Activity: Rifle Shooting

Instructor Qualifications:

  • NSRA YPS Tutor Diploma (must be over 21 years of age)

Ratio:

  • 1 Instructor to 8 Participants. Not more than 2 people shooting at the time.

Indoor Range:

  • It must not be possible for any person to enter the range other than from behind the waiting line. The door at the end of the hall must be locked when rifle sessions are taking place.
  • Shooters may adopt a standing, sitting or prone (laying down) position for shooting and the targets placed accordingly.
  • The targets must be at least 6 meters from the firing line.
  • The range must have a solid back stop.
  • Rifle curtain needs to be fully extended.

Equipment:

  • Rifles must be inspected by the instructor at the beginning of the session.
  • Defective equipment removed from service and marked. To be repaired / replaced as required.
  • Ammunition and rifles must be stored separately and securely.
  • Ear defenders are available should the participant require them.
  • Goggles should be worn by everyone at the firing line. For those with a phobia of wearing items such as goggles the instructor may allow them to shoot without following an explanation of the risks associated with the carer, parent etc.

Rifle shooting to be run in accordance with NSRA guidelines.

Pre session:

  • Check equipment: Rifles, Targets, backstop etc.
  • Archery net to be moved.
  • Rope barrier in place, separating the shooting and waiting areas.
  • Doors in front of the firing line to be kept locked, other exits kept clear.

Charging of Rifles

  • Only to be carried out by qualified instructor following suitable training.
  • Charge to a maximum of 200bar.  
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions displayed in the store.

Session:

  • Give safety briefing, directed at visiting staff and participants taking into account group comprehension and ability.
    • Need for sense and safety while participating in rifle shooting.
    • Behaviour of those shooting and those waiting their turn.
    • Visiting staff instructed to assume responsibility for preventing participants from entering the shooting area.
    • Location of Fire Exits.
    • Explain and demonstrate good practice while loading firing and changing targets.
    • Ensure rules of the range are followed.
  • Instructor should be vigilant during the session and be in a position to react to any problems should they arise.

Rules of the Range:

  • People waiting their turn must wait in the designated area. No one may move across the shooting line until the instructor has said it is safe to do so.
  • Rifles must not be picked up until the instructor has said it is safe to shoot.
  • If anybody says ‘STOP’ all shooters must put the rifle down, in whatever state it is in and await further instructions.
  • When changing targets, shooters must walk, never run and be careful of spent pellets on the floor causing a slip hazard.

THE INSTRUCTOR MUST BE ABLE TO SEE AND CONTROL ALL PERSONS ON THE SHOOTING LINE AT ALL TIMES

End of the Session:

  • Instructor to advise participants to wash their hands after the session.
  • Equipment must be locked away when not in use.
  • Faulty equipment should be labelled and removed from service. The fault should be logged (staffroom whiteboard/check sheet) and made good as soon as possible

THE INSTRUCTOR HAS FINAL SAY IN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT A SESSION TAKES PLACE AND IN WHAT MANNER IT IS CARRIED OUT