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LewDog
03-10-2010, 1:40 PM
My girlfriend and I are going to be taking a little road trip next week from here (Orange County) up to Napa and she was saying it'd be fun to stop somewhere on the way to do some shooting (who could say no to that!?)...

Ideally, we're looking for some BLM land along the way where we could camp out for one night and shoot the shotguns, AR15, .22s, etc. That, or a shooting range (OLL-friendly) with a decent campground nearby. We would prefer around the San Jose/San Francisco area so we get most of the driving out of the way on the first day.

If anyone has any good spots for us to stop by please let me know! Thanks in advance!

theneko
03-10-2010, 2:04 PM
Well Bullseye in San Rafael is on your way and has a nice indoor range....
Not the same as BLM though.

LewDog
03-10-2010, 3:10 PM
yeah, definitely not the same. All we've been doing lately is "range" shooting so a trip to BLM would be nice to get the cramps out of the trigger fingers :-p

Ding126
03-10-2010, 3:24 PM
Los Gatos Rod & Gun

http://www.losaltosrodandgunclub.com

It's been a while but its nice open area surrounded by trees...tin can range ( you can shoot plastic bottles and cans ) They used to let you rapid fire .22 cal weapons..don't know if its still allowed

Ding126
03-10-2010, 3:28 PM
Also

While in Napa..stop here..
http://www.vsattui.com/

my wife loves it..awesome deli..grab a bottle of vino, cheese and bread..sit outside at one of many tables available.

Its a once a month trip..we live close by...

a1c
03-10-2010, 3:28 PM
There is the Field Sports (http://www.yelp.com/biz/field-sports-park-metcalf-gun-range-san-jose) Metcalf range in San Jose. It's not big but it's cheap and they provide spotting scopes. Not sure if they're black rifle-friendly - give them a call : 408-463-0652.

There is also the Chabot Gun Club (http://www.chabotgunclub.com/) in Castro Valley in the East Bay which is very cool - from there you can get to Napa easily through the Richmond bridge in an hour and a half or so. My wife used to shoot her AR there, so no worries.

Not sure what you're going to do in Napa, but if you go Up Valley (Calistoga area), stop at August Briggs (http://www.augustbriggswines.com/) winery on Silverado Trail. Why am I recommending them? Because they make excellent wine, but also because there is no tasting fee, which is rare in Napa Valley. It's not a touristy spot either, so don't expect a huge gift shop - what they make and sell is wine. And while you're in the area, hit Woodhouse Chocolates (http://www.woodhousechocolate.com/), your wife will thank you later. And don't forget to eat at Taylor's Refresher (http://www.taylorsautomaticrefresher.com/information/locations.htm) (they have another one at the Oxbow Market in Napa).

LewDog
03-11-2010, 12:17 PM
Thanks for all the ideas everyone. We'll definitely try to make time for at least some of those things. Sounds like it'll be a fun trip. Keep the ideas coming and if anyone knows of some decent BLM land out there please post it up!

Teeg
03-11-2010, 11:57 PM
There is the Field Sports (http://www.yelp.com/biz/field-sports-park-metcalf-gun-range-san-jose) Metcalf range in San Jose. It's not big but it's cheap and they provide spotting scopes. Not sure if they're black rifle-friendly - give them a call : 408-463-0652.

There is also the Chabot Gun Club (http://www.chabotgunclub.com/) in Castro Valley in the East Bay which is very cool - from there you can get to Napa easily through the Richmond bridge in an hour and a half or so. My wife used to shoot her AR there, so no worries.

Not sure what you're going to do in Napa, but if you go Up Valley (Calistoga area), stop at August Briggs (http://www.augustbriggswines.com/) winery on Silverado Trail. Why am I recommending them? Because they make excellent wine, but also because there is no tasting fee, which is rare in Napa Valley. It's not a touristy spot either, so don't expect a huge gift shop - what they make and sell is wine. And while you're in the area, hit Woodhouse Chocolates (http://www.woodhousechocolate.com/), your wife will thank you later. And don't forget to eat at Taylor's Refresher (http://www.taylorsautomaticrefresher.com/information/locations.htm) (they have another one at the Oxbow Market in Napa).

If you're headed to Napa from Castro Valley. Don't go across the Richmond bridge, it will put you on the other side of the bay and take much longer. Instead take I-80 to Vallejo and that will take you into Napa.

JagerTroop
03-12-2010, 12:29 AM
Thanks for all the ideas everyone. We'll definitely try to make time for at least some of those things. Sounds like it'll be a fun trip. Keep the ideas coming and if anyone knows of some decent BLM land out there please post it up!

Tustin to Napa? Right up the 5... you'll pass right by Panoche Hills. It's about 20-30 minutes off the freeway, but worth it.

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LewDog
03-13-2010, 6:00 PM
:) Thanks again!

gdun
03-13-2010, 11:42 PM
The sturgeon are running pretty good in the napa river ;)

Turbinator
03-14-2010, 9:17 AM
Tustin to Napa? Right up the 5... you'll pass right by Panoche Hills. It's about 20-30 minutes off the freeway, but worth it.

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Make sure you clean up your trash and brass. We all work hard to keep it clean.

That's the place to go. Yup, as what Jager said, gotta help keep it clean though, please!

Turby