INTERLAKE SPORTING ASSOCIATION

A GUN & ARCHERY RANGE IN REDMOND, WASHINGTON

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Safe Handling Exam

The purpose of the Safe Handling Exam is not to require that all members of ISA be expert marksman.  It is our intention to verify that a prospective (or current) member can both keep all rounds on paper as well as demonstrate sufficiently competent gun handling and muzzle awareness that it be reasonable for them to have access to the facility and shooting ranges unsupervised. 

We recognize that the pressure of shooting in an evaluation does add stress that may influence someone’s aim thus our primary concern is keeping all rounds in the impact surface and not proficiency.  However, in terms of safe gun handling there are no exceptions and failure to any degree will be considered a fail.

Because we have a variety of members that may either only own a pistol or a rifle, the Safe Handling Exam will be administered on the applicant's choice of platform.  The approved target for the Interlake Safe Handling Exam is a 17”x11” sheet of plain paper (two 8.5x11 sheets of paper taped together).

In the case of Archery the Safe Handling Exam is slightly different and will be administered as described in a later section.

The RSO administering the Safe Handling Exam will record individually if the applicant met the standard for safe handling and rounds/arrows into the impact surface, and also log an overall pass or fail on the Safe Handling Exam Results sheet located following the course of fire description.

Pistol Safe Handling Course of Fire

      Uncase / Unholster firearm.

     Verify that applicant removes firearm from case with muzzle aimed downrange

      If holstered, verify that applicant is capable of unholstering gun without flagging them self and keeping muzzle at berm level or below in the draw stroke

      Load five rounds into magazine or cylinder

      Verify that the applicant is comfortable manipulating their firearm / releasing magazine / opening cylinder and loading the weapon while maintaining muzzle control and awareness.

      Insert magazine and charge firearm / close cylinder

      Verify that the applicant is comfortable inserting magazine and cocking firearm or closing cylinder while maintaining muzzle control and awareness.

      From 7 yards shoot 3 rounds at the paper

      Verify that the applicant is able to keep rounds on paper and in the approved impact surface of the berm.

      Verify muzzle control and level of comfort while firing weapon

      Unload and show clear

      Verify that applicant, releases magazine, clears chamber, inspects chamber to verify condition.

      Verify that applicant opens cylinder, ejects all rounds, inspects cylinder to verify condition

      Bag or holster

      Verify that applicant can holster weapon without flagging self and maintains muzzle control and doesn’t flag other lanes.

      Verify that applicant bags weapon with muzzle pointed down range only.

Repeat Cycle Three (3) Times

      Get your paper

      Do they verify that the range is cold before going down range?

Rifle Safe Handling Course of Fire

      Remove firearm from case

Verify that applicant:

  • removes firearm from case with muzzle aimed downrange

      Load five rounds into magazine

  • Verify that the applicant is comfortable manipulating their firearm / releasing magazine and loading the weapon while maintaining muzzle control and awareness.

      If single shot, verify that the applicant is comfortable manipulating their firearm and opening bolt while placing a single round in the chamber.

      Insert magazine and charge firearm

      Verify that the applicant is comfortable inserting magazine and cocking firearm or closing cylinder while maintaining muzzle control and awareness.

      Close bolt

      From 25 yards (or 100 yards, shooters choice) shoot 3 rounds at the paper

      Verify that the applicant is able to keep rounds on paper / in the approved impact surface of the berm.

      Verify muzzle control and level of comfort while firing weapon

      Unload and show clear

      Verify that applicant:

    • releases mag, 
    • clears chamber, 
    • inspects chamber to verify condition.

      Verify that applicant:

    • opens bolt,
    • ejects spent brass, 
    • inspects bore to verify condition

      Bags/cased weapon

      Verify that applicant bags weapon with muzzle pointed down range only and maintains muzzle control and doesn’t flag other lanes.

Repeat Cycle Three (3) Times

      Retrieve paper

      Do they verify that the range is cold before going down range and actuate the downrange signal?

Archery Safe Handling Course of Fire

      Position a target at 7 yards and a ground quiver on the firing line with 3 arrows.

      Verify that the user does not touch an arrow until a “Range is hot” command is given.

      Archer will shoot 3 arrows using their bow or a club bow.

      Verify that the arrow points downrange at the target at all times and points no farther than 15 degrees above or below the target.

      Verify that the archer does not go in front of the shooting line until the command “Range is cold” is given.

      Have the archer pull the three arrows verifying that they pull from as close to the target as possible and straight out.

For applicants taking either the Pistol, Rifle, or Archery Safe Handling Exam, the RSO will complete the Safe Handling Exam scoresheet in Appendix F and submit it to the Secretary.

"Interlake Sporting Association" is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization located in Redmond, Washington.

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