Most commercial outdoor and indoor ranges will have a range officer on site. Range officers are essential to provide safety on the range. Range officers are even used on military and law enforcement gun ranges and in most civilian ranges. Most people are unaware of the job and responsibilities of the range officer. Shooting Range Industries would like to explain the responsibilities and tasks of the range officer and how those practicing on the range must pay close attention to the range officers at all times.
Shooting Range Officer’s Job Duties
The range officer’s role is to ensure safety although they may have a number of other responsibilities on the range as well. They will monitor the range (the firing sites) and make sure they remain safe. For example, outdoor ranges often have targets into a sand or dirt hill. So, if the hill becomes filled with bullets there is a possibility the bullet can bounce back or off another bullet trapped in the sand. Therefore, they monitor for signs of potential ricochet. Most indoor ranges don’t have that problem since they are designed with unique bullet trap systems. The range officer will also monitor the range to ensure that it is safe and clean with no potential danger for visitors or the shooters.
Are Shooting Range Officers Law Enforcement?
Some people assume the officers are actual law enforcement officers. However, this is not true. They are still civilians. However, the range officer does have to meet certain requirements and train to be certified. They must be able to monitor visitors and shooters on the range to make sure they are following all safety regulations and rules. If there is an inexperienced visitor, they often will talk them through the rules and firearm safety procedures. They will be there to help enforce them. The range officers understand that everything takes time and practice. They are there to help shooters learn all safety regulations while keeping the person clam. In short, don’t be fearful of the safety officer. It is their job to ensure safety and new people may require more attention.
Gun Range Officers Inspect Firearms & Ammo
The range officer will also inspect firearms and ammunition. Some ammunition can be damaged or potentially harm fellow visitors. They will help assess any misfires or failures such as double feeds or jams etc. to help ensure your firearm can be safely used. You may need to ask for assistance if you continually have misfires or failure to feed correctly. The range officer’s main focus will be on the four fundamentals of “Firearm Handling” which are:
• Always treat the firearm as if it is loaded.
• Keep the muzzle pointing safely down range.
• Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire.
• Know your target and what is beyond it.
Know Shooting Range Safety Officers
It is recommended that you get to know your range officer in the shooting range you frequently visit. Remember they are there to help you and ensure safety when the range is in use. Many may find the range officer intimidating, and they can make some people nervous. Know that they are just doing their job and making sure you stay safe. When visiting a range know who the range officer is and make sure to watch them in the event they request you to hold fire. Be sure to follow the rules and regulations of the firing range to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
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