Chabot Gun Club's public lines have restrictions on firearms, shooting and behavior that are strictly enforced. The main one is as follows:
You are not allowed to shoot yourself or anyone else while on Chabot Gun Club property. If you do, you will not be permitted to shoot for the rest of the day.
The next most important rule is:
The Instructions Of The Range Staff Must Be Followed At All Times. We cannot possibly write down all the conventions of respectable, responsible human behavior, so, if something you are being told to do or stop doing does not appear to be written down somewhere where you can see it, let me repeat "The Instructions Of The Range Staff Must Be Followed At All Times."
There are many firearms laws that apply to us, sitting, as we are, in the middle of the East Bay Regional Park District, Alameda County, the State of California, the United States of America and the 257th Imperial Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy (I know, I know but just four quadrants sounds so boring). Anyway, please DO NOT come here if any of the following are not legal in the aforementioned jurisdictions:
1. You, if you are temporarily or permanently prohibited from being in possession of or being around firearms,
2. Your firearms, if they are not properly configured or not legal for you to have them,
3. Your accessories, if they are not properly configured or not legal for you to have them,
4. Your ammunition, if it burns, glows, explodes, gives off noxious fumes or just about anything except go thump into the dirt. The other kind of ammo is almost certainly illegal and an enormous fire hazard to boot and finally,
5. Your targets, if they burn, explode or give off noxious fumes. Again, probably illegal and a serious fire hazard.
This place usually has a number of law enforcement people on the property or very close by. We like it that way. Please do not wreck your day by doing something you shouldn't do up here.
Alcohol is not allowed on the Range. Those who are "under the influence" are not allowed to shoot. If we can smell alcohol on your breath, even from the night before, we may deem you to be "under the influence" and not let you shoot.
We are not qualified to determine if someone is "under the influence"
of other drugs. So, if you smell "funny" or your actions cause us to question
whether you might be chemically impaired, we may just call the police and let
them decide. We probably won't tell you before we call them.
Eye and ear protection are required for all shooters and anyone else forward of the Red Safety Line. Ear muffs on your knees or glasses on top of your head don't count.
No shoes, no shirt: no shooting. Wear appropriate clothing. Loose fitting clothes or outfits with large openings may trap hot cases from a nearby shooter. This can cause shocking pain and could affect your marksmanship. It could also cause you to do something really unsafe.
No Rapid Fire. You must wait one (1) full second between shots.
No firearms without full iron or optic sights.
No Shotguns without full shoulder stocks. No shooting without using the sights.
Shotguns used on Ranges 1 & 2 must use "slugs" only. Shotguns must have rifle sights or optics You need to know where each slug hits. A $2.00 scope rental is preferable to a $20.00 donation for taking down a horizontal board.
Handguns designed for shotgun shells can only shoot slugs. No birdshot or buckshot.
Air pistols and air rifles are permitted here.
No airsoft guns anywhere.
No un-aimed shooting. (Shooting from the hip, over the head, etc.) No shooting without sights.
No shooting without a target.
No human or humanoid or used-to-be-human targets or silhouettes. No stubby neck things. No silhouettes pretending to be clocks. No vehicle pictures. Targets are either supplied by us or approved by us or are not permitted. Warm, fuzzy, wild animal pictures are ok. Go figure.
Minimum age to shoot is 8 for rifles and shotguns and 12 for handguns. If, however, in the opinion of the range staff, a firearm is inappropriate for the size, build or experience of an individual, we will not permit that person to shoot that firearm. We have seen people get hurt and / or traumatized by shooting something that they were not properly fitted for and we will try to stop it before it happens.
No dogs are allowed out of vehicles on Club property. There are parking and walking places outside our property. We like dogs. We like to keep them safe. We like to keep other people safe around them. We do not like having to clean our shoes.
SKS rifles are limited to only 2 rounds in the firearm at a time. This applies to all types of SKS rifles, regardless of improvements, modifications, paperwork or pleading. We are not anti-gun here. We are anti-getting shot by a gun that goes full auto, held by a person who may or may not know how to control it. This does not apply to any other firearm at the time of this writing.
Muzzle control is strictly enforced. If a firearm is not in a case, it must be carried muzzle up, with the action open at all times. Keep your fingers outside the trigger guards.
Casing and uncasing of firearms must be done at the shooting benches with the muzzles (the pointy end) pointed downrange (toward the targets)!
Holsters (with or without a gun in them) may NOT be worn openly on the public lines. Magazine pouches are OK.
If you can legally carry a concealed firearm, it must remain
concealed. You may NOT use it without coming up to the office to un-holster and
unload it into a safe area
first. You should return to the office to reload and re-holster when you are
done shooting. If we can tell you're carrying, you will either have to figure
out how to better conceal it or it will have to come off. We understand that
some agencies require their people to
carry all the time. We also understand that most agents don't usually have a gun on
their hip when they go swimming. There are other concealment options that you
may have to use here also.
Really large centerfire caliber's like the .50 BMG, .416 Barrett and other such long range rifles are permitted only on Mondays after 1 PM. Their use is also dependant on crowding and other factors, such as never on holidays. Other nearby shooters must be warned prior to each shot. If, in the opinion of the Range staff, any firearm is unsuitable for any particular range at any particular time, its use may be prohibited. Call in advance, please.
We are thinking about adding restrictions on the .500 S&W's and other really large caliber handguns because of the noise and muzzle blast. Be considerate of others and hopefully we won't have to. AR pistols and the like really belong on the rifle line. We will likely ask you to shoot there so that you don't freak out the other handgunners.
No commercial use of the public lines. The public lines are for recreational use only. If you are teaching a friend or relative for free, that's great. If you are thinking of doing any sort of activity that involves, or may involve, any form of compensation, now, or in the past or in the future, on our public lines, please don't (that's polite for "Do Not"). Our Policies on Range Rentals may give you other options.
Commercial photography (still or video) of any sort is prohibited without written permission of the Chabot Gun Club's Board of Directors.
Everybody has a camera now, but please do not take pictures or video of people or their property without their permission.
If someone objects to your taking pictures of them or their property, please stop immediately. Please erase any such pictures if asked.
No political, electoral or signature-gathering type activity on or near any of the shooting ranges. If you want to solicit for some worthy cause or feel the need to rally the troops to overthrow the Rangemaster, just ask him and he'll help you get started in an appropriate place.
If someone is bothering you, be it with pictures or other behavior, let Chabot's Range staff know immediately.
Please do not argue with the Range staff. If you don't understand something or you just got yelled at over the loudspeaker or by one of the staff, you can come up to the office and nicely explain what you were trying to do when we started jumping up and down. We are here to keep people safe and may have a way for you to do what you want.
Chances are, however, that you will have to adjust the way you do things to our system. Some of our rules involve fundamental safety procedures. Some are just because, "That's the way we do it here." We have a reason for everything we want you to do or not do. No need for hurt feelings.
Thank you for reading these and being safe.
John M. Maunder, Rangemaster
Oh, by the way:
Management reserves the right to refuse admission, control occupancy or remove anyone whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with any safety regulation.