Range Standing Rules

SSAA (NSW) Northern Rivers Branch


Range Safety & Rules


Range safety is absolutely essential for participation at SSAA (NSW) Northern Rivers Branch. Below are some essential range safety rules that must be adhered to whilst at the range. Failure to comply with these essential safety principles may result in being asked to cease participating in the activity


Essential Safety Principles

  1. Always keep firearm pointed in a safe direction
  2. Do not load firearm until the command is given by the Range Officer
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until on target
  4. Do not handle firearms while range is closed



What to wear at the range

  • Safety Glasses (eyewear)
  • Hearing Protection
  • Closed in Shoes
  • Appropriate modest and functional clothing is recommended
  • Hat is recommended for sun protection


Helping at the range

All staff within the branch are volunteers. You can help out at the shoots you attend by assisting with the setup and packing away of targets, scoring, picking up brass, patching out, putting flags out and bringing them in to name just a few of the tasks involved in running an event.

Ask the Range Officer if there is anything you can do to help if you are uncertain.


Range Standing Rules

  1. The Range Officer has total control over range activities.
  2. Red means Danger. A red flag at the entrance gate (and up-range at the furthest line of targets) means that shooters are in attendance at the range and permission from the Range Officer is required before entering the Range Danger Zone (forward of the firing line).
  3. Shooting is not to commence until flags, frames and targets have been placed in accordance with Range Standing Orders and the Range has been opened by the Range Officer.
  4. No-one may go forward of the firing line without the permission of the Range Officer. The Range Officer will indicate that it is safe for the target crew or other designated persons to go forward of the firing line by calling “THE RANGE IS CLOSED” s/he will display a green sign “Range Closed” on the firing line.
  5. The wearing of ear protections, eye protection and appropriate footwear is mandatory.
  6. All persons must report to the Range Officer, show SSAA membership and Firearms Licence and Range Pass on request, sign the range register and pay any fees required before bringing firearms on to the range.
  7. Firearms are meant to be removed from vehicles in a safe condition. For handguns this means in a case/bag. For rifles, the bolt is to be removed, the action broken or otherwise held open, and the magazine empty and removed where possible and/or bagged (covered).
  8. A handgun must not be uncased unless in the safe handling area or at the firing line, with the Range Officers instruction to do so. Firearms are not to be handled until the range is opened.
  9. Children and Juniors at the range must be supervised and not permitted near the firing line unless accompanied by a Range Officer, Club Coach or a supervisor delegated by the Range Officer. Junior shooters must be over 12 years old and either be covered by a P650 or a Minors Permit before being allowed to shoot.
  10. Only one shooter is to be at each firing point. Coaches must stand behind or clear of the shooter when the firearm is loaded.
  11. Any firearm malfunction must be reported to the Range Officer immediately.
  12. No-one, including the Range Officer, is to touch another person’s firearm without the permission of the owner.
  13. Firearms are not to be removed from the firing point until cleared by the Range Officer. When cleared, handguns must be secured in a bag or case before removal from the firing line.
  14. Handling of firearms on the firing line is not permitted when the Range is CLOSED.
  15. Firearms are to be cleaned only at the firing point or in the designated safe area.
  16. Adjustment to firearms that compromise range safety are not permitted behind the firing point (i.e. lightening of triggers, snapping actions, testing the fit of ammunition)
  17. Smoking is not permitted on the firing line or in the reloading areas.
  18. Alcohol or drugs are not to be consumed or taken by a shooter prior to or during shooting.
  19. Magazines are not to contain ammunition unless the shooter has been instructed to load by the Range Officer or they are being prepared for a match and they are stored in a secure location away from the firearm.
  20. No pistol is to be loaded until the competitor has been instructed to load by the Range Officer. Only load the required amount of rounds as instructed by the Range Officer.
  21. Holstered pistols cannot be taken from the holster unless instructed to do so by the Range Officer, or in a safe area designated for cleaning or storage.
  22. Pistols must be handled with particular care because of the short barrel. The muzzle of a loaded pistol must be held pointed down range in a safe direction with the shooter facing the target.



information on how to
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2017 Range Calendar

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Range Update


Centrefire rifles using jacketed projectiles

are limited to a maximum calibre 8mm

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Annual General Meeting for 2017

The 2017 AGM will be held on Monday 6th March 2017 at 7pm at Lismore Workers Club, Keen Street Lismore.  To view the Notice of AGM click here.

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Disciplinary Panel Nomination Form (.pdf 149 KB)


Range Safety Rules

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Range Safety Rules