SHPDT PISTOL SHOOTING CLUB
2022 Yeck Road
Mailing Address and Contact Information:
Alan Driskill (President)
PO Box 371
Meredosia, IL 62665
PHONE (217) 490-1951
The SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club is a private club with the property owners (Steven W Hall and Brenda J Hall) holding full responsibility, liability, and operation of the club. SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club was organized on September 1, 2015 by Steven W. Hall with Kenneth Scott III, Nathan Scott, and John Dixon as the advisory council.
Steven Hall – I have been shooting guns for over 52 years and since my retirement from almost 40 years at National Starch and Chemical in Meredosia, have been working to teach others how to shoot handguns and use them for recreational, as well as defensive purposes. I currently hold certification as a NRA Training Counselor in the disciplines of NRA Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home, as well as NRA Chief Range Safety Officer. I am also certified by the States of Illinois and Utah as a Concealed Carry instructor, and with United States Concealed Carry Association as an affiliate instructor. My goal is to continue my education in shooting and teaching handguns, while helping others learn to safely handle their firearms and hone their shooting skills.
John Dixon – I got my first gun, a 410 single shot shotgun when I was 25 years old. Since then, for the last 39 years I have collected a few more guns, hand guns, rifles, and shotguns. I enjoy learning about guns and the history that goes with them. I like to help others to enjoy safe shooting.
Kenneth Scott III – I have been around firearms and hunting as far back as I can remember. I received my first gun for 8th grade graduation and have been an active shooter and hunter ever since. My father taught me from a young age firearm safety and responsibility. I feel that education and training are vital to ensure the safety of the shooter in public.
Nathan Scott – Nathan has been around guns since he can remember. His father always taught him to respect guns and use safety when handling them. Nathan enjoys shooting and hunting. He believes that guns are vital to our safety and are good recreation. He believes that everyone needs to be educated on gun safety.
The goal of SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club is to help shooters become educated in safe handling of firearms and to provide a place for practicing the things they learn in order to hone their shooting abilities.
At the present time, the range is a pistol only range. It offers a secure and safe environment by providing a more than adequate backstop to contain the bullets and an on duty NRA Certified Range Safety Officer.
We are family oriented and also desire to provide a place for good family shooting activities. We hold classes and special shooting events for all age groups and customize shooting classes for groups, such as families, Church groups, senior citizens, etc. Future plans include the addition of a picnic area and walking track as time and finances permit.
The name of this organization will be SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club.
The purpose of this organization shall be the encouragement of pistol shooting among members, with a view toward a better knowledge on their part of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further objective and purpose to promote the development of the characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance, which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism.
- Anyone 21 years of age and over may become a member of SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club upon completion of the club application, payment of the usual initiation fees, a valid FOID card (if an Illinois citizen), and proof of having completed a handgun shooting safety course such as, Concealed Carry, NRA pistol, etc.
- Family memberships may be obtained at a discount from the individual fees and dues. However, the principal membership holder must meet the qualifications listed in item 1 above. When their children reach 21 years of age they will be obligated to obtain their own membership.
- The initiation fee and first year membership for an individual shall be $100.00. The annual fee thereafter to continue membership will be $75.00.
- The initiation fee and first year membership for a family shall be $125.00. The annual fee thereafter to continue membership will be $100.00
- Dues are payable on or before April 1st of each year. Failure to pay by said date shall place a member in arrears.
- All fees are subject to change; however, any changes will only take effect on April 1st of each year. Members will be notified of any change prior to the time of membership renewal of each year.
- In addition to the membership fees, each member shall contribute 10 hours of work each year to help maintain the range and grounds. This can be accomplished by mowing, clearing brush, or any other chores that need to be done while at the range. There will also be planned work days when one can fulfill their hours. Every member will be on the honor system when reporting their time to the RSO on duty or the property owner.
- Family memberships will be 15 hours cumulative.
- Hours spent serving as Range Safety Officer will count toward the 10 hours of work.
- Time spent picking up after one’s self after range time will not count toward the 10 hours.
- Hours not served at the end of the year will be added to the next year’s renewal fee by multiplying hours not served by $5.00.
- Safety of life and property will be the number one priority of SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club. Any member whose conduct shall be decided, by a majority vote of the Advisory Council, to have been dangerous, reckless or injurious to the interests and welfare of the organization and after having been cautioned by the on-duty RSO or other members, but refused to comply, shall be subject to expulsion from the organization. Upon a determination that a member’s conduct warrants expulsion, a Special Meeting of the Advisory Council shall be called upon two weeks notice, giving the alleged offender an opportunity to be heard in his defense or in mitigation. Following such opportunity, the Council shall vote by ballot whether to terminate membership.
- Any member in arrears as of May 1st of each year shall be dropped from membership in the organization. One so dropped from the organization and wishing to rejoin must submit an application for re-admission to the club. The applicant(s) shall pay the initiation fee and first year membership as if they were a new member.
- The Advisory Committee along with the CRSOs will hold the duties of helping to construct the Constitution, rules, and regulations of the SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club. They may also be called upon to aid in amendments and making decisions in other matters that affect the club or club members.
- No Advisory Council member will carry the burden of liability of any kind. All liability will be the sole responsibility of the property owner(s).
- Each Advisory Council member will share equally in authority by vote only, unless appointed such authority by the property owner. For instance, if the property owner cannot be available or is incapacitated in such a way he cannot handle the operation of the range, he may transfer authority to and appoint a member of the council or CRSO to take the oversight of the operation.
- In the event of dissolution of SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club, all assets will remain with the property owner. No club member or officer will hold any rights to the property or accounts of SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club.
- In the event the club is dissolved, the yearly dues of current members in good standing at the time of dissolution will be refunded according to the number of months remaining in that year.
This space is for emergency amendments to the Constitution and Standard Operating Procedures.
CHAPTER 3: STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
The three “NRA Fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling” and the eight “NRA Rules for Using and Storing Guns” will be the basis for the rules and regulations on the property of SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club. All members and guests will be expected to abide by these rules
Three NRA fundamental rules for safe Gun handling:
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Eight rules for using or storing a gun:
Know your target and what is beyond.
Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Know how to use the gun safely.
Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
- Members using the range must be familiar with and obey all Local, State and Federal firearms laws.
- Members using the range must be familiar with and obey all range rules of SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club. It is understandable that mistakes happen and especially with new shooters there is a learning curve. The RSO on duty is experienced at watching for these things and is there to assist shooters in understanding and obeying the rules. If you have any questions regarding the rules, it is to the best interest of all involved to consult with the RSO on duty.
- Know where others are at all times. Shooting properly requires concentration on one’s safe gun handling. Part of safe handling is being aware of others in the vicinity and being sure they are not in harm’s way.
- Shoot only at authorized targets. This is covered more in depth in the “Site Specific Range Rules.”
- Be familiar with common gun and ammunition malfunctions and how to correct them. Keep the gun under control in the dominant hand and pointed down-range at all times.
- Never lay a loaded gun down until the problem has been corrected by either the shooter or RSO on duty and the gun is cleared and declared unloaded.
- Never stand on the firing line or handle a gun while others are down-range.
- Stop shooting immediately when the command “Cease Fire” is given. Anyone on the range can call this command if they believe unsafe conditions exist. It is always best to err to the side of right and call “Cease Fire” if one deems it necessary.
- No food or beverages are allowed on the firing line.
- The range is for use of concealable handguns (as defined by Illinois Concealed Carry Act) and 22 LR rim fire rifles only. Handguns of any caliber may be used. However, remember, bullets not contained in the backstop always create a dangerous situation and hold the potential of causing severe injury or death to anyone outside of the range limits.
- No fully automatic guns are allowed on SHPDT property.
- Each person, member or guest over the age of 21 must have a valid FOID card in possession when using the range. Everyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or appointed guardian who is over 21 and possesses a valid FOID card. Per Illinois law, an Illinois Concealed Carry license will suffice for a FOID card.
- No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, nor anyone under the influence of same, are allowed on club grounds.
- To avoid fire hazards, there will be no smoking on SHPDT property unless you are in your vehicle and discard the butts in your vehicle’s ashtray.
- No hunting is allowed on club grounds.
- No tracer, incendiary, or armor-piercing ammunition, nor explosive devices other than standard ammo are allowed on club grounds. This includes all manner of fireworks.
- Rapid fire and drawing from the holster are allowed as long as the shooter is displaying competence, caution, and hitting the berm with his shots. However, if deemed necessary, the shooter is obligated to obey the RSO in charge if he asks the shooter to slow down or cease the drawing and/or rapid fire exercises.
- No four wheelers or other ATVs, dirt bikes, etc. are allowed on the grounds.
- Club members will be allowed to bring a non-member guest to the range 3 times before that person will be required to fulfill the requirements to become a club member. The non-member guest must have a valid FOID card and fill out a “Guest Form” and “Risk Waiver” each time they attend with the club member. Members must accompany their guests and the club member will be responsible for their safety and conduct while on club grounds.
- Shooters must supply their own targets.
- Targets must be placed in such a manner that fired bullets will be stopped by the back stop berm midway or below. The side berms and top half of the backstop berm serve only as safety precautions; they are not to be intentionally used to shoot into. No property or range construction, other than the backstop berm is to be intentionally hit with bullets.
- Targets may not be placed on the berms, but set on the ground immediately in front of the backstop berm or taped to the club-provided stands and in a position toward the center of the stand so the bullets will not be apt to strike the stand frame.
- The following types of targets are not allowed: metal targets, glass, explosive containers, and any type of frangible target (materials that break into pieces when hit) that could cause damage to club or range equipment, environmental damage to club grounds, or personal harm to anyone on or in the vicinity of club grounds.
- Shooters and spectators must use eye and ear protection when within 50 feet of the “Ready Area.” And, no spectators are allowed forward of or in the “Ready Area” when guns are present. The “Ready Area” will start at 12′ (twelve feet) backward from the “Firing Points” and proceed 12′ on back. The 12′ area between the firing points and the “Ready Area” will be known as the “Fire Area.”
- No loaded firearms may be anywhere on the grounds other than at the firing line. The only exception is for concealed carry weapons, which can be carried, but must be kept concealed until at the shooting point.
- Firearms must remain cased until on the firing line, where they can be properly uncased. The firearm must be cleared, declared unloaded, and properly cased or concealed (for concealed carry) before removing it from the firing line.
- It is EVERYONE’S responsibility to make sure the firing line is safe by having all firearms declared unloaded, magazines extracted from the gun and unloaded, slides locked back, laying on the booth table pointing in a safe direction, and everyone in or away from the “Start Area” before ANYONE goes forward of the firing line, FOR ANY REASON. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- When anyone is forward of the “Firing Points” to inspect or set targets no firearms will be handled in any manner by any person anywhere on range property.
- When finished shooting, the participants must clean up the range.
- All targets (including fragments) must be removed from the range and placed in the trash barrel or taken home for disposal.
- All empty ammunition cases must be picked up and placed in the range containers designated for the metal casings or taken home. DO NOT DISCARD AMMO CASINGS IN THE TRASH OR BURY THEM IN THE SAND. This is a safety issue.
- Leave the range in as good or better condition than it was when you arrived.
- There will be no shooting on the range unless a NRA certified RSO (Range Safety Officer) is present and the Range Safety Checklist deeming the range safe to use has been completed. The purpose for an RSO is to maintain organization and safety on the range. If one possesses NRA RSO certification, they may use the range at anytime without another RSO being present. The RSO class for previous students of SHPDT is significantly discounted (see fees below).
- For safety reasons, it is suggested (not mandatory) that there is at least 2 people present when shooting is being conducted on the range.
- There will be no automobiles north of the training building parking area. All automobiles will be parked at the training building and range bags carried to the range. The only exception is for the purpose of taking a shooter with a handicap to the shooting shelter.
- We must have records of range usage and a RSO on duty while shooting is going on. We will also need to unlock the gate and make sure the range is safe and ready for use. Since we do not have someone at the clubhouse at all times where one can “sign in,” you will need to inform us prior to your visit to the range by either phone or email. Shooting times will be from 8:00 am – sunset.
- Members can use the range at the same time as others if both parties agree unless there is a family gathering scheduled. In which case, only the scheduled gathering will have access to the range.
- SHPDT classes will have priority over scheduled shooting times. We will do our best not to have conflict of times, but in the event we are holding a class and need the range for shooting qualifications, the class holds precedence. Example: A class qualification is scheduled for 1:00 pm. A club member is wanting to shoot at 3:00 pm. If the class has not completed their qualification by 3:00, the scheduled shooter will need to wait until the class finishes their qualification shooting.
- The cost of the 9 hour RSO course for non-members is $100.00 per person ($150.00 for husband and wife teams). The price for previous SHPDT students is $75.00 (husband & wife $125.00).
- SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club administrative and operating personnel are not responsible for accidents, injury, and personal property theft or damage occurring on club grounds.
- All GUESTS must sign and date a “Risk Waiver” each time they come to SHPDT property. Members will only need to sign one waiver per year, which will be at the time of dues payment. It may be possible that one may need to sign another if participating in a “SHPDT Special Event” or class.
- Combinations and/or keys to the gates and clubhouse will be distributed to volunteer Chief Range Safety Officers and RSOs as needed. Sharing of combinations or duplication of any club key is not allowed.
- Club property must be respected and not intentionally damaged. Club property includes buildings, roads, trees, berms, range equipment, target frames, target supports or mechanisms, barrels, signs, all electrical equipment, etc.
- Club property may not be removed from club grounds.
- SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club will not be liable for members’ property left on SHPDT Pistol Shooting Club grounds however, any club member damaging or removing others’ property from club grounds will be disciplined as if it were club property.
- Members should provide a valid email address, as most club communications are distributed through email or notices on our website.
- An up-to-date phone number is required for all members.
If a member observes any club range rule or regulation being violated, he is within his rights to call attention to the violation. However, it is in everyone’s best interest that it is done with respect. If the offender refuses to listen, the following steps should be taken:
- Write down the name of the violator(s) along with the date, time of day and a detailed description of the violation(s).
- Forward the information to the RSO or property owner, who will evaluate the circumstances and determine if action should be taken.
- If the property owner decides action should be taken in the matter, he will notify the advisory council and hold a special meeting to get their input as to what, if any action should be taken.
- If any action is taken, the violator(s) will certainly have the opportunity to defend themselves if they so wish.
The purpose of the following emergency procedures is to experience less confusion, have better response time, and provide better care for a victim of an accident on the range. It will be the responsibility of the on-duty RSO to use his best judgment and follow this procedure. The RSO will:
- Take charge of the situation.
- Call “CEASE FIRE” if deemed necessary, in order to direct his attention to the injured
- Evaluate the seriousness of the injury
- Call “COMMENCE FIRING” if the injured does not require attention from the RSO will
- Call for help if it is deemed necessary (Dial “911”, press “Call” button)
- If a firearm is involved in the injury, be the first one to call “911” and request police response.
- Give the location (2022 Yeck Road, Meredosia, IL 62665)
- Give your name and phone number
- Give the operator a description of the accident, number of people injured, the type of injuries, and the condition of the injured.
- Render Aid
- Determine the level of care and use the “RANGE FIRST AID KIT” if treatment can be done at the location.
- Treat the injured within the scope of your ability; do not attempt to go beyond the extent of your training when rendering assistance.
- Be familiar with and use the “GOOD SAMARITAN” law in treatment
- Direct Medical Responders to the injured
- Send someone to the gated range entry to direct the Responders toward the range
- Use as many people as needed to get the Responders to the injured ASAP
- Take Notes
- Take notes on the time, place, and actions that were taken
- Get statements from witnesses
- Complete the “RANGE INJURY REPORT FORM” – complete this form for ANY and ALL injuries no matter how minor it may be.
- Give the reports to the Property Owner(s) (Steve or Brenda Hall)
PRE-REQUISITES FOR FIRST-TIME SHOOTERS
New shooters at the Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Range must demonstrate the following skills prior to shooting at the range. This can be accomplished by either producing proof of having taken a club recognized gun safety course (Concealed carry license, RSO certification, NRA handgun course certificate, etc.), or by taking the following gun safety course from a club trainer, CRSO, or range owner. Both the trainer and first-time shooters are to initial each step as it is completed and retained by the trainer for club purposes (the shooter may also request a copy if desired).
- State while demonstrating the three NRA fundamental rules for safe Gun handling:
- ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
- How to safely load and unload a pistol or rifle using the 3 rules of safe gun handling. THIS IS TO BE DONE WITH SNAP CAPS, NOT LIVE AMMO.
- Load the magazine.
- Visually and physically check the gun to make sure it is unloaded every time you pick it up and have another person verify that it is unloaded.
- Insert the magazine. If using a revolver, load rounds into cylinder.
- Chamber a round
- Remove the source of ammunition.
- Remove the round from the chamber.
- Lock the slide / bolt back.
- Visually and physically check the gun to make sure it is unloaded and have another person verify that it is unloaded.
- Bench the gun pointed in a safe direction with the opening up.
- How to safely grip a pistol (semi-automatic and revolver).
- Dominant and support hand positions.
- Both thumbs are placed on the same side of the pistol.
- How to safely aim a pistol.
- How to safely fire a pistol (trigger control).
- What to do if a problem arises.
- How to handle a stoppage
- How to handle a stoppage
- Squib load
- Emergency (follow the club’s emergency procedures)
- Under direction of the trainer or CRSO, the shooter is to fire 5 rounds of ammunition at a target following the above safety procedures.
The trainer and shooter both attest that the above pre-requisites for shooting on the Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Range have been met.
Shooter’s signature: __________________________________________
Trainer’s Signature: _________________________________________