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Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix

Categories: Fun & Games, Shooting Ranges
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4.3/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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.Originally named the Black Canyon Shooting Range, the facility underwent further expansions with the cooperation of the AZGFD. With the assistance of the National Rifle Association the facility was selected as the 1970 host of the ISSF World Shooting Championships, bringing worldwide recognition to the region as well as the facility. Preparations for the competition required further development and expansion of the facilities, which saw additional involvement and support from the AZGFD. Phoenix became only the second US city to host the international competition, and was the third and thus far last time it has been hosted in the US.
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  • I went to Phoenix recently and decided to take my shotguns with me to try out the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Being a new face to some of these places can be interesting, but the folks there were soo...  read more »
  • Spent the entire winter at Ben Avery, great sites! Long and Level. Great power. Never had any interruptions. No wifi but they are working on it. Can't beat the monthly rate if your a shooter!! 
  • Decided to go shooting as it seems to be the thing to do in the US. Wanted to use a pistol at a target so went off to the the shooting range. Was surprised at how many people were there. Was very disa...  read more »
  • What a great facility. I've only shot at the small bore range. I'd rather go here and be outside than on indoor range any day. I hear they have a great skeet facility and a trio there is next on my list.
  • Great range, very helpful and polite staff for the most part. Plenty of room, always feels safe. I don't know why people who break the range rules and get corrected for it take it so personally. If you need something from the shooting bench, ask for it or wait like everyone else.
  • I came here the other day because my usual shooting spots out in the desert were all blocked off, and I regretted it. I understand the need for firearm safety and range rules, but these annoying safety Nazis are so beyond rude and disrespectful it's terrible. Some examples of my ONE trip include: 1. Veteran putting his firearm away (unloaded, by the way) during cease-fire and getting yelled at. 2. My aunt stepped slightly over the yellow line (literally, maybe like an inch) during target set-up and a safety Nazi yelled at her. 3. I grabbed an empty box of ammo off the ground near my table during cease-fire while walking back from setting up targets and got yelled at. I will NOT be coming here again. These safety Nazi losers need to get a life and learn customer service. There's no reason these power-thirsty suckers need to treat everybody so terribly.
  • Great facility! Don't pay any mind to the negative reviews about the RSO's. They are all about safety first and following rules. All good ideas at the gun range!
  • Great place to go shooting! Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable range masters! Great range to go to! I can not wait to go back, I wish it was closer.
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