Virginia 1,000yd Benchrest Club

Range Rules




The rules are reviewed by the Range Safety Officers (RSO) at every match. The RSOs have to take a class to get a certification. Please listen carefully to these rules and regulations when they are reviewed before the start of every match. We are guests at this facility and any small infractions of the rules could deny us use of the range in the future.



Virginia 1000/IBS Range Rules
Please review and remember the following rules at all times while at the range. And remember when it comes to safety we're all in charge!!
#1 - Bolts are to remain out of your rifles until you are on the firing line and instructed to "insert bolts" by the Range Master(RM) before firing, and remove them when instructed to at the end of your relay by the RM. The command to remove bolts is "Remove bolts and make the line safe".

This rule is the bases of our safety. Because of the size and weight of some of these rifles we can't always adhere to the cardinal rule of "never point your rifle at any target you don't intend to shoot at". So if the bolts are not installed in t he rifles while off the firing line, they can never be discharged. We have a perfect safety record because of this. Enough said!
#2 - No alcoholic beverage are permitted on the range.

#3 - No ammunition is to be placed in the gun during the sight in or record relay period, until the command "commence fire" is given by the Range Master.
#4 - When the "cease fire" command is given at the end of the 6 minute sighter period, bolts may remain in the gun, but no ammunition may be placed in the gun until the command to "commence fire" is given for the 10 minute record period.

#5 - During the 10 minute record period you must remain seated until the last shot is fired by all shooters and the command to "cease fire, remove bolts and make the line safe" is given by the Range Master.

#6 - After the 6 minute sight in period, the command will be given, "cease fire, all non-shooters and spotters off the line", all spotters will immediately step to the safe area or the shooters they were spotting for will be disqualified, no questions, no appeals, no arguments. The only person that may remain at the bench other than the shooters is a new shooter's coach, and he must make every effort not to distract the other shooters while helping the new shooter. New shooter coaches can only help a new shooter one time, unless allowed by the Range Master prior to the start of the relay.

#7 - A safety area is marked off behind the benches. During a relay, "sigher or record", no one except a shooter, spotter, or a new shooter coach may be ahead of this line without permission from the Range Master or Line Safety Officer(s). Line Safety Officer(s) will be wearing orange vests and will be located directly behind the benches.

#8 - If the need should arise, anyone that notices a severe safety problem or has an emergency on the firing line may and should call a "cease fire" and make sure that the Range Master or Line Safety Officer(s) hear the command.
a) - No rifles are to be removed from the firing line while the record round is in progress. Help may be requested from one of the Line Safety Officers only.

#9 - When a "cease fire" is called in an emergency or for any other reason, all shooters should remain seated if possible and guns cleared and bolts removed. If you must fire the round in the gun, do not do so until you have cleared it with Range Master and he tells you to fire the gun.

#11 - At no time should you approach the scoring table to check on your target, until all targets have been scored and the results of that relay have been recorded. You may then get your target and make any appeals. If you break this rule you risk having your group or score disqualified.

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