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



A Well Regulated Militia, being necessary to the Security of a Free State, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms, Shall Not Be Infringed
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We are the National Rifle Association of America, and We are Freedoms Safest Place

"Something, Somewhere" on this WebSite was Updated on March 23, 2017

Range Help Needed

We need Help out on the shooting range this weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday we will be installing the electric fencing for the 4H Western Heritage Town to keep the animals out.  We need some adult help and some youth help.  Our plan is to place the corner posts this Saturday, and to place the in-between posts, fencing, etc on Sunday.  Any time or assistance you can give will be much appreciated!  Lunch will be provided on Sunday but I need a head count of Sundays help.

If you can help out, Please call Dave 209-614-1718


WARNING!! Wasp's On the Range

It's that time of the year for the yellow jackets to return. They are back and have built several nests throughout the facility. Please be cautious while moving tables or any other objects at the range. We try to have wasp spray available in the target supply room or entry way. If you care to try, please help yourself and spray them. Before moving any chair or table we suggest you give it a kick and be ready to run if they start to stir.


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).


April Training Day Womens Events

Refuse To Be A Victim (RTBAV) Class - Saturday, April 8th, 9am – 1pm, No Cost. Women Only - Seating limited to 25 - Please call Dave Givens
at 209-614-1718
if you are interested in this class to reserve your seat.

We are presenting an NRA Refuse to be a Victim class for Women Only on Saturday April 8th from 9am to approx 1pm. This class teaches strategies people can integrate into their everyday lives to avoid becoming a victim of crime.  This is not a firearms instruction course, and does not include instruction in physical combat self-defense. Seminars teach common weaknesses that criminals may take advantage of, and a variety of corrective measures that are practical, inexpensive and easy to follow. The seminar includes classroom instruction on criminal psychology, automobile crimes; cyber safety, home security, and a variety of crime prevention strategies including carjack avoidance techniques, use of personal safety devices, and more. Students receive the Refuse To Be A Victim® student handbook, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® brochure, NRA Become A Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Brochure, Refuse To Be A Victim® Firearms Supplement, and a course completion certificate.

Women's Handgun Test Drive EventSaturday, April 8th, 1-4pm, No Cost, Women Only
If you are thinking about purchasing a handgun for personal protection, this is your chance to try them so you can make an informed decision before you put down good money on something you hate to shoot.  We will have approx. 80 handguns available with certified National Female Instructors (and some guys) to assist you in shooting a very wide variety of handguns suitable for personal defense.  We will help you shoot them, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and assist you in making an important decision.  We will have CCW experts who can answer your questions on carrying a firearm, as well as less lethal options such as pepper spray, tasers, etc… This is a free event for the Ladies to evaluate handguns for their personal choice.

Contact Dave Givens, 209-614-1718 if you have any questions.


Did you know?

River Oaks Range is one of the most recognized Youth Firearms Training Facilities in the United States

River Oaks Range through (SFSA) Safety First Shooting Association trains more people about firearms in one year, than any other range in California combined does in five years.

All SFSA training instructors and helpers, certified or not, are all volunteers. They are not paid for all the work, time and effort spent that they put in. Any monies collected are to cover material cost spent required to teach certain classes.

This Website has been Designed and Maintained Free by a Volunteer SFSA Member since August of 2006

River Oaks Range will be the practice spot for our newest youth group, the Atwater High School Trap Team.


Action Shooters Monthly Match
Remember weather and range conditions effect our matches during Winter months. Check for cancellations up to the day before a match here!

Saturday, April 15th 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 Actionshootingcommittee@hotmail.com

A reminder that the entire range, except Trap, is CLOSED on the actual match day until it is completed.


April Trap Shoots

Trap Shooting dates reserved for April are Saturday the 1st at 8:00am and Saturday the 15th 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. With the ability to extend to 1000 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.