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THE DESERT MARKSMEN RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB, INC.
Mailing Address: PO BOX 1124, LANCASTER, CA 93584-1124
Range Entrance: 30432 ANGELES FOREST HWY, PALMDALE, CA 93550
KENTUCKY SPRINGS CANYON ROAD [FOREST ROAD 4N20]
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1: Preamble 3
CHAPTER 2: Constitution 3
CHAPTER 3: Club Bylaws 5
CHAPTER 4: Club Rules & Organizational Chart 12
CHAPTER 5: Safety Plan 16
CHAPTER 6: Range Operations 21
CHAPTER 7: RSO Training Requirements and Reports 26
APPENDIX 1: Outdoor Range Inspection Checklist 27
APPENDIX 2: Range Safety Briefing 28
APPENDIX 3: Emergency Report Sheet 31
APPENDIX 4: Injury Report Form 33
APPENDIX 5: Hold Harmless Agreement Sample Form 35
APPENDIX 6: Environmental Stewardship Plan 36
APPENDIX 7: Fire Prevention Plan 40
APPENDIX 8: Site Plan 42
Hold Harmless Agreement Waiver (revised November, 2011 35
DESERT MARKSMEN RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB
PO BOX 1124
LANCASTER, CA 93584-1124
Desert Marksmen was founded in July 1958 when a group of High Power Rifle competition shooters got together to create a long-range competition and target practice shoot facility.
The object of this organization is to provide a safe facility for the pursuit of a number of shooting disciplines (someday, maybe ALL), whether for sport or self-defense, especially to provide education in firearms safety and ethics to new shooters. An invaluable component of this goal is the exposure of new shooters to positive, real-life role models provided by organized competitive shooting events open to the public that provide a better knowledge of safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further object and purpose to forward the fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance, which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism. We are also proud to provide a safe facility for general target practice by our membership and their guests.
The facility consists of four separate ranges for rifle and pistol shooting on approximately 15 acres of land situated in the Angeles National Forest between Palmdale and Action California.
The Ranges are:
The 600 yard main range with a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches, also with shooting pads at 200, 300 and 600 yards from the target riser pits and a separate shooting position that allows for 1000 yard shooting.
The Bullseye Pistol range has a covered, concrete block, shooting house with target holders at 25 and 50 yards.
The Small-bore / Muzzle Loading Rifle range consist of a 100 foot wide covered firing line with silhouette target stands at 40, 60, 77 and 100 yards.
The Practical Pistol range is open air with a large impact berm and cleared area allowing for many different firing points.
There is also a picnic and primitive camping area with a few tables and a single fire pit. You must have a Forest Service fire permit for any fires including Coleman type stoves / lanterns.
This is a dry range with a pack it in pact it out policy. We do provide port-a-potties.
Range elevation runs approximately 4100 to 4500 feet.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF DESERT MARKSMEN RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB, INC.
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENT:
That we, the undersigned, citizens of the United States and residents of the State of California, have this date voluntarily associated ourselves together for the purpose of forming a corporation under and pursuant to the General Non-Profit Corporation Law of the State of California, and it is herby certified as follows:
That the name of this corporation shall be:
DESERT MARKSMEN RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB, INC.
That the purpose for which said Corporation is formed are as follows:
1. Promote and encourage marksmanship with pistols and rifles.
2. To provide for proper supervision for rifle and pistol shooting matches and at target areas.
3. To work in conjunction with national pistol and rifle associations.
4. To cooperate with all conservation organizations in the conservation of game.
5. To maintain a pistol and rifle target range.
6. To solicit and receive subscriptions and donations of money and property of all kinds so as to affect the purposes of the corporation.
7. To do any and all other acts necessary or expedient to the administrative of the affairs of the corporation.
The principal office of and for the transactions of affairs of this corporation is located in Lancaster, County of Los Angeles, California.
The names and address of the persons who are to act in the capacity of Directors of this corporation until the selection of their successors, all of whom are residents of the County of Los Angeles, are:
NAME & ADDRESS (on file)
Jack First -Lancaster, CA.
Douglas R. Mc Omie -Lancaster, CA.
Arthur H. Barnes -Lancaster, CA.
Duford E. Davis -Lancaster, CA.
Frank Rottman -Lancaster, CA.
Mrs. Doris Manville -Lancaster, CA.
That this corporation is expressly NOT organized for any of the Following:
A. Business or commercial purposes.
B. Pecuniary gain or Profit of any of its members.
C. Carrying on propaganda or attempting to influence legislation.
That in the event of the dissolution of this corporation, none of its assets shall occur to any member said corporation or any other person but all assets or the proceeds thereof shall be turned over to one or more charitable organizations recognized as such by the United States Treasury Department.
That there shall be no shares of stock issued by this corporation. Certificates of membership may be issued in such form and upon such conditions as shall be prescribed in the by-laws of said corporation. The by-laws may provide for, among other things, the qualification of directors, officers and members and their mode of election and admission; the fees of admission and dues to be paid; the number of persons that shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board of Directors or Executive Board.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF we have set our hands this 31st of May, 1958.
NAME & ADDRESS (*)
Douglas R. Mc Omie – Lancaster, Ca. Jack First – Lancaster, Ca.
Frank Rottman – Lancaster, Ca. Duford E. Davis – Lancaster, Ca.
Mrs. Doris Manville – Lancaster, Ca. Arthur H. Barnes – Lancaster, CA.
BYLAWS OF THE DESERT MARKSMEN RILE AND PISTOL CLUB
As Amended: Dec. 2003
Approved: Feb. 2004
AFFILIATED With the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
11250 Waples Mill Rd. Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
The name of this organization shall be:
THE DESERT MARKSMEN RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB, INC.
Which will function as a shooting club under these Bylaws and the accompanying Club Rules and Articles of Incorporation.
The object of this organization shall be the encouragement of organized rifle and pistol shooting among citizens of the United States resident in our community, with a view toward a better knowledge on the part of such citizens of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further object and purpose to forward the development of those charteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.
Any citizen of the United States, old enough to legally own and operate firearms in the State of California, may become a member of this on vote of the Executive Committee, after paying the initiation fee and dues specified in the standing Club Rules, subscribing to the NRA pledge.
The Desert Marksmen and its members and employees shall not discriminate by segregation, refusing membership, curtailing participation, or otherwise against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or sexual preference.
All club members must be current, individual NRA members.
The NRA Pledge:
I CERTIFY that I am a citizen of good repute of the United States of America; that I am not a member of any organization or group which has any part of its program the attempt to overthrow the Government of the United States or any of its political subdivisions by force or violence; that I have never been convicted of a crime of violence; and that, if admitted to membership, I will faithfully fulfill the obligations of good sportsmanship and good citizenship. _____________________________
DUES & INITIATION FEES
(a) The initiation fees and dues shall be specified in the Club Rules.
(b) No member of the club in arrears shall be eligible to vote or to enjoy any other of the privileges or benefits by this club.
(a) Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the club shall be held on the third Tuesday of February in each year, at which time the newly elected officers will be inaugurated. If the annual meeting shall not take place at the time fixed it shall be held within a reasonable time thereafter, and the officers shall hold over until their successors have been inaugurated.
(b) Regular Meetings. The regular business meeting of the club for the transaction or ordinary business shall be held on the third Tuesday of each month, at which time and place as may be specified in the Club Rules.
(c) Special Meeting. A special meeting of the club may be held at any time upon the call of the President, or upon the call of the Executive Committee, or upon demand in writing, stating the object of the proposed meeting, and signed by not less than 10% of the club members. Notice of the time, place, and object of any special meeting shall be given all officers and members in good standing in writing by United States mail not less than seven days prior to the date fixed for holding the meeting. The place of special meetings shall be fixed by the Executive Committee. “Robert’s Rules of Order” shall govern this club in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws or the Club Rules.
(d) Quorum. Three percent of the members of the club shall constitute a quorum at any meeting, with the exception that ten percent of the members shall constitute a quorum for matters pertaining to suspension or expulsion of club members under Article IX.
(a) Definition and Purpose. A group of club members, united for the purpose of fostering a particular style or type of rifle or pistol competition, may petition the general membership to establish a club recognized Shooting Discipline.
(b) Group Leaders. Each Shooting Discipline may select a club member as Group Leader to represent their interests in club affairs.
(c) A list of the active Shooting Disciplines will be maintained as part of the Club Rules. Changes to this list must be made in accordance with Article XI.
(a) The elected Officers of this club shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be combined.
(a.1) The officers shall be elected by a plurality vote by ballot through the United States mail of the club members in good standing. The election shall be held in January each year.
(a.2) All candidates for office must have been members of the club for at least one year at the time of their election. Any candidates for office must inform the EXCOM no later than December club meeting.
(a.3) The term of office for all officers shall be two years.
(a.4) A member cannot stand for election for more than two consecutive terms in any one office, or not more that four consecutive terms as any elected officer.
(a.5) If there are no candidates for an elected office, the EXCOM may allow the current past officer to remain in office until the next election, or they may appoint a member of their choice to fill that office until the next election.
(b) The Elected Officers, acting together with the Shooting Discipline Group Leaders, shall constitute the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision and control of all the activities of the club. The Executive Committee may make agreements with other organizations and individuals to carry out objectives of the club.
(b.1) The officers of the Secretary and and/or Treasurer may be replaced by a paid employee or may be contracted out as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee.
(b.2) A paid Treasurer shall remain a member of the Executive Committee and shall be authorized to sign on the Club Checking / Savings accounts and Credit Cards.
(c) Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at such time and place as the Committee may determine. Special meetings may be held at any time on the call of the President or on demand, in writing to the Secretary, by three members of the Committee.
(c.1) Two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.
(d) The Executive Committee may conduct Club business thru electronic means, such as e-mail, except for matters pertaining to suspension or expulsion of club members under Article IX.
(d.1) Any Executive Committee member may present a motion via e-mail to the other members for consideration and discussion. After discussion and upon a second the motion will be formally presented by e-mail from the Secretary to the committee members for voting.
(d.2) Voting must be by e-mail reply to the Secretary within 5 business days, the e-mail must contain the motion before the committee and the vote of the committee member.
(d.3) Two-thirds of the Committee must respond for the e-mail vote on the motion to satisfy the quorum requirements. The Secretary shall, by e-mail, inform all the committee members of the results of the voting.
(d.4) The Secretary shall maintain copies of all e-mails pertaining to motions handled thru electronic means.
(e) Resignation of any officer may be accepted by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Executive Committee.
(f) A vacancy in the Elected Officers positions of the Executive Committee may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Executive Committee. However, if more than one vacancy exists, a special meeting of the club shall be called and new officers shall be elected to fill the vacancies until the date of the next annual election.
DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
(a) President. The President shall preside at all meetings of the club and of the Executive Committee. He shall be a member ex-officio of all regular and special committees, and shall perform all such duties as usually pertain to his office.
(b) Vice-President. The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in his absence or at his request.
(c) Secretary. The Secretary shall conduct all official correspondence pertaining to the proper preparation and forwarding of all reports required of the club by the National Rifle Association and by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship. The Secretary shall be responsible for making all arrangements required for preparing and counting ballots in club elections. The Secretary shall notify the members of the Executive Committee of all meetings and shall notify all members of special and annual meetings, as required in Article V. The Secretary shall keep a true record of all meetings of the Executive Committee and of the club, and have the custody of the books and papers of the club, except the Treasurer’s book of account. The Secretary shall be responsible for re-affiliating the club annually with the National Rifle Association.
(d) Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the club and place the same in such bank or banks as may be approved by the Executive Committee.
(d.1) Expenditures. Monies in amounts less than a limit specified in the Club Rules may be withdrawn by check or checks signed by the Secretary, and used only for payment of normal daily operating expenses. Monies in excess of the amount specified in the Club Rules, shall be withdrawn by check signed by authorized Executive Committee Officers, and used only for payment of such bills as shall have been pre-approved by the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all his transactions and render a detailed report with vouchers at any meeting of the Executive Committee when requested, and an annual report to the organization at its annual meeting.
SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
(a) Any Elected Officer or Group Leader may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the members in good standing present at any special meeting called for this purpose. No vote on suspension or removal may be taken unless at least fifteen days notice in writing shall be have given to the officer of the reasons for his removal and the time and place of the special meeting at which such ballot on his removal is to be taken. At such special meeting the officer shall be given a full hearing.
(b) Any member may be suspended or expelled from the club for any cause deemed sufficient by the Executive Committee by a two-thirds affirmative vote of the members of the Committee present at any regular or special meeting. No vote on suspension or expulsion may be taken unless at least fifteen days notice in writing shall be have given to the member of the charges preferred and of the time and place of the meeting of the Executive Committee at which such charges will be considered. At such meeting the member will be accorded a full hearing.
(c) Charges against any officer or member may be preferred by any member in good standing. They shall be in writing clearly stating the facts relied upon and accompanied by all affidavits or exhibits which are to be used in their support. Such charges shall be filled with the Secretary, who will immediately notify the President. The President will call a meeting of the Executive Committee to hear the charges. The Secretary will give at least fifteen days notice of the meeting to each member of the Executive Committee, and to the accuser and to the accused, which notice shall be in writing and will include a true copy of the charges and the supporting affidavits and exhibits.
(d) Any member suspended or expelled by the Executive Committee may appeal to the full membership of the club. Such appeal shall be made in writing to the Secretary who notifies the President. The President will call a special meeting of the club for the purpose of acting on the appeal. The Secretary shall give at least fifteen days notice in writing to all members of the club in good standing stating the date, time, place, and reason for such special meeting. At the meeting of the full club the Secretary will read the original charges, the supporting affidavits, and will read or display the accompanying exhibits, and will read the minutes of the special meeting of the Executive Committee at which the charges were heard and action taken. A full hearing will be given the accuser and accused. A vote will be taken by ballot of the members in good standing present and a two-thirds vote shall be required to reverse the action of the Executive Committee.
(e) Any officer or member of the club who has been suspended or expelled by the National Rifle Association of America shall automatically stand suspended or expelled from this club immediately upon receipt of official notice by the Secretary of this club from the Secretary of the National Rifle Association of America.
(f) The National Rifle Association shall be given a complete report whenever a member of the club is suspended or expelled, showing charges and actions taken.
All rifle and pistol competitions held by the club will be governed by the rules and regulations laid down by the National Rifle Association of America. Other governing bodies of the Shooting Disciplines involved, if appropriate, shall be consistent with the rules of The Desert Marksmen.
(a) Bylaws. Any proposed amendments to theses Bylaws may be introduced by any member of the club at any regular or special meeting. If approved by a majority, a ballot including a copy of the proposed amendments will be forwarded to each club members by United States mail. Amendments approved by a two-thirds vote of the returned ballots will be forwarded to the NRA for approval. Upon approval by the NRA, the amendment will become retroactive as of the date it was ratified by the membership.
(b) Club Rules. Any proposed amendments to the Club Rules may be introduced by any member of the club at any regular or special meeting. If approved by a majority, a ballot including a copy of the proposed amendments will be forwarded to each club members by United States mail at least ten days prior to the next regular or special meeting called for the purpose. If approved by a two-thirds vote, including certified absentee ballots, the amendment will be adopted immediately.
“I hereby certify that these Bylaws have been adopted by this club.”
Secretary / Treasurer for Desert Marksmen Rifle & Pistol Club.
RULES OF THE DESERT MARKSMEN RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB
(Revised January 2012)
DUES & INITIATION FEES:
I.1 Annual dues shall be sixty (60$) dollars per year.
I.2 The initiation fee shall be forty (40$) dollars.
I.3 The Elected Officers’ dues shall be paid by the club.
I.4 Any assessments or change in dues or initiation fee will require ten days prior notice by US Mail and two-thirds vote, including certified absentee ballots, in regular or special meeting called for this purpose.
I.5 Guest Policy. Non-members are not allowed access to the range except: in the company of a current member, or to attend a regularly scheduled club match or other club open house event. Persons belonging to the immediate family (parents, spouses, and children) of a current member may accompany that member to the range an unlimited number of times. All others who live in California are to be considered prospective club members, and are limited to two “familiarization visits” to the range. Such persons must become club members before they are allowed further access to the range (matches and open house events excepted). Non-members living out of state are limited to two range visits in any calendar year (matches and open house events excepted).
I.6 Family Membership. Any person, who meets the criteria for becoming a club member, is part of the immediate family of a current club member, and lives in that club member’s home, need not pay the initiation fee to become a club member.
I.7 Memberships in arrears shall be assessed a late renewal fee of $ 40.00.
I.8 Any Member in arrears for more than one year shall be dropped from the club.
I.9 Members of the active US Military, Active Reserves/National Guard, who are temporarily transferred out of the area shall have their current membership extended through the year of their return without additional dues or fees.
II.1 The time of the regular business meeting will be 7:30 PM.
II.2 A sign-in sheet will be used at all regular or special meetings so a record of the members in attendance will be available.
III.1 The current active Shooting Disciplines are:
a) Cowboy Action
b) Black Powder Rifle/Pistol
c) Bullseye Pistol
d) Small Bore Rifle
e) High Power Rifle
f) Practical Pistol
g) Tactical Rifle
h) 1,000 Yard
i.) Urban Tactical
j.) Defensive Pistol
III.2 The club members performing the duties of Quartermaster and Newsletter Editor shall also be counted as Group Leaders.
IV.1 The EXCOM group leaders shall be the club officers nominating committee and shall make their choices known at the December club meeting.
IV.2 Executive Committee Meeting Attendance. All committee members, both voting and non-voting, are expected to attend ALL Executive Committee meetings. Any Discipline without representation by its group leader, or alternate, without prior written notice to the Secretary, for two consecutive meetings or three meetings within one year, shall result in the Discipline being suspended from active status until such time as a responsible leader and alternate can be presented to the Executive Committee.
DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS:
V.1 The maximum disbursement of club funds which may be transacted by a single signature check shall be six hundred dollars ($600). The Treasurer shall be required to provide the Executive Committee a complete accounting of funds disbursed by single signature checks before such checking account is replenished from the general fund.
V.2 Anyone appointed by the executive committee to make a trip in the club’s interest would be reimbursed for travel at $0.60 per mile traveled plus a reasonable amount for meals. Expense account, including a mileage report, must be submitted. Expenses for amounts in excess of $200.00 must be approved by the executive committee prior to payment, amounts of $200.00 or less may be paid by the Treasure upon receipt of a completed expense report.
V.3 The club shall obtain a Credit Card from a local building supply store for the purpose of purchasing supplies for Range projects as may be approved by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall not appoint more than three Executive Committee members as buyers.
SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION:
VI.1 Any member deliberately using armor piercing (AP), tracer, or incendiary ammunition on the range or found engaged in any act of vandalism, will be expelled from the club.
VII.1 A copy of the Safety Plan shall be given to all new members. Copies are available from the Secretary upon request.
VIII.1 All employees and/or Work for Hire agreements must be in writing and approved by the EXCOM.
VIII.2 The EXCOM shall provide Security for the Hwy Gate during all scheduled matches and / or approved events by either hiring a guard or contracting out for Security Services.
VIII.3 The EXCOM shall contract for Portable Toilets for the Range.
“I hereby certify that these Club Rules have been adopted by this club.”
President - Vice President - Secretary - Treasurer
Discipline Leaders - Newsletter Editor - Quartermaster
These guidelines are for the purpose of educating the general membership on the safe operation of the range during Open Range time.
The operation of the range during scheduled matches is subject to guidelines established for each discipline and will be under the control of the Match Director.
GUN HANDLING RULES
1 Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
2 Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
3 Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger and outside the trigger guard, until your sights are on the target.
4 Keep the action open and the firearm unloaded until ready to use. This means the shooters are in position on the firing line and the range has been cleared for live firing.
5 Know how the firearm operates.
6 Be sure the ammunition is correct for the firearm. It is recommended that when on the range with more than one firearm, use one at a time and when complete, store that firearm and its ammunition before using the next one.
7 Be sure of the target and what is beyond. Also be mindful of adjacent areas.
8 Do not mix alcohol or drugs with shooting activities.
NOTE: Be aware that certain circumstances may require additional precautions not specifically outlined in this list.
GENERAL RANGE RULES
1 During scheduled matches or scheduled practice times the range as a whole is considered closed.
2 The Director of any scheduled event is the Range Officer for the entire range during the period of the event and must be consulted.
3 If a member is using any portion of the range prior to the arrival of the Event Director or arrives during a scheduled event, the member must secure permission to use any other portion of the range and abide by the Event Directors decision.
4 Know and obey all range commands.
5 It is everyone’s responsibility to act as a range officer when none is present.
6 Open range shooting is allowed from sunrise to midnight.
7 Use of the range during open range time will be restricted to the following areas: All positions of the 600 Yard range or all positions of the Bullseye Pistol Range (shed) and the 600 Yard Range excluding positions 1 thru 4.
8 Positions 1 through 4 must be clearly marked as closed when the Bullseye Pistol Range is in use.
9 1000 Yard Range usage must be scheduled and approved by the ExComm a minimum of 90 days in advance.
10 The 600 – Yard Range is open to all firearms and ammunition providing dot federal and State of California legal type, caliber and gauge requirements are met.
11 The Bullseye Pistol Range is restricted to any rim fire firearm, any standard center fire Pistol caliber, muzzling loading pistols/rifles and smoothbore muskets, and all air guns. No Shot Guns or HP rifles.
12 Targets may be made of any material except GLASS. Paper attached to a shooting stand and or steel targets specifically designed as a shooting target are strongly recommended. Targets and stands are to be provided by the member. Take your trash HOME !!
13 Targets are to be placed on the flat surface of the Range and be maintained to ensure that the fired projectiles hit a desired portion of the backstops. (Do Not place targets on the berms)
14 Every consideration must be taken to ensure that projectiles never leave the range property.
15 All firearms will be cleared before leaving the firing line.
16 For purposes other than active target shooting, members may wear a loaded and securely holstered handgun provided that it is holstered in a safe carry condition.
17 Safe carry for a handgun is per the manufacturer recommendation for the make and model of handgun and or/you are proficient in the safe handling of the handgun.
18 All non-members are prohibited from wearing a handgun for any purpose other than active target shooting.
19 The use of black powder is authorized on all open ranges.
20 Duplex loads in muzzle loading firearms are prohibited.
21 Capping, priming and firing of blanks, including popping of caps or flashing of pans will be done on the firing line only.
22 Open powder containers on the firing line are prohibited.
23 No smoking within 50 feet of the firing line when black powder is in use.
24 Eye and hearing protection will be worn at all times when shooting or watching shooting within 25 yards of the firing position.
25 Recommended eye protection should meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1-1998 standards or equivalent.
26 Minimum hearing protection of 25-dB reduction is recommended. Protection is strongly recommended within 50 yards of shooting activities.
1 Members may submit a proposed scheduled activity in writing to the Executive Board buy mail or in person at the General Membership Meeting. All proposed activities are subject to approval in regards to safety or conflict with previously scheduled events. Please submit proposals 90 days prior to the event.
1 Parking in front of any active firing position for any purpose is prohibited.
2 Parking is authorized within the picnic and camping area. Between the Bullseye Pistol Range (shed) and the behind the 600 - Yard range.
3 Vehicle loading and unloading may be performed forward of the firing line only when a cease-fire has been called and the line is clear.
1 Members are responsible for their guest and must ensure that the guest complies with all safety procedures.
2 All scheduled events are open to the public and are not subject to this policy.
1 Members are required to maintain the range in a condition the same as or better than when the member arrived.
2 Maintenance days are scheduled through out the year and all members are strongly encouraged to attend.
PICNIC / CAMPING AREA
1 Camping is allowed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Excluding scheduled events requiring use of the campground.)
2 No discharge of firearms in the picnic area.
3 All fires require a current fire permit from the National Forest Service.
1 Members must be aware that the Club Range is within the National Forest where hunting is permitted. During hunting seasons, care must be taken to ensure that no hunters are within any potential bullet impact area, including areas surrounding the Club Range Property.
2 When in compliance with all hunting rules and regulations, Members may hunt on the Club Range.
3 All scheduled or open range activity takes precedence over all hunting activity at any location within or surrounding the Club Range.
4 When hunting the Club Range, members must park their vehicles off the edge of the road adjacent to the Picnic/Camping area across from the Black Powder range.
5 Post a visible sign on the dash stating that they are hunting on the range with their name, time and date they started, their estimated time of completion and in what area they will be in.
6 Before arriving members commence activities, that member must signal the hunter with three five second bursts of their vehicles horn and wait for the hunter to return.
7 If the hunter does not appear, the member is responsible for finding the hunter before starting any activity.
8 Hunters are responsible for staying within the stated area and must return to their vehicle upon being signaled.
1 Chopping of trees is prohibited. Grounded dead wood may be used for firewood.
2 Due to environmental and safety concerns, the mining of lead within the range is prohibited.
3 Hazardous materials are prohibited with the exception of those required for the routine or scheduled maintenance operations.
4 Use of gun cleaning solvents in quantities not exceeding one quart is permitted.
Safety rules are established to protect members and guest from serious injury or death and to protect range property. Violating any portion of the SAFETY PROCEDURES will result in disciplinary action appropriate to the nature of the offense. The severity of discipline action will be determined by the consideration such as the impact of damage caused bodily injury or death and the circumstances of the violation.
General Offenses / Disciplinary Action:
(Re: Any violation of a section of the Safety Procedure, not directly involving the use of a firearm.)
Committing any General Offense can result in the following action being taken.
1 Any member may discipline another member about a General Offense and at their discretion report the offense to an Executive Officer.
2 When a violation is reported to the Club Executive Officers (Elected Club Contacts) they shall be required to call for a review of the incident by the Safety Officer.
3 If the offense is a member first, the Club Executive Officers may upon written agreement by the member waive the review.
4 The Safety Officer shall investigate all other General Offenses within thirty days.
5 Should the investigation find that a safety violation has occurred, the following action may be taken by the ExCom under Article IX of the Bylaws.
First Incident, the offender shall be counseled to the incident by the Club Safety Officer or Club President. The offender must review the Safety Procedures and sign an affidavit of understanding and compliance, which will be forwarded to the Club Secretary.
Second Incident, (within one fiscal year) the offender shall be counseled by the Club Safety Officer or Club President, shall receive a suspension of Club privileges for up to three months without reimbursement or credit of member fees. Before reinstatement the offender must review the Safety Procedures and sign an affidavit of understanding and compliance to include a final warning notice to be forwarded to the Club Secretary.
Failure to comply with the above administrative requirements shall result in the loss of Club membership for all time and the loss of current membership fees. Depending on the severity of the offense, a final warning notice can be issued at any time.
Major Offenses / Disciplinary Action:
(Any violation of the Safety Procedures involving the use of a Firearm)
Committing any Major Offense can result in the following action being taken.
1 When a violation is reported to the Club Executive Officers they shall be required to call for a review of the incident by the Safety Officer.
2 Investigations regarding violations accidental in nature, property damage or gross negligence and no bodily injury occurred shall be investigated within 30 days.
3 Bodily injury accidental in nature, non-firearm related, shall be investigated immediately.
4 Violations involving serious bodily injury accidental in nature, any bodily injury involving a firearm, any bodily injury of gross negligence and suspicious in nature, any accident resulting in death, any alleged violation of County, State of Federal Law, members must report this to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department or call 911 for assistance immediately.
5 Members must immediately report the incident to any Executive Officer. An investigation shall be performed immediately.
6 Should the investigation find that a safety violation has occurred; the following action may be taken by the ExCom under Article IX of the Bylaws.
7 First Incident, the offender shall be counseled to the incident by the Club Safety Officer or Club President. The offender must attend a NRA Firearms Safety Course within 90 days and provide a certificate of satisfactory completion, which will forwarded to the Club Secretary. Violations involving bodily injury, accidental in nature, in addition to the aforementioned, the member shall receive a suspension of Club privileges for up to six months without reimbursement or credit of member fees. Violations involving serious bodily injury, gross negligence, unlawful activity, or accidents resulting in death, result in the loss of Club membership for all time and the loss of current membership fees.
8 Second Incident, (within one fiscal year) the offender shall be counseled by the Club Safety Officer or Club President, shall receive a suspension of Club privileges for up to one year without reimbursement or credit of member fees. Before reinstatement the offender must attend a NRA Firearms Safety Course within 90 days and provide a certificate of satisfactory completion, which will forwarded to the Club Secretary. The offender must review the Safety Procedures and sign an affidavit of understanding and compliance to include a final warning notice to be forwarded to the Club Secretary.
Failure to comply with the above administrative requirements shall result in the loss of Club membership for all time and the loss of current membership fees. Depending on the severity of the offense, a final warning notice can be issued at any time.
Appeals / Disciplinary Action:
1 Appeal requests must be submitted in writing within 30 days of notification of the Executive Committees decision.
2 Appeals must be mailed to the Club President care of DM P.O. Box 1124, Lancaster, CA 93534.
3 A response will be returned within 30 days of receipt.
4 An appeal hearing, if granted, will be conducted with 60 days of receipt.
5 The Executive Committee's ruling of the appeal, with or without a hearing, is final.
6 Members have the right to appeal to the membership of the club under Article IX(d) of the Bylaws.
1. General 22
2. Facilities 22
3. Range Limitations and Safety Requirements 22
4. Authorized and Prohibited Guns 22
5. Authorized Personnel 23
6. Personnel Responsibilities 23
7. Hours of Operation and Scheduling 24
8. Alcohol / Drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter medications 24
9. Emergency Action Plans (bad weather, illness, injury and medical support) 25
10. "Hold Harmless" - Sample Agreement Form 25
1. General. Live firing conducted at the Desert Marksman Rifle and Pistol Club Range Complex is designed to provide authorized personnel access to a facility where they can become proficient with privately owned guns.
2. Facilities for Use. Open live fire shooting is normally limited to the following ranges.
a. Main Range (A) - Rifles, pistols and shotguns any caliber or gauge. Target Risers in the 600-yard pits restricted to scheduled matches only. (No tracer or armor-piercing ammunition.)
b. Bullseye Pistol Range (B) - Center fire pistols, rim fire pistols / rifles and muzzle loading pistols / muskets / rifles. (No center fire rifles.)
c. Practical Pistol Range (C) - Center fire pistols, rim fire pistols / rifles, muzzle loading pistols / muskets / rifles and shotguns. (No center fire rifles.)
d. Muzzle loading / Small Bore Range (D) - Restricted to scheduled matches or when authorized by a Match Director of a scheduled match.
e. 1000 Yard Shooting Pad (E) - Restricted to scheduled matches. (Over shoots the entire Range Complex)
3. Range Limitations and Safety Requirements.
Live-fire shooters will:
a. When a scheduled match is in progress the Match Director is in charge of the entire range complex. You must check-in before setting up to shoot.
b. Fire only on open ranges. (Main, Bullseye Pistol and Practical Pistol Ranges)
c. Fire at authorized targets only. (Paper targets on proper target holders, personal metal swingers or provided range metal plates.)
d. Ensure all projectiles impact within the established range boundaries.
e. Call "Cease firing" and make safe all guns before a shooter moves forward of the firing line or during any unsafe condition.
f. Call "Cease firing" if the firing line becomes staggered (one shooter forward of another) anywhere on the range complex.
g. Use appropriate ear protection.
h. Wear appropriate eye protection.
i. Police all brass, paper, and other debris that accumulate on the range from your use. (Pack-it-in / Pack-it-out)
j. Notify Club Officials of any safety infractions / violations.
4. Authorized and Prohibited Guns.
a. Full-automatic guns are authorized, provided that the owner has all proper licenses and permits in their possession.
b. Any Club Official present at the range complex may deny full-automatic firing for any reason.
5. Authorized Personnel. The following persons are allowed to fire:
a. Current members of the shooting Club
b. Invited guests of the above, provided the authorized person is present and assumes full responsibility for the conduct of his or her guests.
c. Members of the Public that are participating in a scheduled Match / Event.
6. Personnel Responsibilities.
a. Shooting Club Members
1. When a match is in progress you must check-in with the Match Director before setting up to shoot.
2. You and your guest must have a current "Hold Harmless" agreement on file before shooting.
3. Shooters will conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times and will be responsible for the conduct of any guest they bring.
4. All shooters are responsible for their guns and ammunition while on the range complex.
5. Guns that are out of the case and not being fired must be benched. (Actions open and facing up, chambers empty, muzzles pointing downrange, and safeties on.)
6. Do not point guns at anything other than authorized targets.
7. Fire only at your own target.
8. Give the command "Cease firing" if an unsafe condition exists.
9. Follow all instructions from any RSO present.
10. Police the area of your brass and any other debris.
b. Match Director
1. Arrive at least one hour before scheduled match start time.
2. Maintain control over the entire range complex.
3. Designate open shooting ranges for shooters not participating in the scheduled match. (Only 1000 yard matches close the entire range)
4. Assign RSO to cover both the scheduled match and the open shooting ranges.
5. Check to verify that the RSO has their certification card on their person.
6. Have the RSO sign out one radio, RSO vest, required range flags, Hold Harmless Agreements, SOP binder, and first-aid kit.
c. Match RSO
1. Have your RSO certification on your person.
2. Obtain the following: "Hold Harmless" agreement forms, radio, first-aid kit range binder, flags, and any special instructions.
3. Conduct range inspection using the checklist, Outdoor Range Appendix 1.
4. Check that all open range shooters have current club cards or are guests of a club member. Have all guests fill out "hold harmless" agreements.
5. Conduct range safety briefing using Appendix 4.
6. Supervise open range shooting in accordance with section 6(a) of this chapter. Failure of shooters to abide by the procedures listed in section 6(a) will result in immediate eviction from the range and possible suspension of future shooting privileges. Report all incidents to the Match Director.
7. Hours of Operation and Scheduling.
a. The range complex is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
b. Normal shooting hours are Sunup until 12 midnight seven days a week on ranges A, B & C, except for scheduled matches and scheduled special events.
1. When range A is closed for a match the Match Director may open range D for 100 yard practice / sighting in.
c. Weekend scheduled matches run from 8:00am until 4:00pm.
1. First Sunday (monthly, range D) – Muzzle loading rifle silhouette.
2. Second Saturday (monthly, range C) – Practical Pistol
3. Second Sunday (monthly, range D) – Small Bore Rifle (inactive)
4. Second Sunday (monthly, range C) – Urban Tactical & Brinks Training
5. Third Saturday (Apr – Jul & Sep, range A) Service Rifle, Garand Match
6. Third Saturday (monthly, range C) - Defensive Pistol & OSP Training
7. Third Sunday (monthly range, A & C) – Cowboy Action
8. Third Sunday (Apr – Jul & Sep, range B) Bullseye Pistol
9. Fourth Saturday (monthly, range A & one 1000 yd in Oct) Tactical Rifle
10. Third & Fifth Sunday (4 or 5 times a year, closes the entire range) 1000 Yard Rifle.
c. Special Events.
11. Muzzle Loaders Rendezvous – Runs between the Monday before and ending on the third Sunday of March yearly.
12. Spring Work Party – First Saturday in May, Yearly
13. Fall Work Party – Fourth Sunday in Oct, Yearly
8. Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs.
a. Shooters may not consume alcoholic beverages or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter medications) before or during live firing. The Match Director or RSO will deny range access to anyone in violation. After you have finished firing for the day you may consume alcoholic beverages in the picnic / camping area.
9. Emergency Action Plans.
a. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 and notify a Club Official immediately.
10. Hold Harmless Agreement Form.
a. A “hold harmless” agreement form will be completed by all members annually at membership renewal time.
b. Any member that brings a guest to the range complex must have that guest complete a “hold harmless” agreement form and forward it to the Club Secretary before bringing that guest to the range complex.
1. Elected Officials, Club Safety Officer, Discipline Leaders and Alternates should maintain a NRA RSO certification.
2. The Club shall provide RSO training, thru an ExCom approved source, at no expense to the Club Safety Officer, Discipline Leaders and Alternates who elect to have said certification.
a. Additional ExCom approved volunteers shall also have their RSO training provided at no expense by the Club.
Outdoor Range Inspection Checklist
Inspected by __________________________________ Date ______________
Controlled Access Closed / Manned YES NO
Flags or Signs Displayed
Backstop / Impact Areas Inspected
Number Boards Painted and Visible
Target Frames / Mounts in Good Repair
Target Turning Equipment in Good Repair
Firing points Numbered Clean
Shooting Benches / Tables Inspected
Spectator Area Designated
Scoring / Target Supplies Available
Emergency Communications Working
First-Aid Kit Filled / Accessible
Range Rules Posted
Gun Racks in Good Repair
Empty Trash Receptacles Available
Empty Brass / Dud Buckets Available
Wash Area Provided / Identified
Storage Containers Secure
Scheduled Match / Event Range Safety Briefing
1. PURPOSE OF THE SHOOTING MATCH / EVENT
a) State the purpose of the match / event.
b) Provide an overview of the match / event.
c) State the total or approx max number of shots and time available.
a) State where range personnel will be located.
b) Introduce range personnel.
c) Explain that their role is to ensure safety.
d) Indicate how they may be identified, e.g., orange vest and hat.
2. RANGE LAYOUT AND LIMITS
a) Conduct a range orientation on, or within view of, the range.
b) Point out key areas of the range and briefly describe actions that occur within each.
• Spectator area – located behind the ready area where visitors and range users may wait and observe match / event activities.
• Ready area – located behind the firing line where shooters may store and prepare their equipment.
• Firing point – shooters may occupy their firing point at the firing line when authorized to do so. Shooters may only dry fire at the firing line before and event and should only handle guns when authorized to do so.
• Backstop / Impact Berm – located down range behind the target line. Guns should point toward the backstop at all times. All firing should be directed forward from the shooters firing position so projectiles impact within designated impact areas.
• Cleaning area – located in the parking area at your vehicle. No cleaning of guns on the firing line, ready area, or spectator area.
3. RANGE SAFETY RULES
a) General Range Safety Rules, ask range users to read the rules as you (RSO) point to range posters or refer to handouts.
• Lock Angeles Forest Highway gate going in and coming out unless gate is manned.
• Pack it in; pack it out – targets, stands, brass, and other waste.
• Members must accompany guests, including family members. Don’t give out the lock combination to non-members.
• Don’t set targets directly on berms – use stands, don’t shoot at or damage any club property.
• Bullets must impact on DM property (Special Use Permits excepted).
• No center-fire rifles (or pistols chambered for center-fire rifle cartridges) on Bullseye range.
• Black Powder / Small Bore range closed except for scheduled matches or at the direction of a Match Director.
• No open fires outside of the fire ring, and individual National Forest campfire permits are required.
• No alcohol on the firing line or during events.
• Use eye and hearing protection on or near the firing line.
• Weapons handling:
Load only at shooting position.
Keep muzzles of loaded weapons pointed downrange.
Unload, open actions, set firearm down on bench, and don’t handle weapons when anyone goes downrange.
Don’t start downrange without coordinating with others and calling a cease-fire.
b) Match Specific Range Rules – Have the Match Director explain the safety rules for the specific type match being performed. (Hand-outs would be very helpful)
4. FIRING LINE COMMANDS
a) State and explain standard range commands:
• “As you were” – means to disregard the command just given.
• “Carry On” – means to proceed with what was being done before an interruption.
• “Relay No.__ or Match no.__ or Shooter(s) on the firing line” – means shooter(s) are to move to their firing point.
• “The preparation period starts now” – means shooter(s) may occupy their firing point, prepare, and dry fire at the targets.
• “The preparation period has ended” – means shooter(s) must stop preparation activities.
• “Load” – means shooter(s) are given permission to load authorized number of rounds and prepare for the shooting event.
• “Is the line ready” – allows a shooter with problems to raise an arm and call “Not ready” / “Not ready on target ….”
• “The line is ready?” – means shooter / all shooters are ready to begin.
• “Ready on the right”, “Ready on the left”, “Ready on the firing line” is the sequence of commands that gives shooters their last chance to signal “Not ready”. “Ready on the firing line” – means that the event will start in three to five seconds.
• Commence firing!” signals shooter(s) to begin shooting. This command may be signaled verbally, by a whistle or horn blast, or by moving the targets into view.
• “Misfire” is called by a shooter to inform the RSO and other shooters that a gun failed to fire and a hazardous condition may exist. Keep muzzle pointed downrange until the gun is cleared.
• “Cease firing” notifies shooters to stop firing immediately and await further instructions. Emphasize that this command can be given by anyone observing an unsafe condition.
• “Is the line clear on the right?”, “Is the line clear on the left?” – means line officers or the RSO checks that all guns are unloaded with actions open and chambers empty.
• “Go forward, score target(s), and paste”(or “Change”) authorizes shooter(s) to go forward of the firing line to score / change or reset targets.
• “Range is clear you may handle your guns” – means shooter(s) may approach the firing line and handle their guns since no personnel are downrange.
• “Move out of position and remove your equipment from the firing line” authorizes shooter(s) to remove their gear.
• “Police your firing point” – means shooters are to pick up fired cartridge cases and clean their firing point.
5. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
a) Match Director takes charge of the situation. (Determine seriousness of injury and assign duties)
• Render aid. First-aid kit should be centrally located.
• Call for help, emergency phone numbers and information list should be centrally located.
• Direct help to location.
• Take notes, emergency report sheet should be located in range SOPs binder.
Emergency Report Sheet
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE FOR INJURIES OR ILLNESS
• Call a cease-fire if the injured is near the firing line or downrange. Ensure that all guns are unloaded and clear.
• ____________________ will coordinate edging or pulling of targets, if possible, and securing the scene and the injured persons gear.
• ____________________ will notify EMS at (911) by cell phone and provide the following information:
• Specific location or GPS coordinates of the medevac-landing zone.
o Location: Desert Marksman Range Complex.
o Directions: Approx one mile south of Mt Emma Road, Take Forest Road 4N20 for approx 1.25 miles to the entrance road to the range, continue down entrance road until directed to injured person.
o GPS coordinates –
• Telephone number you are calling from: ____________
• Your name: ___________________
• What happened and possible hazards for rescuers: ____________________________________
• Number of persons injured or ill:________
• Condition of injured or ill:_______________________________________
• First aid provided:____________________________________________
• Wait for EMS to hang up first. Return to the injured and continue care until EMS arrives.
Match Director will supervise the situation and ensure fulfillment of emergency procedures by:
1. Getting names of witnesses and taking statements.
2. Completing injury report forms.
3. Notifying Club Officials
4. Evaluating emergency plan for possible revisions.
5. Forwarding completed injury report forms to the Club Secretary.
HELICOPTER MEDICAL EVACUATION (MEDEVAC)
A suitable MEDEVAC site is available at GPS coordinate 34 deg / 26 min / 11 sec North and 118 deg / 4 min 15 sec West on the main range; the RSO will mark the landing zone with orange flags. The flags are stored in the range maintenance storage container.
RANGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PACKET
An emergency response packet for this range has been provided to local fire department and police. The packet contains phone numbers, aerial photographs, maps, designations of the access route, helicopter and medical evacuation sites and hazards, assembly area(s).
Injury Report Form
Name:_______________________________ Date of Injury: _________________
Address: _____________________________ Time of Injury: _________________
Telephone Number (Day): _______________________ (Evening) __________________
1. Describe nature and extent of injury (specify parts of body) ____________________________
2. Describe how the injury occurred: ________________________________________________
3. Describe first aid given: ________________________________________________________
4. First aid was provided by (include names and phone numbers): _________________________
5. Disposition (specify name of hospital, time of transport, ect.): __________________________
6. Notification of Club Official (Name & time): _______________________________________
7. Location of incident and conditions of area: ________________________________________
8. Was protect equipment worn (if applicable): ________________________________________
9. Describe steps taken to preserve the scene (equipment, photographs, ect.): ________________
10. Witness Statements: Interview witnesses separately. Use attachments if needed.
a. Witness (Name): __________________________ Statement attached Yes __ No __
Phone Number (Day) ______________________ Evening ______________________
b. Witness (Name): __________________________ Statement attached Yes __ No __
Phone Number (Day) ______________________ Evening ____________________
11. Notes and Comments: _________________________________________________________
12. Injury report completed by:
b. Title: _______________________________
c. Date: _______________________________
d. Signature: ___________________________
13. Disposition and follow-up: ______________________________________________________
Name:_______________________________ Title: ______________________
DESERT MARKSMEN RIFLE and PISTOL CLUB INC.
HOLD HARMLESS AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK STATEMENT
WHEREAS, in consideration of being permitted access to the range for the purpose of participating or viewing a Match event, and/or personal use for target shooting and/or overnight camping, and any use of the premises, Undersigned acknowledges agrees to the following:
Undersigned has read and agrees to the Club and Safety Rules, and other provisions stated in this document known as; the Standard Operating Procedures, (S.O.P.), of The Desert Marksmen Rifle and Pistol Club.
Undersigned agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend Desert Marksmen Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc., hereafter referred to as “DMRPC,” from any and all fault, liabilities, costs, expenses, claims, demands, or lawsuits arising out of, related to or connected with: Undersigned and minors in Undersigned’s charge and accompanying Undersigned to the range and their presence at and/or participation in; the discharge of Firearms by Undersigned, and the discharge of Firearms by others using the range; Undersigned's presence on or use of the ranges and land, collectively called the "Premises"; and, any and all acts or omissions of Undersigned.
Undersigned furthermore waives for himself/herself/their and for his/her/their executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin, any and all rights and claims for damages, losses, demands and any other actions or claims whatsoever, which may arise against DMRPC and it agents, including but not limited to the death of Undersigned and/or any and all injuries, damages, or illnesses suffered by Undersigned or Undersigned's property which may, in any way whatsoever, arise out of, be related to or be connected with; the Premises, including any latent defect in the Premises; Undersigned's presence on or use of said Premises; Undersigned's property whether or not entrusted to DMRPC; and, the discharge of Firearms. DMRPC shall not be liable for, and Undersigned, on behalf of himself/herself and minors accompanying Undersigned and for his/her/their Executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin, hereby expressly releases DMRPC from any and all claims and liabilities.
Undersigned hereby expressly assumes the risk of taking part in the discharge of Firearms and in taking part in the activities on the Premises, which include, but are not limited to the discharge of Firearms, the firing of live ammunition, and the risks of injury due to bullet ricochet.
Undersigned hereby acknowledges and agrees that Undersigned has read this instrument and understands its terms and is executing this instrument voluntarily. Undersigned furthermore hereby acknowledges and agrees that he/she has read, understands and will at all times abide by and see that minors accompanying them will abide by all range rules and procedures and any other rules and procedures stated in the DMRPC Standard Operating Procedures.
Undersigned expressly agrees that this instrument is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by law and that if any provision of this instrument is held invalid or otherwise unenforceable, the enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be impaired thereby. No remedy conferred by any of the specific provisions of this instrument is intended to be exclusive of any other remedy, and each and every remedy shall be cumulative and shall be in addition to every other remedy now or hereafter existing at law or in equity or by statute or otherwise.
The election of any one or more remedies hereunder by DMRPC shall not constitute any waiver of DMRPC’s right to pursue other available remedies. This instrument binds Undersigned and for his/her executors, personal representatives, administrators, assignees, heirs and next of kin.
All provisions in this STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE and Hold Harmless and Waiver of Risk Statement shall remain in effect for Undersigned and minors and guests accompanying Undersigned’s access to the range, as of the date executed below by Undersigned, until revoked by Undersigned in writing, and postmarked and deposited into the US Mail addressed to: The Desert Marksmen Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc., PO Box 1124, Lancaster, CA 93584.
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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PLAN
I. FACILITY ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PLAN
An Environmental Stewardship Plan (Plan) represents a written document for planning, implementing and monitoring the progress of environmental improvements at shooting ranges. Specific benefits of developing and implementing a Plan are:
1. Protection of the environment.
2. Providing tangible evidence of pro-active efforts.
3. Gathering and evaluating information necessary to determine whether there are legitimate environmental concerns at the shooting range.
4. Identifying effective and appropriate ways to resolve legitimate environmental concerns.
5. Documenting the fact that no legitimate environmental concerns were identified.
6. Planning expenditures and demonstrating the need for funding.
7. Assisting in making prudent and cost-effective decisions.
The development of this Plan is an ongoing effort to proactively and properly manage the environmental resources at the shooting range. The goals of this Plan along with the actions necessary to meet those goals are detailed in this document.
The Purpose of this Document is to:
Identify issues of potential of potential environmental concerns that may exist or develop at the shooting range.
1. Identify, evaluate and prioritize appropriate actions to manage these issues.
2. Generate a list of short-term and long-term action items.
3. Develop the steps and schedules necessary to implement the action items.
4. Annually evaluate the progress toward the environmental stewardship goals, action items and any appropriate revisions to the Plan.
Environmental Stewardship Goals
1. Minimize erosion of range intermediate impact berms and the 600 yd impact zone.
2. Control lead migration out of the impact areas.
3. Maintain appropriate soil pH range in the impact areas.
4. Manage range ground cover to reduce the possibility of wildfires.
II. SITE ASSESSMENT
Description of Range Facilities
The Desert Marksmen Range Facility is located on approx. 15-acre parcel 1.5 miles east of the Angeles Forest highway at the upper end of Kentucky Springs Canyon.
The facility consists of five (5) distinct target ranges used for formal and informal target shooting.
1. The main range [600 yards] has a covered firing line consisting of twelve  concrete shooting benches and an uncovered ten  position shooting pad, with target holders at 100, 200 and 600 yards and impact berms at 100, 200, 300 yards. Additionally there are shooting pads at 200 and 300 yards from the 600-yard target line with an impact berm protecting the 300-yard shooting pad.
2. The Bullseye pistol range has a covered  position firing line with target stands and impact berms at distances of 25 and 50 yards.
3. The Small bore / Muzzle loader range has a covered firing line consisting of 12 shooting positions with target stands and impact berms at 40, 60, 77, and 100 yards.
4. The Practical pistol range is an open area of approx. 1.25 acres with target holders and an impact berm at the western end.
5. The 1000-yard firing position is located adjacent to the range facility entrance gate.
There are two  small storage sheds located at the 600-yard target area and seven  portable cargo containers used for storage by the different shooting disciplines. Four  are located between the main range parking area and the Small bore/Muzzle loader range and also act as a bullet impact protection wall. The other three are located between the main range and the practical pistol range and also act as a bullet impact protection wall.
See Attached #1 for Goggle Map Images of the range location and facilities layout.
Existing Environmental Conditions
1. Vegetation needs to be maintained on the backsides of the impact berms to help prevent erosion.
2. Range ground cover vegetation can become fuel for wildfires.
3. Vegetation down range and to the sides from all but the 1000-yard firing position has been destroyed by the Station Fire and may result in some future run-off problems.
4. The support wall for the impact berm on the Practical Pistol range has been severally damaged by the Station Fire.
5. Metallic Lead has never been removed from the impact areas.
6. Impact area soil pH is not a concern as the pH level would have to greatly exceed that of Battery Acid before metallic lead could be dissolved and leach into the impact area soil. In our climate zone, soil with a pH greatly exceeding Battery Acid could not occur naturally, to reach that pH level would require the deliberate introduction of man-made acidic materials.
7. Archeology and Botanical Analysis studies have been provided to the Forest Service.
III. PLAN OF ACTION
Potential Management Alternatives
1. Work on all Plan goals simultaneously.
2. Work on one goal this year and address the others later.
3. Choose a few goals that can be implemented immediately and begin planning the longer-term alternatives.
Management Alternatives to be implemented
1. Work on all Plan goals simultaneously.
IV. PLAN IMPLEMENTATION
Schedule for Implementation
Desert Marksmen currently conducts several work parties throughout the year to maintain the impact berms and control the range ground cover.
1. The impact berms are maintained by hand work with shovels and rakes. The front sides are kept clear of all vegetation.
2. Removing the metallic lead from the berms is not necessary as the soil pH level would have to greatly exceed that of Battery Acid before metallic lead could be dissolved and leach into the impact area soil.
3. Maintaining soil pH in the Impact areas is not a concern in our climate zone, soil with a pH high enough to dissolve metallic lead could not occur naturally, to reach that pH level would require the deliberate introduction of man-made acidic materials.
3. The rifle ranges have all groundcover removed to bare soil in front of the firing lines.
5. The picnic/camping area has the ground cover trimmed at every work party using hand and small power tools (weed whackers).
V. MEASURING SUCCESS
1. Vegetation Density – Monthly during the growing season; Measured as a visual estimate of the possible wildfire conditions.
2. Wild life usage of the upper main range ground cover vegetation – Visual observations on a regular basis to record the kinds and numbers.
3. Erosion in the areas adjacent to the Station Fire burn areas to monitor increased runoff.
Periodic assessments and adjustments to the Plan
This Plan will be reviewed by the Forest Service and Desert Marksmen annually to assess the achievement of the goals, to set new goals and/or discard goals that are not applicable.
There is no landline telephone communication at the range facility. Cell phone communication is available. During all scheduled matches radio communication is maintained between the match supervision personnel, when required.
VII. SIGNING AND ADVERTISING
All Advertising will be pre-approved by the Forest Service and will include the following statements.
1. This area is operated under a Special Use Permit from the U. S. Forest Service, Angeles National Forest.
2. The policy of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability, familial status or political affiliation. Persons believing they have been discriminated against in any Forest Service related activity should write to: Chief, Forest Service, USDA, PO Box 96090, Washington, D.C. 20090-6090.
VIII. DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVES
Desert Marksmen Date
Forest Service Date
FIRE PREVENTION PLAN
The provisions below outline the responsibility for fire prevention and suppression by Desert Marksmen [DM] for the permit area. These provisions also specify the conditions, which effect how activities can be curtailed or shutdown.
1. Shall abide by the requirements of this Fire Prevention Plan
2. Shall take all necessary steps to prevent area users from setting illegal fires. The holder is responsible for preventing the escape of fires set directly and indirectly as a result of permitted activities and shall make every possible effort to extinguish any such fires that may escape.
Forest Service [District Ranger or designated reprehensive]
1. Will inspect the authorized area to assure compliance with the requirements of this Fire Plan.
2. Will notify holder in the event of noncompliance with this Fire Plan.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
1. The holder shall verify that all stationary or mobile diesel and/or gasoline operated engines used in permitted operations are equipped with spark arresters that meet Forest Service standards set forth in the required Forest Service Spark Arrester Guide and in the California Public Resources Code Section-4442. Spark arresters are not required on equipment powered by exhaust-driven turbo-charged engines. All exhaust flues shall comply with the requirement of the California Public Resources Code Section-4442.
2. The holder shall verify that at all times, hand tools and/or equipment is available for emergency use on each piece of equipment used in conjunction with performance of the work as listed below.
a) One shovel and a fully charged fire extinguisher U.L. rated at 4 B: C on each work truck, tractor grader or other heavy equipment.
b) During any type of welding operations there will be two people present; One to do the welding and one to observe for possible spot fires. They will also have on site during the welding one shovel and one 5-gallon container of water, with pump, from start to finish of the welding operation. A permit will be required before any work is to start. (California Public Resources Code Section-4427.)
c) One shovel and one chemical pressurized fire extinguisher, fully charged, for each gasoline-powered tool, including but not restricted to chain saws, soil augers, rock drills and portable pumps.
d) All tools and equipment required in (1) and (2) above shall be in good workable condition and shall meet the California Public Resources Code Section-4429 and the following principal Forest Service Specification for fire tools:
1. Shovels shall be size “O” or larger and be not less than 46 inches in overall length.
2. Fire extinguisher shall be of the type and size set forth in the California Public Resources Code Section-4431 and California Administrative Code, Title 14, Section 1234. And all fire extinguishers will display a current certification of service.
1. There is no water system on or adjacent to this parcel.
1. Small mobile or stationary engine sites (such as generators), if approved, shall be cleared of all flammable materials for a radius of 30 ft. Flammable materials include any vegetation, building materials and empty fuel containers. There will be no storage of empty fuel containers on site.
2. Shooting areas, target areas and ranges will have a clearing of all flammable materials for a radius of at least 100 ft. Impact areas will have all vegetation removed from slopes behind the impact berms to a height of 8 feet. Lateral berms, which define a range, will have all vegetation removed to the top of the berm. The range floor itself will be free of vegetation as well.
3. The picnic/camping area has the ground cover trimmed at every work party using hand and small power tools (weed whackers).
4. Gas, oil or flammable materials shall be properly stored. There will be no storage of any flammable liquids in excess of 50 gallons.
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The Desert Marksmen Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc., PO Box 1124, Lancaster, CA 93584