We hope you have been enjoying the good weather and we look forward to seeing some of you on the range again this coming weekend. Our weekly range news below for you.
Thankfully, in accordance with the relaxation of some of the Government guidelines we can now relax some of our own rules and from this Saturday 19th June, the following changes will come into effect:
We can now resume full capacity on Ranges 1, 2 & 3 as follows:
• Range 1 – maximum 24 shooters
• Range 2 – maximum 15 shooters
• Range 3 – maximum 17 shooters
• Range 4 – will remain at maximum 3 shooters plus 1 RO, until further notice.
For Ranges 2, 3 & 4 – those members waiting to shoot must continue to wait outside.
The club house will re-open and will once again function as the main entry/exit route. Please keep the doorways and corridor clear. Face masks are essential while passing through the club house. Tea & Coffee will remain outside in the tent, and we encourage members to continue to relax and socialise outside, which has been very successful. The storage room and cleaning area will also re-open, but we ask members to be mindful of social distancing and hand hygiene at all times. Thank you to all our members for your co-operation during the past few weeks.
During the past few weeks, we as the Range Managers have been monitoring progress and habits on the range, so that we could determine our approach to Covid-19 guidelines and also to assess our compliance with general range safety procedures. You will all understand that we have on obligation to keep an eye on things from time to time, so please do not feel under the spotlight, unless you have something to hide, in which case we will find out 😉 Thankfully, we are pleased to report that apart from a small number of minor issues which were dealt with promptly, our compliance in terms of safety and legislative responsibilities has been excellent. In the background, we also have legally defined obligations to the Department of Justice and An Garda Siochana who have complimented us on our efforts. So, thank you to all our members for your on-going co-operation and feedback and in particular to our Range Safety Officers who are crucial to the safe and efficient running of our range. Member’s input is always welcome, if you have any general queries or feedback at any time, please contact Mark directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a few reminders to members on certain aspects of the legal requirements that we are all obliged to comply with:
1. Smallbore Pistol Magazines must be limited to hold no more than 5 rounds – for further reading please see SI 337 of 2009
2. You are obliged, when travelling to and from the range to store your ammunition in a locked container – for further reading please see SI 420 of 2019 and SI 420 of 2019 Guidance Notes
Advice is always available to members who wish to query their legal obligations, feel free to ask.
Do you know the difference between your Factory Sporter or your Light Varmint rifle in terms of Benchrest classes? If not, then read on.
The classes are defined by primarily by the rifle weight, but also sometime by the scope power, so below is the quick guide:
Semi-Auto Rifle –= Rifle Weight – No Limit — Scope Power = No Limit
Factory Sporter –= Rifle Weight up to 8.5lbs — Scope Power = Max 12.5
Light Varmint –= Rifle Weight up to 10.5lbs — Scope Power = No Limit
Heavy Varmint –= Rifle Weight up to 15lbs — Scope Power = No Limit
More tips and advice each week. If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to ask Declan at email@example.com
Range Safety Briefings
We have recently held two successful Range Safety Briefings for new members with a third one this coming Saturday which is already fully booked. Our Range Safety Briefing has been re-designed and is delivered by Declan and Mark. While this is essential for new members, any existing members are also welcome to attend if you would like to brush up on your range knowledge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
At long last, we are returning to our Competition schedule with a 2-day competition event on July 10th & 11th.
Disciplines will consist of
• Timed & Precision 1
• 25m Precision
• Benchrest Rifle
• 100m Rifle (Smallbore, Centrefire & Classic)
In the two weeks prior to this event, we will run practice sessions on Saturdays to encourage you to brush up on your competition skills and to demonstrate same to new members. Further details will be announced next week. For any queries on our competition disciplines please feel free to email Declan at email@example.com
RO’s for Competition
In order to facilitate this competition event, we require Range Officers to volunteer to either run the lines on the day or to assist in the clearing of firearms, training can be provided in advance, please contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in assisting. We welcome your assistance at whatever level you feel comfortable with.
Sunday Practice Session
Toby continues to run a 2-hour practice session on Range 1 every Sunday from 11am to 1pm, providing valuable competition practice with useful tips and advice. Gallery Rifle and Pistol shooters are welcome to participate, or any members are welcome to observe and learn.
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