Alexandria Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

2729 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA 22556

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Range Safety Officers (RSO)


RSO’s are providing outstanding support! Over 86% of the Chapter’s 89 RSO’s are current in their NRA and IWLA certifications and of those, 61 of you (79%) have selflessly served as RSO’s within the past year as of March 2020. Thank you for supporting our Chapter and your fellow firearms enthusiasts! Many members know painfully too well the impacts of the COVID 19 on our community and Nation. In support of Virginia’s emergency declaration to combat the spread of the deadly pandemic disease and in coordination with the Chapter’s board and committee members, all RSO-supported group events at IWLA are cancelled through at least May 30, 2020. Members seeking RSO certification are strongly encouraged to sign up for the next RSO training class scheduled for July 11, 2020. Stay tuned for registration expected to open in the May/June timeframe.

Range Safety Officers (RSO) are appointed by the Chapter Executive Committee and supervise range operations during training, when inexperienced individuals may need a more formal safety education, supervision, or competition, for organized group activities, and for the monthly member sponsored guest weekends.

RSOs are trained and qualified IAW NRA RSO course. If you are already qualified as an NRA RSO, then you will need to audit one of our NRA RSO courses to become familiar with our ranges and procedures.

Members are eligible and encouraged to take NRA RSO training, taught semiannually at the clubhouse, and earn their NRA RSO certification. All members possessing a current NRA RSO certification should ensure it is on file in the Chapter database. Members transferring in to IWLA-Alexandria Chapter will need to audit the Chapter's NRA RSO course and get trained on the Chapter's particular range safety rules. Please send a copy of the RSO certificate to the RSO Coordinator if it is not on file.

All members, after attending the Chapter's NRA RSO training class, may elect to pull RSO duty and earn a $50 annual dues reduction for 8 or more hours of RSO duty per year. Four hours of RSO duty also earns a member the privilege of obtaining guest vouchers for use any time of the month.

The Chapter has approved rules that will allow RSOs to sign up on the website to bring up to two guests per day as compensation for RSO volunteer service. This benefit will be for a 3 hour session similar to the regular monthly rifle/pistol guest sessions, but can be performed on any day the range is open. The guest pass hold harmless agreement should be placed in the box under the Caretaker's car port. In order for RSOs to be eligible for this benefit they must have a current NRA RSO certification, current IWLA range rules certification, and have performed at least four hours of RSO volunteer service within the past year. The vouchers may also be used at the archery range (but not the shotgun range).

Members with expired NRA RSO certifications (certs are good for only 2 years) are encouraged to renew their certification through the NRA and send a copy to the RSO Coordinator. RSO's with expired certificates will otherwise be removed from the RSO roster. They can easily be added back to the RSO list after certificate renewal.

Effective January 1, 2020, all RSO's will be required to certify that they have read and understand the range regulations (confirmed with a 3-question RSO test) annually. This will help RSO's refresh their understanding of the range regulations and be able to ensure compliance.

Occasionally some new members ask if their military or police range experience would allow them to help as RSO. For background information, the NRA provides the insurance for shooting sports in this country not the Federal or local governments, so we have to have our RSO's trained and qualified in accordance with the NRA training syllabus.

The Shotgun range RSO schedule is managed by Aslanis Pappas , (Log in to see additional contact info)
. Please contact him for information.

The Rifle/Pistol range and Turkey Shoot RSO schedule is managed by Daniel Chartier , (Log in to see additional contact info) via the RSO schedule application (below):

To see the RSO schedule, please log in.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Chartier, RSO Coordinator , tally1396[AT]yahoo[DOT]com , (Log in to see phone number)