COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING™ SASS Range Operations Basic Safety Course
starts. “Indicate Ready by Saying the Line” can optionally be used to cue the competitor to self-start the stage. The “Stand By” command should still be used after the competitor says their line.
“Muzzle up” Please move to the Unloading Table” should be stated at the end of a shooting sequence. Often the competitor stops thinking—after all, his shooting problem is finished! He simply needs a gentle reminder of what to do next.
“Range Clear.” This command is given only after the shooter has completed their run, the revolvers are holstered, the long guns are picked up and pointed in a safe direction with the actions open, and the shooter is on the way to the unloading table. It is now safe to gather brass and prepare for the next shooter.
“Down Range” is announced prior to proceeding down range to reset/repair targets.
“Unload and Show Clear.” The command used by the Unloading Officer when a competitor comes to the unloading table (applies to all guns taken to the line).
“Gun Clear” is the appropriate Unloading Officer response as each firearm is successfully inspected empty at the unloading table. “Thank You” is appropriate after all guns have been inspected.
“Action Open.” This command is given by the Timer Operator when a competitor puts a long-gun down with the action closed. The Timer Operator must do everything in his/her power to prevent the shooter from moving from that position with the action on any long-gun closed. If the shooter puts down a gun with the action closed, but returns and opens the action before firing the next firearm, there is no penalty.
“Muzzle!” This command warns the shooter their muzzle is getting close to the 170° limit and should be pointed back down range.
“Cease Fire!” or “Stop!” If at any time an unsafe condition develops, the Timer Operator will immediately shout “Cease Fire!” or “Stop!” The shooter is to stop firing or moving immediately. Failure to heed this command is serious and may result in a Match Disqualification. (“Whoa!” sometimes works just as well!)
“Yellow Flag.” On ranges where multiple stages are run in parallel using a common firing line with no separating berms, it is sometimes necessary to go down range to repair broken or malfunctioning targets. Once the “Yellow Flag” command has been given, each stage affected will allow any shooter already engaged in that stage to complete the course of fire. As shooting finishes on each stage, all in-use guns are laid down at the loading and/or unloading tables and the competitors will “stand back.” Once the firearms are secure, each stage will signal compliance by showing its own “Yellow Flag.” Once all affected stages are displaying their “Yellow Flag,” the initiating Range Officer may advance down range. When the offending targets have been fixed and the Range Officer is behind the firing line, an “All Clear” command will be given, the Yellow Flags withdrawn, and normal range operations can resume.
“Red Flag” means “Cease Fire!” As in “Yellow Flag” above, flags are often used and generally accompanied by a horn, whistle, or shout (“Cease Fire!”). All shooting must immediately stop, and firearms must be laid down or otherwise made safe. Once the
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