Huddersfield Rifle Club
HRC SAFETY REGULATIONS v.1.3
TO BE OBSERVED BY ALL MEMBERS & GUESTS
1) All Members and Guests are to note that shooting and conduct is to be in accordance with the NRA (National Rifle Association [of Great Britain]) rules and regulations. For reference, a copy of the Bisley Bible is available upon request
2) These Range Safety Regulations govern the safe conduct of shooting on the Huddersfield Rifle Club Ranges at Wood Farm, Brockholes Lane, Brockholes HD9 7EB and are to be strictly complied with by all users of the Ranges. In the interests of safety, any breach of these Regulations is to be reported to a Committee member of the Club
3) Huddersfield Rifle Club, its Officers, Committee and Members disclaim all responsibility for any accident, injury, loss or damage arising from the non-compliance with these Regulations
4) Responsibility for the safe custody of firearms or ammunition lies with the individual owner
5) All shooters must wear hearing protection whilst on the firing point. (see also spectators)
6) The Range Officer for the day is authorised by the Club’s Committee to require that all members shall conform to the above rules. It must be understood that if a member is involved in an accident on the Club premises and is not able to give a satisfactory and acceptable explanation, then the member will be held personally responsible
7) In the event of a member introducing a visitor to shoot as a guest, it is important that the visitor’s attention is drawn to these rules as exhibited on the Club premises
8) Members introducing a guest are to ensure that they are signed in on the computer
9) Any Members contravening these rules may be liable for dismissal from the Club
Range Opening Times
1) At no time can any shooting take place on the Range unless there is a Range Officer present who has been appointed by the Club
2) No Full bore shooting is to take place other than on the designated Saturday shooting days and the occasional Sunday shoot, which will be notified to the members on the Annual Fixture List
ENTRY ONTO THE RANGE
At no time is anybody to proceed forward of the firing point unless the following actions have taken place:
Permission has been sought from the Range Officer
On the 200 yard-400 and 500 yard Ranges, no person(s) is/are to go forwards of the firing points without a RADIO
On the 100 yard Range, should shooting be taking place at the 500 or 400 yard Range, no person is to go forward of the firing point without the consent of the Range Officer. This consent will only be granted after the Range Officer has consulted with the 500 or 400 yard Range
A radio is to be taken forward of the firing point; if there is to be more than one group, then there is to be a radio with each group.
All radios are to be checked:
i. To ensure that they work
ii. That they are set on the same frequency
iii. The Range Officer and those going forward know which frequency the radios are set at
On return to the Firing Point, all personnel that have been down Range are to advise the Range officer of their return and to hand in their RADIO.
Should it be necessary for an individual or individuals to be down Range when shooting is taking place e.g. a working party in either the 200 yard and/or 500 or 400 yard Butts and shooting is taking place at 100 yards and/or 200 yards the Range Officers permission is required and the instructions in item 1 above are to be adhered too
If there is any movement of individuals down Range in accordance with item 2, then shooting is to cease, firearms are to be unloaded, magazines removed and bolts out or flags in, and the firing point vacated until the Range Officer gives permission to dress forward and for shooting to recommence.
There must be a Range Officer in attendance whilst shooting is underway on the 100 yard Range, and this Range Officer must have a two-way radio and will have established contact with both 200 yard and 500 and 400-yard firing points, where applicable. If unable to make contact with either firing point, then no shooting is to take place.
FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
1) All shooters are responsible for ensuring that their firearms and ammunition are safe to use. All firearms and ammunition must be made available for inspection and testing whenever required
2) At all times, firearms must have either a Safety Flag in place or a Safety Flag and the Bolt removed. The Safety Flag must be of a type with a shaft only capable of being inserted into the breach when the breach is empty
3) Rifles must not be loaded, except when competitors are detailed in the proper firing position on the firing point, the muzzle pointing towards the butts, and the Range Officer has given permission to load and commence firing
4) At no time may any part of the body be placed in front of the muzzle of a loaded firearm
5) Upon completion of shooting, it is the Registered Keepers responsibility to ensure that the Shooters firearm is safe with a breech flag in place or the range officer is shooting alone.
6) The range officer is not allowed to shoot unless one other person is present as a Temporary range officer .
7) In the event of a misfire, the rifle/firearm must be kept in the aim and pointing down Range for a minimum period of 30 seconds before ejecting the round from the chamber or removing the percussion cap from the chamber of a black powder firearm
8) In the event of a malfunction, the rifle/firearm must be kept in the aim and pointing down Range for a minimum period of 30 seconds and must at all times remain pointed downrange. The Range Officer is to be notified immediately and will take charge and issue instructions on how to proceed
9) Aiming or “snapping” an unloaded firearm is NOT allowed except as part of a properly organised Course of Instruction, or when in the firing position on a firing point, and then only if it would, in all respects, be safe to fire a shot
10) Never allow a rifle to point in the direction of another person, not even when it is thought to be unloaded
11) When handling or taking a firearm over, always ‘prove’ it by pointing the muzzle upwards in the air and open the breech to see that it is not loaded and that the magazine is empty and then ensure that there is a Safety Flag inserted into the breach or bolt removed.
12) Do not jest with any firearm or ammunition as this can cause an accident.
13) No person is allowed to make a noise or disturbance likely to disturb a competitor on the firing point
14) Loading Firearms:
a. 200 – 400 and 500 yard Ranges:
i. Single round/cartridge only
ii. Magazine loading is not permitted at any time on either the 200 - 400 or 500 yard Ranges
b. 100 yard Range:
i. Magazine loading is permitted only for rimfire .22 calibre subject to the following rules
ii. No loading is to take place other than on the firing point
iii. No magazine-fed firearm is to be removed from the firing point until it has been confirmed as being safe by the Range Officer
iv. At all times other than when being used on the firing point, magazine-fed firearms as required by Rule 2 above will have in place a flag or device that is clearly visible and is in the barrel chamber, clearly indicating that the chamber is empty
v. At all times other than when being used on the firing point, magazines are to be removed from the firearm
15) Rifle breaches must be left open with a Safety Flag in the breech except when in use for actual shooting as in Rule 2
16) No tracer, incendiary, armour piercing, armour piercing incendiary, or any other rounds containing an igniferous or explosive substance may be used
17) Blanks, ballistite and similar types of cartridge can be lethal and should be treated in the same manner as ball ammunition
18) No Monolithic or machined bullets are to be discharged on any of the Ranges
19) Only Rifles and ammunition of the approved pattern may be used
The Range limits are:
Maximum calibre .577 inch / 14.65mm
Maximum muzzle velocity 3275 ft/sec / 1000 m/sec
Maximum muzzle energy 5160 ft/lbs / 7000 Joules.
If in doubt, advice should be sought from the Range Officer or a member of the Committee
20) Ammunitions sold by the Club to members strictly for use on the firing point and must not be taken away from the premises. Unused ammunition and empty cases must be returned to the ammunition officer, Range officer, or another officer of the Club. Ammunition can be purchased from the Club but cannot be removed from the Range unless it is entered into the Members Fire Arms Certificate – subject to any conditions imposed by the issuing authority
21) Shooting must not proceed whenever the red flag is hoisted at the firing point, in the butts, rifle breaches must be cleared in these circumstances, and Safety Flag inserted into the breach.
22) Only Target Rifles, F Class Rifles, and Match Rifles may use the electronic targets. Military rifles and Sporting rifles MAY NOT use the electronic target until the accuracy of the rifle and or rifle, and the shooter has been confirmed as being of a standard whereby the risk of damage to the targets electrical components is minimised
23) Shooters will be required to prove their competency at 200 yards before proceeding to 500 yards
In the event of failure by the electronic targets:
1) Markers are to enter and leave the butts by the recognised routes. Markers and all others in the butts must remain within the protection of their gallery and under the mantlet while shooting is in progress. Ear protection must be worn by all who are in the butts during shooting
2) No person is to leave the butts at any time after the shooting has commenced. Personnel in the butts may only leave the butts when told to do so by the Butts Officer, and the red flag or paddle is raised
3) At all times, communication is to be maintained between the Range Officer on the firing point and the Butts Officer by either telephone or two-way radio or both. Until communication has been established between the firing point and the butts, the red flag or paddle must be raised
4) Should the communication be lost at any time during the shoot, the red flag or paddle must be raised and wait for either communication to be re-established or for the Range Officer to establish contact
5) On no account is any object to be thrown or placed upon the face of the butt or mantlet
6) Butts must be tidied before the markers leaves their position
7) Butt parties are to comply with all and any instructions given by the Butts Officer
1) Spectators are to remain behind the firing point – preferably in the paved seated area at the high level behind the bench rest
2) Spectators are to comply with any instructions given by the Range Officer
3) Spectators must take precautions to protect their hearing (Ear Plugs available on the range)
4) Spectators seated immediately behind the firing points are requested to remain as quiet as possible and remain seated whilst shooting is in progress