safety

The most important issue facing each participant is safety.

All shooters and observers are required to wear adequate eye and ear protection and appropriate clothing.

Drugs and alcohol are not permitted on the Boulder Rifle Club property. Individuals under the influence of alcohol, medications (even cold and allergy medications) or other substances which impair vision, balance or judgment, are not allowed on the range, nor are such items to be consumed on the property.

All shooters in the Women's Program need to be aware that the Boulder Rifle Club runs a cold range. Except when engaged in an actual live fire practice, all firearms are to be unloaded. Semiautomatic pistols will have magazines removed and chambers empty, and revolvers will have cylinders empty.

The only time a shooter may handle her firearm, except when engaged in a supervised practice, is in the designated fumble area. On the indoor range the fumble area is through the blue doors on the west end of the club room and around to the right. You should see a table in front of an orange box that has "No Live Ammo" printed on it. This box is lined on the inside with old bullet resistant vests, so it should safely contain a negligent discharge.

There is absolutely no handling of firearms in the club room. Please bring your unloaded firearm in a range bag, preferably encased in its own gun rug or case. Inside the club room you may handle any equipment that is not a gun, and you may load your magazines and place them into your mag pouches. To place your firearm in your holster you must go to the fumble area or you must carry your bagged pistol to the line of fire and holster on the approval and supervision of the Range Officer (RO).

Firearms will be loaded only on the command and supervision of the RO. Any time a firearm is out of the holster on the indoor range, the muzzle must remain pointed down range and each shooter's muzzle must remain within the confines of the wooden backstop. A shooter whose muzzle leaves the area of the backstop will be warned by the RO with a call of "MUZZLE!". A shooter will be disqualified (DQ) if the RO observes a second violation. The exception to the muzzle rule is in the loading and unloading of revolvers. The exception only holds when the cylinder is open. Once the cylinder is closed the muzzle rule goes back into effect.

The high ready and low ready positions are not safe positions on the indoor range.

Any time the shooter is required to move from one position to another with her firearm out of the holster, the shooter's finger must be visible outside of the trigger guard. The RO will warn the shooter with a call of "FINGER!" or "TRIGGER!" if the RO observes a shooter with her finger in the trigger guard while the shooter is moving. A shooter will be disqualified if the RO observes a second infraction. It is recommended that, when practical, the shooter engage the safety when the shooter is not engaging a target.

In the event a shooter's firearm malfunctions, she should attempt to safely clear the malfunction and continue with practice. In the event the shooter cannot safely clear the malfunction on the firing line, she must alert the RO of the malfunction. The RO may direct the shooter to remove the firearm to the fumble area, under supervision, where appropriate repairs can be safely executed.

Any shooter who has a negligent discharge (NG) will be automatically disqualified from that night's event. A negligent discharge is defined as any time a firearm discharges during the process of loading, reloading, unloading, or any time the firearm discharges in any direction other than at a designated target or backstop, or when the shooter is moving and not engaging a target.

In the event a shooter's firearm should fall from her holster, grip or surface at any time during the event, the shooter will be disqualified.

Any time a shooter's actions are deemed to be unsafe by any RO, the RO can disqualify that shooter.

No refunds will be given for participants who have been disqualified from participating in that night's event.

Any shooter or observer that observes an unsafe condition should bring it to the immediate attention of the RO or Program Director.