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NRA Women on Target participant hits her target (see the scattered clay on the left) during shotgun class.

Centreville, Virginia - NRA's Centreville Women on Target event included lessons in rifle, pistol and shotgun. Though there are dozens of familiar faces, none are more memorable then that of Steve Canale.

Canale oversees the shotgun venue. With a little more than a half dozen volunteers under his watch, it's his cool, concise and energizing instructions that make the learning process possible.

"The key is your stance," Canale explained. "Get the gun locked on the starting point, look high, then break the target."

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Flint sparks the Wall Gun at NRA's Women on Target event in Centreville, Virginia
Flint sparks the powder milliseconds before the Wall Gun fires.

Centreville, Virginia - One of the biggest attractions every year at the Centreville NRA Women On Target® Clinic are the blackpowder rifles. Taking a step into yesteryear, the ladies are transported to the time before smokeless and self-contained cartridges. With a Wall Gun, Blunderbuss, Kentucky Rifle and just begging to be fired, there was a consistent flow of customers to each and every station.

"I have to admit, it looked intimidating," said Alice — a first time shooter. "But it was fun. After the Wall Gun, I wanted to shoot more blackpowder guns!"

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NRA Women's Network

Today is Mother's Day, a day dedicated to recognizing women who play a special role in our lives. But here at the NRA, we celebrate the role of women in the shooting sports each and every day. The new NRA Women's Network is helping us do just that, serving as a resource and tool. Whether you're looking to become more involved in the shooting sports or just want to meet likeminded ladies, the NRA Women's Network has all the information that you need.

This new resource provides information on hunting, shooting, training, education, and much more. It also gives an in depth look at some of the "The Women of the NRA" - the ladies who have made the NRA a part of their lives. We encourage you to explore the NRA Women's Network and discover all that the NRA has to offer women, including program like the recent NRA Women's Outdoor Adventure. Take a look at the video below to meet Elizabeth Lanier, an instructor from the event with a passion for getting more women behind the gun.  

Ladies learn the basics of firearm safety and shooting

Ladies disperse after a group picture at the Centreville Women on Target clinic

Centreville, Virginia - Today's NRA Women On Target® Clinic had a little bit of everything. That's everything from rifles to pistols to shotguns and archery for participants to try. Some were seasoned shooters while others were seasoned veterans. Either way, there were plenty of grins to go around.

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Women on target - shotguns in Centreville

Centreville, Virginia - Although I'm still about twenty minutes out from the local Izaak Walton League of America's range, today's Women On Target® Clinic already underway. By now the ladies are divided into groups of three: one for class, one for shotguns and one for the rifle/pistol range. Above you see a shotgun class from years back going through the initial stages of their training. Don't worry — it gets more involved then that.

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Take mom out for a memorable Mother's Day at the range

Waiting for the Shotgun session to start at a Women on Target event

Centreville, Virginia - As is the tradition for us at NRA Headquarters, we'll be celebrating Mother's Day by attending Centreville's annual Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinic. Hosted by the Izaak Walton League of America, there'll be plenty of opportunities for the ladies to try their hand with rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders and shotguns.

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Find NRA events near you with the NRA app for Android

You asked for it, Android users. And the NRA listened.

Earlier this month we told you about the NRA app that can be used to find NRA near you to help find NRA Basic Firearms Training courses, NRA Business Alliance members, NRA-affiliated clubs & associations, Friends of NRA events, gun shows, places to shoot, and much more.

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Download the free NRA app to your Android device today from Google Play or visit the iTunes store to get the app on your iPhone or iPad.

NRA Women on Target in Alaska

At the end of March in 2009, Larry Boyle of Alaska’s Firearms Education and Training oversaw an NRA Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic of rifle. As one might expect, there were plenty of ice, snow, mittens and scarfs to go around.

Women On Target Clinics create more opportunities for women to learn all about firearms, and to gain confidence in newly-acquired shooting skills. For information on how to a hold a clinic in your area, visit the Women on Target website or give them a call at (800) 861-1166.

NRA Women's Programs LogoWomen’s Programs Department is hosting training for women to become NRA Certified Pistol Instructors during the 2012 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri from April 13-15, 2012 at the America’s Center.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of the Female Pistol Instructor cadre and help train the thousands of women who are learning to shoot every year. With more women turning to the NRA annually for firearms training, female instructors play a crucial role in introducing them to the shooting sports.

“The NRA Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinic Program is incredibly successful and reached nearly 10,000 new women shooters in 2011,” said Diane Danielson, Women On Target® Program Coordinator. “We are fully committed to training more women instructors, not only helping meet the demand for NRA Certified Instructors, but showing women additional opportunities for developing and sharing their skills.”

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