Standard Operating Procedures and Range Rules
The following Standard Operating Procedures and Rules will be observed and followed at all times to ensure and secure the safety and enjoyment of our services for and by all.
Everyone using the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC range must first read and sign this SOP and Range Rules document, and receive a validated card to be used as a challenge system by the RSO before anyone can start a live fire scenario.
These procedures set forth in the rules and regulations governing the use of the indoor gun range located at the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC facility with the physical address of 951 21st CT, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. While shooting incidents are rare on ranges, the following range rules and regulations are established to ensure safety and discipline for individuals using the range as well as the safety of our neighbors and surrounding properties.
Live fire conducted at the range is designed to provide authorized personnel access to a facility where they can become proficient with firearms and practice both individual and group shooting sports. Individuals using the range shall become familiar with these safety rules and procedures prior to using the range. The range safety rules and procedures help to provide range supervision and allow for enforcement of these rules to reduce or eliminate incidents from occurring.
All users are required to abide by and enforce the rules and procedure set forth herein. All users are expected to politely point out to any user in violation of these rules, the nature of the violation, request they stop and if continued violation occurs, report the incident along with the violators name, if possible, to the Range Officer on duty or the Oak Harbor Police Department for further action.
All potential users of the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC range must complete a range orientation. The orientation may be one or any combination of a safety video, in-person briefing, or formal classroom training. The amount of training will be determined by the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC management and/or RSO on duty.
The use of the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC indoor gun range is covered by these Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). These SOP’s define what every person engaged in live-fire activities must know prior to being permitted to use the indoor range facility. These SOPs are available from the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC office, and website at www.pacificindoortactical.com.
Approved Firing: deliberate, controlled and aimed fire, which results in every shot hitting the impact berm.
Armor Piercing Bullets: Armor piercing ammunition means a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a firearm and which is constructed entirely, excluding the presence of traces of other substances, of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, or beryllium copper.
Cease Fire Range: Cease Fire is in effect, stay away from shooting benches and NO HANDLING FIREARMS.
Hot Range: no Cease Fire is in effect; guns may be handled and fired.
Firing Line: that part of the range where shooting benches are placed designated as a Live Fire Activities area.
Fully Automatic Firearms: Firearms that are capable of firing in multi shot busts, or continuous fire by holding the trigger to the rear position.
Live Fire Activities: an activity that involves the firing of a gun. Individuals involved in a live fire activity include the shooter, Range Officer, and supporting personnel such as score keepers, timers, and other individuals participating in a shooting activity on a Hot Range.
Tracer Ammunition: any ammunition containing flammable substances which are designed to travel along the path of the fired projectile in order to illuminate its path to impact. WARNING:
Use of tracer munitions may result in ignition of the rubber bullet trap. The responsible shooter will be held accountable both legally and financially for any damages resulting from the use of prohibited munitions.
Chief Range Safety Officer: The Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) is an employee or designee of Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC that is charged with monitoring and enforcing all rules outlined in this SOP as they pertain to the indoor range use. The Chief Range Safety Officer is the ultimate authority on the range, and oversees the Range Safety Officers.
Range Safety Officer: The range safety officer (RSO) is the employee tasked with continued over watch of the firing line to insure all safety rules are being practiced by customers at all times.
Rapid Firing: Firing more than two shots in a one second period.
Uncontrolled Firing: Firing from the hip, firing a rifle/carbine/shotgun without the butt of the stock against the shooter's shoulder, or any other type of firing in which the firearm is not aimed by having the shooter's eye aligned with the firearm sights and the sights aligned with an approved target.
Calibers up to 7.62/.308 can be used on the range.
Range Safety Officers
All RSO on duty are required to have taken the NRA Range Safety Officer training and possess a certificate identifying them as an NRA certified RSO. Range Safety Officers (RSO) are required as part of open shooting at the range. A designated RSO will be in charge of the firing line(s) and range at all times.
The RSO on duty is tasked with:
1. Ensuring that all Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC members, guests, and customers adhere to the rules and SOPs in this document.
2. Stopping and addressing any and all unsafe behavior. The RSO will address an individual to inform and point out all unsafe behavior and ensure that they are aware of any safety concerns. The RSO may call a "Cease Fire" and address the entire line at his/her discretion.
3. Escorting anyone (to include members) off the range if the person(s) are deemed a safety risk to others on the range.
4. Require anyone shooting on the range be given additional training before being allowed to shoot on the range again.
5. Reporting to Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC management any incidents on the range to include:
Personal injuries such as slide bites, forehead scope hits, etc.. that draw blood
Trespassers - to include wildlife, pets, and unauthorized people
Any other incidents deemed reportable by the RSO
It is the intention of the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC owners to attract and host organized shoots and competitive matches. The Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC management will designate an Event Chairman to oversee a given shoot/match. The Event Chairman may be an employee of Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC or a designated person from a 3rd party having a vested interest in the shoot/match. If the Event Chairman is a designated person from a 3rd party, a Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC employee will be designated as a liaison to the 3rd party in support of the shoot/match.
All events must be scheduled and planned in advance with the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC management to ensure the necessary schedule, supplies, resources, and logistics can be obtained.
All planed, scheduled, and approved shoot/matches take precedence over any individual or personal activity.
The Event Chairman is tasked with:
1. Conducting competitive shoot/matches within the planned schedule approved by Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC management.
2. Ensuring all necessary resources such as RSO and any other needed safety personnel are in attendance while the shoot/match is taking place.
3. Conducting the shoot/matches with the primary goals of safe shooting for the participants and the prevention of projectiles impacting anything other than the berm.
4. Designating a Match Director, who required by Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC to be a certified RSO.
All users of the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC range must fill out and sign a Liability Waiver on each day that they use the range. Members must have a current and signed liability waiver on file before using the range.
1. Loaded firearms are not allowed on Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC property other than on the Firing Line under a Hot Range condition
a. Exceptions to this are for Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC employees, Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC members, customers who are properly licensed Washington Carry Licensed individuals, and Law Enforcement personnel.
2. Consuming alcoholic beverages or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter medications) that will affect his or her ability to participate with a maximum state of awareness and in a completely safe manner, before or during live fire activities is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. The Range Officer will deny range access to anyone that is or appears to be in violation.
3. Phones will be placed on SILENT. Disruptive activities, such as loud music or children that are not supervised properly on the firing line may result in the RSO asking your party to leave the property.
4. Individuals ages 18 - 20 will be permitted to use the range for rifles only if not accompanied by an adult 21 or older.
5. The minimum age to shoot on the range by one's self is 18 for rifle and 21 for handgun.
6. Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC rules on age and gun possession are in line with federal and state laws.
7. Individuals under the age of 21 who possess a handgun will not be allowed on the range and will be asked to leave the property unless accompanied by someone 21 or older.
8. At no time will firearms, regardless of whether or not they are loaded, be pointed at or in the direction of any person.
9. All shooters and spectators on the firing lines and staging areas must wear ear and eye protection. Safety ear and eyewear is available for rent at the counter.
10. FULLY AUTOMATIC FIREARMS ARE PROHIBITED.
11. BLACK POWDER FIREARMS ARE PROHIBITED.
12. Members will keep their fingers off the triggers and outside the trigger guard until the firearm is pointed safely down range.
13. SLIDE-FIRE STOCKS OR ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT MIMICS AUTOMATIC FIRE ARE PROHIBITED.
14. FIRING OF ARMOR-PIERCING OR TRACER AMMUNITION IS PROHIBITED. Armor piercing ammunition means a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a firearm and which is constructed entirely, excluding the presence of traces of other substances, of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, or beryllium copper.
15. All ammunition brought into the range by the customer will be inspected to insure it meets the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC, allowed ammunition requirements.
16. All guns will be treated as if they are loaded at all times.
17. Loaded firearms must be pointed down range with barrel horizontal at all times.
18. NO SHOOTING ACROSS LANES! Firearms will only be fired into the assigned lane. Failure to keep rounds on target may result in termination of membership, and/or banning from the facility.
19. Everyone is required to adhere to the written Range Safety Operating Procedures (SOP).
20. All vehicles shall be parked in the designated parking area, unless authorized by the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC management.
21. Range is to be used as posted, or as directed by the RSO on duty.
22. Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC members must sign in at the counter prior to using the range and must have their membership card in their possession to allow the RSO on duty to identify them as a member or paid customer while on the range. Signing in at the counter prior to using the range also allows for any updates on special activities that may need to be made known to the member.
23. Non-members must sign in at the counter, and pay for their range use, targets, ammunition, and any other consumables that they may need on the range as a receipt is necessary to show the RSO on duty in order to get an assigned lane.
24. Targets may be purchased in the store. Personal targets may be used if they meet the requirements of Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC. Plastic bottles, glass targets, tin or aluminum cans, explosive targets, and any other exotic items may not be used as targets at any time without the permission of the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC management and then only in a closed range or shoot/match scenario. Each shooter on the range must clean up their bench and targets down range prior to leaving - this will be enforced by the RSO on duty.
25. Only one shooter's target is allowed per frame, unless approved by the RSO.
26. Accidental Discharge of a firearm will result in temporary suspension of the shooters ability to enter the range for one month. Depending on the severity of the situation; it is within the rights of Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC, to revoke the membership of the responsible person without refund. Each accidental discharge will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Range Officer, and business owners.
27. If there is a misfire, be sure to keep the muzzle pointed down range (preferably on target) for at least 45 seconds, in case it is a hang fire.
28. All shooting will be done from the firing line, or as directed by the range staff during scheduled training, or competitive events.
29. All rounds must impact the target, and bullet trap. Shooters that fail to control fires that strike range equipment resulting in damage will be asked to leave the range. Depending on the situation; this may result in temporary suspension of the shooters membership, termination of the shooters membership, and/or the shooter will be financially responsible for any necessary repairs.
30. All range users are required to clean up their brass and spent caps when finished shooting. Any brass that falls beyond the line of fire must be left. Any other brass must be swept beyond the line of fire, or collected in a sealed container as to not transfer lead particulate out of the range.
31. All targets are to be removed from the target holders and disposed of when finished shooting.
32. ALL firearms must be unloaded, cased, or actions open when taken to and from the firing line. Inexperienced shooters are to advise the RSO if assistance is needed.
33. When a "Cease Fire" is called by an RSO, stop all shooting and wait for instruction from the RSO.
34. Smoking is not allowed under any circumstance on the range, staging areas, or spectator areas. Smoking is only allowed in a designated area outside the range.
35. IN ALL CASES THE RSO'S DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING. HIS/HER DECISIONS ARE BASED ON THE CURRENT SITUATION AS IT EXISTS, AND HIS/HER JUDGEMENT DICTATES. THE RSO'S DECISIONS MAY SUPERCEDE THE GENERAL PRINTED RULES OR SOP.
NOTE: The RSO on duty is tasked with the authority to require anyone shooting on the range be given additional training before being allowed to shoot on the range again and revoking their range use endorsement card.
Children On The Range
Here are the guidelines to follow regarding children under the age of 18 years old in Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC facilities.
1. Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed in the firing range without supervision from an adult member, parent, or guardian.
2. Children ages 5 and below will not be allowed on the range, or to be left unsupervised by a parent or guardian.
3. Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied one-on-one with an adult parent or guardian with 100 percent eyes-on supervision. Adult in charge of watching each child will not be allowed to shoot.
4. Children will not be left unsupervised on the range or in the store at any time. Children found unsupervised will be escorted to the adult parent or guardian and asked to leave the property for the safety of the children and others using the facility.
5. All children must be fitted with eye and ear protection while visiting the range. Ear muffs, ear plugs and safety eyewear are available in the counter.
6. Drop and go day care is provided at North End Fitness Center located at 2800 NE Goldie St. Approximately 1 mile north on Goldie St from our facility. Hourly rates apply and will be paid at North End Fitness Center.
Range commands will be given by the RO, or RSO tasked with conduction range activities at any given time. Most often range commands will be used during training, or competitive events. All range users should familiarize themselves with these commands so they understand what actions are expected of them should a situation arise where range commands must be used.
To stop all firing. All shooters shall open the bolt/cylinder, clear the chamber, remove the magazine - unload the cylinder and lay the firearm down with the bolt/cylinder open and wait for further instructions.
To notify the RSO and other participants that a round did not fire when the trigger was pulled and to alert other shooters along the line that a hazardous condition may exist.
To get shooters into position to prepare to begin shooting. Shooters will move from behind the ready line to their assigned position. DO NOT TOUCH FIREARM! Get comfortable, adjust your position make sure you are on the correct side of the bench.
"PROTECTIVE GEAR ON"
To prepare the shooter for a safe experience. Shooters should put on first their eye protection then ear protection.
"YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR FIREARM"
To prepare line for firing. Shooters will pick up their firearm, sight in on the target, make any final adjustments and prepare to load.
To notify the shooters that they may load their first round. Shooters will load their first round and keep finger off the trigger and stand ready for the next command.
"IS THE LINE READY?"
To determine if all shooters along the line are ready. All shooters NOT ready should indicate their status to the RSO. Sufficient time will be allowed for the shooter to complete his/her preparation.
"READY ON THE RIGHT?"
To declare that the shooters have indicated they are ready on the right side of the range. Any shooter not ready at this command may choose to either alert the RSO that he/she is not ready or to complete the process of getting ready before the final command has been given.
"READY ON THE LEFT?"
To declare that the shooters have indicated they are ready on the left side of the range. Any shooter not ready at this command may choose to either alert the RSO that he/she is not ready or to complete the process of getting ready before the final command has been given.
"READY ON THE FIRING LINE?"
To notify all shooters that the range is about to be under live fire and that if anyone is not ready at that point, he/she should notify the RSO; otherwise await the next command. Shooters simply await the next command.
"COMMENCE FIRING" or "HOT RANGE"
To declare the range formally open for live fire. The shooters may commence the prescribed course of fire.
To inform the firing line that the range is safe. The RSO is telling all shooters that all guns are unloaded.
Other Common Commands:
"ON THE FIRING LINE"
To tell shooters to take their assigned place at their firing point and prepare to fire, but do not load.
"CEASE FIRE - ACTIONS OPEN, SAFETIES ON!"
To notify the shooters to stop firing immediately and all chambers and magazines are unloaded and shooters leave the firing line with the actions of their firearms open.
"RANGE IS CLEAR, YOU MAY HANDLE YOUR FIREARMS"
Shooters may approach the firing line and handle their firearms since no personnel are down range.
"MOVE OUT OF POSITION AND REMOVE YOUR EQUIPMENT FROM THE FIRING LINE"
Authorizes shooters to remove their gear.
"POLICE YOUR ASSIGNED FIRING POINT"
Shooters are to pick up their spent ammunition and clean their firing point of all debris.
"AS YOU WERE"
Means to disregard the previous command just given.
Means to proceed with whatever was being done before the interruption occurred.
"REMOVE PROTECTIVE GEAR"
Shooters may remove protective gear.
"MOVE BACK BEHIND THE READY LINE"
Means to move behind the ready line and wait for further instructions from the RSO.
Firearms Carry & Handling
Procedures for transporting firearms while entering, and leaving the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC Facilities.
1. Firearms in a bag or case must remain in the bag or case when transporting them between the parking lot, store, and range.
2. Once you have reached your firing position; uncase the firearm with the muzzle pointing downrange ensuring the action is open, only take out magazines and ammunition out of the case for the firearm to be shot. Only one shooter is allowed in the shooting stall at a time. Only one rifle is allowed in the shooting stall at a time. Up to two pistols are allowed on the shooting booth table at one time, but only one pistol can be in use, and loaded at a time.
3. When you have completed firing you must clear all weapons, and stow them properly in their cases prior to exiting the shooting booth, and range area. Those who are carrying a personal pistol either open carry, or concealed must holster their pistol while facing down range prior to exiting their shooting booth. DO NOT UNHOLSTER YOUR FIREARM FOR ANY REASON UNLESS INSTRUCTED BY A MANAGER, OR RANGE STAFF.
Cease Fire Procedure
1. When a verbal "Cease Fire" is heard all shooting must stop immediately, unload firearm ensuring the chamber is empty and remove magazines.
2. Fix actions open and insert empty chamber flag
3. Place firearms on the bench with muzzles pointed downrange, or in a proper rack with muzzles pointing up.
4. Before anyone moves downrange, all persons must move behind the firing line and acknowledge the cease fire verbally or visually to the RSO.
5. Absolutely no firearm handling during a cease fire.
6. Anyone handling a firearm during a cease fire or carelessly sweeping people on a Hot Range should be reported to the RSO.
7. AT ALL TIMES THESE GUN SAFETY RULES MUST BE OBSERVED:
a. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
b. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
c. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
First Aid Procedures
All personnel rendering first aid should be aware of the precautions surrounding blood borne pathogens in the event of an accident. The following guidelines should be followed if someone is injured and you come in contact with biohazardous materials including but not limited to: blood, secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, anybody fluid visibly contaminated with blood, any un-affixed organ or tissue from a human living or dead, and the disposal of cleaning items and first aid dressings. Universal precautions should be used; all blood and body fluids listed above must be treated as potentially infectious.
Government guidelines can be found at www.OSHA.gov, search for OSHA Occupational Exposure to Blood borne Pathogens.
NRA Hygiene Guidelines
All users of the Pacific Indoor Tactical, LLC facilities are strongly encouraged to follow these guidelines to insure minimal exposure to lead particulate.
1. Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, applying makeup, or otherwise placing hands in proximity to the mouth or nose while on the range or cleaning a firearm.
2. Wash your hands and face with soap and water after leaving the range or cleaning area before eating, or drinking.
3. Change and wash clothing after a shooting or gun cleaning session to minimize exposure to airborne particulate lead or solvent and cleaning product residues.