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Des Plaines gun shop caters to women

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Participants pose for a photo during one of the monthly ladies' nights at Maxon, an indoor gun range and shooter's supply store in Des Plaines.

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Nancy Koran, 63, of Mount Prospect, shoots a rifle for the first time during a recent ladies' night at Maxon, an indoor gun range and shooter's supply store in Des Plaines.

Dave Dvorak | Staff Photographer

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Anna Rosa, of Chicago, shoots a handgun during a ladies' night at Maxon, a gun range and shooter's supply store in Des Plaines.

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A sign in Maxon, a gun range and shooter's supply story in Des Plaines, invites women to the "Firearm Speed Dating" party.

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The women from Maxon, an indoor gun range and shooting supply store in Des Plaines, talk with Roberta Markbreit, host of the Comcast cable TV show, "Contempo," during a recent taping. Pictured from left to right are Markbreit, Maxon owner Claudia Levin, Maxon Operations Manager Ania Cienkowski and Maxon General Manager Sarah Natale.

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Bullets and guns are part of the ladies night parties at Maxon, a Des Plaines gun range and retail store that's seen a steady growth in the number of women showing up to shoot. "We had such a flux of women coming in, we had to change our business dynamics," said Maxon co-owner Claudia Levin, who started the ladies night events two years ago based on demand. "It was a male-dominated sport, but now that's changing. There is no stereotypical shooter."
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    • Participants pose for a photo during one of the monthly ladies' nights at Maxon, an indoor gun range and shooter's supply store in Des Plaines.
    • Nancy Koran, 63, of Mount Prospect, shoots a rifle for the first time during a recent ladies’ night at Maxon, an indoor gun range and shooter’s supply store in Des Plaines.
    • Anna Rosa, of Chicago, shoots a handgun during a ladies’ night at Maxon, a gun range and shooter’s supply store in Des Plaines.
    • A sign in Maxon, a gun range and shooter’s supply story in Des Plaines, invites women to the “Firearm Speed Dating” party.
    • The women from Maxon, an indoor gun range and shooting supply store in Des Plaines, talk with Roberta Markbreit, host of the Comcast cable TV show, “Contempo,” during a recent taping. Pictured from left to right are Markbreit, Maxon owner Claudia Levin, Maxon Operations Manager Ania Cienkowski and Maxon General Manager Sarah Natale.
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