Oak Tree Gun Club
Best Outdoor Gun Range, August 2015
It’s fitting that the Oak Tree Gun Club sits 15 minutes away from Magic Mountain: In rehabbing this open-air range, owner Jim Mitchell’s aim was to create an “amusement park for shooters.” Safety comes first—novices receive free instruction—but the thrills are the main draw. There’s an adrenaline rush in picking up a six-shooter at the front desk and blasting the spinning metal targets and cutouts of cowboys at the gallery. The club offers shotgun sports, rifle zones, and archery, too, plus a bar (postshoot sips only). Gun rentals, range fees, and ammo prices vary, but time is unlimited.
Best Firing Range, March 2007
Always keep the muzzle pointed away from humans, wear eye and ear protection, and make sure you’re at the Oak Tree Gun Club. Sharing space with old oaks and California laurels, the outdoor firing range butts up against the 500-acre Michael D. Antonovich Open Space Preserve. Along with sporting clays and skeet and trapshooting areas are a pistol range with moving metal targets and three bays whose spaciousness and separation from others give the feel of a private club. Seasoned shooters will enjoy the well-stocked pro shops, which offer shotguns, rifles, pistols, and hunting accessories. First-timers will appreciate the helpful range masters and rentals of hardware, from pump and semiautomatic shotguns to handguns, such as .22-caliber pistols and .44-caliber Magnums.