Alexandria Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

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Range Safety / Range Safety Officers (RSO)


RSO’s: Please spend some time between now and October 31st reviewing the current range rules and regulations dated 1 July 2021 and provide suggested changes. You can email your comments to me at the address listed at the end of this article. Your support will help with the yearly range rules review starting this Fall. For example: Per the new members brief, shooters can fill magazines behind the red line during a cold range. However, one will not find that update in the current rules. The executive board recently approved monies for the purchase of new first aid kits and supplies (clubhouse kitchen & office, shotgun range, rifle/pistol range, archery range, turkey shoot shed), and a second AED (automated external defibrillator). The AED will eventually be placed in the sign-in shed at the rifle and pistol ranges. Also, the Chapter will offer up to RSOs and all other Chapter members, first aid and CPR with AED training for nominal fees (to cover the cost of training materials). Keep a look-out on the Chapter calendar for upcoming first aid training events to be posted soon. RSO materials for guest shoot days and Chapter- hosted shooting events: The hold-harmless waiver forms and ECI’s are getting used up (that’s a good thing). Drop me a note If you notice a shortage and I’ll replenish the materials. The goal is to always have plenty of supplies on hand. Fifteen RSOs need to take the IWLA RSO 3- question annual test to be current. DON’T DELAY! RSOs can login to the RSO admin database to check their status and take that test ASAP so they can help out fellow shooters on the range!
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. 4 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 4 hours of RSO volunteer service within the previous 12 months. 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.

RSO's are also 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 Rachel McBride , (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 , Send Message 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