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Ben Avery Shooting Facility reopens: Here are the changes

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Posted at 8:46 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 00:32:01-04

PHOENIX — The Ben Avery Shooting Facility, located north of Phoenix near Anthem, reopened on Wednesday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, the shooting range has made some operational changes.

If you're planning a day of target practice, here is what you need to know.

Make an online reservation: For now, reservations have to be made online. No walk-in appointments are being accepted. Reservations can be made for the rifle and pistol ranges, and the Clay Target Center. Reservations can be made online at www.azgfd.com/shooting/tempguidelines. Reservations are not needed for the archery range.

Reservations are booked in hour increments, which include a safety briefing, setup, cleanup, and 50 minutes of shooting, according to a news release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Reservations are restricted to two rounds and shooting must take place with that 50-minute time frame.

Once booked, reservations can not be canceled or rescheduled.

No paper targets: Rifle and pistol shooting will be at steel targets, not paper targets, AZGFD said.

One shooter per table: Each table is limited to one shooter and up to two firearms. The backbench is off-limits. There will be five "family" lanes where juniors can shoot, as long as they are supervised by an adult.

Because of social distancing, there will be no personalized instruction for new shooters.

Visit www.azgfd.com for more information.