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Locked and loaded: Women take over the gun range

by Ed Godfrey Published: September 7, 2013
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/articleid/3880566/1/pictures/2203708">Photo - McLoud resident Dee Ann Offill shoots at clay targets with a shotgun during the annual Women's Only Fun Shoot at the Oklahoma City Gun Club north of Arcadia, OK, Saturday, September 7, 2013,  Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
McLoud resident Dee Ann Offill shoots at clay targets with a shotgun during the annual Women's Only Fun Shoot at the Oklahoma City Gun Club north of Arcadia, OK, Saturday, September 7, 2013, Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

For some women, Saturday's shoot is the only time of year they will pick up a gun.

“I have families, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, who come every year just to do something together,” Rouse said.

For others, Saturday's shoot will lead them to become gun owners.

“Some of the ladies go on to get their concealed carry license, and some of them get into competitive shooting,” Rouse said.

In addition to Oklahoma residents, women from Florida, Colorado and Missouri participated in Saturday's shoot with friends from the Sooner State.

Rouse, who has been president of the OKC Gun Club for eight years, advertises the event on the OKC Gun Club's website in February, and the field is full by March.

“There is a desire to learn,” she said.

Lisa Hooker Young, 53, traveled from Morrison, Colo., to attend Saturday’s shoot at the invitation of her former college roommate, gun club member Galene Stupic of Arcadia. Young had fired a handgun before, but never a rifle or a shotgun before Saturday.

Her father was a hunter but didn’t think girls needed to learn to handle a gun when she was growing up.

“I had very little opportunities,” she said.

Young said Saturday was the first time she had been even near an AR-15, much less fire one.

“I thought it was really terrific,” Young said. “I thought it was a terrific opportunity to attend an event like that and not be the only new kid on the block.”

Now, Young has developed a trigger finger. When she returns to Colorado, she plans to go shopping for a gun.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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