Skip to comments.An indoor gun range in the Ca Bay Area, can it be?
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.
125 Utah Ave
South San Francisco, CA 94080
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.
“I hope you FReeper gun nuts in NorCal - yes both of you
- frequent this shop and help keep them going.”
LOL good one.
You didn’t ask, but........
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.
Thanks for the links, guys. I guess we were just falling prey to the stereo-types.
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.
The SF Bay Area has some of the prettiest outdoor rifle ranges I've ever been to. Here's my favorite:
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. ;>
One other good range is the 'Circle R' ranch up in Petaluma. The weather there can turn dreadful in no time at all, however.
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.
I’ve never been down there, it’s a bit of a hike for me, but I have heard good things about it.
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.
if i remember, the circle R is the only 1,000 yard range in the bay area.
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.
spread the word
Anyway, me and the cat built it up into the retro sniper model you see below. The longer one.
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