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Bay 1 is the only real usable bay. Be sure to keep your targets behind the faded ground markers. Do Not use Bay 2Bay 3 is slowly drying out and a small portion of it is usable.


*** TRAINING DAY SCHEDULE CHANGE starting 2023 ***

In order for us to continue with our Monthly Youth Events due to the passing of Assembly Bill 2571, we have had to reschedule our 2nd Saturday Training Day to the 2nd Sunday. Youth Events will take the 2nd Saturday spot.


*** TRAP RANGE SCHEDULE CHANGE starting 2023 ***

. Trap Shooting has been changed to the 3rd Saturday of each month still starting at 8:00am Range Membership is NOT required to attend.


Looking for a Chain Saw Carver

If you are a chainsaw carver that wants a way to practice their skills for bragging rights, we have a tree with your name it. We have a dead oak tree that is probably ripe for a tree carver. Your skills would be donated, but you would be given full credit and you could use it to your benefit as a sample of your work. We'd like a theme that would blend in with the outdoors, or wildlife, or western life, or range shooting etc. Having no idea how to pick an interested applicant, I 'm guessing first come, first served. And the next person moved up the line if that previous person bows out. Email me, the Webmaster, if interested. A small picture of the tree can be seen here. Thank You.


Staffing Shortage

We have a staffing issue.  We do not have enough volunteers to cover all current activities appropriately. Between Training Day, and various groups and organizations wanting to use the range – we do not have enough people.  We may be making further changes due to this issue.  Sop requires an Instructor and a Range Safety Officer for every Bay with shooting occurring.  We need volunteers to get their RSO and Instructor certifications, and step up to assist in our shooting programs, in order to continue operations.  More programs may be cut if staffing continues to fall.  It is not a matter of membership, it is a matter of certified members volunteering.  Liability will ultimately lie with the membership if we get sued.  If you, or you know of someone who may be willing to get their certifications and will volunteer at the range and pay for their annual membership, please put them in touch with us.



In lieu of that law, all post or references to Youth Training and  Hunter Education as been removed from the website. We do not yet know how this law effects actual training of those under 18 years of age. Read the Full Bill Language Here. This new law impacts Associations, Camps, Clubs, FFLs, Hunter Education, Instructors, Firearms Trainers, Youth Organizations, Ranges, and those who work in association with any Youth Shooting Program - including Firearm Safety Training. Any promotion of firearms to those under 18 years of age may lead to hefty fines of $25,000 per incident. Thank You Governor Newsom of California!!! Don't forget to VOTE in our 2022 elections.


Pickup your Spent Casings (Brass)

We do not have a Brass Fairy that follows our members around when you are done shooting. We ask that you PLEASE make an effort to pick up all your spent brass. This does not include .22 casings unless your able to sift them out of the dirt. Don't just leave your spent casings to lay there thinking someone who reloads will pick it up for you. Thank 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 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. The 2nd Saturday has a carbine tactics clinic (Rifle Range).


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 Sunday, 1-3pm.  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.


Monthly Trap Shoots

The Trap Range is open on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 8:00am. 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. 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. If there is rain, sleet, snow, hail or extreme fog, Dinnie says Trap is canceled.


Long Distance Rifle Shooting

The Long Distance Rifle Range is open on the 2nd 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.



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.


Donations to Safety First Shooting Association are 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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