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Ben Avery Shooting Facility Classes

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Classes for Beginning Shooters

Annie Oakley and Ben Avery Sure Shots Introductory Programs

These programs are completely free of charge and available to novice shooters ages 16 and up. Game and Fish handguns are used  for these programs, so you do not need to bring your own firearm or ammunition. This is a fun learning environment where participants with little or no firearms experience can actively learn and participate. Pre-registration is required for these classes due to the number of firearms available and the one on one coaching that shooters will receive.

Register for an Introductory Shooting Program

Our goals are to:

  • Provide a safe, encouraging and comfortable shooting environment for shooters of all skill levels from novice to expert.
  • Promote firearms safety and education.
  • Open the door to a wide variety of experiences, allowing shooters to progress into other shooting disciplines for personal satisfaction or competition.
  • Facilitate a place where shooters can mentor each other, have fun and compare experiences with those who share a common interest in the shooting sports.

Ben Avery Sure Shots program open to all 16+ novice shooters and is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of each month. To register contact: Jennifer Tipton at jtipton@azgfd.gov.

The Annie Oakley Sure Shots program was designed by women and is hosted by women. It is held on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month. To register contact Jennifer Tipton at jtipton@azgfd.gov.

Range Safety Officer Training for Volunteers  

VOLUNTEER RANGE SAFETY OFFICERS WANTED!

Enjoy helping others?
Want to be part of something special?
Enjoy spending time on the range?
Want to give back to the shooting and outdoor sports community?

Join the Ben Avery Shooting Facility Volunteer Family! See flyer for details.

Location: Main Range Activity Center
If you are interested or would like more information contact

Dale Sagebiel at wsagebiel@azgfd.gov

Range Master & Volunteer Coordinator
Ben Avery Shooting Facility
623-236-7730

    2014 Training Schedule:

    - Tuesday October 7th, 2014 - 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.

    2015 Training Schedule:
    - Saturday January 3rd, 2014 - 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.
    - Saturday April 11th, 2014 - 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.
    - Saturday July 11th, 2014 - 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.
    - Saturday October 10th, 2014 - 1 P.M. to 5 P.M.

Safety and Basic Air Rifle Marksmanship Clinic  
  • Come learn safety and basic marksmanship skills all in the comfort of AC and a calm atmosphere
  • Classes held once a month - please email for a list of dates and times
  • At the Ben Avery Shooting Facility Indoor Range
  • No Cost – All Equipment is Provided
  • Pre-Registration Required. To Register please email GViele@azgfd.gov
    Include the full name, age, email, and phone number of all participants in the body of the email
Introductory Archery Clinic  
  • Classes held once a month - please email for a list of dates and times
  • The Ben Avery Shooting Range Indoor Facility
  • Time: 8 am
  • All equipment is included and there is no cost for this class. This is a one time class that teaches the basics of target archery


  • For more information and to register send an email to GViele@azgfd.gov and a confirmation will be sent with your class date

  • Classes fill up quickly so send your email now!

Ben Avery Desert Rose Women's Shotgun Program  

Register for the Desert Rose Women's Shotgun Program.

Calling all ladies ages 9 and up!

Come out and join us at Ben Avery Shooting Facility for a great new introductory shotgun program. 3 sessions for $10. Learn the wonderful world of shotgun shooting sports as well as handling shotguns on the range and field safety. Learn the basics in your first 2 visits then pick your game on the 3rd. Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays.

The Desert Roses meet the first and third Thursday of each month at 6pm and ending when we are finished shooting. This is a seasonal program; we don’t have classes during summer months.

Pre-registration is required. Register here using the web form.

Contact Mike Rogers at DesertRoses@azgfd.gov, or mrogers@azgfd.gov or call 602 909-7817. Include full name, email, and phone number for a contact person.


 
Classes for Youth

Helping learn archeryScholastic Clay Target Program
This is a team-based sport designed to introduce young people to shotgun shooting and the clay target sports of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays. For more information, contact Dennis Fogle at (623) 942-3000.

Archery in the Schools Program (AIS)
This program is designed to introduce Olympic-style archery into middle schools throughout Arizona. The program provides middle school P.E. programs with training, equipment and curriculum, to introduce youth to archery. For more information, contact Denise Raum at (623) 236-7567.

Hunter Education

Hunter education is a youth and family program with two class offerings. The Basic class is a minimum 20 hour course covering firearms. The combination class is a minimum 28 hour course covering the basic class and bow hunting. For more information call the Education Branch at: (623) 236-7235.

Arizona Gun Safety Program
With the passage of Senate Bill 1271 in 2005, Arizona school districts and charter schools are able to offer an elective one-semester course in firearms marksmanship. Since no such course existed when the law was passed, the Arizona Gun Safety Program curriculum was jointly developed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Department of Public Safety, private firearms organizations, teachers, principals, authors and individual citizens. 

The resulting course includes instruction on the rules of gun safety; basic operation of firearms; the history of firearms and marksmanship; the role of firearms in preserving peace and freedom; the constitutional roots of the right to keep and bear arms; the use of clay targets; practice time at a shooting range and demonstration of competence with a firearm. The entire curriculum is presented and may be used in whole, or in part, depending on the needs of the school district. Instructors for the course are selected and employed by the school in which the course is offered, and their qualification as a firearms instructor for a nationally recognized organization is verified by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

 
 
 
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