STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
Required for ALL Organizations Using the
Purdue Armory Room 106 as a Shooting Range
Table of Contents
General Notes 3
Range Safety Brief 4
Course of Fire for Standard Pistol 5
Course of Fire for Rifle 8
Range Safety Officer and Coaching Qualifications 9
Appendix 1: Organizational Layout 10
Appendix 2: Sponsored Event Layout 12
Appendix 3: Range Checklist 14
Appendix 4: Acknowledgement of Range Requirements 16
Appendix 5: Environmental Management 18
Appendix 6: Signatures of Approval 20
1. A formal safety brief must be conducted for all participants shooting in the Purdue Armory.
The brief shall include the topics as outlined on page four of this document. Individuals who
do not attend the safety brief may not participate. The brief must be given prior to any shoot
held in the Armory.
2. There will be one qualified Range Safety Officer (RSO) present. This person will be
responsible for the overall conduct of range operations. The RSO will have no other duties.
Note: RSO’s must be approved by Purdue.
There will be at least one experienced line officer on the firing line for every six people that
will fire. In the case of novices, there must be one line officer for every four shooters with a
preference for one-to-one coaching when possible.
3. An officer or advisor of the sponsoring organization and a representative from the visiting
group will inspect the range and backstop area before and after each event. Any damage to the
range prior to the event will be confirmed. If there is damage evident after the event it will be
documented, preferably with pictures. The Range Checklist on page twelve of this document
will be used for this purpose.
4. There will be no people younger than ten years of age on the Armory floor during an event.
5. Firearms brought to the range will be handled in accordance with University Policies and
Procedures and applicable Indiana law. Each firearm will be transported in a closed case,
which contains no live ammunition. Visitors, other than bona fide competitors in
intercollegiate events or the sponsoring organizers, will not bring ammunition to the range.
6. A logbook will be kept by each sponsoring organization to record range activity. Each
participant will record the number of the firing lane occupied, the total number of rounds fired,
the serial number and description of the firearm used, and his/her Social Security Number.
Each entry will be signed and dated by the participant.
7. Statement of Intent: Purdue University shooting organizations using the armory will
participate in three meetings each academic year to discuss range usage, review the Purdue
Armory SOP, and make changes as necessary. These meetings are to be scheduled at the
beginning of the fall semester, the end of the fall semester, and the end of the spring semester.
RANGE SAFETY BRIEF
Ref.: “Gun Safety Rules.” National Rifle Association of America. Education and Training
Division. 1600 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.
I. General: A formal safety brief must be conducted for all participants shooting in the Purdue
Armory. Individuals who do not attend the safety brief may not participate. The brief must be
given prior to any shoot held in the Armory, and will take place in conjunction with a period of
instruction discussing general marksmanship. Persons recognized and qualified to be a coach or
RSO by Purdue will give the safety and marksmanship brief. A member of the ROTC or Club,
pistol or rifle team may also give the marksmanship portion of the brief.
II. Procedures: At a minimum, the following Safety Rules will be discussed in their entirety at both
the beginning and at the completion of the brief. Among range personnel, the RSO has the sole
authority to amend these rules, should they deem it appropriate.
III. Equipment: Each Participant is required to have ear and eye protection in order to shoot on the
range. Ear and eye protection must be made available for visitors and observers by the sponsoring
1. NRA Safety Rules
a. “Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.”
b. “Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.”
c. “Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.”
d. “If you don’t know otherwise, always assume the gun is loaded.”
2. Range Safety Rules
a. “Receive and obey every command from the Range Officer at the center of the firing
b. “Never point the firearm at anything that you do not intend to shoot.”
c. “Keep the firearm on 'safe' until ready to fire.” (Slide in rear position and magazine
removed for Model 41s)
d. “When not firing, always keep your muzzle elevated and pointed downrange.”
e. “Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.”
f. “Under no circumstances should a novice shooter attempt to clear a malfunctioning
weapon. Raise your non-firing hand, and a block officer will assist you.”
g. “Never move forward of the firing line without being told to do so by the Range
3. Other instructions
a. Shooters will be instructed on the proper “ready position.”
b. Shooters will be instructed as to what constitutes a “complete safe firearm.”
c. Shooters will be instructed to wear the appropriate ear and eye protection.
1. The shooters will be instructed how to properly load and unload their firearms.
2. The appropriate shooting position for the particular type of firearm being used will be
discussed. Topics will include bone support, muscular relaxation, and natural point of aim.
3. The shooters will be instructed on proper shooting technique, discussing BRASSS-F, sight
alignment, sight picture, and trigger and breathing control
COURSE OF FIRE FOR STANDARD PISTOL
The following is a recommended course of fire. Deviations are allowed for approved shooting
programs, however, they must be submitted and approved by the sponsoring organization prior to
using the armory.
NRA International Pistol Rules
1. The standard pistol competition is fired on B33 Targets at a distance of no more than 50
2. The B33 Target has black 7-10 rings with the 7-ring being 4.70”.
3. There is a 10-minute preparation time where only dry firing is permitted.
4. After the preparation period the Sighting rounds will be fired on a separate target.
5. For targets with alibis, the 10 lowest scores will be counted.
Courses of fire:
1. 5 shots Sighting: Five rounds in 150 seconds (2.5 min)
2. 20 shots SLOW FIRE: Five round series in 150 seconds (2.5 min)
3. 20 shots TIMED FIRE: Five round series in 20 seconds
4. 20 shots RAPID FIRE: Five round series in 10 seconds
1. “Shooters to the line.”
2. “The line is no longer safe.”
3. “Fill ____ magazines with ____ rounds.”
4. “Your two minute preparation period begins now.”
5. “Load with a magazine of ____ rounds.”
6. “Make ready.”
7. “Is the line ready?”
8. “Start” or one short buzzer.
9. “Stop” or two short buzzers.
10. For timed and rapid fire: “Are there any alibis?”
11. If so, the linesman will confirm the validity of the alibi. If not, “There are none.”
12. To continue a series: “This will be your ____ series of _________ fire.”
13. Repeat commands 4-10, if necessary.
14. “Make the line safe.”
15. “Is the line safe?”
16. “The line is safe.”
17. “Shooters may go forward to score and repair targets.”
Actions to be taken for each command given above:
Command #1: Participating shooters shall report to their assigned points. Time will be
allowed for the shooters to get into position.
Command #2: This command allows the shooters to handle their equipment and firearms.
Should there be a situation at which the line is not ready to become active
“Ceasefire” should immediately be called and the range officer will follow
commands 12-15 if necessary. “Ceasefire” is the universal command to make
all firearms safe and benching them. The ceasefire command can be given at
any time if necessary.
Command #3: This is the final prep period. Shooters may dry fire at this time, if they wish.
Command #4: Shooters will fill five rounds into a magazine, insert the magazine into the
pistol, and release the slide so it is in the forward position. Shooters are not
allowed to load magazines prior to this command.
Command #5: For the Timed Fire and Rapid Fire series, if the shooter is ready, they will raise
their firing arm no more than 45 from vertical pointing down, (see Figure-1 on
Page 2). For the Slow Fire series, the shooters may keep their firearm on the
bench for this command.
If a shooter is not prepared to fire their firearm, they must shout, "Not Ready".
If this occurs, give the shooter time to fix the problem, and repeat the
Command #6: After all shooters are ready, sound the buzzer one time to commence firing.
This command is given seven seconds after Command #5 has been given.
Voice commands may be used for short lines.
Command #7: When time has expired, sound the buzzer two times to cease firing. Late shots
are considered late after the sounding of the first buzzer of this command.
Command #8-9: If a shooter was unable to fire all five rounds in the time allotted, they will
indicate their alibi by raising their non-firing hand. At no time should the
shooter place the firearm on the bench unless instructed to do so by the Range
Officer. The Range Officer must be able to point the firearm down range and
pull the trigger without a round being fired for an alibi to be accepted.
If the alibi is accepted, the alibi shooter(s) will be given Commands #1 - 4
again. Note that the alibi shooter(s) will fire five rounds, not the balance of
the initial series.
If targets are to have more than one series fired at it, all alibis will be fired after
the final series is completed.
Command #10-11: For timed and rapid fire: “Are there any alibis?” If so, the linesman will
confirm the validity of the alibi. If not, “There are none.”
Command #12: Shooters remove the magazines, slides back, cylinders open, and putting all
firearms on the bench once cleared by the linesman.
Command #13: The Range Officer must receive a positive response from all shooters and
linesmen prior to calling the line safe. Linesmen are required to visually
confirm that all firearms are safe.
Command #14: This is the final confirmation that the line is safe.
Command #15: All shooters go forward and replace/repair their targets and score them.
Figure-1: Standard Pistol Ready Position.
Course of Fire for Standard Rifle
The following is a recommended course of fire. Deviations are allowed for approved shooting
programs, however, they must be submitted and approved prior to using the armory.
NRA International Rifle Rules
1. The standard rifle competition is fired from a distance of no more than 50 feet.
2. There is a ten-minute preparation period prior to the match.
3. All appropriate commands from the Standard Pistol Course of Fire are utilized.
Courses of fire: Atypical half course of fire for NCAA International Rifle is:
1. 20 shots Prone: 20 shots in 20 minutes.
2. 20 shots Standing: 20 shots in 40 minutes.
3. 20 shots Kneeling: 20 shots in 30 minutes.
A typical full course of fire for International Rifle is:
1. 40 shots prone: 40 shots in 40 minutes
2. 40 shots standing: 40 shots in 80 minutes
3. 40 short Kneeling: 40 shots in 60 minutes
Range Safety Officer and Coaching Qualifications
In order to run an event on the Purdue University Armory Shooting Range, the following requirements
apply to all organizations:
1. A Purdue University recognized host team must organize the event or a host team must sponsor the
2. Each event must have a Range Safety Officer (RSO), recognized in writing by the University,
present at all times. Every event must also have the appropriate number of specified Line Coaches
designated in writing and recognized by the University.
a) For University recognition the person must submit a letter of their qualifications to the
University Safety Office requesting recognition as an RSO or Line Coach.
b) The Safety Office must endorse this request and forward it back to the requesting person. The
Safety Office must also forward a copy of the endorsement to the Purdue organization
sponsoring the coordination of the event.
c) If no endorsement or a negative endorsement is obtained, the person requesting may appeal the
decision to the University Safety Office. However, until the matter is resolved they may not act
as an RSO or Line Coach and the organization they are working with may not reserve facilities
nor publicize any events.
3. Once all RSO and Line Coach endorsements are positively endorsed in writing, the event
coordinators may request Space Management and the Dean of Student’s Office to reserve facilities
and allow further coordination of the event. The request must include copies of RSO and Line
Coach endorsements from the Safety Office.
4. Each event must coordinate the administration of the Range Safety Course contained in this SOP to
all shooters prior to the shooter stepping on to the range. If the event is being sponsored, then the
host organization must present this period of instruction to all event shooters.
5. If the event is a sponsored event by an outside organization, the host organization must obtain a
written acknowledgement (see appendix 4) from the event RSO stating they have read the SOP and
will strictly abide by the SOP recognized by the University. If this is not obtained the event will be
Appendix 1: Organizational Layout
Appendix 2: Sponsored Event Layout
Appendix 3: Range Checklist
Appendix 4: Acknowledgement of
_________ I have read and fully understand all portions of the Purdue University Range
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
_________ I understand failure to follow any of these procedures will result in the
immediate cessation of all range events and the closure of the range.
_________ I understand the closure of the range is in the full discretion of the sponsoring
organization’s representative and this decision is final.
_________ I further understand if the range is closed due to a failure to follow the SOP any
and all money paid to the sponsoring organization or the university shall be
Signature of Sponsoring Organization RSO Signature of Hosted Organization RSO
Printed Name Printed Name
Sponsoring Organization Hosted Organization
Appendix 5: Environmental Management of
the Armory Range
Purdue University recognizes the importance of maintaining the environmental quality of the rifle and
pistol range in the armory with respect to lead and other materials. The Radiological and
Environmental Management group at Purdue University will access and maintain the cleaning of the
range. The Radiological and Environmental Management group within Purdue University is
responsible to budget on a yearly basis the funds required to keep the range clean and within
Appendix 6: Signatures of Approval