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Rifle/Pistol Rules

Violation of the rules on this page, the Safety Rules page, or the Range-Specific Rules page will subject violators to immediate ejection and forfeiture of all range fees! Range masters and management reserve the right to revoke your membership if you violate any of these rules!

General Pistol & Rifle Rules

  1. Eye and ear protection is mandatory on all ranges at all times. The range starts at the overhang.
  2. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded
  3. Keep the muzzle pointed down range at all times.
  4. Keep actions open and unloaded and finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  5. You must call the range hot (handling and shooting of firearms allowed) and cold (all guns unloaded and actions open) yourself, before people can go down range
  6. Actions must be open, bolt face visible, and magazines removed when people are down range.
  7. Ensure the firing line is clear/cold before going down range.
  8. DO NOT HANDLE/TOUCH GUNS, AMMO, OR ANYTHING ON THE BENCH WHEN PEOPLE ARE DOWN RANGE OR WHEN THE RANGE IS COLD. When the range is cold step back from the bench until the range is hot.
  9. Shoot only targets in or on provided target frames, or an equivalent frame. Targets must be an appropriate height so all rounds will impact the berm without ricocheting off the ground.
  10. Shooting rocks, bottles, cans, food, etc. is unsafe and strictly prohibited.
  11. All metal targets must be at the base of the berms or tall enough that if you miss the target the rounds will impact the berm.
  12. Ensure all rounds directly impact the backstop/berm without striking the ground first. If your rounds are not hitting the backstop/berm, adjust position of your target on the backer/frame.
  13. No centerfire rifles on F or G ranges. No pistols on A, B, or D ranges.
  14. When shooting shotguns: you may only shoot slugs at our target backers. Birdshot may be shot into the backstop/berm with permission of the Range Safety Officers ONLY! If you destroy the ranges’ target backers with birdshot, you will pay $10.00 and will be asked to leave the range.
  15. ABSOLUTELY NO TRACER OR INCENDIARY AMMO!

Rifle/Pistol Range News

BoD Election – Ballot & Instructions

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park is scheduled to be held on Sunday May 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the main club house. Counting of the ballots will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. that day and the election of the three new Board members will be announced at the meeting. View or download candidate information and your official Ballot with Instructions, below! Ballots must be received by Sunday, May 20, 2018, 10:00 AM to be counted in the election.

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Brass Pickers Policy

The BRSP Board of Directors has decided to charge a fee for anyone that is picking up spent cartridges for profit (brass) on the BRSP property. This includes spent cartridges that will be sold for scrap, at gun shows and other commercial ventures. This fee will not be applied to the casual shooter that picks brass for their use. The fee will be $10 per day per brass picker. The fee will be paid on the last day of the month at the Rifle and Pistol Club house during normal business hours. The brass pickers will sign in with the RSO on duty before they will be able to start picking brass. If brass picker fails to sign in with the RSO they will be asked to leave the property, if this happens five times the picker will be banned for 30 days. Brass pickers will only be able to pick up brass on unoccupied ranges. Unoccupied ranges are defined as no shooters on the range at all, whether they are setting up, shooting or tearing down and packing up. Please see attached policy letter. Thank you for your cooperation. Brass Pickers Policy Letter April 2018

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Ice Cleats No Longer Mandatory On Rifle/Pistol Ranges

Effective Wednesday April 11, the ground conditions have improved and ice cleats are no longer required at this time. As always, please exercise caution while driving and walking on the property. Thank you for your cooperation with our safety requirements over the extended winter period.

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BRSP Steel Challenge Match Canceled March 31st

Due to not enough people signing up on Practice Score, the BRSP Steel Challenge Match on March 31st, is cancelled.

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Ice Cleats Must Be Worn On All Rifle and Pistol Ranges 

Due to recent warm temperatures and slick ice conditions, every person on the rifle and pistol ranges MUST WEAR ICE CLEATS AT ALL TIMES starting Sunday March 18, 2018 until further notice. Please take extra care in the parking lot directly in front of the ranges. When range conditions improve, we will lift this mandatory requirement. However it is strongly recommended that all shooters bring ice cleats with them to the range throughout the winter as conditions can change quickly. Please exercise extreme caution while driving and walking on the property.  Ice cleats are available for purchase at the Rifle/Pistol Office during office hours. Quantities may be limited, so please plan ahead. During EPM hours, members and guests must also be wearing cleats while on the property. We realize this requirement may be inconvenient to some of our shooters, but safety is our first priority. Thank you for your understanding.

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BRSP BOARD ELECTIONS AND NOTICE OF THE 2018 ANNUAL MEETING

NOTICE: To all Members of Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park. Download the Notice of Election and Annual Meeting here. The BRSP Board of Directors Election and Annual Meeting are coming up Sunday May 20, 2018.  Three members will be elected this year.  The term of office is 2 years.  All interested and qualified candidates that wish to serve should submit their statement of interest and personal biography no later than April 7, 2018.  Minimum qualifications for office include being an Member in good standing for at least one (1) year prior to May 20, 2018. If you are interested in running for any of the 3 Board seats, please email your statement of interest and personal biography to Ed Jackson, Election Chairman at both ed.jackson@gci.net  and BRSP_Management@brspclub.com.  Biographies must be limited to a single page of information.  Biographies may also be mailed or delivered to the main Clubhouse and must be addressed as follows. Ed Jackson, Elections Chair Birchwood Recreation and Shooting Park PO Box 670650 Chugiak, AK 99567 Biographies hand delivered to the Club Manager’s Office must be given to Dennis Geary or Yvonne Hubbs.  Please mark your envelope as “Board Candidate”. All statements of interest and biographies must be received by 6:00 PM Friday April 7, 2018, for consideration.  Ballots will be made available on the BRSP website and at each Clubhouse on April 9th and counted prior to the Annual Meeting on May 20th. Results of the elections will be announced at the meeting. Please note:  The final election notice will be emailed to eligible members no later than April 9, 2018.  Ballots and candidate statements along with voting instructions will be available April 9, 2018 at both clubhouses and on the BRSP website; www.brspclub.com.  Completed ballots may be hand delivered in accordance with the voting instructions to either clubhouse or mailed to BRSP.  Mailed ballots must be received not later than 10:00 AM on May 20, 2018 to be counted.  Mailed ballots should be sent to the above address. Thank you for your interest and support. David Kaiser*                               Ed Jackson                                             David Arieno* Board President                             Vice President                                         Secretary BRSP Board Members: John Barnes  —  Richard Bolender  —  Scott Henderson  —  Ben Olsen* * Board members whose terms of office expire this year.

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Next BRSP BOD Meeting 03/02/18

Greetings all!    The next scheduled BRSP  Board Of Directors (BOD) meeting is 03/02/18, @ 6:30 PM in the main Club house.  All members, and those with business before the BOD, are welcome to attend  and speak.  Why not come out and meet your current board members, and gain a better understanding of how BRSP decisions are made?

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An Open Letter to all BRSP Members

The BRSP Board of Directors (BOD) has carefully considered the current membership system and is implementing some changes. Currently, General Members are charged $119 per year ($99 per year Active Military and Seniors). “Exclusive Park Member”,  (EPM),  membership is $199 per year ($149 for Active Military and Seniors). There is also a Student Membership, for $10.00 per year, for those young shooters participating in leagues and other youth programs who are not covered under a family membership. General members are charged a $5.00 range fee per visit for each individual shooting on the Rifle and Pistol ranges, and increased fees for shooting clay targets, that amount to $1.00 extra per round of 25 targets. EPM members do not pay the range fee, and shoot clay targets at the reduced rate. Both General and EPM memberships are family memberships, which cover your spouse and children living at home under the age of 18 or age 23 with a valid student ID. EPM Members have access to the facility from 7:00am to 10:00pm, seven days a week, 364 day a year, (excepting the annual Youth Day in June). The General class of members may only shoot during the hours the park is open, i.e. those times when the gate is open, and the park is staffed. Recent events with respect to park access and other issues, including liability, have resulted in the Board of Directors (BOD) re-examining the classes of membership. At present only 4.4% of the membership is composed of members in the General Membership classification. As a result of our review the BOD has elected to take the following action: 1.Effective 1/1/18 there will no longer be “Genera”l and “EPM” member, just “Members”. “Members” will have all rights, privileges, and access currently enjoyed by “EPM” Members. The annual cost of membership will be $199 ($149 for seniors and active duty military). Student membership will remain the same at $10.00. Current General Members will be allowed to continue in their current status until their membership expires at which time they will have to pay the increased membership price. Current General Members, who wish to do so before their membership expires, may immediately upgrade their membership on a pro rata basis. Anyone not a current member may utilize the park by paying for a $20.00 48-hour membership and paying the range fees for each shooter and increased clay target fees. The BOD apologizes for any inconvenience that this change in membership structure causes, but we are convinced it is in the best interest of both the park, and the membership. Anyone who uses the park even just a few times a year will make up the difference in price between the current General and EPM membership fairly quickly with the savings on range fees and clay target costs after which there will be ongoing savings. Dave Kaiser President, BOD

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Member Benefits

We have added a comprehensive list of BRSP club benefits available to our membership to this website. You can learn more or refer a friend, here.

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BRSP Main Gate Access Issue Resolution

Gate Closure Change Recently because of a continuing problem with unauthorized shooters (non-members and non EPM members) on the Rifle and Pistol range after hours the Board of Directors (BOD) examined the problem closely. It became clear that these folks were taking advantage of the fact that the gate was open for league shooting on the shotgun side after the normal hours on R&P were over for the day at 6:00pm (summer) and 4:00pm (winter). Having unauthorized, unsupervised shooters on the range creates a significant safety/liability problem for the club. Not to mention that these folks were taking advantage of EPMs who pay significant dollars for the privilege of shooting during off hours. Accordingly, we elected to try closing the gate at 4:00pm as of November 20 after R&P went to winter hours. We acknowledged that this was going to be somewhat inconvenient for league shooters, particularly teams with general or 48-hour members. That policy was transmitted by email and by notices posted on each teams’ scoreboard. After hearing from many members and examining other approaches to the problem the policy of closing the gate early is hereby rescinded. In the near future we will have a Range Safety Officer (RSO – employee) present during all hours that an EPM can access the range when either the shotgun end or R&P is closed. This change comes with a not insignificant cost. Thank you for your continued support of BRSP and I look forward to seeing you on the range. Dave Kaiser President, BOD

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Winter Rifle/Pistol Leagues Starting This Month!

Join us for our Winter Adult Rifle/Pistol League, Beginner League, and Youth .22 Rifle League! Adult League is on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings (your choice), with signups on Saturday November 18 and the league ending February 10. Beginner League shoots Thursday nights, with signups on Wednesday November 15 and Saturday November 18 (same as Adult League). Youth League shoots Monday nights with signups on November 30. We will take a break from shooting the week between Christmas and New Year. The spring leagues will start immediately after completion of the winter leagues. All league shooters must be EPM members at Birchwood. Youth League shooters must either be Student Members, or dependents of an EPM. Current Fall League shooters may opt to sign up early at their Fall League Awards night. The cost is $65 per gun for the 10-week Adult League, $65 for the Beginner League, and $45 for the Youth League. For further information and league rules, go to http://brspclub.com/members/for-rifle-shooters/ and click on the appropriate league in the menu list or phone the Rifle/Pistol Office at 688-3967.

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Fall Adult Rifle/Pistol League Signups This Week!

We will be starting our Fall Adult Rifle/Pistol League soon! We are shooting on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings (your choice), with signups starting August 30 and the league ending November 15. The winter leagues will start immediately after completion of the fall leagues. All league shooters must be EPM members at Birchwood. In addition to our regular Adult League, we are also offering a new Beginners Adult League more suitable for novice and less experienced shooters. This league will shoot on Thursday evenings only, on a separate range. If you wish to shoot the Adult League, or the Beginners League, you must sign up at one of the mandatory safety meetings on August 30 and September 2. Returning league shooters may opt to sign up early on August 25. All meetings start promptly at 7pm at the Rifle/Pistol range office. The cost is $65 per gun for the 10-week league. Shooters may use a centerfire (non-magnum) handgun, centerfire (non magnum) pistol-caliber carbine, rimfire handgun (.22LR), rimfire rifle (.22LR), or a combination of these (maximum 3 for adult league, 1 for beginners league). This is a low-cost friendly competitive shooting league – come have fun and challenge yourself! See the attached flyer. For further information and league rules, go to http://brspclub.com/members/for-rifle-shooters/rifle-pistol-adult-leagues/ BRSP adult league flyer Fall 2017

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