About Us

Kern Shooting Sports is a local club serving Bakersfield California and the surrounding area.  Our club is dedicated to the preservation of the Second Amendment, and the promotion of shooting sports in Kern County. KSS is affiliated with the National Rifle Association (NRA), California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). 

The club offers firearms instruction classes for handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Many of our courses are designed for beginners, and all are focused on firearm safety and taught by NRA-certified instructors.  We also have programs specifically for women and junior shooters, as well as certified hunter safety courses.  

With private facilities at 5 Dogs Range, KSS hosts a variety of matches friendly enough for novices to learn while challenging enough to satisfy seasoned competitors. Regular matches include .22 Rim Fire Falling Plate, Steel Challenge pistol matches and NRA-sanctioned High Power Rifle matches.  Sporting clays, Pistols, and other matches are less frequent but can be offered by request. 

Club membership is NOT required to attend any of our classes or to participate in most Club Matches.  Safe and responsible firearm practices are the foundation for a lifetime of happy shooting.  See our Courses & Classes page for details on all of our instructional offerings or the Club Matches page for more information on all competition types offered and any requirements for specific match types.

Kern Shooting Sports above all else, is its membership.  Whether it’s for hunting, competition, self-defense, or recreational target practice we are people who love shooting sports, and want to preserve and share them with others. 

Membership benefits include:

  • Access to the Kern Shooting Sports Private range at 5 Dogs.
  • Discount Pricing for Club matches and select events.
  • Eligible for offers and programs through club affiliations (NRA, CMP)
  • Automatic invitation to Family Fun Day!

For more information on becoming a KSS member please visit our Membership page.

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