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120 E Main St, Ripon (209) 599-4651
Birds Landing Hunting and Sporting Clays
2099 Collinsville Rd. Birds Landing (707) 374-5092
Shotgun/Sporting Clays - 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
Black Point Game Bird Club
7711 Lakeville Rd, Petaluma (707) 763-0076
Shotgun/Sporting Clays - 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.
Bullseye Precision Shooting
1281 Andersen Dr suite K, San Rafael (415) 453-7465
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.
Center Mass Shooting Range
27 Commerce Place, Vacaville (707) 449-4867
Three indoor pistol ranges. There are eight lanes at 17 yards and four lanes at 25 yards.
See their web site for more info: centermassrange.com
Chabot Gun Club
9999 Redwood Road, Castro Valley (510) 569-0213
Rifle, Pistol, Trap - A large, active club with a lovely regional-park setting and a no-nonsense safety attitude, Chabot has many organized competitions (they do almost all the acronyms, including DCM, PPC, IPSC, IDPA...), plus classes and less formal activities (plinking) in rifle, pistol. Trap range for shotgunners. No gun sales, and no rentals in the usual sense (DCM rifle matches and some classes offer loaner M-1 Garands and .22 rifles). Steel core and surplus ammunition are ok except the usual prohibition on tracer and incendiary bullets. .50 BMG is OK on Mondays only. Beltfed is fine too but your links must be no more than 10 rounds each. If you own an Off List (OL) rifle these are generally accepted. Bring your receipt from a gun purchased within the last year and you shoot for free!
There is no rapid fire allowed. One second between shots. No human silhouette targets are allowed. Animal pictures and bulls-eyes 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 7 1/2, 8 or 9 trap (low base) loads only, 18.5" and longer barrels allowed.
For further information, see their web site: www.chabotgunclub.com.
Coyote Point Shooting Range
1601 Coyote Point Blvd, San Mateo (650) 573-2557
Outdoor range - Rimfire & rifles, no centerfire handguns. The range is under the direction of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department. The range only allows .22 rimfire pistols & rifles (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 rimfire shooting. Several matches are conducted there including .22 pistol, International Air Pistol and Rifle, NRA and USAS matches.
Coyote Valley Sporting Clays
1000 San Bruno Ave, Morgan Hill (408) 778-3600
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
Guns, Fishing & Other Stuff
197 Butcher Road, Vacaville (707) 451-1199
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
152 Utah Avenue, South San Francisco (650) 588-4209
Indoor 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), and shotguns (lead buckshot or slugs only, no birdshot). Centerfire rifles no longer allowed. 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.
If you are there alone you cannot rent a gun unless you bring your own gun. This does not apply to groups of 2 or more.
Laguna Seca Rifle and Pistol Range
1025 Monterey, Hwy 68, Salinas (831) 757-6317The outdoor range is open year-round Friday through Monday, but closed for some special events at Laguna Seca Raceway (these closures are scheduled far in advance, and you can find out about them by calling ahead).
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.
Lincoln Rifle Club
424 G Street #203 Lincoln (916) 434-0308
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
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.
30261 S. Airport Way, Manteca (209) 823-7919
Archery, Black Powder, Indoor, Pistol, Shotgun (Trap), and Rifle venues.
See their web site for more info: http://mantecasportsmen.com
The Range is open for the public 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, only closed Christmas and Thanksgiving day. Pistol & rifle hours are 8am until 1/2 before sunset. Public trap hours 9-noon Mon, 6-10 Wed, and 10-4 Sat
Markley's Indoor Range and Gun Shop
14 Blanca Ln, Watsonville (831) 722-6945
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.
900 Waterbird Wy, Martinez (925) 372-9599
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
Field Sports Park ("Metcalf")
9580 Malech Rd, San Jose (408) 463-0652
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/
Pacific Rod and Gun Club
520 John Muir Dr, San Francisco (415) 586-8349
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.
** 24" Minimum barrel length, No extended magazines **
See their web site for details: www.prgc.net
Reed's Indoor Range
1100 Duane Avenue, Santa Clara, CA (408) 970-9870
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. Nice selection of firearms and accessories for sale, also many training classes. See their web site for more info: www.reedsindoorrange.com
They feature a Monday Night Shooting League for people who want to try competitive pistol shooting.
Richmond Rod and Gun Club
3155 Goodrick Ave, Richmond (510) 620-9519
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). 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
San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Range
3001 Davis St, San Leandro (510) 638-9605
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 prepared to show the range master your ammunition when you sign in. Picture ID required to shoot there.
San Jose Municipal (10th Street) Firing Range
1580 South 10th St, San Jose (408) 275-1738
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.
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.
6-B Sporting Clays
3100 West Gaffery Road, south of Tracy
Note: Call ahead before driving out there: (209) 832-5672.
Sacramento Valley Shooting Center
15501 Meiss Rd. Sloughhouse (916) 354-9668
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!
Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club
11998 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 (408) 873-8255
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 **
Target Masters West indoor pistol range
122 Minnis Circle, Milpitas
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 to midnight (gun shop closes at 10PM), Sunday 10AM - 10PM
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
United Sportsmen Inc
4700 Evora Rd, Concord Rifle Range (925) 676-1963 Trap/Skeet (925) 676-1987
Rifle/Pistol Hours: 9-5 daily, closed on Tuesday; Trap/Skeet/5-Stand Hours: 1-8 W-Th, 10-3 F, 10-6 Sa-Su
Pistol ranges from 15 to 25 yards, rifle ranges from 50 to 100 yards. Human-silhouette targets not allowed. .50BMG is OK to shoot there. FMJ steel-core ammunition not allowed. Use a magnet to check if it's steel core before you bring your rifle ammo.
New shooters to the range are required to take a 10 minute safety orientation before using the range -- this is offered every day, no waiting.
USI is owned by five separate clubs offering trap, skeet, rifle, pistol, action pistol, air gun, archery, and youth programs. Links to each club can be found on the USI website. Action Pistol, their 200 yard range, and private shotgun fields are open to members only. Memberships are only $20 or $25 per year, depending on the club.
Visit the USI web site at unitedsportsmen.com
24189 Aviation Ave, Davis CA (530) 662-2349
9-6 W-Su, x M-Tu
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.
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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