MDC hosting basic handgun shooting class for women in Kirksville

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to get a hands-on, outdoor skills lesson in basic pistol shooting. A mandatory classroom session will take place on Tuesday, May 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore in Kirksville. A mentored shooting practice will take place the following day, Wednesday, May 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Conservation Area (CA) shooting range in Adair County.

The class is free, but registration by May 1 is required. The class is open to women 14 and older. Those 14 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

The course introduces participants to the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Participants will learn about pistol parts and operation, ammunition, gun safety, and pistol shooting fundamentals. Firearms and ammunition will be provided. The event is limited to 15 women.

"This class is a great introduction to handgun shooting," said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Rob Garver. "Target shooting is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by women of all ages."

Attendees should dress for the weather (no open toe sandals), bring a hat, and a water bottle.

To register or for more information, contact Garver at or 660-785-2420.

Sugar Creek CA is located four miles southwest of Kirksville. From Kirksville, take Highway 11 west 4 miles, then Route N south 0.25 miles to the area.

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