MDC invites people to learn the basics of .22 rifles

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ASH GROVE, Mo. – Whether you’re a hunter or a recreational shooter, learning the fundamentals of shooting a .22 rifle and keeping it in good working order is important.

People can learn more about the basics of owning and shooting a .22 on March 13 at a free clinic at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The clinic will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. and will include classroom and hands-on shooting opportunities. The Dalton Range is located near Ash Grove at 4897 N. Greene County Farm Road 61.

Topics that will be covered in the course by Dalton Range Manager Mike Brooks will include rifle parts, how to load it, fire it, unload it, and the basic principles of firearms safety. People can bring their own unloaded .22 rifles and ammunition to this workshop or use equipment provided by Dalton Range staff. COVID-19 precautions will be in place during this workshop.


  • Only pre-registered students and MDC staff will be allowed in the Dalton Range classroom.
  • All MDC staff helping with this event will be required to wear a facemask and practice social distancing.
  • All students are encouraged to wear a facemask and must practice social distancing.
  • All students will be asked to use hand sanitizer when arriving and prior to handling firearms.
  • Everyone will be asked self-certification questions related to COVID-19. People who answer “yes” to any of the questions should not attend the workshop.

This is for individuals age 11 and up. People can register for this event at:

People can find out about other upcoming programs at the Andy Dalton Range by calling 417-742-4361.