Alexandria Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

2729 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA 22556

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Range Safety / Range Safety Officers (RSO)

Upcoming Events:

Shooting Ranges Open this week [9:00 AM-] (except as noted in events)

5/22 NRL22 Match [9:00 AM-2:00 PM]

5/24 22LR Trigger Time (22TT) [5:00 PM-7:30 PM]

5/26 Thursday Night Trigger Time [3:30 PM-7:30 PM]

5/31 22LR Trigger Time (22TT) [5:00 PM-7:30 PM]

6/2 Thursday Night Trigger Time [3:30 PM-7:30 PM]

6/4 ARC Rifle Match [8:00 AM-1:00 PM]

6/6 NRA TCDW

6/7 NRA TCDW

6/8 NRA TCDW

6/9 NRA TCDW

6/10 NRA TCDW

6/11 NRA Basic Rifle Course [7:30 AM-5:30 PM]

6/19 NRL22 Match [9:00 AM-2:00 PM]

7/2 USPSA/Steel Challenge Match [8:00 AM-3:00 PM]

7/9 NRA Range Safety Officer Course [7:30 AM-5:00 PM]

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Out of 135 RSO’s in our chapter 118 are current with both their NRA and IWLA RSO certifications. RSO’s are encouraged to renew their certifications and re-establish their RSO status into good standing. In addition, 84 RSO’s (72%) of fully certified RSO’s have served within the past 12 months. Plenty of RSO requirements to support numerous shooting events exist. Come on out to support your fellow members on our great shooting ranges and earn generous guest pass privileges as well as a $50 annual dues deduction for your volunteer service! As of May 2022, the online process will now cancel a RSO signup for an event if their certifications have gone expired in the time since putting their name down for an event. For example, in February, a member had good RSO credentials, so they signed up for RSO duty in April. But in March, their credentials expired. Going forward, 8 days out their slot will now automatically cancel, which gives other RSOs a chance to take that duty 7 days out. We now have several RSO vests of varying sizes available for use in the Rifle range sign-in shed. After use, please remember to return them to the hanger in the shed. The NRA online store is once again selling RSO shirts but continues to be out of stock for the hats. The next NRA RSO training class will be on July 9th. Reminder, the RSO coordinator does not require certs for other types of NRA qualifications, such as pistol/rifle instructor etc., our instructor cadre will maintain.
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
Colin Moreau , Send Message , (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
Colin Moreau, RSO Coordinator , moreaucr[AT]gmail[DOT]com , (Log in to see phone number)