Safety in any sport is extremely important but in a shooting sport it becomes more than just important. Subsequently all new members are required to attend two safety courses (one is club based and consists of a 4 hour course and the second is police based and is an 8 hour course) so that they may be shown the correct and safe way to handle firearms and become familiar with the range procedures.
On arrival at the range, the attendance book must be signed by the member and visitors. This is required for insurance purposes. On Saturdays the book is in the clubhouse, any other time it will be in “Range 4”.
When two or more shooters are using a range, one member is to act as “Range Officer”, and assume responsibility for the safe conduct of all shooters and shooting on that range.
Do not place firearms on the bench without the approval of the range officer. If in doubt as to whom the Range Officer is “ASK”.
When not in use all firearms must remain on the shooting benches with the muzzle pointing down range. The slide on semi-automatic pistols must be left open with the magazine removed and the follower (open end of magazine) facing the shooter. Revolvers must be left with the cylinder open (on double action revolvers), or the loading gate open (on single action revolvers). Longarms must be left in a condition that it is obvious that the firearm is unloaded. Needless to say, while in use, a firearm may never under any circumstances be pointed in any other direction than towards the target area, regardless of it being loaded or empty.
Never remove a firearm from the bench without having it checked and declared "CLEAR TO REMOVE".
You may only have one firearm on the bench at any time, and you must occupy only one bench at any time.
When there are people forward of the firing line NEVER ENTER THE BAYS
OR HANDLE FIREARMS IN THE BAYS OR BEHIND THE FIRING LINE.
This also holds true when a cease fire or unload command is given.
A cease fire call may be given by any person who considers a dangerous situation exists. In all cases when a cease fire is called, all shooting must cease immediately, firearms unloaded and made safe and shooters step out of the bays. If anyone sees members of the public on the top ridge behind the targets CALL AN IMMEDIATE CEASE FIRE ON ALL RANGES.
NEVER LOAD YOUR FIREARM UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE RANGE OFFICER.
You are only permitted to load 5 rounds in a pistol. The only exceptions are when practicing for matches that require more rounds.
No firing is allowed before the range officer gives the appropriate signal or command.
Do not disturb other shooters while they are on the firing line, wait until they are finished. Also while observing other shooters you must be quiet so as not to disturb them and cause a possible dangerous situation.
Do not be afraid to ask others for assistance or advice, most shooters will be all to glad to give a helping hand with problems or questions about various firearms.
If you go onto a range and shooters are there but not shooting, do not assume that the range is clear and walk forward of the firing line, ASK FIRST.
All clubs have range rules that are formulated to protect members, visitors, and people who just wander onto the range. You must know these rules, someone’s life may depend on it. Range rules may vary from club to club depending on the target system in use, when visiting a club ask before you act.
Melton Range Rules:
1. The RED FLAG must be raised before shooting commences. It is the responsibility of the FIRST person intending to shoot to raise the flag. The flag is kept in the target shed in range 4. On Saturday get the permission of the senior duty person before doing so, at any other time check that all ranges are clear before doing so.
2. Magnum loads and jacketed ammunition are not permitted unless approval is received from the President or Chief Range Officer or a person delegated by the above prior to the intended activity taking place.
3. Centrefire longarms may only be used with sub-sonic ammunition (less than 1,100 fps) unless approval is received from the President or Chief Range Officer or a person delegated by the above prior to the intended activity taking place.
4. In any event of mishandling of firearms or misconduct, any person witnessing such occurrence must report it immediately to the Chief Range Officer or a committee member, who will then take immediate action and report it to the Committee of Management. (Incident report forms available on notice board).
5. Holstered (EMPTY) pistols may be worn outside the ranges, or going from one range to another only when the competition of the day includes the use of a holster.
6. No unauthorised person is to tamper with or adjust range equipment, i.e. timers, air equipment, motors, compressors, welder, chronograph, power saw etc. Also, no club tools are to be taken off club premises without the permission of the President or Secretary.
7. The club chronograph is only to be used by experienced members. If you need to chronograph loads, ask a committee member to appoint a person to help you.
8. When the 6 month probationary period is over you may apply to the committee or nominated person to obtain a range key to enable you to shoot midweek. The current deposit is $50.00 per key.
9. Eye and ear protection must be worn by all competitors, range staff and spectators in all ranges.
10. A duty roster is prepared by the committee of management and ALL members are required to perform their duties as determined by the duty roster person. Failure to attend rostered duties will incur a fine and re-rostering. If the member fails to attend the second rostering they will have their membership terminated and the police notified that they are no longer members of the club.
11. Any member who violates range safety rules may be suspended by the committee until satisfactory completion of a safety examination.
12. Malfunctioned .22 ammunition is to be placed in the receptacles provided in each range. It is not to be thrown in the rubbish bins or in the grass on the ranges. If you are using club centrefire ammunition take it back to the duty officer, if you are using you own centrefire ammunition take it home and dispose of it safely.
13. Any member who brings a visitor to the range is totally responsible for the action of that visitor.
14. No person is to handle firearms after they have consumed alcohol.
15. Alcohol is not permitted on any ranges. Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted onto the ranges.
Club Range Officers provide their service and expertise on an honorary basis. They are responsible for all safety on the range. You must obey all instructions from them immediately, and you are requested to assist them whenever necessary. Careless or unsafe practices with firearms will not be tolerated.
ANY INFRINGEMENT OF SAFETY RULES COULD AND WILL RESULT IN THE TERMINATION OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP