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COVID-19

NRA Affiliated Club Access to outdoor MoD Ranges in England during Covid-19 Restrictions

I am pleased to report that Clubs are beginning to get confirmed bookings on MoD ranges in England following our agreement with DIO and NWRFCA.   Access to ranges will be subject to local Covid-19 procedures designed to safeguard users and Landmarc staff.  As part of the shoot planning process and range recce Clubs should check local restrictions particularly on numbers of shooters, site access and the process to sign on/off the range.

RCO’s are reminded that signing the range log confirms that the RCO has read and understands range orders and will comply with the ME/MV limits for the range.  Keep in mind that range orders may have changed during the lockdown period. There is no requirement for Clubs to provide a list of firearms to be used on a MoD range.

Defence priorities have delayed the opening of ranges in the West Midlands, notably Kingsbury. We hope that bookings can resume in September.

Finally, please make sure that all the Club documentation is up to date including Home Office Approval,  MoD range licence, RCO qualifications, First Aid kit and qualified person and that only shooters holding an NRA Shooter Competency Card attend bookings.

Enjoy!

 

Nic Couldrey

Regional Ranges Manager

 

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NRA Affiliated Club Access to outdoor MoD Ranges in England during Covid-19 Restrictions

Clubs in England are reminded that the guidance for events held in an outdoor space allows for a gathering of up to 30 people.  For the avoidance of doubt a Club may have up to 30 members on a MoD range provided that a Covid-19 risk assessment is in place and the booking complies with the NRA Policy published on July 15th available here

https://nra.org.uk/nra-affiliated-club-access-to-outdoor-mod-ranges-in-england-during-covid-19-restrictions-2/

The Guidance for England is available here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

Section 5 contains the follow statement that applies to Gatherings

Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Any other gathering in a public outdoor space must not be any larger than 30 people, other than where an exception set out in the Regulations applies.

 

 

Nic Couldrey

Regional Ranges Manager

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NRA Affiliated Club Access to outdoor MoD Ranges in England during Covid-19 Restrictions

We have agreed with MoD that NRA affiliated Clubs may resume live firing activities on ranges in England subject to specific requirements detailed in the attached Policy document.

NRA Policy – outdoor MoD ranges 15th July 2020 final -NRA

 

Clubs must also complete a range specific Covid-19 risk assessment, a template document is enclosed.

NRA Generic RA for outdoor range 15th July 2020 final

 

We recognise that Clubs are eager to resume shooting activity on MoD ranges, compliance with the new Policy and Covid-19 restrictions is critical to safeguard our continued access to MoD ranges.

As each of the devolved Administrations publish guidelines we will review for access to ranges in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

 

Nic Couldrey

Regional Ranges Manager

15th July 2020

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COVID-19

NRA Affiliated Club Access to outdoor MoD Ranges in England during Covid-19 Restrictions

The NRA has been working closely with the Safety and Assurance Team responsible for the MoD UK Training Estate to re-start NRA affiliated club shooting on outdoor MoD ranges.

New Government guidance for England published on 3rd July 2020 is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

 

Section 4 contains the follow statement that applies to Gatherings

 

“Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups. This is also the case for events in public outdoor spaces that are organised by businesses, charitable or political organisations, and public bodies, provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Any other gathering in an outdoor space must not be any larger than 30 people except where specified in the Regulations.”

 

We have agreed with MoD that NRA affiliated Clubs may resume live firing activities on ranges in England subject to specific requirements that are currently being finalised – we hope to publish the details next week.

 

The timing of opening of individual ranges will be decided by each Regional Commander.  It is extremely important that Clubs fully comply with current Government guidelines, MoD Covid-19 policies and procedures in addition to range orders and the NRA safe shooting system.

 

As each of the devolved Administrations publish guidelines we will review for access to ranges in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

Nic Couldrey

Regional Ranges Manager

10th July 2020

 

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Covid-19 Update for Clubs with Indoor Ranges

Please see attached an update from Nic Couldrey, Regional Ranges Manager, regarding indoor ranges:

Covid-19 Update for Clubs with Indoor Ranges

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NRA Affiliated Club Access to MoD Ranges during Covid-19 Restrictions

The NRA has been working closely with the Safety and Assurance Team responsible for the MoD UK Training Estate to explore the feasibility of allowing access to outdoor MoD ranges.

The current Government guidance on the phased return to outdoor sporting activities permits gatherings of up to 6 people with 2m social distancing. The NRA, working with regional clubs and the MoD has developed a Policy and Risk Assessment to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines on outdoor ranges.  However restricting the MoD range booking to not more than 6 people on the MoD range makes it impractical to operate an outdoor MoD range.  Furthermore we think it unlikely that a booking for 6 members will be financially viable for a regional Club.

This means that for the moment at least, Clubs are unable to use MoD ranges in the UK.  We have agreed to keep this under continuous review particularly if the guidelines change in July, as expected.

I realise that this is a frustration for all our affiliated Clubs that rely on access to military ranges. Please be assured that we will continue to work with MoD to get you back on the ranges as soon as the guidelines permit.

 

Nic Couldrey

Regional Ranges Manager

19th June 2020

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Mod Ranges in Wales and West Midlands

NRA Clubs licenced to use MoD ranges in Wales and the West Midlands will be aware of temporary range restrictions imposed in mid- September. Following detailed discussions with our DIO colleagues I can confirm that the restrictions have been lifted subject to the following conditions;

NRA RCO’s must be familiar with the current Range Standing Orders and the restrictions set in the Range Certificate (904).

Clubs must comply with the range Muzzle Energy limits-these are set in Joules; the majority of ranges are restricted to 4500J. Most of Wales & West Ranges are Limited Danger Area Templates, the RDA being 1830m with the exception of some being 2900m

By signing the Range Log (906) the RCO confirms that he/she will abide by the limitations of the range and comply with range specific regulations.

All firing practises must be in accordance with Home Office and guidelines and NRA Policy.  Specific procedures for the use of muzzle-loading firearms are detailed in the NRA RCO manual.

The Club Secretary must supply a list of RCOs yearly through Landmarc Support Services in order to book ranges. The Chairman of the Club must complete DSA OME Pt3 Chap 2 Annexe B stating all RCOs and club members are Safe, Qualified and Competent.

 

Summary of range availability

All 25m 1908 Barrack Ranges have been temporarily closed through a Range Safety Notice issued by DSA dated Oct 19.

The following ranges within Wales & West are available to NRA affiliated Clubs that hold a current licence authorised by Mod

  • Sealand A – 100m Range on a 2900m RDA.
  • Sealand B – 400m Range on a 1830m RDA.  There are restrictions with this range; ME must not exceed 4500J , no firing from beyond 300m Firing Point.  See RSO.
  • Sealand Butt Stop Range – 25m range.  Restricted to Pistol only (calibre being 4.6mm and 9mm Ball munitions only.  ME 2030J max).
  • Nesscliff – 25m Range – Temp closed.
  • Kinmel – 25m Range.
  • Kingsbury A – 600y Range.  Clubs can fire above 4500J providing the RCO has the relevant NRA High Muzzle Energy course training and this is endorsed on their individual RCO card.
  • Kingsbury B – 600y CGR.  As for Kingsbury A Range restrictions.  Note the 200mil rule for both ranges is not allowed for Civilian Clubs.
  • Kingsbury – 25m Range – Temp closed.
  • Swynnerton – 25m Range – Temp closed (currently restricted to rifle only)
  • Whittington – No 3 25m Range – Temp closed.
  • Whittington – No 4 25m Range – Temp closed.
  • Whittington – No 5  25m Range – Temp closed.
  • Rogiet Moor – 600m CGR.  Temp closed due to licence and RDA issues.
  • Rogiet Moor Butt Stop Range – 25m range.  Temp closed due to licence and RDA issues.
  • Penally 500y Gallery Range – Restrictions, no firing beyond 300m firing point, range maintenance issues (Max ME 3276J for civilian clubs).
  • Sennybridge:
  • J1 100m Range – Temp Closed
  • J2 300m ETR Range.
  • J3 600m Gallery Range – There is a local restriction on this range due to RDA & template restrictions – the 4500J ME applies; no civilian HME firearms may be used.
  • J3A not available to NRA Clubs.
  • Z 200m Range

Nic Couldrey

Regional Ranges Manager

December 2019

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Canopy in MoD 1908 Barrack Ranges

Steel Plate Canopy in MoD 1908 Barrack Ranges

Members that are involved in the conduct and management of ranges should be aware of a recent issue on a 1908 Barrack Range.

The following extract is taken from the MoD Range Advice Notice (RAN)

An incident has been highlighted to us regarding the steel plate in the canopy in 1908 style barrack ranges. The method of fixing the steel on the underside of the canopy is that a 100mm steel plate was screwed into the bottom of the timber joists, a 350mm wide steel plate was then rested upon the resulting lip. The incident occurred when, upon disturbing the 350mm steel plate which was resting on the lip it caused the steel securing screws in the joists to fail and caused some of the steel to fall from the roof onto the sand. TAS investigated the original Type Drawing and can confirm that this was the prescribed method of fixing on this style of range. Therefore, it is expected there to be the potential for this to happen at other locations.

As all the details at the moment are not known, this RAN is to highlight that there is the potential for this to happen anywhere that there is a 1908 style range. As such caution is to be exercised when working under, or near to, the steel on the underside of the canopy.

Further safety information will follow once the full incident report has been collected.”

There may be disruption to club bookings on MoD Barrack ranges until these ranges have been inspected. Please contact your local Landmarc event co-ordinator for details.

Clubs that operate former MoD 1908 Barrack Ranges should contact the NRA for further information.

 

Nic Couldrey

Regional Ranges Manager

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