Women on Target is an introductory clinic for firearms that's taught by women for women.
Women on Target is a program offered through the National Rifle Association. It started in the year 2000 and since then almost 80,000 have participated in the clinic throughout the United States. The program has grown since it started in West Virginia.
"They're full before we even get them advertised. We have people on wait lists, we could have a class every week if we could stand up to it. It's increased by leaps and bounds and it's wonderful to see," said Lorie Doll, a Women on Target Clinic Director.
The goal of Women on Target is simple: to offer a safe, friendly and fun introduction to recreational shooting. The clinic directors said there is more to learn that just pulling a trigger.
"The classroom session is going to teach these women all about how a firearm functions, all the safety features, you can't really use something if you don't know how it works. It's very empowering and a confidence builder," said Cynthia Cleland, a clinic director.
Women on Target is perfect for beginners, or women who have never shot a gun before. Cleland attended the clinic five years ago, and is now a certified NRA pistol instructor.
"I decided at that time that I was ill equipped to protect myself or my family and I was kind of nervous about that, and I came out to a Women on Target Clinic five years ago. Since I fired the first shot that day, I have never stopped learning or looking for more to learn about shooting and about Women on Target, and I love teaching other women," Cleland said.
The class starts with safety instructions, moves to live fire exercises with three different pistols, and ends with "fun shoots" including shooting balloons and competitions.
Anna Simmons was a first time Women on Target participant and said she really enjoyed the experience.
"It's been really great, I like the practice. The instructors have all been very helpful, informative, and knowledgeable. It's been great," said Simmons.
Simmons sister, Clara Simmons, won the overall "top shot" prize of the day.
The next Women on Target instructional shooting clinic is scheduled for September 7th. For more information visit the Women on Target website.