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I just joined a local conservation club and they have a range. They require all members who use the range to be RSO certified. Is this a common requirement for ranges?

They also have cameras on every lane and common areas as well, I don't mean 1 camera on the firing line I mean 1 camera per lane. Anyone else seen this type of setup before? I wondere if it lowers insurance as any incident would like be on video.
 

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Never seen a setup like that?

I am an RSO for my local Gun Club and our Lead RSO's are NRA Certified.

I would Imagine the training they gave me mirrors their NRA Certification and could find out for $125.00 ...and get a nifty patch too!

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its not common. but its their range thier rules if you want to use it
 

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The RSO class wasn't bad but I think it was way to long when in reality all it teaches you is that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the range is it's Bible and infallible.

If I had one complaint about the course it is that I felt it was to focused on covering your butt and not focused enough on real world safety procedures.
 

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The RSO class wasn't bad but I think it was way to long when in reality all it teaches you is that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the range is it's Bible and infallible.

If I had one complaint about the course it is that I felt it was to focused on covering your butt and not focused enough on real world safety procedures.
I hear that... we are constantly reminded that our job is to ensure safe opperation of the range, not to coach shooters, and advised to send folks home for thing like being unable to figure out their scope?

I guess its the natural coach in me that usually overrides this. I see nothing wrong with helping to coach novices with anything they need as long as that assistance is welcomed and not impeding my overall safety duties.

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It is definitely for insurance purposes. Being an rso makes you liable for anything that happens on the range. Enjoy the 8 hour class and test. Lol
 

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It's pure BS. Just a way for some one to make money!:mad:
 

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I can see a requirement to go through a basic NRA firearms course, but not everyone should require the Range Safety Officer.

One range I belong to has a requirement of watching a video and signing a paper for all guests, sign-ups, and renewals. And all members must be a member of the NRA.
 

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Don't know where my post went...
I'm an NRA Training Counselor and certified Chief RSO and grad of NRA Range Development & Operations school (and was a professional in this arena for many years actually) and don't see this range's program as the most critical use of that time...
 

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I just joined a local conservation club and they have a range. They require all members who use the range to be RSO certified. Is this a common requirement for ranges?

They also have cameras on every lane and common areas as well, I don't mean 1 camera on the firing line I mean 1 camera per lane. Anyone else seen this type of setup before? I wondere if it lowers insurance as any incident would like be on video.
It is a safety thing with the cameras. My range has about five in the room for the 10 lanes. I prefer the added security so the idiot next to me get kicked out instead of me getting shot. Don't worry too much about it. As long as you are safe, there will be no problems.
 

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It is a safety thing with the cameras. My range has about five in the room for the 10 lanes. I prefer the added security so the idiot next to me get kicked out instead of me getting shot. Don't worry too much about it. As long as you are safe, there will be no problems.
I'm nervous about breaking a rule on video that is a rule but not something that is unsafe, for example reaching down and picking up a live round that simply feel off the bench while the range is hot is considered a violation of the rules and will result in a 1 year ban from the range. The proper procedure is to call a cease fire and then pick up the round.

I'm hoping that the rules are very very strict in writing and common sense is applied in practice but I won't know until I start using it.
 

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I'm nervous about breaking a rule on video that is a rule but not something that is unsafe, for example reaching down and picking up a live round that simply feel off the bench while the range is hot is considered a violation of the rules and will result in a 1 year ban from the range. The proper procedure is to call a cease fire and then pick up the round.

I'm hoping that the rules are very very strict in writing and common sense is applied in practice but I won't know until I start using it.
I think it all comes as better judgment. Stop insulting our intelligence. That sort of thing.
 

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Every range has sop that will be different than the range across town. Find a range you are comfortable with.

Safety First And Foremost. Nothing else matters.

Some comments about the RSO program not doing anything, being a rip off. I hope I never experience anyone with your attitude while I am at a range.
 

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I've been going to the range for several months. I have yet to see anyone else when I am there. That makes things a bit easier because I only have to be responsible for myself but it also makes the rules seem insane.

In my dropped round example here is what I need to do when I am by myself.

Round falls off table.
I verbally announce cease fire.
I safe my gun.
I stand up, walk 20 feet away to a light system and change the light colors.
I walk back over to where I dropped the round and pick it up.
I walk back over and change the light colors again.
I verbally announce the range is hot.
I walk back over to my bench and continue shooting.
 

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I've been going to the range for several months. I have yet to see anyone else when I am there. That makes things a bit easier because I only have to be responsible for myself but it also makes the rules seem insane.

In my dropped round example here is what I need to do when I am by myself.

Round falls off table.
I verbally announce cease fire.
I safe my gun.
I stand up, walk 20 feet away to a light system and change the light colors.
I walk back over to where I dropped the round and pick it up.
I walk back over and change the light colors again.
I verbally announce the range is hot.
I walk back over to my bench and continue shooting.
Ok...That does sound like a bit much.
 
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