MDC to host women’s-only, beginner firearms classes during one-day clinic June 19

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer four separate classes during a one-day clinic highlighting the fundamentals of shotgun and handgun shooting. Courses are set for June 19, from 9 – 11 a.m., from noon – 1:30 p.m., from 2 - 3:30 p.m., and from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at Rolla Shooting Club in Rolla.

“Handgun shooting is one of, if not, the fastest growing shooting sports,” said MDC Conservation Educator and class instructor Dwight Warnke. “These classes will be a fun, safe and low-pressure instruction of learning and shooting shotguns and handguns.”

  • Beginner Shotgun Shooting | June 19, from 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Women’s Only Beginner Handgun Class | June 19, from noon – 1:30 a.m.
  • Women’s Only Beginner Handgun Class | June 19, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Beginner Handgun Class | June 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Beginner Handgun Class is designed for participants age 16 and older; those age 16 to 17 may participate with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. Girls age 16 to 17 may attend the women’s-only classes with a parent or guardian who is also registered for the workshop. Minimum age to participate in Beginner Shotgun Shooting is 12; participants age 12 to 17 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian that is also registered for the class.

Warnke will cover topics including handgun safety, operation, shooting fundamentals of semi-auto and revolver handguns, and safe storage. Participants may bring their own personal handgun if they provide the ammunition (and if different caliber than .22 long rifle). The gun also must be unloaded and in a case. All equipment will be furnished (guns, ammo, targets, eye, and ear protection).

Participants will practice shooting at paper targets following a lecture session. Spots are limited for all classes; registration is required by June 18. A waiting list will be made available for courses that are full.

Wear clothing appropriate for being on an active shooting range; no open-toed shoes. Social distancing will be required, and face masks are strongly recommended. Participants are reminded to follow other current health recommendations which include:

  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • Be considerate of others.

Participants will be contacted by email prior to the event. More information about this event can be obtained by emailing Dwight Warnke at

Rolla Shooting Club is located at 13950 County Road 3240 in Rolla.