Range Safety Policy & Rules

  • INTRODUCTION
    The purpose of this document is to set forth the rules which will govern the safe use of the KTSA ranges including the Indoor Range (leased from the City of Kamloops) and Outdoor Ranges (operated under a licence agreement with Kruger Specialty Paper Products).
    1. The Club Executive, in concert with the Chief Range Officer, is responsible for the development, review and publication of range rules/policy.
    2. All Club members and guests must follow this policy and adhere to these range rules.
    3. Those shooting disciplines with their specific rules (under nationally and internationally recognised standards of their parent organisations) will seek assistance from the Chief Range Officer in ensuring that their safety practices meet or exceed the level of safety standards required by KTSA.
  • RANGE AUTHORIZATION & CERTIFICATION
    1.  Each range is inspected and authorized by the Chief Provincial Firearms Officer and is certified for use with various specified categories of firearms.
    2. Our outdoor ranges are authorized for use by general membership during daylight hours only (sunrise to sunset) every day of the year. Night shooting may be authorized by special permission of the CRO and the Executive. Specific guidelines will be issued for such events.
  • ACCESS TO FACILITIES & ADMISSION OF GUESTS
    The KTSA facilities are only for the use of members in good standing of the KTSA. A limited number of guests may be invited onto the Club-controlled facilities under the terms and conditions contained in this policy
    1. All members and guests must sign in prior to using the facilities. This is required by law as well as our insurance provider. It must be clear in the sign-in book who is the member and who is the guest.
    2. All members and properly admitted guests are covered by Club liability insurance. Guests who are members of other shooting clubs are generally covered by their own club’s insurance while visiting us, but in the rare cases where they might not, they are automatically covered by KTSA’s policy.
    3. A guest is defined as another shooter or observer who accompanies a Club member for the purposes of practice, competition, or observation of shooting activities.
    4. All members and/or guests must obey the rules and regulations pertaining to use of the ranges whether there is a Range Officer present or not.
    5. Members are responsible for the behavior of their guests while on KTSA ranges.
    6. A guest may visit a KTSA range or facility one time without taking out a Club membership. Further interest in attending the KTSA ranges will require an orientation and membership. If the guest resides out of town, they may visit as a guest more than once.
    7. The Executive retains the right to control the times and method of access to theClub facilities. No one shall attempt to use these facilities during such times as the ranges are declared “closed.”
  • ACCESS TO OUTDOOR RANGES
    1. All our outdoor facilities are operated by the Club under a licence agreement with Domtar.
    2. Access to the outdoor ranges is through the locked gate at the west dead-end of Hillside Drive. Once you have entered or exited the property, it is imperative that you lock the gate behind you. On the rare occasions where the lock is removed, the gate must be tended to ensure that only authorized persons are allowed on the property.
    3. We are authorized only to use the main road to our range sites. The branch roads are for the use of other property users (e.g. Domtar, Hydro, pipeline, ranchers) and may not be used by our members.
  • ACCESS TO THE INDOOR RANGE
    1. Our indoor range is operated under a lease agreement with the City of Kamloops and is located downtown, adjacent to the rear eastern side of the Memorial Area, accessible from Lansdowne Street. The range is only operational in accordance with its schedule as published on the Club website: https://www.ktsa.ca/indoor-range-calendar/. This range is typically operated from mid-September to mid-April of the year as members generally prefer to shoot outdoors during the better weather.
  • RANGE OFFICERS
    Range Officers are trained and certified by the Club’s Chief Range Officer and will be charged with enforcing these range rules. Range Officers control the shooting activities of the Club and are empowered to evict shooters failing to follow the rules. The following classes of Range Officer are recognized.
    1.  “Club” Range Officer trained in the general conduct of a range practice and capable of organizing and conducting a safe shooting practice with a limited number of shooters
    2. “Discipline” Range Officer trained and certified in a specific discipline (e.g. IPSC, Cowboy Action) and capable of conducting the routine practices of their discipline as well as small competitions. (This is distinct from a Match Officer who is certified to run matches in their discipline.)
    3. “Match” Range Officer is a more highly trained Range Officer who is certified to run a competition for many shooters in a specific discipline. (Not to be confused with a “Match Director” who is responsible for organizing a match and who might have numerous Range Officers under their supervision.)
    4. At no cost to the participants, Club Range Officer training courses are usually offered a few times a year. These are a half-day in duration and are normally held at the Indoor Range during the late Fall to early Spring. This is a highly informative session and recommend for newer shooters as well as for experienced folks who wish to brush up on their knowledge and skills.
    5. During informal shooting, i.e. when an organized practice or event is not underway, the first shooter to arrive at a range becomes the Person in command of the range. All shooters subsequently arriving to use that range will accept that person in that role and assist them in their responsibility to control the conduct of the range and to maintain range discipline.
    6. It is acceptable for shooters, by consensus, to agree to another person becoming the Person in command. When there are two or more shooters using the range, it is important that an individual is clearly identified as overseeing the range. Once that is done, all shooters are required to accept their authority and follow their instructions.
  • KTSA NEW MEMBER RANGE & SAFETY ORIENTATION
    1. Those wishing to join the Club, prior to being admitted as members, must satisfactorily complete an orientation and safety session. Background information on the Club is delivered, including a brief history and summary of its constitution and bylaws. The prospective new member is also given a link to the range rules and encouraged to become familiar with them. A tour of the facilities is conducted, and participants are informed what shooting activities are permissible in each venue and what special procedures/rules apply. They will also be given an overview of the various shooting disciplines that operate in our ranges and told how they can pursue further information. While it is not the intention of this orientation to fully reiterate the content of the PAL course, the major Club safety rules, particularly regarding safe firearm handling and range procedure are explained and emphasized.
    2. New members are on probation for a period of one year from the commencement of their membership. If during the probationary period an infraction of the Constitution, bylaws, or Range Rules is reported, they will be suspended pending investigation by the Board of Directors. If infractions are found by the Board, then the member will be expelled from the KTSA.
    3. Members on probation may not bring guests to the range for the one-year period of their probation.
  • MEDIA POLICY
    1. Communication by members for publication: The Kamloops Target Sports Association prefers to remain anonymous in all its affairs.
    2. Any communication intended to appear in any commercial (for Profit) media, including traditional news media (print, radio, television), online (webcasts), social media (blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedln) and other sites is permitted only with the prior approval of the Club’s Board of Directors.
    3. Publishing of personal non-commercial blogs, photos and/or videos by members on social media is permitted and encouraged, providing the member is acting in accordance with the Official Range Rules and acts in a manner that is in the best interest of the Club. Any member or guest of a member posting media not in accordance with the Official Range Rules will be subject to a disciplinary hearing.
  • OFFENCES & PENALTIES
    1. Any member or guest failing to obey the rules set down in this policy can be disciplined by the Executive. The first step in this process is to “eject” the member from the facility. Normally that would be done by a Range Officer at the time of the incident, however, this action can also be taken by any Club member in good standing. Upon being notified of their ejection, the member shall immediately leave the range or facility.
    2. The Range Officer (or complainant) shall notify the Executive in writing of the details of the events and reasons for the ejection as soon as possible, but within five days at the latest. The incident will be discussed, at the latest, at the next regular Executive meeting. The affected member will be notified in writing of their right to present their position to the Executive prior to a decision being made. Until the matter is resolved, the member shall be suspended from any use of the Club’s facilities.
    3. Where it has been found that a member has committed a serious breach of the safety rules, endangered other members, or the public, brought the reputation of the Kamloops Target Sports Association into disrepute or been ejected from a facility by a Ranger Officer, the member will be barred from the range for a period to be determined by the Executive. In any of such cases the period of suspension shall be at least thirty (30) days and not more than (6) months. This penalty may also be applied against a member receiving their second reprimand or complaint within six months of the first incident. The Executive has the authority to recommend expulsion (termination of membership) at a general meeting of the KTSA called to deal with the matter in accordance with the KTSA Bylaws.
  • TYPES OF FIREARMS
    1. Firearms used at the Club facilities must follow Federal, Provincial and City laws and regulations. In addition, they must comply with the licence requirements for the venue in which they are used. Each range will have a license posted which will list the approved firearms to be used by caliber.
    2. Shotguns may be used only in areas where they are expressly permitted. In the case of special events or disciplines, shotgun use may be allowed in areas that are generally restricted to rifle or handgun use.
    3. The Club, while remaining within those requirements, has the right to have its own policies as to what types of firearms can be used at the various venues.
  • AMMUNITION
    1. Ammunition shall be of the conventional type only; armour-piercing, incendiary, tracer, and other forms of specialized ammunition shall not be used.
  • FIRST AID & EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
    1. Contact 9-1-1 and let BC Emergency Services know there is need of first aid. First aid kits are available in the club house and at the short-range building. Render first aid to the injured. Send someone to the gate to meet Emergency services and guide them to the accident scene. All accidents require reporting to the Board of Directors immediately.
  • IN CASE OF FIRE
    1. Outdoor Ranges. Contact 9-1-1 and let BC Emergency Services know there is a fire on the range. Use the range supplied backpack water tanks to attack the fire if possible. Send someone to the gate to let Kamloops Fire and Rescue onto the property and lead them to the fire.
      • Notify the Kruger Specialty Pulp Mill security office of the situation as soon as possible: 250-434-8777.
      •  Muster all people on the range and evacuate off the property in an orderly fashion.
      •  The Board of Directors must be notified immediately
    2. Indoor Range. Chemical fire extinguishers are located at the Indoor Range in prominent locations. Call 9-1-1 in case of fire.
  • MEMBERSHIP IDENTIFICATION
    1. Members must always carry their current KTSA Membership card when attending any of the ranges and be prepared to present it to a Range Officer or a fellow member if asked.
  • SMOKING
    1. Smoking is not permitted inside any KTSA range building, including the sheltered shooting positions. It is only permitted in designated outdoor areas. Please be very cautious as we often experience extreme wildfire hazards in the area. The Executive may ban smoking on the property entirely if necessary to address extreme fire risk.
  • ALCOHOL & OTHER INTOXICANTS
    1. No alcoholic beverages can be consumed until shooting is completed and all firearms are put away and secured. During events, alcohol consumption is not permitted until shooting is finished for the day, all firearms are secured and all ranges in use by the competition (included designated practice areas) are closed.
    2. No person under the influence of any intoxicant may handle a firearm. Doing so will be dealt with as a major violation.
  • SHOOTING AT WILDLIFE
    1. Shooting at any wildlife anywhere on the property is strictly prohibited.
  • EYE & EAR PROTECTION
    1. Suitable ear and eye protection shall be always worn by shooters and others in proximity to the firing line when shooting is underway. Range Officers are responsible to ensure that this requirement has been met prior to authorizing firing to begin. Shooters should remind their fellow shooters to put on their safety equipment if they have neglected to do so.
  • FIRING POSITIONS
    1. Individual firing positions are provided for each target on the short range, and the long range. No shooting from any position other than those authorized positions shall be allowed. Shooting will take place only directly downrange (90 degrees from the firing line); cross range firing is not permitted. One coach per shooter may be authorized and a Range Officer shall control the range during any firing exercises. Prior to the commencement of firing the Range Officer will:
      •  inspect the range for safety hazards
      •  ensure all those present at the respective facility have returned from downrange and are behind the firing line
      •  ensure all shooters are competent to safely operate the firearms they are using
      •  ensure that shooters are familiar with the range’s rules/procedures
  • RED/GREEN FLAG AND LIGHT SYSTEMS
    1. Red or green flags are used at the outdoor ranges to indicate the state of the ranges. At the indoor range, red and green lights serve the same purpose as the flags. The colour shows the Range Officer’s/Person in charge’s designation of the state of the range, red indicating a “hot” range (no one can go downrange beyond the firing line) and green indication a “clear” range. It is important to understand that a red indicator does not indicate that shooters can necessarily begin to discharge their firearm. The Range Officer/Person in charge of the range must give the command to fire. Also, a green flag/light does not mean shooters can immediately go down range; they may do so only after the Range Officer/Person in charge has clearly given “The range is clear” command.
  • ISSUANCE OF AMMUNITION
    1. The Club will not issue ammunition to shooters except for practices or events where the provision is part of the organization of the event. On those rare occasions, only commercially manufactured ammunition will be distributed; hand loads will not be provided. At the conclusion of shooting, the Range Officer will ensure that all unexpended ammunition is recovered and appropriately stored. Expended brass casings will retrieved and kept or placed in the appropriate containers for recycling. Non-brass casings will be placed in the garbage.
  • LOADING OF FIREARMS
    1. Firearms will be loaded only upon orders from the Range Officer/Person in charge. Firearms will be unloaded before being removed from the firing point. Loaded firearms must never be left unattended.
  • STOPPAGES
    1. Generally, when a stoppage (firearm and/or ammunition malfunction) occurs during fire, the shooter will retain control of the firearm, finger off the trigger outside the trigger guard, muzzle pointing downrange and raise their hand. The Range Officer/Person in charge shall call a cease fire and will ensure that other firearms are cleared, and all personnel have stood back from the firing point before any action is taken to remove the stoppage. After the stoppage is removed, the Range Officer/Person in charge will inspect the firearm for serviceability and only then will allow firing to re-commence. (Note: most disciplines require stoppages to be remedied by the shooter, not necessarily the Range Officer).
  • CONDUCT OF PRACTICES
    1. All range rules are to be obeyed by each member and guest. A laminated copy of the rules can be found next to all the sign in sheets for immediate reference. All members and guests shall obey a Range Officer’s/Person in charge’s commands and directions when present on the ranges. (It is understood that established disciplines have their own range commands and procedures, and these are permitted when consistent with the disciplines’ published rules and standards.)
    2. Shooters shall only load and commence fire on orders from the Range Officer/Person in charge.
    3. Shooters will not touch the trigger until the command to fire is given.
    4. Do not manipulate the action except on the firing line or in designated safety areas with no ammunition present.
    5. A Range Officer/Person in charge may permit different firing practices to occur by placing shooters on different relays or by having sufficient spacing so that one discipline does not interfere from a safety perspective with another. Mixing of drastically different shooting disciplines on the same relay shall not be allowed.
    6. Upon a Range Officer’s/Person in charge’s command to cease fire, all shooters shall unload their firearms immediately, whether they have finished their exercise or not. The firearms will be laid on the firing point or held for inspection with breeches open. They are then inspected by the Range Officer/Person in charge to ensure they are safe and empty. Handguns will be placed open and empty on their shooting tables facing downrange (or holstered if that is the convention of the discipline being practiced at the time). Rifles will be placed open and empty in the racks. Only then will the Range Officer/Person in charge give the clearance for shooters to proceed forward of the firing point to examine their targets. Firearms will not be touched by shooters returning from their targets to the firing point without orders from the Range Officer/Person in charge.
    7. The Range Officer/Person in charge must inspect firearms to ensure that they are safe and unloaded prior to shooters casing firearms and leaving the range. The Range Officer/Person in charge must also ensure that no live ammunition remains on the firing line.
  • RANGE CARE
    The facilities of the KTSA are maintained through membership fees. The range exists to provide safe target shooting facilities. The membership is expected to assist with the day-to- day order and cleanliness of the facilities:
    •  Care shall be exercised to prevent damage to range equipment due to careless or reckless use of firearms.
    •  Only authorized targets will be used.
    •  Place discarded empty brass casings in the designated containers for recycling. Steel and aluminum cases go in the garbage cans. “Duds” (cartridges that have failed to fire) are to taken home or discarded into the designated locked containers for safe disposal.
    •  Take down all paper targets and clean up garbage in the area before leaving the range. Please include sweeping the floor as part of your routine.
    •   After shooting, the Range Officer will inspect the area for cleanliness and as well for any fire or safety hazards prior to leaving the area.
  • RANGE SIGN-IN BOOKS
    1. Range sign-in books are maintained at the Outdoor Long-Range sign in booth, the Outdoor Short Range, the Outdoor Archery Range and at the Indoor Range. All members must sign in upon arrival. All guests must also sign in and it must be clear which member is sponsoring their visit.
  • SUGGESTIONS
    1. If you have suggestions for maintenance, contact the Range Warden. Also, feel free to contact any of the Club Executive with any comments or suggestions to help us improve your range experience. Contact information can be found on the Club’s website: https://www.ktsa.ca/about-us/contact/
  • KTSA RANGE RULES – SPECIFIC RANGES
    In this section we will deal with rules specific to each range. The most important common rules (listed earlier) will be repeated here.Kruger
  • OUTDOOR LONG RANGE
    1. Only members and their guests may use KTSA ranges.
    2. Members must carry and show their club membership cards when requested by a Range Officer or any other Club member.
    3. Non-members using the range can be charged with trespassing if using the range without authorization.
    4. Vandals will be reported to the police and could face criminal charges.
    5. Firearms must be unloaded with actions open and racked when not on the firing line.
    6. Rifles must be racked or otherwise safely put away (e.g., cased) prior to anyone going forward of the firing line.
    7. When there are two or more persons using the range, one member must act as a Range Officer to ensure the order and safety of the range.
    8. This range is limited to the use of handguns and rifles, up to and including the .338 Lapua. Shotguns are not permitted at the Outdoor Long Range, except at organized events approved in advance by the Board of Executive.
    9. While handgun use in this range is not prohibited, it is generally discouraged as this range is primarily for the use of rifle shooters. Pistol users will find more suitable facilities at the Outdoor Short Range and in the 10 Bays and are encouraged to use those instead.
    10. The maximum distance for shooting at the Outdoor Long Range is 500 metres from the covered shooting building.
    11. Before shooting, examine the range carefully, checking for vehicles, persons, cattle, and wildlife to ensure the range is clear. Take notice that it is possible for vehicles/persons/animals to not be in your sightline if they are behind the 300-meter berm.
    12. Pin or staple your paper targets to the wooden target boards and remove them when you are finished. Various steel targets (some moveable) are there for your use as well. Do not move the steel targets from their set locations. KTSA owned steel targets will be painted BLACK. Members may use their personal steel targets if they are approved by the KTSA Board of Directors. They must be painted a different color than BLACK. They must be placed at approved distances for safety. Other members are not to use them as targets unless given consent by the owner. All personal steel targets must be removed before leaving the range.
    13. Exploding targets, incendiary and tracer ammunition are expressly prohibited as they present a fire hazard. Glass targets are also banned for the same reason.
    14. Members are asked to observe, record, and report any incidents of rule infractions or abuse of range property/equipment. Confidentiality will be respected. Call the Range Warden or any member of the Executive: contact information can be found at https://www.ktsa.ca/about-us/executive/
    15. OUTDOOR RANGE 800 METER SHOOTING POSITION. The 800-meter shooting position is located 300 meters behind the 500-meter covered shooting building. Shots fired from the 800-meter position go over the Bays and over the building, so therefore this firing position can only be used when everything forward of it is safely closed and cleared. There is a fence and a gate barring access beyond the 800-meter shooting position; the gate is controlled by the Range Officer and must be closed prior to commencement of shooting and opened to allow access downrange only after shooting has ceased, firearms are cleared, and appropriately put away. The use of the 800-meter position is limited to specific times only, published on the calendar on the Club website: https://www.ktsa.ca/outdoor-range-calendar/. Generally, it is open one day per month (2 pm to sunset) for practices and a few scheduled weekends during the year for competition events. This shooting position can only be used under duly scheduled and authorized conditions; it cannot be used otherwise.
  • THE OUTDOOR BAYS
    1. The ten Bays are located on the south side of the access road between the 800-meter firing point and the Outdoor Long Range shooting building. They are of varying lengths and widths and are separated by earthen berms so that they can be used safely simultaneously. The Bays are parallel to one and other and shoot into the same large hill for their backstop. Bay #1 is at the east end and Bay #10 is on the west end.
    2. Between the Bays and the main road is a ditch, with several crossing points leading into the Bays themselves. Park on the north side of the ditch and walk into the bays. Vehicles are not permitted to drive into the bays as the ground is soft at different times of year and ruts will be created.
    3. Only members and their guests may use these facilities.
    4. Members must provide their club membership cards when requested by a Range Officer or any other Club member.
    5. Non-members using the range can be charged with trespassing if using the range without authorization.
    6. Vandals will be reported to the police and could face criminal charges.
    7. When there are two or more persons using the Bays, one member must act as a Range Officer/Person in charge to ensure order and safety.
    8. All rifles must be fully unloaded with magazines removed, actions open and racked or otherwise safely placed in the approved manner prior to anyone going forward of the firing line.
    9. Behind the firing lines on the left and right side of each Bay are covered loading/unloading tables, facing into their respective berms. These are considered safe areas where uncasing of firearms is permitted prior to practice, loading/unloading firearms, and proceeding safely to the firing line.
    10. Handguns must be fully unloaded with magazines removed, actions open and placed on the safety table on either side of the bay prior to anyone going forward of the firing line. (Note: some disciplines have provisions for safe use of holsters in Bays).
    11. Exploding targets, incendiary and tracer ammunition are expressly prohibited as they present a fire hazard. Glass targets are also banned for the same reason.
    12. Members are asked to observe, record, and report any incidents of rule infractions or abuse of range property/equipment. Confidentiality of informants will be respected. Call the Range Warden or any member of the Executive: contact information can be found at https://www.ktsa.ca/about-us/executive/.
    13. The Bays have a variety of targets and equipment in place for your enjoyment including covered buildings (props) with different shooting points and novelty steel targets (e.g. spinning and travelling targets). Please use this equipment prudently, minimizing damage and preventing unnecessary wear and tear.
    14. Several Bays have moveable steel targets. Move them only within the same Bay and never closer than 10 meters from your firing point.
    15. Full power rifle shooting is permitted in all the Bays except those expressly identified for lower calibre firearms of under 1600 fps muzzle velocity. There are steel targets in those Bays that will be damaged/destroyed by high velocity rifle use.
  • Bay #1
    1. This is the Bay closest to the Outdoor Long Range covered shooting building. This is the longest of the Bays and has steel targets out to approximately 125 meters. There is a steel target at the 70-meter point on the flat area, just before the beginning of the hill. Steel targets are placed at 100 meters and 120 meters on the elevated portion of the bay.
    2. Firearms permitted: all rifles (up to and including the .338 Lapua) and handguns. No shotguns (except when approved for special events).
    3. Shooters may not go beyond the 70-meter point on this range (i.e. up the hill) and targets may not be placed by shooters in that area; only the installed metal targets can be used and they are to be tended only by authorized maintenance personnel.
    4. Ensure the shooting maze on the east side of the bay is empty and not in use before using practicing in the bay.
    5. The Shooting Maze
      • The shooting maze is for use by Range Officials and approved groups only.
      • All targets are to be placed on free standing target stands, not on the plywood walls or supporting posts
      • Only paper targets are to be used
      • All targets are to be placed so they can only be engaged into the berm
      • Firearms must be cleared, and the maze cleared before resetting targets.
      • The maze and bay are not to be used concurrently except by approved groups and during organized events with Range Officials present.
      • All brass is to be removed after use.
      • No shotguns allowed in the maze except by approved groups and during organized events with Range Officials present.
  • Bays #2 & 3
    1. These Bays have manual clay target throwers for your use, installed under shelters. Please bring your own clays. Permitted firearms: shotguns only (except when otherwise approved for special events). Do not use Club target frames in this Bay. If you wish to pattern your shotgun or practice with slugs, bring your own targets/frames and remove them when finished.
  • Bay #4 – #5
    1. Permitted firearms: handguns, shotguns, and low velocity “pistol” caliber rifles. Remember: all firearms must have a muzzle velocity of less than 1600 fps. This bay is designated for Cowboy Action shooting and IPSC. Steel targets are placed at varying distances within this bay for practice of members. High velocity rifles are only permitted for special events and specific discipline practices (Multigun).
  • Bay # 6
    1. Permitted firearms: handguns, rimfire rifles and low velocity “pistol” caliber rifles. This bay has a covered firing point. Several interactive steel targets are installed in this bay. No one may move forward of the firing point and engage targets. No steel targets are to be moved out of this bay.
  • Bay # 7- #10
    1. Permitted firearms: handguns, rifles, and shotgun. No steel will be available for targets in these bays. Members will need to bring their own paper targets for practicing.
  • OUTDOOR SHORT-RANGE RULES
    1. Only members and their guests may use KTSA ranges.
    2. Members must provide their club membership cards when requested by a Range Officer or any other Club member.
    3. Non-members using the range can be charged with trespassing if using the range without authorization.
    4. Vandals will be reported to the police and could face criminal charges.
    5. Permitted firearms: all handguns, rimfire rifles and rifles chambered in approved low velocity “pistol” calibers, maximum 1600 fps. Shotguns are not permitted.
    6. When there are two or more persons using the range, one must act as a Range Officer to ensure safety on the firing line. The Red and Green range status flags must be used to indicate status of the range.
    7. Firearms must be unloaded with actions open when not about to be used on the firing line.
    8. You may reload (removed) magazines during ceasefires but do so well away from your firearm as it might appear to others down range that you are handling your firearm.
    9. All rifles must be open and fully unloaded, racked, or otherwise safely placed in the approved manner prior to anyone going forward of the firing line.
    10. Handguns must be open and empty with muzzles directed downrange on their shooting tables. Semiautomatic pistols: slide back in open position, magazine removed. Double action revolvers: cylinder swung open. Single action revolvers: loading gate open.
    11. Bring your own paper targets and pin or staple them well below the top (2”x4”) supports on the wooden target boards and remove them when you are finished. Various steel targets (some moveable) are there for your use as well. For safety reasons, never bring the movable steel targets in closer than 10 meters from the firing line. Do not move steel targets to different bays.
    12. All shooting must be conducted to a target directly in front of you, i.e., 90 degrees from the firing line. Cross range shooting is not permitted.
    13. Exploding targets, incendiary and tracer ammunition are expressly prohibited as they present a fire hazard. Glass targets are also banned for the same reason.
    14. Members are asked to observe, record, and report any incidents of rule infractions or abuse of range property/equipment. Confidentiality will be respected. Contact the Range Warden or any member of the Executive: contact information can be found at https://www.ktsa.ca/about-us/executive/
  • INDOOR RANGE RULES
    1. The downtown Indoor Range is only open in accordance with its schedule. Approved club Range Officers are responsible for opening and closing the range at scheduled times. These Range Officers are responsible for safe conduct and care of the range during the scheduled practice. Range Officer must be present for shooting to be permitted. Please see the calendar for access times at https://www.ktsa.ca/indoor-range-calendar/. Only Club members and their guests may use this range.
    2. Members must provide their club membership cards when requested by a Range Officer or any other Club member.
    3. Non-members using the range can be charged with trespassing if using the range without authorization.
    4. Vandals will be reported to the police and could face criminal charges.
    5. Permitted firearms: all handguns, rimfire rifles and rifles in approved low velocity “pistol” calibers (below 1600 fps). Shotguns are only permitted with special approval.
      1. Allowed Bullet Natures (Construction):
        1. Copper alloy jacketed (FMJ, JHP, JSP, etc.).
        2. Lead alloy bullets.
        3. 12 ga #8 lead shot
      2. Prohibited Ammunition Types:
        1. Armor-piercing ammunition.
        2. Tracer rounds.
        3. Incendiary rounds.
        4. Solid metal core bullets (e.g., steel-cored).
        5. Hardened metal penetrator bullet designs.
        6. 12 ga slug
      3. Compliance Requirements:
        1. Members and guests must adhere strictly to the defined ammunition criteria.
        2. Any deviation from the approved ammunition types is strictly prohibited.
        3. Individuals found in violation of the ammunition policy will face disciplinary action as per club regulations.
      4. Approved Ammunition for Indoor Use:
        1. Rimfire; .22 Shot, .22 Long, .22 Long Rifle (LR).
        2. Centre Fire; 9mm Luger (9x19mm), .45 ACP, .40 S&W, .380 ACP, .38 Special, 10mm Auto.
        3. Any ammunition outside this list must have written approval of the Range Warden and CFO.
    6. Range Safety Measures:
      1. Adherence to ammunition guidelines ensures the safety of all individuals utilizing the indoor range.
      2. Stray bullets, ricochets, and other hazards are minimized through strict adherence to ammunition standards.
    7. Range Officer Oversight:
      1. Range officers are tasked with enforcing the ammunition policy during all range sessions.
      2. Their authority extends to inspecting ammunition brought into the facility and ensuring compliance.
    8. Educational Outreach:
      1. Members are encouraged to educate themselves and others on the importance of adhering to ammunition guidelines for indoor range safety.
      2. Educational materials may be provided to reinforce understanding and compliance.
    9. Firearms must be unloaded with actions open when not on the firing line.
    10. You may reload (removed) magazines during ceasefires but do so well away from your firearm so that it might appear to others down range that you might be handling your firearm.
    11. All rifles must be open and fully unloaded with magazines removed, racked, or otherwise safely placed in the approved manner prior to anyone going forward of the firing line.
    12. Handguns must be open and empty with muzzles directed downrange on their shooting tables or on designated safety tables orientated into the berm. Semiautomatic pistols: slide back in open position, magazine removed. Double action revolvers: cylinder swung open. Single action revolvers: loading gate open.
    13. All shooting must be conducted to a target directly in front of you, i.e., 90 degrees from the firing line. Cross range shooting is not permitted.
    14. Take care not to damage fans and other equipment inside the range.
    15. Use the sliding plexiglass protective dividers to separate between shooting positions.
    16. Only approved paper and steel targets may be used at this range. KTSA provides all targets for use at this range.
    17. Please clean this range thoroughly at the end of each scheduled practice, including sweeping the floor. Place the swept-up brass into a recycling container.
    18. Members are asked to observe, record, and report any incidents of rule infractions or abuse of range property/equipment. Confidentiality will be respected. Call the Range Warden or any member of the Executive. Contact information can be found at https://www.ktsa.ca/about-us/executive/.
    19. Effective Date and Communication:
      1. This policy is effective immediately upon approval and dissemination to all club members and guests.
      2. Members are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the policy and ensuring compliance.
    20. Amendment Protocol:
      1. Amendments to the ammunition policy require approval by the club’s governing body.
      2. Members will be notified of any changes in policy through official channels.
    21. Enforcement and Disciplinary Actions:
      1. Violations of the ammunition policy may result in immediate suspension of range privileges and further disciplinary action.
      2. Repeat offenses may lead to membership revocation in accordance with club bylaws.

  • INDOOR & OUTDOOR ARCHERY RANGES
    1. The Outdoor Archery Range is located adjacent to the Outdoor Short Range. It consists of a covered shooting point and archery target butts at various distances out to approximately 50 meters.
    2. The Club has many life-sized foam animal targets that are set out from time to time in the vicinity for “3-D Shoots.”
    3. All Club rules apply to the use of this range, except, of course, those pertaining specifically to the use of firearms.
    4. KTSA leases indoor venues for the use of members from mid-Fall to early Spring. For specific information about schedules, please follow up on https://www.ktsa.ca/disciplines/archery/archery/.
    5. Use of firearms is never permitted on the Archery Ranges.
    6. Archery-specific rules and procedures can be found on our website: https://www.ktsa.ca/files/ktsa/Main/KTSA_Archery_Rules.pdf
  1. DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC NOTES
    We refer below to some of the major disciplines that use the KTSA ranges. Follow up on the references to their national/international websites for details of those sports and for their rule and procedural requirements that are over and above those required by the Club.
  • INTERNATIONAL PRACTICAL SHOOTING CONFEDERATION (IPSC)
    • The International Practical Shooting Confederation (ISPC) is an international self-regulating shooting sport. Numerous KTSA members hold practices and competitions in this discipline at our ranges.
    • Shooters, while observing the KTSA range rules in this document, also follow the strict IPSC policies and procedures. The “Black Badge Course” is offered locally from time to time. This is an intensive training in IPSC rules, procedures and practice that is required for full participation in sanctioned events.
    • For a full list of IPSC rules, go to the IPSC BC website: https://ipscbc.com/ From the home page, choose “Getting Started.” Scroll down and you will find “IPSC Rules.”
  • COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING (CAS)
    • Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) is a self-regulated international shooting discipline that uses firearms from the “Wild West” era: single action revolvers, lever action rifles and era- appropriate shotguns.
    • CAS practices and matches follow the rules, regulations, and procedures of the Single Action Shooting Society. For full details, go to: https://www.sassnet.com/ Open “About Us” on the home page and from the horizontal menu at the bottom of that page choose “Handbooks.”
  • “F CLASS” LONG RANGE RIFLE SHOOTING
    • “F Class” shooting has its origins in Kamloops and is now a self regulating internationally sanctioned shooting discipline. Also known as Full Bore rifle shooting, it demands of its participants a very high degree of proficiency and skill as they compete with their specialized rifles out to long distances.
    • Matches are sanctions through the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association and the rules governing of the sport can be found at: https://www.dcra.ca/
  • PRECISION RIMFIRE RIFLE SHOOTING
    • In this sport, rimfire rifles are shot, often using props such as barricades, simulated roof tops, etc. to distances out to 350 metres. Competitions typically involve shooters working from ten different setups firing 100 rounds in total. One of the more affordable shooting sports, its popularity is steadily increasing. For more information and to find the rules under which the sport operates, go to: https://rimfireprecision.ca/
  • MULTIGUN (3 GUN)
    • Multigun shooting involves the use of up to three firearms during a single stage. Competitors will need a reliable pistol, centerfire rifle and a shotgun. The stages are like IPSC stages but with targets specifically designed for rifle and shotgun. The United Shooting Sports League is the home organization of this discipline. Information about its creation can be found here http://ussleagues.com/about/. The rules governing the sport can be downloaded here http://ussleagues.com/uml-rules/. This organization is founded in the United States of America. Canadian specific firearms laws are applied to events and practices at the KTSA.