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Membership Guide & S.O.P.

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Williams Sportsman’s Club

Membership Guide

&

Standard Operating Procedures

 

 


Table of Contents

Preface:                         Purpose of Williams Sportsman's Club (WSC)

Chapter 1:                     Definitions

Chapter 2:                     General Membership Information

Chapter 3:                     General Range Guidelines

Chapter 4:                     Range Safety Officer Procedures

Chapter 5:                     Emergency Procedures

Chapter 6:                     RSO Requirements and Training

Appendix:                      WSC Incident Report Form

                                      WSC Witness Report Form


 

Purpose of Williams Sportsman's Club

 

The Williams Sportsman’s Club (WSC) is a non profit membership club sanctioned by the City of Williams, Arizona through a National Forest Service special use permit authorizing the Williams Shooting Range.

 

WSC is dedicated to the right of the individual citizen to own and use firearms and/or archery equipment for recreation, competition, hunting and self defense.  WSC shall be operated in a manner that provides an enjoyable experience for shooters and archers while safety is maintained through compliance with range rules as prescribed by range guidelines and Range Safety Officers (RSO).

 

WSC may host local sporting groups of various shooting disciplines to promote safe handling of firearms, proper care of firearms and improved marksmanship.

 

This Membership Guide and Standard Operating Procedures(SOP) will be used by all individuals utilizing the WSC range facilites.  It will enable them to participate in all shooting activites in a safe and productive manner.

 

  

 

Chapter 1:   Definitions

Cease Fire:  Either the RSO or any individual may call a “Cease Fire.”  This command can be called for administrative or emergency purposes.  Upon hearing, all shooters will cease firing and ensure their firearm’s safety (if applicable) is in the safe position.  The RSO will clarify follow-up actions to be taken by all shooters.  Such actions could entail a temporary break in shooting or making all firearms “Safe.”  This command will always precede the transition from a “Hot” to a “Cold” range.

Chamber Safety Flags:  Any device that allows easy visual verification that the firearm chamber is free of ammunition and disables the firing capability of a firearm.

Cold Range:  The RSO will declare the range “Cold” after all firing has stopped and all firearms are made  “Safe.”  NO FURTHER HANDLING OF FIREARMS IS ALLOWED until the range is again made “Hot.”

Shooters will be allowed downrange for target inspection/repair as needed. The only exception to the Handling of Firearms restriction during a “Cold” range is specifically detailed within this document. See Chapter 3, Firearms Handling Procedures.

 

Commence Firing:  The RSO will issue this command after the range has been declared “Hot” or after a “Cease Fire” to signal that shooters can begin or resume firing.

 

Down Range:  The position from the shooting benches towards the targets beyond the red firing line.

Hot Range:  The RSO will declare the range “Hot” when all shooters are behind the red firing line and ready to start firing.

 

Make Safe:  Command directed by the RSO.  All shooters will remove ammunition and/or ammunition feeding devices, if applicable, ensure the firearm safety (if applicable) is On and that the action or bolt is open with a chamber flag inserted and place their firearms on the shooting bench. The RSO may direct shooters to move behind the yellow line.  This command will normally follow a “Cease Fire” command and precede the transition from a “Hot” to a “Cold” range or anytime the RSO deems appropriate.

Range Safety Officer (RSO):  A person trained by WSC to conduct range operations for the Williams Sportsman’s Club. A lead RSO will be assigned if requirements dictate the need for more than one RSO. The lead RSO for any shooting event conducted under WSC rules/guidelines will have final authority for range compliance issues.    A Training RSO is a WSC RSO authorized to conduct new RSO training.

Red Firing Line:  The red line located at the front edge of the shooting benches.  No one crosses this line during normal range operations until cleared by the RSO.

Yellow Safety Line:  The yellow safety line is located at the back edge of the shooting benches.  The RSO will direct shooters to remain behind this line to ensure NO HANDLING OF FIREARMS during critical times such as when the range is “Cold” and individuals are down range.

 

                          

Chapter 2: General Membership information

 

RANGE HOURS/LOCATION:                                                                                                           

    Summer:  April – November:    Wednesday, Saturday, 1st & 3rd Sunday – 9:00am – 1:00pm

    Winter:    December – March:  Wednesday, Saturday, 1st & 3rd Sunday – 10:00am – 2:00pm                             

The entrance to the Williams Sportsman’s Club Range is located on the west side of Highway 64, ¼ mile north of interstate 40.

The range is approximately ½ mile from the main gate.

For the latest information on Range open/closed status and general information, please visit the Williams Sportsman’s Club (WSC) website at WSCAZ.org or visit our Facebook page.

 

Membership: 

 

Williams Sportsman’s Club is a 501(c)(7) non-profit member based organization.  Annual fees are charged for the calendar year based on the type of membership selected.  Fees are due in January and are prorated per quarter.

 

A completed Membership Application and signed Waiver of Liability must accompany the fee paid to become a member of the Williams Sportsman’s Club.  Currently, we offer the following personal memberships:

 

1.      Single  -  $30

2.      Family  -  $50

a.      Includes Member, their spouse/significant other and children under the age of 18 living at the same address

3.      Senior Membership, age 55 and older  -  $20

4.      Charter Founding Memberships (good for 5 years from date of purchase)  -  $100

5.      Lifetime Membership  -  $400

6.      Active Duty Military  -  Free

 

One-Day Guest Memberships are also available.  This allows someone to try out the WSC Range facility before becoming a member.  Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of target materials and range maintenance.  If someone makes a second visit in a year, membership is required per Board policy.

 

Other Shooting Organizations or Club affiliations are accepted on a case by case basis

 

 

Chapter 3: General Range Guidelines

 

Williams Sportsman’s Club (WSC) RANGE SAFETY RULES: 

1.    ALWAYS POINT THE MUZZLE IN A SAFE DIRECTION.

2.    ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT.

3.    TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT IS LOADED.

4.    DO NOT HANDLE ANY FIREARM DURING A “COLD RANGE”.

5.    Always Wear Eye and Hearing Protection During Shooting.

6.    Always Follow the Commands of The Range Safety Officer (RSO).

7.    Be Sure of Your Target and What Is Beyond It.

 

Firearms / Ammunition / Minimum Requirements/Targets

1.      Ammunition must be copper or lead core. No steel core (Armor Piercing –Armor piercing or Incendiary - etc.) rounds.  223/556 M855 green tip ammunition has a mild steel penetrator and therefore is not authorized ammunition.

2.      Centerfire rifles larger than 30 caliber are allowed on the main range only and will be fired at paper targets only, no steel targets.

3.      Only WSC approved targets will be used.  No personal steel targets, ground targets or any material that presents a ricochet hazard. 

4.      Handguns may be drawn from the holster when in the act of firing, with the following restrictions:

a.      Holsters will be worn on the shooters strong side hip area only.  No drawing from a cross-draw or shoulder holster.

b.      Shooters must stand adjacent to the shooting bench to ensure the firearm’s muzzle is abeam or slightly forward of the red firing line.

c.       Shooters will not place their finger on the trigger until the firearm is pointed down range.

d.      If the shooter fails to follow the above guidelines or demonstrates a lack of ability to safely draw and shoot from the holster, the RSO will deny the shooter the privilege of drawing and shooting from the holster.  

5.      Shooting full-auto firearms in full auto mode is not allowed.

6.      All firearms must be aimed. You may not shoot from the hip or any other shooting position in which the shooter cannot properly utilize the sights.     

7.      Black powder firearms are permitted on the range.  Each loading must be done at the back bench and then primed or have the frizzen loaded at the shooting bench.  When the line is being cleared/made “safe,” all powder must be removed from the firearms.

 

 

Firearms Handling Procedures:

 

1.   Safe handling of all firearms at WSC needs to be a priority for every member and guest.                                                           

FolFollow posted range safety rules and always be aware of where the muzzle of a firearm is pointed.  Unless otherwise directed by the RSO, all uncased/unholstered firearms will be carried with the muzzle pointed up.

2.     When shooters arrive at the range, their first action will be to check in with the RSO and determine range status.  The recommended method of transport of firearms from a vehicle to the range is for the firearm to be cased or holstered.  If firearms are not cased or holstered, they must be made “safe” before being transported to the range.  NOTE:  A pistol carried inside a range bag is considered “holstered”.

3.     Individuals are allowed on the range with a loaded carry sidearm and will follow the range rules below for handling of firearms.  These firearms must remain holstered until a “Hot” range is declared.  These holstered firearms must be securely attached to the individual with a strong side carry.

4.     “Hot” Range Arrival Procedures:  With RSO approval, cased/holstered firearms may be moved to the shooting benches, the rifle racks or pistol table.  If subsequently uncased/unholstered, they must be made “safe” with a chamber flag installed.  Firearms that are not cased or holstered must be made “safe” with a chamber safety flag installed before being moved from a vehicle to the shooting benches, rifle racks or pistol table.

5.     “Cold” Range Arrival Procedures:  With RSO approval, cased/holstered firearms may only be moved to the rifle racks or pistol table and may be uncased provided they are confirmed “Safe” by the RSO and have a chamber safety flag installed.  Firearms not cased or holstered may also be moved to the rifle racks or pistol table provided they are confirmed “Safe” by the RSO and have a chamber safety flag installed.   After the range has been declared “Hot”, these firearms may be moved to the shooting benches.         

 

                                                              

Range Commands:  The following are the range commands that shooters should expect to hear while utilizing the WSC shooting range.                                    

 

1.     “The Range is Hot”:  Firearms may be handled at this time.  All shooters are behind the red firing line and ready to start firing. 

2.     “Commence Firing”:  All shooters are allowed to start firing and continue until done shooting or otherwise directed.

3.     “Cease Fire”:  ANY participant or WSC RSO may call a “Cease Fire.”  This command can be called for administrative or emergency purposes.  Upon hearing, all shooters will cease firing and ensure their firearm’s safety (if applicable) is in the “Safe” position.  An alternate method to signal a “Cease Fire” will be a single whistle blast from the RSO.  The RSO will clarify follow-on actions to be taken by all shooters.  Such actions could entail a temporary break in shooting or making all firearms “Safe.”  This command will always precede the transition from a ‘Hot” to a “Cold” range.

4.     “Make Safe”:  Command directed by the RSO.  All shooters will remove ammunition and/or ammunition feeding devices, if applicable, ensure the firearm safety is ON (if applicable) and that the action or bolt is open with a chamber safety flag installed.  This command will normally precede the transition from a “Hot” to a “Cold” range or anytime the RSO deems appropriate.

5.     The Range is Cold”:  The RSO will declare the range “Cold” after all firing has ceased and all firearms are made “Safe.”  NO FURTHER HANDLING OF FIREARMS IS ALLOWED until the range is again made “Hot."  Shooters will be allowed to go downrange for target inspection or replacement. 

 

After all shooting has been completed at the end of the day, the RSO will call a “Cease Fire” and direct that all firearms be made “Safe.”  Firearms with cases/holsters will be cased/holstered and removed from the range.  Firearms without cases/holsters will have chamber flags installed and removed from the range.  After all shooters have returned to their shooting benches, the RSO will call the range “Cold.”  Shooters will then be allowed to proceed downrange to recover their target stands and targets.

 

Other Considerations  

 

WSC strives to ensure the safety and well being of its members and guests while participating in shooting activities.  While not mandatory, personal hygiene is highly recommended after such activities.  WSC will make every effort to provide a hand washing station for any participant using the WSC range.  This effort will be based on weather conditions and supply availability.

 

WSC is available to any not for profit organization.  Organizations wishing to utilize the range must notify the WSC BOD a minimum of one (1) month in advance.  All outside use must be approved by the WSC BOD on a case by case basis and also approved by the City of Williams Police Department prior to use.  The minimum requirements are as follows:

 

·         A WSC RSO will be present for all group activities.  If the using group does not have qualified RSOs, then a WSC RSO will be required at each shooting location—main range and/or side bays. 

·         All participants are required to attend a mandatory Range Safety Briefing presented by a WSC RSO.

·         Other requirements may apply depending on circumstances and will require WSC BOD approval.

 


 

Chapter 4: Range Safety Officer (RSO) Procedures

 

The range keys are to be checked out and returned to:

   Williams Police Department (PD)

            501 W. Route 66

Williams, Az. 86046

928-635-4421 (main)

928-635-4461 (dispatch)

 

 

Information required by Williams PD when checking out the range keys:

1.      RSO’s Name.

2.      RSO’s Cell Phone Number. (required in case of need for emergency communications/contact)

3.      Sign-Out Date & Time.

4.      Sign-In Date & Time. (when returning from range)

 

Range Keys: (three keys)

1.      Main gate key (fits the lock marked WSC).

2.      Main gate key (fits the lock on the back of the post).

3.      Williams Sportsman’s Club (WSC) Conex key (red tab on key) (Conex located east of main range).

RSO Range Procedures:

1.      Opening the range:

a.      Pickup range keys from Williams PD.

b.      Unlock the Main Gate.

c.       Move the range open sign to the east side of the fence so participants can easily see the sign.

d.      Proceed to and unlock the WSC Conex

e.      Complete the required information on the RSO sign in form.  (RSO’s name, date and time in.) 

f.        RSOs are required to wear an orange safety vest and to have a whistle immediately              available for notification purposes.

g.      Verify all required items are located on the range cart (target uprights, range flags, paint, stapler, shooter’s bags, donation jar, etc) and move the cart to the main range.

h.      Raise the American and red range flags.

i.        Inspect all steel targets located on the range.  Repaint/repair targets as required.  Note extensive damage to any target, take out of service as necessary.                 

j.        The members sign in form(s) with current date notated and chamber safety flags will be placed on the range for easy access by all participants.

k.       Ensure all WSC members and One Day Members sign in.  Non participating guests are not required to sign in.

2.      Closing the Range.

a.      At the end of the day, after all shooting has been completed, the RSO will call a “Cease Fire” and direct that all firearms be made “Safe.”  Firearms with cases/holsters will be cased/holstered and removed from the range.  Firearms without cases/holsters will have chamber flags installed and removed from the range.  After all shooters have returned to their shooting benches, the RSO will call the range “Cold.” Shooters will then be allowed to proceed downrange to recover their target stands and target.

b.      The RSO will ensure that shooters return all WSC related shooting equipment (including chamber safety flags) to the appropriate places, remove any personal gear and pickup brass and other trash around their shooting areas.  Trash cans will be emptied into the main dumpster. 

c.       After all participants have departed, the range flags can be lowered and placed in the range cart.

d.      Any participants gear left at the range will be stored in the Conex with a note indicating date left.

e.      The range cart will be returned to the Conex.

f.        Complete the RSO sign in sheet with time out, number of shooters, number of guests and number of new members.

g.      Put any New or One Day Membership forms in the top drawer of the file cabinet for the Membership Officer

h.      Lock the Conex.

i.        Return the Range Open sign behind the gate, close and lock the gate and return the range keys to the Williams PD and sign out on their log.

3.      Other Considerations

a.      The RSO will time manage the range to provide equitable range shooting time to all participants.  This will require close coordination with existing shooters and recent arrivals. 

b.      If any side bays are used by WSC members, the Lead RSO must ensure a current WSC RSO is in place to monitor that shooting activity.  Exception:  WSC RSOs listed on the current master RSO list may utilize the side bays after coordination with the Lead RSO. 

4.      Handling Range Incidents:

a.      RSOs are expected to use good judgment and professional courtesy when handling range compliance issues or violations of the rules.  Do not escalate the situation, rather keep calm and explain why an individual’s behavior presents a safety hazard to everyone at the range.

b.      Call a “Cease Fire”, make the range “Cold” and address the situation.  Enlist help from other shooters or call for Law Enforcement backup if required.

c.       After an incident is resolved, fill out a WSC incident report, inform the WSC president, Chief RSO or WSC Board officer and close the range if required.

 

 


 

Chapter 5: Emergency Procedures

 

In the event of an emergency at the Williams Shooting Range, whether trauma or medically related, the Range Safety Officer will do the following:

1.      Call a “Cease Fire” on the line and ensure all firearms are “Safe.”

2.      Declare the range “Cold.”

3.      Assess and evaluate the situation to the appropriate level of training and skill.

4.      Notify Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by dialing 911 (see Note below) providing the following information:

 

Note:  Your phones service provider might direct your call to the Coconino County 911 operator versus the Williams PD Communications Center.  Upon initial contact with the 911 operator, if not already speaking to the Williams Communications Center, specify that you have an emergency and wish to speak to the Williams Communication Center, then wait for the transfer to occur

 

a.      Provide your name, phone number and the situation.

b.      Location of the situation (WSC Shooting Range; GPS coordinates, 35.26701 -112.15940. The entrance to the Range is located on the west side of Highway 64, ¼ mile north of Interstate 40. The range is approximately ½ a mile from the main gate.

c.       Tell 911 operator EMS units will be met at the gate, if possible, and guided to the person in need.

5.      Ask person in need of assistance if aid can be rendered. If person is incapable of responding, give care as needed.

6.      DO NOT LEAVE THE PERSON NEEDING CARE UNTIL EMS CREWS ARRIVE.

7.      Treat person to the appropriate level of training and skill, using on-hand supplies provided in the WSC first aid kit (located in the range cart).

8.      After EMS has taken over care, the RSO will ensure that members of WCS present (witnesses) do not leave the range and begin filling out a WCS Witness report.

9.      WSC RSOs are REQUIRED to complete a WSC Incident Report.  Any witnesses present will be asked to complete a WSC Witness Report.

10.  Contact the WSC President or any BOD member with details.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6: Williams Sportsman’s Club (WSC) Range Safety Officer (RSO)

Requirements and Training

WSC RSOs represent the organization at the range and are the final authority on the safety of the public and members using the facility.  WSC RSOs supervise the range and are not there to train individuals.  RSOs may provide instruction if only one active participant is at the range or during group efforts where a lead RSO is in charge of overall range safety.  They are always required to remain vigilant and maintain a positive attitude and treat others with respect.

RSOs may carry a loaded handgun open or concealed on the range while performing RSO duties.  RSOs have the authority to close the range due to weather.  RSOs on the current RSO Master List may use the range during closed hours but must sign out the range keys from Williams PD to coordinate with other users.  RSOs must complete the range sign in form.

 

To become a Range Safety Officer (RSO) for Williams Sportsman’s Club (WSC) the following is required:

1.      Be at least 21 years of age and legally be able to own firearms by federal and state laws.

2.      Be a current member of WSC.

3.      Possess an activated cellular phone and have access to the internet/E-mail.

4.      Be able to serve as an RSO at WSC at least six (6) times annually.

5.      An RSO refresher course will be offered as needed to cover new/revised RSO procedures and appropriate EMS information.

                                               

Perspective WSC Range Safety Officers (RSOs) will be interviewed by either the WSC President or WSC Chief RSO with one other current RSO present to determine if they have the necessary attitude, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform in this capacity. Focus will be on firearm safe handling and the following:

1.      WSC range operations and procedures

2.      Hands only CPR

3.      Stop the Bleed

To accomplish these requirements, a current member of WSC will need to demonstrate an understanding of this guide and the rules therein. They will also need to view the “Hands only CPR” and “Stop the Bleed” videos listed below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_49wMpdews            Hands only CPR (<2:00 min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGLLXy3AsBQ Stop the Bleed

 

After perspective WSC RSOs have accomplished these tasks, they will complete a 20 question test.  Passing score is 80 % corrected to 100%.  The RSO in training will then be scheduled with a WSC Training RSO for range orientation/procedures review that will include trauma kit training.  Upon successful completion, the new RSO will be added to the master RSO list and be permitted to perform WSC RSO duties. 

 

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                              RSO INCIDENT REPORT    #____________

                                      

                              Date: ___________Time:________RSO__________________________

 

 Location:  [  ] Range    [  ] Other________________________________________________                                              

                                      

[  ]  Medical Emergency   [  ]  Injury   [  ]  Other--Type________________________________

 

Aid Provided  [  ]  Yes   [  ]  No    [  ]  Not Requested    Medics/Ambulance  [  ]  Yes   [  ]  No

 

 WPD/CCSO  Yes  [  ]   No  [  ]   Rpt____________   Board Member Notified  [  ]  Yes   [  ]   No

       ID_________________                                                Who________________            

 

Member('s)/Guest('s) involved:_________________________________________________

 

Witnesses:_________________________________________________________________

 

__________________________________________________________________________

 

Narrative:

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

 

Williams Sportsman’s Club

                    Witness Statement       Incident #____________

                                      

                                         Date: _______________ Time:_________

                               

                            Witness Name________________________________

 

Contact information:_______________________________________________________

 

Narrative:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 











 
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William Tocci,
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