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An indoor gun range in the Ca Bay Area, can it be?
Vanity | 2/15/09 | Me

Posted on 02/15/2009 2:21:48 PM PST by Chris DeWeese

I'm in South San Francisco for the weekend due to business and a co-worker wanted to go shooting. I used the trusty yahoo yellow pages and found a range actually in SSF.

Jackson Arms
125 Utah Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-588-4209

To say we had a positive experience is an understatement. We each rented a pistol, me an XD and my co-worker an M&P, both in 9mm. We had to rent ear protection, buy their targets and ammo (100 rounds each of 9mm lead ball) and rent the range time. All total is was $60/each - not bad considering a gun range in the bay area could pretty much charge whatever they want!

The range masters asked if we knew how to shoot and we both passed muster. There were no restrictions on rapid fire or anything. There were a lot of people shooting, too.

The guns were well used, with the XD being worse off, but neither even hinted at malfunction. The M&P shot better, which is a very tough admission if you know how much I love the XD.

Not only was I shocked to find a gun shop in SSF, finding an indoor range being managed by some mello, non-intimidating folks who could teach the range masters in Missouri a thing or to about manners was a very unexpected surprise. I hope you FReeper gun nuts in NorCal - yes both of you - frequent this shop and help keep them going.


TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; gunrange

1 posted on 02/15/2009 2:21:48 PM PST by Chris DeWeese
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To: Joe Brower

ping


2 posted on 02/15/2009 2:22:26 PM PST by Chris DeWeese (http://www.lifeinkc.com)
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To: Chris DeWeese

“I hope you FReeper gun nuts in NorCal - yes both of you
- frequent this shop and help keep them going.”

LOL good one.


3 posted on 02/15/2009 2:26:32 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunhem?), change America will die for.)
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To: Chris DeWeese

You didn’t ask, but........

http://slrange.tripod.com/index.html

San Leandro


4 posted on 02/15/2009 2:29:42 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Chris DeWeese
There's another indoor range down in Santa Clara called Reed's.

One of the nicest outdoor ranges I've ever seen is about 15 miles from the city in the hills above Oakland in Chabot park.

This in addition to the other four or five outdoor ranges within an hour's drive from the south bay. There are alot of gun enthusiasts in the bay area.

5 posted on 02/15/2009 2:30:07 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Chris DeWeese
I just found their site http://www.jacksonarms.com
6 posted on 02/15/2009 2:30:46 PM PST by Chris DeWeese (http://www.lifeinkc.com)
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To: JoeDetweiler; skeeter

Thanks for the links, guys. I guess we were just falling prey to the stereo-types.


7 posted on 02/15/2009 2:35:53 PM PST by Chris DeWeese (http://www.lifeinkc.com)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
You'll notice they were both quick to reply!
8 posted on 02/15/2009 2:39:03 PM PST by Chris DeWeese (http://www.lifeinkc.com)
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To: Chris DeWeese
That's my range! I'm the noisy guy down the end with the Mossberg.

If you have all your own stuff it's $14 an hour. Their ammo is not cheap but it keeps me from using my home stock.

A few of the regulars.

9 posted on 02/15/2009 2:39:39 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Be There >>> http://www.milliongunownermarch.com/)
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To: Chris DeWeese
Yes, Jackson Arms is where we used to go in the Peninsula when I lived there. They used to be right next to the freeway, but now they've moved a mile south or so.

The SF Bay Area has some of the prettiest outdoor rifle ranges I've ever been to. Here's my favorite:

Chabot Gun Club

10 posted on 02/15/2009 2:40:35 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: The KG9 Kid
I prefer Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club for outdoor shooting (Jackson Arms is just not a good place to take your Mosin Nagant.) Chabot is a beautiful range and better equipped than Sunnyvale but I find Sunnyvale has fewer people and friendlier range staff.
11 posted on 02/15/2009 2:48:58 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Be There >>> http://www.milliongunownermarch.com/)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF
Jackson Arms is just not a good place to take your Mosin Nagant.

Yeah, it can be hard to get a Mosin between you and the target at an indoor range. Although, it CAN be good for bayonet practice. ;>

12 posted on 02/15/2009 3:26:31 PM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF
you are all wrong. the best in bay area:

Los Altos Rod and Gun

13 posted on 02/15/2009 3:27:52 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: InABunkerUnderSF
In all the years I lived in SF, I'd never been to Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club, but I know many shooter friends who liked it best. If I didn't shoot at Chabot, I typically went to Los Altos. Chabot was always easiest for me.

One other good range is the 'Circle R' ranch up in Petaluma. The weather there can turn dreadful in no time at all, however.

14 posted on 02/15/2009 3:58:45 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: beebuster2000
I liked Los Altos, but they used to give me a little bit of scrutiny every time I visited because I owned CA-registered AWs. They acted as if they'd never seen AW registration documents before.

I didn't complain, it was just that I didn't like explaining myself and the documents that I had in my possession that went back to 1989 and were probably older than some of the range masters overseeing the shooting line.

15 posted on 02/15/2009 4:02:08 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: beebuster2000

I’ve never been down there, it’s a bit of a hike for me, but I have heard good things about it.


16 posted on 02/15/2009 4:10:56 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Be There >>> http://www.milliongunownermarch.com/)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I have a friend in Marin who will only shoot at Circle R but I’ve never been there. Got to go up and try it some time.

One good thing about this thread is that it’s reminded me of all the places in the area that I haven’t gotten around to shooting at. Got to try Livermore too - as soon as the ammo drought is over.


17 posted on 02/15/2009 4:14:30 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Be There >>> http://www.milliongunownermarch.com/)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

if i remember, the circle R is the only 1,000 yard range in the bay area.


18 posted on 02/15/2009 4:23:42 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: The KG9 Kid

AW=auto wep?


19 posted on 02/15/2009 4:24:18 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: Chris DeWeese

I work in the SF Bay Area, about 10 miles south of South San Francisco. It seems that firearms ownership and usage is not as rare out here as some may think. One of my co-workers is an NRA-certified firearms instructor who works at a gun range on the east side of the Bay, in San Leandro. He even runs safety and shooting classes for children. Two other co-workers own firearms and belong to the NRA. Yet another former co-worker, who recently moved on to a new job, owns rifles and participates in marksmanship shooting matches.

Those are just the ones in my office building that I know about.

In addition, one of the gun owners in my office was recently discussing second amendment issues with a died-in-the-wool bleeding heart lefty who works in our department (of which there are plenty, as one could probably guess). Even the lefty stated that there are a LOT of liberals here in the Bay Area who own guns (several of whom he knows). So, from my purely subjective and non-scientific observation, legal gun ownership is not an exclusive exercise of those on the right. The lefties may think that WE should not be able to own guns, but they certainly seem to make sure to keep THEMSELVES armed (I noted that the person who posted above stated that the South SF gun range was very busy).

A large number of those Obama voters, more than some in the heartland may think, are packing heat themselves. I for one was shocked and surprised to learn that the lefties do not practice the pacifism that they preach.

Something to keep in mind.


20 posted on 02/15/2009 10:10:51 PM PST by Zetman
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To: Chris DeWeese

spread the word


21 posted on 02/15/2009 10:52:46 PM PST by smokingfrog (Is it just my imagination, or is the water in this pot getting a little too hot?)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Re: Jackson Arms:
I bought my AR-15 lower receiver there! It was just before the ban went into effect, and they were on sale. Sensing an opportunity, I bought the lower from them for $225. Because the background check took so long, and the system was down so often, they almost had to refund my money.

Anyway, me and the cat built it up into the retro sniper model you see below. The longer one.

AR15 cat AR-15

22 posted on 02/16/2009 10:27:21 AM PST by I Buried My Guns
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