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.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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  • April 13, 2017
    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 »
  • January 22, 2017
    Located on 1650 acres in Northern Phoenix, this is one of the largest shooting facilities in the country boasting some 120,000 shooters per year. I personally have not seen anything so huge. There is ...  more »
  • January 9, 2017
    My husband and I are competitive trap shooters, so we practice frequently at Ben Avery CTC and participate in a number of registered shoots here. The facility is well managed and maintained. A safety ...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    Great place to start your love of shooting. Good for beginners or experts alike. Safety is paramount and the employees and volunteers alike don't mess around. I felt safe and well informed, and they are very clear with the rules.
  • June 18, 2017
    Great place! Outstanding diversity of ranges for every interest. Well kept and has knowledgeable range and safely officers who keep a close watch on all aspects of gun safety practices yet most are as polite as they are firm. Only a few "bummers". They are knowledgeable and effectly will share that knowledge and experience with those interested. Very fairly priced.
  • July 11, 2017
    Great safe shooting environment. The range officers are FRIENDLY. Just watch the introduction video on YouTube and know how to lock open your chamber. Will be coming back!
  • February 5, 2017
    Best place to shoot In Arizona! Its a bit of a drive but its WORTH the drive and the drive out makes it kind of an adventure. Been coming here for a very long time and Ive never had a bad time. Once you get to your table you will find your own space to spread out and relax, take your time and get your shooting done at your own comfort and pace. I find that most of the fellow shooters here are smart and considerate enough to mind their own business keep to themselves. The range safety officers are always friendly and kind. If you EVER have a problem here it will be because of your own carelessness or stupidity.
  • April 14, 2017
    This may be the best range in existence.. Designed right. Rangemasters are strict where appropriate, and staff is courteous and respectful. Options for nearly every shooting sport at almost any distance (check out the archery range too!). Good selection of reasonably priced targets and other supplies.. Now I just need to engineer a Stargate-type portal to bring me here directly!

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