By Lars Dalseide | May 11 2014 12:38

More than 100 take their first step in rifle, shotgun and pistol shooting

Young lady taking aim on NRA's Women on Target shotgun course

Fairfax, Virginia - Thousands of NRA events kick off every year. We're talking rifle competitions, basic pistol classes, gun range evaluations, Refuse to be a Victim seminars and more. Unfortunately, most of us here at headquarters don't get a chance to see our members and supporters enjoy the programs NRA provides. That's why we make a point of attending event close to home — like the Women on Target clinic yesterday at the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

"Izaak Walton is kind enough to hold a Women on Target clinic every Mother's Day Saturday," said Diane Danielson, NRA's Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Coordinator. "And every year it gets better and better."

Expecting almost 100 participants for the day, the Fairfax Women's on Target clinic offered thee separate activities for the ladies including introductory rifle, pistol and shotgun. For first timers, it's an exciting opportunity to learn what it means to stand behind the trigger.

"I really liked the shotgun," said Allison, a redheaded teenage Fairfax County attending the outing with her parents. "I think I want one."

Happy with her rifle skills at NRA's Women on Target Clinic in Northern Virginia

Snuggly tucked away in the corner of Centreville, Virginia, the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League boasts an indoor rifle range, a 17 point outdoor range with targets up to 100 yards, an olympic archery range, an expansive picnic area as well as a catch and release pond. They've been hosting NRA clinics like this for years.

"Izaak Walton League has been a great supporter of our Instructional Shooting Clinics," said Danielson. "The facilities are beautiful, the instructors are wonderful, and the women had a fantastic day learning about firearms."

Happy faces at NRA's Women on Target clinic in Fairfax, Virignia

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


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