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omegaspoon
September 22, 2007, 12:24 AM
Hello this is a question for people who live in Tucson, Arizona obviously. I'm fairly new to this place and i was wondering were are some good places to go shooting at. I found one place but it's in the mountains and unfortunately I don't have a truck, SUV, or an ATV. My car can go up there but I don't want to mess up my suspension, shocks, brakes and such. So I was wondering if there are some other places I could go shoot at.

Thanks

Mach II Sailor
September 22, 2007, 08:37 AM
WELL.., this depends on whether you want to just go out and blast away all over the country or be a disciplined shooter ?

before i give any info please define yourself.

thank you !

armoredman
September 22, 2007, 09:40 AM
Ranges to visit include the Marksman I, located on 29th St between Craycroft and Swan, that's a 25 yard indoor pistol range, and the Marksman II, on Prince Road and Flowing Wells Road, Northeast corner, behind the Wells Fargo bank, another nice 25 yard indoor range.
Outdoor ranges include Desert Trails Gun Club, out on Kolb Road, a range made of scavenged concrete castings. Pima County has two public ranges, one by the fairgrounds, Houghton Road and I-10 area, south of the freeway. The other is a hard to find nifty little place called Tucson Mountain Park Range, a favorite of mine. Take your own water and toilet paper, pit toilets and no running water, but not many idiots, either. That's on Kinney road about a mile east of Old Tucson. The BEST outdoor range is on Ajo way down just past Three Points, that's Tucson Rifle Club. The range is a full mile across, and boasts seven differant ranges, including a 22 range, 500 meter, 100 yard sight-in, 100 yard public, DPS, a seven bay cowboy action range, and the Southwests' only 1000 yard range. You must be a member to use most of the ranges, including the 1000 yarder.
Now, if you want to go to a "wildcat" range, just plinking in the desert, please note our law did change from 1/4mile away from an occupied structure, to 1 full mile distance required. It is a normal thing in Az, but I will say if you choose to shoot like that, please pack out what you pack in - slob shooters have shut down more wildcat ranges than anything else. Get the book "Arizona Gun Owners' Guide.
Have fun, and welcome to FreeAZ!

TWB
September 22, 2007, 02:27 PM
I saw your post when you put it up, but I couldn't find this guy's site address. It looks like you've gotten hooked up in the meantime, but here's the address anyway.

I bought a reactive target from him a couple of years ago when I was in Tucson. The owner is a really nice guy, and shoots a lot. The target I bought looks like it did the day he assembled it. I'm convinced it's indestructible. Anyway, he'd be a source of information, even if you don't need his targets.

http://www.themetalman.com/

twb

homefires
September 22, 2007, 10:04 PM
My dad lives in Tucson! He goes to the Marksman located on 29th St. Just hit the north end of Swan and head east about 3 block in a strip mall. Good folks and Class III welcome.

There was a open rang out by the Tucson Mtns. That was alot of year ago and I don't know if it is still open.

Mach II Sailor
September 23, 2007, 08:17 AM
Desert Trails Gun Club, out on Kolb Road

please keep up to date, this place closed a year ago and NEVER was on Kolb, it was on E. Valencia :D

armoredman
September 23, 2007, 08:46 AM
Ok, so, it's closed. It was a stupid looking facility I went by exactly once on a route several years ago, and you are right, it was Valencia and Houghton, right across from the abandoned concrete factory.
I shot exclusively at M-II and TMP, but now use a free range about 50 miles north of there.

omegaspoon
September 23, 2007, 01:12 PM
so where is this fairgrounds located at. I'm new here in tucson so sorry for asking and armoredman how do you get to your favorite place. What I mean is, is there an address so i can look it up online. I don't even know where old tucson is.
Oh to be specific I'm looking to find a place where i can shoot my rifles at an actual range because all i have for targets are boxes and I really like shooting at those metal targets cause I know if i hit or not without having to use a spotting scope or walking down to the target. Yeah I know i'm lazy but after running about 3+ miles 5 days of the week at 6 o'clock and going to classes has made me lazy for the entire day.

omegaspoon
September 23, 2007, 01:13 PM
OH and thank you for all the info's so far.

armoredman
September 23, 2007, 02:14 PM
Look up Tucson Mountain Park Range - here are some pics. It is on Kinney road, so take I-19 south to Ajo, Ajo way out west to Kinney, right on Kinny up to where you see it turn into Tucson Mountain Park, go in another mile or two, on the right side of the street, dirt road off, little wooden sign. Mild dirt road to the range proper.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/TMP1.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/fb250e77.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/TMP6.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/kh2.jpg



The rifle and pistol range is open for target shooting only. The range offers shooting distances from 5 to 100 yards. No fully automatic firearm shooting is allowed. Semi automatic pistols and rifles are permitted. Tucson Mountain Park Shooting Range is supervised for safety. All shooters must register prior to shooting and abide by the Range safety and Gun handling rules. Eye and Ear protection is required. Targets are available for purchase.

Daily Fee: $4 per, shooter; youth under 16 years of age shoot free (must be accompanied and supervised by an adult)

Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Note: The range will be closed on all legal Pima County holidays.



http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/tucmt.jpg





The fairgrounds are pretty easy to find - drive east I-10 towards Benson/El Paso, and sooner or later you'll find the exit, provided you aren't already way out east.

Mach II Sailor
September 24, 2007, 08:44 AM
Ok, so, it's closed. It was a stupid looking facility I went by exactly once on a route several years ago, and you are right, it was Valencia and Houghton, right across from the abandoned concrete factory.
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are you sure you are from Tucson ?? the cement plant was never abandoned, it is a very active facility producing concrete culverts for the past 12 years i have driven past it

Bud Helms
September 24, 2007, 08:54 AM
'Looks like a well-cared for range, armoredman.

Good pics. Good post.

armoredman
September 24, 2007, 08:55 AM
MII, I was born and raised in Tucson, lived there a LOT longer than you have, and YES at one time it WAS out of service. I never lived on that side of town, but went there doing my job. Why do have to be insulting? Some sort of underlying issue here? The original poster asked for places to shoot in the Tucson area, and not only are you deliberately NOT helpful, you become insulting and confrontational. Whatever. Bye.

Mach II Sailor
September 24, 2007, 08:55 AM
http://www.tucsonshooting.org/pic/southea.jpghttp://www.tucsonshooting.org/pic/southea.jpg

Paul B.
September 24, 2007, 02:58 PM
The following should give you the information you need. Personally, my choice is the Three Points Rifle Range. I've been a member there for 28 years.

http://www.tucsonrifleclub.org/

http://www.tucsonshooting.com/

Paul B.

Mach II Sailor
September 25, 2007, 08:47 AM
MII, I was born and raised in Tucson, lived there a LOT longer than you have, and YES at one time it WAS out of service. I never lived on that side of town, but went there doing my job. Why do have to be insulting? Some sort of underlying issue here? The original poster asked for places to shoot in the Tucson area, and not only are you deliberately NOT helpful, you become insulting and confrontational. Whatever. Bye.


the above is just your opinion, i prefer to correct peoples lack of knowledge when they state somthing as FACT ! as to the original poster his first note sounded like those fools who go up to Reddington pass with their refrigerators, washing machines stoves and any peice of junk they can haul in their P.U.s (and never haul it out !!) and sling bullets all over the mountain, which i suspect you are one of those kind judging from your insulting posts

I was born and raised in Tucson, lived there a LOT longer than you have,

you were here prior to 1962 ??

armoredman
September 25, 2007, 09:36 AM
Did I state any wildcat ranges? Negative, never leave garbage in the great outdoors. A) you started the mudslinging, B) you started the insulting, and C) welcome to my ignore list.

TABING
September 25, 2007, 11:03 AM
I used to go down the Bar X ranch road (head west) just north of the town of Catalina. It's state land, so you need to carry a hunting license to legally shoot there. The road is regularly graded and the offshoot roads are usually ok for regular vehicles. I've been all over the area in a Honda civic. If it rains, wait until the washes stop flowing before you try to cross them with ANY KIND of vehicle.

Tucson used to have a lot of open land you could shoot on, not anymore.

Also, at Catalina State Park, hunting is allowed, but you need to hike up the back side of MT Lemmon a mile or so to get away from the picnic-ers. Talk to the ranger at the gate.

Bud Helms
September 25, 2007, 05:30 PM
Take the bickering somewhere else.

Mach II Sailor
September 26, 2007, 04:35 PM
awwwwww, shucks !! someone is ignoring me, now ain't that a damn shame :D

typical attitude of a "corrections officer" :rolleyes: