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



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SFSA is hosting along with Mariposa Fish and Game, and Hammer Stryke a "Ladies Handgun Tryout Event" at theMariposa Fish and Game Range.

Saturday May 7th, 1pm – 4pm
4443 Old Highway, Mariposa 95338

(From Merced area, take 140 East toward Mariposa, turn right on Yaqui Gulch Rd, turn left on Old Highway for approx. 1.5 mile to range entrance on your left side) There are two gates to go through but there should be someone there to open and close them for you. If not, open and close them as you go through.


Month of "May" Training Day Canceled

The monthly training day for Saturday, May 14th is canceled due to the Annual Bettencourt Family Rendezvous.


Annual Bettencourt Family Rendezvous
"1825" Frontier Living History Event

Journey back in time to the 19th Century, where you will experience lifestyles of times gone by. Participate in skills & crafts that opened the American West to the Fur Trade. Try your hand at fire making with flint and steel, hawk & knife throw, archery & shooting muzzleloaders. Visit tent traders & their wares, and view demonstrations of spinning wheel, cannon shoot, blacksmithing and loom weaving as well. Bring the family to this Frontier Event. Be an eyewitness and go "hands on" to the history of the Lewis & Clark opening of the American Fur Trade in the new Frontier and the history behind it.

Admission is FREE. Saturday, May 14th. Event opens at 9:00am. Food available for sale.


Get Trained and Practice

If you currently own or plan to purchase a firearm for personal, home, or business defense/protection, for your own safety, and the safety of all others, it is imperative that you become familiar with, and proficient in, the proper operation and safe use of the firearm(s) you select.

Whatever your reason for purchasing or owning a firearm, without the ability to properly and safely use that firearm is a recipe for disaster! Proper training and practice to hone your shooting skills, plus the knowledge of the current laws pertaining to the use of  firearms in your state/county is solely your responsibility as a firearm owner.

As an association that defends the Second Amendment to the constitution, we at Safety First Shooting Association urge you to seek out proper firearms training and defensive skills workshops.

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 (approximately starting at 9:00 am).


Midvalley Shooters Monthly Match

Unless I am told otherwise, Saturday, May 21st is our next planned monthly match.

Present fees are: $15 Adults - $5 age 17 and under

Registration Starts at 8:00AM
Registration after 9:00AM pays $5 more
Walk Through begins at 9:00AM
Safety Briefing starts at 9:15AM. Registration is closed
Upon completion the Squads report to the bays and the Match begins at 9:30PM.

The Action Shooting Committee is comprised of the following persons; Paul Lehmann, Don Reponte, and Robert Fraguglia.  If you have questions and or suggestions for matches feel free to email the


May Trap Shoots

Trap Shooting dates reserved for May are Saturday the 7th, and Saturday the 21st 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.


Long Distance Rifle Shooting

The Long Distance Rifle Range is open on the 4th Saturday of each month (except annually every 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" SFSA Members & Non-SFSA Members, Board Members and Staff

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

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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.