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Old 06-29-2013, 7:53 PM
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Question Bay Area Range Recommendation

I'm new to the Bay Area and just got me a CDL 700.

Does anyone have some opinions on which ranges between SF and SJ are worth checking out? I want somewhere outdoors and ideally at least 200 yards.
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Old 06-29-2013, 8:23 PM
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The only outdoor ranges I know of around here are:
Los Altos Rod and Gun Club - 100 yards
http://www.losaltosrodandgunclub.com/

Chabot Gun Club - 200 yards
http://www.chabotgunclub.com/

Metcalf Gun Range - 200 yards
http://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Pl...orts-Park.aspx

Been to only Los Altos and Chabot. Personally I like Los Altos better. They have a 40yd tin can range where you can bring your own metal cans or plastic bottles to shoot. Also part of the rifle range has a wall to put the items to shoot. More interesting than shooting paper.
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Old 06-29-2013, 9:17 PM
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Metcalf has a 200 yard range, but its limited time of use, I think only one or two days a month. Check the website. They do have some clubs that I thnk access it more often.
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Old 06-29-2013, 9:24 PM
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There is also Richmond Rod & Gun and United Sportsmen in Concord.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:27 AM
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Sunnyvale gun and rod club hands down!
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Old 06-30-2013, 9:06 AM
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Awesome guys!

Thanks so much, I will make it my personal mission to check these all out.
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Old 07-05-2013, 6:35 AM
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I love Los Altos Rod and Gun off of Skyline / Highway 9 for outdoor or if you want a quick indoor shoot, Reed's in Santa Clara is nice.
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Old 07-08-2013, 8:15 AM
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Between Chabot, los altos, sunnyvale, and metcalf, metcalf is the best.

Chabot: unsafe. Walk through your benches at cease fire, shooters just can't keep their hands off their stuff while I am downrange. Folks can't hear the ceasefire commands and keep shooting beyond calling the start of one. Long drive through non-freeway if you are not a local to the range. Despite issues, if I lived closer to Chabot than the other three, it would be my "home range".

sunnyvale: crowded, looks like a prison, loud, 100% mall ninja, and the guy next to you will shoot your target. Nice hours though, if you just have to get out on that given day. Biggest problem here is not ENOUGH lanes.

Los Altos: Nice, but hwy9 is a speed trap. The range has TOO many lanes. Cease fires take too long to deal with. This range would be improved by splitting the areas so rifle shooters had their own timers, own cease fires. Would go faster. The biggest problem here are the RSO's. Unfriendly and power tripping. Maybe the mall ninjas got to them. They aren't even relaxed on a Thursday morning.

Metcalf: Best of the bunch by far. Not enough space to move around behind your bench. RSO's are still too anal, but more casual than the three above. turnover is fast, and you can shoot steels while you wait. I've never waited more than two 15 min firing periods for a lane. Price used to be competitive, now it's expensive like everywhere else. You can take the freeway the whole way to get to metcalf, so it's pretty quick driving. they have a 200 yard range but only open one day a month (4th Sunday). I always seem to be busy on the 4th Sunday.... But if you make it out it is really nice. 200 yard range operates different than the rest of the range, and I LIKE it. show up at 7:30 if you wanna shoot 200 yards.

Of all these options, Metcalf is the best, and it's not even a close second. Next runner up is Los Altos. Chabot next. I'd rather rent a small bang-bang and go to reeds than go back to Sunnyvale.
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Old 07-08-2013, 8:19 AM
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and if you are doing ANYTHING that requires fiddling with your gun (two examples: shooting a round then wet-patching your barrel [break-in] or shooing a muzzleloader) then Metcalf is the only way to go. Long cease fire periods DRASTICALLY cut your shoot time down since you have to fiddle between rounds. Metcalf manages time most efficiently.

If all you do is jack a round in there and pull the trigger again, ceasefire time or target management wont be so important to you.
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Old 07-08-2013, 8:19 AM
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Metcalf is my go to. Maybe I'm bias but it seems you're dealing with a much more mature clientele and range staff over there. Things are much more organized as far as ceasefire and target change procedures go. The only thing that sucks is that they're not allowed to sell donuts anymore.
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Old 07-08-2013, 8:28 AM
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ALLOWED? That's why they stopped? I never bought them, but they stopped because they weren't ALLOWED? man, that disappoints me. Do we even live in America anymore? Allowed. sheesh.

what was so wrong. You pitch a quarter in the bin and get your cup of coffee. a Great service.

I hear you on the staff and clientelle.
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Old 07-21-2013, 5:40 AM
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Note about Chabot. Friday morning 200 yard open shooting.
Stationary targets, not the target pits.
10:00 am until everybody is done.
Good group of people.
(I have not been there in a year so I hope this is still the case.)
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:03 PM
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Another possibility is Coyote Point in burlingame, but the range is only open MWF 7-10 to the public...
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Anyone been to Coyote United Sportsmen range in Concord? If yes, do they allow center fire rifle (5.56mm)?
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:25 PM
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Coyote United Sportsman??? Do you mean United Sportsmen Inc (USI)? At USI they allow anything legal on the 50/100 yard line. I shoot everything from 22LR to my 50BMG there.
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