Irwin Sportsmen's Association's mission shall be the encouragement and development of the honesty, good fellowship, and self discipline which are essential to good sportsmanship in all phases of sports afield as well as the conservation of wildlife and to own or lease grounds and buildings for these purposes.
I decided to go to a recent shoot, inside the club, starting at 7 PM. They are held on the second and last Friday of each month during the winter months. I knew I would make a fool of myself as I have not shot for awhile and even then could not hit “the broadside of a barn”, but the $5 cost would be well worth it. All types of 22LR pistols are allowed, metal sights, red dot, revolvers, semi-auto, etc. About 14 shooters showed up, a mixture of biological sexes. Everyone had a good time from the jovial conversation and good natured teasing.
The rules are fairly simple. Two shooters at a time post their targets and return to the firing line at about 50 feet. Upon command they load their pistols and commence firing upon another command. They take five shots at the target then return to a safe condition with the removal of the magazine and assurance that no bullet is in the chamber. Of course, loading only five rounds allows one to concentrate on shooting. Those that have them insert a flag to verify the chamber is empty. The shooters then cycle through those present to complete a round. Five rounds are completed.
Scoring is something else as various bullet strike locations are valued as either plus or minus points. A record is kept of each rounds score and at the end of the five rounds the scores are totaled and the scores are compared. I “won” the non-existent booby prize for being last place. Even so, I plan to return until I at least hit where I think I am aiming.
Attendance is highly recommended. Where else can you have such fellowship and practice to be a better pistol shooter than at this ISA function.
Please remember to close and lock the clubhouse and front gate if you are the last person there. Too often they are left open. If you do lock them up, it will save the club the expense of recording participants. Our worry is that if left open, our club could be ransacked, burned, or a non-member may be injured and sue us. Thanks.
These rules have been published herein because members have not followed them. In particular the safety flag rule (post it when downrange and return it when you return to the firing line) is the most common.
IRWIN SPORTSMEN’S RANGE SAFETY RULES
ALWAYS keep gun pointed in a safe direction.
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
ALWAYS keep gun unloaded until ready to use.
KNOW your target and what is beyond.
Each range has a firing line. Use it.
Only special shoots may change the firing line.
DO NOT move closer to the targets. Move the targets closer to the firing line.
Keep gun unloaded, pointing up or down, action open, empty or in a gun case when approaching the firing line or benches.
Guns are to be unloaded, open and/or safety flags inserted and NOT handled when targets are being replaced.
DO NOT SWEEP people with your muzzle.
When someone is downrange, do not handle your gun until everyone is behind the firing line.
DO NOT use your scopes to see if someone is down range.
Use the safety flag at the rifle range when changing targets and the last shooter brings the flag back to the firing line so that everyone is accounted. If a shooter forgets to put the flag out, others should do so for the safest club.
Use the proper firearm for the range that is being used.
ALWAYS make sure that you are shooting into the back stops and not the ground or in the air.
Do not throw live ammo in the burn barrels, they explode when burned scaring the hell out of people if not the possibility of a bullet penetrating someone.
Shoot safely and have fun!
I have four Ruger 22 target pistols @ $225 each. All are standard model, blue finish, excellent condition, and come with one magazine.
Please call the North Huntingdon Police (724) 863-8800) to report shooting at the slate dump (West of our ranges beside RR tracks). We need you to help us record when this happens on the official documentation at the Police Department
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