Had an interesting discussion with two shooters at BRSP today 04 July. They were EPM's. Brought two AK rifles from the car to the bench with magazines in Condition 1, round in chamber.
They wanted to converse with me about the merits of the rifles remaining in Condition 1, when I went down range. They also seemed to consider the handling stuff on the bench rule was for other folks, as well as the muzzle down range rule, the bolts back, magazine out, show clear rules.
One guy called me names, which badly hurt my feelings and severely affected my self esteem. I may have to seek solace, perhaps change my meds.
Utilizing my back ground as Chief Bosun's Mate, United States Navy, readily grabbing some of those tools in my tool kit, I somehow managed to make the range safe. Oh, I also ratted them off to the Range Safety, in front of them, when he made range checks. They remained strangely silent at that point. I left at that point to go home and get the ribs on the BBQ.
The range is self policing for the most part. I go out there a lot, and seem to see more handling violations of late. Please look out for each other. Those guys probably would not have hurt themselves, but their range conduct put many people at risk.
I know some do not like all these rules, I do.
Please look out for each other, and me. Feel free to remind me if I fail to comport with the rules as well. Stay safe and thanks.
BRSP rules follow.
General Pistol & Rifle Rules
- Eye and ear protection is mandatory on all ranges at all times. The range starts at the overhang.
- Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
- Keep the muzzle pointed down range at all times.
- Keep actions open and unloaded and finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- You must call the range hot (handling and shooting of firearms allowed) and cold (all guns unloaded and actions open) yourself, before people can go down range
- Actions must be open, bolt face visible, and magazines removed when people are down range.
- Ensure the firing line is clear/cold before going down range.
- DO NOT HANDLE/TOUCH GUNS, AMMO, OR ANYTHING ON THE BENCH WHEN PEOPLE ARE DOWN RANGE OR WHEN THE RANGE IS COLD. When the range is cold step back from the bench until the range is hot.
- Shoot only targets in or on provided target frames, or an equivalent frame. Targets must be an appropriate height so all rounds will impact the berm without ricocheting off the ground.
- Shooting rocks, bottles, cans, food, etc. is unsafe and strictly prohibited.
- All metal targets must be at the base of the berms or tall enough that if you miss the target the rounds will impact the berm.
- Ensure all rounds directly impact the backstop/berm without striking the ground first. If your rounds are not hitting the backstop/berm, adjust position of your target on the backer/frame.
- No centerfire rifles on F or G ranges. No pistols on A, B, or D ranges.
- When shooting shotguns: you may only shoot slugs at our target backers. Birdshot may be shot into the backstop/berm with permission of the Range Safety Officers ONLY! If you destroy the ranges’ target backers with birdshot, you will pay $10.00 and will be asked to leave the range.
- ABSOLUTELY NO TRACER OR INCENDIARY AMMO!