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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • I love BA. Great shooting facility. They are strict with the rules but it is needed with firearms. The Range Masters are knowledgeable and can help out with many things.
  • This is one of the best public ranges I have ever seen. You name it they have a range for it from long range to Cowboy action. It's 1650 acres. Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, pistol, Rifle. They got it.
  • As long as you follow the rules this place is amazing. $7.00 for all day shooting. Tape and target boards are provided. Equipment rentals are available. I love shooting here.
  • I love this place. It's safe, friendly, and not nearly as "loud" as an indoor range. Great for novice AR-15 shooters like my son and me. Walk the line and see all kinds of guns, mounts, sights, and scopes. Staff and other shooters are friendly and helpful. Go Wednesday through Friday if you can because even with 67 lanes, the weekends get busy and you may have to wait to get a shooting position.

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