COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING™ SASS Range Operations Basic Safety Course
The purpose of trained club Range Officers is to provide the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting™ with competent, firm, and fair officials in all levels of competition and allow Range Officers to perform any duty on the posse.
The main objective of the Chief Range Officer is to assist the competitor safely through a course of fire and be an authority in all areas of gun safety, any time, any place.
Range Officer’s Motto: THE PURPOSE OF THE RANGE OFFICER IS TO SAFELY ASSIST THE SHOOTER THROUGH THE COURSE OF FIRE.
The two words in this statement paramount to why a Range Officer is even necessary on the firing line are assist and safely. Let’s look at these two words separately and how they affect one’s actions and attitudes.
As a Range Officer, you are there to assist the shooter. You will notice the word “penalize” doesn’t appear anywhere, but the word “assist” does. This is not to say you won’t be called upon to assess penalties when they are appropriate, but it is NOT your first priority. You are there to prevent safety violations before they occur.
Assisting the shooter may take many forms. Some of the more important ways in which you can achieve this are: 1. Information. The best way to assist the shooter is to give consistent, complete information about the stage, such as starting position, starting location, round count for each gun, where to stage each gun, and the intent of the stage. Most of the basic information will appear on the stage description, however, many of the smaller details will not. For example, the shooter may know to sit in the chair at the start, but may not know he can re-position the chair to fit his or her size.
BE CONSISTENT in what you say and how you say it. Make sure only one Range Officer answers any questions for that stage. This way the same question is answered the same way every time. Every posse must hear the same information the same way. Always read the stage description word for word as it appears on the sheet, whether you have it memorized or not. 2. Shooter Inventory. Another good way to assist the shooter is to visually inventory each shooter at the line just before starting your range commands. This means you should inspect the shooter to see if they have all the equipment to complete the course of fire. For example, if you know the shooter is supposed to have shotgun shells on their person, but you don’t see them, simply ask where they are. Also, look for the appropriate safety equipment. We all know how disconcerting it is to fire your first shot only to realize your earplugs aren’t in!
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