The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to attend a free workshop on the basics of firearms and shooting. MDC will offer the program twice this winter near Hartsburg.

The first class will take place 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Jan. 25, with a second offering 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 22. Both workshops will take place 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).

This workshop is open to women ages 18 and older. Girls age 14-17 may attend but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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

“Recreational shooting and shooting sports are growing in popularity and are a great way to enjoy the outdoors,” said MDC Outdoor Skills Specialist Justin McGuire. “These classes provide women the opportunity to learn to handle handguns safely and become more knowledgeable and comfortable with their operation.”

Space is limited to the first 12 registrants. Register for this workshop by visiting

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