2012/01/24 News: ‘It sounds like a battlefield’: Longtime gun club drawing complaints of mountain neighbors

“‘It sounds like a battlefield’: Longtime gun club drawing complaints of mountain neighbors”
by Jason Hoppin, Monterey County Herald/Santa Cruz Sentinel
http://www.mercurynews.com/2012/01/24/it-sounds-like-a-battlefield-longtime-gun-club-drawing-complaints-of-mountain-neighbors/ >

“Weiss and Villa live near the Los Altos Rod and Gun Club, located over the summit from its namesake city but nestled since 1955 at a pretty apex of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It offers a series of shooting ranges where, for $15 a pop, you can squeeze off a few rounds of whatever gun you bring – just about anything legal in the state of California.”

“The club has its supporters. Boy Scout troop leaders from Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Union City and Los Gatos – who are offered free entry to the club – all endorsed the clubhouse project as a way to teach scouts about firearm safety. Mary Hazel, the region’s supervising State Parks peace officer, wrote a letter saying her officers use the range for target practice and said the club is ‘an outstanding neighbor.’

Even some neighbors think others in the neighborhood are protesting too much.

‘I find it difficult to sympathize with those who knowingly make their home next to an existing airport, refinery or in this case a gun range, and then complain that the noise created on these properties is later found to be objectionable,’ said Charles Schoppe, who lives in Indian Rock Ranch, a development north of the club.”

Intensification of Use

Since the establishment of the Range in the 1950s, the local community it serves has doubled in size twice.

For an article with nice chart, see < http://www.newgeography.com/content/004165-the-evolving-urban-form-the-san-francisco-bay-area >.

I think we should keep this in mind if and when anyone complains of noise or “intensification of use”, and perhaps suggest that the number of shooting stations should be allowed to increase commensurate with the size and growth of the local population.

Web Site Comments and Discussion

What do you like and/or dislike about the Club’s new Web site?

(Click on the subject to comment.)

Entering < largc.com > into a web browser now forwards users to < losaltosrodandgunclub.com >.

Map of old site:

  • Home page
    • “enlargement with legend”
    • link to “Maps, Driving Directions, Road Conditions” page
    • General Information
      • description of location
      • link to “Map and Driving Directions” page
      • FEES
      • FOOD and DRINK
      • SHOOTING FACILITIES (note “We have over 120 shooting positions…” is undesirable to publish as it is specific and inaccurate; current count is 118 shooting stations open to public)
      • PERMISSIBLE FIREARMS and CALIBERS (with link to Permissible Firearms and Calibers)
      • HOURS
      • SPECIAL EVENTS (with link to email, and telephone number)
      • SAFETY (with link to Rules and Regulations in the heading)
      • link to Home page
    • link to “Rules and Regulations (PDF, revised 03APR2017)”
    • link to “Permissible Firearms and Calibers”
    • link to “Manual Trap Ranges (photo)”
    • link to “Electric Trap Range (photo)”
    • link to “40 Yard Tin Can Range Video Clip (1.1 Meg MPEG)”
    • link to “Manual Trap Operation (2.5 MB PDF)”
    • link to YouTube “NSSF Range Safety Video (9 minutes – NOTE: We are an OUTDOOR range)”
    • link to “Rules for young people and Parental Permission Form” page
    • link to “Attention Scoutmasters and Youth Group Leaders” page
    • link to “Jobs” page
    • link to “Interesting Links” page
  • Maps, Driving Directions, Road Conditions
  • Rules and Regulations (PDF, revised 03APR2017)
  • Permissible Firearms and Calibers
  • Manual Trap Ranges (photo)
  • Electric Trap Range (photo)
  • 40 Yard Tin Can Range Video Clip (1.1 Meg MPEG)
  • Manual Trap Operation (2.5 MB PDF)
  • Rules for young people and Parental Permission Form
    • link to Home page
  • Attention Scoutmasters and Youth Group Leaders
    • link to Rules for young people and Parental Permission Form
    • link to Home page
  • link to send email
  • Interesting Links
    • National Rifle Association
    • California Rifle and Pistol Association
    • tba
    • Gun Owners of America
    • Gun Owners of California
    • California NRA Members Council

Map of new revision

(at http://www.largc.com/2017):

Navigation links at top of each page

  • (links to home page on name and logo)
  • RANGE (the home page)
  • UNDER 21?
  • JOBS
  • FAQ


  • Home
    • Welcome!
    • Location
    • Public Hours
    • Announcements
      • Skyline Boulevard Washout – 10 FEB 2017 to DEC 2017 (driving directions and current road conditions)
      • Rule Changes – APR 2017 (with link to Range Safety Rules)
    • Plan Your Visit
      • Before Your Trip (with link to Range Safety Rules)
      • Range Day (with links to “current and forecasted weather” and “driving directions and road conditions”)
      • When You Arrive (with link to “map of our facility”)
  • Safety Rules
    • link to PDF version
    • General Safety Rules
      • link to waiver (release)
    • Rules for Handling Guns Safely
    • Rules for Shooting Guns Safely
    • Rules for Shooting with Black Powder
    • Additional Rules for Each Range
      • Main Ranges
      • Trap Ranges
  • Weather
    • Current Conditions (with inset from LARGC weather station data via Davis Weatherlink)
    • Forecast (with inset from National Weather Service)
  • Drive
    • (inset Google map showing location relative to San Francisco Bay)
    • Easiest Route (with inset Google map)
    • All Routes
      • Via State Route 9 (Big Basin Way)
        • From Saratoga Gap
      • Via Highway 17
      • On State Route 35 (Skyline Boulevard)
        • Range Entrance
      • Via State Route 84 (Woodside Road/La Honda Road)
      • Via State Route 85 (West Valley Freeway)
      • Via State Route 92 (J. Arthur Younger Freeway)
  • Under 21?
    • Youth Policy (with links to PDF form and “Range Safety Rules”)
      • Ammunition Sales
      • Shooting, by Type of Gun
      • Shooting, by Age of Shooter
    • Parent/Legal Guardian Permission Form and Release (with link to PDF form)
  • Groups
    • Organizing Group Events
      • What the Range Offers
        • Range Hours and Rules
        • Free Admission for Youth Organizations
        • Picnic Area
        • Pro Shop
      • Before Your Visit
        • (links to “Range Safety Rules”, “weather”, and “driving routes”)
        • Requesting Free Group Entry (with link to PDF form)
        • Permission Forms (with links to “Range Safety Rules,”youth policy”, “Permission Form”, and PDF form)
        • Eye and Hearing Protection
      • When You Arrive
        • (link to “Range Safety Rules”)
        • Supervision (with link to “Range Safety Rules”)
      • After Your Visit
  • Pictures
    • Videos (link to YouTube playlist)
    • Pictures
      • Current Range Pictures
        • (map in SVG)
        • Pistol Range
        • 40-Yard Tin Can Range
        • 100-Yard Range
        • Electric Trap Range
        • Manual Trap Range
      • Historical Range Pictures
        • Pistol Range Historical Pictures
        • 100-Yard Range History
  • Pro Shop
    • Rentals
    • Targets
  • Community
  • Jobs
  • FAQ (Frequently-Asked Questions)
  • Contact Us

LARGC Style Guide

Let’s establish consistent style throughout our publications.

Everything is negotiable, but please include your reasons where appropriate.

Use of Certain Terms

  • cease fire”—reference to break not in quotes; use quotes for reference to what is called
  • down range—not “downrange”
  • guns—includes firearms and air guns; do not use “weapon” (guns are tools), preferred over “arms” (black powder rules); device that propels a projectile
    • firearms—includes handguns and long guns; use explosive charge to propel projectile
    • handguns—includes semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, and may include air guns that may be fired using a single hand
    • long guns—includes rifles and shotguns
  • misfire—define as “failure to fire” or “refusal to discharge”?
  • projectile or bullet? or projectile for black powder only?
  • shooter—preferred; assume all customers, guests, etc. will be shooting
    • new shooter—an inexperienced shooter, not a new admission to the range
  • shooting station—not “bench”, which may cause confusion with the white bench seats at the white safety line
  • range—use “the Range” instead of “we”; “down range”; “here” instead of “at this property” or “at this facility”
  • Range Master—the Range Master, not “rangemaster”
  • Range Safety Officer

ejection or EXPULSION?


In the Range Safety Rules, capitalize leading terms ALWAYS and NEVER (preferred over “DO NOT”). Note that it is preferable to describe what people should do (“ALWAYS…”) rather than leaving them guessing by stating what they should not do (“NEVER…”).

LARGC—preferred abbreviation