Highpower Rifle Safety Briefing and Range Commands

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The following is the ECCL Highpower Rifle safety briefing and procedural range commands.  It has been adapted from the CMP’s official range commands.  Please study the range commands carefully before firing in an ECCL Highpower Rifle match.

“ECCL Safety Briefing and Highpower Rifle Range Commands

  1. A safety flag (ECI) must be inserted in your rifle at all times (cased or uncased) except during preparation and firing periods. If you do not have an ECI, ask as we do have extras.
  2. Keep all rifle muzzles pointed downrange or up at all times.
  3. You are permitted to carry rifles behind the firing line; you are not permitted to handle rifles behind the line (see definitions of “carry” and “handle” in Rule 3.6).
  4. Do not take rifles or equipment to the firing line until instructed to do so.
  5. Competitors and other personnel who are forward of the parking lot posts during Highpower Rifle events are required to wear appropriate eye and hearing protection.
  6. You may handle your rifle after your relay is called to the firing line (put on sling, get into position, etc.), but you may not remove the safety flag or close the action until the preparation period starts.
  7. A three-minute preparation period will start approximately two minutes after your relay is called to the firing line. During the preparation period you may continue your preparations for firing and may remove safety flags and dry fire.
  8. Do not load until the command LOAD is given.
  9. Upon completion of firing, open your rifle action, remove magazine, insert a safety flag, move safety to the SAFE position, ground your rifle and step back from the firing line.
  10. Do not remove your rifle from the firing line until it has been cleared by a Range Officer.
  11. Do not go forward of firing line until instructed to do so.
  12. If you have a problem, remain in position, keep your rifle muzzle pointed downrange and raise your hand, a Range Officer will assist you.
  13. Do not leave any live ammunition on the range. If you experience a dud, be sure to deposit it in the collection tube between the 25 and 50 yard ranges.
  14. Any person witnessing an unsafe act must immediately call CEASE FIRE.
  15. If any competitors have medical issues (bee sting allergy, etc.) that the CRO should be aware of, please inform us.

Stage 1 Commands – Sighting in

  1. RELAY (number), TAKE YOUR POSITIONS ON THE FIRING LINE.
  2. THE FIRST STAGE OF FIRE WILL BE BLOCKED TIME OF 3 MINUTES PREP TIME AND 5 MINUTES SIGHTING IN PERIOD. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD WILL BEGIN IN TWO MINUTES.
  3. YOUR 3 MINUTE PREPARATION TIME AND 5 MINUTE SIGHTING IN PERIOD BEGINS, NOW.
  4. IS ALL FIRING COMPLETED?
  5. ALL FIRING IS COMPLETED, CEASE FIRE, REMOVE MAGAZINES, PUT SAFETIES IN THE SAFE POSITION, INSERT SAFETY FLAGS, GROUND YOUR RIFLES AND STAND BACK FROM THE LINE.
  6. Check the line.
  7. IS THE LINE CLEAR?
  8. THE LINE IS CLEAR, RELAY (number) YOU MAY GO FORWARD TO POLICE BRASS AND TRASH.
  9. BRASS AND TRASH CALL HAS ENDED. LET’S GO DOWNRANGE AND PASTE TARGETS.

Stage 2 Commands – Offhand

  1. RELAY (number), TAKE YOUR POSITIONS ON THE FIRING LINE. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD WILL BEGIN IN TWO MINUTES.
  2. YOUR 3 MINUTE PREPARATION PERIOD BEGINS NOW.
  3. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD HAS ENDED.
  4. THIS STAGE OF FIRE WILL BE 10 SHOTS FOR RECORD, OFFHAND, SINGLE LOAD, IN A TIME LIMIT OF 10 MINUTES.
  5. WITH ONE ROUND LOAD.
  6. IS THE LINE READY? THE LINE IS READY.  READY ON THE RIGHT.  READY ON THE LEFT.  ALL READY ON THE FIRING LINE.
  7. COMMENCE FIRE.
  8. IS ALL FIRING COMPLETED?
  9. ALL FIRING IS COMPLETED, CEASE FIRE, REMOVE MAGAZINES, PUT SAFETIES IN THE SAFE POSITION, INSERT SAFETY FLAGS, GROUND YOUR RIFLES AND STAND BACK FROM THE LINE.
  10. IS THE LINE CLEAR?
  11. THE LINE IS CLEAR, RELAY (number) YOU MAY GO FORWARD TO POLICE BRASS AND TRASH.
  12. BRASS AND TRASH CALL HAS ENDED. LET’S GO DOWNRANGE, SCORE AND PASTE TARGETS.

Stage 3 Commands – Rapid Sitting

  1. RELAY (number), TAKE YOUR POSITIONS ON THE FIRING LINE. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD WILL BEGIN IN TWO MINUTES.
  2. YOUR 3 MINUTE PREPARATION PERIOD BEGINS NOW.
  3. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD HAS ENDED.
  4. THIS STAGE OF FIRE WILL BE 10 SHOTS WITH A MAGAZINE CHANGE, RAPID-FIRE SITTING FROM STANDING IN A TIME LIMIT OF 60 SECONDS. IF REMAINING IN POSITION, MAGAZINES MUST REMAIN OUT UNTIL THE COMMENCE FIRE COMMAND IS GIVEN.
  5. ON THE FIRING LINE, STAND.
  6. WITH BOLTS CLOSED ON EMPTY CHAMBERS, LOAD.
  7. IS THE LINE READY?
  8. THE LINE IS READY. READY ON THE RIGHT.  READY ON THE LEFT.  ALL READY ON THE FIRING LINE.
  9. COMMENCE FIRE.
  10. CEASE FIRE.
  11. REMAIN IN POSITION UNTIL THE LINE IS CLEAR.
  12. ARE THERE ANY SAVED ROUNDS ON THE RIGHT? NO
  13. ARE THERE ANY SAVED ROUNDS ON THE LEFT? NO
  14. CLEAR ALL RIFLES, REMOVE MAGAZINES, PUT SAFETIES IN THE SAFE POSITION, INSERT SAFETY FLAGS, GROUND YOUR RIFLES AND STAND BACK FROM THE LINE.
  15. IS THE LINE CLEAR?
  16. THE LINE IS CLEAR, RELAY (number) YOU MAY GO FORWARD TO POLICE BRASS AND TRASH.
  17. BRASS AND TRASH CALL HAS ENDED. LET’S GO DOWNRANGE, CHANGE TARGETS FOR RAPID PRONE.

Stage 4 Commands – Rapid Prone

  1. RELAY (number), TAKE YOUR POSITIONS ON THE FIRING LINE. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD WILL BEGIN IN TWO MINUTES.
  2. YOUR 3 MINUTE PREPARATION PERIOD BEGINS NOW.
  3. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD HAS ENDED.
  4. THIS STAGE OF FIRE WILL BE 10 SHOTS WITH A MAGAZINE CHANGE, RAPID-FIRE PRONE FROM STANDING IN A TIME LIMIT OF 70 SECONDS. IF REMAINING IN POSITION, MAGAZINES MUST REMAIN OUT UNTIL THE COMMENCE FIRE COMMAND IS GIVEN.
  5. ON THE FIRING LINE, STAND.
  6. WITH BOLTS CLOSED ON EMPTY CHAMBERS, LOAD.
  7. IS THE LINE READY?
  8. THE LINE IS READY. READY ON THE RIGHT.  READY ON THE LEFT.  ALL READY ON THE FIRING LINE.
  9. COMMENCE FIRE.
  10. CEASE FIRE.
  11. REMAIN IN POSITION UNTIL THE LINE IS CLEAR.
  12. ARE THERE ANY SAVED ROUNDS ON THE RIGHT? NO
  13. ARE THERE ANY SAVED ROUNDS ON THE LEFT? NO
  14. CLEAR ALL RIFLES, REMOVE MAGAZINES, PUT SAFETIES IN THE SAFE POSITION, INSERT SAFETY FLAGS, GROUND YOUR RIFLES AND STAND BACK FROM THE LINE.
  15. IS THE LINE CLEAR?
  16. THE LINE IS CLEAR, RELAY (number) YOU MAY GO FORWARD TO POLICE BRASS AND TRASH.
  17. BRASS AND TRASH CALL HAS ENDED. LET’S GO DOWNRANGE, CHANGE TARGETS FOR SLOW FIRE PRONE.

Stage 5 Commands – Slow Prone

  1. RELAY (number), TAKE YOUR POSITIONS ON THE FIRING LINE. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD WILL BEGIN IN TWO MINUTES.
  2. YOUR 3 MINUTE PREPARATION PERIOD BEGINS NOW.
  3. YOUR PREPARATION PERIOD HAS ENDED.
  4. THIS STAGE OF FIRE WILL BE 10 SHOTS FOR RECORD, PRONE, SINGLE LOAD, IN A TIME LIMIT OF 10 MINUTES.
  5. WITH ONE ROUND LOAD.
  6. IS THE LINE READY? THE LINE IS READY.  READY ON THE RIGHT.  READY ON THE LEFT.  ALL READY ON THE FIRING LINE.
  7. COMMENCE FIRE.
  8. IS ALL FIRING COMPLETED?
  9. ALL FIRING IS COMPLETED, CEASE FIRE, REMOVE MAGAZINES, PUT SAFETIES IN THE SAFE POSITION, INSERT SAFETY FLAGS, GROUND YOUR RIFLES AND STAND BACK FROM THE LINE.
  10. IS THE LINE CLEAR?
  11. THE LINE IS CLEAR, RELAY (number) YOU MAY REMOVE EQUIPMENT FROM THE FIRING LINE AND GO FORWARD TO POLICE BRASS AND TRASH.
  12. BRASS AND TRASH CALL HAS ENDED. LET’S GO DOWNRANGE, FINISH SCORING AND GET READY FOR THE NEXT RELAY.”

ECCL Safety Briefing and Range Commands