Desert

Sharpshooters

Rifle Club

Standard

Operating

Procedure

April 2019

Mission

The mission of the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club is to promote and develop shooters wishing to utilize the Ben Avery Shooting Facility 1000 yard and smallbore ranges. To provide a structured and safe environment, which promotes fellowship and good sportsmanship, for shooters wanting to practice and to participate in competitions on local, state, regional, national and international class levels.

Introduction

The Standard Operating Procedure for the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club (DSRC) is a living document used to define the different type of DSRC events that utilize the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Additionally it will provide the procedure, operations, schedule, and responsible personnel for each event.  

Types of Events

Practice

An informal event with no set course of fire at a designated yard line. Shooters will meet in the pits at the beginning of the event, at the posted time on the club website. At this time shooters will be assigned their target number and relay, pay the range fee, and assist in the set up of the event. Set up includes but is not limited to hanging flags, placing targets in the target carriers, and refacing targets. All shooters are expected to assist in the set up. Approximately 15 minutes prior to shooting, the Range Officer will provide a safety briefing in the pits. After the safety briefing, the Range Officer will dismiss everyone to their position for the first relay.  

A practice will consist of two shooters assigned to each manual target. Each shooter will be provided one hour block time to shoot any course of fire they wish.

Electronic targets are permitted during practice events. Shooters with electronic targets must adhere to the one hour block time, and must remain at the range for the duration of the practice. There will be no restrictions to the number of people on an electronic target position. All shooters on an electronic target must inform the range officer prior to squadding.

New shooters to the DSRC are welcome at practice events. However they will be encouraged to attend the next New Shooter Orientation. A new shooter that shows up to a practice event will be partnered with an experienced shooter on a manual target. The experienced shooter will assist/educate the new shooter in the different activities of the day (pulling targets, pit changes, and etc.) and share the block time with them. In the case that the new shooter has a permanent muzzle break on their rifle, a target lane will be assigned to that target approximately 3 to 5 targets away from everyone else.

During the summer months shooters like to use shade canopies to shade their shooting positions. Shooters wishing to use a shade canopy with a side shade on the east side of their canopy must wait for all shooters to be assigned their target numbers then they will be assigned the last target on the east side. Others wishing to use canopies will use the farthest east positions. (This is for electronic target users only)

New Shooter Orientation

The New Shooter Orientation will take place during the second Sunday of every month alongside the 600 yard practice. New shooters will be encouraged to attend this orientation through a flyer posted at the Main Range of the facility and by educating facility staff of the orientation. The orientation will be used to instruct new shooters on how to pull targets, the procedure of shooting and scoring. It will also allow us to inspect their equipment to ensure that it can safely shoot 600 yards. New shooters will be expected to show up in the pits at the beginning of the event as posted on the flyer or website. They will be assigned targets that will be separated from those participating in the practice. A minimum of two experienced shooters will be on hand to lead the orientation and observe the shooters to make sure they are safe. The New Shooter Orientation will follow the same time limits and pit changes as the 600 yard practice that is taking place. Experienced shooters will be assigned a target next to the new shooters. This will ensure that an experienced shooter is on the line and in the pits with the new shooters. New shooters will be expected to remain at the range for the entire length of the event and assist with set up and tear down.

Should a new shooter have a muzzle break that they cannot remove they will be allowed to shoot, but be encouraged to remove it before they return to participate in any future events. Any shooter with a muzzle break during the New Shooter Orientation will be instructed to set up on a firing point off to the side and cross shoot onto their assigned target.

Club Match/League

A Club Match and/or League will be a semiformal event in which there will be a set course of fire at a set yard line. The specific course of fire will differ depending on the day and what is scheduled. The course of fire can be found on the website. Shooters will meet in the pits at the beginning of the event, at the posted time on the club website. At this time, shooters will be assigned their target number and relay, be given their score card, pay the range fee, and assist in the set up of the event. Set up includes but is not limited to hanging flags, placing targets in the target carriers, and refacing targets. All shooters are expected to assist in the set up. Approximately 15 minutes prior to shooting the Range Officer will provide a safety briefing in the pits. After the safety briefing, the Range Officer will dismiss everyone to their position for the first relay.

During the summer months, May thru September, a Club Match/League will consist of two shooters assigned to each target, and follow the traditional course of fire for the scheduled event. During the spring and winter months, a Club Match/League will consist of three shooters assigned to each target, and follow the traditional course of fire for the scheduled event.

Electronic targets are permitted during Club Match/League events. Shooters with electronic targets must adhere to the time limit provided in the course of fire, and must remain at the range for the duration of the Club Match/League.

Shooters wishing to shoot, but not shoot the course of fire, are allowed to do so. However those shooters must be squadded by the range officer and adhere to all time limits, pit changes, and rules. Additionally they must remain at the range for the entire event.

New shooters wishing to shoot a Club Match/League must be familiar with the course of fire and pulling targets. Those not familiar with range operations will be encouraged to attend the next New Shooter Orientation before shooting a Club Match/League.

In the case that the a shooter has a muzzle break on his or her gun that cannot be removed, a target lane will be assigned approximately 3 to 5 targets away from everyone else and the shooter will cross shoot onto their assigned target.

Registered Match

A registered match is a formal event with a set course of fire and prior registration is required. The registered match will operate as per the published program.

Schedule

1st Saturday of each month - Palma League

Unlimited sighters and 15 shots for record at 800 yards

2 sighters and 15 shots for record at 900 yards

2 sighters and 15 shots for record at 1000 yards

Range Officer - Oliver Milanovic

Assistant Range Officer - Nick Bousliman

1st Sunday of each month - 1000 Yard League

Three 20 shot matches with unlimited sighters

Range Officer - Jim Cobb

Assistant Range Officer - John Lowther

2nd Sunday of each month - 600 Yard Practice

Three 20 shot matches with unlimited sighters

Range Officer - Jim Hahn

Assistant Range Officer - Peter Ricci

3rd Saturday of each month - 1000 Yard Practice

Three 20 shot matches with unlimited sighters

Range Officer - Jim Hahn

Assistant Range Officer - Peter Ricci

4th Saturday of each month - Across the Course League

Range Officer - Scott Rovelli

Assistant Range Officer -

4th Sunday of each month - 600 Yard League

Three 20 shot matches with unlimited sighters

Range Officer - Scott Rovelli

Assistant Range Officer -

Wednesday Practices

Range Officer - Scott Rovelli

Assistant Range Officer - Philip Meyers

Thursday Practices

Range Officer - Jim Hahn

Assistant Range Officer - Dennis Harris

Target Assignments

The target assignments for Practices, Club Matches, and Leagues will be as follows.

Manual Targets

All manual targets will be placed on target 48 and go consecutively down. (i.e. 48, 47, 46…)

Electronic Targets

All electronic targets will be placed on target 53 and go consecutively up. (i.e. 53, 54, 55…)

Leagues

Palma League

Dates and information coming soon.

1000 Yard League

Dates and information coming soon.

Across the Course League

Dates and information coming soon.

600 Yard League

Dates and information coming soon.

Duties of the Range Officer and Assistant Range Officer

The Range Officer is responsible for the following:

Safety Procedures and Range Rules

Safety Briefing

The Range Officer will provided a safety briefing to all shooters in the pits prior to going to the line to commence the day’s event. The safety briefing will include a summary of the Safety Procedures and Range Rules, an overview of the course of fire, and any other pertinent information that the Range Officer feels important to share.

Firing Line Commands

Emergency Procedures

BASF Contacts

User Group Liaison

Dave Williams

Email: dwilliams@azgfd.gov

Office: 623-236-7068

Range Master Phone

602-531-8083

General BASF Email

BASFrequests@gmail.com