Rules for Air Horns and Flags
The Nebraska Territorial Rangers shoot all matches under a flag system. This is important for the safety of our shooters, as Gun Fire in the Hills has no shooting berms to divide the stages. All shooters should be familiar with the basic principles of the flag system. The Posse Marshals and Range Officers will handle or direct the usage of all flags.
|The Yellow Flag|
|The Red Flag|
|The Green Flag|
If something should occur down range that will need someone to cross over the firing line to fix, it is the responsibility of the Range Officer to use the air horn to notify his/her posse and all other posses that there is a problem. If the problem is not a matter that would endanger anyone, TWO SHORT BLASTS on the air horn AFTER the shooter has finished the stage, lets the posse leader on that posse know that a yellow flag is required.
When two short blasts are heard and a yellow flag is raised on another posse, the Range Officer should allow his/her shooter to finish his/her stage, proceed to the unloading table, lay guns on the table and step back from the unloading table. Once the Range Officer has determined that long guns are either lying on the loading or unloading tables, pistols are in holsters or on the table, then he/she will tell his/her Posse Leader to raise the yellow flag for the posse. (If pistols have been loaded and holstered, they should remain in the holsters and not touched by the shooter who shall remain at the loading table. This is to avoid any unnecessary handling of loaded pistols.)
When all posses’ yellow flags are raised, it is then safe for someone to cross the firing line to set targets, retrieve hats, etc. Once the problem has been rectified, the initiating posse’s Range Officer will tell his Posse Leader to raise the green flag. Only when all green flags have been raised, can any gun be picked up or moved and shooting resume.
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If something should occur down range that presents eminent danger to person or persons, A LONG BLAST on the air horn by a Range Officer signifies an immediate cease fire. The long blast should be relayed by all Range Officers to ensure everyone up and down the line hears it. The person on that and all stages are to stop firing immediately, lay down his/her gun on the ground in front of him/her with the barrel facing down range, stand, step back from the gun, and raise open and empty hands to signify he/she is clear. At that time the Range Officer tells the Posse Leader to raise the red flag. Once the danger has been remedied, the initiating Range Officer will let his/her Posse Leader know to raise the green flag.
Shooters in the middle of stages on a red flag will be allowed to reshoot that stage. Guns will be picked up and carried to unloading table where they will be unloaded and cleared. The shooter will then need to proceed to loading table, reload and get ready to shoot through the stage again. While the interrupted shooter is unloading and reloading, the next shooters in line may proceed through the stage. Once the interrupted shooter is ready, he/she will shoot wherever in the shooting order that occurs.
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After a situation has been remedied under a yellow or red flag, the initiating Range Officer will let his/her posse leader know to raise a green flag. After ALL green flags are raised, guns can be picked up, moved, and shooting can resume.
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