The "Plate Rack" actually consists of two plate racks in a pistol bay formerly referred to as the "Canyon." The Canyon was reworked and the plate racks were moved to this bay and was opened up for use by all members and their guests. At least for now, a plate rack variance is not required, but this is subject to change. The only reason we required a short plate rack orientation before issuing a variance was to make sure everyone knows the rules for using the plate rack. Actually, there are no special rules for the plate rack, but the eye protection rule takes on special importance when shooting steel.
The plate rack is a spectator magnet! People enjoy watching people shoot it because it makes noise and something falls. This makes it important that any member using the plate rack pay special attention to people watching to make sure they are wearing eye protection. If you see someone not wearing eye protection, ask them to do so and if they refuse, then stop shooting until they leave or put on glasses. There is no exception to this rule.
The concrete pad is placed at 10 yds. from the plate rack and this is the minimum distance that must be maintained when shooting steel anywhere on PSC ranges. You may shoot from further back if you like, so long as this does not put anyone in front of your muzzle, but you cannot get closer to the rack. Here are the plate rack rules:
Shooting the plate rack is a lot of fun and it's a great way to force yourself to watch the front sight like you should! Have fun with this equipment, but please remember to watch for spectators not wearing eye protection.