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Arizona Recreational Shooting

Many take advantage of the opportunities to target shoot on public lands. Currently on Arizona public lands, there are no designated target shooting sites managed by the BLM. However, in 2020 the BLM approved the Recreational Shooting Sports Project, clearing the way to begin construction of recreational shooting sites in the Phoenix metro area. 

Shooting is prohibited in some areas due to high public use and resource concerns. Prohibited areas include all developed recreation sites and other areas where posted. Check the list of specific areas below. You are generally allowed to target shoot on all other BLM-managed public lands, as long as you clean up your targets, shell casings, and trash.  

It is illegal to shoot (or place targets) on trees, signs, outbuildings, or other objects on federal lands that are for the public's enjoyment or use. You must follow all state laws and county ordinances on the safe and legal use of weapons and ammunition. National BLM regulations are listed here.Each local area may have extra requirements. 

It's your responsibility to know applicable laws and to use firearms in a safe manner. For the most accurate information, contact the managing BLM Office.

Join us in the partnership effort to sustain existing shooting opportunities in the Sonoran landscapes of southern Arizona by participating in Tread Lightly's Respected Access Campaign. Take part in events, and help spread the word about appropriate recreational shooting habits to your shooting friends and partners. 

Things to consider when selecting a location:

  • You must get to public lands only via public roads. You may not cross private lands to get to public lands unless you get permission from the private landowner.
  • Check with local sheriff or land management agencies before using an area for shooting. Private and state lands are located adjacent to many public lands. Do not shoot on private lands without the owner's permission. Shooting is not permitted in state parks or state trust land.
  • Know your target and what is beyond it. Shots fired across the open desert can travel for more than a mile. Find a safe backdrop. A spot with a large mound, hill, or cliff behind the target is ideal.
  • You must not discharge firearms within 150 yards of residences, buildings, campsites, occupied areas, recreational areas, or domestic livestock.
  • Shooting across a road, trail, or wash is prohibited.
  • Shooting should only take place in areas well away from other concentrations of people and property.
  • Shooting from a vehicle is prohibited.
  • When driving to your target shooting location, stay on designated routes. Cross-country travel is not permitted outside of OHV open area boundaries.

When shooting on public lands,

  • The use of fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM Arizona-managed public land.Fire Prevention Order: AZ910-2015-0001. 
  • Use the correct ammunition for your firearm, and wear the appropriate eye and ear protection devices.
  • Shoot only retrievable, freestanding targets. 
  • Shooting glass objects, electronic waste, and items that may contain hazardous materials—such as Freon, propane, etc.—is prohibited.
  • Do not attach targets to living plants or attach targets to rocks, plants, or solid objects. It is illegal to deface or destroy trees, signs, outbuildings, or other objects on federal lands that are for the public's enjoyment. (CFR 8365.1-5 (a) (1) & (2))
  • Always pick up and remove targets, empty shells, and any other shrapnel or debris before you leave. 
  • Do not act in an aggressive or threatening manner towards other public land users.
  • Avoid being under the influence of alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs while shooting.

BLM Arizona areas closed to target shooting

Due to safety concerns, litter problems, high fire danger, and wildlife management issues, several areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management are closed to target shooting. These areas include:

We recommend using designated shooting areas for the best resource protection and to reduce litter and firearm shrapnel. A list of designated sites and a map is provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.  

The BLM has color-coded 1:100,000-scale surface management maps available displaying public and private land ownership, roads, water features, points of interest and other topographic information. The maps do not display specific shooting sites, but it can provide guidance to those seeking appropriate public lands for target shooting. You can purchase these maps from the Arizona State Office and at the various field offices. Contact a BLM field office.

Phoenix-area Recreational Shooting Project

In January 2020, the BLM's Phoenix District published a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Decision Record approving the Recreational Shooting Sports Project, clearing the way for the construction and operation of five recreational shooting sites on public lands near the Phoenix metro area. The sites will provide active management, enhanced access and increased safety for shooting sports enthusiasts and other public land users near one of the most populated metro areas in the nation. 

On March 12, 2021 the BLM published in the Federal Register the final supplementary rules for this project. The rules became effective April 12, 2021.


UPDATE: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound at Pima Pistol Club

One person was injured by a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday, March 8, 2021, at the Pima...
Updated: Mar. 10, 2021 at 4:02 PM MST

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A man died from injuries he suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Pima Pistol Club on Monday, March 8, 2021. A spokesperson with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said they believe the shooting was an act of self-harm.

Crews with the Oro Valley Police Department helped respond to the shooting Monday.

The Pima Pistol Club is located north of Oro Valley, near the Catalina State Park.

One person was injured by a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday, March 8, 2021, at the Pima...

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Shooting Range Development Grants

Now Available FY23 Shooting Range Development Application

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted via postal service or through an online application.

To submit you application via the online application use the FY 2023 Online Application link below. Online applications are not required to be completed and submitted at one time. Your application can be submitted and later edited. After the application is submitted the user will receive an email. This email will include a link to your application for editing. Applications can be edited until the deadline. All supporting documentation may be uploaded to the online application or sent to [email protected] You can download the supporting documentation and application packet through the links below.

Paper applications must use the forms supplied in the FY 2023 Application Packet, and must include all documentation at the time you submit your application. If submitting a paper application one complete color copy of the application and supporting documentation on letter sized 8.5 x 11 paper must be submitted to:

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Statewide Shooting Range Administrator
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

FY 2023 Application Packet
FY 2023 Online Application

Supporting Documentation

Budget Worksheet
AGFD SHPO Consultation Form
Board Resolution in Support of the Grant Application
Arizona GAO-W9 Form


Grant applications must be postmarked or submitted before 5 p.m., Jan. 15, 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for grants.

FY22 Shooting Range Development Grants
Arizona Game and Fish Awarded Projects
Pima County (Tucson)Southeast regional park shooting range expansion$44,524
Pima Pistol Club (Tucson)Hard surface/chip seal road and parking areas$12,918
Compass Training Center AZ (Chino Valley)Completion of 200-yard rifle bay$38,331
White Mountain Clay Targets Club (Show Low)Skeet machine upgrade$4,227
Total Project Funding$100,000

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission created the Shooting Range Development Grant Program in 1996 to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges and to support their maintenance and operation. Through the program, the Commission supports the Department’s Hunter Education Program, encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Arizona residents with safe shooting (including archery) areas, and supports law enforcement training.

Who is eligible
Groups such as sportsmen’s clubs and government agencies are eligible to participate. If the applicant is not a government agency, the organization must demonstrate five years of successful range operation. Grants are for shooting ranges providing recreational public shooting. Privately owned and for-profit ranges are not eligible for this program.

Grant requirements and limitations

  1. It is up to the Game and Fish Commission to determine how much money is available each year, but generally the total is $100,000.
  2. Grant funds are used to reimburse eligible project expenditures up to 50 percent of the total cost. Grants can be matched with cash, with donated labor and materials, or with land.
  3. Projects for development, redevelopment, relocation, noise abatement, improvements and purchases of capital equipment must have an expected useful life of five or more years.
  4. Acceptance of a grant requires that the range be made available for Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunter Education activities, hunter recruitment efforts, and activities that support the Archery in the Schools Program and Scholastic Clay Target Program.
  5. The range must have a history of operation for at least five years unless owned or managed by a government agency.

Eligible Shooting Range Projects

  • development, redevelopment, relocation
  • noise abatement structures
  • land preparation
  • construction of backstops and safety berms
  • sky and noise baffles
  • air filtration systems for indoor ranges
  • lead recovery systems
  • shooting pads, stations and covers
  • storm drainage systems
  • electrical, water and sewage systems
  • training, storage and clubhouse facilities
  • dormitories
  • sanitary facilities
  • access roads and parking lots
  • security or safety fencing and gates
  • target holder systems
  • signage

Examples of Ineligible Shooting Range Projects

  • targets and target frames
  • engineering and design documents and plans
  • audio/visual equipment
  • personal protective equipment
  • hearing and blood testing

Grant awards
Grant applications are scored by a panel of Department employees. Final grant awards are determined by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at it’s May meeting. It is possible for more than one application to be considered worthy of funding, and therefore it is possible that not enough money will be available to fund all projects in a given year. In that case, members of the panel will attempt to reach consensus on the proposals recommended for funding. Applicants who do not receive funding in one grant cycle may be invited to reapply another year.

If you have questions about the grant program or application materials, call the statewide shooting ranges administrator at 623 236-7395.


Scottsdale Gun Club - Best Indoor Shooting Range - Arizona 2020



A member-owned shooting club – open to the public!

The Range is now on Winter Hours

Sunday – Saturday:  7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Last Day Shooter at 3:30 pm
Last Shot at 4:30 pm

Las Pistoleras de Tucson Third Annual Halloween Hoot-Shoot – check out the Blog tab for more info!

HESCO BARRIER PROJECT – If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Hesco Barriers on Range 5, you’ll want to check it out.  With a matching grant from Arizona Game & Fish Department the dirt safety berms on Range 5B and 5C were replaced with Hesco Barriers.  The original dirt berms were about 24′ wide. The Hescos reduced the berm footprint to about 10′ providing increased range space and a much cleaner look to the range.  Check out the additional pictures on the Blog tab.  Pima Pistol Club is grateful to the Arizona Game & Fish Department for their continued support of projects to upgrade the range and improve the shooting experience of all patrons.

This is a cold range. All firearms brought onto the range must be unloaded. Clearing stations are available at the entrance.

Please check the calendar for events that may occupy some of the range facilities.

What you need to know before coming to the range:

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What You Need to Know Before Coming to the Range

5/19/2020 – The Gates will not be opened until 7-7:15a.  First shot is still at 7:30a.

Children under the age of 8 are not allowed on the Range.

Dogs are not allowed on the Range (except service dogs and LE K9s).

As of January 14, 2020, spouses will no longer be included with memberships.  Spouses can be added for $50 annually.  With each new or renewed membership, the primary member will receive two guest passes.  These passes must be used in presence of the member. The passes have arrived, so if you have recently renewed or become a new member since 1/14/2020, please stop by the Admin Office to receive your passes.  Only the Admin Office will be issuing the passes.  Children under 18 still shoot free.

Bylaws Revision 3.9.2021

User Agreement 1.2021

Please watch your speed on Bowman Road.  Do not exceed 25 mph on the paved section or 15 mph on the dirt section. Always slow down when passing pedestrians and horses and give them plenty of room. Also do not exceed 10 mph on the club property.

Pima Pistol is an NRA member club. Our facilities have been supported by grants from the NRA Foundation and from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Have you ever considered shooting in one of the sports at the club?

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