Training and Education Information
Submitted by the Training and Education Committee

Content Subject to Change or Event Cancellation

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NOTE:  Children and Young Adults attending SFSA events, activities or taking a class, must be old enough to understand safety rules and follow directions.  Parents or guardians must attend with the child and sign their release to handle and use firearms. We do not offer any "sitting" services and children on the range are expected to be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Unless a Full Range Closure is specifically posted,  the shooting stalls on Bay 1 will be available for "Supervised Shooting" during our Second Saturday of the Month Training Day Events to Non-Members from 9- 12pm Only.

Introduction to Handguns, ($20). 9:00AM to Noon - This program gives you the opportunity to receive formal training in handguns and establishes a solid base for continued skill development. Your class fee includes eye and ear protection, targets, printed materials and all range support.  We will furnish free of charge handguns and ammunition if you do not  want to use your own or if you have not yet made a choice.  Should you wish, you may bring your personal handgun (we will teach you to use it).  Please contact us to ensure we have ammunition in your caliber if you bring your personal handgun.

Defensive Rifle Clinic, ($10). 9:00AM to Noon, Bay 5,  - These clinics are designed around the AR platform but any rifle may be used for property or home defense, and we will cover malfunctions, reloading, employment with single and multiple targets and much more.  Firearms and magazines must be legal firearms and will be inspected entering the range.  All firearms must be cased and unloaded entering the range. We recommend 100 rounds of ammunition and at least 2 each 10 round magazines.  You have your choice as to how you want to carry your magazines.  Battle belt, plate carrier, chest rig, belt pouch or however is fine.

Defensive Handgun Skill Development Clinic, ($10), Bay 4,  9:00AM to 1:00PM - New or experienced shooters who want to improve their shooting skills and learn basic techniques which, when practiced, will improve their defensive handgun skills. Equipment Required: Your Handgun, belt holster, magazines (or speed loaders),  hearing protection, eye protection, 100 rounds of ammunition. Your class fees covers targets, range facilities, etc…  Topics Covered: Improving basic defensive marksmanship /  accuracy at both short and long distances, Multiple types of draws from holster, Improving Shooting methods: strong-hand, weak-hand, low ready, Reloads: Slide-lock, tactical, Clearing jams and malfunctions, Movement while shooting: forward, backward, left/right, Positions: standing, kneeling, prone, Barricades: walls, low cover, barrels, doors, Multiple Targets: Tactical priority, tactical sequence, Snatching gun: loaded or unloaded from table, drawer, and briefcase, Mental Discipline and record keeping, Speed improvement, and Practice recommendations.  Specifics skills will be class dependent.  Not everything will be covered in the 2 hours – this is a clinic format, so we cover what majority of the class needs. It is recommended to bring at least 250 - 300 rounds of ammo and a minimum of 2 spare mags, preferable 3.

Open Shooting / General Marksmanship Clinic, ($5). Bay 1, 9:00AM to 1:00PM - Handguns and .22LR Rifles only due to noise. This is an open clinic to improve your marksmanship skills, or just plink, chronograph your loads, or just check out your new loads performance. We will have instructors, Safety Officers and subject matter experts on hand, to give you some help if needed. We may have to limit time on the firing line to 30 minute sessions if we get a large participation though. First come first served. Hearing and Eye Protection is required and may be available on the range (you are encouraged to have your own).  All firearms must be cased or in a holster or rug prior to entering the range.

Long Distance Rifle Shooting is available on the 4th Saturday of each month.  The range is 25 – 300 yards in general, maybe longer depending on agriculture activities.  The range is open each month (except for August) from 9:00am to 2:00pm, on the 4th Saturday.  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. We meet at the pistol range parking lot about 8:45am and caravan out to the rifle range. Call Dave at 209-614-1718 for more info if needed. Membership not Required.

Hunter Education classes are available at various times throughout the year, please check our calendar for the next class.

Other classes such as the NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim, Basic Firearms, Home Firearms Safety, may also be available several times a year, check the calendar for the next class.  Please see out Youth Shooting Sports page for youth activities and classes.

If you have a specific training or activity need, please contact Dave at 209-614-1718 for assistance and we will see what we can do for you.  Most of the range activities during the month as shown on our calendar page are open to the public.

To physically be present on this range, or to participate in firearms training you must not be restricted or prohibited due to a court order, terms of probation, terms of parole, or violations of certain sections of law from possessing firearms, ammunition, and or dangerous weapons.  Due to ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) restrictions on training you must be a United States Citizen, or have permanent resident legal alien status (Green Card). You cannot work for a foreign company, a foreign government, or a foreign governmental agency/organization.

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Basic California Transportation Laws
From the DOJ Website (2016 Summary)

Handguns California Penal Code section 25400 does not prohibit a citizen of the United States over 18 years of age who is in lawful possession of a handgun, and who resides or is temporarily in California, from transporting the handgun by motor vehicle provided it is unloaded and stored in a locked container . (Pen . Code, 25610 .) The term "locked container" means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device . This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment . (Pen . Code, 16850 .)

Rifles and Shotguns Nonconcealable firearms (rifles and shotguns) are not generally covered within the provisions of California Penal Code section 25400 and therefore are not required to be transported in a locked container . However, as with any firearm, nonconcealable firearms must be unloaded while they are being transported . A rifle or shotgun that is defined as an assault weapon pursuant to Penal Code section 30510 or 30515 must be transported in accordance with Penal Code section 25610 .
 
Registered Assault Weapons and .50 BMG Rifles Registered assault weapons and registered  .50 BMG rifles may be transported only between specified locations and must be unloaded and in a locked container when transported . (Pen. Code, 30945, subd . (g) .)

For all of the above - The term "locked container" means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device . This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment . (Pen . Code, 16850 .

A firearm is deemed loaded when there is a live cartridge or shell in, or attached in any manner to, the firearm, including, but not limited to, the firing chamber, magazine, or clip thereof attached to the firearm . A muzzle-loading firearm is deemed loaded when it is capped or primed and has a powder charge and ball or shot in the barrel or cylinder . (Pen . Code, 16840 .)

From the CHP Website:
Handgun transportation:
If you wish to transport a handgun during your California visit, it should be carried unloaded in a locked container. In the absence of a suitable container, you may secure the unloaded handgun in the locked trunk of a passenger car. Ammunition may be kept in the same container or trunk, but the handgun must remain unloaded with no rounds in the cylinder and no loaded magazines in the magazine well

From Hammer Stryke:
Generally – when in any public place, or public road, your firearm should be unloaded in a locked container or in your car's trunk. This is the wisest and safest method of carry and compliance with the various laws. (with a CCW permit and only with your CCW handguns, carry them however you want).
This also allows compliance for transporting a firearm with in a school zone, such as when you are driving past or in the area of a school. If you live within a 1000feet of a school zone then your residence or business is exempt, but you should lock up your firearms.

School Zone means an area in, or on the grounds of, a public or private school providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, public or private college or university, or within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of the public or private school, college or university. (Note: realize that the 1000 foot rule is a straight line).