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EXCERPT FROM THE OPERATING RULES

Safety rules in the premises (to get familiarized with)

I. STANDARD SAFETY MEASURES

1. ARRIVAL AT THE SHOOTING RANGE

Arrival at the shooting range starts with entering the 'Safe area' which is intended for putting a weapon in a condition in which the customer wants to have it in terms of safety.

a) Concealed carrying of the gun

  • the gun must be concealed in a holster under the gun owner's clothing;
  • the gun can be concealed in a transport case or a piece of luggage;
  • the gun can be concealed in an original or another carry-on luggage that is designed for carrying weapons (small suitcases, fanny packs etc.);
  • ammunition for the weapons, that are carried as described above, can be worn with guns, in other cartridges and in fast chargers of the revolver cylinder or in an original (or other) ammunition packaging;
  • for security reasons and in case of a control on legal possession of the weapon at the shooting range, it is necessary to have the cartridge chamber of the pistol empty (ie. gun cartridge outside), as well as the revolver cylinders and the rifle cartridge box.

b) Visible carrying of the gun

  • The weapon may be worn visibly even in the area outside shooting tunnels under the following conditions:
  • a short weapon must be exclusively in the belt or shoulder holster;
  • the weapon must not be loaded with a round in the chamber (a pistol, a revolver, a rifle);
  • the weapon must contain no magazine (a pistol, a rifle) and no rounds in the revolver cylinder;
  • magazines and quick chargers might contain rounds, but they are out of the weapon.

c) General principles of handling a weapon

  • it is only permitted to handle a weapon at a designated place or in self-defense;
  • when manipulating a weapon, the finger intended to pull the trigger must be essentially kept completely out of the trigger;
  • when handling a weapon, its barrel is essentially directed to the shooting range area with targets;
  • when outside a shooting range, the barrel must be aimed in a relatively safe area (away from people and so that in case of a possible gunshot the least possible damage to property is caused);
  • when handling a weapon, make sure no body parts get in front of the barrel (fingers when charging, etc.).

2. OPERATING A WEAPON OUTSIDE THE SHOOTING RANGE

In lounges and other publicly accessible places of the TRIGGER service premises, it is only possible to handle a weapon in the 'Safe area', in the shooting range 'A' (shooting booth) and the shooting range 'B' (in a designated area). Exceptionally, the shooting range manager may allow other areas to handle weapons in.

In public and publicly accessible areas of the company (lounge with reception, classroom, smoking room, lounge with refreshment, toilets, corridor between shooting galleries) it is only possible to handle ammunition, but fundamentally not a weapon. It is possible to check ammunition, fill it into magazines and fast chargers or otherwise securely store, however in no case might it be put into the weapon.

3. CRITICAL SECURITY BREACH

Disability to handle a weapon, dangerous communication and dangerous manipulation with a weapon or shooting are considered a critical security breach.

3.1. Disability to handle weapons or to shoot

  • obvious influence of alcohol or other substances;
  • apparent loss of control over body coordination (balance, control of the hands etc.) for other reasons;
  • manifest deterioration of self-control.

3.2. Dangerous communication

  • verbal or with gestures conducted acts of violence towards the people present in the premises of the TRIGGER service company;
  • the same manifestations aimed by someone at herself/himself;
  • the above mentioned acts towards the property of the present people or the property of the TRIGGER service company

3.3. Dangerous manipulation with a weapon and ammunition

  • aiming at people even with an unloaded gun;
  • manipulation with a weapon and ammunition where it is prohibited;
  • endangering oneself or others by unsafe gun handling at the shooting ranges.

3.4. Dangerous shooting

  • a shot aimed elsewhere than the area with targets;
  • intentional damage to equipment of the shooting range by shooting;
  • a shot performed outside the shooting range area.

II. ORGANIZATION OF SHOOTING

1. General conditions for the use of firearms subject to registration

  • Any interested person can use the shooting and other business services offered by the TRIGGER service company (hereinafter referred to as TS) under the following conditions:
  • the customer (in case she/he is a gun holder) brings her/his gun into one of the above described states of holding and carrying of a weapon in the Safe area (see chapter II. section 1, part a and b);
  • the person interested in shooting confirms by signing the Shooting Range Guestbook her/his acquaintance with these Operating Rules and adhering to them, including acceptance of the security camera system of Trigger Service company (hereinafter referred to as TS) as well as the price list;
  • the person interested in shooting proves her/his identity at the reception of the TS company by means of a valid document (a firearms license or an ID, a passport, a driving license);
  • the owner of a weapon subject to registration submits a valid firearms license each time and shall also submit the weapon registration for each of the weapons brought with them at request;
  • members of the government armed forces and services who have the right to keep and bear arms under another law (other than the Arms Act No. 119/2002 Coll.) are to submit a service card (authorizing them to keep and bear arms) and an ID;
  • children from 10 to 15 years are not permitted to shoot at the shooting range unless they are accompanied by a family member over 18 years who proves her/his identity by one of the aforementioned documents;
  • a person interested in shooting, who does not possess a firearms license, must always use the services of a shooting instructor (member of the TS company or another citizen meeting the legal conditions);
  • the instructor makes the candidate acquainted with the main safety rules, shows them current principles of shooting in practice and observes safe use of weapons and ammunition, including safe shooting (the extent of the information submitted by the TS shooting instructor is determined by an internal guideline of the company);
  • it is only possible to use original, by shooting range staff supplied, ammunition when shooting with weapons borrowed from TS;
  • principles of shooting at the shooting ranges 'A' and 'B' are given in Chapter III, sections 2 and 3;
  • payment for the services of TS is performed immediately after the shooting (use of services);
  • in publicly accessible areas the weapon must always be worn in accordance with the above mentioned provision of Chapter I, section 1 a) or 1 b);
  • the reason for termination of shooting or stay in the premises of TS is especially a critical breach of safe use of a weapon or the refusal to respect these Operating Rules, even despite warnings of the shooting range staff;
  • TS appreciates the activity of all customers who suitably help (e. g. by a warning) to keep security of shooting, weapons and ammunition handling and/or behavior of other customers in the premises of TS.

2. Main principles of shooting in the shooting range 'A'

  • to fulfill chapter II, section 1 of these Operating Rules (preparation of weapons, signing the Guestbook, etc.);
  • to ask for possible current price list and Operating Rules changes, as well as for special events;
  • to rent a weapon (if the participant doesn't possess one) and protective equipment, etc.;
  • in the shooting booth, the customer removes the gun (as well as important shooting accessories) and puts it on the counter with the barrel pointing towards the targets;
  • the customer might put her/his personal stuff (e. g. luggage, jacket, etc.) on the table with targets;
  • to get information about the method of controlling the targets and the use of other materials (stickers, markers, support);
  • the weapon might only be manipulated within the shooting booth (the station);
  • a maximum of 2 persons at a time can use 1 shooting booth, where only 1 of them can shoot and the other is out of the shooting booth at this moment so as not to disturb the shooting person;
  • a maximum of 6 customers plus the necessary number of TS instructors can be in the shooting range 'A' at a time;
  • shooting in the standing position, with 1 or 2 hands, might be carried out in the shooting booth, usually with the use of the counter for putting the weapon aside, and, furthermore, with the obligatory use of hearing protectors and shooting glasses;
  • shooting in the standing position with drawing the weapon from the holster is only possible upon the instructor's approval;
  • this method of firing might only be performed by a firearms license holder;
  • shooting in the standing position with drawing the weapon from the holster is only possible when it comes to a belt holster and the holster with the gun is placed on the side of the 'shooting hand';
  • transferring a weapon from one booth to another is solely possible upon the shooting instructor's approval (shooting range manager);
  • on principle, the gun is transferred to another booth empty (with an empty cartridge chamber, without a magazine and with the breech – cylinder open), with increased attention to the direction of the barrel;
  • during any kind of manipulation in the shooting booth the shooting person must, while keeping other safety rules, always ensure that the barrel points towards targets;
  • after finishing shooting, it is necessary to store the weapon and ammunition still in the shooting booth for its transfer outside the shooting range;
  • the shooting customer herself/himself is responsible for secure manipulation with the weapon;
  • after finishing shooting, the customer leaves the rented weapon (unloaded, with its barrel pointing towards a target, breech open, with no magazine) in the shooting booth to be collected by TS staff;
  • rented weapons and unused ammunition will be carried away from the booth by a TRIGGER service shooting instructor;
  • outside the shooting range, weapons should be carried in a concealed or visible manner, see 1. a), b) (customer's own weapon – firearms license holders);
  • after finishing shooting, the customer is obliged to pay for the services used at the reception;
  • after leaving the lounge, a firearms license and weapon holder might adjust her/his weapon in the Safe area so that it is in a state in which she/he wants to hold or carry it from now on.

3. Main principles of shooting in the shooting range 'B'

  • to fulfill chapter II, section 1 of these Operating Rules (preparation of weapons, signing the Guestbook, etc.);
  • to ask for possible current price list and Operating Rules changes, as well as for special events;
  • to rent a weapon (if the participant doesn't possess one) and protective equipment, etc.;
  • the customer might put her/his personal stuff (e. g. luggage, jacket, etc.) on the table with targets;
  • a maximum of 2 persons can use the shooting range 'B' at a time; they both can shoot at the same time only standing and being in the same line;
  • only 1 shooter can shoot in motion in the shooting range 'B';
  • there might be a maximum of 6 customers at the shooting range 'B' at a time (4–5 customers in front of the firing space and 2 or 1 in the firing space) plus a necessary number of TS instructors;
  • all people present at the shooting range 'B' must wear hearing protectors and shooting glasses for eye protection;
  • it is possible to use short weapons (up to .45 ACP), a small-bore rifle (.22 LR) or a shotgun with shotgun rounds of shotgun sizes up to 3mm for shooting at this shooting range;
  • at the shooting range 'B', the weapon and ammunition is handled in the firing space, whether with or without the use of a portable counter; the gun's barrel must always be pointing towards targets;
  • it is possible to handle ammunition in front of the firing space, too;
  • the firing space is defined with a 'firing line' (a green line on the floor) and a 'firing end line' (a red line on the floor, closer to targets);
  • crossing the two lines to get outside of the firing space is only possible with an unloaded weapon stored in a holster (with no magazine or rounds in the cylinder), or the gun (unloaded, with the breech open, the magazine out of the gun) must be laid on the counter;
  • shooting in various positions and in motion with drawing the gun from the holster is possible upon the instructor's demonstration and approval (the instructor evaluates safe execution);
  • shooting in motion and from various positions can only be practiced by a firearms license holder;
  • shooting is possible when it comes to a belt holster (also a cross draw holster) and the fanny pack type;
  • after finishing shooting, it is necessary to store the weapon and ammunition still in the firing space for its transfer outside the shooting range;
  • the shooting customer herself/himself is responsible for secure manipulation with the weapon;
  • after finishing shooting, the customer leaves the rented weapon (unloaded, with its barrel pointing towards a target, breech open, with no magazine) and the unused ammunition (not in magazines, freely or in a standard box) on the portable counter to be collected by TS staff;
  • rented weapons and unused ammunition will be carried away from the shooting range by a Trigger Service shooting instructor;
  • outside the shooting range, weapons should be carried in a concealed or visible manner, see 1. a), b) (customer's own weapon – firearms license holders);
  • after finishing shooting, the customer is obliged to pay for the services used at the reception;
  • after leaving the lounge, a firearms license and weapon holder might adjust her/his weapon in the Safe area so that it is in a state in which she/he wants to hold or carry it from now on.

4. FINAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE SAFETY OF WEAPONS

4.1. Three main conditions of a shot

  • the weapon must be loaded (usually with a round)
  • the firing mechanism must be cocked (or it is a part of pulling the trigger)
  • a person must pull the trigger (this is the critical condition of a shot)

4.2. Three main reasons of an unwanted shot

  • unsafe manipulation with the gun (a finger on the trigger, aiming at people, etc.)
  • unsafe adjustment of the gun (or its construction safety features, respectively, etc.)
  • ignorance of the function or construction of the gun (e. g. manipulation, technical condition, etc.)

4.3. Three main principles of safety

  • a finger outside the trigger (this is the most effective safety measure)
  • the barrel aiming into a 'safe' space (a shot would cause the least damage)
  • no body parts in front of the gun muzzle (e. g. while loading the gun, transferring it, etc.)

4.4. Three major myths about weapons

  • weapons harm and kill (not the weapons but people)
  • a gun (itself) fires whenever it wants (see 3 conditions of a shot)
  • a gun fires when it falls or during cleaning (construction elements disable that)

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