Tuesday, November 6, 2012

So, I'm Going to be an RSO...

A few months ago, we had an incident at my gun club. Someone was being less than careful on the rifle range and wound up letting a round fly over the berm. Fortunately, it did not cause any injuries, but it did strike a neighboring house. Now, the gun club has what you might call a "contentious" relationship with the surrounding neighborhoods. There's a bunch of McMansions that have sprung up in the past 20 years that really wish the gun club (established in the '30s) didn't exist. This is *exactly* the type of thing they've been dreaming of to try to shut us down.

Fortunately, the city's police department shoot their quals there, so we should be okay...

However, we've had to make a number of changes to the way things are done. The rifle range is now closed until spring (this upset the Fudds to no end, mind you), and the pistol range now requires an RSO. For as long as I've been a member, the range has always been a "you are your own RSO" type - obey the rules, don't screw around, and you can shoot whenever you want. I don't like that this is changing, but I understand why they are doing it.

So I hit the monthly member's meeting last night and signed up for RSO training. They're having GOAL come in next month and run their Range Safety Officer class, and will be selecting a dozen members to take the course to be the first official RSOs. We'll be required to work a few shifts every month, gradually stepping down the time requirement as more get trained. It's not a perfect solution, but it looks like it will keep us open fir the time being.

I've been accused of being a safety nazi, so I'm hoping that this will be a good fit for me. I have played the role of Range Officer at the Northeast bloggershoot for five years now (and no one has left with any extra holes, except for Zercool...); it's mostly common sense (which is in short supply) and reminding people that they are supposed to be acting like grownups. Which, naturally, means I'll need Mr. Whistle from my Cub Scout days...

In other news, though, I've got at least three new shooters signed up before the end of the year - all female, too! I've been pretty lax this year with the new shooters - actually, I just checked, and I have not brought a new shooter to the range yet this year... *hangs head in shame*. Well, I'm going to have to do something about that, starting in (hopefully) a couple weeks. One of these days, too, I need to get the NRA Instructor course down, too...

It's a good time to be a gunnie, regardless of which statist anti-gun candidate wins today...

That is all.

9 comments:

Mopar said...

I wear a RSO hat at my club, though we don't have defined shifts and are still officially in the "you are your own RSO" camp. Even though that's the official position, the club sends the most active members on the various ranges (we have pistol, rifle, skeet and trap) through RSO school. This way we still end up with usually several RSOs on the line during the busy weekends, without having the hassles of scheduling, or people late or missing shifts preventing the membership from using the ranges.

Mr.B said...

Get a set of good bearings installed in your neck, so you can swivel your head easier while trying to look at 437 people all trying to do something stupid at the same time.

ASM826 said...

Short of putting a roof, a real sturdy roof, over the entire rifle range, there is nothing that could ever really prevent a ND over the berm. I'm a RSO, so welcome to the club.

Franny said...

This is one of the things I appreciate about our club. The rifle range itself is a big hill, each distance is a little further up the hill and you'd have to be shooting way up in the air to shoot over it.

But thank you for being one to step up and help take responsibility so we can all continue to have nice things (gun ranges where we can shoot "real" ammo).

Dave H said...

Jay, you've been snookered. Dad always said the best thing to do with a troublemaker is to put him to work watching the other troublemakers.

ASM826: You're right, but concrete baffles can stop all but the most determined idiots (like the ones who put tin cans and pop bottles on top of the berm to shoot at).

Bubblehead Les. said...

Yeah, but weren't you the RSO a few years back when Breda's Bersa jumped out of T-Bolt's Hand and VICIOUSLY assaulted him? And of course, we can always talk about how you keep allowing that Snubbie From Hell on the Range.... : )

Anonymous said...

I SO/RO for IDPA and GSSF and rarely ever have a problem except for a few cry baby gamers.

However at our club it seems to a constant battle with stupidty. It's a good thing you shave your head so you can't pull your hair out.

Good luck.

Gerry

Stretch said...

No! Don't RSO's wear RED SHIRTS!?!??

Ed said...

RSOs wear red hats on a lot of ranges.

The range I belonged to in Massachusetts required you to prominently wear a 3" button with your member number and name while on the property for the betterment of "socialization", and to make it easier for the RSOs when necessary.