Private Instruction

Unfortunately, Chabot Gun Club’s lease was not renewed by the East Bay Regional Park District and the marksmanship range is now permanently closed. We thank all of our tens of thousands of patrons for your support for more than fifty years at this important facility. There are no plans to open up at another location at this time, although we still are open to suggestions.

Private Instruction is currently unavailable due to time constraints. Please check back for updates! Program:

Chabot Gun Club offers private instruction in handgun, rifle and shotgun.  Lessons are individually tailored to the needs of the student from the most basic procedures to more advanced skills.

Private lessons instructors are generally available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, during the day and second Saturdays in the afternoon..

Civilians, law enforcement and military personnel are welcome.

Firearms are available if the student needs to borrow. Club ammunition must be purchased to use Club firearms. If you bring your own firearms, you may bring your own ammunition, however, the instructor reserves the right to disallow any ammunition, with or without cause.

Lessons cost $100 per hour for one person. Additional students are $50 per hour. The first lesson is usually at least three hours in length. Subsequent lessons are more flexible.

If you have taken Chabot Gun Club’s Basic Handgun Safety and Marksmanship Class since July, 2008, there is a $25 discount for the first person and a $15 discount each for additional persons who have also taken the class. For any discount to apply, all persons in the group must have taken BHSM.

For a description of the Basic Handgun Safety and Marksmanship Class, please click here.

You may also want to take the Intermediate Safety and Marksmanship Class prior to a private lesson also. Click here for more information on the Intermediate Safety and Marksmanship Class.

Your primary Instructor is John M. Maunder, who has been Chabot Gun Club’s Rangemaster for 20 years. John has studied under some of the world’s top firearms trainers from schools such as Gunsite, Marksman’s Enterprises, Glock Inc. and Thunder Ranch. Some of his relevant credentials are:

Instructor of Instructors in Handgun, Tactical Rifle and Urban Shotgun, Marksman’s Enterprises

Graduate: Instructors Transitional Training Course, Police Services Division, Glock, Inc.

Instructor: Handgun Safety Certificate, CA, Dept. of Justice

NRA Certified Instructor: Handgun, Rifle and others.

Additional instructors are available.

Times available for instruction vary from week to week and are at the discretion of the instructor. Additional instructors and coaches are be available as needed.

For more information or to schedule lessons, please email John at

Chabot Gun Club will not knowingly train anyone who cannot legally be in possession of firearms. Safety is paramount; we enforce safety rules strictly.

Management reserves the right to refuse admission, control occupancy or remove anyone whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with any safety regulation.