avoid weekends if you don't like crowds and the increased danger that comes with it
I've gone here on and off over the last ten years. I grew up in the country in another state, target shooting responsibly in the wilds, so I still find it unpleasant to have to plink and target shoot at a range. But this is the only one I've found here that is comparably pleasant, albiet not a substitute for plinking in the wilds, or enjoying hand-thrown clays in the high desert at your campsite.
It is very big, and the outdoor aspect is very nice. I can't stand indoor ranges and don't go to them anymore since finding this place.
And I do not go here on the weekends -- far too many people, some of whom, well, aren't exactly the good ol' boys I grew up with. Let's just say there are some real interesting gun afficionados here in Los Angeles, and they seem to materialize on weekends at this range. Plus, I don't like how the safety factor narrows, theoretically, when there are so many shooters in one place.
But the majority are folks who put off a good vibe, and do their thing whether it be black powder, professional target shooters, hunters dialing in their rifles, simpletons like me doing what I've done since I was 10, (often wondering why the guy next to me with the high-dollar pistol and new, fancy gear can't stay on the paper!) and of course the local law enforcement sometimes show up in mass to practice (I think it used to be a certain weekday morning -- DEB guys with all their ""swat"" gear).
Safety at this range is top notch -- the line officers don't mess around, and I like that. But keep an eye out for extra measure. Every once in a while you see somebody who obviously isn't well trained with a firearm.
Enjoy the great California weather, and pack a cooler with a lunch. Bring eye protection and exceptional hearing protection -- double up with headset and good earplugs. Every so often you end up next to the guy with the bolt action fifty caliber! Ka-BOOOM! and suddenly the earplugs ain't cuttin it anymore!