- Non-members may only use the range under the direct supervision of a club member.
- Ear protection must be used when shooting.
- Eye protection must be worn at ALL times by everyone on the range including spectators. When a bullet head hits a hard surface like a steel plate it’s common for shards to bounce back and hit you.
- Nobody is allowed to handle a gun or remove it from a holster unless they are on the line under the control of the RO. If you need to get ready and remove your gun from it’s bag or box you may only do so at the designated safety range.
- You are allowed to handle ammunition and magazines wherever you wish except on the safety range.
- You may only draw and load your gun when it’s your turn to shoot and only after the RO has closed the range and instructed you to do so.
- If the gun is placed on a table you may not touch it until instructed.
- You must always keep the gun facing down range and never swing it around past the ‘180’ which is an imaginary line all the way to infinity. If you are unsure where the 180 is you may ask the RO. When running and changing magazines be very careful not to ‘break the 180′. Basically do not turn around with your gun.
- Your finger must remain off the trigger at all times unless you are shooting. You can rest on on the side of the gun just below the slide as pictured above.You may not change magazines, load,unload, run or rack the slide if your finger is on the trigger.
- Do not sweep your other arm in front of the gun at any point.
- Even if you are an experienced shooter, wait for the RO’s instructions (listed below) to unload and show clear so he can inspect your gun and give you permission to re-holster.
- Occasionally you will be expected to start with your back to the targets, be careful not to draw before you have turned around after the buzzer goes.
- If you are not shooting you will be expected to help patch targets and pick up brass for the shooter.
- You may not go onto the range until the RO has stated that it is clear, and when he tells you to clear the range make sure that you get out. If someone is left behind and you suspect that the RO can’t see him you must tell him immediately.
- While scores are being taken, please keep the noise levels down so the scorer can hear the RO
- Non-shooters must help to patch and pick-up, but if there are enough people doing so and your help is not needed, please do not loiter around the starting area, this area is often congested enough as it i
RANGE SAFETY AND LICENSED FIREARM OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES
Members and visitors wishing to shoot at Toti Sport Shooting Club (TSSC) are required to be licensed firearm owners.
As licensed firearm owners, all regulations and stipulations contained within the Firearms Control Act, ACT 60 OF 2000 need to be strictly adhered to irrespective of the fact that you are utilizing TSSC shooting range.
The TSSC committee is predominately there to perform an administrative and overseeing role within the club. Refer to sections 8 & 9 of the TSSC constitution.
The committee, and TSSC club, shall accept no responsibility in the event of an incident or accident of any nature.
If you have never been on an IPSC range it can be a little intimidating and you will worry that you’ll make a mistake when it’s your turn to shoot. Relax, the RO’s always help new shooters, if he doesn’t know that you are newbie, just tell him and he’ll slow it down and help you.
These are the range commands that he will give you and what you are expected to do for each one:
“You may load and make ready”
While facing downrange you may take out your gun and insert a new magazine. You will pull the slide back to load the chamber. Production shooters must manually lower the hammer if the gun has one. Then you must re-holster and get yourself into the starting position. You can take your time to do this.
You will have about 2 seconds after the word ‘standby’ before the buzzer goes off, it’s a loud, long beep from the timer usually held near your right ear.
Draw or pick up your gun and take the time to get your grip right, then shoot in the designated order.
“If you are finished you may unload and show clear”
- Take your finger off the trigger
- Remove the magazine and place it back in the mag pouch, on the table, in your pocket or even under your arm
- Pull the slide back and hold it for the RO to inspect, he wants to look into the chamber and down the mag well to make sure it’s empty
You may gently lower the slide, do not drop the slide on an empty gun as you can damage it
Point the gun down range a few meters ahead at the ground and pull the trigger. This is called ‘dry firing’ and (contrary to popular belief) this will not snap the firing pin. It’s an important safety precaution.
Re-holster the gun and take a minute to assess your results and reflect on mistakes you may have made, other shooters must collect your brass and magazines for you.