Women from across the state have a chance to show their shooting skills or try a new sport Saturday at the annual Women's Charity Handgun Shoot.
The idea behind the event, part of the National Rifle Association's Women on Target program, is to generate female interest in the shooting sports while raising funds for charitable causes.
By holding women's-only charity shoots for all ages and ability levels, more women have the opportunity to learn how to handle and shoot a handgun in a supervised, noncompetitive and fun environment.
The NRA hosts nine charity shoots throughout the country.
Colorado's fourth annual shoot in Steamboat Springs kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Routt County Rifle Club, two miles west of town on U.S. Highway 40. The cost is $70.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.
"More girls are finding out how much fun it is and are coming out and trying it," Routt County Rifle Club member Lorna Farrow said.
"Everybody loves giving money to breast cancer, especially when it's an all-women's shoot."
Registration fees cover loaner firearms, ammunition, a catered lunch and entrance into a drawing for one of six firearms.
The Routt County Rifle Club is holding free shooting clinics at 2 and 4 p.m. today for those wanting to learn more before Saturday's charity event.
Even if participants can't make it to one of the classes, they are encouraged to come out and enter Saturday's shoot, Farrow said.
"It's designed for beginners," she said. "The guns are little. You can't make a mistake. The range officers are right there."
Women on Target-sponsored charity shooting events were created to provide more shooting opportunities for women and to raise money for worthwhile causes. Encouragement, support and enjoyment are important to the events.
In addition to charity shoots, ladies-only hunts and instructional shooting clinics are also offered through the program.
The Steamboat event is open to girls and women 12 and older.
Sunday, however, couples are welcome to participate in a fun shoot, adhering to the same schedule as the women's event.
The fee per couple is $70 and includes the same benefits as those given to the women.
For more information on either the women's shoot or the couples' fun shoot, people can call Farrow at 879-0130.
Anyone interested in learning more about Women on Target events can call 1-800-861-1166 or log on to www.nrahq.org/women.wot.asp.
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