Range Rules

Safety FirstAll members of the Hutt Valley Gun Club (Incorporated) shall abide by the following Rules and Regulations of conduct :

  1. No member shall handle another member's firearm without the member's consent.
  2. All guns are to be handled with the utmost care and respect.  Guns must be carried with the breech open and with the muzzle pointing in a safe direction at all times.  A gun shall not be carried from a shooting station containing ammunition.  Competitors must obey the Referee at all times and may only proceed to load their guns on their command.
  3. No magazine guns may be used on the grounds where the guns capacity is more than two cartridges.
  4. During a Trap / DTL event, guns must be carried with an open breech and unloaded when moving from station 5 to station 1.
  5. Shooting and sighting may be practiced from a shooting station.  Shots may be fired only when it is your turn and only at your designated target.
  6. Shooters must present themselves at the field or shooting station well before the allotted time for their competition.  The shooter must have with them sufficient ammunition and the necessary equipment.
  7. All Competitors must present themselves in a reasonable standard of dress.  They must wear sturdy footwear (no jandals, thongs or open sandals) and are strongly urged to wear hearing and eye protection.
  8. It is expressly forbidden to deliberately shoot at live game or animals on the Clubs grounds during the course of a competition or practice day.  Provided that with the permission of the President or Club Captain the destruction of pests is permitted.
  9. A shooter must not turn from the shooting station before the gun is opened.  If shooting is interrupted for any reason, the shooter(s) must immediately open their gun and may only reload their gun on the permission of the Referee.
  10. In the case of a gun or ammunition malfunction the shooter shall remain standing with the gun pointed in a safe direction and shall wait for the referee to inspect the gun.  The shooter must not, under any circumstances, open the gun or in any way manipulates its mechanism without the permission of the referee.
  11. During the course of the competition the shooter(s) shall only give the necessary words of command and answer the referee's questions.  No foul language or impolite conduct is to be permitted.
  12. No competitor shall present himself / herself for a competition after the consumption of certain prescribed drugs, controlled drugs or alcohol.

Additionally all competitions are run under rules of the New Zealand Clay Target Association. The current versions of the rules are held on the NZCTA website.

Club members are expected to understand the rules governing the events they enter, so that they can fulfil the role of referee when required.