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Tucson Trap & Skeet Club to Host World Cup April 8-15

7 Apr, 2014


Tucson Trap & Skeet Club is expecting more than 200 of the world’s best shotgun shooters from more than 65 countries at the International Shooting Sport Federation’s World Cup on April 8-15.

The public is invited to watch accomplished marksmen and markswomen, including five-time Olympic medal winner Kim Rhode of California and 19-year-old Luis “Taz” Gloria of Tucson, who are attempting to qualify for the World Championships in Granada, Spain, in September and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The club hosted its first ISSF World Cup in 2012 after it added 300 acres leased from Pima County in 2011 and expanded its facilities to become one of the largest sport shooting facilities in the nation.

Tucson Trap & Skeet Club occupies nearly 400 acres at 7800 Old Ajo Highway, less than 10 minutes west of West Ajo Way and South Kinney Road.  Admission and parking is free for spectators. 

The club holds several nationally and internationally attended shoots each year. This is the second time the club is hosting one of the four World Cup Shotgun Olympic qualification competitions.

Trap shooting involves shooting at clay discs thrown into the air by a machine below ground in a trap house.  Skeet shooting involves shooting at clay targets thrown by two traps – a “high house” and a “low house.”

Tucson Trap & Skeet has 50 trap fields and 15 skeet fields. It is the only facility in the nation equipped to host Olympic Trap and Olympic Skeet at the same time.

Tucson Trap & Skeet also has two full-size sporting clay courses of varying terrain with 12 stations each, providing a variety of target sizes, angles, speeds, elevations and distances.

Tucson Trap & Skeet is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until April 16, when hours change to 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Shotguns are available to rent and ammunition is available for purchase. Instruction is available for an hourly fee arranged through the office, and the free safety training is required for beginning shooters.

The club’s 9,000 square-foot clubhouse is open to the public and includes a restaurant and bar with free Wi-Fi. The club also has 200 full-service RV hookups available for members and registered guests. All facilities are handicap accessible.

Tucson Trap & Skeet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has served Southern Arizona sport shooters since 1948. For more information, please call 520-883-6426 or visit www.tucsontrapandskeet.com.

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation also has four shooting ranges:

Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range
11296 S. Harrison Road
Phone: (520) 762-1533
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday year-round (closed on all Pima County holidays)
$8 per shooter per day; youth under 16 years of age may shoot free (must be accompanied and supervised by an adult)

Southeast Clay Target Center
11295 S. Harrison Road
(520) 762-5047
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Day Pass: $8 per 25-target round
Discount Multi-Use Pass: $140 per 20 25-target rounds

Tucson Mountain Park Rifle and Pistol Range
About 2.5 miles north of Ajo Way on Kinney Road, .3 miles from the south Tucson Mountain Park entrance
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (closed on all Pima County holidays)
$6 per shooter per day; youth under 16 years of age may shoot free (must be accompanied and supervised by an adult)

Virgil Ellis Rifle and Pistol Range
Ajo Regional Park
Sunrise to dusk daily
No charge

For more information, please visit this site.

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