The Woodward News

July 10, 2013

Conceal-carry class set for women

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Calvin Nelson knows women.

That’s a good thing, since the retired law enforcement officer will be standing in front of 20 or 30 armed females all day Saturday, hoping he doesn’t make any of them mad.

Nelson is offering an all-women conceal-carry class beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the Mooreland Community Center.

The classroom portion of the course will last about three to four hours he said with the range portion taking place in the afternoon.

Nelson offers the female only course because he has been approached by several women who requested the service.

“I don’t know, there are just some women who have told me they feel they don’t know enough about it to take a coed class,” Nelson said. “So they just feel better taking the course with other women.”

The course offers a range of information including gun safety, current legal considerations regarding ownership and carrying firearms as well as aiming and firing techniques.

The course takes eight hours, Nelson said.

“But we will be done when we are done,” he said, hinting that he isn’t about to rush these ladies if they are having a good time.

Attendees need to come to registration with their choice of a firearm, 50 rounds of ammo, standard eye and ear protection and a ball cap or visor to shade the shooter’s glasses, Nelson said.

Shooters will also require their Oklahoma Driver’s License or Identification card, he said.

“For those who do not own a pistol, I will rent a .22 cal pistol if someone need one,” Nelsons said.

Shooters should also pack a lunch or bring money for lunch, he said.

The course is $60 and there is still room for those who want to register the day of the class, Nelson said.