Gunsite was founded in 1976 by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, author, columnist, professor, WW II and Korean War combat veteran. Col. Cooper intended Gunsite to be the vehicle for spreading the Modern Technique of the Pistol, which he created during his years in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Jeff Cooper built the facility which was known then as the American Pistol Institute (API), just west of Paulden, Arizona, about twenty miles north of Prescott, in the high Sonoran desert on 210 acres originally. Located in rolling hills at 5000 feet, our western sun and wide-open landscapes delight the eye and contribute to our relaxed western atmosphere. Jeff passed away September 25, 2006 at the age of 86. Janelle lives on the Gunsite ranch and oversees Jeff’s library and museum in their home.
We are conveniently located thirty miles south of Interstate 40 and within two hours of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. General aviation and military aircraft will find Prescott’s Love Field even more convenient. Numerous hotels and restaurants abound in Prescott, the original capitol of the Arizona Territory. There’s a great deal of history, and much to see, including the Grand Canyon, nearby Sedona and Flagstaff.
Gunsite’s operation covers 4.5 square miles, with modern facilities, large classrooms, a fully stocked Pro Shop and a full-service gunsmith operation. We have a modern new campground with pavilion , laundry facilities, hot showers and hookups for travel trailers and recreational vehicles (or our clients only).
We have a variety of different ranges purpose-built for our class offerings, including outdoor and indoor simulators, a 400 yard KD rifle range, an unknown distance range, and various steel ranges for specific purposes. Most of the target arrays move, turn, run, pop-up or appear and disappear.
We are ready to help you with your training requirements. Call us today at 928-636-4565.
Welcome to Gunsite!