Course Name: Action Range Certification
Course Length: 4 hours
Description: This class is for Member of Tri-County Gun Club only. This course is intended for those who posses the necessary Action Shooting Skills and are ready to get certified to use the Tri-County Action Range while unsupervised. This course teaches students the Tri-County specific rules and guidelines for practical use of the Tri-County Action Range. Fundamental Action Shooting Skills are required and will be tested as a Range Practical and during shooting Action Shooting Match Stages. This course covers the following topics:
• Firearms Safety in the Action Shooting Sports
• Action Range Rules in context
• Gun handling in the Action Range Bays
• Action Bay Setup and Management
• Target placement and bad target placement identification
• Managing Guests
• Practical shooting exercises on Action Shooting Stages
• Equipment Required:
◦ Center-fire handgun, reliable, and in good working condition
▪ Semi-auto pistols are preferred; revolvers are acceptable.
▪ Preferred calibers are 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP for pistols, .38 special for revolvers.
▪ We discourage the use of small subcompact-sized pistols and revolvers because they are more difficult to handle.
▪ All exercises are fired assuming a minimum 5-round magazine capacity.
◦ 150 rounds new commercial ammunition
▪ No reloads, please.
▪ Reloaders will not be able to recover brass until after the class has completed.
◦ Two magazines or speed loaders to fit your handgun
◦ Two magazine or speed loader carriers to fit your magazines or speed loaders
◦ Belt holster
▪ OWB (outside the waistband) design
▪ Must cover the trigger completely
▪ The top of the holster should remain open, allowing for one-handed holstering.
▪ Handgun to be carried at the 9 o’clock or 3 o’clock position, for left or right-handed shooters. No cross-draw holsters will be permitted.
▪ No thigh holsters, shoulder holsters, IWB (inside the waistband) holsters, appendix carry, or other concealed holsters, all of which present safety challenges for this type of shooting.
◦ Belt sturdy and heavy enough to support the handgun, holster, magazine or speed loader carriers, and loaded magazines or speed loaders.
◦ A case for your handgun (please bring your handgun to the range in this case)
◦ A yellow TCGC chamber flag for your handgun (can be purchased at the TCGC Clubhouse)
◦ Clothing appropriate for the weather
▪ Closed-toe shoes. You will be walking on a gravel surface outdoors for hours.
▪ Closed-neck shirt, tucked in to the waistband.
• Loose un-tucked shirts present a safety hazard as they can interfere with the trigger as you holster your handgun, as well as interfering with the draw.
• Buttoned-collar or crewneck shirts will prevent hot empty cartridge cases from the shooter next to you falling into the front of your shirt.
▪ Cap with a visor, both to protect you from the sun as well as to keep hot brass from falling between your face and your shooting glasses.
▪ Sunblock or a rain jacket, as the weather dictates.
◦ Eye protection. Prescription glasses are acceptable, but please wear a pair that offers reasonable coverage for your eyes. You may wear safety glasses over your prescription glasses. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, or if you use contact lenses, a decent pair of plastic shooting glasses will cost less than $20.
◦ Hearing protection. Earplugs alone will be difficult to use because you will have a problem hearing the instructors. Plain earmuffs are acceptable, but if you plan to do a lot of shooting we recommend that you invest in electronic sport earmuffs, which can be bought for less than $75 locally. These allow you to hear normal conversation while protecting you from sudden, loud noises, such as gunfire.
◦ Water and a light snack. Do not skip any opportunity to keep hydrated and nourished. We need you to be operating at 100% capacity.
◦ Pen or pencil and notebook.
◦ A folding chair or stool is recommended but not required.
• Student must meet Prerequisites (see below).
• Free of criminal background and able to legally own firearms
• Prior to coming to the Action Range Certification, participants must complete an Action Range Certification Test and bring the completed test with them to class. This test will cover general safety in the Action Shooting Sports, the Tri-County Action Range rules, and some common scenarios that lead people to make mistakes on the Action Range. This test will be made available to participants by Tri-County Gun Club when they are confirmed for the Action Range Certification.
• Prior to coming to the Action Range Certification, participants, must posses fundamental Action Shooting skills such as drawing from a holster, reloading, shooting multiple targets, moving around an Action Shooting stage, etc. Examples of students likely to have the skills would include:
◦ Graduates of Action Shooting Fundamentals (at least 5 days must elapse between graduating Action Shooting Fundamentals and taking the Action Range Certification)
◦ Classified USPSA/IPSC/IDPA/etc. shooters who are very familiar with safe gun handling in those disciplines. Minimum recommended classifications as follows: USPSA C Class or better, IDPA Marksman (MM) or better
◦ Equivalent classifications in other disciplines, or better
◦ Those with backgrounds in tactical shooting who know and understand the Action Range Rules at Tri-County Gun Club. Participant should be able to show formal training history (formal certifications, class certificates, classifications, etc.).
• At the start of the Action Range Certification, participants will be required to demonstrate some fundamental skills of Action Shooting. Those participants that cannot do this will have failed, and will be dismissed with no refund. Participants will demonstrate some fundamental skills of Action Shooting by performing the following:
◦ Don an appropriate set of gear for an Action Shooting Sport or Tactical Practice, including belt, holster, magazine or speed loader carriers, eye and ear protection, and appropriate clothing.
◦ Uncase and holster their handgun
◦ Fill magazines and/or speed loaders and stow them in carriers
◦ Perform a gun handling and shooting skills demonstration consisting of the following:
▪ Starting with hands at sides, draw and make ready
▪ Starting with hands at sides, draw and fire a 5 shot group into an 8 inch target at 7 yards in 10 seconds
▪ Starting with hands above shoulders, draw and fire a 5 shot group into an 8 inch target at 7 yards in 10 seconds
▪ Unload and show clear
◦ Participants who cannot perform this safely, properly, and accurately will be dismissed with no refund as they clearly will not posses the skills necessary to complete the class and should not waste the time of the other participants.