A steel shoot every Saturday evening and on Labor Day

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  1. gary newport

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    Every Saturday night, an informal Steel Shoot is held at the San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Range, 3001 Davis Street (take Davis street west off 880; Davis dead-ends at the dump and the range entrance is just to the right of the dump entrance). The Saturday Night Steel Shoot offers shooters an opportunity to practice two skills that aren't normally allowed at most public ranges: drawing from the holster and shooting rapidly (no two-seconds-between-shots rule!). In addition, falling targets and ringing steel are fun to shoot!

    The shoot is held between 5:00 and 10:00 PM at the end of the 100-yard rifle range. The cost is $12.00. Pay at the range office. Naturally, shooters will be required to sign a waiver.

    A couple of times a year (usually Memorial Day and Labor Day Mondays), we have a daytime version of the Steel Shoot. This coming Monday (September 3rd), the Steel Shoot will run from 9:00 to 5:00. Lunch will be available (two hot dogs, chips and a drink for $5.00), with proceeds going toward improvement of our equipment.

    The competition is entirely informal, with no scores recorded and no prizes awarded.

    We currently have two stages which allow three shooters to shoot at the same time. The Man-on-Man stage pairs two shooters who try to knock down their reactive targets (3 poppers and 6 falling plates) and the tie-breaker first (if you shoot clean, you will need only 10 rounds to win). Shooters will be randomly paired with other shooters during the evening. Note that there is no distinction made between shooters based on skill or equipment. Paired shooters will be called upon to reset the steel targets for the pair shooting just before them. After shooting, shooters will be "shuffled", resulting in new pairings.

    The Speed Steel stage uses up to 6 non-reactive steel plates configured in various ways. A single shooter will engage these plates at the same time a pair is shooting the Man-on-Man stage. Since these plates don't fall, this stage will emphasize placing two or more shots on the same target, providing good practice for action-shooting disciplines which often require multiple shots on a target. Stage directions for the Speed Steel stage will vary. A few times during the evening (or day), shooters on the Speed Steel stage may have opportunities to have their strings timed, depending on how many shooters we have.

    We draw from the holster (strong-side holsters only). One of our R.O.s will conduct a safety and orientation briefing with new shooters. Handgun calibers from 9mm/.38 Special to .45 may be used. No magnum calibers or steel-jacketed bullets may be used (to protect our steel targets). There is a 20-round maximum per string and only 10 rounds may be loaded in any magazine. Revolvers with moon clips or speed loaders may be used, though revolver shooters may be at a disadvantage when paired with semi-automatic shooters--unless the revolver shooter is very good!

    Bring at least 200 rounds (and more for the daytime shoots), unless you want to go home early! Be aware that it gets cool quite quickly as the sun sets, even if the day is quite warm, so bring layered clothing.
     
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    As a new shooter to the San Leandro Steel Shoot (but experienced shooter as far as presenting from a holster), am I required to attend the orientation? If so, when is it held?

    Is it held both on Saturday night and Monday?
     

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    Everybody goes through the orientation, which is held on demand, that is, whenever a new shooter shows up. No worries, mate--just show up!
     
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    Thanks for the heads up...Gunna have to make the trip down there one Saturday evening.
     
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    There are several other outdoor ranges in the general area, including those in Castro Valley, Livermore and Richmond, as well as one in the Santa Clara Valley.
     
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    The Livermore one doesn't look bad.

    I guess I've been spoiled, living right near a private outdoor range where I have access to 100yd rifle, and 25yd pistol ranges, lots of reactive steel targets on the pistol range, no silly restrictions on rapid fire or use of a holster...and no per-visit (or worse, per-hour) fees.

    The Richmond range where GSSF holds a yearly match looks nice too.