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Old 05-21-2012, 10:46 AM
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My friend brought his son to the shooting range this weekend and they were going to shoot both handgun and rifles; however, he was told that the age limit to shoot a handgun was 14. Is that a CA state law or might it just be their "in-house rules"? I've been trying to search for the age limit both on this website as well as DOJ's website but have come up empty so far.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:49 AM
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House rules.

For example, Field Time Target and Training, when they open next weekend will have a minimum age of 16 to shoot, it's not law it's just their own policy.
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Good question. Probably a range policy. Insurance reasons no doubt. Call ahead.
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House rules.

For example, Field Time Target and Training, when they open next weekend will have a minimum age of 16 to shoot, it's not law it's just their own policy.
This^ I thought it was all the same until my uncle and I tried taking my cousin to another range in Carona (I shoot at HB usually) and they wouldn't let him shoot but Hb had no problem.
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Good info, wanted to know before I took my son. thnx for posting!
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Definitely range rules. Not a law.

I've seen Dads bring their toddlers to the range to shoot all sorts of .22lr's, pistols or otherwise. At that age, I think it's more a maturity thing rather than a hardset number. So long as they're able to respect the gun as a weapon, I think it's okay to bring them out.
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Have to respect the rules.

Some indoor ranges require a height requirement for minors. They just don't want them to shoot under the bench.
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That sucks. The Santee Discount Gun Mart here in San Diego let's me take my 5year old step son to shoot. Everyone was pleasantly surprised I was teaching him to shoot.
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My Dad taught me to shoot at the age of 4. He started taking me to the range. I was a big 4 year old though. He bought a Ruger Single Six for me to use. He would take me often. I was too short to shoot over the bench, so he would put a chair next to the bench, and I would stand on it, and he would stand behind me supporting the weight of the gun while I acquired the sight picture and pulled the trigger. Looking back I'm surprised the range staff didn't give him any problems, but I guess that things were slightly different back in 1989. I've never forgotten those trips to the range. I would agree it's definitely a maturity issue though. There are alternatives to the range. My dad bought a pellet gun and made a backstop in the living room (really it was a fisher price table). He would load the gun for me and I would shoot at a dart board. So the range isn't the only way to introduce a child to shooting. My wife is already trying to say that our future children won't be allowed to shoot until they are 7 or 8. I'm saying maturity is key.
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My friend brought his son to the shooting range this weekend and they were going to shoot both handgun and rifles; however, he was told that the age limit to shoot a handgun was 14. Is that a CA state law or might it just be their "in-house rules"? I've been trying to search for the age limit both on this website as well as DOJ's website but have come up empty so far.
I'm guessing this is CORDOVA SHOOTING CENTER right?

Call Sac Vally Shooting Center, when my son was 10 they told me it was fine as long as he can follow the rules.

I refuse to shoot at Cordova I hate that place
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Have to respect the rules.

Some indoor ranges require a height requirement for minors. They just don't want them to shoot under the bench.
I thought that was the reason for these type of baby carriers.

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I'm guessing this is CORDOVA SHOOTING CENTER right?

Call Sac Vally Shooting Center, when my son was 10 they told me it was fine as long as he can follow the rules.

I refuse to shoot at Cordova I hate that place
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Yup definitely range rules. I have been taking my son with me to all the ranges in the Bay Area since he was like 9 or 10. He is 12 now. He and I follow the rules and no one ever bats an eye when I have him shooting my 686. Except when they hear a loud BAND and look over and see the little asian boy with a smile on his face putting a few rounds center mass.
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I thought that was the reason for these type of baby carriers.

LMAO. I'll have to pick one up before they ban those, too.
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USI in Concord range rule is 8
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I believe the age limitation at Field Time as previously referred to has to do with the permitting granted by the beautiful city of Stanton. I am sure that once they get underway, they'll likely try to go down to Scout's age (10) or NRA Youth (8).
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My grandson is 8 and they didn't even bat an eye when I got him an associate membership at Rainbow with my membership. He only shoots rifles, but has shot my Glock 19 and my Ruger MKIII. He didn't enjoy either one, and both were too much gun for him. He loves his Crickett rifle and is very accurate with it.
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I started shooting when I was 8, but than again I'm a big kid. OP, it's the range policy, I would go to sac valley
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I'm guessing this is CORDOVA SHOOTING CENTER right?

Call Sac Vally Shooting Center, when my son was 10 they told me it was fine as long as he can follow the rules.

I refuse to shoot at Cordova I hate that place
I also refuse to shoot at Cordova. Hate that place and the price has gone up to $17 I think just to shoot there. I'm a member at Sac Valley and I've taken my son shooting with me since he was 5. He shoots his Marlin 795 but I haven't asked about pistols yet. Going later on today so I'll ask and see what they say.
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I'm guessing this is CORDOVA SHOOTING CENTER right?

Call Sac Vally Shooting Center, when my son was 10 they told me it was fine as long as he can follow the rules.

I refuse to shoot at Cordova I hate that place
I used to shoot there when I first got a rifle at age 9 so I tried bringing my nephew to shoot there when I visited last year. I also called ahead to see what types of guns I could bring. They didn't allow him in due to his age and freaked out when I pulled out a gun they specifically said I could bring. RO's were idiots and I had to explain repeatedly that the ammo I was using couldn't ricochet and had to repeatedly ask other shooters to not shoot our targets. With the overhead beams, I felt like I was in a demented cave. I will never go back and I've changed the family reunion venue to somewhere else. F that dump! The guys in the office were cool though.
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Hello OP,

The indoor and outdoor ranges both have a maturity clause. On the giant list of rules, ranges I have been do state that, "If you act immature at anytime, you will not be permitted to fire--regardless of your age."

I like that rule because it keeps people who do not understand, respect, nor value safety out of the lanes. Hopefully this helps
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Hello OP,

The indoor and outdoor ranges both have a maturity clause. On the giant list of rules, ranges I have been do state that, "If you act immature at anytime, you will not be permitted to fire--regardless of your age."

I like that rule because it keeps people who do not understand, respect, nor value safety out of the lanes. Hopefully this helps
It wasn't about them being immature as my friend is in his mid 40's and is a peace officer, so I know he knows how to use a gun properly since he also goes to training about once a month or so and has been shooting since he early 20's.
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