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Welcome to River Oaks Range - Dedicated to Safety and Firearms Training to the Community



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"Something, Somewhere" on this WebSite was Updated on November 17, 2014

Safety First Shooting Association "Training & Education"

For information about Firearms Training & Education, click the "River Oaks, Training & Education" logo at the left of the page and see what is being offered by Safety First or various groups and organizations at River Oaks Range. All courses are offered to the general public (non-membership), and fees if any will vary according to the class requirements. 2nd Saturday of every month.

NEW! STARTING in January 2015 – Defensive Rifle and Defensive Shotgun Clinics will be held each 2nd Saturday from 9 to Noon, along with BOTH a basic and separate intermediate Defensive Handgun clinics.  3 hours of malfunctions, multiple target engagements, reloading, and more….

We will hold our hugely popular "Women's Test Drive" event on Saturday Dec 13th from 1-4 pm.  This will be a FREE event.  We hold these test drives to allow women the opportunity to come out and try different handguns and calibers, make an evaluation and comparison and have time for the other half to get it in time for Christmas.  This is not a free fire range session, we expect serious evaluation for this free event. Certified Instructors knowledgeable about each firearm and caliber will be on hand to help you with unfamiliar handguns or to answer questions.  Less than Lethal weapons and demonstrations will also be performed.


November Trap Shoot

Trap Shooting dates reserved for November are Saturday the 1st, 15th and 29th at 8:00am. The adult fee is $5.00 per round and under 18 is $3.00 per round. A round consist of 25 clays. Guns and ammo are not supplied. You DO NOT have to be a range member for these trap events, families with children are encouraged to attend. Those under 18 must be  accompanied by a parent or guardian and everyone will be required to sign a release waiver. For safety purposes, please have your shotguns UNLOADED and they MUST be in a gun case, bag or rug. NO OPEN CARRY of your shotgun in the parking lot or across the range.


Mock Glock Matches for 2014
*** CANCELED ***

Due to a lack of staffing, our forth and last match for 2014 on Saturday, November 29th has been CANCELED. Unfortunately the date fell over a 4 day Thanks Giving weekend for many, and time at the range was not part of the holiday plans. A match schedule for 2015 is up in the air at this time.


On-Target Christian Shooting Association

Any day the On-Target Christian Shooting Association is hosting an event at River Oaks Range, the Trap Range will be open. See their website for information and event dates and times.


Long Distance Rifle Shooting

A Reminder there is no Rifle Range Day in August

The Long Distance Rifle Range is open on the 4th Saturday of each month (except for August) from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Cost is $10 all day. You bring your firearms and ammunition.  Everything else is provided, but feel free to bring your own stuff or if you'd like or want a special target. Normal shooting distance is 25 to 300 yards. We meet at the pistol range parking lot about 8:30am and caravan out to the rifle range. Call Dave at 209-614-1718 for more info if needed. Membership not Required.

*** River Oaks Range Preamble ***

Safety First Shooting Association is a 501(c)4 nonprofit corporation which operates the River Oaks Range on private property. The Association was formed to promote Firearms Training and Safety to the Community. To this end we are organized to provide training opportunities and venues to support Firearms classes, public service events, various outreach programs to the general public, and educational opportunities related to the shooting sports. While we do operate a shooting range, our purpose is to provide education and training. Membership is not required to participate in the education and training opportunities presented by this Association. As an Association, Members are encouraged to attend any or all training's they desire or have an interest in. All education and training opportunities take precedence over general range activities. While our intent is to keep class fees to a minimum, some course materials will have a small cost associated, although this may be alleviated by grants and donations to the education aims of the Association.

This Association is dedicated to the promotion of the shooting sports and firearms safety. Our membership provides specific training in the use of firearms and firearms safety, while conducting classes and events in several shooting sport disciplines for the general public and our community.

The range and all it's activities are run by "VOLUNTEER" Range & Non-Range Members, Board Members and Staff

Range Mailing Address
Safety First Shooting Association - P.O. Box 1378 - Atwater, CA 95301-1378

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Download and Print out the "Range Guest Release Waiver" in advance. You will still need to sign yourself and your guest in on the shooters log just inside the range entrance. An address is required for the quest. For security reasons, guest whom are "Law Enforcement" need only indicate their department such as "Atwater PD, Merced PD, Merced County Sheriff" etc.


To request the use of the River Oaks Range for your event or class, please fill out this "Range Use Form" and either email it by clicking on the embedded email link at the top of the form, or USPS it to Safety First Shooting Association - P.O. Box 1378 - Atwater, CA 95301-1378. Your request to use the range will be on a first come, first served basis, as well as how does your event fit into our mission. If you have questions or problems, please email    or phone him at 209-614-1718.

 SFSA and River Oaks Range "Standard Operating Procedures" (SOP)

The SFSA and River Oaks Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are available at the range in the Range Operations Room and the Range Safety Officers Room. As a member, you are responsible for understanding the contents of the SOP and for following  the range rules and procedures. If you would like a copy of the Standard Operating Procedures for SFSA and River Oaks Range emailed to you to save as a file or print as a hard copy, please contact .