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NRA Open Range Day


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April 11, 2009: Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, AZ

Open Range Day is a new program offered by the National Rifle Association’s Disabled Shooting Services.  The event is designed to introduce people with disabilities to the various sports involving firearms.  Open Range Day was hosted at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility,  a primere shooting facility which often hosts many international events. The range is located just north of Phoenix and is operated by the Arizona Game & Fish, who get high marks for making the place very accessible. Open Range Day offered shotgun, rifle, pistol, and air rifle instruction.   The best part – it was all free.

The NRA didnt just show up with a few hand-me-down plinkers.  Participants all shot new weapons and there was plenty of ammo for everyone to poke alotta holes in alotta targets.  In spite of it being a cold and rainy, those who did show up enjoyed a whole day of instruction and fun.

Hats off to Vanessa Warner and her crew from NRA for hosting such a well organized and enjoyable day.  Sponsors included  Colt Defense, Ruger Firearms, White Flyer Targets, Remington, Kowa Optimed, Birchwood Casey, Davidson’s, Beeman, and Lapua.


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