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Shooting in Orange County, California

This is a compilation of places I know about, in and around Orange County. I'm a pistol shooter, so the list slants in that direction.

If you can recommend someplace that's not on my list, drop me a line.

[Indoor Ranges]      
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[Outdoor Ranges]      
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  • The Firing Line (Huntington Beach)
    (714) 841-2100
    Indoor, 16 lanes, open M-F 12-10 PM, Sat & Sun 10-10.
    Small selection of rental guns; .22 rifles ok, no shotguns.
    Women shoot for free on Tuesdays.
  • On Target (Laguna Nigel)
    (714) 348-0352

    Indoor, 20 lanes, open 10-9 7 days a week, Sundays 10-7.
    Good selection of rental guns; .22 rifles ok, no shotguns.
    "Practical" shooting matches 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
  • Orange County Sheriff's Range (Anaheim)
    (714) 538-9391

    Open Wednesday-Sunday, 8:30 - 3:30, closed 11:30AM - 12:00.
    State-of-the-art facility, good rates.
    Call before driving to be sure civilian side is available.
  • Evan's Gun World (Orange)
    (714) 283-5248

    Indoor, 16 public lanes; 11 LEO lanes. open 10-10, 7 days a week.
    Rental guns available for $10 fee.
    Occasionally sponsor bowling pin matches, 1st Sun. of the month.
  • InSight (Artesia)
    (562) 860-4365(714)

    Indoor, 20 lanes, open Wed & Thurs 1-10PM, Fri & Sat 10-10.
    Two blocks west of Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia.
    Rental guns available.
  • J.R.'s Indoor Pistol Range (Long Beach)
    (562) 408-2522

    Open 7 days a week, Sun-Fri 12:00-8:00 PM, Saturday 10:00AM-9:00PM.
  • The Brea Range (Brea)
    (714) 529-0300
    Indoor, 12 lanes, open M-F 12-10 PM, Sat & Sun 10-10.
  • LAX Firing Range (Inglewood)
    (310) 568-1515

    Indoor, 14 lanes, 12-10 M-F, 11-10 Sat, 12-6 Sun
    Large selection of rental guns, $5 daily rental fee.
  • Prado Olympic Shooting Park (Chino)
    (909) 597-4794
    Intersection of 71 and Euclid.
    Weekends only. 8AM-5PM.
  • The OC Shooting & Training Center (Irvine) closed as of 1995.
  • The Huntington Beach Police Range (847-0607) closed as of Jan 1997.


I don't know of any outdoor ranges in Orange County. These are all in Los Angeles or Riverside Counties.


There are no county-designated recreational shooting areas in Orange County, but San Bernardino and San Diego counties have areas for open-range shooting. Some are restricted to daytime use, others are day and night zones.

PLEASE NOTE: Lyttle Creek is now closed to shooting, even though the 1996 San Bernardino shooting map shows it open. The county got tired of cleaning it up, and shut it down. PLEASE be sure to remove all your rubbish after shooting, wherever you shoot.
Shooting designations are a function of the Bureau of Land Management or the National Park Service. The county sheriff's office usually knows the areas, since they are the principal enforcement.
  • San Bernardino BLM: (909) 383-5654.
  • California Desert information center: (619) 255-8760
    They have an (outdated) shooting map of San Bernardino County, and if you show up in person (in Barstow), they can direct you to designated areas.
  • Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Ranger District: (619)788-0250
    Photocopied shooting maps available showing areas inland from Escondido

If you know of other places known to be legal for shooting, drop me a line with the info.


The state of California requires a Basic Firearms Safety Certificate in order to purchase a firearm, and the best way to get it is by taking an introductory firearms course. Typically, a course will be hands-on, requiring 100 or so rounds of ammunition, and will cover types of firearms and their features, handgun safety, proper shooting technique, and California's firearm laws.

If you don't have a gun, all of these can lend you one for the course.


  • Running Gun IPSC at Raahauge Range (Norco):
    Every saturday, starting at 8:00 AM
    The area's biggest IPSC event. Six stages, one is a classifier.
  • International Shootists IDPA
    (805) 521-1411
    Large match 4th Saturday of the month, 9:00AM, Piru, CA.
  • Laguna Niguel indoor tactical matches
    Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 6:30 PM at On Target.
    Three stages, three hours (normally).
  • Linea de Fuego IPSC, San Diego County.
    (619)596-2190 or (619)676-9LDF (match hotline)
    Four Clubs hold IPSC matches near Escondido and near El Cajon.
    First Saturday of the month, second Sunday, third Saturday, fourth Saturday.
  • Awesome Arms IDPA Practice Matches
    Contact Dave Manning at (805) 521-1808
    First Sunday of each month, 10 AM - 3PM
    At the Ventura Shooting Range, (805) 648-4968
  • San Bernardino Sheriff's Tactical Match
    Contact Bob Hostetter (909) 886-3055, Mtrclass@aol.com
    IPSC matches twice a month (call for schedule)
    Tactical (not for score) matches every six weeks.
  • Oceanside Shooting Academy IDPA
    Contact Bill Heyder (760) 967-4308
    Sunday evenings once a month. Call for schedule.
    OSA also holds tactical non-scoring matches every 2nd Thursday evening.
  • Huntington Beach Gun Club
    (714) 848-5518
    Bianchi-style matches 2nd Sunday of each month
    Practice shoot 1st Sunday each month
    At Prado Olympic Shooting Park, Chino (909) 597-4794
  • Burro Canyon IPSC, San Gabriel Canyon
    (818) 915-8212
    (ask for Ron Pe, match director)
    IPSC matches every Sunday from 9:30 until 4:00. five stages
    East fork of Azusa Canyon on the right-hand side.
  • Lake Elsinore Sportsmen's Association
    Contact Mike Kirley (714) 528-1384
    Bianchi-style competitions 1st Saturday of the month
    Tactical and three-gun matches throught the year.
  • West End Gun Club, Riverside County.
    (909) 785-9609
    or (714) 966-7703
    (ask for Keith Holland, match director)
    Match every fourth Sunday of the month, 10:00 AM.
  • Southwest Pistol League IPSC
    (310) 842-SWPL, or ggoyette@earthlink.net
    IPSC matches 2nd & 3rd Sunday of the month, Piru, CA.
  • Straight Shooter (now Evan's Gun World) used to hold biweekly bowling pin matches. If anyone can tell me about other matches in Orange or LA Counties, I'd be much obliged. I miss shooting pins.


Information on this page is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but I can take no responsibility for problems you might have with out of date info. Call before you drive.

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