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COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING MATCH
SAFETY BRIEFING

MUZZLE CONTROL

A gun can only fire in the direction of the muzzle and so muzzle control is the first element of safety. Do not break the 170 deg. safety plane at any time.
        CROSSDRAW SHUFFLE
        TO AND FROM LOADING/UN-LOADING TABLES
        TO AND FROM GUN CARTS
        STAGING AND RE-STAGING
If an accidental discharge should occur MUZZLE CONTROL will make the difference beween an embarrasment and a possible serious accident.

ALL FIREARMS CONSIDERD LOADED AT ALL TIMES

Do not sweep anyone with any firearm at any time.

JAMMED/MALFUNCTIONING FIREARM

If your gun jams or malfunctions during firing you are to declare this to the range officer. The range officer will take the jammed gun from you and pass it to the un- loading table where you will have an opportunity to clear it and get it back in action. Shooters may be given one (1) RESHOOT because of a jammed or malfunctioning gun. RESHOOT will go to the end of the firing order for the pose. Ranger Officers: Be alert for jamed guns. Stop the shooter and pass the jammed gun to the un-loading table.

SQUIB LOADS

If you hear a squib load: stop the shooter immediatly handle as for a jammed gun.

DROPPED GUN

        -       empty: Stage DQ
        -       loaded: match DQ

DROPPED AMMO IS DEAD

      -       don't pick it up

ACTIONS OPEN, Holster your Pistols:

Actions are to be kept OPEN on shotguns and rifles, when not on the firing line or back in the case. Pistols are to be kept empty and holstered.

LOADING/UN-LOADING TABLES

Posee Leaders: Make sure you have someone on the loading and un-loading table at all times.

EYES and EARS

Everyone is required to wear both vision and hearing protection on this range.

CROSSDRAW HOLSTERS -- 30 deg. rule

NEWSHOOTERS

Posse will assist.

COCKING PISTOLS

Keep pistols leveled at the targets when you cock them. Do not hook the hammer with your thumb and cock it as you pull the gun out of your holster. Wait until you are close to on the target. Do not raise pistols above the berms. Keep muzzles below the berms.

If you are wearing pistols inside heavy clothing take care not to snag the hammers on your clothing when producing your pistol.

MOVEMENT

Movement with a firearms is permitted ONLY when the firearm is UNLOADED or when the hammer is down on a spent case or empty chamber.

If you cock any gun with a live round ready to go you have to shoot even if you just shoot into the berm. You may not move with a gun that is "ready to go", or that has a live round in the chamber.

RESHOOTS

It is customary at local and monthly matches to allow a shooter one (1) re-shoot due to any problem with guns or ammo and Hidden Valley Cowboys will observe this tradition.

NOT READY

If the Range Office hits the buzzer but you are not ready to shoot, then DON'T SHOOT. Just tell the range officer that you are NOT READY. You wll be given a restart as long as you have not fired that first round.

PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS

Often the Stage Scenarios will call for movements. If you are not sure you can perform the movments safely tell your Range officer and he will allow you to shoot the stage in a manner that is safe for you.

SAFE AREAS / GUN HANDLING

Do not handle firearms except at the loading table, on the firing line, and at the un-loading table.

If you want to show your new gun to your pard or you need to work on a gun for any reason you may do this only in one of the SAFE AREAS designated by the Match Director during the safety Briefing.

EVERYONE IS A SAFETY OFFICER

Everyone is a Safety Officer. If you see an un-safe act get it corrected right away. Your fellow shooters will be GLAD TO HELP! Anyone who refuses to follow the safety rules will be asked to leave the range. ***

This page was updated on 5/3/2007 2