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New Bell Target Club, Safety Rules Feedback Required

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by NorfolkDave, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. NorfolkDave

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    Morning chaps and chapesses, your guidance please. The below are my draft safety rules for a new bell target club. Your views and any omissions on my part would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Dave

    The rules.

    Please bear in mind that this is a new club and it's success or otherwise depends ultimately upon how we as a club operate and behave. The public have very strong reactions towards shooting and air rifles in particular attract negative press easily.

    I don't wish to patronise anyone, and am aware that some very experienced shooters will be attending, but I have to assume from the beginning that you have no knowledge of shooting safety. Please accept my apologies for this, but it is absolutely necessary and there will be no exceptions.

    The UK legal power limit for unlicensed air rifles is 12 foot pounds kinetic energy at the muzzle. We will be shooting at around half that level. Whilst these are classed as low powered air guns, they are still firearms in terms of the law. Any offence committed with one is hence a firearms offence and will be treated very seriously.

    Treat every gun as if it were loaded at all times.

    Only ever point a gun towards a target, never towards another person.

    Never rely on a safety catch, they have been known to fail and the majority of target rifles do not have them.

    Never look down the end of a barrel.

    Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you are "on aim" for the target.

    If you are shooting a spring rifle, keep the barrel or lever physically restrained until it is returned to its original position. If you are unsure about this, please ask for a demonstration. It will be demonstrated on the arrival of any new member.

    If you are transporting your own rifle to the venue, it must be kept in a slip or case until you enter. If you have it in a car, it should be kept in the boot and any ammunition in a separate part of the car, preferably a locked compartment.

    If you are intending to bring your own rifle, it will be power tested using a chronograph to ensure it is suitable for this event. It's details including serial number if present will be recorded.

    Initially only participants over the age of sixteen will be allowed. If you are lucky enough to look young, please bring photo id.

    Only 0.177" lead pellets may be used. Steel ball bearings are absolutely forbidden. Due to the risk of ricochets from bearings, they will not be allowed inside the venue.

    Never shoot if there is a person in front of you and never shoot over anyone's head.

    Whilst shooting is taking place only the shooter is allowed in the shooting zone.

    If anyone is considered to be shooting unsafely, shooting will cease and the rules will be further explained. If it is considered that any participant is unable or unwilling to comply with the rules they will be asked to leave the venue.

    There is no noise hazard from shooting low powered air rifles.

    The risk of ricochets from bell target shooting is absolutely tiny as the majority of the pellets energy is lost as it deforms on impact with the hardened steel target. If you do have concerns however, eye protection will be available.

    Finally, lead is a poisonous material. Handle the pellets as little as possible, wash your hands thoroughly after shooting and before eating or drinking.
     
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    Hope it goes well Dave..:thumb:

    We did get some "splashback" occasionally even with 6ft.lbs....are pcp's allowed...the AA 200 work well as a basic belltarget gun (target/6ft.lbs version) but a little noisy.A club chrono is always a good idea.Check the venue you use has the correct insurance...some insurance companies get twitchy when "guns" are mentioned.What back stop will you use...does it need to be put up/removed every session...a ballistic curtain?

    Bell target in Norfolk...brilliant..:nana:
     
  3. NorfolkDave

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    I think for the time being springers and ssps only. If it has legs, and we get some serious shooters pcps could be possible.

    Good point about insurance.

    I think I'll recommend the eye protection.

    Backstop still to be sorted, but I'm thinking some free hanging heavy weight carpet?

    Dave
     
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    Also worth adding a cease fire protocol
     
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    Sheets of airbag material is what our league uses (Kevlar?) as a backstop, makes a noise but it stops any stray pellet dead.
    We found splashback can be reduced by angling the target very slightly downwards.
    Why the over 16's rule? My 12 year old daughter has been shooting bell target since she was 10 and shoots on the same pub team as me and has better rifle discipline than some adults I've seen.
     
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    Hi Neil,

    Kid's are fine if they are supervised...i'm sure your lass is & understands airguns need to be handled responsibly..but not all parents are the same.When starting a club from scratch it's difficult enough without having concerns about junior's...i'm all for youngster's shooting but maybe once Dave's club is better established they could have an "open evening" for locals/kids to show what's going on at the club?Perhaps invite the local scouts/army cadet's...they will hopefully come with a responsible adult/leader to help monitor them....if a parent wants to bring their child along but leave it...who's trained to care for the sprog..?
     
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    The under 16 thing is easy to sort, I'd do the same as we do at the club for kids, they have to be supervised by their parent/guardian at all times.
    We're not there as a child minding service, we will always help juniors learn to shoot but the parents have to be with them at all times.
     
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    We tried this...too heavy/cumbersome...a ballistic (nylon?) curtain is easier ...a good archery shop will advise..stops a stray pellet dead...you would think it impossible to miss a belltarget face plate...newcomers find it difficult/intimidating sometimes & some guys just can't shoot straight ...full stop..:(

    Pistol belltarget is fun too...larger hole for this though...:thumb:
     
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    The under 16 rule is temporary, I've never done this before and I want to find my feet initially. Once I know what I'm doing, I absolutely want to get youngsters involved.

    Dave
     
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    Have just enquired about an archery backstop curtain and surprisingly not too expensive. I'm going to go and have a look, I can put one to good use myself anyway.

    Dave
     
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    Norman, are using the heavy duty or normal, just looked again and there's a massive price difference?

    Dave
     
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    Our club (Melbourne Marksmen) paid about £200 me thinks...that covers a stage about 4mtrs across...it makes quite a "whack" when guys miss the real target...:rolleyes:

    The initial costs in setting a new club up are usually borne by the guys organizing it...you will/might get them back...but once running it's worth every penny to see guys enjoying themselves..& shooting airguns indoor's..:eek:

    I'll be over that area sometime later this year..or early next...please put me down for membership..i'll chip in with set up costs if needed..:up:
     
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    That sounds like the heavy duty.

    Open invite to any one visiting my neck of the woods.

    Avoid February, I shall be in Antarctica, oh and October, Nepal and if it all goes to plan Borneo in may. Apart from that I shall mostly be at home. Gonna need a good committee. You can buy me a beer by all means.

    Dave
     
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    You will need a good committee...if the venue had a snooker table as well you would never get rid of me...& a bowls green...:eek:

    PS.not visiting...living there...:up:
     
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    Bell target guns should be under 6ft lb
     
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