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Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix
(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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  • For traveling shooters who shoot clays shooting courses: Pros: good gravel and paved roads, well placed ample bathroom facilities, ammo available in all gauges (at least on Thursday when we checked in...  more »
  • have been to many shooting properties around the world, the Ben Avery complex is among the top tier of the long list, 
  • I'm not a gun enthusiast, but went with some friends to the "clay bird" facility here yesterday. I was very impressed with the size and scope of this facility when we first entered and the people work...  more »
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  • great outdoor range. very reasonable cost. good safety rules. well insulated to avoid the sun.
  • Love this place. One of if not the largest public ranges in Arizona. Very well kept up.
  • Great outdoor range. Lots of lanes. Very cheap for all day shooting, usually enough RSOs to keep an eye on everything. They sell targets there for cheap too. No dedicated store, but there are a few vending machines, usually a hotdog vendor in the parking lot, and a guy in a van that sells ammo outside of the main range lot.
  • Awesome place! The rules are simple & easy to follow. THANK YOU to the RSO's that make me feel safe & keep me coming back.
  • 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.