Action Pistol Range Use
By Joddy Collins
As some of you know, Iâ€™ve just started shooting action pistol for about 3 months now.
Iâ€™ve attended one AP board meeting and asked questions about action pistol range use.
My understanding is there are 3 issues, vandalism-shooting signs and buildings, unsafe acts, and emptying the trash cans.
Vandalism - I believe anyone caught intentionally vandalizing any ORSA property should have their ORSA membership terminated as stated in ORSA Bylaw Article IV Section 5. That includes shooting building & signs, breaking glass, & any other kind of vandalism. Any ORSA member that catches a vandal, should confront him, get his name, car license, etc., and bring the matter up at the next board meeting to expel the vandal. If you donâ€™t have the guts the confront someone, then you donâ€™t need to be an RO. ROs shouldnâ€™t be bullies either.
Unsafe Acts - Accidents happen and we have DQs in competitions - thatâ€™s different from vandalism, and why we need and have range officers. Every experienced RO has stopped a newbie from swinging his gun around â€śsweeping peopleâ€ť when he was excited from hitting the target. Some experienced shooters like me have a hard time breaking lifetime habits, like pointing my pistol muzzle up when reloading, and our ROs are great with their â€śfingerâ€ť & â€śmuzzleâ€ť warnings. I was taught â€śup & downâ€ť were safe muzzle directions. Hopefully, someday Iâ€™ll get the hang of these competitions.
Range officers also have to police the range for intentional unsafe acts, like shooting up in the air. Intentional unsafe acts should be confronted and the member warned. Repeat offenders should have their ORSA membership terminated as stated in ORSA Bylaw Article IV Section 5.
Plinking and trash removal â€“ Every Friday when we set up for the Saturday competition, we can empty the trash cans.
I donâ€™t have sympathy for AP ROs bitching about emptying the trash and cleaning up the AP range, because the SKEET ROs clean up the skeet ranges, keep the clay-target houses full, clean up the club house keeping the toilets flushed, coffee maker, fridge, & kitchen cleaned up, and empty the trash cans in the clubhouse and on the ranges.
The Indoor range ROs have to sweep up the brass, clean up the range, flush the toilets, turn off everything, and empty the trash before they shut down. Iâ€™m an RO at both ranges; my view is that AP ROs have it easy.
Conclusion, Action Pistol Range Use â€“ ORSAâ€™s purpose as stated in its Bylaws, Chapter of Incorporation is to encourage and promote hunting, shooting, and pistol and rifle practice.
Many members were told they could shoot their targets at the AP range at ORSA orientation and by ROs. I joined ORSA in 2005 to have a place to shoot my guns. When I was in orientation in 2005, I asked about where to practice with my own targets and stands, and the speaker told me they would always use the action pistol range, reasoning the bays were closed in by dirt and safe.
AP does and should continue to provide target stands for people that practice there. The ROs are really good with educating shooters about the practice target stands.
I think the AP range would best serve ORSA by allowing practice with shootersâ€™ personal targets, and â€śplinkingâ€ť as long as the shooters clean up the range and put their trash in the garbage cans when theyâ€™re finished practicing. I don't want the AP bays trashed up either.