By Lars Dalseide | June 8 2012 07:49

Director Pam Meara laughs with Women on Target students
Centreville, Virginia - It's good face a challenge. Face a fear, learn a new language, or in the case of Pam Meara, take over an NRA Women on Target event.

Women on Target provides ladies with the opportunity to learn about firearms and gain confidence in their shooting skills in a safe, encouraging environment. Skills that Pam seems to be mastering with passion and a smile.

"This is my first year running the event," said Meara. "But I've been an instructor at every Women on Target event we've had here over the past ten years."

Usually a shotgun instructor, Meara has dropped the days of clays and gun powder for time behind the desk. But that is where things get complicated. Instead of dealing with ten to twenty women on the range, Meara is now responsible for everyone attending the event … a count that reached a hundred before the day let out. Luckily, there is plenty of help to go around.

"It's a lot of work. A good deal of effort that goes into making sure everything runs smooth. But I have a lot people who put in a great deal of effort to help, so I'm not doing it all myself.

"Today I'm concentrating on oversight. Walking around to be as hands on as possible. Who knows? Maybe next year, when everything is going well, maybe I'll take to the shotguns again."

For more on NRA's Women on Target program, visit their website at

Staff from NRA's Women on Target event in Centreville, Virginia

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