The Globe Gazette in Northern Iowa took a look at a Women On Target® Instructional Clinic"
51 attend women's shooting clinic
MASON CITY - Women on Target, a women's shooting clinic sponsored by the National Rifle Association, drew women from around Iowa and Minnesota to Mason City Saturday for the first clinic of its kind in Iowa.
Women ages 18 on up received instruction from trained instructors in shooting handguns, rifles and shotguns as well as in archery at the River City Rifle and Pistol Club shooting range northwest of Mason City.
"We've had an amazing turnout," said Kathy Van Dike, who organized the event. "There are 51 women here today and a waiting list. They're asking, ‘When are you going to have this again?' "
The instruction was designed for women who had never picked up a gun as well as those who had some familiarity with firearms but wanted to gain more experience.
Instructor Don Larson, NRA training counselor from Minneapolis, said that for some of the participants, Saturday's instruction was as far as they would probably go. Others may want to purchase a firearm one day.
"We have three goals," Larson said. "The first is safety. The second is getting experience (with a variety of firearms). The third is to have fun."
Among the participants was Wendy Lafrenz of Mason City, who said she just wanted to have a better knowledge of guns.
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