Make sure you have collected the correct rifle from the Gun Safe and always check the colour code or the serial number upon the bolt or action are the same as the rifle you are using.
Always make sure you have a breech flag inserted into the rifle chamber once you take out a rifle and prepare it for shooting.
Please make sure it is unloaded by looking into the breech before you insert the bolt or open the action in case of BSA martini check your breech flag.
You may only go to the firing point when the Long Ashton RCO or coach tells you.
You will need ear defenders, as well as a shooting mat and a shooting jacket with sling attached.
Once called through to the range, wait for further instructions.
Only place your rifle on the firing point when told to do so.
The range conducting officer (RCO) will be in sole change of you and all others on the firing point.
YOU MAY NOT GO FORWARD TO PLACE THE TARGETS UNTIL THE RCO HAS CHECKED ALL RIFLES ARE UNLOADED AND BREECH FLAGS INSERTED…. THIS IS MANDATORY AT THIS AND ALL OTHER RANGES!
There is a very special rule which you must learn…
Whilst loading and unloading, the rifle barre must no be elevated above 70 mils (this is 4 degrees) what does this really mean?
Keep your barrel parallel with the targets and do not have the barrel pointing elsewhere in the range.
The Range Conducting Officer can stop you shooting in case of an emergency and will warn you by shouting stop stop stop.
You must not touch the trigger, if you hear this command, wait for their next command,
These rules apply to experts as well as beginners.
These are the safety rules
When you are on the firing point, you normally adjust your position and sights, load and fire a shot but you have to be ready for a misfire. this happens when a firing pin in the bolt fails to dent the primer in the RIM of the cartridge casing. The primer does not explode the propellant and the shot never goes off.
However, this can sometimes cause the shot to fire, but after a few seconds.
Hang fire shots can happen for many reasons, they are not dangerous if you always do the same misfire drill a shot the does not go band as normal.
Keep the rifle pointing at the target
Wait at least 30 seconds with your rifle pointing at the target at all times!
Follow these simple rules and you will become a very safe and competent .22 rimfire target rifle shot and possibly go on to do long range shooting out of doors, anything from 50 yards to 1200 yards.