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Breathing is something that you usually don't forget to do, but right before you pull the trigger for the first time, it could slip your mind. Ten women learned to point, aim and fire Sunday afternoon in a ladies only certification course. Instructors say that more women want to feel comfortable handling a run.

"The oil boom that's hitting North Dakota, you can pick up the paper and almost every week someone's been shot, stabbed or hit with a baseball bat it's like well women being smaller we just really don't want to be a target," says, Marksman instructor Beverly Allen. 

Allen has been shooting for four-years now, and at 72 she is the oldest and only female to compete regularly in bulls eye competitions. She now helps with one on one instruction in the courses, to share her passion with newcomers.

"I don't know much about guns, and they were very knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend it," says Danielle Schaefner who is taking the class. 

The course starts with an hour in a classroom to learn the basics and then the ladies hit the range. The volunteer instructors say they don't mind lending their time.
"It's very fulfilling when you leave here because the ladies are so appreciative of it they just thank us over and over I mean it gets a little embarrassing sometimes that we really are providing a service that they like," says class organizer Jim Vollmer. 

"Many people want to learn how, and I found that I have a gift for teaching them. I like being able to help them," says Allen. 

Vollmer says that he suggests that ladies come and test all types of guns to see which suits them best.

"What we want to do is get them comfortable with a certain type of gun, be it a revolver or semi automatic. When they leave here they can go make an informed decision to buy a gun that fits them," says Vollmer. 

And after trying out a few, Schaefner says she thinks she found the one.

"The 45 ACP pistol I've never heard of it before, but I like it and it's just a lot of fun to get out there and be a women and shoot some guns," says Schaefner. 

The Ladies Introduction to handguns is held October through April on the third Sunday of the Month. It costs twenty dollars and guns and ammo are provided.



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