New York's Hudson Valley clinic serves as Women on Target role model

Family time at the Hudson Valley Women on Target event in New York Poughkeepsie, New York - As the promising warmth of Spring continue to battle the fierce and frigid Winter winds, the staff and volunteers at the NRA are in full swing. Programs from the Competitive Shooting, Law Enforcement and Education & Training Departments are either up and running or ready to launch. An ever popular example is NRA's Women on Target Program.

Officially known as Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Women on Target is a great way for first time female shooters to learn the ins and outs of firing a gun. And for the grizzled veterans, it's a perfect opportunity to pass on a few pointers to your Second Amendment sisters.

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Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club and others welcomes first time female shooters to the range

San Diego Women on Target participant takes aim with an AR-15 at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club

San Diego, California - If there's ever a place you wouldn't expect to find a NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic its California (with New York coming a close second). But as the final Women on Target of 2013 comes to a close (held today at the Palmetto Gun Club in Ridgeville, South Carolina), a quick review of the record shows that California hosted more clinics in 2012 than any other state.

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From pistol to rifle to shotgun, ladies learn about hunting and self defense in Alaska

Lining up a rifle shot during a Women on Target event in Alaska.

Anchorage, Alaska- They do things different up in Alaska.

Some days are saturated with sunshine while others are nothing but night. The only thing that you can count on, besides the people, is the cold. But that doesn't mean you shut things down. You still go to work, take the kids to school, hit the grocery store and hunt. Which is why an NRA Women on Target clinic is the perfect fit for the 49th state.

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Finding out about the Programs of NRA General Operations on NRANews

Samantha Olsen leads the NRA 3-Gun charge appearing on NRANews

Alexandria, Virginia - I know what you're thinking.

The NRA is announcing a new contributor to stand along side Colion Noir, Natalie Foster, Dom Raso and Billy Johnson. Alas, no. What you're actually seeing there is Recreational Shooting Specialist Samantha Olsen getting ready to share the story of NRA's new Airsoft 3-Gun program on NRANews. And you're going to see more.

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Nearly 600 women expected to learn shooting basics in NRA Women On Target clinic

Oklahoma City Gun Club's 2012 NRA Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – For the past eight years the Oklahoma City Gun Club's annual Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic has been the largest in the United States. Tomorrow, September 7, the club hosts its fourteenth annual clinic and extend their reign at the top to nine years. Held just outside the city in Arcadia, OK, club president Suzi Rouse expects nearly 600 women to come out and learn marksmanship skills through hands-on instruction by more than 100 volunteers. The event has been sold out since the spring and has, unfortunately, had to turn away hundreds more interested women.

In addition to learning shooting basics on a variety of pistols, rifles and shotguns, the OKC Gun Club's clinic will instruct participants on safe firearm handling and proper firearms storage techniques. All firearms and ammunition will be provided by generous sponsors like the NRA Foundation, Benelli, DPMS Panther Arms, Glock, and Smith & Wesson.

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As women’s interest in firearms rapidly grows, the demand for female shooting instructors has followed suit.

NRA Instructor looks on at Women on Target event. "Women prefer to be taught by women," says Diane Danielson, NRA's Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Coordinator. “They have an instant connection that makes events like NRA's Women on Target so successful.”

And she would know.

Since Danielson stepped on board a few years back, NRA Women’s Instructor Training Courses have been springing up all over the United States. At the 2011 NRA Annual Meeting, for example, the first Women’s Instructor Training Course took place under the watchful eye of Diane and two of her top female instructors. The success of that event, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and the Allegheny Country Rifle Club, has lead to an impressive increase in the number of female Certified NRA instructors.

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United States' increased interest in firearms leads to growth of NRA programs.

Children hold up their targets at an NRA Day in Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - Americans' interest in firearms has seen a surge in popularity over the past five years. More people are getting involved with the shooting sports, personal safety and hunting than ever before. And to help everyone from beginners to experienced firearms enthusiasts fully enjoy their Second Amendment rights are 178 NRA programs.

Places where we've seen the most growth are in our popular courses like NRA Basic Pistol and the female-focused Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinics, designed to introduce citizens to firearms. You can't teach these courses without being a Certified Firearms Instructor or supervising safe shooting activities unless you're a Range Safety Officer.

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Women on Target Rifle Clinic Turns out a Fun Maryland Crowd

Ladies taking full advantage of a Maryland Women on Target class Up in Maryland, Jennifer Dukes spends her days as a mom, a wife and an NRA Certified Instructor. After a little coaxing, Jenny agreed to share some of her instructing experience from a Women on Target program last weekend.

Marriotsville, Maryland - Early morning on April 13, women began filing in to the classroom at Monumental Rifle and Pistol Club. They were there to learn how to shoot. Many of the ladies arrived with little to no experience; this would be their first real exposure to the shooting sports.

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Friends of NRA travels to Massachusetts and Vermont for a little education and a lot of fun

Friends of NRA's Matt Duff visits New England patriots on Outdoor Channel

Fairfax, Virginia - This weekend you can catch Episode 7 of Friends of NRA on Outdoor Channel. For three seasons we've followed Matt and Jessie Duff around the country, and now the world, as they the meet the inspiring ways people show their support for the NRA. Each episode we learn a little more about the NRA family and we've only just scratched the surface.

Last episode our dynamic duo trekked the Oregon coast and squeezed in a white water rafting trip. This week it's back to the East Coast as Friends of NRA is in search of New England patriots.

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