“Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day”

PHOENIX — At 7:30 a.m., the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” was fired on the village green in Lexington, Mass., between the colonial militia and British army, regarded historically as the start of the American Revolutionary War.

On Saturday morning, recreational shooters of all skill levels are invited to commemorate that historic moment 243 years later by gathering socially at the small bore range at the world-class Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.
Schedule of events:

  • 6 a.m.: Gates open (parking is free).

  • 8 a.m.: Vendor area is open for public.he tax filing deadline is a week away, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages those who haven’t yet submitted their returns to help support the state’s wildlife by “making a mark” on their state income tax form.

  • 9 a.m.: Color guard presents colors at the small bore range for the playing of the national anthem. Event host will provide opening remarks, along with distinguished guests.

  • 9:15 a.m.: Participants assemble on the firing line of the small bore range and main range. Targets commemorating the event will be pre-set for the first line.  Download additional commemorative targets at www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com.

  • 9:30 a.m.: Firing will commence to commemorate the first shot of the American Revolutionary War. Additional participants will be cycled through over the course of the event. Participants can save time by registering in advance on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Shot-Heard-Round-the-World-Day-1673030776293530/. First-time shooters also are urged to watch AZGFD’s shooting safety video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK6Zn13MBqI) before attending the event.

Interested recreational shooting organizations, retailers, and manufacturers can register for booth space by e-mailing Kathryn Watson at [email protected].

The event, being promoted at public shooting ranges across the nation, also will provide an opportunity to increase participation and boost the economic benefits that shooting sports provide. As recreational shooters visit BASF from 8 a.m. to noon, they will be connected to recreational shooting organizations setting up displays in the area adjacent to the range.

For more information about “Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day,” visit www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com.