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RO Newsletter May 2014

 

Public range

Great job in keeping the public range open.  We have not had to send one email requesting a range officer to fill a spot in a long while.  That being said, we could use another RO this Saturday, May 17th on the public range and there is a church group that could use an RO in the afternoon.

We have signed up seven new RO’s in the last three months so please welcome them and make sure to assist them in keeping the range running safely.

Range Computer

The computer needs be left on at all times. In case of a power bump, you should be able to reach the power buttons through the holes in the cabinet. I am going to place the username and password for the range computer on the bottom of the keyboard for signing in.

We recently discovered a virus on the computer. While it is not certain how this happened, please use the range computer for range purposes only in order to prevent infection from an outside source.  It takes time and resources to repair these issues that would be better served in other areas.

Staplers

Sometimes I think we spend more time fixing staplers than making sure the range is operating safely. Rick brought up a couple more new staplers so we should be good for a while but let us know if you need more.

There are extra staples and earplugs in the gray desk under the sign-in window.  Please do not purchase and bring other staplers or staples to the range.  If a stapler is broken then set it aside on the desk and mark it.  Rick has a warranty program to get these fixed or replaced at no charge.

Keep it clean / Maintenance

This is an area that I think we do good for the most part. Remember that we do not have a janitor or a grounds keeping crew. With the snow melt, there is a winter’s worth of litter on the range that has appeared.  If you see a trash can overflowing then please empty it.  This includes the match and special groups!

There is a pile started near the range house for broken target stands. Please use this pile to discard any stands that you feel should be taken out of service or are in need of repair.

If you find something broken or needing repair, please contact Rick Siegel before repairing it.  This includes air compressors and snow blowers.  We have warranties on these items and can return them for repair or credit.

Target Safety

There are a couple three-legged target stands floating around the range. These have a metal base on the main upright with feet on the other two legs.

targetstand1

If you see someone shooting at the stand in this manner then please stop them.

The metal circle is NOT a target and this is what is starting to happen to them from being used as a target:
targetstand2

This is the base of the target stand. There is a hook at the top, opposite of the base, by which you can hang a steel target.  The steel target must be rated by the manufacturer to withstand the type of ammunition that you will be shooting and it must be placed at the distance that they recommend.

The plate racks on bay 4 are meant to be used with 22LR and standard velocity pistol ammo, no rifle or magnum pistol ammo is to be used on them.

The silhouette targets on bay 3 are to be shot with 22LR only, and the stands behind the berm are for this purpose only. If you are using bay 3, make sure that the silhouette stands are put behind the berm provided for them before beginning any shooting activity.

I am working with a target manufacturer that is going to donate some AR500 targets to the range for Range Officer use. These will be kept in the range house and can be checked out for you to use.  There will be a list of guidelines that need to be followed to keep from damaging them.  If these are not followed then they will go away.

Steel that has started to warp, chip, or has holes or pockmarks is dangerous and can cause ricochets. If you see this on the range then remove it to the back of the range house and let Rick or myself know so that it can be repaired.

Anyone caught misusing targets and stands on the range will be asked to leave. This is a serious issue and will not be tolerated.

New Website

The blog page that you are reading this on is located on the beta version of our new website.  Chuck Veillon and I are working to improve the look and feel as well as add some new features to make it easier for everyone.  Feel free to take a look around and give us some feedback.  Remember that this is a rough draft at the moment but the goal is to go live on Friday of this week and I will send out an email with details on how to use it.

Thank you for your service,

Kirk Bennett
WSA XO

 

  • Chuck Urbauer

    Good job Kirk. RO’s still aren’t sweeping regularly, that I’ve noticed. I do that and dump all the trash cans and pick up loose trash from the wind. The new RO’s look at me like I’m weird. I don’t know that there being trained to do that. When I train, I all ways make sure to instruct them as to the trash and when the trash is picked up. My observations only. Thanks, Chuck….

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    • Kirk

      Thanks Chuck. I will put your suggestions in the next newsletter.

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    • David DeWitt

      Sweeping appears to be more of the exception than the rule.

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  • Jeff Young

    Excellent job Kirk! Thanks for stepping up and improving communication, it was greatly needed. If I could make a humble observation, I have seen lots of ROs who are paying more attention to picking up brass than the safety of the shooters. I’ve run into cases where ROs have been standing behind shooters and picking up each empty brass as it hits the ground, only to have the shooter turn around to pick up his brass and its all gone….. Picking up brass is a great by-product of being an RO, but lets not let that be the reason or the main focus of why we’re out there. We’ve already lost the ability to shoot on duty, lets ‘self correct’ so that new rules don’t have to be implemented to regulate this.

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    • Chuck Veillon

      Ditto!

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  • David DeWitt

    A good quality UPS, like the 4000 watt APC would eliminate any power concerns that you have with the range computer.

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  • David DeWitt

    Staplers should be considered a consumable item and as such, arrangements made to have at least one per ranges 1A and 1B, three for bay 2 and two for bay 3 with replacements budgeted annually.

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  • David DeWitt

    There isn’t a single steel stand that isn’t pockmarked, so by the guidance above, all should be moved to the back of the range house. Please clarify that this is indeed your intent.

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    • Kirk Bennett

      Metal target stands are the exception but as they break, etc. they are being eliminated and replaced with wooden stands.

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  • David DeWitt

    What happened to the list of cash reward vs. accumulated RO service hours? Is the max still $200.00 or is it going to be a policy change and if so, then would it go into effect? I hope that this wasn’t a mid year decision that has the potential to rob those that have earned the $200.00 based on what has been policy up to any change?

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    • Kirk Bennett

      The policy is still the same and I will post it on the Range Officer page

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  • David DeWitt

    Running a malware detection and/or removal program on a regular basis as well as having a good antivirus program installed, e.g. ZoneAlarm, NOD32, etc. would be a good way to avoid unintentional infections in the future.

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  • David DeWitt

    Part of the stapler maintenance problem stems from trying to use 1/2 or 5/8 staples on 2/16 cardboard on a resilient surface (steel desk top, hard laminate or masonite).
    Repeated impact of the stapler’s hammer against these longer staples that can’t go beyond the cardboard/target thickness creates a shortened lifecycle for the stapler.

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  • David DeWitt

    Our primary role is obviously safety. Range maintenance, new membership or renewals, collecting fees, directing traffic, both foot and vehicular, cleaning, sweeping, emptying trash, and policing the lines and bays are all secondary to this primary mission. There have been times when we have had a full range right up to closing time, especially on Sundays, and any of these secondary duties can fall victim to time constraints.

    Perhaps allowance should be made for maintenance duties after the end of the public range and allow for the accumulation of service hours.

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  • David DeWitt

    What are “Bonus Hours”?
    How is one rated as shotgun, scouts, or 50 BMG? I’ve shot my Armalite AR-50 at least a dozen times on bay 3. I’ve worked over a dozen scout events and several shotgun events to include those that I arranged. I’ve also filled in for scout events that Phil has asked for volunteers for. So what is left to do to get these “endorsements?”

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  • David DeWitt

    This blog is a great idea! Who are the moderators?
    What are the rules for posting? What’s allowed and what’s not?

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  • David DeWitt

    “Note: Any scheduled shifts for the next 7 days that do not have ROs are emailed out to all ROs on a daily basis at 8am. ” This is not happening as indicated.

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  • David DeWitt

    Shift calendar settings do not allow viewing into the future beyond a certain point regardless of how you set the Start and End dates in the calendar settings.

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  • David DeWitt

    Blogs that aren’t moderated on a regular basis are of little use in communicating concerns, problems, highlighting issues, or making recommendations.

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  • David DeWitt

    The 12 May 2014 Range Officer Handbook still references Denton as the X.O. in several places. Perhaps that should be changed before the next election.

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  • David DeWitt

    From the RO Handbook: “In order to be able to make change for $100.00, keep a few $20s in the cashbox until the end of shift, and then drop them into the safe.” If you drop all of the twenties at the end of the shift, then the next shift isn’t going to have any twenties to make change with.

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  • David DeWitt

    From the RO Handbook: “WSA charges a one-day membership fee of $7.00 per shooter, if the following criteria are not met:”
    Change $7.00 to $10.00?

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  • David DeWitt

    Thanks Chuck for the rapid response to the request to migrate the DWR Hunter Safety list over as a link on this site!!! Response time was nearly instantaneous and the customer left with the information he was seeking!

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  • David DeWitt

    Need to replenish the latex gloves in the first aid kit. Gloves protect the first responder to a medical emergency from blood borne pathogens.

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  • David DeWitt

    New compressor and one flat tire on the wheel barrel. Awaiting requested air hose and fittings needed for inflating tires (standard U.S. schrader valve).

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  • David DeWitt

    Thomas arrived early and performed the semi-annual preventive maintenance service on the swamp cooler, flushing, cleaning, oiling, and then he tested it. He noted that the cooler evaporative pads are in need of replacement.

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  • David DeWitt

    Law enforcement left a large number of silhouette targets in the trash cans on the public range. Emptied upon opening the range.

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  • David DeWitt

    All of the top range gates are in need of maintenance / repair. The northern most gate appears to have been hit during the course of the winter. It looks like it was struck by a southbound vehicle and bent the pole in a southward direction and folded the wheel up under the end of the lower swing arm. Each of the gates requires a lesser degree of maintenance / repair.

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  • David DeWitt

    Scouts, during a recent encampment were climbing up and down the west hill separating the upper range road from the lower camp ground. This hill is very steep and could result in a hazardous, if not life-threatening fall, should one of the climbers/descenders trip and fall. I recommend that the hill not be used as a trail/path for campers in the lower field and that they use the road for traveling to and from the campsite.

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