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Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association

Range Standing Orders and Code of Conduct for the Chipperfield Ranges

Issued by the Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association

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'The Chipperfield Ranges'

Photograph gives a panoramic view of The Chipperfield Ranges, Redhill, Maer, Baldwin's Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5EA.

The above photograph gives a panoramic view of The Chipperfield Ranges, Baldwin's Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5EA.

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SSRA Memberships, Range Fees, And Chipperfield Range Standing Orders And Code Of Conduct

In order to shoot at the Chipperfield Ranges you must be a member of one of the following Membership Categories.

All users of the The Chipperfield Ranges, Baldwin's Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5EA, must be aware of and comply with the information contained within the Chipperfield Range Standing Orders and Code of Conduct.

Details of Chipperfield Range Fees.

 

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Introduction

1. Firearms and ammunition can be extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly. These orders are written to guard against accidents and ensure maximum safety.

2. Any person using these Ranges for shooting must comply with the Range Standing Orders and the Code of Conduct, which follow.

3. The validity of the Range Safety Certificate is conditional on compliance with these Range Standing Orders. You should note that should you fail to comply with these orders you are also in breach of the conditions of issue of your Firearms Certificate.

 

Range Standing Orders - June 2024 Onwards

These Range Standing Orders must be followed:

Indoor Air Range

1. If only the indoor Air Range is in use, the red Range Flag does not need to be raised.

2. Only Air Rifles and Air Pistols using 0.177 calibre ammunition, with a maximum power limit of 6 ft/lbs, can be used in the indoor Air Range. 0.22 calibre must not be used.

3. Shooting in the indoor Air Range must not start before 9.00am and must cease by 9.30pm. Shooters must leave the range by 10.00pm at the latest.

Outdoor Ranges (A, B, C & D)

1. Firing may not start on any outdoor range (A, B, C or D) before 9.00am and must cease by dusk or 9pm whichever is the earlier. Shooters must leave the range by 10.00pm at the latest.

2. The red Range Flag should be raised prior to the commencement of any outdoor shooting and lowered at the end of shooting. (The flag is stored in the bottom of the flag pole at the Range entrance. It should be returned to the base of the flag pole after shooting.)

3. Ammunition exceeding 0.22 calibre or with a muzzle energy or velocity exceeding values in table below, are prohibited. (These are taken directly from the Range Safety Certificates).

 

Range Maximum Muzzle Energy Maximum Muzzle Velocity
Range A (25 Yards) 210 ft/lbs 1,710 ft/sec
Range B (50 Metres) 350 ft/lbs 2,000 ft/sec
Range C (100 Yards) 355 ft/lbs 2,000 ft/sec
Range D (50 Metres) 210 ft/lbs 1,710 ft/sec

 

4. The maximum number of Firearms which may be fired at any one time, and approved Firing Positions are shown in the following table:

 

Range
Firing Point Numbers
Distance
Maximum Number Of Firearms
Shooting Position
A A to E and 5 Un-numbered 25 Yards
10
Prone
B 1 to 10 50 Metres
10
Prone
C 11 to 20 100 Yards
10
Prone
D Un-numbered 50 Metres
10
Prone / Kneeling / Sitting / Standing

 

Ranges A, B and C should be regarded as one Range for safety purposes. Range D may operate independently from Ranges A, B and C.

 

5. When removed from their cases all Firearms should have breech flags inserted unless being fired. Magazine fed rifles should have the magazines removed and working parts held open unless being fired.

6. Shooting is only authorised from the designated Firing Points, and may only commence when the Butts are clear.

7. Targets may only be inspected when all users of the Range have ceased firing.

8. When the instruction to unload has been given, Firearms are to be unloaded in the appropriate manner and breech flags inserted.

9. Empty cases should be collected after firing and taken from the Range or left in the tubs by the firing points.

10. Only authorized Frames and Targets should be used on the Range (See Annex A).

 

Code Of Conduct - June 2024 Onwards

This Code of Conduct sets out the conditions of use required by the Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association.

1. Range users must be individual members of the SSRA, or be members of a Club affiliated or associated to the SSRA (except at approved open meetings).

2. All shooters using this Range should be covered by appropriate Civil Liability Insurance, either Personal or Club.

3. Everybody attending the Range Complex must “Sign In” in the appropriate Register (whether shooter, spectator, visitor, contractor, etc.) and those shooters who have not paid the Yearly Payment must pay the Daily Fee, as displayed, prior to shooting.

4. Shooters must be accompanied by another person, over 18, when firing (not necessarily a shooter).

5. Where more than two people are shooting on any Range, by mutual agreement, one of them should act as Range Officer.

6. Smoking is not permitted on the Firing Point, nor in the Clubhouse, nor in any wooded area of the Range.

7. Fires are totally prohibited unless required for Range maintenance.

8. Users must take away all their own refuse (there is no refuse collection facility from the Range).

9. After use, the last person to leave the Range should ensure that all equipment has been put away, and all doors locked, flag lowered, finally locking the gate. Items left behind on the Range, or in the Clubroom are at the owner’s risk.

10. All Firearms should have “Breech Flags” inserted when not in use, unless this is not possible due to the design of the Firearm, where other appropriate “Show Clear” methods must be used.

11. All people on the Firing Points must wear “Hearing Protection” (Ear Plugs, Ear Defenders, etc.) unless entire detail are only shooting “Air” or “Archery”.

 

Annex 'A' To Range Standing Orders, Chipperfield Ranges - June 2024 Onwards

Table of Authorised Frames and Targets

 

Frames

1. Wooden Frames approved by the SSRA.

2. Wooden Boards approved by the SSRA.

3. Foam Boards or similar, for clipping to the Frames (for use with Targets).

4. ‘Bull Dog’ type clips may be used to fix Targets to the Frames.

5. Archery Only - A Boss manufactured from a suitable material.

 

Targets

6. Any targets manufactured from paper, or similar material. (Shooters are responsible for supplying their own targets. Some used targets may be found in the Clubhouse).

7. Targets of metal materials, or similar, are strictly prohibited. (Shooting at metal cans etc, is strictly prohibited).

8. Clay Discs. Please consult the Range Management before using Clay Discs.

9. Polymer type targets (Throom or similar).

 

Frames are designed to accept the following Targets (Three Card System)

50 Metres
50 Yards
100 Yards
MM13/89
5006BM
1003BM

 

They will also accept the following Targets with the addition of a modified Board

50 Metres
50 Yards
100 Yards
MM12
5002
1001

 

All the above, plus a number of other suitable targets, are available from the NSRA.

 

Air Weapons Range - Code Of Conduct - August 2023 Onwards

1. Range users must 'Sign In' in the register in the Air Weapons Range, and pay the fee as displayed prior to shooting.

2. Shooters must be accompanied by another person over 18 when firing. (Not necessarily a shooter.)

3. Range users must take away all their own refuse. (There is no refuse collection facility from the range.)

4. If used, the toilet door must be locked, and the keys returned to the Airgun Range.

5. After use, the last person to leave must ensure that the Range door and Club Room door is locked, and must ensure the main gate is also locked on exit.

6. Smoking is not permitted in the Club House, Airgun Range, or in any wooded area of the range.

 

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Membership Details - And Chipperfield Range Fees - 2024 Onwards

In order to shoot at the Chipperfield Ranges, you must be a Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Member, having signed-up to one of the following qualifying Membership Categories:

 

Affiliated Club Membership

Affiliated Club Membership is open to properly constituted Smallbore Rifle Clubs, Air Rifle and Air Pistol Clubs, and Pre-Service Units, whose ranges lie within Staffordshire.

 

Associated Club Membership

Associated Club Membership is open to Smallbore Rifle Clubs, and Air Rifle and Air Pistol Clubs, whose ranges lie outside Staffordshire.

 

Individual Membership

Individual Membership is open to residents living within Staffordshire, whose Club does not wish to Affiliate to, or Associate with Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association.

Please note that all categories of membership are at the discretion of the SSRA Committee.

You are now able to download an Individual Membership Form in PDF Format, in order to apply for Annual Membership.

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Range Fees 2024

Adult Members of Affiliated Clubs, Associated Clubs, and Individual Members of the Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association, may pay a one-off fee of 40.00 per year, or 5.00 per day, which entitles them to as many visits as they wish to make during the year.

Junior Members (under 21 years of age) of Affiliated Clubs, Associated Clubs, and Individual Members of the Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association, may pay a one-off fee of 20 per year, or 2.50 per day, which entitles them to as many visits as they wish to make during the year.

All of the abovementioned Range Fees are to be paid by the 1st January each year.

Please make your cheque payable to Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association.

Please include your name, and the name of the Club to which you belong, and a self addressed envelope for acknowledgement of membership.

All users of The Chipperfield Ranges, Baldwin's Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5EA, must be aware of, and comply with, the information contained within the Range Standing Orders and Code of Conduct.

For further details of where to send your completed membership form and cheque, please contact via e-mail in the first instance, the SSRA Secretary whom will then forward to you via e-mail all the relevant details.

 

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