Traditions Magazine article, 4th Quarter 2013 - "Discovering Her Range", about the Women on Target Instructional Clinic Article >
In December 1999, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Gun Club unanimously approved the formation of Women's Division. Coincidentally, during the same month, the NRA created the Women on Target (“WOT”) program aimed at providing opportunities for women in shooting. Together they formed a partnership in organizing the First Annual Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic on September 8, 2000. Grants were applied for and funded to the newly formed Women's Division by the NRA Foundation via the Heartland Friends of the NRA and the Women on Target program of the NRA.
Fifty-seven women attended the inaugural shoot in 2000 and registration in 2013 was over 600 participants. As a result, Oklahoma City Gun Club has hosted the nation's largest instructional shooting clinic for women for the past 14 years. The WOT Instructional Shooting Clinic has continued to grow and be successful through the efforts of members of the Oklahoma City Gun Club, volunteers from the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Midwest City Police Department, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and the Women's Division.
The Women's Division charter members are Suzi Rouse, Joann Burner, Susan Cusack, Sharon Conrady, Pam Green, Sandy Payne, Dawn Taylor, Diana Hannah, Kansas Conrady, and Suzanne Black. These ten women became NRA certified instructors in pistol, shotgun, rifle and range officer disciplines through funding and support of the WOT program. Their backgrounds varied from a homemaker to a FBI Agent. They all had one focus and that was to provide an opportunity to share various shooting sports and firearms safety to women who have an interest.
We have women that come from all over Oklahoma and as far away as Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, California and Florida. Women from all walks of life participate in this event and we encourage anyone who has an interest in participating to sign up for a fun filled day of firearms safety and actual range time with a 22 rifle, various calibers of pistols, 20 gauge shotguns and AR-15 rifles. Companies such as Benelli, Glock, Smith & Wesson and DPMS, Inc. sponsor this event and provide firearms for the day. The WOT Women's Fun Shoot is always the first Saturday after Labor Day. Early registration is strongly recommended, as this event is extremely popular and fills up quickly. Visit www.OKCgunclub.org/women for more information.