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egDonald 10-29-2012 9:16 AM

recommend shooting clubs?
Hi everyone.

So, this is a general question: Are Gun/Shooting clubs recommended? Does anyone belong to one/some?

And the next question, and the reason I'm posting this in the N. CA forum, is if anyone has any recommendations for a club in the Sacramento and surrounding areas?

I found 2 possible clubs, 1 under the IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Assoc.) and the other under the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Assoc.)

The reason I'm interested in joining a shooting club is to find an outlet to where I can shoot outside of the ordinary shooting range; seeking variety in the way I practice shooting.

I know, I could just join one and see how it goes, but I want to make sure I'm getting in something for the right reasons; that it's not full-on competition only, but that they offer members training opportunities and such.

I appreciate any info anyone can provide... and yes, I will be contacting the clubs directly, but was looking for some other insight as well.
Thank in advance. :cool:

XVIga_Rob 10-29-2012 7:51 PM

Sac valley shooting center is probably the best place around sacramento.

I understand that as a member, you can reserve a range and set up/shoot just about however you want, as long as it's safe.

Kappy 10-29-2012 9:17 PM

If you're in Northern Sacramento, I'd recommend maybe even going north to Yuba City for the Twin Cities Rod and Gun Club. A good place with good people. Sac Valley may be closer if you're in South Sac.

3GunFunShooter 10-30-2012 5:03 AM

The IDPA club and the USPSA club operate at Sac Valley Range which is owned by the Folsom Shooting Club. You can join the IDPA and USPSA clubs. To use the action pistol bays with the clubs equipment, you must also be an approved safety officer.
You can as a member of the Folsom Shooting Club use the action pistol bays after taking an orientation class, but those shooters are not allowed to us any of the IDPA, USPSA,
props, steel targets, equipment. Since you are in Elk Grove, Sac Valley is much closer than any other local range. As far as the IDPA, USPSA clubs offering training opportunities, there is informal practice of members. Both are great clubs to shoot,
I do both. Started in IDPA, and now do mostly USPSA and 3 gun. IDPA is more structured,
USPSA is more free form. IDPA and USPSA shooting is a GAME. It has a timer and a score.
It is not training. For many shooters, it is full on competition. That choice is up to you. It does help with your shooting skills. Shooting under stress, gun malfunctions, etc. SDPS IDPA does offer an intro to IDPA. The USPSA club at Sac Valley does not.
USPSA has 2 matches, the CAPSUL is on the 3rd Saturday, only 3 stages, done by noon.
NCPS is the 4th Sunday, 6 stages, need to bring at least 200 rounds, done by 3. IDPA is the 1st Sunday 6 stages, bring 100 rounds, done by 4. Hope to see you at the range.

sargenv 10-30-2012 6:58 AM

Lincoln was trying to establish a USPSA club.. I know their first shoot over the weekend went well, though I haven't heard mention of making it permanent just yet.. it might be something that will be ready for next season..

egDonald 10-30-2012 8:27 AM

Great! Thanks all.

As far as competition goes, where do these folks go to practice their shooting and simulate competition style shooting?

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3GunFunShooter 10-30-2012 9:38 AM

Most all of us joined IDPA and/or USPSA, started shooting matches. Became safety officers, joined the Folsom Shooting Club and then could use the action bays, along with the clubs props, targets, steel. Lot of shooters get airsoft guns like their competition pistols and can practice at home, garage, basement and backyard.

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