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CHESHIRE COUNTY SHOOTING SPORTS EDUCATION FOUNDATION RANGE RULES
- Shoot down range ONLY at the backstop. All projectiles (bullets) must impact a range backstop / impact berm. The muzzle must be pointed down while chambering a round on all ranges.
- No one under the age of 18 is to use the range unless supervised by a qualified member.
- Eye and Ear protection is required. Ear plugs are available in the vending machine.
- Have your current membership card with you at all times while on Foundation property. No shooting without it.
- Shoot the proper firearm on the proper range.
- Keep all actions open, magazines out and safeties on while off firing lines or when anyone is down range.
- Do not handle or aim firearms when anyone is down range. Ensure the “down range” flag at the right end of the 200 yard firing line is used whenever anyone is forward of that line.
- No shooting from 300 or 600 yard line except during sanctioned events or approval by Board of Directors.
- No one is permitted forward of the 300 or 600 yard line whenever a 300/600 yard event is process. The road is to be blocked / signed to prevent vehicles from going forward of the firing line.
- Do not shoot at bottles, trees, target frames or rocks. Use approved targets only.
- Do not leave litter. Clean up your firing point and backstop before leaving.
- Alcoholic beverages or drugs in any form are prohibited. Any person having consumed alcoholic beverages or drugs will be refused admittance.
- Tracer, explosive, incendiary or other destructive ammunition is prohibited except during BOD approved events.
- The main gate may be left open while you are using the CCSSEF facilities. Make certain that, if you are the first person to open the gate, you secure the gate in the full open position by attaching the rope on each side of the gate to their respective retaining poles. If you are the last person to leave the CCSSEF facilities, make sure that you lock the gate behind you.
- Be courteous to other shooters at all times. KEEP YOUR COOL!
- Remind other shooters of these regulations and point out to them any infractions.
- Obey any special directives given to you by any official of this foundation.
- Report any infraction of these rules to a foundation official after you have first reminded the shooter of the infraction and he/she still refuses to comply.
- Any infraction of safety regulations may result in revocation of your membership.
- THINK SAFETY AT ALL TIMES!!!!
RANGE OPERATIONS GUIDE
1. General. Live firing conducted at the CCSSEF Range Complex is designed to provide authorized personnel access to a facility where they can become proficient with firearms.
2. Facilities for Use. Range availability is at the discretion of the Board of Directors (BOD). Live-fire shooting is normally limited to the following ranges and equipment:
- Pistol Range–Pistols and shotguns any caliber or gauge and rimfire rifles only.
- 100 yard covered and 200 yard open firing line—Rifles, pistols and shotguns of any caliber or gauge provided projectiles are impacting in an impact berm.
- 300 yard line—Centerfire rifle cartridge and muzzle loading rifle only.
- Trap and Skeet Range–Shotguns only. (#7 ½ – 9 shot; no slugs.)
- “Plinker Range”—The use of this range has been suspended.
- Indoor Range—TDB when built
3. Range Limitations and Safety Requirements. Live-fire shooters will:
- Fire only on designated ranges.
- Fire only authorized firearms and ammunition at designated ranges.
- Fire at authorized targets only.
- Paper/cardboard targets affixed to wooden, cardboard or metal frames.
- BOD approved metal targets.
- Trap houses/target throwers are for organized practices and events and not for recreational shooting. Hand throwers and personal throwers are permitted on the lower (new) trap field.
Intentional shooting at Foundation buildings, structures, equipment, tables or chairs is grounds for immediate revocation of membership.
- Non members can fire only after completing a “hold harmless” agreement. (Required for each visit to the range complex or event)
- Ensure all projectiles (bullets) impact within the established range safety limits.
- Call “Cease firing” and make safe all firearms before a shooter moves forward of the firing line or during any unsafe condition.
- Call “Cease firing” if a firing line becomes staggered (one shooter forward of another) anywhere on the range complex.
- Police all expended casings (brass), paper, and other debris that accumulate on the range. Dispose of them in the containers provided.
4. Authorized & Prohibited Firearms and Ammunition.
a. The use of NFA weapons (e.g. machine guns, silencers, short barreled rifles, etc.) is authorized under the direct supervision of lawful owners. Owners must comply with all applicable Federal and State regulations. The BOD can deny fully-automatic fire shooting to an individual for safety reasons. Range use is caliber specific. Forward support on the firearm such as bi-pods or sand bags is required on ranges longer that 100 yard. b. Armor-piercing (AP) ammunition is only allowed on paper/cardboard and BOD approved metal targets.
5. Authorized Personnel. The following persons are allowed to fire:
- Current members of the foundation.
- Invited guests of the above, provided the authorized person is present and assumes full responsibility for the conduct of his or her guests.
- Personnel approved by the BOD, Event Organizer, RSO or CRSO on a case-by-case basis.
6. Personnel Responsibilities…
- Officers and Board of Directors (BOD)
- Chief Range Safety Officer. (CRSO)
- Range Safety Officers (RSO)
- Foundation Members
- Organized event shooters must check in with the designated Event Organizer, Line Officer, Pit Officer or RSO on the scheduled range. Recreational shooters are required to sign into the log book and close the main gate behind them coming in and going out unless an organized event is in progress.
- All shooters must fill out hold harmless agreements.
- Members will conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times and will be responsible for the conduct of any guests they bring.
- All shooters are responsible for their guns and ammunition while on the complex.
- Firearms that are out of the case and not being fired must be holstered, lawfully concealed or benched. (Actions open, magazines removed, chambers empty with ECI when required, muzzles pointing in a safe direction, and safeties on when required.)
- During organized events, only load firearms on the firing line after the Line Officer or RSO has given the command to load.
- Do not point firearms at anything other than authorized targets.
- Fire only at your own target.
- Give the command “Cease firing” if an unsafe condition exists.
- Follow all instructions from the Line/Pit Officer or RSO.
- Police the area of expended casings (brass) and any other debris.
7. Hours of Operation and Scheduling. General hours of firing are from 8:00 am to sundown except for BOD approved events. The BOD develops a live-fire event schedule based on requests received and posts it on the website and bulletin board. All other range requests will be approved based on range availability. Event Organizers must notify the BOD in order to be placed on the operations schedule. Information on range availability and scheduling is accessible 24 hours at www.ccfandg.org.
8. Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs are prohibited. However, the BOD may approve alcoholic beverages at special events.
9. Hold Harmless Agreement Form. A “hold harmless” agreement form will be completed annually by each RSO and given to the BOD. Hold Harmless agreements will be completed by all non-member participants of live-fire events. See the sample “hold harmless” agreement form in Appendix (7).
10. Medical Support. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 or Mutual Aid. All calls to 911 or any other Emergency Service from the range require notification of the CRSO, Officer or a BOD member immediately.
- Take charge of the situation, (Determine seriousness of injury and assign duties)
- Render aid. First-aid kit should be centrally located.
- Call for help.
- Direct help to location.
Emergency Services: 911
Poison Control Center: 800-562-8236
Range phone (in clubhouse): 352-8563
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE FOR INJURIES OR ILLNESS
- Call a cease fire if the injured is near the firing line or downrange. Ensure that all firearms are unloaded and clear until the injured person is clear of the range.
- Have someone secure the injured person’s gear.
- Notify EMS at (insert contact number/frequency) from the nearest telephone/radio located at ________________________ and provide the following information:
The physical address is: 19 Ferry Brook Rd in Keene.
Directions to gate: East on Route 9 9/10th mile past the intersection of Route 10.
Turn left onto the Sullivan Road. Continue 2/10th mile and turn left onto Ferry
Brook Rd. Continue 1/10th miles to the entrance to the range on the right.
The Archery Range address is: 268 Ferry Brook Rd in Sullivan.
Continue beyond the Foundation entrance another 5/10th miles to the gate on the left.
- Telephone number that you are calling from: ___________________
- Your name: ______________________________________
- What happened and possible hazards for rescuers:_________________
- Number of people injured or ill: ______________________________
- Condition of injured or ill: ___________________________________
- First aid provided: _________________________________________
- Wait for EMS to hang up first. Return to the injured and continue care until EMS arrives.