Welcome to the Rio Salado Sportsman's Club!

An Arizona Game and Fish Range. Managed by the Rio Salado Sportsman's Club, Inc.

BlackPowder Division

Welcome to the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club Black Powder website. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun format for all types of black powder shooting. If you’re completely new to black powder, an experienced muzzle stuffer, a black powder pistol shooter, a black powder cartridge rifle shooter, a black powder shotgun shooter, or a modern in-line black powder shooter, we have a place for you.

Our match dates and times may vary. Always check our schedule on the Rio Salado website before coming out.

We reserve the High Power range once a month for black powder cartridge rifle (BPCR) shooters. At this venue, you can also use modern “smokeless” powder and your choice of sights on your BPCR type rifle.

If you’re a modern in-line black powder shooter, you are welcome to join us at our regular scheduled times. Bring a friend who is shooting the same type so you will have someone to challenge you, because in-line rifles cannot shoot for score against traditional muzzle loaders. Also, on the occasions when you will be shooting at our steel targets, you will need to switch to a patched round ball so you do not damage the steel.

We currently do not have a “reserved” time on the shotgun range, but that really doesn’t matter because you can shoot your black powder shotgun there just about anytime. We also have several members who do that, and we can put you in touch with one of them.

Sometimes a person inherits a black powder gun and doesn’t really know enough about it to use it safely and effectively. We can help. Just bring it to one of our matches and we will pair you up with a highly experienced shooter who can help you turn that frustration and inexperience into smoke and fun.

If you’re interested in black powder weaponry but don’t currently have the right equipment, don’t spend any money ’till you come to one of our shoots. You will be amazed at how willing our members are to show you their equipment so they can brag on it, and also let you try it out for yourself.

If you have any questions about what we are doing or how to join in, feel free to contact me anytime. Email works best, but phone text messages also get through. If you want to talk, plan on leaving a message so I can call you back because my phone automatically sends any number it doesn’t recognize straight to voicemail. I will get back to you.

Black Powder Division Director
David Bankhead

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