Northern Ireland Target Sports Association

Range Safety

Northern Ireland Target Sports Association

NOTE: These rules are applicable to everyone, not only new shooters and visitors.
  • Never move forward of the firing point without the permission of the Range Officer.
  • Never handle firearms at the firing point once the range is declared "Clear".
  • Never carry firearms on the range unless suitably holstered or cased.
  • Always keep your firearm pointed down the range.
  • Always treat a firearm as if it is loaded.
  • NEVER point a firearm at anybody, even if it is unloaded.
  • Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard unless firing.
  • If you have a misfire, keep the firearm pointed down the range and call the Range Officer, do not attempt to unload unless proficient with firearms.
  • Always wear ear protection on the range.
  • Always wear eye protection at or near the firing point.
  • Always follow the instructions of the Range Officer.
  • Due to the increase in membership, it is important that all members display their photographic I.D. and visitors wear the passes provided.

Firearm Security

Firearms and ammunition to which a certificate relates must be securely stored at all times (except when the firearm or ammunition is in use, or being cleaned, repaired, tested or is in transit) so as to prevent unauthorised access, so far as is reasonably practicable. The minimum acceptable storage standard within Northern Ireland must equate to Gun Cabinet Specification BS 7558 (1992). Gun Cabinets must be secured to the fabric of the building.

Firearms and ammunition being conveyed in a vehicle must be hidden from view and should be secured to an anchorage point or contained in a securely fixed and locked box within the said vehicle. Never carry a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle.

The security measures should be reasonable, realistic and appropriate considering the risks involved.

If a firearm certificate holder is going to be away temporarily from their place of residence the firearm may be left for safe-keeping with local police.

Advice on security arrangements is available from the local Crime Prevention Officer.


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    Looking good! We look forward to shooting at your club again this year. The people are the best. We have decided to skip matches closer to us to be able to shoot at your club because you make us feel very welcome and we have such a great time there.

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About Us

We have three 25metre and two 50metre outdoor ranges at our site on the Buskhill Road, Donaghmore, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 1SD. The Buskhill Road is located seven miles north of Newry and seven miles south of Banbridge just off the main A1 dual carriageway.

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