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Originally published: 2014-05-22 16:25:18
Last modified: 2014-05-22 16:43:06

Women on target

by Sherrie Norris

Ready, aim, fire. Those three words will soon have a more personal meaning for dozens of women who are expected to take part in the upcoming Women on Target clinic, sponsored by the National Rifle Association.

The day-long event, scheduled for May 31 at the Watauga Gun Club, will explore various aspects of gun safety and techniques for local women, whether they are interested in learning to shoot or simply possessing a desire to know the basics of handling the firearms in their home.

The program is designed to introduce women to firearms and help them to overcome fears, get unbiased instruction on firearm safety, and have a fun day at the range with other women.

The event is for women only and will be taught by NRA-certified women instructors.

A spokesperson for the event said it is designed with the beginner in mind, for those whose family members have firearms in the home, but do not know how to operate or disarm them. The women instructors gently guide newcomers through a full day of classroom, safety instruction and range time with handguns, rifles and shotguns.

The morning portion of the clinic will cover such topics as safety, the basics of firearms, ammunition and familiarization with firearm operation. The afternoon segment of the course will offer participants the opportunity to put those principals and techniques into practice.

"We will be using .22 caliber handguns and rifles and various shotguns," said organizer and instructor Sandy Hoyle. "The .22 caliber firearms offer lower noise and recoil, so they are easier for less experienced shooters to handle. They are also more economical."

Those planning to attend should come with an open mind and positive attitude. Appropriate attire should include comfortable clothing for outdoor activity, with no open-toed shoes or sandals.

Women who are more familiar and comfortable with guns may bring their own firearm and ammunition if preferred. As time permits, an instructor might be able to help with specific questions. However, only those firearms provided for the course will be used for instructional purposes.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Watauga Gun Club on Appaloosa Trail near Boone. Lunch will be provided. The first 45 women to register will receive a special goody bag at the event. The cost for the clinic is $45.

For more information, to register or for directions to the clinic, visit