We have probably all experienced, some time in our life, a situation where a new policy or procedure has been put in place prompted by a specific event. Such is the case with the new expanded safety areas at this year’s 2016 Colt USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals .
As the story goes, a shooter at last year’s Multi-Gun Nationals was DQ’d when he was spotted manipulating the action of his handgun while standing a good three feet to the side of a safety table. Range Masters do not like to DQ shooters, but safety is taken very seriously. So Carl Schmidt commissioned this year’s Multi-Gun Nationals Match Director / stage designer, Pete Rensing, to create a large well defined safety area.
Shown in the photo below, is the design Pete devised to keep shooters within a noticeable safety area. Pete’s safety area measures twelve feet wide and eight feet deep, with a four foot safety table. The entrance is marked with an eight foot fault line, while the rest of the border is painted red, and lined with a one foot raised rope, also red.
With this design, shooters know the boundary within which they may safely un-bag and un-holster their firearms. And, RO’s can see, from a distance, that shooters are being safe.
What does the safety table / area look like at your outdoor range?