It is the policy of the 2nd Texas Cavalry Co. A to keep its members, other re-enactors, members of the general public, spectators and the property of all safe from harm or damage during re-enactments or programs.
To that end, the 2nd Texas Cavalry Co A, its officers, members and affiliations adhere to a strict safety standard.
Not only do we have our own safety policy, we have adopted specific safety standards from national organizations which apply to our artillery, cavalry and marine impressions
Our members are held to a high standard of safety and must undergo an annual safety program along with constant updates.
2nd Texas Cav. Co. A, Inc
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment when re-enacting military engagements, these guidelines will be in effect. All members of the 2nd Texas shall read and understand all safety regulations. If a member does not understand a provision or provisions of the safety regulations, it is up to that member to seek clarification of that particular or all of the regulations. The Captain shall have final say in all disputes or discussions of any of the regulations and that regulation shall be changed to represent the Captain's decision.
As a member of the 2nd Texas, you must read and understand the safety guidelines for military re-enactments.
Safety Procedures at Military Encampments
Military Encampments are those events that depict military life in a living history environment where firearms are present.
· Firearms MUST remain unloaded and secured while in camp.
· If a firearm is not in possession of a member it must be safeguarded. (Locked in a lock box, under guard in camp and rendered inoperable)
· Firearms will be inspected at the start of every day and must be in a clean, safe and serviceable manner.
THE POSSESSION OF LIVE AMMUNITION IS REASON FOR IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THE UNIT.
· All cartridges will be checked for items other than black powder.
No staples or other fastener will be used on a cartridge.
· No newsprint will be used for cartridges.
· Cartridges will not exceed 60 grains for a .58 or .577 weapon.
· No “wonder wads” or any other type of sealant which could become a projectile shall be used in any firearm.
When firing during a battle scenario, the weapon will be ELEVATED and NEVER aimed directly at another. Aiming your weapon directly at another WILL BE CAUSE TO BE REMOVED FROM THE EVENT AND/OR UNIT. If the member is on probation, he/she will be dismissed from the unit with no return of insurance monies.
will be checked by an event safety officer prior to a battle re-enactment.
All firearms will be inspected for safety and cleanliness daily.
· Cartridges and caps will be offered to the event safety officer for inspection.
· Cartridges and caps will also be inspected during the morning inspection.
· Firearms will be completely discharged prior to leaving the field. No charge will be left in the weapon. The weapon will be cleared before leaving the field for any reason.
· If leaving the field, make sure you notify the nearest NCO in your unit and have them point you to someone who will clear your weapon. The NCO will notify the officer in charge that you have left the field.
· DO NOT APPROACH ANYONE WITH A CHARGE IN YOUR WEAPON. A WEAPON MUST BE COMPLETELY DISCHARGED PRIOR TO MOVING, TAKING PRISONERS, CHARGING OR TAKING A HIT.
· Weapons will not be discharged closer than 30 yards to the opposing sides.
· Do not discharge a weapon over the top of a “downed” soldier.
· The use of a ramrod is prohibited on the battlefield. It may be demonstrated during a loading procedure when one other member is present to observe.
RAMRODS MUST REMAIN FIXED IN THE WEAPON AT ALL TIMES.
· Tompions are NOT allowed on the battlefield. No Exceptions. These items are to remain in camp.
· Bayonets will remain in the sheath, except during a demonstration or while on picket duty with the authorization of the event safety officer
Bayonets will never be fixed on the battlefield.
When the opposing side fixes bayonets or suggests that they are about to fix bayonets, whether bayonets are fixed or not, the commander will remove this unit from the field for safety reasons. There is NO EXCEPTION to this rule.
· No edged weapons, with the exception of the officer’s sword, will be permitted on the battlefield. The will remain sheathed.
HAND ANYONE A LOADED WEAPON EXCEPT FOR A SUSPECTED SAFETY REASON AND ONLY TO A DESIGNATED SAFETY OFFICIAL.
· For safety reasons always listen to commands.
No individual, other than the officer in charge or NCOs, shall speak while in
formation. No Exceptions.
Anyone falling in with this unit for an event must be a recognized member of this
unit or a member of a recognized unit who has been trained. No fresh or "green"
troops may fall in unless they are recognized by the captain. NO EXCEPTIONS.
All members falling in must attend daily drill. No attendance at drill means you do not field. NO EXCEPTIONS.
· Weapons of pickets shall be checked prior to duty and throughout the picket's tour.
· Event safety precautions will supersede these regulations only when they are MORE strict in their content.
· No ammunition or powder will be near anything that can cause ignition. Powder and caps WILL be stored separately.
· No bulk powder or making cartridges at events.
· No powder horns or bulk loading devices will be used to load.
· Cartridges must be made BEFORE an event.
· Ammunition will be stored safely with fire suppression near-by.
· Candle lanterns will not be left unattended.
· No one under the age of 16 shall be allowed to use or carry a firearm. Replica non-firing firearms are available for use by those under 16.
· Weapons will be cleaned DIRECTLY after returning from a battle scenario.
· The weapon will be inspected by the NCO after it has been cleaned and after his approval, the weapon shall be put away in a safe manner.
· When leaving camp for ANY reason, you will carry a full canteen of water.
· All members will wear proper footwear at all times.
· When the temperature exceeds a comfortable level, jackets do not have to be worn while in camp. They must, however, be worn when preparing to move to a battle scenario.
FIRE SUPPRESSION DEVICES WILL BE ACCESSIBLE AT ALL EVENTS
A safety briefing will be held at least once during an event, preferably at the beginning, to familiarize all participants with the regulations of the event. A safety official will be appointed at the safety briefing and shall be made known to the event officials.
A stocked first aid kit will be available on site at every event. It is required that each member carry a small first aid kit along with emergency contact information and personal medication on their person at all times.
A fire suppression device or water bucket must be near any fire pits at all times.
A copy of these regulations will be given to the event officials when requested and at least one copy will be on hand for review in the daily log book.
These regulations may be changed or added to at anytime by the command staff or by the Captain. Those changes will be addressed at the safety briefing.
Guidelines Approved:1/2007 Updated 2/2009 Reviewed 1/2014