Have you ever heard the term RSO, or Range Safety Officer? It’s exactly like it sounds, someone who is in charge of overseeing the safety of individuals at a Range (or Shooting Club), also known as range users.
In addition to overseeing safe shooting procedures, an RSO will also need to know how to deal with malfunctions, emergency situations, as well as organize the procedures, take notes, when dealing with an emergency. They may also organize range activities and enforce range rules during these events.
What is a Chief RSO? Chief RSO is an individual certified to train NRA Range Safety Officers. The RSO course content consists of RSO's roles and responsibilities, range standard operating procedures, range inspection and range rules, firearm stoppages and malfunctions, and Range Safety Briefings which include procedures to follow in the case of an emergency. RSO's who have successfully completed this course then have the ability to become a Chief Range Safety Officer, someone essential to training and supervising NRA Range Safety Officers and developing range standard operating procedures.
Why is being a RSO important?
RSOs will be with you every step of the way, maybe from a distance, or maybe right next to you. They are what keeps a range safe and running smoothly. Experienced RSOs can spot issues before they happen, most likely, but that only comes with time on the range assisting shooters.
Considering RSOs pick this job because of their love for sport shooting, and they are knowledgeable about safe firearm handling, range etiquette, stance, proper sight picture/alignment, and can most malfunctions they may encounter. This level of skill does not come easily though. RSO's usually are great shooters because of being an RSO highlights basic issues new shooters will struggle with.
Being a RSO, gives you more opportunities to work for a gun range, or other industries related to firearms. For those who aren't interested in working in the industry, becoming an RSO is a great way to learn, and understand the rules, and etiquettes of the range for your own knowledge. Your NRA RSO certification will stay valid as long as you maintain a NRA membership.