I often get asked on forums about
general shooting in AZ.
I posted the notes below on some forums at various times, I've compiled
it all here in case I need to post it again, I won't have to retype
another web group
my website about competition
association, training, education and civil rights
runs long range precision (sniper rifle) type shoots at Cowtown: http://cowtownrange.com/
which, being a private facility does not operate like a club or public
range, but the shooting opportunities may appeal to some.
take the AZ CCW class, its useful info and the permit is your proof of
background check so you don't have to go thru NICS when you buy.
regarding the 3 phoenix area ranges:
club with range in south phoenix
range in east Mesa
range with clubs in north phoenix
all 3 have public ranges and competition ranges and active competition
I've been a member of both PRGC & RSSC for about 20 years, I have
been a high power match director at Rio and still help coach there. I
was on the board of PRGC for many years and was club president in 2010.
Both PRGC and RSSC are true member-run clubs, both lease their dirt
(RSSC from AZGFD,
PRGC from PHX city park). (Ben Avery is a AZGFD-owned and run facility,
many "landless" clubs reserve the Avery specialty
ranges and run shoots there.
Both PRGC and RSSC cost about the same to join, perhaps PRGC costs a
bit more. Each has a main range and 6 or 8 specialty ranges. RSSC faces
north, PRGC faces south (low winter sun is unpleasant to shoot in) PRGC
High Power range is configured properly with 1 pits and 3 firing lines,
Rio is backwards, 1 firing line and 2 pits.
RSSC tries to run itself like a business, all members have to leave
when the last RO clocks out, even if there are still 3 hours of
sunlight remaining. All the specialty ranges (except shotgun) require a
lengthy approval process to gain access. RSSC has the best sporting
clays field in the state, perhaps all the states. Rio does not allow
PRGC is much more member-friendly. Members can use most (but not all)
ranges. PRGC is very friendly for members bringing guests ( I wrote the
guest policy) and allows carry (I wrote that policy too). (Carry is
permitted at Avery too).
As to shooting in the Desert, state trust land permits hunting but NOT
target shooting. BLM and National forest permit shooting. Indian
reservations do not permit anything. check the national forest
websites, Tonto, the one closest to phoenix, has closed off shooting on
hundreds of square miles nearest town due to dirt bike infestation and
in late 2017 banned water jugs. Steel and paper are still OK. Plan on
an hour drive to find a safe legal place. During hot weather
fire seasons all the NFs ban shooting, camp fires and smoking.