MDC offers women’s basic handgun workshops near Hartsburg

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HARTSBURG, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to attend a free workshop near Hartsburg on the basics of handguns and shooting.

The class will take place 6–8 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Ammo Alley, LLC, 11562 Callaway County Road 395, south and east of the Highway 63 bridge over Cedar Creek.

Women will learn handgun parts and operation, ammunition, handgun safety, and shooting fundamentals. Participants will receive classroom training and one-on-one shooting instruction in a climate-controlled indoor shooting range.

MDC offers this workshop and classroom instruction free of charge.  However, Ammo Alley requires a $10 range fee from each participant, to be paid directly to Ammo Alley.

MDC will provide handguns and ammunition. Participants are welcome to bring their own, unloaded, cased handguns to the class, but will be required to provide their own new, factory ammunition (no reloads).

Women ages 14 years and older are invited to register for this workshop, however, participants younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who also registers for the workshop.

“Women are the fastest-growing group of gun owners in the U.S.,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Justin McGuire. “This workshop is designed to help women become more comfortable with handguns and improve their shooting abilities.”

Space is limited to the first 16 registrants. Register for this workshop by visiting

For more information, contact McGuire at 573-815-7901, ext. 2866, or