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Ranges - where to shoot:

I am looking for a good range in Northern CA that does'nt make you fire from a bench, I am in Concord and it seems that all of the local ranges are only 100-300 yards and utilize benches. Does anybody know where such a range exists? Can anyone tell me why ranges even use benches? (when are you going to fire from a bench while hunting or in any-other situation)

Knightmare <>
Concord, CA USA - Monday, November 30, 1998 at 15:40:43 (EST) 

Knightmare - As far as ranges in Northern CA go there used to be a couple of military ranges in your AO I was familiar with. Mare Island had a good known distance rifle range (600 yards). I know they shut a bunch of it down so I don't know if the ranges are still open. Fort Ord and Camp Roberts had/have ranges. I had heard that the National Guard had taken over these posts. Call their Post operations office and inquire or call any National Guard unit to find a point of contact. I shot a NRA highpower match in Fresno once. It was a nice range but can't remember the gun club's name. In short I would contact your NRA affiliated state rifle asscociation and ask them. Our Mare Island shooting team used to make the rounds of a couple of ranges in No Cal.

gooch <>
USA - Monday, November 30, 1998 at 17:35:39 (EST) 

Concord Calif., about shooting ranges in No. Calif. Try the Folsom Shooting Club (Sacramento Shooting Center), in Rancho Murieta Calif. That is about 30 miles south east of Sacramento. It is one of the best ranges period. Gooch I hate to bare the bad news but thouse great ranges at Mare Island and Fort Ord are gone. A college has control of Ord and it is open to LE but only out to about fifty yards. Yes Gooch I cry to, I have spent many a day on the Sniper and National Match Courses at Ord.

Ryan The United Sportsman Club, in Concord is not the place to try to learn this game. They have had rule changes that only allow shooting from the bench or standing. No prone. Livermore allows all positions but the 25yard berm is in the way if you shoot at either 100 or 200 yards. Chabot is very nice and the 200 is open on Fridays for any position. The 100 is open Fri-Mon for any position. But Sacramento is the place to go. You can shoot out to 1000 yards.

Calif. USA - Monday, November 30, 1998 at 21:20:21 (EST) 

Mike: I've been to that 50 yard range at Ord, I watched an H&K presentation there which was fun but you're right, there's not much you can do at 50 yards with sniper rifles. They still have that incedible MOUT training area there (LE only) but I suspect that they don't allow live fire there except for simunitions, blanks and such.

Dave <>
San Jose, CA USA - Tuesday, December 01, 1998 at 17:30:18 (EST) 

Mr Stark. Clovis was the town with the range facility that I douldn't remember a few days ago. There are a few Northern California guys on this site that were looking for a good range. You got information on the 1000 yard range near Clovis? I shot an NRA match their once when I was stationed in Vallejo. At least I think it was Clovis. It has been a while.
gooch <>
USA - Friday, December 04, 1998 at 20:17:35 (EST) 
Does anyone have any information on any 1000 yard rifle ranges open to the public?

CALUMET, IL. USA - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 11:08:22 (EST) 

I saw a question about 1000yd ranges open to the public, here is an awnser you might try and as I wrote Pablito, try to find a small country airport that has no traffic. The one I fly out of lets me use the runway when no one is using it for its intended purpose. It's 4500ft long and even has a wind sock to watch the wind.

jeff Cooper <>
Memphis, USA - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 12:24:45 (EST) 

Any of you that might be from Minneasota have any ideas where I might find a range longer that 200 yds? I'm having a rough time of it, and 200 is getting a bit boring!

Andre Peterson <>
Minneapolis, MN, USA - Thursday, January 28, 1999 at 01:50:30 (ZULU) 

Andre - Re: long range facility in MN. The only one I know of, and I hear it's a good one, is located in Harris, about 30 - 40 miles North of Minneapolis. I think it goes to 1000 yards, multiple target butts with water pools in between so you can see where the flyers went. Run by a club in Minneapolis or St. Paul and you do have to be a member. That's all I know, and that's hearsay. Been meaning to investigate, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

DaveB <>
Land of the frozen mosquitoes, MN, USA - Saturday, January 30, 1999 at 06:38:30 (ZULU) 

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