With hunting seasons just around the corner, the Tonto Rim Sports Club is offering a prime opportunity to sight-in those high-powered center-fire rifles.
Rifle “sight-ins” for hunters lucky enough to be drawn for big game tags will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Sports Club’s Jim Jones Shooting Range.
There is a $5 fee for non TRSC members.
During the sight-ins, hunters may use the range and its facilities to calibrate their mounted scopes to make just the right shot once he or she comes across that perfect buck or bull.
Most hunters agree it takes a full box of ammunition — sometimes more — to properly sight-in a rifle.
Hunters may have their rifles bore-sighted at any local gun shop, but TRSC range officers will be available during the two sight-in days to help those that do not have the guns bore-sighted.
Among the club officers adept at sighting is Charlie Thompson, also the TRSC spokesman.
Thompson will be available both Saturdays to lend his expertise.
If you take advantage of TRSC’s generous offer, take along plenty of shells.
Only a few years ago, the range underwent a facelift in which six new shooting bays, a 300-yard range, and area covers and a field archery range, complete with 3-D targets were added. With the additions, the local sports club now has a facility capable of hosting sight-in and almost any other type of event, whether it be cowboy pistol, archery, small- and large-bore rifle and pistol, silhouette target, black powder or tactical shooting.
The range also serves as a practice site for the Payson Police Department, Arizona Game and Fish, Department of Public Safety and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Boy Scouts even use the range on occasion.
The range is located 2.2 miles south of the Mazatzal Casino off the Beeline Highway. To reach it, turn left onto a gravel road and drive 1.5 miles to the entrance.
For more information, call Thompson at (928) 468-1521.