Q: Do I need to be a member of the Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club?

A: No

This activity is open to the public. However, starting 7/1/18, if you are a Sustaining or Full Member of the Santa Clara Valley Rifle Club you will get a discounted rate

  • SCVRC Sustaining/Full Members $10
  • Public/Associate Members $15

The current nightly rate is $12/shooter for everyone until June 30th, 2018.

If you would like to take advantage the SCVRC member discount please refer to the SCVRC Membership Guidelines.

Q: What are the requirements to become a new shooter at Action Pistol?

A: Basic safety and firearm manipulation.

To participate in the New Shooter Group you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be able to safely operate your firearm.
  2. Must understand and be able demonstrate the rules of NRA Gun Safety.
      ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction.
      ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot.
      ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use.
  3. Must be able to follow directions.
  4. Must be over the age of 18.
  5. Must be allowed to legally use the firearm and equipment you are using.
  6. Must know what all the buttons, knobs, and levers do.
  7. Must have safely shot at least 200 round through the firearm you will be using.

We will cover range safety procedures when you arrive. However, it is your responsibility to understand and demonstrate basic firearm manipulation and safety. If you can not demonstrate safety, we may ask you to come back at a later date, after you have become more acclimated to your firearm.

Q: I have never shot a before should I come to Action Pistol?

A: Please talk to us, but probably not.

Although we emphasize the fundamentals, this is not an introduction to firearms course. We are a club that enjoys active shooting. If you have not shot before it would be starting in the deep end of the pool and safety may be at risk.

If you need help, there are many training courses available outside of Action Pistol. Please check out our Links page for a local trainer or contact us for information.

Q: What do I need to bring the first night?

A: The first night you will need.

  1. A pistol in good condition
  2. A good quality holster designed for the pistol you will be using
  3. Four to five spare magazines or speed loaders for a revolver
  4. Magazine pouches or speed loader carriers
  5. A sturdy belt
  6. Eye and ear protection
  7. 50 rounds of ammo for your pistol
  8. Range appropriate clothing

This is what is expected for our New Shooters time, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Q: What is a "good quality holster"?

A: The holster must meet the minimum requirements described below.

Good holsters don't need to be expensive, but cheap holsters can be costly and can even be painful. While it is difficult to cover all the parameters, these are a few features that you should look for when shopping for a good quality holster.

  • Hard sided, non collapsible holster.
  • At least one retention mechanism (friction lock, lever, backstrap)
  • Must cover the trigger completely
  • The shooter must be able to use the holster safely with a single hand
  • Should not cause the shooter to alter the operation of the gun while shooting.
  • The firearm should fit properly into the holster

What is not allowed

    Any holster that:

  • can collapse after the gun is removed.
  • requires two hands to remove or re-holster the firearm.
  • is made of only from nylon or other soft materials.
  • that has loose, unsecure, or deficient mounting systems.
  • is not design for that specific make and model of firearm.
  • attaches to anywhere but the belt or thigh.
  • requires a hand to cross the body (cross draw).
  • is designed to attach to the ankle or shoulder.
  • is inferior build quality, may break, faulty, or may cause a safety issue.
  • does not generally point the muzzle downwards
  • has another function like a "fanny pack", breifcase, cell phone case, etc...

The use of all equipment is at the Match Directors discretion. If you show up with questionable equipment, expect to get some questions. This may mean that you won't be able to shoot that night.

This article may help you find a good quality holster. If you have doubts, ask. Questions are always free.

Q: I'm a Navy Seal Firearms Instructor, do I need to come at 6:00 pm?

A: Yes.

While we respect your time serving our country and your training, you still need to be there at 1800. No matter whom you are, or what you have done, we want to talk to you personally before we let you run around with a live firearm. Every range runs differently. We would like to take a little time to ensure that we are all on the same page.

Q: I want to practice my stuff I learned at some school. Can I do that with your group?

A: Yes and no.

It depends on what it is. We are bound by certain physical and safety restrictions of the range. For example our range is indoors, so shooting at an angle has restrictions, because there may not be sufficient background. However, we may be able to modify the scenario or drill to fit into our range. Other drills just may be inappropriate. The drills that are run are at the discretion of the Match Director.

Q: Do you do anything else besides pistol?

A: Yes.

We try to mix up the scenarios, and occasionally work shotgun and carbine, but we are restricted on ammunition caliber. Shot gun is limited to bird and buck shot. Carbines are limited to rimfire centerfire pistol calibers. only.

Q: Can I bring my AK-47, M4, Berretta CX4 Storm, etc...?

A: Yes with restrictions.

To shoot your carbine it must meet the following criteria

  • You must be able to legally posess the firearm and equipment you bring.
  • Use of any firearm is at the Match Director's approval.
  • Use of a carbine is only allowed on a designated carbine night for Regular Shooters.
  • It must be rimfire or standard centerfire caliber (.38, 9 mm, .40, 45 ACP.).
  • High power, magnum, or "pointy" rifle rounds are not allowed.
  • Semi-Auto only with the abilty to quickly reload.
  • Select fire (anything), pump action, bolt action, tube feed, lever action rifles do not meet our criteria

Q: I do not own a gun can I rent one?

A: No, we are not a business.

We do not rent/sell guns or ammunition. If you borrow a gun you are still bound by all the legalities associated with possession and transport of a firearm. This is your responsibility to understand all the aspects of borrowing a firearm. Also you must meet our safety criteria for basic firearms manipulation, so make sure that our event is not the first time you have seen that firearm.

Q: I'm an Officer with Anytown USA/I have a CCW, can I carry hot at your range?

A: Unfortunately no, we operate a cold range.

This is not our rule; it is the rules of our host. All firearms are to be in the holster unloaded or on the safe table unloaded, when you are not on the firing line.

Q: Can I take my brass home with me?

A: Yes, but brass collection is only done at the end of the evening.

Picking up brass is time consuming and waiting until the event is complete helps keep the event moving. At the end of the event, brass is sorted and divided among the people that would like to take some home.

Q: I am a new shooter, what if I couldn't find the range, had a brain fart, etc. and couldn't get there until 6:30pm?

A: New shooter orientation begins at 6:00pm.

If you arrive after we have read the safety breifing, we will unfortunately, have to turn you away. However, you are still welcome to spectate.

The New Shooter time is dedicated to help new people and assess whether they are prepared to participate as part of the experienced group. The rest of group made the effort to show up on time for orientation. It is unfair to interrupt their practice time.

Please plan to be there at 6:00pm. If you need to arrive 15-30 minutes early to be on time, then please do so. That will give you some time to socialize with the staff and assist with setup.

Q: If I need to sight in my gun or test loads what is the best way to go about it?

A: This is not the time or place to “test” your gun and/or loads.

If you have work done to your gun or new ammo, it may take several trips to the range to dial in the accuracy. It can be time consuming and will detract from the event for others. This falls under the “please come prepared” request.

If have no choice but to zero your sights the day of the event, the range is open to the public from 2pm-5pm. Once Action Pistol starts we do not have the time for testing, zeroing & /or tinkering with your gun.

Q: What is TMJ ammo?

A: TMJ (Total Metal Jacket) is a lead bullet that is fully encased inside a copper jacket.

The range no longer has a restriction on FMJ ammo. This article is for information only. Please note that steel and steel core ammuntion not allowed.

As defined by the National Institute of Justice, bullet jackets may be fabricated in a number of configurations:

  • Full metal jacket - encloses the entire bullet, with the exception of the base. Normally used for military purposes, these bullets are also known as full jacketed, full patch, full metal case, and ball ammunition.
  • Semijacketed – partially encloses the bullet with the exception of an exposed soft point or a hollow point.
  • Total metal jacket – fully encloses a bullet core.

Purchasing ammunition in bulk is genrally available. It is best to contact ammunition vendors directly. Local gunshow have typicially had ammunition vendors; however, that may change in the future. Check the schedules and check with the vendors.

Q: What do I need to do to become a "regular shooter"?

A: Complete the criteria below

We have two groups at our event. New Shooters and Regular Shooters. We also refer to them as Group 1 and Group 2 respectively. Everyone starts in Group 1. The people in Group 2 have demonstrated the following skills.

  • Have attended two APC G1 Events
  • Have the match director's approval
  • Have demonstrated range entry and exit procedures
  • Have demonstrated tactical and emergency reloads
  • Have demonstrated safe holster work
  • Have demonstrated a type I malfunction clearance
  • Have demonstrated the ability to follow instructions
  • Understand and have demonstrated the fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling
      ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction.
      ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot.
      ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use.

After demonstration of the skills above, you will be asked to shoot an evaluation course of fire. One of the evaluees will given the oppurtuntity to select the course of fire for the group. To pass the evaluation you must generally be able to demonstrate safety, follow directions, ask questions if you need clarification, and meet the accuracy criteria for that course of fire. Instruction and accuracy information will be given at the time.

Q: I'm an IPSC Grand Master. Do I need to attend the New Shooter Orientation?

A: Yes

We are not IPSC. Everyone must attend the New Shooter Orientation. Please see the Navy Seal Firearms Instructor question for more details.

Q: Can I use my Laser Sight, Red Dot, Gun Light, or other attachment?

A: Yes

Additional equipment attached to your firearm is allowed.

  • The equipment must be securely attached to the firearm.
  • The holster must made to specifically accept that equipment.
  • The holster may not be used without the equipment.

  • Q: What is a "typical" night?

    A: The New Shooters event is pretty similar each time and will vary for Regular Shooters.

    Group 1 (New Shooters)

    Start at 6pm, have a safety breifing, followed by some discussion, dry fire, and live fire drills. This section runs through about 40-50 rounds in one evening. We try to end this section around 7:30 PM. However, with larger groups may it may run a bit longer.

    New Shooters that are qualified to run the evaluation course of fire will be given the opportunity to shoot it. The evaluation requires four magazines and up to 30 rounds of additional ammuntion.

    Group 2 (Regular Shooters)

    Start imediately following Group 1 with a safety breifing. The group typically uses around 80-100 rounds, and can be up to 150 rounds per night, but 150 is very rare.

    The drills/scenarios vary each night, as does the round count and targets. There are typically 3-4 drills/scenarios in one evening for Group 2. There may be 1 or 10 targets for each drill, it just depends on the drill. We try to wrap up the evening around 10:30 PM.

    Q: What is the Evaluation Course of Fire?

    A: This is a slow fire drill that every New Shooter must sucessfully complete to qualify for the Regular Shooter event.

    This is to ensure that everyone in Group 2 has demonstrated safety, the ability to follow instructions, and achieved a reasonable degree of accuracy. To advance to Group 2 you must sucessfully complete the evaluation course of fire.

    To complete this you must have:

    • The abilty to operate your firearm safely.
    • The abilty to follow instructions.
    • The abilty to ask question if you need clarification.
    • The abilty to shoot with reasonable accuracy.

    To assist with the accuracy, please use the guide below. If you can meet this criteria, the accuracy portion should not be an issue.

    Target: IPSC Silhouette (Metric) Target

    Distance: Variying distance up to 15 yards

    Scoring: Cumulatively scoring A-zone hits (75%) and headshots (50%)

    Target: NRA B-R Target

    Distance: 5 yards

    Scoring" Cumulatively scoring 5 ring hits (95%) and 9 ring hits(20%)

    Target: 5" & 20" Circles

    Distance: 7 yards

    Scoring" Cumulatively scoring 20" circle (85%) hits and 5" circle (15%) hits