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    Default Finding a place to plink in Tucson Arizona

    Hi everyone!

    I just bought my first rifle an SKS and am really wanting to take it out in the field instead of some shooting range. The thing is I’m new to Tucson so am really unsure where I can go. There seems to be quite allot of “unowned” land around.

    I’m mainly after doing a bit of plinking.

    I live on the east side (so it would be good to find a place close by). I know there used to be a place past the prison, if you drove along that dirt track, but there seems to be signs everywhere now saying “no shooting”. And most of it seems to be fenced off now.

    Some of the washes look like they’d be perfect for plinking in. Is it something you are allowed to do around here?

    I didn’t get a gun case so was wondering what police are like around here, would they hassle you or not bother at all. I ride a motorbike so it’s in plain view.

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    while land may be vacant it most certainly is NOT 'unowned'. Get a county map. If neccessary go to the County Land office. Get a 'Plat' map book. It shows who owns what property for the entire county. You will find much land is state or 'public' land.

    To go shooting on 'unowned' land invites being arrested for armed trespass. Get the map book and be safe.

    What do you have against organized ranges?

    A firearm in plain view on a motorcycle is just 'open carry' so it should not be a problem. I see bikers with pistols all the time.
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    I got a public land map from the bureau of land management. But all the land that they show seems to be really far away from the city.

    At a range you end up paying to have some one tell you that you should be wearing eye protection and the like.

    Its nice just to go after work and fire off a few rounds in a peaceful setting.

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    There's nothing wrong with safety, especially being new with guns. I won't allow shooting on my own backyard range without eye and ear protection. Safety is the most important thing when handling and shooting firearms. Getting some lessons would be a good start also, I'm sure that the same people at the range would be willing to help you. At a shooting range, you shoot into a berm, knowing that there will not be collateral damage from a stray bullet. After all, you are responsible for where that bullet ends up.
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    what is wrong with a reminder to do what you know you need to do. So the public land is a long drive. You have a choice, go to a range, drive to public land or commit armed trespass and give shooters another black eye.
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    I agree with Sharon. I know a lot of places around the Phoenix area but am not as familiar with Tucson. Play it safe...

    Oh, and the LAST thing you want to do is accidentally wind up on indian territory... I took a few guns WAY the hell out in the middle of nowhere (I mean off-roading, not even off a major trail) several miles from Sacaton, and somehow got mixed up and ended up driving back on to indian territory instead of away from it...

    Long story short, Geronimo and two of his 12-gauge-packing buddies somehow made it out to my truck in less than 15 minutes (on foot!!), held me at gunpoint, took pictures of me and my license plates, and called tribal police. They tried to take my guns and were going to have me arrested for armed trespassing... Luckily a lifted Chevrolet does a little better going through brush than three pissed off shotgun toting indians...
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Car Guy View Post
    I agree with Sharon. I know a lot of places around the Phoenix area but am not as familiar with Tucson. Play it safe...

    Oh, and the LAST thing you want to do is accidentally wind up on indian territory... I took a few guns WAY the hell out in the middle of nowhere (I mean off-roading, not even off a major trail) several miles from Sacaton, and somehow got mixed up and ended up driving back on to indian territory instead of away from it...

    Long story short, Geronimo and two of his 12-gauge-packing buddies somehow made it out to my truck in less than 15 minutes (on foot!!), held me at gunpoint, took pictures of me and my license plates, and called tribal police. They tried to take my guns and were going to have me arrested for armed trespassing... Luckily a lifted Chevrolet does a little better going through brush than three pissed off shotgun toting indians...
    They were probably wanting to get a big fine off you so they could go and get some liquor. They’ll move fast for that!

    But I can imagine it was quite an unpleasant incident. Still, its one of those things you can look back at and laugh.

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    You may be able to work a deal with one of the local ranchers to use a nice backdrop on his/her land for a small fee and a promise to clean up your mess.

    Many folks do that in Oregon and other parts of the country that I used to live in. Ask and all they can do is say no. You might make a new shooting friend. Lots of those in AZ.

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    That is a good idea. Am just trying to think of some ranches.
    Oregon seems like a nice place by the way. I was thinking that weren’t The Gooneys filmed there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthy k View Post
    They were probably wanting to get a big fine off you so they could go and get some liquor. They’ll move fast for that!

    But I can imagine it was quite an unpleasant incident. Still, its one of those things you can look back at and laugh.
    Oh, no doubt about it. I didn't give them the satisfaction, though. I'm just glad none of 'em opened fire at my truck, that might've really gotten the ball rollin'...
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