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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 November 30, 2021
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Passing of a Long Time Member

Larry Bonnett, a long time range member and SFSA Board Member passed a away a few days ago. Our sincere condolences from the entire board and those members that knew Larry. He will be sorely missed.

"Long Live the Pink Cadillac"


Item Lost

A battery cover for a set of electronic headsets was lots Sunday the 28th of November around Bay 2 or 3 area. If you happen to find it, contact Dave Givens at 209-614-1718. The headset it goes to can be seen by clicking HERE.


Red Cross Adult/Pediatric Certification Class

Hammer Stryke will be offering a Red Cross Adult/Pediatric certification class on Sunday, January 2nd.  When you understand first aid, you'll gain the ability to help those in need. Through our first aid certification classes you'll learn how to respond to specific situations, which will help you care for people in crisis as they wait for medical professionals to arrive.  Our CPR trainings cover the procedures/steps for caring for adults, as well as children. The Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age - adults (about 12 years and older) and pediatric (infants and children up to 12 years of age). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid / CPR / AED valid for two years.  Class fee is $100. Go to to sign up or for more information.



Dinnie wants to hold a New Years Eve Trap Shoot on Friday, December 31 starting around dark. Fee is $20; which includes 2 rounds of trap, Ribs, Chicken and Portuguese Beans. This Trap Shoot may be canceled dependent on weather conditions.



2022 Range Membership Renewals are coming up. Notices have been sent out both by email (with an attached Word Document renewal Form) and USPS mail with the renewal form and return envelope. Please follow the renewal time-line to avoid being removed as a member. New membership info is posted down below this one under "RANGE MEMBERSHIPS".



We still have range membership openings. If you are interested in joining, membership request are done on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the range at 9:00am for orientation. It is $150 per year, January through December. It is NOT PRORATED, so it's $150 regardless at what month you join after January. Membership requires you to also be a member of the NRA or CRPA since they help support this range. For information about membership, email  "Russell Cowperthwaite"


In-Person Hunter Ed Classes on Hold by CF&W Mandate

(From the CF&W website): "All in-person Hunter Education Program classes have been canceled until further notice in response to COVID-19. Online only hunter education certification is temporarily available at" So as of now, there are no classes scheduled for 2022 at River Oaks Range.


Pickup your Spent Casings (Brass)

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 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 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 Shooting Sports

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.


Monthly Trap Shoots

The Trap Range is open on the 2nd 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, 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. 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.


Did you Know?

The Girl Scouts of America have opted to start training their new opportunities to learning at River Oaks starting in 2020.

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 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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