, which might include pulling down the roller doors if other people are using the canteen.

SECTION 3: PERSONNEL 

3.1    Range Officer (RO)

The RO has complete authority on the range property to conduct authorised shooting practices and matches. ROs must hold a current Queensland weapons licence in the appropriate Category. The Range Officer of the Day is to display their Name, the date and licence number on the black board near the flags. Range Officers supervising a shoot are to be clearly display their Name, the date and licence number at any active range on the board provided. ROs have the responsibility to supervise all personnel (shooting and non-shooting alike) who are present on the facility and may instruct the removal of members and/or non-members at his/her discretion. Any person who refuses to obey the RO will be reported to committee.

Unlicensed Shooters.  In accordance with Section 53 of the Weapons Act, Unlicensed shooters or licensed shooters who are not authorised to possess the weapon he/she proposes to physically possess and use must complete a Form 33/33A.  The Range Officer must then sign the Form 33/33A in accordance with Sect 53(3) of the Weapons Act after fulfilling photo I. D. and other requirements.

(First time unlicensed shooters at FCPC must fill out a form 33)

3.2 Attendance and Membership

To retain handgun ownership, licensed members with handguns must meet the legally required participation in each July/June financial year. Members’ participation records must be completed at the end of a qualifying shoot and be countersigned by the range officer. Members with 1 class of pistol must complete 6 shoots on separate days per financial year.  Members with 2 or more classes of pistol must complete 4 shoots for each pistol class on separate days during the same period. Members who are unable to meet the legislated attendance requirements should advise the Management Committee and seek advice regarding response to the Weapons Licensing Branch.  The Management Committee will consider all such requests at their regular meetings. The Management Committee will review the eligibility of all individual Club Members at least once per financial year and present an annual Participation Report to WLB as required by the Act. Note: The WLB will make the final decision as to shooter eligibility to retain particular concealable firearms based on his/her Participation Report. In accordance with the legislation, licensed shooters must advise the Club Secretary of all Classes of Category H firearms in their possession during July of each year and present proof of shoot participation for each Class, so that the report required under the Act can be compiled and submitted.

Classes are: 

A       Air Pistol

B       Centre fire not more than .38 calibre or black powder pistol

C       Centre fire more than .38 but not more than .45 calibre

D       Rimfire pistol

3.3   Guests and Spectators & Visitors

Guests (children and adults) are the responsibility of the adult club member with whom they came and must remain under adult control at all times. Spectators are the responsibility of the RO. The RO may appoint another licensed club member to assist in supervision of spectators.

Visitors: Must not be allowed near the firearms without strict supervision. Must wait for the Range officer (The RO may appoint another club member.) to take them from the canteen area.

3.4   SPECTATORS

Spectators will follow all directions given to them by the Range Officer or delegated Club member. Spectators must remain 5 meters behind any active firing line or within any designated spectator areas. All Children under the age of 11 years must remain 5 meters behind any active firing line or within any designated spectator areas.

SECTION 4: RANGE OPERATIONS

4.1    Flags

A RED flag at least 1.2m x 0.9m must be flown from the flagpole at the main entrance to the complex when anyone is on any range within the facility. The 3 Red flags are to be flown even when there is no shooting on the range. (Front gate flag, our gate flag, flag pole flag.)

First person on the range MUST raise the flags!

There is a: Red flag at the Shooting Complex entrance gate.

Red flag on our gate post.

Red flag on flagpole to the rear of the Pistol Range firing line behind Ranges 3 & 4.

Each individual range has a flag each of the above dimensions, which must be flown when that range is in use.  This flag indicates that firing may take place on the Pistol Range under R/O control. Flags housed in the Bunker to the rear of Range 4 and in the little green shed.

RANGE 1- 5

RED flag at both the left and right hand ends of the continuous mound at the rear of the firing line and one on mound at L/H end of R3. Firing Line Flags adjacent to all firing lines in this section.

RANGE 6

Red flag at each end of the mound and one at L/H end of firing line.

RANGE 7

Red flag at each end of the 300yd mound and another at the right hand end of the firing line.

Flags not in use will be housed in the Bunker to the rear of Range 4 and in the little green shed.

Air Pistol & Air Rifle Range: Red flag is to be at the rear of range.

4.2 TARGETS

Targets are as detailed in 2.1 above

At no time are targets such as soft drink cans or any other non-approved or impromptu targets to be used on the range facility without the clearance of the Club Management Committee.

4.3    RANGE REGISTER

Prior to each shoot every shooter is to fill out the Range Register (Form 20c must be used and cannot be amended).  This is to be maintained in accordance with the Weapons Act. The Competition Register is located in the Canteen Building and the Practice Register is located in the lockable First Aid cabinet under the cover adjacent to Ranges 3 & 4.Those using the range for practice etc; must sign the Practice Register and appoint a range officer, if you are the only one on the range you must appoint yourself and sign register off.

For combined A, B & H shoots the Form must have both Category H & A/B licence numbers completed.

Range Officers are to pay particular attention to the additional recording requirements for handgun ranges.

The Range Officer is required to physically sight participants’ firearms licences. Licences will be sighted at the firing line before each match.

Club members and visitors who are not able to produce their licence will not be permitted to shoot as this would be in contravention of the Weapons Act. Range Registers are to be tightly controlled to ensure that unauthorised people cannot access the details within them.

4.4 AMMUNITION

All spent centrefire cartridge cases or spent shotgun shells and other debris must be collected and disposed of in containers provided or removed from the range. The use of tracer, incendiary, explosive or similar ammunition is prohibited.

The muzzle velocity and muzzle energy of ammunition is to conform to the conditions of the Range Approval/s. Jacketed and ball ammunition are prohibited on all ranges

4.5 PERMITTED ARCS OF FIRE

All shooting will be parallel with the centre line except for IPSC, Clay Target and Single Action Matches, which will be conducted strictly in accordance with the respective Regulations in relation to angles of fire, on approved ranges.  

 4.6 FIRING

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

Shooting is only to occur between 7.30 AM and 12 PM.  (Visibility permitting)No firing if target visibility is reduced as determined by the RO.

Licences must be inspected behind the firing line before match begins.

Shooters with loaded firearms must be under RO direction.Firearms must never be left unattended.

Any person who believes there may be a risk to people, livestock or property must call a cease-fire.

4.7 SAFETY ZONES

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

4.8 FUMBLE / PRACTICE / ADJUSTMENT AREAS

The designated safety areas (Fumble Zones) are situated in the sheds as shown on the site plan.  These are for gun handling/dry fire practice/adjustment during competition.  No Live Ammunition may be taken into or handled in any Designated Safety Area under any circumstances.

4.9 STORAGE/ HANDLING

All handguns must be holstered or cased with actions open and magazines removed except while on an active firing line or while in the inspection area. (The R/O retains absolute control at all times) Firearms are always to be pointed downrange when not holstered. When moving behind the firing line all firearms are to be cased or bagged when moving from one firing position to another E.g.: Metallic Silhouette moving from Rams to Chickens!

 

4.10 MATCH COMPLETION

At the conclusion of all matches or practices the RO will ensure that:

All targets and/or frames are returned to the designated storage areas; Firing points are checked (as per 4.4 above) and for other debris;

All firearms and ammunition have been removed from the range; All flags are lowered; and Buildings and entrance gate are locked.

A Range Incident Report is completed at the conclusion of the match whether or not an incident has occurred. Note that a Range Incident Report must be completed by the RO or any member present at the competition or practice.

SECTION 5 RANGE SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

5.1 COMMUNICATIONS

Because of their locations ranges 1, 2 & 7 may operate individually. When more than one of Ranges 3, 4, 5 or 6 are active at the same time Range Officers will ensure that verbal communication and coordination is maintained between the active ranges.

5.2 HEARING AND EYE PROTECTION

Hearing protection for all attendees at the range in near proximity to an active firing line is mandatory.  Eye protection for all attendees at the range in near proximity to an active firing line is mandatory.   

5.3 ALCOHOL/DRUGS

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

5.4 SMOKING

Due to the extreme fire hazard in the range and adjacent areas, smoking is not permitted in the surrounding areas of natural forest.

Smoking is not permitted within 10m of any black powder firearms being used or loaded.

Smoking is not permitted on any firing point. Smoking is only permitted in the designated areas. Smokers should be encouraged to wash their hands after shooting and before smoking (or eating) due to the hazard posed by the possible ingestion of lead. All smoking materials (butts, etc.) are to be disposed of in the containers provided.

5.5 PROTECTIVE CLOTHING 

Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times.  Clothing must provide protection to the shooter but not hinder the safe operation of the firearms being used. Appropriate enclosed footwear is to be worn at all times. Clothing that assists the shooter and is contrary to the rules of the particular competition being shot is to be removed from the range.

5.6 FIRST AID KIT

A first aid kit is located in the lockable First Aid Cabinet in the undercover section to the rear of the firing lines to Ranges 3 & 4.  This cabinet is made clearly visible by a First Aid logo. The First Aid cabinet will be unlocked by the first person to arrive at the club prior to raising any Red flag within our facility.