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COVID-19 Rules for organised outdoor shooting events

May 2021, Wales

National Sports Governing Body (National Rifle Association)

COVID SECURE PROCEDURES FOR THE USE OF RANGES

Phoenix Shooters Association –

People are now able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports in accordance with guidance and procedures issued by NGBs.

Despite the changes to national rules, he MoD COVID-19 rules still only allow a maximum of thirty people in total, and in accordance with guidance and procedures issued by NGBs

This document details the NRA procedures to be followed, and is in addition to normal range regulations, which remain extant and the authoritative document.

The safety of our shooters remains our priority.

  • Persons travelling to shoots are responsible for compliance with Covid-19 restrictions set by the Devolved Administrations, including travel restrictions in addition to any local Covid-19 restrictions applicable in their location.
  • Anyone attending a Phoenix Shooters Association [PSA] shoot must undertake a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms before travelling to a shoot.
  • No one should leave home if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of Covid-19.
  • If you are feeling unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms, please do not visit a PSA shoot, no matter how mild the symptoms. PSA has put in place COVID-secure procedures for our shoots. Please adhere to any notices and instructions. You must maintain social distancing at all times, and practice regular hand hygiene throughout your time at the shoot.

Any changes to Covid-Secure Procedures will be publicised via our website, the PSA News, or e-mails to members.

COVID PROCEDURES FOR CLUBS / RECREATIONAL SHOOTING

GENERAL

All personnel attending a PSA shoot are to:

  1. Adhere to Covid related signage with particular regards to social distancing and hand hygiene.
  2. Sanitise hands regularly. Hand sanitiser will be provided, but please bring your own as well.
  3. Observe social distancing in all areas.
  4. In order to be effective personal hand sanitiser must be at least 60% alcohol.
  5. All shoots must be pre-booked.
  6. Range bookings will recorded for “Test and Trace” within the club.
  7. Affiliated Club Guest Days and probationary training are not permitted at this stage.

ARRIVAL AND RECEPTION

 Social distancing is to be observed at all times.  

PLEASE DO: Wear gloves and have a face covering ready.

FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

There will be NO ammunition sales on site.

There will be NO exchanging of rifles/pistols/shotguns/equipment except between members of an individual household or bubble.

ON THE RANGES THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES ARE TO BE ADHERED TO:

Close face to face contact should be avoided.

Sanitise all range contact surfaces and equipment with the sanitiser and wipes. This process must be repeated if shooters are rotated.

YOU MUST STAY 2 METRES APART FROM PEOPLE YOU DO NOT LIVE WITH OR WHO ARE NOT A PART OF YOUR BUBBLE

Face coverings are to be worn in the butts at Sealand.

The RO is responsible for ensuring that Covid procedures and social distancing is observed.

If 2m spacing cannot be maintained in other circumstances, face coverings are to be worn.

On the firing point Shooters are to attract the attention of the RO by raising a hand, they are not to call out.

In the case of airguns ONLY – Shooters are responsible for declaring their own gun clear. They are to carry out a 2 point check: 

o In the chamber

o In the magazine housing

A declaration of “Clear” is to be made to the RO who may conduct a secondary check from a safe distance.

The RO is to operate from behind the shooter and avoid being directly alongside.

Other than air guns, normal procedures will apply.

ROS must have a face covering available for use should they be required to approach a shooter.

In the event of a fault on target equipment the shooter is to report the fault to the RO, unload, and move away from the equipment whilst it is repaired/adjusted.

In the event of a firearm fault/malfunction the firearm is to be made as safe as possible laid flat pointing at the target and the armourer tasked. The firearm is not to be left on a bipod.

ON NO ACCOUNT MUST A LOADED FIREARM BE REMOVED FROM THE RANGE

In the event of an injury please inform the staff, who will respond as normal and assess the situation. Follow up action will depend on the severity of the situation.

 Minor bumps, scrapes and cuts will be dealt with by self-help, sterile dressings may be provided.

MARKING OF TARGETS (Sealand)

The target marker is to sanitise all contact surfaces on arrival. The process is to be repeated on any changeover of the markers.

Sanitising fluids, wipes and protective gloves will be available for use by the target markers.

Marking equipment such as patches, marker boards etc are not to be shared.

All markers and RCS to wear masks when in the butts.

ON COMPLETION OF THE SHOOT:

The club is responsible for ensuring that all surfaces and equipment remaining on-site are sanitised prior to departure.

All contaminated PPE and wipes are to be disposed of in the bag provided, the bag will be sealed.

SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 2m IS TO BE MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT.

ALL CONTAMINATED PPE AND WIPES ARE TO BE DISPOSED OF IN THE BAG PROVIDED, THE BAG WILL BE SEALED.

THE RO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT COVID PROCEDURES AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS OBSERVED.

Clay shoots and Air gun shoots – if you are considering attending, PLEASE READ.

If you want to come to Clay or Air gun shoots during this crisis, you MUST read through this risk assessment, and if you feel you cannot comply, do not attend.

COVID-19 – GENERIC SHOOTERS RISK ASSESSMENT

OUTDOOR SHOOTING January 2021

NOTE : This risk assessment is based on the NRA Risk Assessment to include Clay Pigeon and air gun target shooting with the Phoenix Shooters Association. It is based on Government guidance and regulations as at 28/12/20. It does NOT include MoD Ranges.

If you are feeling unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms please do not visit a shoot, no matter how mild the symptoms. If you are displaying symptoms yourself you must isolate for 7 days. If you are sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms you must isolate for 14 days.
If you find yourself suffering from these conditions within 14 days of attending a shoot, you MUST inform us at once.

Government advice is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The club and its members must comply with advice provided by the devolved Administrations.

AIM

The aim of this Risk Assessment is to identify existing and potential Covid-19 transmission hazards associated with the use of outdoor shooting to demonstrate that the appropriate control measures, in accordance with Government guidance, are in place. General mitigation, in all areas will include:

  • Maintaining social distancing in all areas
  • Minimal contact with common hard surfaces
  • Hygiene: frequent hand washing/sanitisation and surface cleaning

The three key areas of risk identified by the Government are:

  1. Droplet transmission (air borne)
  2. Fomite transmission (on surfaces)
  3. Population (types of “at risk” persons)

ACTIVITIES

  • The primary activity is target shooting including clay pigeon shooting and air gun shooting.  This assessment will include shooters arrival/departure and occupation and use of the shooting area. 
  • Club officials must ensure member compliance with Government advice and the devolved Administrations at all times.

HAZARDS

  • A summary of the major hazards:
Ref Hazard RA
1 Transmission from other members M4
2 Transmission from other range users L1
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site L1
4 Transmission from equipment on site M4
5 Transmission from communal areas L2
6 Members at particular risk M4

PERSONS AT RISK

  • This Risk Assessment focuses upon the risk to members (Including probationary) . No others may be allowed in the shooting area.

RISK MATRIX

The risk matrix defines the level of risk by considering probability or likelihood against severity.

Likelihood   Risk Matrix
Common/Regular/Frequent 3 Medium 3 High 6 High 9
Occasional 2 Low 2 Medium 4 High 6
Rare/Improbable 1 Low 1 Low 2 Medium 3
SEVERITY   1 Minor Injury or Illness 2 Serious Injury or Illness 3 Fatality Major Injury/Illness
Hazard Ref Risk Associated with the Hazard Existing Control Measures Risk Rating Add Control Review Freq
1 Transmission to/from members & others Club members must not come to shoot if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms
Bookings   – 
Range bookings will follow the PSA process  IE: contacting us by e-mail or ‘phone to book a place beforehand.
Arrival and Departure
2 m Social distancing must be observed at all times, by all members as per Government/devolved Administration guidelines.
Club officials must control member arrivals/departures  to ensure compliance with 2m social distancing.
Shooting Activity
Club Guest Days are not permitted.
The shooting activity will take place on the firing point & the area immediately behind the firing point.
RCO must ensure compliance with Government/devolved Administration guidelines on group size.
– Consider use of alternate firing points to ensure social distance is maintained 
– Members will shoot in squads, assigned to a detail
– Only one shooter per firing point.
– In the event of a medical emergency, the first aider will wear a mask & gloves when dealing with the casualty. In the event of a medical emergency the injured member will put on a mask if it is medically safe to do so .
– The RCO will be issued with mask and gloves in order to intervene should a safety incident occur.  
2 x 2 Medium Protocols and procedures           weekly
2 Transmission from other range users The number of shooters at any event will be limited to allow separation distances and supervision where necessary.
No indoor premises will be used by anyone attending the shoot.
Club officials must ensure separation of groups is enforced if necessary.
Spectators will not be permitted in the shooting area.
Equipment must not be shared between shooters at the shoot.
Members must limit interaction with other users and comply with 2m social distancing.
RCO must ensure that any club contaminated waste is removed from the range in sealed bags
1 x 2 Low N weekly
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site Spectators will not be permitted in the shooting area.
Shooters must not engage with other persons/general public in the shooting area.  
1 x 2 Low N weekly
4 Transmission from equipment (Fomite transmission) Club members must not share a vehicle unless they are part of the same household/bubble.
Club members must sanitise their hands with alcohol based sanitiser of at least 60% alcohol content before and after each detail in which they take part.
In the event of a firearm fault/malfunction the firearm is to be made as safe as possible and the club armourer tasked.
Target equipment contact is limited to club officials.
Firearms and equipment must not be shared at the shoot.
All contaminated club PPE and wipes must be removed from the area in sealed bags.
Club members are not permitted to access indoor areas belonging to the landowner.
2×2 Medium N weekly
5 Transmission from communal areas (Fomite transmission) Members must comply with 2m social distancing guidelines at all times on the premises.
Members must comply with local hygiene protocols and provide their own spray/gel/wipes.
1 x 2 Low N weekly
6 Members at particular risk Members who have received a letter from the NHS stating that they are clinically extremely vulnerable must not attend.
Members who are at moderate risk (over 70, Asthma, heart conditions, Chronic kidney disease, diabetes, etc) may attend but must ensure social distancing more than others and wear a mask where appropriate.  They should consider not attending.
Members from “Very High” (tier 3) Risk areas should consider not attending.
Members from “Very High” (Tier 3) Risk areas must not remain in any group of over six while at the venue.
Members from Tier four Risk Areas must NOT attend.
2X2 Medium All members to read a copy of this assessment. weekly
Date: 28/12/20 Review Date: 31st December  2020
Name: M Eveleigh Name: M Eveleigh
Position: Chairman Position : Chairman
Signature: Signature:

Airgun shoot COVID19 Risk Assessment – to be read by anyone wishing to attend.

COVID-19 – GENERIC SHOOTERS RISK ASSESSMENT

OUTDOOR shooting 2020 [Based on Govt guidance as at 5/12/20]

NOTE : This risk assessment is based on the NRA Risk Assessment to include target shooting with the Phoenix Shooters Association.

If you are feeling unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms please do not visit a shoot, no matter how mild the symptoms. If you are displaying symptoms yourself you must isolate for 7 days. If you are sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms you must isolate for 14 days.

Government advice is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Clubs must comply with advice provided by the devolved Administrations.

AIM

  1. The aim of this Risk Assessment is to identify existing and potential Covid-19 transmission hazards associated with the use of outdoor shooting to demonstrate that the appropriate control measures, in accordance with Government guidance, are in place. General mitigation, in all areas will include:
  • Maintaining social distancing in all areas
  • Minimal contact with common hard surfaces
  • Hygiene: frequent hand washing and surface cleaning

The three key areas of risk identified by the Government are:

  1. Droplet transmission (air borne)
  2. Fomite transmission (on surfaces)
  3. Population (types of “at risk” persons)

ACTIVITIES

  • The primary activity is target shooting.  This assessment will include shooters arrival/departure and occupation and use of the shooting area. 
  • Club officials must ensure member compliance with Government advice and the devolved Administrations at all times.

HAZARDS

  • A summary of the major hazards:
Ref Hazard RA
1 Transmission from other members M4
2 Transmission from other range users L1
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site L1
4 Transmission from equipment on site M4
5 Transmission from communal areas L2
6 Members at particular risk M4

PERSONS AT RISK

  • This Risk Assessment focuses upon the risk to Members. No others will be allowed in the shooting area.

RISK MATRIX

The risk matrix defines the level of risk by considering probability or likelihood against severity.

Likelihood   Risk Matrix
Common/Regular/Frequent 3 Medium 3 High 6 High 9
Occasional 2 Low 2 Medium 4 High 6
Rare/Improbable 1 Low 1 Low 2 Medium 3
SEVERITY   1 Minor Injury or Illness 2 Serious Injury or Illness 3 Fatality Major Injury/Illness
Hazard Ref Risk Associated with the Hazard Existing Control Measures Risk Rating Add Control Review Freq
1 Transmission to/from members & others Club members must not come to shoot if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms
Bookings  
–  Range bookings will follow the PSA process              
Arrival and Departure
2 m Social distancing must be observed at all times, by all members as per Government/devolved Administration guidelines.Club officials must control member arrivals/departures  to ensure compliance with 2m social distancing .  
Shooting Activity – Probationary members are now permitted to participate in club shoots during the Covid-19 restrictions
– Club Guest Days are not permitted
– The shooting activity will take place on the firing point & the area immediately behind the firing point
– RCO must ensure compliance with Government/devolved Administration guidelines on group size.
– Consider use of alternate firing points to ensure social distance is maintained 
– Members will shoot in individual details.
– Only one shooter per firing point.
– In the event of a medical emergency, the first aider will wear a mask & gloves when dealing with the casualty. In the event of a medical emergency the injured member will put on a mask if it is medically safe to do so
– The RCO will be issued with mask and gloves in order to intervene should a safety incident occur.        
2 x 2 Medium Protocols and procedures           weekly
2 Transmission from other range users Club officials must ensure separation of groups is enforced
Spectators will not be permitted in the shooting area.
Equipment must not be shared between shooters
Members must limit interaction with other users and comply with 2m social distancing.
RCO must ensure that any contaminated waste is removed from the range in sealed bags
1 x 2 Low N weekly
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site Spectators will not be permitted in the shooting area
Club members must not engage with other persons/general public in the shooting area.
1 x 2 Low N weekly
4 Transmission from equipment (Fomite transmission) Club members must not share a vehicle unless they are part of the same household.
Club members must sanitise their hands with alcohol based sanitiser of at least 60% alcohol content, before and after each detail.
In the event of a firearm fault/malfunction the firearm is to be made as safe as possible laid flat pointing safely downrange and the club armourer tasked
Target equipment contact  limited to club officials.
Firearms and equipment must not be shared.
All used PPE and wipes must be removed from the area in sealed bags
Club members are not permitted to access indoor areas belonging to the landowner.
2×2 Medium N weekly
5 Transmission from communal areas (Fomite transmission) Members must comply with 2m social distancing guidelines at all times on the premises
Members must comply with local hygiene protocols and provide their own spray/gel/wipes.
1 x 2 Low N weekly
6 Members at particular risk Members who have received a letter from the NHS stating that they are clinically extremely vulnerable must not attend.
Members who are at moderate risk (over 70, Asthma, heart conditions, Chronic kidney disease, diabetes, etc) May attend but must ensure social distancing more than others, and wear a mask where appropriate.  
They should consider not attending.
Members from “Very High” risk areas should consider not attending,
Members from “Very High” Risk areas must not remain in any group of over six while at the venue.
2X2 Medium All members to read a copy of this assessment. weekly
Date: 11/12/20 Review Date:  15th December 2020
Name: M Eveleigh Name: M Eveleigh
Position: Chairman Position : Chairman
Signature: Signature:

Risk Assessment for MoD Ranges

We are truly sorry about the large amount of text involved in this, but we are obliged by the MoD to ensure that everyone who attends the ranges has read it, and will comply.

COVID-19 – NRA RISK ASSESSMENT

OUTDOOR RANGE 2020

If you are feeling unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms please do not visit an outdoor range, no matter how mild the symptoms. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms yourself you must isolate for 7 days. If you are sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms you must isolate for 14 days.

Government advice is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Clubs must comply with advice provided by the devolved Administrations. (IE: Wales)

AIM

  1. The aim of this Risk Assessment is to identify existing and potential Covid-19 transmission hazards associated with the use of outdoor ranges and to demonstrate that the appropriate control measures, in accordance with Government guidance, are in place. General mitigation, in all areas will include:
  • Maintaining social distancing in all areas
  • Minimal contact with common hard surfaces
  • Hygiene: frequent hand washing/sanitisation and surface cleaning where necessary.

ACTIVITIES

  • The primary activity is target shooting.  This assessment will include shooters arrival/departure and occupation and use of the range. 
  • Club officials must ensure member compliance with Government advice and the devolved Administrations at all times.

(Signed) Mary Eveleigh

Secretary

Phoenix Shooters Association

HAZARDS

  • A summary of the major hazards:
Ref Hazard RA
1 Transmission from other members Med 4
2 Transmission from other range users Low 2
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site Low 2
4 Transmission from equipment on site Med 4
5 Transmission from communications equipment Med 4
6 Transmission from communal areas Low 2

PERSONS AT RISK

  • This Risk Assessment focuses upon the risk to range users.  Landmarc/range operator staff will have been assessed separately by Landmarc/the range operator.

RISK MATRIX

The risk matrix defines the level of risk by considering probability or likelihood against severity.

Risk Associated with the Hazard Existing Control Measures Risk Rating
Transmission to/from members & Landmarc operatives Club members must not come to an outdoor range if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms
Bookings   –  Range bookings will follow the Landmarc/range operator process        – Club members must carry the NRA Shooter Competency Card (SCC) whilst on the range  
Arrival and Departure 2 m Social distancing must be observed at all times, by all members as per MoD/Government/devolved Administration guidelines Club officials must control member arrivals/departures in car park to ensure compliance with 2m social distancing
RCO will sign on/off the range and receive/return radio in accordance with the Landmarc procedure and local Covid-19 procedures (radio is for RCO use only)           
Shooting Activity – Probationary members are not permitted to participate in club shoots during the Covid-19 restrictions –
Club Guest Days are not permitted –
The shooting activity will take place on the firing point & the area immediately behind the firing point –
RCO must ensure compliance with Government/devolved Administration guidelines on group size – Consider use of alternate firing points to ensure social distance is maintained   –
Members will shoot in squads, assigned to a timed detail – Only one shooter per firing point/target –
In the event of a medical emergency, the first aider will wear a mask & gloves when dealing with the casualty. In the event of a medical emergency the injured member will put on a mask if it is medically safe to do so –
The RCO will be issued with mask and gloves in order to intervene should a safety incident occur.  
Marking Activity –  RCO must designate a Butts Supervisor for the butt party who will be accountable for compliance with social distancing/hygiene in the Markers Gallery.
Butt party and Supervisor must wear masks whilst in the butts/markers gallery.   – 
Only one marker per target – Hythe frames are to be disinfected between users by anti-bacterial wipes or sprays.  Alternatively, protective gloves should be issued to each detail on entering the butts –
Movement in/out of the butt must be controlled by RCO and Butts Supervisor and comply with 2m social distancing –
Butts Supervisor will control rigging/de rigging the range and compliance with social distancing/hygiene guidelines  
2 x 2 Medium
Transmission from other range users Club officials must ensure separation of groups is enforced.
Spectators will not be permitted on the range
The changeover on the firing point must be coordinated by the RCO and the Butts Supervisor
Masks may be worn by all parties
Equipment must not be shared between shooters
The requirement for Landmarc staff to converse with range users is minimal, if necessary there is sufficient space to maintain social distancing
Members must limit interaction with other users and comply with 2m social distancing
RCO must ensure that any waste is removed from the range in sealed bags
1 x 2 Low
Transmission from other persons/general public on site Spectators will not be permitted on the range
Club members must not engage with other persons/general public on the range  
1 x 2 Low
Transmission from equipment Club members must not share a vehicle unless they are part of the same household/bubble.
Club radios must be wiped down and placed in Ziploc bags
RCO/Butts Supervisor must ensure that target frames, radios, field telephone, butt flag, SARTS tablets are wiped down at the beginning and end of each detail.
Club members must sanitise their hands with alcohol based sanitiser of at least 60% alcohol content, before and after using target frames or tablets at the beginning and end of each detail.
In the event of a fault on target equipment the Butts Supervisor is to report the fault and retire from the equipment whilst it is repaired/adjusted
In the event of a firearm fault/malfunction the firearm is to be made as safe as possible laid flat pointing at the target and the club armourer tasked
All used PPE and wipes must be removed from the range in sealed bags
Club members are not permitted to access or to use tools and equipment belonging to Landmarc/range operator

2×2 Medium
   
Transmission from communications equipment Field telephones will be wiped down on change of user.
Club radios must be wiped down and kept in a Ziploc bag and reserved for use by the RCO, Butt Supervisor
Landmarc radio to be handled in accordance with local Covid-19 procedures.  
1 x 2 Low
Transmission from communal areas Members must comply with 2m social distancing guidelines at all times on MoD range/premises
Members must comply with local hygiene protocols when using toilets and must provide their own spray/gel/wipes.
1 x 2 Low
Date: 4/9/20 Review Date:  September 2020
Name: M Eveleigh Name: M Eveleigh
Position: Secretary Position : Secretary
Signature: Signature:

SHEEPSHED and COVID-19

We are trying hard to keep everyone safe by complying with the current COVID-19 regulations, while at the same time making sure we all enjoy ourselves.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS:
If ONE member who has attended a shoot recently becomes infected, then we will have to close down immediately, and all of us will have to self-isolate. Please think about this carefully, and ensure you keep your distance.

To do this, everyone who wants to attend at Sheepshed MUST read and comply with the following fairly basic rules:
Note that there have been changes to comply with the regulations – they are in RED below

1. DO NOT ATTEND if you have any symptoms related to COVID-19.

2.Use hand sanitiser IMMEDIATELY ON FIRST ENTRY into the clubroom.

3.DO NOT ATTEND unless you have first booked a place and had it confirmed.

4.Keep 1 metre plus distance (preferably more) from others at all times, unless absolutely imperative.

5.Bring your own hearing protection AND MASK.

6.DO NOT touch other people’s guns or equipment.

7.DO NOT enter the alleyway by the clubroom unless invited to do so. That is both when leaving AND entering

8.If, in the 7 days following a shoot you have attended you find that you are suffering from COVID-19 type symptoms, you must inform us at once.

9.Masks are NOW compulsory, to allow the 1 metre + distancing.

10.A club gun will be available, but it must be booked in advance, and only if you don’t have one of your own.

11.A small amount of ammunition will be available ONLY to those who have none of their own, and must be booked in advance and paid for by BACS or cheque.

12.The maximum number of people who can attend a session is 17 including ROs etc.

13. Despite all the foregoing, please enjoy yourself!

We thought about putting up our NSRA/NRA Indoor shooting risk assessment, but it runs to 25 paragraphs on two pages of very closely-spaced type ! However, the rules above are derived from them, and we must be careful to abide by them. Please remember that people over 70 are considered to be more at risk from this infection than others.

Clay Shooting System

Please read through the below before booking

Book a place at least 24 hours before the shoot day by e-mail or ‘phone (much earlier is preferable!) Due to the changes in regulations, there are NO time slots – we start at 10:00 and end at around 13:00.

Of course If you are suffering from any symptoms of  COVID-19, you will be isolating and therefore will not be attending the shoot.

Please bring your own ammunition but only if you haven‘t got any, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. We have been able to get some more 12 Bore and 20 Bore cartridges, but please note that we can’t accept cash on the day. There are NO range fees to pay.

At all times on the farm you must maintain social distancing rules – at least 2 metres or more apart. (This does not apply to members of a household living together.) If you wear a mask, then 1 metre + applies.

There must be no borrowing of guns or other equipment. We are unable to guarantee the safety of any members against infection so it is the responsibility of all members to take steps to ensure their own safety by acting responsibly and in accordance with the rules and procedures. Please bring your own sanitisation equipments – IE: hand gel or wipes etc.

We can have a maximum of 25 people at the shoot at any one time, but we must minimise the risk of infection and the risks to the reputation of the sport and our club. However, with the lessons learnt from the previous shoots, they should be much improved!
PS: If you want to come to a de-brief, you must let us know well in advance, as we have to book places – regardless of whether you are eating or not.

Deactivated Firearms Guidance

The latest (last!?) EU legislation on deactivated firearms is complex and confusing, but the Deactivated Weapons Association (DWA) has put together a guide to what should be notified and when – see the tables at the bottom of this page.)

We may be officially “out” of the EU, but we’re still in the transition period sat the moment (18/2/20) and this particular law was enacted before we left.

You’ll note that the “who” to notify hasn’t been included, but now that’s been made (nearly) clear at – Deactivatedfirearmsnotifications@homeoffice.gov.uk

You should use the forms provided at – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0102019-firearms-regulations-2019-and-the-firearms-amendment-no2-rules-2019

What possible way this can enhance public safety is – to say the least – questionable, but it prevents the UK having to pay a massive fine to the EU if they haven’t “done something” to comply.
This is the very least they could do to comply with the legislation and still avoid that fine.

Possession
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 Yes BUT Not before March 14th 2021
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes March 14th 2021 if taken into your possession by 13/09/18 or from now if taken into your possession on or after 14/09/18
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes Now
Transfer (for more than 14 days)
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 No N/A
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer

Salute to Ron Stoll

On Saturday 18th January we stopped all activity at Sealand in order to fire a five-volley salute to our (sadly missed) friend Ron Stoll.

Quite a number of members turned up specifically to pay their respects to Ron, but as we were limited to firing numbers by MoD rules, we had a squad of five – selected by lottery.

Ron, our friend

You can view the video below –

Clubs “Good Practice Guide.”

This document was put together by the Metropolitan Police Firearms Enquiry Team together with representatives from the British Shooting Sports Council.

You may recognise one or two of the photos in the guide, so you can guess where the main input from the BSSC came from.

I’d particularly like to bring to your attention a statement in the foreword-

“We must do whatever we can reasonably do to support the continued lawful practice of target shooting, whilst protecting public safety.”

Rob Atkin MBE (T. Commander, Met police Armed Policing)

The whole document rests on honest and clear co-operation between the police and the clubs, and if all police forces and clubs were to adopt this guide, we’d be in a much better place than we are at present.

Met Police Clubs Good Practice Guide.

This document is worth reading as it explains a lot about the relationship between clubs and firearms licensing departments, and while the Home Office have started to charge for things which weren’t chargeable before, the main thrust of the guide remains good.