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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Matt and Jessie Duff finding Friends of NRA throughout the Beaver State - Oregon

Jessie Duff after rafting the Deschutes River in Redmond, Oregon

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA airs Sunday nights on the Outdoor Channel. Following the adventures of Matt and Jessie Duff as they travel across the country, the show focuses on one truly unique NRA experience after another.

Last week we saw them at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming. This week they continue their westward trek to the shores of Oregon.

Arriving first in Coos Bay, Oregon, Matt and Jessie are welcomed by the hard working members of the Coos County Friends of NRA Committee. A High Caliber Club, the committee raised $56,000 for the shooting sports in 2012. That's a lot of hard work. Well, it turns out these friends of the NRA work as hard as they play. Especially once they get out onto the sands of Coos Bay. That's where our hosts were treated to a dune buggy tour of the Bay's beaches.

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12,000 Women learn to shoot at NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinics

NRA's Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Fairfax, Virginia - "Women want to learn how to shoot."

According to NRA's Women on Target program, participation in the female focused instructional shooting clinics increased by 26% in the 2012. National Women on Target Program Coordinator Diane Danielson believes she knows the reason why.

"It's all thanks to word of mouth and the nature of the program," said Danielson. "We're strictly for women, primarily the first time shooter. It's about getting out to shoot and getting over the fear of firing those first shots."

Since the program's fervent beginnings back in 2000, almost eighty-thousand women have stepped onto a Women on Target range. Though the curriculum varies per event, ladies are generally offered the opportunity to fire pistols, rifles and shotguns under the watchful eye of an NRA Certified Instructor.

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Figuring out which gun fits their needs at NRA's Women on Target

Casey Saggers poses by target while Jennifer Boughton snaps a photo at NRA Women on Target event in Virginia

Centreville, Virginia - Ever think about attending one of NRA's Women on Target clinics?

Wonder what there is to learn?

Or maybe it's a question of what type of women go to such things? Women like Casey Saggers and Jennifer Boughton.

Now grizzled veterans of our Centreville, Virginia clinic, Saggers and Boughton came out that day for two very different reasons. Saggers, product of a Law Enforcement upbringing, was looking to buy a gun. Boughton, with thirteen years of military service under her belt, was looking for a little fun.

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Ladies learned firearms and more in Fincastle, Virginia

NRA Women on Target Manager Diane Danielson fires the Ridge Rifle Club's cannon to open Women on Target

Fincastle, Virginia - It was two years ago this week that the NRA brought on Diane Danielson to take over the NRA's Women On Target Instructional Shooting program. Jumping in with both feet, she promptly headed out to Fincastle, Virginia.

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