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(NEW) Pistol Fundamentals Class

This class is for beginner & intermediate students who want to learn and/or sharpen their shooting fundamentals before moving up to a more advance class such as our Defensive Pistol Class also offered concurrently at our range. For more information see the class description on the Training and Education page link.


Youth Shooting Sports

We are pleased to bring back our Youth Shooting Sports for our area youths. If you have a youth in your family that would like to try out a Range Activity, click on the Youth Shooting Sports tab on the left for more information. First Class is scheduled to start  Saturday, June 8th. Please note, each family thats brings their youths out must have an attending parent or adult guardian present at all times. You cannot just drop them off and leave them alone for the classes.


Women's Range Time
We ask those women that are shooting to please be there by 1pm.

Safety First Shooting Association / River Oaks Range will be offering a FREE "Women's Afternoon on the Range" each month on the 2nd Saturday, 1-3pm.  This is an opportunity for the Ladies and their Girlfriends to practice with their own handguns to get some marksmanship training / practice.  An afternoon at the range without the other half!  Certified female instructors (when available) 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 "Introduction 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.


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 Sunday of every month by 9:00am. "You're always going to default to your lowest level of training in a high stress incident. If you don't have any formal training; just because the thing is on your belt doesn't mean you know how to use it outside of the range".


Monthly Trap Shoots

The Trap Range is open on the 2rd 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.


PICK UP your Spent Brass (Empty Cartridges, Not just the Brass colored ones!!)

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 Rifle Range event allows these rifles to be used provided they are legal as well.


Long Distance Rifle Shooting

The Long Distance Rifle Range is open on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00am to 3:00pm or it gets too hot, Cost is $10 all day. You bring your firearms and ammunition.  Everything else is provided, but feel free to bring your own stuff if you'd like. Normal shooting distance is 25 to 600 yards. We meet at the range parking lot about 8:30am and caravan out to the rifle range at 9am. Call Dave at 209-614-1718 for more info if needed. Membership not Required.


Range Memberships

Dave Givens has taken over memberships. If you are considering becoming a member or have questions about membership, please contact Dave Givens. Call Dave at 209-614-1718 or email him at .



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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