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



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"Something, Somewhere" on this WebSite was Updated on April 22, 2017

Saturday April 29th – Range Cleanup - Range Closed - until completed

We are in the process of getting the range ready for the first ever California State 4H Western Heritage Championships and the annual Bettencourt Family Rendezvous. We will be having a final range cleanup on Saturday April 29th, 2017 and we need some assistance. Below are some of the items needed to be completed: 

1.  Replace sprinklers (basic PVC plumbing, etc)
2.  Install sun screen on trap bleachers.
3.  Put together trap canopy, bolt together trap shelter and cover
4.  Paint strips in trap pad
5.  Clean and rake the lawn of all twigs. and cap middle sprinklers.
5.  Varnish range little wooden benches
6.  Weed back stop on bay two and three
7.  Organize the blue storage connex
8.  Service big green generator oil change
9.  Install I bolts on bay two and three
10.  Rake road clear of leaves and twigs
11.  Install air freshners in pottys
12.  Remove old pump from stand for repairs
13.  Stain the outside road wall
14.  Clean the event room and rearrange it
15.  Clean the entry room, trash cans and lawn pump area
16.  Secure down restroom ramp
17.  Install Bay 1 left berm tarp
18.  Clean up/wash parking lot pavement
19.  Anything else that needs sprucing up


Planned Range Closures for May

Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th the range will be closed to open shooting for the first ever California State 4H Western Heritage Championships.

Saturday, May 20th for the Annual Bettencourt Family Rendezvous.

Monday, May 22nd and Tuesday, May 23rd for a US Prison Systems Event


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).


Did you know?

River Oaks Range will host the 1st ever CA State 4H Western Heritage State Championships

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.

A couple times a year, River Oaks Range offers  for "FREE" WOMENS ONLY, Introduction to Handguns, Handgun Test Drive Events and Refuse To Be A Victim classes. "Free" mean Guns and Ammo and Classes provided at no charge.


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, June 17th 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.


Monthly Trap Shoots


Trap Shooting dates reserved for June are Saturday the 1st at 8:00am and Saturday the 17th 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.