Texas On Target is the realization of a dream for Melanie Sturgis.   Melanie,  raised in Texas, has a passion for hunting and shooting sports.  Her passion and love of shooting sports, lead her to become an instructor so that she may teach youth and women the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary so they may enjoy shooting sports to their fullest. Melanie seeks to have youth and women alike experience the fulfillment and empowerment that come with achievement and marksmanship. Melanie’s choice of sporting firearms is the shotgun.  With her entry into Shotgun shooting sports Melanie found herself being mentored by one of the leading shotgun experts who worked with Melanie to refine her skills and abilities and moved her towards becoming an instructor. In recent years Melanie has come to teach and Instruct at one of Dallas, Texas’s leading shooting sports venues, Elm Fork Shooting Sports.  Many days Melanie can be found on the shotgun range Instructing new shooters.  She is regarded by many as a dedicated shot gunner and instructor. An avid hunter herself, Melanie is certified by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a TPWD Hunter Education Instructor.  Melanie gives back to the youth and hunting community by teaching TPWD Hunter Ed classes on a regular basis.  She can be found conducting TPWD Hunter Education classes at Elm Fork Shooting Sports and Texas Training Crew events as well as at various school districts throughout the North Texas region. Melanie is no stranger to the national spotlight, she is an honored member and Instructor for Lipstick and Lead, a women’s shooting sports organization that celebrates and supports women within the shooting sports world. A strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution, Melanie is a life member of the National Rifle Association and embraces their efforts to defend the constitutional right all Americans have to bear arms.  Melanie has trained under the NRA and become an NRA Certified Instructor and NRA Coach so as to teach others about shooting sports.  Melanie’s NRA credentials are vast and may be found listed elsewhere on this website, she is continually adding to her credentials so as to expand her knowlege base and teaching skills. In support of women and women’s shooting sports Melanie is a member and Instructor for DIVA Wow (DIVA Women Outdoor Worldwide).  DIVA WoW, formerly known as Texas Women’s Shooting Sports, is an organization of women outdoor enthusiasts based in Dallas, Texas and boasting a membership of 6,000,000 women world wide.  As the organization grew so did the mission and scope of the group to include all outdoors related activities not just shooting sports.  The DIVA’s claim to be Women Helping Women, Women Teaching Women and Women Supporting Women.  Look for Melanie to be Instructing and participating in DIVA events both in the Spring and Fall. Melanie has become a member of the Texas Training Crew, TTC.  A professional training organization that promotes professional training services related to shooting sports, firearms and personal protection.   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Melanie – a competitive shooter is an accomplished pistol shooter and Certified Pistol Instructor as well as a Texas CHL Instructor.[/caption] We offer private, semi-private and group lessons without jargon or technospeak. We teach what you need to know to keep you safe and on target in a relaxed environment.Our training is for everyone but we cater to and have an emphasis on women and youth.Our classes range from introducing new shooters to the sport on up through advanced personal protection and practical, tactical can concealed carry.Practical Tactical to help you know what to do when the going gets rough, to keep you safe. Certifications, Credentials & Associations:

  • NRA National Coach Development Staff (NCDS)
  • NRA Training Counselor
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife – Hunter Education Instructor
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife – Area Chief
  • Texas License to Carry / Concealed Handgun Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Shotgun Coach Level I
  • NRA Shotgun Coach Level II
  • NRA Pistol Coach Level I
  • NRA Pistol Coach Level II
  • Texas Training Crew Firearms Instructor
  • DIVA WoW Firearms Instructor
  • Dallas Pistol Club – Member/Director
  • Dallas Arms Collectors Association, Inc.