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Gallery Rifle Training Notessubmitted by Fred Halliday DEFINITION A gallery rifle is either a lightweight sporting rifle in .22 inch rim fire calibre or a centre fire rifle chambered for a recognised pistol round. These are known as GRSB (gallery rifle - small bore) and GRCF (gallery rifle - centre fire) respectively. GRSB Any .22 inch rim fire sporting rifle. In some competitions, the weight of the rifle may be limited to 4Kg and the minimum trigger pull to 1 Kg.The action can be of any type: e.g. single shot, semi auto, bolt action, lever action or pump action. Long barrelled revolvers fitted with a shoulder stock can also fall into this class.Telescopic sights are usually used but the rules of some competitions may restrict their use. GRCF Any centre fire rifle or long barrelled revolver fitted with a shoulder stock chambered for a recognised pistol round.Actions are usually single shot or lever action but some guns have actions similar to a revolver. Semi auto rifles in centre fire are prohibited under the 1988 Firearms Act.The most common calibres are .38special/.357magnum and .44special/.44magnum. The muzzle energy of the round must not exceed 475 foot-pounds and the velocity of the bullet must not exceed 1410 feet per second) CLUB ROOM CONDUCT All firearms and air guns in the clubroom must be in a condition whereby they can be seen to be unloaded. In general, this means that magazines are removed and actions are open so that the breech face can be seen. For more details, see the club rules 31a to 31f.All guns should be carried with the muzzle pointing up and at no time should it be pointed at a person.Many guns are expensive equipment, so no one should handle a gun belonging to someone else without first asking permission. CLUB GUNS Various club guns are available for use by members. Any member wishing to use one of the club guns must ask the Duty Range Officer. No member is permitted to enter the armoury without permission from the Duty Range Officer. After use, guns must be returned to the Duty Range Officer in a safe condition as defined above. RANGE CONDUCT Probationary members must be supervised on the range by an experienced member nominated by the Duty Range Officer.Initially this must be on a ‘one to one’ basis but as the member becomes more proficient in range safety this requirement can be relaxed. When being loaded rifles MUST be pointed directly down range so any shots discharged accidentally will be stopped by the bullet catcher.The only exception is rim fire rifles fitted with a tube magazine. After the magazine is loaded, the rifle must be returned to the horizontal before the action is operated. Targets should be fixed so their centre is at a height of 4’6” above the level of the floor at the firing point. This is indicated by a black line on either side of the bullet catcher. Placing the target too high increases the risk of damage to the target transport mechanism. When shooting is in progress, all guns must be pointing towards the target area, particularly when operating the action. A loaded rifle must never be pointed towards the ceiling of the range. If a gun fails to fire and the shooter is not familiar with the mechanism, it should be placed on the bench and assistance requested from a competent person. When clearing the malfunction care must be taken to ensure the muzzle of the gun is pointing towards the bullet catchers all the time. The rifle must not be removed from the range until the malfunction has been rectified or, in the opinion of the Duty Range Officer, the gun is safe to be removed. After shooting, guns should be placed on the bench in a safe condition. No one should leave the range or go forward of the firing point until all guns have been checked and seen to be safe by an experienced member.When anyone is forward of the firing point, any guns on the firing point benches must not be handled. (See rule 31g). Some courses of fire require shooting at a distance other than 25 metres.For these, a range officer familiar with that course of fire will supervise the shooting and give all necessary commands.Loading will take place only after the command “Load” have been given.After the required number of shots have been fired, or the permitted time has elapsed, the command “Unload and show clear” will be given.All shooters must remove any remaining ammunition from their gun and remain in position until the gun has been inspected and declared clear by the range officer.No one should go forward of the firing line until all guns have been declared clear and the order to advance has been given.

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