Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix

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The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is a public outdoor shooting range located in northern Phoenix, Arizona. At 1650 acres (668 hectares) it is the largest public operated shooting facility in the United States. It is operated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and is identified as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. The facility is named for Ben Avery, a local outdoors activist.HistoryThe Ben Avery Shooting Facility began as an effort on the parts of Ben Avery, Glenn C. Taylor and Jim Beaman, prominent outdoors activists in Arizona in the 1950s, to provide a public shooting facility in the interest of safety. In a letter to the Maricopa County government, Avery summed up the trio's concerns that the desert around the city had become a "battleground" with recreational shooters and it was a concern for public safety. Upon selection of the current site, Avery helped finance the initial construction with a $5,000 personal loan and $3,000 in local contributions. Construction began in late 1959, and the facility was completed and operations transferred to Maricopa County in 1960.In 1961, Mr. Avery appointed the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, (State Arm of the NRA since 1909) to help run the financial aspects of the range. This partnership ended in 2009 although the ASRPA still is active in supporting the range, competition, and the State Game and Fish Department in its efforts to grow competition, firearm safety, and hunter education. ASRPA Education and Training Division
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  • This facility has ranges for long rifles (black powder and center fire), hand guns, air rifles, and archery. All run efficiently and safely. All for a very fair price to the public. Many different com...  more »
  • Heard about this shooting range in way north Phoenix, off I-17. Open to the public, it is acres and acres of shooting facilities for just about every weapon. Lots of tactical training done here by DPS...  more »
  • We attended the Arizona Cup archery tournament at this range. My son was competing. The facility is huge with ranges for every discipline. It's well marked with signs and there is a large shopping cen...  more »
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  • Great range overall and I haven't even checked the whole place out. I jave shot there about 5 times myself. It runs like a well oiled machine, the range officers are friendly and keep things running smoothly and swiftly. You can bring your own targets or buy from the range. You can rent a sled or bag rest also for $6-7 I believe, but if your going to shoot 5-7 times, at least over the year, you might as well buy a rest. I love coming here mainly because I can shoot out 100 plus yards when I'm zeroing in and practicing with my hunting rifle. I feel blessed to have such a great shooting range so close by. If you haven't gone definitely check it out!
  • Clean, safe and knowledgeable staff. Come early to beat the crowd. Beats shooting out in the middle of the desert (Miller Rd. And I-10) where wackos have no shooting discipline...
  • Only place with a decent 200 yard range in 150 miles. Just get there early so you get a 200 yard lane. It's first come first serve.
  • Safe and fun...had an extractor go flying. We found it. Awesome!
  • Me and the wife love this range. Not far from the house. People here have always been good to us. Prices are great to, for range and targets. If in west valley, I highly recommend.
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