We recently had an issue with our website that forced us to update our backend to the latest version. This is a good thing, as it protects us from current security threats and makes the site better overall. However, it was a major undertaking, and we apologize if you were unable to get on the website earlier this week.
The update is now complete, however there were some casulties, mainily the membership forum... it was based on a older forum software that is no longer supported, and migrating it to a new forum based system was not possible. So as of right now, the web forum for members is no longer. We are looking at some options for replacing it, but with the gate system going in, and this rebuild, that project will be put on the back burner for now.
Brian - Webmaster
General Notes on Safety:
We do not say "treat it like" or "act like." Mindset is critical and you must believe this! Never take anyone else's word for the condition of any firearm, including a range official. If you handle it, the responsibility rests with you and you alone.
This rule is constantly violated, especially with pistols, because of their compactness and is usually excused by saying "It's OK, it's not loaded." Refer to rule 1, above! You must be constantly aware of the direction in which the muzzle is pointed.
Never put your finger inside the trigger guard "until your sights are aligned and you are ready to shoot." A Law Enforcement Officer searching a warehouse for an armed suspect or a hunter following a wounded lion into thick brush should most certainly be ready to shoot. But at this point they have no target at which to direct their fire and should not have their fingers on the trigger. This distinction of mindset is important. This rule alone, if followed without fail, could eliminate most Negligent Discharges. Teach it, enforce it, and live it. Of the four basic firearms safety rules, this is the Golden Rule.
Know what it is, what is beyond it, and what is around it. You are never justified in shooting at a noise, a movement, a shadow or anything you have not positively identified as a threat to you or to someone you are legitimately trying to protect.
1) ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED!
2) NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY!
3) ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET!
4) KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET!
Different ranges have different rules, but these four rules are universal. You should strive to make them a permanent part of your character.
By participating in shooting matches we are involved in a competitive sport, one which uses time as one criterion for measurement. This can create a situation in which one may be tempted to momentarily compromise safety for some other advantage. DO NOT FALL PREY TO THIS MISTAKE!
WE ALL WANT TO GO HOME AFTER THE SHOOTING SESSION!