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Range access conditions, rules of conduct, and duties


  • All persons utilising the Kaitoke range must read and comply with the current Range Standing Orders and all club rules.
  • All members are required to complete the online Kaitoke induction / range safety course, https://safershooting.co.nz/club-inductions/ (you only need to do this once - if you have done it in the past see https://hvnzda.org.nz/How-to-retrieve-your-safer-shooter-certificate/ on how to retrieve your certificate)
  • Keys may not be used by anyone except that member that the key was issued to or their family members as specified on joining. The loaning of keys to non-HVNZDA members is strictly forbidden as it voids our lease agreement and range lease conditions unless authorised by the committee.
  • Key holders are fully responsible for anyone accompanying them on the range at all times. HVNZDA does not accept any liability for individual behaviour on the range at any time.
  • No firearms are to be used BEFORE 08:30 any day of the week out of respect for our neighbours.
  • Shooting after dark is not permitted under any circumstances.
  • All firearms used must comply with the RSO's. See  part 7: "Restrictions" for a full explanation. Rifles up to and including any calibre with a muzzle energy rating of 7500 Joules (approx.. 5532 ft-lbs) maximum (ft-lbs = projectile weight (grs) x velocity (FPS)).
  • Tracer, incendiary or AP ammunition is not permitted at any time.
  • Users should direct their shots into the backstops provided. Shooting at targets on the range floor may cause ricochets that could leave our templated area.
  • Do not shoot at glass or items that leave shards or non-decomposable debris. E.g. bottles, TVs, computers.
  • When shooting shotgun aerial targets, direct all shot away from the creek to minimise lead contamination and remove all wads and empty shells.
  • Do not shoot at steel targets closer than 50 yds. with any calibre (This differs from RSO’s for club use)
  • Please take away all rubbish. This includes food rubbish as it attracts wasps and vermin.

Range conduct:

  • At all times, one licenced HVNZDA shooter must act as Range Officer (see RO duties and commands).
  • On non-booked days, all shooting must be performed from behind the red line.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on the range during shooting events.
  • Be respectful of other range users and obey the RO at all times.
  • Do not handle firearms (including bagging, un-bagging, scope adjustment, cleaning etc.) when the range is closed and especially when people are forward of the red line.
  • Unlicenced shooters must be directly supervised by a FAL holder when shooting.
  • Any incident must be reported to the HVNZDA CRO & Committee ASAP (hvnzda.range@gmail.com)

Range Officer (RO) duties (for casual range use):

The range Officer shall:
  • Be familiar with the current RSOs.
  • Control the range at all times.
  • Inspect firearms to ensure they are clear before allowing people forward of the red line.
  • Ensure that targets being used comply with requirements.
  • Ensure that users take away their rubbish.
  • Monitor users so that regular breaks are provided for target checks and set up.
  • Utilise the following commands as appropriate:
    • Range Open: Ok to handle firearms and commence shooting
    • Cease Fire & Show clear: Shooters to immediately cease fire, unload firearms and wait for inspection of firearms.
    • Range Closed: Cease firing, no handling/adjustment of firearms or scopes.
    • Clear to go forward: Typically used after Range Closed.
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