Upgrades coming to Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s main range
PHOENIX – The Ben Avery Shooting Facility will be getting some improvements and updates next month.
When the Ben Avery Shooting Facility’s main range opens on June 4, recreational shooters will zero in on several improvements:
An earthen berm that serves as a backstop for 67 shooting stations that will be higher, more level and – most – safer.
New LED light fixtures that will brightly shine above every shooting station.
A 3-inch layer of closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation on the underside of the steel canopy that will provide sound dampening.
In order to complete more than $100,000 in improvements, the main range will be closed to the general public May 27-31 and again June 3. The main range is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Christopher Dean, range manager for the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, said the week following the Memorial Day holiday will provide the best opportunity for crews to complete the projects, while minimizing the inconvenience to recreational shooters.
“Unfortunately, we’re going to lose six days of shooting time, but in the end we’re going to have a better range; we’re going to have a reinforced berm . . . It’s going to be so much better for everybody,” Dean said.
The closure also will preclude accessibility to the adjacent specialty ranges designated for user groups – Smallbore, Rifle 2 (which also will see improvements to its berm), Pistol 3, and Pistol 4. Dean said user groups will be notified by mail about the closure.
Located on 1,650 acres in north Phoenix, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility is one of the nation’s largest publicly-operated shooting facilities, drawing more than 120,000 shooters each year. A City of Phoenix “Point of Pride,” the facility has received a five-star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges.
For more information about the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, visit www.azgfd.gov and click on “Shooting,” or call (623) 582-8313.