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Old 05-10-2019, 4:41 PM
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Default Raahauge's (Corona CA) is really stepping up their game!!

Mike Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises has a long and storied past in Orange County/Riverside County of providing rifle, pistol, and sporting clays shooters with a welcoming home.

Mike has sadly passed on, but the club is now being run by his children and other family members. They've had some challenges in the past including a fire, and a flood, but I'm happy to report that they're back on track, and running better than ever.

They've got a new target setter, Ray (smokey) Brown, and a handful of other new employees. This coupled with tons of new landscaping, four machines per station, and African animal mounts on the stations, leads me to say, Raahauge's is back, bigger and better than ever before.

While it's true we have four or five great club's in the So Cal area, if you're down here for any reason, Raahauge's should be on your list.

Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
14995 River Rd,
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Oh yeah, some really challenging targets too
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Thanks for the rec, gonna check them out next week.
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Nice! Just moved down to the area. Looking for a beginner friend place to shoot sporting clays. What were the other four clubs I should look into?

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Mike Raahauge's Shooting Enterprises has a long and storied past in Orange County/Riverside County of providing rifle, pistol, and sporting clays shooters with a welcoming home.

Mike has sadly passed on, but the club is now being run by his children and other family members. They've had some challenges in the past including a fire, and a flood, but I'm happy to report that they're back on track, and running better than ever.

They've got a new target setter, Ray (smokey) Brown, and a handful of other new employees. This coupled tons of new landscaping, four machines per station, and African animal mounts on the stations, leads me to say, Raahauge's is back, bigger and better than ever before.

While it's true we have four or five great club's in the So Cal area, if you're down here for any reason, Raahauge's should be on your list.

Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises
14995 River Rd,
Corona, CA 92880
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Nice! Just moved down to the area. Looking for a beginner friend place to shoot sporting clays. What were the other four clubs I should look into?
Sporting Clays in the Los Angeles area:

Say what you want about So. Cal. We’ve got restrictive gun laws, we’ve got earthquakes, we’ve got wildfires, we've got 4 or 5 Sporting Clays ranges in the Los Angeles area.

Each of them holds their monthly registered shoot on a different weekend. Each of them has something different to offer, all are fun to shoot, and all are open to the public.

Triple B Clays is located in El Monte off of the 60 near the 605. They have a 24 station flat course, in a heavily treed setting. There are 12 hunter stations and 12 tournament stations, most have A, B & C shooting position. Most of their stations have three or four machines presenting a good variety of target presentations. Their monthly registered shoot is on the first Sunday of the month. http://www.triplebclays.com/

Raahauge’s is located in Corona off of the 91 between the 71 and the 15. It’s a semi-flat course set in the Prado flood plane. They keep adding new stations and new machines all the time. I think they're up to about 25 by now. Their monthly registered shoot is on the second Sunday of the month. Mike has passed away, but the range is still going strong. http://www.raahauges.com/

Moore-N-Moore is located in San Fernando off of the 210 near the 118. It’s a great course with hills and valleys in the San Gabriel Mtn foothills. They have 12 stations, 10 of them have A & B shooting positions. They really are “The friendliest range in southern California”. They hold their monthly registered shoot on the third Saturday of the month. http://www.moorenmoore.com

Oak Tree is located in Newhall off of the 5 near the 14. They have some of the most spectacular views on a sporting clays course anywhere in America. http://www.oaktreegunclub.com/ (Call before going)

Prado Olympic Shooting Park is located in Chino off of the 71 near the 91. They offer trap, skeet & 5-stand. http://www.shootprado.com/

Redlands Shooting Park is located in Redlands off the 210 north of the 10. They offer trap, skeet, bunker, 5-stand, and sporting clays. http://redlandsshootingpark.com/

All of these places offer public shooting so don’t wait until they hold their monthly shoots. Contact the clubs directly for more information.

If you live in Los Angeles and you can’t find a place to shoot, you’re not looking hard enough.

Here’s a link to my website. I’ve got pictures & reviews of the clubs:

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Wow lots of good info here thanks!
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I've got a pistol grip and a 23 inch barrel on my 870.
Will I be turned away at any of these venues?
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^ Yes get a sporting shotgun .Leave HD shotty under bed. If cylinder bore then maybe work for skeet not for trap or sporting clays.

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Too expensive. Too crowded. Too long to wait. That’s what you get for being closer to civilization.
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I've got a pistol grip and a 23 inch barrel on my 870.
Will I be turned away at any of these venues?
Yes, probably all of them. Here's the answer https://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/....php?t=1504401
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Too expensive. Too crowded. Too long to wait. That’s what you get for being closer to civilization.
Expensive, yes, but no one ever said this was a cheap hobby.
I've never had an issue with any venue being to crowded and having to wait an excessive amount of time.
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Too expensive. Too crowded. Too long to wait. That’s what you get for being closer to civilization.
Targets are 36 cents each at Raahauge's if you purchase them 1000 at a time. It's never crowded on Fridays when I go, and if the station is being used, we just move on.

I go every Friday (except next Friday, I'm going to Dallas for The Big D Open at the Dallas Gun Club) if anyone wants to join us.
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+1 for Oak Tree, in addition to the clay stuff their steel pistol range is pretty nice as well, the rifle range is just ok imo. Overall I really like oak tree, and you can have a beer after you are done shooting as well.
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Every range offers different experiences. I go to several. Here, I like the individual bays where you call your own firing stops, shoot various calibers without moving to different range areas, no rangemasters hovering over your shoulder every 5 minutes, well at all. In 2 hours is good if you are running your own clock. 4-5 buddies in a bay still allows everyone plenty of time and space. Get early to any range and you will avoid the lines, haha.
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I've got a pistol grip and a 23 inch barrel on my 870.
Will I be turned away at any of these venues?
The problem with pistol gripped shotguns is twofold.

One is muzzle control, people tend to wave them around in the parking lot.

Two is, it's simply the wrong tool for job.

And third, the people with them tend to be tacticool wiennies
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The problem with pistol gripped shotguns is twofold.

One is muzzle control, people tend to wave them around in the parking lot.

Two is, it's simply the wrong tool for job.

And third, the people with them tend to be tacticool wiennies
Well, none of these issues apply to me or my 870.
Would rather patronize businesses that discriminate based upon behavior rather than appearance.
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Well, none of these issues apply to me or my 870.
Would rather patronize businesses that discriminate based upon behavior rather than appearance.
Enjoy your shooting.
I suppose you could hit golf balls with a baseball bat, but it's simply the wrong tool for the job. And I doubt any golf course would let you.

Raahauge's has pistol bays that you can rent, they might let you shoot there.
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Raahauge's has pistol bays that you can rent, they might let you shoot there.
They will.
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I suppose you could hit golf balls with a baseball bat, but it's simply the wrong tool for the job. And I doubt any golf course would let you.

Raahauge's has pistol bays that you can rent, they might let you shoot there.
Well, I appreciate the response but you are missing my point.
Years ago I may have wanted to hit golfballs with a baseball bat to become more proficient at the plate (although probably not.)
I have conventional stocks and at least one 28 inch barrel for my 870's.
And I have been powdering clay with conventional shotguns since (likely) several decades before you were born.
In a nutshell; I am looking to cross-train.
And although I can easily understand the reasons for configuration restrictions, I disdain the presumptions on which they are based. They serve to limit access to legitimate and safe usage of shooting venues based upon appearance alone.
One would think an open mind, contemplating business growth, would get over such ridiculousness, but what do I know ...

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And I have been powdering clay with conventional shotguns since (likely) several decades before you were born.
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One would think an open mind, contemplating business growth, would get over such ridiculousness, but what do I know ...
I'm 61, so I get your curmudgeonly attitude

The reality is, 99% of people with a pistol gripped shotgun are ill suited to shooting sporting clays. If you want to go blast ****, go out to the desert (and clean up after yourself), but if you want to shoot sporting clays, you'll need a full sized shotgun.
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I go to Raahauges at least once a month although I go to the berms side. I'm amazed at their theme park efficiency in keeping crowds moving.
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Prado permits them
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thanks brad, i have been meaning to try it out. haven't gone to an outdoor range in a while.
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I go just about every Friday of you want to meet up.
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I used to live one block west of Archibald just past the Santa Ana river in Eastvale (Corona/Norco). You could use their opening pheasant shoots time in the morning as an alarm clock.
Do you still see Wingmasters, O/U or side by sides alot there or is everything auto now?

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I've shot a great deal of skeet with a 590. Here's what I've learned:

1: there is nothing in a home-defense shotgun that forces you to "wave it around the parking lot". Also, people holding expensive shotguns tend to be very casual about muzzling each other. To claim otherwise is just elite bull****.

2: you'll need a shoulder stock if you have any hope of doing well and not knocking out your teeth. If your shotgun has a grip AND a stock you should be fine

3: the biggest issue you'll face is the shorter barrel. This means you'll need to learn different "point of aim" than everyone else with longer barrels. Basically, your barrel-tip will seem to be "further away" from the target than a longer one. (it's geometry)

4: if you have a cylinder-bore-only shotgun, it's really best suited to skeet. Trap and Sporting Clays both make good use of choke tubes.

It's not the best tool for the job, but if it's the tool you have, shooting skeet is a lot of fun.
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The simple fact is, pistol gripped shotguns, and short barreled shotguns are the wrong tool for the job.

I notice not a lot of carpenters are beating in nails with a ratchet.

Plus, short barreled shotguns and pistol gripped shotguns tend to be shot less, so the shooters are less experienced. Are there exceptions, of course.

Ranges have determined that over the years these guns are usually more trouble than they're worth, that's why they don't allow them.
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I went today with my son and brother-in-law and had a blast! Although they did have a corporate shoot today with 50+ in the group we were able to find empty stations and hit some clays! I did notice 4 machines on alot of stations and definitely some tough targets! Great weather and a fun morning!
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