The Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club shall have one or more NRA Certified Range Safety Officers on duty while the shooting range is open. These RSO’s may be paid or volunteer. If volunteers are used there will be a written monthly schedule of their times.
Paid RSO’s shall be certified in American Red Cross Basic First Aid or a similar course.
All RSO’s must have a copy of their certifications on file with the ISC Secretary.
22.1Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club Range Safety Officers (RSO):
22.1.1 Range Safety Officer (RSO) training shall be in accordance with the National Rifle Association Guidelines.
22.1.2 Range Safety Officers are permitted to carry a holstered firearm while on-duty at their discretion. This firearm may be carried in plain view, or concealed if the RSO has the appropriate concealed carry permit. RSOs that carry a firearm on-duty have the understanding that they are carrying for self-defense of their own person or the defense of others, and not for the defense of the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club property.
22.2 Each shooting activity that is open to the public will have at least one or more NRA certified range safety officer(s) present upon that range during any and all shooting activity.
22.2.1 Range safety officer(s) must be certified by the National Rifle Association, or by a nationally recognized shooting association, only with the approval of the Board of Directors of Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club.
22.2.2 The RSO(s) shall be a non-participant of the event.
22.2.3 The primary RSO shall have complete control of the sub-range during that event.
22.2.4 The RSO is charged with the enforcement of the range SOP rules during the event.
This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is intended to provide a consistent and documented set of rules that govern the range safety officers and serve as minimum guidelines to be followed by all users of the range leased by Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club.
Organizations that use the range facility owned by Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club shall provide to Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club a copy of their range Standard Operating Procedures for verification that their range Standard Operating Procedures meet or exceed this minimum range Standard Operating Procedure.
If an organization does not have any written range Standard Operating Procedures, that organization shall adhere to this range Standard Operating Procedure.
If an organization’s range Standard Operating Procedures do not, as a minimum, meet these procedures, that organization shall adhere to this range Standard Operating Procedure.
4.1.1 The Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club range is designed to provide access to a facility where Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club members and/or public users can utilize live fire to become more proficient with firearms.
4.2 All Users of the Range
4.2.1 All shooters and spectators must complete a non-member waiver or a member application yearly prior to utilizing the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club firing range. Participants and spectators will be required to sign in via the computer system.
4.2.2 Scanned card records by individuals with cards are an acceptable substitute to this requirement.
4.2.3 Shooters will conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times and will be responsible for the conduct of any guests they bring.
4.2.4 All shooters are responsible for their own firearms and ammunition and archery tackle while on the premises.
4.2.5 Uncased or unholstered firearms not being fired must be benched or racked.
184.108.40.206 Actions must be open
220.127.116.11 Chambers must be empty
18.104.22.168 Muzzles must be pointed in a safe direction
22.214.171.124 Magazines or Clips must be removed
4.2.6 Firearms can only be loaded on the firing line after the RSO has made the announcement to “Commence Firing.”
4.2.7 Do not point firearms at anything except authorized targets.
126.96.36.199 Fire at your own target only.
188.8.131.52 Give the command “Cease Fire” should an unsafe condition occur.
184.108.40.206 Follow the instructions of the RSO.
220.127.116.11 At all times, personal pets must be kept under strict control so as to not distract other shooters or observers.
4.3 Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs
4.3.1 Individuals shall not be under the influence of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or drugs that impair judgment (including prescription and over-the-counter medications) before or during live firing.
4.3.2 The RSO shall deny range access to anyone deemed to be under the influence.
4.4 Medical Support
4.4.1 In the event of a Medical situation, notify the RSO immediately.
18.104.22.168 Additional information is located in Emergency Procedures Section of this document.
4.5 General Range Commands:
o Standard Firing Line Command definitions:
§ “Shooters on the firing line.” means shooters move to their firing points.
§ “Snap Caps.’ Direct a muzzle loader to affix a cap, or prime the pan, point the firearm down range and “snap” the cap to insure that the flash hole is clear and the barrel is free of obstructions that may cause a hang fire.
§ “Commence Fire.” This informs the shooters that they may begin shooting.
§ “Cease Firing.” Given when time has expired or at any other time that firing must cease.
§ “Unload.” Remove round from chamber (un-cap or dump pan if muzzleloader)
§ “Show Clear.” Requires the shooter to show that his firearm is unloaded and clear of all ammunition. A second person must verify that the firearm is unloaded.
§ “Move out of position.” Shooters to move out of their firing position.
§ “Go forward.” Means the shooters can go down range and change their targets.
4.6 Shooting Range rules and regulations
4.6.1 The Range rules and regulations are broken down into General Rules, General Range Rules, Firearm Safety Rules, General Range Safety Rules, Hygiene guidelines with some special concerns, Outdoor range rules, and administrative rules.
4.6.2 The outdoor range rules are further broken down as general outdoor range rules and by individual sub-range specific rules.
6.1 Each range shall be posted with applicable range safety rules and operating procedures.
6.2 No alcohol will be permitted on any of the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club range facilities.
6.3 All forms of illicit drugs, including but not limited to marijuana, depressant or stimulant drugs, or narcotic drugs, are banned from any and all Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club facilities.
6.4 The primary Range Safety Officer (RSO), or his/her designee, shall be responsible for range safety and enforcement of all range safety rules.
6.4.1 The primary Range Safety Officer has the authority at any time to request a demonstration of an individual’s ability to safely fire any firearm in question being fired at a rate of fire determined to be too rapid (See 22.214.171.124.).
6.4.2 The primary Range Safety Officer can declare rapid fire as excessive and has the authority to require a slower rate of fire.
6.5 Persons showing signs of alcohol or drug usage shall be barred from handling any firearms.
6.6 Persons not complying with the range safety rules will be asked by the RSO to leave the firing line or to leave the range depending upon the severity of the infraction (see section 14).
6.7 The RSO shall be identified by any means that makes them readily identifiable to all participants. The Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club will provide RSOs with NRA approved apparel including identifiable initials.
6.8 Handling of any firearm for any reason is not permitted while anyone is downrange.
6.9 All shooting immediately stops upon the command “Cease Fire.”
6.9.1 Only the primary Range Safety Officer shall have the authority to restart shooting activity after a “Cease Fire” has been called.
126.96.36.199 Any other individual (that is not the primary RSO) issuing the “Commence fire” command shall be considered in violation of this Standard Operating Procedure and shall be asked to vacate the range facility.
188.8.131.52 Any individual refusing to vacate the range shall be turned over to law enforcement personnel to be escorted from the range facility as a trespasser.
6.10 Loaded Firearms that have malfunctioned.
6.10.1 Check with the RSO to determine if a gunsmith is on site.
184.108.40.206 Call one of the gunsmiths listed on the call list.
7.1 Un-cased or upholstered firearms must be unloaded with the actions open with all clips/magazines removed at all times while on Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club property, except when preparing to fire on the firing line.
7.2 It is the duty and responsibility of each individual that observes an improper or unsafe action on the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club facility to discreetly bring it to the attention of the Range Safety Officer.
7.3 No automatic firearms are permitted on any range except as provided for by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
7.3.1 Extremely rapid firing is not allowed.
220.127.116.11 The maximum rate of sustained fire is not more than one shot per second.
7.4 Armor Piercing, Tracer, or incendiary ammunition are not permitted.
7.5 All shots will be directed downrange at proper targets in designated areas.
7.6 Only approved paper targets will be used. These targets will NOT be a “human” type target with human features, personality, or details.
7.6.1 The following silhouette type targets are specifically authorized for club usage: B-27, B-273, B-34, B-29, TQ-15, TQ-16, TQ-19, TQ-20, B-21, B-21x, B-21e, and B-30.
7.7 No metal targets will be used with the exception of Club approved swingers constructed on spot 18 by the ISC, and will only be shot at a minimum distance of 47 meters (50 yards) with adequate backstop using .22 rim-fire ammunition only.
7.7.1 They must be free swinging or knock down upon impact.
7.7.2 Muzzleloaders using round ball, the distance of 25 yards is acceptable.
7.7.3 All shots must impact the backstop berm.
7.8 Organizational shoots at their practice sessions or organized shoots may use any type target determined to be safe by the sanctioning organization.
7.8.1 All members of the organization or group are responsible for the clean up of targets, and/or supporting materials before leaving the range.
7.9 No shooting at glass bottles, cans, rocks, or any item that may cause harm to persons, animals, or Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club property is permitted.
7.10 Targets may not be attached to any bench, building, tree stump, or other Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club property not specifically designed to hold targets
7.11 All shooters under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and be under their direct supervision while shooting or handling firearms.
7.12 Eye Protection is strongly recommended for all archery activities.
7.13 Eye and Ear protection is required for all shooting activities involving firearms.
10.1 Refrain from eating, smoking, applying makeup, or placing your hands in the proximity of your mouth or nose while on the range or cleaning a firearm.
10.2 Ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly with lead-removing wipes and/or soap and cold water if you decide to eat, drink, smoke, apply makeup, or place your hands in the proximity of your mouth or nose, and prior to leaving the facility.
10.3 Change and wash clothing after a shooting or firearm cleaning session to minimize exposure to airborne lead or solvent and cleaning product residues.
13.1All Range commands must be obeyed at all times.
13.2Flintlock shooters are to inform the other shooters when ready to shoot.
13.2.1 Generally this is accomplished by loudly stating “Flint”.
13.3Smoking is prohibited, except in designated area
13.4Loading benches will be no closer than 6 feet to the rear of the firing line.
13.5Powder must be loaded into the firearm by means of a single charge measure.
13.5.1 Pouring powder from flask, horn, or other large container is prohibited.
13.6Never discharge muzzle loading firearms over or near a loading bench.
13.7Load muzzle loading firearms only with black powder or an authorized substitute such as Pyrodex.
13.8Designated spectator area shall be at least 4 feet behind the loading area.
13.9Do not cap or prime the pan of any muzzle-loading firearm until into position at the firing line and after the command “Line is hot”.
13.10 Once muzzleloader is capped or primed, the muzzle must be pointed at the target area.
13.11 DO NOT “BLOW” DOWN THE BARREL TO EXTINGUISH SPARKS.
13.11.1 The barrel is recommended to be swabbed with a damp patch between shots to kill any live sparks that may remain in the bore.
13.12 Loading of the barrel is not permitted at the firing line.
13.12.1 Certain events that require shooting from the bag, loading from firing line is permissible.
13.13 After two falls of the hammer or cock and no main charge ignition it is considered a malfunction:
13.13.1 Un-cap or dump the pan,
13.13.2 Keep the muzzle pointed down range,
18.104.22.168 Shooter to remain in position for three minutes (3) in case of a hang-fire.
13.13.3 Inform the RSO of the malfunction,
13.13.4 Move to the properly designated “Problem Box” upon direction of the RSO.
13.14 No capped or primed firearm shall leave the firing line.
13.14.1Charged firearms will be permitted to leave the firing line only by instruction of the RSO.
13.14.2 CAUTION: A charged firearm may fire uncapped, by a spark created by the hammer striking the nipple when residue from a cap remains. Also the flint striking the frizzen of a flintlock even with an empty flash pan may cause the firearm to discharge.
14.1All wildlife and domestic animals are protected on Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club facilities.
14.1.1 The shooting or harassment of any animal is strictly prohibited. Violators of this rule will be ejected from the facility at the discretion of the Range Safety Officer and must petition the Executive Committee within 30 days of violation.
14.2 All shooters under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult of at least 21 years of age, and be under that adult’s direct supervision while shooting.
14.3 Remove all trash when leaving the range. Ensure trash is properly disposed of in the correct receptacles.
14.4 Ear and Eye protection is required for all shooting activities that involve firearms.
14.5 All uncased or unholstered firearms MUST be unloaded with the action open and clips/magazines removed, except when preparing to fire on the firing line.
14.6 ALL uncased or unholstered firearms must be unloaded with the action open before anyone goes downrange.
14.7 NO handling of any firearms while anyone is downrange.
14.8 Do not go forward of the firing line unless a cease-fire has been called and the range is declared safe by the Range Safety Officer.
14.9Facilities must be left in a clean and orderly condition after their usage.
14.10 Unless the club member at the annual calendar meeting or at a general membership meeting has reserved the club facility, club members shall not monopolize any club facilities.
14.11 Organized club functions have the priority in the usage of the ranges.
14.12 Archery Range:
14.12.1 Shooting hours are between 8:00 a.m. to the opening of the Shooting Range.
14.13 Shooting Range:
14.13.1 Range shooting hours are between 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The shooting hours for Saturdays are from 10:00am to 6:00pm. During winter, range closure will be based upon the sundown time.
14.14.1 All parking will be in designated areas.
14.14.2 On vehicles that must be left for an extended amount of time, leave a note on the dashboard with when you expect to return. Vehicles that will be left unattended for an extended amount of time must be parked on the road outside of the facility gates.
14.15 Schedule of activities
14.15.1 Range Activities are scheduled on the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club master calendar.
22.214.171.124 The Range Activities scheduling takes place either at the annual calendaring meeting or by presenting a request to the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club Board of Directors.
126.96.36.199 The request for event scheduling is to be a written request.
14.16 The scheduled activity will have the control of the scheduled full range or sub-range that was properly requested and approved.
14.16.1 Full range closure means that all sub-closed are closed for any use, other than the event or program under the direction of that group.
14.16.2 The group’s representative must approve any other use during that time.
13.17.3 The group shall have full and absolute range usage authority over any other use during that time.
13.17.4 Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club shall be able to override the group’s authority, if this Range Standard Operating Procedure is violated by the using group.
13.17.5 Master Range Schedule Calendar is located at the Shooting Range and is also viewable on the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club Website (www.IssaquahSportsmensClub.com).