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the red line : explained range safety officer committee - port malabar rifle & Pistol club

why a red line?

We are a “self-policed” firing range, which means everyone who is a member at PMRPC is essentially a Range Safety Officer.

One of the violations most often reported to the RSO Committee is touching a firearm on a cold range. The Red Line Rules are intended to provide safety and peace of mind for shooters who go downrange when the range is cold.

what is the red line?

The Precision Pistol range, which utilizes a red line.

The RED LINE is a painted line on the concrete slab parallel to the firing line, far enough behind the shooting benches to prevent people from reaching and touching or handling firearms while a range is cold.

Shooters walking down to check targets at the 200-Yard Benchrest range.

What does the red line mean for me?

PMRPC rules say you can’t touch firearms on a cold range. The Red Line provides a visible barrier between shooters and the firearms on the shooting benches. This is intended to prevent shooters from casually handling firearms when the range is cold and reassure those changing targets that no one will accidentally discharge a firearm in their direction.

Those not heading downrange to change or check targets must move behind the red line.

accommodations

Sitting areas are available on the ranges with the Red Line Rules. The sitting benches are away from shooting benches so you can be safely out of reach of any firearms while others are downrange.

The club has extended the concrete pad to provide sitting areas for members and extended the roof on the 200- yard benchrest range to protect from rain and sun.

Sitting benches being built for the Red Line Rule affected Ranges
Extended concrete pad at the 200-Yard Benchrest Range.
The new, wider roof at the 200-Yard Benchrest Range

responsibility

When the range goes COLD, before moving behind the Red Line or moving forward of the firing line ensure you have a chamber flag installed and the muzzle is pointed directly at the berm. .

When using a bi-pod or front rest for a rifle, your butt stock must be rested too. The rifle must be horizontal and the muzzle must be pointed directly at the berm.

CHAMBER FLAGS ARE MANDATORY AT PMRPC

Chamber flags are available from the Gate House or from the RSO Committee.

what RANGES ARE AFFECTED?

The 50-YARD PRACTICE RANGE
The OLD PRACTICE PISTOL RANGE
The SMALLBORE RANGE
The 200-YARD BENCHREST RANGE

The PRECISION PISTOL RANGE (below) already incorporates the red line system.

The PRECISION PISTOL RANGE

The red line rules

RULE # 1

THOSE NOT HEADING DOWNRANGE TO CHANGE/CHECK TARGETS OR COLLECT BRASS MUST MOVE BEHIND THE RED LINE.

CLARIFICATION

While the range is COLD and targets are being checked or changed, items that have gone FORWARD OF THE FIRING LINE from the shooting bench or spent brass may be retrieved. When you have returned from checking/changing your targets or you have retrieved your brass that has gone forward of the firing line, you must move behind the red line until the range goes HOT again.

Spent casings on the concrete pad can be collected, as usual when the range is HOT.

RULE #2

NOTHING CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE SHOOTING BENCHES WHILE THE RANGE IS COLD - ONLY TO THE SITTING AREA BEHIND THE RED LINE.

CLARIFICATION

Your shooting gear and SAFELY ENCASED firearms can be stored at the sitting area until the range goes hot again.

A SAFELY ENCASED firearm is in a holster or case that protects the trigger.
Examples of acceptable cases and holsters which protect the trigger.

A GUN SOCK IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

FIREARMS MUST NOT BE HANDLED AT ANY TIME WHILE AT THE SITTING BENCHES.

RULE #3

DO NOT APPROACH THE SHOOTING BENCHES OR HANDLE ANY GEAR ON THEM WHILE THE RANGE IS COLD.

CLARIFICATION

Take everything with you from the shooting bench that you will need while the range is cold. The shooting benches are off limits until the range is hot again. Your water bottle or phone obviously, but empty magazines and ammunition can be brought to the benches behind the red line to reload while waiting for the range to return to hot.

You may pass between the benches while returning from a position forward of the firing line en route to the Red Line while the range is COLD.

RULE #4

UNCASED FIREARMS MAY ONLY BE BROUGHT TO OR REMOVED FROM A HOT RANGE, IN A SAFE CONDITION, WITH MUZZLE POINTED AT THE GROUND AND CHAMBER FLAG INSTALLED.

CLARIFICATION

SAFE CONDITION means the firearm is unloaded, magazine removed (if possible), slide is locked to the rear, or cylinder/action is open, chamber flag is installed.
REMEMBER- Firearms cannot be touched or handled on a COLD range. If you arrive at the range with an uncased firearm, check the condition of the range before proceeding.
CHECK IF IT IS A COLD (GREEN) OR HOT (RED) RANGE.

WHEN DO THE Rules GO INTO PLACE?

SOFT LAUNCH STARTING SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

Beginning September 8, 2018 during the weekend, Range Safety Officers will be supporting a soft launch of the Red Line Rules and be posted at the 4 affected ranges. Their focus will be educating members on the changes, answering questions, and handing out reminder cards, along with all the standard duties of RSO's.

These RSO supported dates will allow an easy transition into educating members and getting the kinks worked out.

SOFT LAUNCH ENDING DECEMBER 1, 2018

On December 1, 2018 the Red Line Policy will be fully instated and violations will be actionable.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we transition these new safety rules into practice. The RSO's look forward to working with you and easing this process. As always, if you have any questions or concerns prior to coming out to one of these 4 affected ranges you can contact the Chief Instructor or the RSO Chairman at the links below.

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