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NOSA Shooting Range Rules


Special Additional Restrictions Because Of COVID-19 Pandemic

This new section and its restrictions take precedence if there is a contradiction found later on this page.

When shooting recommences on 22 May 2021, NOSA shooting days at Nolalu will be all day, from 9 A.M. until 10 P.M. or darkness (whichever comes first), on Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday each week from May 22 until the end of October 2021.

Not as usual, there are certain new additional restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic on how we shoot:

-- To maintain social distancing between shooters, at any one time only two persons may set up and shoot on Range 1 (the left pistol range) and only three persons may set up and shoot on Range 2 (the right hand 100-200-300 meters range) in order to stay well separated.

-- If more than 5 shooters are present, all other persons shall remain well behind the shooting positions and maintain social distancing (at least 2 metres, or 6 feet 7 inches, separation) from everyone else. In this situation, be courteous and give everyone a turn to shoot.

-- The sign-in box will contain hand sanitizer. Provision of other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as masks are the responsibility of the members.

-- We are again allowing members to bring guests.

It is expected that members will be responsible and ensure that these restrictions, and other range rules, are closely followed.

If we find that our people cannot follow these simple rules, then we will have no choice but to close the range again.

Be safe.


Valid Firearms Licence is Required

All NOSA members and guests bringing firearms to a NOSA Range shall have a valid Firearms Licence known as the Possession Acquisition Licence or P.A.L. with them. Every firearm in the restricted or prohibited class must be accompanied by its Firearm Registration Certificate. Any firearm (including non-restricted) being so transported must be unloaded and properly secured in transit according to provincial and/or federal firearms regulations.


Nolalu Shooting Range Rules for New Ontario Shooters Association

The NOSA Club Nolalu Outdoor Shooting Range is known as the Nolalu Shooting Range or the JR Range. NOSA can use #1 and #2 shooting ranges there on Club Days Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 22 May 2021 through October inclusive, only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. or darkness (whichever comes first).


Instructions for Nolalu Various Range Gates and Signs and Flags

NOSA members unlock the outer main gate at the highway, enter, and relock this outer gate so only other authorized users can subsequently enter using their own keys.

Main Gate Sign.

Inside the main gate there is a new sign to show the firing status of the entire range complex, which is hot if there is going to be firing on any of the ranges -- those used by NOSA or O.P.P. or other police forces. This main gate sign has two flags available, one red and the other green; the flag not being displayed up front is stored in a tube behind the sign.

This new main gate sign should be opened to the "Range In Use Caution" side when the first shooter arriving at Nolalu enters the main gate, and exchange the green flag for a red one (meaning the range complex is hot).

When the last person leaves the Nolalu range complex, change the main gate sign back to "Range Closed" and replace the red flag with the green one (meaning range is not in a firing state).

Note: when the last person from NOSA exits Nolalu, leave this main gate red flag and "Range In Use Caution" sign if firing is still in progress on any of the other non-NOSA ranges -- e.g. the OPP or police ranges are evidently still in use. (That is something which you might know from the sounds of gunfire or having observed the presence of other users. Do your best.)




Range Open Sign.

The inner gate to the NOSA use ranges (#1 and #2) may remain unlocked only for so long as authorized users are present. The first NOSA member opening the inner gate shall also reconfigure this "RANGE CLOSED" sign to notify that the range is in use.



Range Closed Sign.

The last NOSA member present puts this sign back to "RANGE CLOSED", locks the inner gate, and then also ensures the outer Nolalu main gate is locked on departure.



There are actually two NOSA shooting ranges at Nolalu.
Range #1 has targets at 25 metres and is for rimfire or centerfire pistols, and rimfire or centerfire rifles.
Range #2 is for any rifles, with targets fixed at 100, 200, or 300 metres (targets must not be moved to other distances, or set up at other locations). No pistol shooting is permitted here.

Range #1 and the 100 metre portion of Range #2 may be used to sight in a shotgun with slugs; the use of a shotgun with shot is expressly forbidden on these Nolalu ranges and any such violation may result in expulsion from the range and from NOSA.

NOSA members shall sign in to the attendance book (located in the locked box, same key, between Range #1 and #2) each and every day they use the shooting range.

Targets shall be attached to the provided target frames (which are directly in front of back-stops) well inwards from the frame's outer wooden structure, to prevent major damage to the wooden frame.

NOSA members shall clean up the range of cartridge cases and other debris and remove targets after shooting. There is a trash barrel on site.

NOSA members shall keep the washroom facilities clean and tidy.

NOSA members are not permitted to loan out their shooting range key to non-members. If a member loans out the shooting range key to a non-member, the membership may be revoked. There will be no refund of membership fees in such instances.


Additional NOSA Nolalu Shooting Range Rules

Modified baffle over firing line.

300 Metre Targets. In this picture is the large wooden baffle that must be used for shooting at 300 metres, which is permitted only from a sitting position at either of the two leftmost benches. Bench shooting here is done with the rifle supported by your arms (or a rest) on the bench, with the barrel pointed under the baffle.



New bench with baffle.

100 and 200 Metre Targets. In this picture is one of the new fittings for use during shooting from the right hand benches at the 100 and 200 metre targets. Bench shooting here is done with the rifle supported by your arms (or a rest) on the bench, with the barrel pointed down range under the cross-bar.


Shooting Range Flags. Members shall ensure the correct flags are erected for the particular shooting range being used.

Flags on the near end of the berm separating Range #1 from Range #2 (one flag for each Range) only indicate whether or not that particular range is now in use.
-- The GREEN FLAG here indicates a totally safe range with no firearms in use for shooting.
-- The RED FLAG here indicates caution, that the range is in use for shooting. Actual firing on a range is controlled by the use of additional flags as described below.

Range #1. When this range is in use for shooting, there is an additional flag displayed on the right wall near the firing line.
-- The GREEN FLAG here indicates that all firearms are unloaded and laid down with action open and muzzle pointing down range; shooters may then advance forward of the firing line and targets may be changed.
-- The RED FLAG here indicates that this #1 Range is in a firing state, and no one is permitted to be forward of the firing line.

Range #2 (100M, 200M, and 300M). When this range is in use for shooting, there is an additional green flag available that is mounted on a weighted pole that is located immediately in front of the firing positions.
-- When a cease-fire-unload order has been given, and all firearms have been unloaded and laid down with action open and muzzle pointing down range, this green flag will be stood erect by the Range Officer, or senior shooter present, and only then may shooters advance forward of the firing line and targets may be changed.
-- Upon the return of all persons back safely behind the firing line, the Range Officer or senior shooter present will lay this green flag down on the ground, and upon returning himself/herself behind the firing line, order that firing may commence.

Hearing protection is mandatory for all persons at or near the firing line while shooting is taking place, whether they are firing or observing. Shooting protective glasses are highly recommended.

Some Safety Vests are available in the sign-in box. Please ensure that you, or at least one person in your group proceeding down range, wears a vest -- particularly when going to the 200 or 300 metre targets.

Anyone that is not a NOSA current member and is on the NOSA portion of the Nolalu Shooting Range on NOSA Club Days is trespassing if not accompanied by a current member of NOSA; if such trespasser does not leave voluntarily and is causing a problem, telephone for the O.P.P. to remove them.

Any person who is impaired by, or appears to be under the influence of, alcohol or marijuana or any drug shall not shoot or handle firearms on a NOSA operated range, and no one shall bring alcohol or marijuana or an illicit drug onto a NOSA operated range.

NOSA Club Lanyard Must Be Displayed By Adults To Shoot On Our Ranges

No adult member is permitted to shoot on any NOSA rented range, at Nolalu or Thunder Bay District Fish and Game Association or elsewhere, unless they are clearly displaying their current NOSA membership card in the provided card case on the club lanyard, which is worn about the neck.

Adult persons not displaying the above proper NOSA identification will be removed from the firing area.



Additional Range Standing Orders or Match Standing Orders or NOSA Rules as applicable may be found posted at the shooting range.

Official copies of printed updates may be handed out at club meetings and/or posted at the ranges.

In all cases safety is of paramount importance!



Map to the Outdoor Nolalu Shooting Range

The Nolalu Shooting Range (aka JR Range) is located on the North side of Hwy 588 about one kilometre East of the intersection with Hwy 590.

Directions from Thunder Bay. The easiest driving route to this shooting range from Thunder Bay is: Go West on Hwy 11/17, just past Kakabeka Falls turn left onto Hwy 590, and drive until you reach the intersection of Hwy 588 (stop sign), turn left (East) and drive about 0.9 km. and find the shooting range's entrance on the left (North) side of the road.

Click here to see a drawn map to the Nolalu outdoor shooting range.



Information for NOSA Members' Use of Fish and Game Ranges

On a date to be announced for Fall 2021, NOSA will conduct indoor shooting at the large Thunder Bay District Fish and Game facility (variously referred to here as TBFG or F&G or Fish and Game) at 260 Pento Road which is off Government Road.

NOSA Members (and any guests) while on the TBFG grounds shall obey all rules and regulations issued by the TBFG Executive for conduct at this facility.

At the conclusion of shooting, members will gather up spent shells and throw out any garbage and generally leave any range in a tidy state.

NOSA Junior Shooters

When shooting recommences, regular Juniors' Wednesday shooting sessions will take place at the F&G facility. Juniors must be brought to the Main Gate at 6:45 p.m., and no later than 7:00 p.m. A NOSA Volunteer will be there to let them through the gate upon arrival (and again upon departure) as the Main Gate is otherwise always locked.

We are only allowed 10 people in our Range One building at one time. So for the weeks going forward:

When the Jrs arrive they will Sign In and find out what line they are on.
They will then return to their Parentís vehicle to wait in the cars with their Parents until their line is called.
We ask Parents to park so you can see the range door.
Samantha will hold up the line number being called.
When the Jrís line is called they will proceed into the range.
Parents are asked to please remain in their vehicles.

We are going to use both sides of Range One, setting up air on one side and .22RF on the other. 5 Jrs per line will have a short class, then shoot air, then .22RF. That line of Jrs then will go home. Samantha will score the targets and give them to the Jrs the following week.

We ask that Juniors supply their own masks; they will all be assigned a bag with safety glasses and hearing protection to take care of. It will be their responsibility to bring them weekly to Junior Shooters' sessions.

All supplied firearms will be wiped down between shooters.

NOSA Adult Shooters

When shooting recommences at a date to be announced in Fall 2021, Fridays at about 6:30 p.m., NOSA Adult members will gain admittance through the F&G Main Gate using the padlock with their current NOSA key. They shall lock that gate immediately after passing through, when coming into, and when departing, the F&G facility.

They will sign in and out using the NOSA attendance book which is located in the desktop immediately inside the Main Gate. They will then proceed to #1 Range (50 yards for rimfire rifles, or rifles chambered for pistol cartridges, or other centerfire rifles strictly using lead bullets -- not jacketed) or #8 Range (10 metres for pistols).



Range Layout for Thunder Bay District Fish and Game Facility

Map of Thunder Bay District Fish and Game Ranges

Click on the image at left to see a larger map for the F&G facility showing the location of its numbered ranges.




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