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Unread 12-14-2003, 05:37 PM
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Starting out in Arizona

Well, I am restarting my life here in Phoenix, AZ. It has been very busy, there is still some to be done.

Anyhoo, I was wondering, where might a fella go around here to shoot at some longer distances? Something from 300-500 yards would do for now.

I have been to Ben Avery, but the longest public range they have is 200 yards.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Unread 12-14-2003, 07:18 PM
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Re: Starting out in Arizona


You can start with Rio Salado in Mesa.

Then do a search under Arizona High Power and there are some other places listed.

Your best bet is to invest in a canopy for shade and find a piece of desert out by Wickenburg and Congress. There are lots of "berms" out there and you can pretty much set your distance for practice.

Let me know if you want to chat about this.

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Unread 12-15-2003, 01:09 PM
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Re: Starting out in Arizona

If you get involved with some of the rifle clubs down there, they will let you use the 1000 yard range. Some rifle clubs names can be found on the Ben Avery wep page. Also some of the desert land north of the carefree highway around 7th street to 24th st. you can find places to shoot. Although I think around 24th st cave creek anexed a bunch of land, so watch the signs. You can not shoot in cave creek city limits. There is alot of buildings going up out there so you have to be choosy where you set up, but there are alot of desert hills out there you can use as a back stop. The only rule out there is you must be at least 1/4 mile away from any occupied building to shoot. And dont shoot twards any structures. Also talk to the guys at "The Outdoorsmans" on cave creek rd just north of dunlap (I think) They might be able to point you in a better direction.

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Unread 12-15-2003, 06:58 PM
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Re: Starting out in Arizona

If you don't mind the drive we shoot a 1000yd match on the 2nd saturday of every month down in Tucson. There are people from Phoenix and Prescott that make the trip.
There is also various ranges out to 500 meters.
If you think you might be interested email me for details.
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Unread 12-22-2003, 07:29 AM
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Re: Starting out in Arizona

Well, in case Tackdriver reports back in or if anyone else is interested, I found this link on another board and I thought that it should be passed on. It's a good list of shooting clubs and ranges in Arizona.


Well that didn't work at all. The link is huge and won't copy correctly so I'll just post the list.

Adair Park Ranges, Inc. Hwy 95 North, 345 West 32nd St., Yuma, AZ 85364. Contact Ronnie Gissendaner (day) 602-726-0022. ST, SS, R(?), R-SIL, P, P-SIL, PRAC, PUB.

Arizona Hunt Club / Shooting Sports, Inc. Old Sycamore & AZ Hunt Club Rds, POB 1021, Mayer, AZ 86333. Contact: Kent Henry (day) 602-632-7709. SC, R(?), P, PRAC, PUB.

Ben Avery Public Rifle & Pistol Range I-17, Exit 223, Box 1555, Black Canyon Stage #1, Phoenix, AZ 85029. Contact Lloyd Van Sickle 602-582-8313. ST, SS, SC, R(?), R-SIL, P, P-SIL, PRAC, A.

Black Canyon Trap & Skeet, 49 West McLellan, Phoenix, AZ 85026. Contact Jack August; 602-258-1901. ST, SS, SC, PUB.

Bullhead City Gun Club 2375 Pass Canyon Rd, Riviera, AZ 86442. Contact Stephen Bell (day) 602-758-9351. ST, SS, SC, PUB.

Casa Grande Trap Club, 1320 N. Arbor, Casa Grande, AZ 85222. Contact Sam Stedman; 602-836-8300. ST, no membership info.

Caswell Indoor Shooting Range, 856 E. Isabella Ave., Mesa, AZ 85202. Telephone 602-497-5141 or (toll-free) 888-72-SHOOT. P(indoor; 25 meters), PUB. Rentals, gunsmith svc. Bowling pin matches.

Central Arizona College Rifle Club 8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, AZ 85228. Contact Allen Elliott (day) 602-426-4313; (eve) 602-868-5580. R(?), P, PRAC, A, PUB.

Davis-Monthan AFB Rod & Gun Club, 355 MWRSS/MWRO, 3775 S. 5th Street, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ 85707. Contact James E. Bunch; 602-750-3736. SS, no membership info.

Double Adobe, 5057 West Double Adobe Road, McNeal, AZ 85617. Contact Mike McNeeley; 602-364-4000. ST, SC, PUB.

Douglas Rifle & Pistol Club Geronimo Trail, Douglas, AZ 85608. Contact John Behrens (day) 602-364-8212; (eve) 602-364-9404. R(?), R-SIL, P, P-SIL, PRAC, A, MEM.

Flagstaff Trap & Skeet Club, 1016 Why Worry Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85026. Contact Bruce Kinkner; 602-527-0205. ST, SS, no membership info.

Fort Huachuca Skeet & Trap, PO Box 334, Ft. Huachuca, AZ 85613. Contact Charlie L. Cornett; 602-538-8013. ST, SS, no membership info.

Globe Miami Gun Club, Inc. Bixby Road, Globe, AZ 85502. Contact Esther Bozzolco (day) 602-425-4483; (eve) 602-425-5342. ST, R(?), R-SIL, P, P-SIL, MEM.

Kofa Jr. Rifle Club 16031 Camel Dr., PO Box 1, Quartzsite, AZ 85346. Contact Buck Burdette 602-927-5111. R(?), P, PUB.

Long Meadow Preserve, HC30, Box 1030, Prescott, AZ 86301. Contact Jim Puntenney; 602-778-9563. SC, PUB.

Marksman Pistol Institute 5051 E 29th St., Tucson, AZ 85711. Contact Carl Welch 602-747-8657. P, PUB.

Paloma Ferrea Pistol Club POB 82282, Phoenix, AZ 85071. Contact Shelley Sansom (eve) 602-942-8908. P, P-SIL, PUB.

Phantom Skeet & Trap Club. 8427 N. 17th Pl., Phoenix, AZ 85026. Contact Barney C. Fagan; 602-856-3928. SS, no membership info.

Phoenix Trap & Skeet Club, 12450 W. Indian School Road, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Contact Don Brown; 602-935-2691. ST, SS, SC, PUB.

Prescott Gun Club, PO Box 1881, Prescott, AZ 86301. Contact Frank Otvos; 602-772-9539. ST, SS, no membership info.

Red Mountain Trap & Skeet Club, 4944 N. Beeline Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Contact M. Carmignani; 602-990-9994. ST, SS, PUB.

Rio Salado Sportsman's Club 3960 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa, AZ 85207. Telephone 480-984-9610. ST, SS, R(?), R-SIL, P, P-SIL, PRAC, DCM, CMP, A, PUB.

River's Edge Sporting Retreat Old Pomerene Road, HC1 Box 742, Benson, AZ 85602. Contact Norm Crawford 602-212-4868 (FAX: 602-212-4869). SC, PUB.

Sedona Sportsmens Club, PO Box 2552, Sedona, AZ 86336. Contact Jim Sullivan; 602-282-7787. Open Sundays and by appointment. SS, no membership info.

Shooter's World, 3828 N. 28th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017. Contact Richard Shaw or Norm Brice; 602-266-0170 or 602-266-2600. R(indoor), P(indoor), PUB.

TMP Shooting Range, 2200 S Kinney Rd, Nat. Res., 1204 W Silverlake, Tucson, AZ 85700. Contact Gale Bundrick (eve) 602-740-2690. R(?), P, A, PUB.

Tucson Rifle Club, HC04, Box 7128, Tucson, AZ 85735. R(?), R-SIL, P, P-SIL, PUB.

Tucson Trap & Skeet Club 7800 West Old Ajo, Tucson, AZ 85746 (alternate address: POB 13086, Tucson). Contact Geoff Shepard; 602-883-6426. ST, SS, SC,MEM.

Yuma Trap & Skeet Club, PO Box 11789, Yuma, AZ 85364. No telephone number provided. Open Sat/Sun only. ST, SS, no membership info.

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