COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING™ SASS Range Operations Basic Safety Course
The Timer Operator never starts a competitor in a faulted position or location. It is not considered a faulted position or location for allowing a shooter to start without appropriately loaded guns or available ammunition on their person.
The Timer Operator should not count misses, but watches the shooter for unsafe acts, correct target engagement, and stage procedures in addition to counting shots fired if possible. However, the Timer Operator is often times in the best position to evaluate hits or misses if in question.
The Timer Operator holds the timer in a manner ensuring the last shots fired in a stage are recorded. This is especially true if the last gun being used in a stage is a rifle, which is always considered poor course design, since rifle reports are often not loud enough to reliably record on a timer.
Don’t feel you have to record every shot on the timer through the course of fire. Make sure the last one is recorded. It’s the one that really counts, but it is always best to record as many shots as possible in the event of a gun malfunction.
Once the stage begins, the Timer Operator stays within arm’s length of the competitor until the stage is finished. The Timer Operator then immediately announces the stage time to the shooter. Only after revolvers are holstered and long guns are action opened, muzzles pointed in a safe direction, and the shooter is heading towards the unloading table does the Timer Operator, declare “Range is Clear” and conveys the time to the Score Keeper in a loud, clear voice.
The Timer Operator polls the three Spotters to determine the number of misses and/or procedural penalties input, and then calls those numbers to the Score Keeper and the competitor in a loud, clear voice.
Only the Timer Operator or Expediter calls the next shooter to the firing line.
Expediter or XP Officer
The Expediter or XP Officer is in charge of making sure the posse stays on time and on task during their assigned time on each stage.
The XP Officer’s primary concern is the next shooter to be called to the line— otherwise known as the “On-deck” shooter. The XP Officer makes sure the “On- deck” shooter is ready, understands the course of fire, and proceeds promptly to the firing line to stage firearms and ammunition as quickly as possible.
The following is a guideline for the duties of the XP Officer:
At the first shot of the shooter on the firing line, the XP Officer calls the next shooter from the loading table to the “On-deck” position.
When the shooter arrives at the “On-deck” position,” the XP Officer asks the following questions and assists the shooter with appropriate answers:
Do you understand the course of fire?
Do you have any questions about the stage?
The XP Officer should not engage in any unnecessary conversation with the “On- deck” shooter, allowing them time to mentally prepare for the stage.
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