The Bisley example…
As an NRA RCO assessor - & SA(LR)07 - mixing “military” shooting & civilian shooting…
To quote from the NRA Bisley Range Regulations:
[quote]6 Safety Regulations
a. Unless prior permission has been obtained from NRA, no firearm may be loaded or fired before the siren has indicated the commencement of a shooting period, nor shall a firearm be loaded or fired until the RCO has given the order to load and to fire. Equipment and firearms may not be placed on the firing point except under the direction of the RCO and where it is safe in all respects to fire.
b. Aiming or “snapping” an unloaded firearm is NOT allowed in any public place except as part of a properly organised course of instruction, or when in the firing position on a firing point with the permission of the RCO, and then only if it would, in all respects, e safe to fire a live round.
c. No firearm is to be loaded until the shooter is in the firing position on a recognised firing point. Except when otherwise prescribed in the conditions of a discipline or competition, a loaded firearm must at all times point towards the butts. When loading, unloading or checking a rifle, the barrel must at all times be pointed in a safe direction. At no time may any part of the body be placed in front of the muzzle of a loaded firearm. [/quote]
For me, if on or very near a live firing point at Bisley, within the constraints of the Range Regulations, then the only safe direction to point a rifle, or ease springs, etc, is towards the butts, from a vacant firing point area. If you are completely away from the range, say 200m behind the firing point, carrying out training, then designate a safe area. On Bisley ranges, other (civilian) firers won’t know that dry training is in progress, so undoubtedly would have concerns. If in doubt, liaise with them to make sure that they understand what is going on.