Chapter 2: Range Operations 2.1
Proper and efficient range operation is vital to the success of any shooting tournament. In high power rifle and pistol, much of the shooting must completed during short time limits which require even further efficiency in range operation to avoid unnecessary complications that may result in dissatisfaction of competitors. No matter how experienced the range and pit crews are, you should conduct an advance instruction school so they will be familiar with new equipment installed, new ideas developed, etc. Go over rules with those who will be making decisions, show them what constitutes the common equipment and ammunition failures, how to rule on whether a competitor can refire, how to score difficult targets, and how to handle challenges and protests. Microsoft Powerpoint can be an excellent tool in making an effective presentation.
Pre-Tournament Preparations The Match Director will expect the Chief Range Safety Officer to see that all range (and pit, if used) facilities are properly prepared. Some of these preparations include: Communications: The most common communication between firing line and pit is by radio. Make sure your radio system is in working condition. If more than 10 -12 targets are used, a low volume public address system in the pit is desirable. In running rapid fire stages, every target operator must hear instructions and commands perfectly. Public Address System: Arrange for and test the public address system. Idle conversation, jokes, and anything except necessary use of the PA system must be prohibited! Whoever is giving firing line commands should check current NRA rules. Be sure they are used exactly as written. It will help if commands are always the same and given in the same cadence, using the commands exactly as they appear in the rulebook. Identification: Arrange for the Range Officials to be easily identifiable by having each one wear a bright colored hat, cap, and jacket, or a special vest or armband. Grass Cutting: Cut grass over the entire range. Be sure to cut all long blades and weeds between firing line and targets for rifle tournaments, or they will show in the sights of prone shooters and cause irritating delays while being removed. Repair Bad Firing Points: Paint whatever is necessary. A freshly painted range is a beautiful sight! Check all target frames and make sure these are in proper operating condition. Nothing will sour a new shooter more then being squadded in a less than ideal firing point. Every firing point should be in pristine condition
Supplies: The Statistical Officer needs to order supplies and see that enough targets (including backing cards for smallbore), centers, and pasters are ordered far enough in advance to assure delivery by tournament day. Have target backing boards on hand if these are used (pistol & smallbore events).
Tournament Operations Guide