STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES AND RANGE RULES

The Board of Directors has adopted a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all handling of guns at Coxsackie Sportsmen’s Club. Copies will be available at all ranges and online. Please read and familiarize yourself with them, for we are all responsible for safety.

Only the highest degree of safety and good sportsmanship will be tolerated. All standard operating procedures, general and range specific rules and club by-laws must be followed by all persons on the club property. Violations will result in Board of Directors’ disciplinary action and possible criminal action against the member or guest involved. Trespassers will be arrested and prosecuted.

General Range Rules:

Eye and Ear protection required on all ranges including bystanders. This includes the parking area adjacent to the outdoor pistol range.

All Ranges are Cold Ranges!

Cold Range:  All guns will be unloaded and cased.  Guns will be removed from the case only at the shooting bench or booth.  When shooting with a group, appoint a range officer for the group and the range officer will clear all guns!  When the appointed range officer declares the range is cold then it will be safe to go down range to place or check targets.  If there is anyone down range, the range is cold and no guns are to be handled. It is acceptable to load detached magazine when the range is cold. Please communicate and cooperate when a trip down range is required making sure all users of the range are aware of range status. Never proceed down range without confirming with all participants that the range is cold.  Bolts and actions should be open. If your action doesn’t lock open please use an Unloaded Chamber indicator.

Hot Range (It’s unsafe to go down range): Please communicate and verify the range is hot with all participants and make sure everyone is wearing eye & ear protection before handling guns and firing.  Unloaded and   loaded guns must always be pointed downrange at the berm.

THE 4 RULES OF GUN SAFETY:

Treat ALL guns as if they are always loaded.

Never let the muzzle of the gun point any place but down range! MUZZLES OF LOADED FIREARMS MUST BE KEPT HORIZONTAL. RAISING THE BARREL ABOVE HORIZONTAL (EXCEPT TRAPSHOOTING) WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP! NO EXCEPTIONS, YOU ARE BEING RECORDED ON VIDEO!

Keep your finger off of the trigger and outside the trigger guard, indexed along the frame or slide until you are on target and have made the decision to fire. THIS RULE WILL ALSO BE MONITORED ON VIDEO. DO NOT JEOPARDIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY VIOLATING THIS RULE!

Identify your target and what is behind it. ALL PROJECTILES MUST ENTER THE BULLET TRAP OR BERM, NO EXCEPTIONS.  VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN INSTANT LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP.

Standard Operating Procedure for all ranges:

All guns must be unloaded and cased at all times from the car to the firing line or shooting booth.

Use the log book to sign in and out.

Put target stands away and leave the range in better condition than when you arrived.

ONLY CLUB SUPPLIED TARGET FRAMES CAN BE USED ON ANY OF OUR RANGES.

NO MEMBER SUPPLIED STEEL TARGETS ARE ALLOWED.

INTENTIONAL DAMAGE TO CLUB PROPERTY WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP!

If garbage cans are full empty them in the dumpster.

When exiting, unload and place gun in the case at the firing line or shooting booth (while maintaining muzzle safe muzzle direction) for transport from the range. When exiting you must wait until all shooters are behind the firing line.

Any member has the right to challenge unknown persons for proof of membership.  Our insurance only allows for members of the public on the property as a guest or at scheduled events.

Anyone may call a CEASE FIRE. The command is “CEASE FIRE, CEASE FIRE, CEASE FIRE”. All shooters must then MAKE THEIR GUNS SAFE, KEEPING THE MUZZLE HORIZONTAL, POINTED DOWNRANGE, and wait further instructions.

MAKING YOUR GUN SAFE:  Magazine removed, slide locked to the rear or bolt open, cylinder open, chamber(s) visibly empty, ON THE BENCH.  The appointed range officer must visually inspect all guns to verify they are safe before declaring SAFE TO GO DOWN RANGE and permitting anyone to go downrange.

When you are finished firing, MAKE YOUR GUN SAFE.

No one is allowed down range until the Range Officer declares it CLEAR.

ABSOLUTELY NO TOUCHING OF FIREARMS WHILE PEOPLE ARE DOWNRANGE. This includes firearms in gun cases on the shelf.

No guns chambered in .50 BMG (.50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun or any derivative of that round) will be allowed on any of our ranges.  Violation of this rule will result in immediate termination of membership!

Eye and Ear protection required on all ranges for shooters and bystanders.

All shots must impact the berm.  No shots should hit the ground or any other place at any time.

NO angle shooting. Shoot only perpendicular to backstop line. Stay in your target’s lane.

No fully automatic guns are allowed on any range.  This includes bump stocks or any trigger activator.

No alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed on club property!  No shooting under the influence!

No armor piercing ammunition is allowed. Anyone intentionally damaging club property will lose their membership.

No bottles or glass targets, exploding targets or hard targets, such as bricks or rocks.

Club Range Safety Officers have the authority to take control of the firing line at any time. They will assist shooters in fundamental safe gun practices if necessary.

A parent or guardian who is a CSC member must accompany persons under the age of 18 and understand the rules of gun safety.

When there are two (2) or more persons on the range, whether or not you know each other, they will designate a range officer to call the line and coordinate the activity to insure safety.  All persons are responsible to follow all general rules and the rules of the particular range that they may be shooting on.

Members may have a maximum of two (2) guests at any given time.  Members are responsible for their guests while on club property and must accompany guests at all times.

Trigger finger control.  If your sights are off target, your finger MUST be outside of the trigger guard.

When members are waiting, shooters will be limited to 50 rounds.  Be courteous to your fellow members.

Slow fire ONLY on ALL ranges.  Slow Fire = 1 shot per second.  “Double taps” (i.e., two shots in rapid succession) are permitted – but, you must pause for a least one second between each two shot group.

When moving to and from different ranges or shooting points on the same range, all long guns will be unloaded and secured in a case.

Pistols – Unloaded, cased and/or Holstered with magazine removed.

FISHING is available, however fishermen must put up the yellow rope with the sign designating that someone is downrange. Remove the rope and sign before leaving the premises. Please note that fishing is allowed at any time, but fishermen must yield to range users when requested. MEMBERS WANTING TO FISH DURING TRAP MUST INFORM THE TRAP COMMITTEE OF THEIR INTENTIONS BEFORE STARTING, AND MUST STAY BEYOND THE RIFLE RANGE FIRING POINT.

Dogs welcome.  Must be leashed at all times.  You must clean up after your dog.

No vehicles are allowed past the trap house.

Note:  All ranges are under video surveillance!  If you are caught using unsafe gun handling practices your range access/or club membership will be terminated.

300 YARD RANGE – The 300 yard range is available only during scheduled events.  Unauthorized use of the range will result in instant loss of membership.

You must qualify for the use of the 300 yard range.  You must shoot with a qualified range officer. 

Your car must block the driveway and the rope and sign placed across the road to signify that the 300 yard range is in use.

SAFE AREA: Pistol Ranges

All SOPs apply.

 A Safe Area is defined as a designated area where the following rules apply:

             a. Each safe area must be clearly identified by visible signage and include a table with the safe direction and boundaries clearly shown.

      b. Unloaded guns may be handled at any time in the SAFE AREA. This area is used for bagging or uncasing a gun, holstering, drawing, dry firing, or equipment adjustments.

                     c. A safe area may also be used for inspections, stripping, cleaning, repairs and   maintenance of guns,          ammunition feeding devices or related equipment.

                     d. The muzzle of the gun must be pointed in a safe direction.

      e. NO LIVE AMMUNITION ALLOWED IN THE SAFE AREA! Handling of ammunition, loaded ammunition feeding devices, loose rounds, dummy ammunition, snap caps, Simunitions (non-lethal training ammunition) or loaded guns is not permitted in safe areas.

      f. A safe area may also be used, while accompanied by a range officer, to render safe a gun that has locked up or is otherwise inoperable and contains a live round or rounds.

      g. Reload practice within the safe area is not allowed.  An empty magazine may be inserted into gun to test functionality or to drop the hammer on a gun with a magazine disconnect, but reload practice is   prohibited.

 h. A safe muzzle direction must be maintained at all times.

When moving to and from different ranges or shooting points on the same range, all long guns will be unloaded and secured in a case.

Pistols – Unloaded, cased and/or Holstered with magazine removed.

Absolutely no handling or touching guns for any reason behind the shooting line. 

All shots must impact the berm.  No shots should hit the ground.

All damages to club property; facilities, ranges, equipment, buildings must be reported to the Board of Directors promptly, (within 24 hours) or to the activity director in charge at the time the damage occurs, by the person causing the damage.

INDOOR RANGE:

All SOPs apply.

Exhaust fan must be used while shooting!

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week unless a previously scheduled activity, meeting or class is scheduled.

Only straight walled handgun rounds, jacketed or plain lead, up to and including .44 Remington magnum are allowed in the indoor range. (Not allowed; 454 Casull, 460 S&W, 500 S&W, etc.)

No BB guns allowed, however Pellet guns, shooting lead pellets, are allowed.

.22 long rifle, .17 HMR and .22 Mag are allowed on the indoor range.

All shots must impact the target area inside the blue lines.  No shots are allowed to hit the floor, ceiling or walls. TARGETS MUST BE PLACED WITHIN THE BLUE TAPE ON THE CARDBOARD BACKERS.

If the indoor range is occupied, wait until conditions are safe before entering. Wait until shooters are either prepping magazines or posting new targets and verify that the line is safe.

Maintain strict muzzle control, pointing muzzle downrange from the firing line at all times when uncased. At no time shall the gun leave the confines of the shooting booth until unloaded and cased. BARRELS OF ALL LOADED FIREARMS MUST BE KEPT HORIZONTAL. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP.

No drawing from the holster except for BOD approved activities. No hip shooting, point shooting, or fanning unless approved by the BOD and during a supervised activity.

When exiting, unload and place gun in the case at the firing line or shooting booth (while maintaining muzzle control) for safe transport from the range.  When exiting you must wait until all shooters are behind the firing line.

OUTDOOR PISTOL RANGE:

All SOPs apply.

NO VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED PAST THE SIGN AT THE TOP OF THE RANGE ENTRANCE. Parking along the driveway is allowed, if you can do so without impeding traffic.

EYE AND EAR PROTECTION IS MANDATORY AT ALL TIMES, FOR EVERYONE ENTERING PAST THE WARNING SIGN. BECAUSE OF THE INSTALLATION OF THE PLATE RACK, EYE AND EAR PROTECTION MUST BE WORN BY EVERYONE, INCLUDING SPECTATORS, ANYWHERE PAST THE WARNING SIGN, DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF BULLET SPLATTER. DON’T JEOPARDIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP. THIS RULE IS ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY!

USE OF PLATE RACK:

The plate rack is now permanently installed for member use. It must be left in the installed location.

Shooters must stay inside the firing point, between the two signs.

When using the rope to reset the plates, YOUR GUN MUST BE MADE SAFE, THEN PLACED ON THE SHELF, MUZZLE POINTED DOWNRANGE.  DO USE THE RESET ROPE WHILE HOLDING A GUN!

The plate rack can be used with the following cartridges: 22 rimfire, 380 ACP, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 9mm Para, 40 S&W, 38 Super, 357 SIG, 10MM, 45 GAP, and 45 ACP. Questions about other calibers, contact a board member.

NO ARMOR PIERCING OR BULLETS WITH NON LEAD CORES.  ANYONE INTENTIONALLY DAMAGING THE PLATE RACK WILL LOSE THEIR MEMBERSHIP!

On the covered firing point range, all shooting must be done from inside the firing point building, unless authorized during a club event.

.22 long rifle, 17HMR and .22 Mag are allowed on the outdoor range.

Rifles and Pistol Caliber Carbines (PCC) may be used on the outdoor range, ONLY IN THE FOLLOWING CALIBERS:  .38, .357, .40, .45 and 9mm.

If the outdoor range is occupied wait until conditions are safe before entering. Wait until shooters are either prepping magazines or posting new targets and verify that the line is safe.

Maintain strict muzzle control, pointing downrange from the firing line at all times when uncased.

MUZZLES OF LOADED FIREARMS MUST BE KEPT HORIZONTAL. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP.

KEEP YOUR FINGER OUTSIDE OF THE TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL THE SIGHTS ARE ON TARGET. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP.

No drawing from the holster except for BOD approved activities. No hip shooting, point shooting, or fanning unless approved by the BOD and during a supervised activity.

When exiting, unload and place gun in the case at the firing line or shooting booth (while maintaining muzzle control) for safe transport to the car. When exiting you must wait until all shooters are behind the firing line.

Eye protection is mandatory! NO METAL TARGETS EXCEPT FOR CLUB PROVIDED TARGETS. ALL POSTED RULES FOR USE OF THE CLUB’S TARGETS MUST BE FOLLOWED. INTENTIONALLY DAMAGING CLUB PROPERTY WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP.

ONLY CLUB PROVIDED TARGET FRAMES ARE ALLOWED ON THE OUTDOOR PISTOL RANGE.

ALL PROJECTILES MUST STOP IN THE BERM.

OUTDOOR RIFLE RANGE:

All SOPs apply.

Absolutely no handling or touching guns for any reason while there are shooters forward of the firing line and down range. Step away from all guns while shooters are downrange.

Maintain strict muzzle control, pointing downrange from the firing line at all times when uncased.

MUZZLES OF LOADED FIREARMS MUST BE KEPT HORIZONTAL OR LOWER. ALL SHOTS MUST STOP IN A BERM.

Use of the 200 yard berm is restricted to the two furthest West side (right side facing the berm) benches only!   No firing at the 100 yard berm from these two benches.

No shooting in the direction of the lake!

The rifle range is closed during maintenance operations.

No vehicles are allowed past the trap house.

All shots must impact the berm. No shots should hit the ground at any time.  TARGETS MUST BE PLACED IN FRONT OF EACH BERM.  ALL SHOTS MUST STOP IN THE BERM.

Shooting the club owned steel targets on the rifle range:

No shooting steel targets forward the firing line.

No guns larger than .30-06 allowed on the steel targets.

The steel targets on the 100 yard range are only to be shot from the center bench.

The steel targets on the 200 yard range are only to be shot from West side closest to the pond (right side facing the berm) benches.  

TRAP RANGE:

All SOPs apply.

A safe muzzle direction must be maintained at all times.

All persons, shooters or spectators, are required to wear ear and eye protection while on or near any range where guns are in use.

Shotguns must only be loaded when the competitor is standing on the shooting station, facing the trap with the gun pointed towards the target flight area and only after the course of fire has started.

When shooting is interrupted, the gun must be opened and any cartridges and cartridge cases must be removed.

No competitor may turn from the shooting station before his gun is open and empty.

Absolutely no handling or touching guns for any reason while there is anyone forward of the firing line.  Actions must be open, chambers empty and placed on the rack when anyone is downrange.

Single shot, double barrel and over/under shotguns must be carried chambers empty with the breech visibly open, muzzle forward.

Semi-automatic and pump action shotguns must be carried with the breech bolt visibly open, magazine and chamber empty and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, up to the sky.

Shotguns not in use must be placed in a gun rack or case.

No guns are allowed in the trap shack, unless specific permission is given by the trap committee. Guns should be kept outside in the racks, unloaded.  Entering or exiting the trap house with a club owned gun, the action must be open (pumps and autos), actions closed for single shots, over and under or double barrel, muzzle pointed up to keep from sweeping the bystanders in the trap house.

OUTDOOR COMBAT PISTOL RANGE:

All SOPs apply.

This range is closed if the outdoor pistol range is in use!

Limited to 1 shooter at a time.

Targets to be attached to the snow fence or target stands.

If shooters are waiting, limit your course of fire to 50 rounds.

No handling of guns of any kind on a shooting range when persons are down range.

A safe muzzle direction must be maintained at all times.

Drawing from the holster is allowed.

No shooting past 7 yards.

NO STEEL TARGETS ALLOWED.

Clean up your brass.

Range Damage:

If reported:

First time range damage, you help to repair it or cover the cost of the repair.

Second time damage, meet with the Board of Directors and explain circumstances.  The Board will determine proper course of action.  The least will be a re-orientation on the ranges.  Assist with the repair.  The most, will be termination from club.

Unreported damage that requires viewing security video – door key will be turned off and club use suspended pending meeting with Board.  6 month suspension from the use of ranges inside and outside. Board will determine proper course of action to prevent further damage.

Check the range for damage before you shoot and after you are done shooting.

Anyone found intentionally destroying club property will result in immediate termination of membership.

Safety violations:  As seen on video or in person.

First Degree First offense:  Pointing a gun at or Sweeping another shooter.  Handling a gun while another shooter is down range.  Door key will be turned off and range use suspended pending meeting with Board.  Three months of no range use.  Inside and outside.  Attend a safety briefing and orientation then, demonstrate and explain the 4 rules of gun safety.

First Degree Second offense:  Pointing a gun at or Sweeping another shooter.  Handling a gun while another shooter is down range.  Door key will be turned off and range use suspended pending meeting with Board.  Six months of no range use.  Inside and outside.  Attend a safety briefing and orientation then, demonstrate and explain the 4 rules of gun safety.

First Degree Third offense:  Termination of membership.

Second Degree First offense:  Pointing a gun other than down range, door key will be turned off and range use suspended pending meeting with Board.  1 month of no range use.  Inside and outside.  Attend a safety briefing and orientation then, demonstrate and explain the 4 rules of gun safety.

Second Degree Second offense: Three months of no range use.  Inside and outside.   Attend a safety briefing and orientation then, demonstrate and explain the 4 rules of gun safety.

Second Degree Third offense: termination of membership.

Safety violations are violations that endanger another person or the shooter.  These include: pointing the muzzle of any firearm at any part of the body (of the shooter or anyone else); shooting at an object that will cause a ricochet or fail to stop the bullet from leaving the range (This means ALL SHOTS MUST ENTER THE BULLET TRAP WHEN SHOOTING INDOORS, AND THE BERM WHEN SHOOTING OUTDOORS. THIS INCLUDES INTENTIONALLY SHOOTING AT ANY EXPOSED CONCRETE ON ANY BERM); failure to observe any of the BASIC RULES OF GUN SAFETY; RAISING THE BARREL OF A LOADED GUN (EXCEPT FOR TRAP SHOOTING) ABOVE HORIZONTAL; PLACING THE TRIGGER FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD OF A LOADED GUN BEFORE THE SIGHTS ARE ON TARGET.  The 300 yard firing point can only be used when a Range Safety Officer is present – violation of this rule will result in termination of membership.

Range damage is the damage or destruction of any of the club’s infrastructure; walls, ceiling, floor and any area outside of the marked target mounting cardboard or any target retrieval system that the club installs. On the outdoor ranges, anyone intentionally damaging club provided steel targets by using ammunition designed to penetrate or damage steel, or in excess of allowed energy levels is considered to be INTENTIONALLY DAMAGING CLUB PROPERTY.  The use of the club provided wooden target frames on the outdoor ranges using shotguns is prohibited.  The club provided frames are not made for shotgun use and are damaged beyond repair when used for shotguns.  Intentional damage to the club’s target frames with shotguns is considered RANGE DAMAGE. If you want to pattern your shotgun, bring it to Saturday Trapshooting, and request assistance to pattern your shotgun.

IF ANY MEMBER CANNOT SHOOT ACCURATELY ENOUGH TO COMPLY WITH RANGE DAMAGE RULES, MUST REQUEST MARKSMANSHIP TRAINING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.  THE INABILITY TO SHOOT ACCURATELY IS A DANGER TO THE SHOOTER, ANYONE ELSE AND JEOPARDIZES THE VERY EXISTENCE OF THE CLUB.  IT IS NOT SHAMEFUL TO ASK FOR ASSISTANCE, IT IS YOUR DUTY AS A GUN OWNER.  THE CLUB WILL GLADLY SUPPLY ASSISTANCE TO ANYONE.  JUST ASK. REQUESTS WILL BE HANDLED DISCREETLY.