RR&GC Action Pistol Practice Range
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Redmond Rod and Gun Club (RR&GC) is pleased to announce the opening of an Action Pistol Practice Range in order to provide the Central Oregon shooting community with a safe and convenient venue for this dynamic form of shooting. Initially, RR&GC will not be hosting competitive events at this venue, hence the “Practice Range” name.
For those who are not familiar with the “Action Pistol” sports, this type of shooting offers the opportunity to engage in more dynamic shooting activities than are found on the standard “square range,” where one engages a single target from a stationary shooting station, in many instances limited to “slow fire” only.“Action Pistol” is a generic term which encompasses a number of distinct handgun shooting disciplines, the most widely known of which are International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) and Steel Challenge shooting. The Cowboy Action and Three Gun shooting disciplines involve “action” type shooting as well, but encompass more than just pistol shooting, in that rifles and shotguns are also used in those disciplines.Action pistol is an exciting and challenging pursuit. Speed and accuracy (with the overarching requirement of range safety) are the criteria used to measure the shooter’s skill. The shooter is called upon to draw from a belt holster and engage multiple targets in a single course of fire, frequently from multiple shooting positions, and, in many instances, while being required to make use of simulated “cover” from which to engage targets or reload the handgun, all while operating under a timer.
The targets engaged can be cardboard silhouettes, steel targets, or a combination of the two, and many courses of fire require the shooter to perform one or more reloads, and/or move between shooting positions.
What Equipment is Needed to Get Started in Action Pistol Shooting?
While one can spend many thousands of dollars on equipment for action pistol shooting, such expenditures are not at all necessary in order to get started. The following is a list of basic equipment which will suffice to get one going in action pistol shooting:
A sturdy belt which is capable of securely holding the shooter’s holster, handgun, ammunition carriers and ammunition.A belt-mounted holster which completely covers the trigger guard and trigger of the firearm and will securely hold the firearm during movement about the range.
At least three magazines for the shooter’s semi-automatic firearm, or two speedloaders for the shooter’s revolver.
A magazine or speedloader carrier which will securely hold the shooter’s spare ammunition devices during movement about the range.
A reliable centerfire handgun (semi-automatic or revolver) in a caliber of 9 mm. or greater. (Concealed Handgun License holders who wish to practice with centerfire concealed carry guns in smaller calibers may do so on the Practice Range.)
While action pistol competition uses the presence of a timer to add pressure to the shooter’s task, novice action pistol shooters need not (and probably should not) concern themselves with the time factor initially. Rather, it is advisable for the new action pistol shooter to concentrate on mastering the mechanics of this dynamic form of shooting activity before worrying about developing speed. Safe gun handling and accuracy take priority, and their mastery should precede the acquisition of speed in the shooter’s development process.
General Information About the Practice Range
The RR&GC Action Pistol Practice Range may be used only when an RR&GC Range Safety Officer (RSO) is present on the Practice Range to oversee the operation.
In order to qualify to use the Action Pistol Practice Range, a shooter must attend a scheduled Range Orientation and Shooting Assessment session. Upon successful completion of that requirement, the shooter will be issued a card identifying him/her as qualified to use the practice range venue. That card must be presented to the on-duty RR&GC RSO at the time of check-in on every occasion in order to gain access to the range.
The first Orientation/Shooting Assessment event is scheduled to take place at 9:00a.m. on July 6, 2019, with another scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 14, 2019 in order to accommodate those who are traveling out of the area for the Fourth of July holiday. Subsequent sessions will be scheduled when enough shooters to justify running another event have indicated a desire to qualify to use the Practice Range venue.
The rules governing the operation of the RR&GC Action Pistol Practice Range, which include a detailed description of the Shooting Assessment procedure and requirements, are posted on the RR&GC website. All shooters must be familiar with those rules before coming to the Practice Range venue.
Fees for the Use of the Practice Range
The currently applicable RR&GC Rifle/Pistol range fee (based upon the shooter’s RR&GC member/non-member status) will be charged. In addition, each shooter will be assessed a $5.00 Practice Range use fee.
IDPA or USPSA cardboard targets are the only non-steel targets which may be used on the Practice Range. Shooters may provide their own such cardboard targets, and RR&GC will also offer either IDPA or USPSA targets (whichever may be on hand at the time) for sale.
RR&GC will initially provide a limited number of steel targets for shooter use. The target collection will be expanded as future funding permits.
RR&GC will gladly accept donations of either targets or funds for the purchase of additional steel targets for the Practice Range.
Shooters who have personally owned steel targets may bring them to the Practice Range for their own use.
Hours of Operation
Initially, RR&GC will operate the Action Pistol Practice Range on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on each Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Those hours will be expanded as needed to accommodate the demand created by shooter turnout and/or expressed interest of enough shooters for expanded access to the venue to justify such schedule adjustments.
RSOs for the RR&GC rifle and pistol venues (including the Action Pistol Practice Range) are all volunteers. One limiting factor on the hours of operation of these shooting venues is the availability of volunteer RSOs. With that in mind, shooters are encouraged to consider joining both RR&GC and its RSO program. Expanding the club’s membership improves the club. Expanding its RSO corps makes it possible to expand the hours of operation of the rifle and pistol venues, thereby benefitting the entire Central Oregon shooting community.