View Full Version : Best range in the bay area to take classes for birthday party.

06-30-2009, 1:50 PM
I have been to the range once and I loved it..I live in the bay area and wanted to go to a range with my friends for my birthday July 28, any one have any suggestions? Most of my friends have never shot before so we would need to take a safety class first I guess. Any thing would help,thankyou!

06-30-2009, 2:26 PM
Jackson Arms in South San Francisco is very accomodating Call in advance they'll set you all up

06-30-2009, 2:27 PM
try bulleyes in san rafael or jackson arms in so sf, if you want outdoors try
chabot in the oakland hills

movie zombie
06-30-2009, 7:04 PM
make a day of it: drive down to Markley's in watsonville, then head to moss landing to Phi'ls for good fish eats.


06-30-2009, 8:09 PM
Jackson Arms in South San Francisco is very accomodating Call in advance they'll set you all up

+1 for Jackson Arms, good folks out there...although you might have to bring some ammo, I've seen them turn away some shooters from lack of. :p

06-30-2009, 9:00 PM
Coyote Valley in Morgan Hill has a seemingly great intro package if you would like to shoot clays. http://www.coyoteclays.com/


07-01-2009, 3:04 AM
Last year I took Bill & Cathy Tidwell's NRA first pistol class (http://www.train2besafe.com/index.html). Thought it was well worth it. Plus we got to shoot a whole bunch of pistols (semi-autos and revolvers) and apply for & receive the handgun safety card (so bring your checkbook!).

Sure, you could keep going to a bunch of (indoor) ranges and renting pistols there, or borrowing friend's pistols and rifles and shooting them for fun. But good initial training on proper handling and shooting of a firearm are essential. Bill & Cathy can provide that early foundation. And after you acquire your first (and maybe second) handgun, take a private firearms lesson as well.

This site (http://www.dragunov.net/bay_area_ranges.htm) shows where the shooting ranges are in the SF Bay Area. In the 925 area I've been to two outdoor ranges open to the public -- USI (http://www.unitedsportsmen.com/) and Livermore (http://www.lprg.org/). In the 510 area I've been to Chabot (http://www.chabotgunclub.com/). In the 415 area I've been to Bullseye's (http://www.bullseyerange.com/) indoor range. It also has a ladies' night on Wednesdays.

After you get your first handgun and maybe join one of the clubs involved with USI, I highly recommend taking a private lesson with Larry Glen at USI. Great guy, great teacher!