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



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"Something, Somewhere" on this WebSite was Updated on October 21, 2019

Fall Work Day Event

"There will be a Fall Work Day Event on Sunday, October 27th, 8am – 3pm, or thereabouts.  More people equals a shorter day, so please come out and let's get done by noon.  We have the usual leaves and sticks to clear away as well as: cement in gate posts, extend the archery range fencing, trim berry vines (bring loppers and gloves), some tractor work to level bay 7 for a conex container, snowcoat the classroom roofs, separate the classroom AC electricals, put up new lighting in the restroom trailer, and much more.  Bring whatever tools you think necessary for whichever job you want to work on.  Contact Dave if you have any questions.  Coffee and donuts in the morning will be provided" Dave Givens 209-614-1718


NRA Pistol Instructor Certification Class

Hammer Stryke will be offering an NRA Pistol Instructor Certification class on Nov 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the range here.  If you would like to help out the range, or you want to teach, or if you just want to become more knowledgeable, this is your opportunity!  You can get more information at or contact Dave at 209-614-1718.


Refuse to be a Victim (RTBAV)" Instructor Class

"If you are looking to become a "Refuse to be a Victim (RTBAV)" Instructor and help out your range, and your local civic organizations, we will be offering an Instructor Development Workshop if there is interest.  This is a one day class.  Any questions or interest, please contact Dave at 209-614-1718 or   One of the most important steps toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid criminal confrontation. Seminars are held across the nation and are open to individuals of all ages. Today, thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement officials and civilians from across the nation utilize this popular program in their crime prevention and community policing initiatives to help protect their communities. Corporations, educational institutions, and community centers have also adopted the program. All told, more than 120,000 people have benefited from these seminars."


Training Day Class Additions

There have been some additions to the Training Options offered on our monthly Training Day. Look at the page to see the changes.


Range Membership

Safety First Shooting Association is now taking membership applications from motivated individuals interested in helping make Firearms Safety Training available to all.  This is a six month membership for $75 - July to December.  Membership expectations are that you will assist in some fashion to enable firearms safety training, whether that is instructing, performing as a safety officer, or general maintenance, we have need for it all.  This shortened membership allows you to see what we do and if it is for you, as well as lets us see how you can help out.  Regular membership will then be offered annually, Jan – Dec at $150.  NOTE:  SFSA is not a club, rather it is a "Training and Education non-profit Center".  We have different rules than a "Sportsmans Club".  Please email Russell Cowperthwaite for applications if training others is of interest to you!


Restrictions on "Black Guns" at the Range

Do to confusion in the laws. All AR or AK style Rifles are not allowed to be brought onto the range except for events on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month. They will be checked that they conform to California and Federal laws before they can be allowed on the premises. If they do not conform they must be removed from the range.
This is for insurance purposes as well as the law. 2nd Saturday has a carbine tactics clinic, 3rd Saturday may have a "3 gun" event, check the calendar before coming out, and the 4th Saturday the rifle range is open.


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 by 9:00am.


Women's Range Time

Safety First Shooting Association / River Oaks Range will be offering a FREE "Women's Afternoon on the Range" each month on the 2nd Saturday, 1-4pm.  This is an opportunity for the Ladies and their Girlfriend's to practice with their own handguns to get some marksmanship training / practice.  An afternoon at the range without the other half!  Certified female instructors and range safety officers will assist you if you have questions or need some pointers.  If you need a more organized class, we will offer an "Intro to Handguns" class in the mornings from 9-Noon with a $20 cost. To register for the Intro class or if you have any questions on any of the above, contact Dave at 209-614-1718.  Eye and ear protection will be provided if you do not have your own.  All firearms have to be cased and unloaded upon entering the range.
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.


Youth only Shooting Sports Training

Safety First shooting Association, Inc is pleased to announce a new opportunity for our community youth to learn firearm safety and marksmanship!  We will be offering classes from 2-4pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month for youth who sign up.  These classes are no cost in any way to the youth of our community, we only require that the youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must remain present for the class.  We will be offering safety training and instruction over 2 class sessions each: It is intended for youth to attend both training session's to complete the instruction. Youth may sign up for a specific sport or for all of them. Attending youth must be between 5 and 17 years old.  If you have younger youth (3-5 years old) needing firearms safety training, please reach out to us as we can assist you in their education.

Choose the Youth Shooting Sports link at the left of this page for more information and the classes being offered.
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.


Action Shooters Monthly Match
A Reminder, Range Membership is "NOT" required to shoot our Action Shooters Matches

Important Information

According to the response on attendance from the general shooters, the yearly Invitational Only Night Shoot will be held either in November or December. From what I gather, River Oaks Range's monthly Action Shooters may be coming to an end. The only information I get is what I read from the Action Shooters Facebook page. You're  guess is as good as mine from what I've read. Here is the post from the FB page......

"Stand-by for the Night Match information. Please Private Message me if you would like to participate in the Night Match. We will have to determine if it will be in November or December based on participation. Whichever Match is held in December will be a larger one with some more stages, let's go out with a BANG! We will need help with setting up both matches on the Friday before the Match, time to be posted later.
We will alternate a Regular Pistol Match with the other one. These may be the last 2 Matches to be held. It has been a fun run, been doing this with Robert and Don since 2005. There is a real great group of Shooters and supporters that have stuck it out with us when we started Action Shooting Matches.

I'll try to update this info as I find out. Until then, consider Novembers match as a regular match and Decembers the last.


Saturday, November 16th is our next planned monthly match?

Match Fees are: $15 Adults - $5 age 17 and under.

Registration Starts at 7:00AM
Registration after 8:00AM pays $5 more
Safety Briefing and Walk Through starts at 8:00AM. Upon completion the Squads report to the bays and the Match begins.

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

Open membership shooting allowed in the stalls on Bay 1 starting at 9:00am during match days.


Monthly Trap Shoots

The Trap Range is open on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 8:00am to 1:00pm. The fee is, $5.00 for adults 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.


Did you Know?

River Oaks  hosted the 4-H California State and National Western Heritage Championships on July 30 - August 1 of 2019.

River Oaks Firearms Training Center 4-H Shotgun Team has been preparing for the Tulare County 4-H Shotgun Competition for several months. During the preparation for the competition, Derek shot his first 25 straight on Skeet and Jack shot his first 25 straight on Trap. The team traveled to Visalia on June 2 for the Tulare County Trap/Skeet Competition. All of the team members competed in Trap (4 rounds) and Skeet (2 rounds). In the Senior division of Trap, Derek placed 2nd and Jack placed 3rd.  In the Senior division of Skeet, Jack placed 2nd and Derek placed 3rd, with Cameron right behind at 4th.  The team really enjoyed the shoot, the awards and getting the opportunity to shoot against several of the California 4-H Shotgun Team members heading to the 4-H National competition in Grand Island, NE in a couple of weeks. Congratulations to the whole team and looking forward to another successful year!

River Oaks Firearms Training Center hosted the 1st ever California State 4-H Western Heritage State Championships on May 6th and 7th 2017.

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

River Oaks Firearms Training Center through Safety First Shooting Association (SFSA) 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 at the range. Any monies collected are to cover material and range cost spent required to teach certain classes.

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

A couple of times a year, River Oaks Firearms Training Center 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.

Safety First Shooting Association (SFSA), is pleased to announce a new opportunity for our community's youth to learn firearm safety and marksmanship training through our new "Youth only Shooting Sports Training" program starting July 2017.


Donations to Safety First Shooting Association are now Tax Deductible

Friends of Safety First Shooting Association is now an official 501(c) 3 non profit.  We are organized to receive charitable donations to directly support the work of the Safety First Shooting Association. This means, that if you make a monetary or material contribution, you may now qualify for a tax deduction. We have been planning this and working on it for a few years now and we now have it ready!  Life just got better in that we can get some credit while supporting our favorite cause!  You may donate directly via the PayPal link or by seeing either Dave Givens or Talia Costa at the range or contacting Dave Givens at 209-614-1718 or email  If you have any questions, please contact Dave directly anytime. Any River Oaks Range or Safety First Shooting Association officials can assist you as well. Please use the PayPal "Friends of Safety First" Donations link at the left.

*** River Oaks Firearms Training Center - Preamble ***

Safety First Shooting Association is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit corporation which operates the River Oaks Firearms Training Center 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 Firearms Training Center for your event or class, please email Dave Givens at or phone him at 209-614-1718. He will email you the form to send back.