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There is no rapid fire allowed. One second between shots. No human sillouette targets are allowed. Animal pictures and bullseyes are OK.
Rifle ranges go from 20, 50, 75, and 100 yards. There is a 200 yard range open Friday to non-members from 10AM to 12:30PM but call ahead to make sure a range master is on duty.
Pistol range is from 7, 15, and 25 yards.
Trap shooting is
Fri-Su: 10am-4pm. 7 1/2, 8 or 9 trap (low base) loads only.
For further information, see their web site: www.chabotgunclub.com.
Livermore-Pleasanton Rod and Gun Club, 4000 Dagnino Road, Livermore
LPRG owns and occupies 54 acres and includes rifle, pistol, and trap ranges, and an outdoor barbecue and recreation area. They also have a clubhouse with large screen HD TV and sofas. No .50 BMG allowed. Trap shooting (and lots of it). Mostly a daylight club, but Tuesday nights during Daylight Savings Time you can do trap shooting under the lights. Closed Mondays.
Range is open to Rifle, Pistol, and Trap shooting. For more information, go to their web site: www.lprg.org.
Classes available to learn to shoot or hunt.
Los Altos Rod and Gun Club, 14750 Skyline Blvd, Los Altos
A nice, friendly range for rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting, offering plinking at cans and plastic jugs at any time with any caliber on special 50 and 100 yard firing lines (this is unusual in the area). They'll pull trap for your squad, or you can bring or purchase biodegradable birds (just regulation trap birds, not sporting-clays type) and use their hand traps. Try out the red one that slings 'em at exceptional speed over a canyon so you have plenty of time to fantasize that the unbroken thing is laughing at you as it sails out of range. No skeet or sporting clays. $15 for the day, under 18 are half price.
Th-Su: 9am-5pm (Closes at 4PM in winter)
"Guns requiring a special license to own" and .50 BMG are not allowed. See their web site: www.losaltosrodandgunclub.com
Note: in the colder months is can get pretty foggy and damp up there. Call ahead for conditions.
San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Range, 3001 Davis St, San Leandro
An indoor pistol range and outdoor pistol and rifle range. A few outdoor firing points at 25/50 yards (smallbore rifle, any pistol) and 100 yards (centerfire rifle). Only bench shooting allowed on centerfire rifle ranges, no standing or prone (they have wooden barriers to prevent this). 14 indoor bays (magnum pistols not allowed indoors). No shotguns allowed. Open 7 days a week. More info on their web site: www.slrifle.com
The facility is right next to the city dump so on hot days be prepared for some smell. Because they are so close to the Oakland Airport they have a concern about ricochets on the outdoor range. For this reason they do not allow Full Metal Jacket ammunition for the outdoor range area. Be preparred to show the range master your ammunition when you sign in. Picture ID required to shoot there.
Target Masters West indoor pistol range, 122 Minnis Circle, Milpitas
An indoor range with 17 shooting stations up to 25 yards and a gun store. Extensive night hours. Note: An unaccompanied shooter who is not known to the staff and who does not bring a gun of his or her own cannot rent one at this range. So bring a friend it's more fun anyway.
No rapid fire (3 seconds between shots) and no head shots on sillouette targets. More info at their web site: www.targetmasterswest.com
Just received this email:
Firearms (was Montana Hawk) has gone out of business. The Cotati City
Council is refusing to let a new owner re-open the place, they don't
want any gun shops in their town, so it is closed for good."
Indoor pistol and rifle range with sales and rentals. You'll also still see references to its previous name, Aimark, and even its original name, Top Gun. See their website: jacksonarms.com.
They allow handguns (.22 short through .44 magnum), centerfire rifles in .223 only(you must use their ammo), and shotguns (lead buckshot or slugs only, no birdshot). They prohibit the following calibers: .30 carbine, .454 casull and .50 AE/Desert Eagle. Black Powder firearms allowed Monday - Friday 11am-12pm only. You can only shoot targets that you buy there.
Because of some bad experiences, their rental policy is strict: If you are there alone you cannot rent a gun unless you bring your own gun. In other words, if you already own a gun and just want to try out some different types of guns, no problem as long as you bring along your own gun. This does not apply to groups of 2 or more.
Call ahead before driving out there: (209) 832-5672.
It is a county-run park with pistol and rifle ranges and both trap and skeet fields (bismuth shot only, no lead). There are a variety of distances available, out to 50 yards for pistol and 100 for rifle. There is also a 200 yard rifle range used by two different DCM clubs for highpower rifle matches, which makes for a club match almost every weekend. This range is open for public practice the fourth Sunday of the month if a volunteer rangemaster is available, so call first (for this or to ask them how to get involved in DCM matches).
Operating hours are complex so see their web site: www.sccgov.org for more info.
I'm sure the locals are quite used to giving further directions.
The San Jose Zouaves, a Civilian Marksmanship Program and National Rifle Association affiliated club that has various activities, most prominently highpower-rifle matches, use this range: zouaves.org/zouaves/
Two sporting-clays courses (Main and Mountain) plus 5-Stand. The place is a classy operation in a beautiful, mostly-upland, though not waterless setting. "Reservations are appreciated" required, in fact, for the Mountain Course. A "training station" for Clays is available. Both American and Olympic skeet are available with 2 fields for shooting.
Minimum barrel length **
Beginner's Experience Package:
Open to the public year-round, though closed Mondays and Tuesdays except for special private events. Open national holidays except Christmas. Some evening hours available during Summer months. More info at their web site: www.coyoteclays.com
25 yard pistol range with 20 well-lighted lanes, with firearms for rent. If you are one of those people who don't want to keep your gun at home, they offer monthly storage lockers for you. See their web site for more info: www.reedsindoorrange.com
They have 10 lanes and a wide verity of handguns available to rent or buy. Hearing and eye protection is provided. They also provide a full range of classes from beginner handgun safety to California Concealed Weapon Permit courses. Check their web site for more info: www.bullseyerange.com
If you buy a firearm from them, you can shoot it during the 10 day wait period.
Rifle, pistol and skeet in the East Bay, out there on Point Richmond.
Claybird shooting is steel shot only (they'd probably accept bismuth) because of the shotfall area. Wed, Sat, Sun: 10am-3pm. 18.5" and longer (shotgun) barrels allowed.
There is a public 100-yard rifle range (and a 200-yard range for highpower matches and members' practice). Hours are Wed, Fri - Sun 9AM - 4PM. If you have military surplus ammunition or anything that attracts a magnet you might not be allowed to shoot it. Call ahead for information. A 25 yard public pistol range is also available.
This is a major range for IPSC, and SASS shoots here with the Richmond Roughriders. They also offer Smallbore Junior rifle training.
See their web site for more information: richmondrodandgun.com
Pistol ranges from 15 to 25 yards, rifle ranges from 50 to 100 yards. Human-silhouette targets may not be allowed. .50BMG is OK to shoot there. Surplus FMJ ammunition might not be allowed. Use a magnet to check if it's steel core before you bring your rifle ammo. Both trap and skeet are available on certain days.
New shooters to the range are required to take a 10 minute safety orientation before using the range. This is only offered weekends. Clubs within the organization run various competitions such as Action Pistol and metallic silhouette. Call them about hours, and about any qualification requirements for the pistol sports. There is a 200 yard range open to members only.
They now have a web site at unitedsportsmen.com
The range is under the direction of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department. The range only allows .22 rimfire pistols (25 yard range only)and any caliber rifles (100 yard range only). .50BMG might be OK to shoot. It is open to the general public between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays are normally for the exclusive use of the Coyote Point Rifle and Pistol Club. It is closed on all the major holidays. See their web site for more info: www.coyotepointrpc.org
The range is quite strict about its rules, and also a perennial target for shutdown by anti-gun forces; but is exceptionally clean and sparsely populated. Parents will often bring their children to shoot there and padded mats are provided for prone shooting. Several matches are conducted there including .22 pistol, International Air Pistol and Rifle, NRA and USAS matches.
It is near the hamlet
of Birds Landing, which is north of Concord, on the north side of the
river on 1200 acres adjacent to Suisun marsh. Pheasant and chukar hunting is available. Apparently you take California 12
(the road connecting Fairfield to Isleton) to Birds Landing Road, which
intersects 12 at about the same place as 113, turn south, and follow
the signs. See their web site for more info: www.birdslanding.net
They now offer sporting
clays Wed, Sat- Sun. The physical setting is lowlands.
Members can shoot pheasant and chukar, which appears to be the main purpose of
the club, over their own dogs or dogs rented from the club. (Both membership
and a dog seem to be required for hunting.)
See web site for more info: www.blackpointsportsclub.com/
address is 7711 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, but it is closer to Novato.
To get there, take California 37 to Lakeville Highway that's the
first light to the west of the Sears Point (California 121) intersection
and turn south. You will go a couple of miles down a gravel road (speed
limit 15), bearing left when there is an option (signs are posted at
most decision points). This is actually quite easy unless you mistakenly
take the Black Point Road/Atherton Boulevard exit,
which is further still to the west.
Huge range with 100 yard (26 positions
covered 26 positions uncovered) and 300 yard (11 positions shaded) for
rifles. Shoot pistols to 50
yards (16 covered positions), Rim Fire (.22 cal) reactive target range
(8 positions uncovered).
New customers must earn a shooting certificate before using their 300 yard range.
They have a "member only" 1000 yard range! Click this to read more about it.
Visit their website for more info: www.sacvalley.org
Gets hot in the Summer!
Rifle, pistol, and trap shooting as described on their web site: www.sunnyvalegunclub.com Not a large place and no .50 BMG guns allowed. The public is welcome but the range is operated by its volunteer members. Joining used to be by invitation only, like a country club, but was recently loosened up to encourage more participants.
Trap: ** 26"
Minimum barrel length **
The indoor range offers 21 shooting lanes out to 25 yards with automatic target retrieval. If you're short on equipment, they rent ear and eye protection, and guns of course.
Open to the public seven days a week, fees are $8/ hour. Courses are offered in basic firearms safety, defensive sprays, hunter safety and intermediate or advanced shooting. In Watsonville (behind Ferrell's Donuts), which is off the above map but to the south of the Bay Area on US 101. They also have a store-only location in Scotts Valley.
A small, friendly club with a variety of shotgun activities, they were established is 1883 which makes them one of the oldest clubs operating in America. They offer several fields of American trap and can throw International (aka Olympic or bunker) trap. They also have skeet and sporting clays.
They ask 48 hours' notice to throw sporting clays or bunker trap, and further require a squad of at least 4 shooters for bunker. For the other games, no advance notice is needed and individuals are welcome. As with any trap club, check their bulletin or call first to see if one of the leagues that rotate around the Bay Area clubs is shooting there that weekend.
See their web site for more info: www.martinezgunclub.net
Yolo Sportsmen's Association (YSA) has a Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun range at the Yolo Municipal Airport. Hwy 80, Woodland (up Vacaville way), then N Hwy 505 to Rt 29, E for 3-4 miles.
Two shotgun ranges including 5-Stand sporting clays, plus covered 10 yards and 25 yard pistol, 50 and 100 yard rifle ranges. Numerous events held there; has a stocked pond for recreational fishing.
See this web site for more info: Yolo_Sportsmens_Association
Gun range and large retail store just south of I-80. Open 7 days. They rent pistols and rifles, yes you can shoot rifles in their indoor range.
See their web site for more info: www.gunsfishing.com
Two ranges. 11 acres in size. The outdoor range features 32 covered firing points for Rifles and Handguns. Plus a 5 station 16 yard trap range. Facilities for shooting at various distances up to 200 yards. A variety of matches and training classes. Ladies night discount. See their web site: www.lincolnrifleclub.com
note: This facility may have closed. Call ahead first.
One of San Francisco's beautiful city parks Lake Merced offers trap and skeet shooting at a range near the city zoo. They are open to the public, with discounts and special privileges for members of the club. There is also a .22 LR rifle/air rifle-only range open to members by appointment. They have a Juniors Club as well, using Model 52 Winchester match rifles from the DCM. Call for hours and days of operation.
The club has been there since 1928 though it's still unknown to many shooters. As is the case these days, membership is dwindling and money is tight for this jewel of a club. Shotgunners are encouraged to come down and enjoy shooting in a park-like setting right on the lake.
Minimum barrel length **
See their web site for details: www.prgc.net
The greatest place
to shoot your rifle, pistol, and shotgun in Sonoma County is out in
Petaluma off 101 at Two Rock Coast Guard Station.. Nice people, free
good advice. 1 mile past the Coast Guard station on the right. Steady
crosswind that kicks up by afternoon. There is no food nearby to speak
of so bring food if you plan on staying all day. See this
web site for more details.
The Laguna Seca range is affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
First time visitors will be given instruction and the rules. Eye and ear protection must be worn (they are sold there along with targets) and kids 18 or under must be accompanied by a guardian. There are separate rifle and pistol ranges both of which are covered with benches. Target ranges go from 25, 50, 100, 200 and 300 yards (uphill gong). Restrictions: No full autos, no holsters, and no rapid fire.
Click here for a facility map.
The San Jose Municipal Firing Range (also known as the 10th Street Range) has Airgun shooting, an Indoor Handgun Range, an Outdoor Handgun Range, an Indoor Rifle Range, and an Outdoor Rifle Range. Instruction is available. Directions and map here.
See their web site for more info: www.scvrc.com/10th_street.htm
The Range has five INDOOR 50 ft firing points only with hand target reels (bring cardboard as the very strong ventilation fans can blow your paper target around). Some report that it gets a smokey in there despite the fans. All handguns permitted, no Magnum or Hardball (FMJ) loads allowed. .22 cal smallbore rifles only, no centerfire. The Range is open for the public every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. And Saturday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. It is located near the SJSU Spartan Stadium and the SJSU Ice Rink.
All of the ranges listed here either offer or can tell you where to find a National Rifle Association-style basic safety class that meets California's requirements for purchasing a handgun, or the Hunter Education class needed before you get your first hunting license. Give them a call and you'll generally find friendly, helpful people who have welcomed many a beginner into the community of safe gun owners.
California law, the house rules of most ranges, and good sense combine to require that you enter and leave the premises with your gun unloaded, cased, and (if it is a handgun) locked up. Transport must additionally be outside easy reach of the passenger compartment. For further information, consult one or more of these resources:
About These Ranges
All of the ranges described on this page as "indoor pistol," to my knowledge, rent handguns for use on the premises unless otherwise indicated, and most also have handguns, ammo, and accoutrements for sale. Some also deal in rifles and shotguns, and often will let you fire only birdshot or .22 indoors if they let you fire long guns at all. Most of the outdoor ranges neither sell nor rent guns, though most sell ammo and basic supplies.
I would imagine that most of the indoor and outdoor pistol ranges will let you practice with airguns, and some have airgun matches once in a while.
The "shotgun" ranges offer some combination of sporting clays, trap, skeet, and birdhunting, but not rifle or pistol shooting.
Black powder is usually restricted to outdoor ranges, and not all of them at all times; ask also about their special rules for handling the stuff.
Beyond the basic rules of gun safety, every range has its own rules and procedures. For instance, some (mostly outdoor ranges) forbid human silhouette targets, some prohibit rapid fire except in competition, and most around here forbid guns that require a special license to own (for example, National Firearms Act weapons like machine guns and sawed-off shotguns), at least in civilian hands and/or on the public line. See the posted rules and, if in doubt, ask a range officer.
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