firearm safety

Illinois State Rifle Association Annual Range Open House On June 20

The Illinois State Rifle Association is holding their 13th Annual Range Open House this coming Saturday, June 20. From the ISRA website before the weekend:

NRA Day at the ISRA Range 13th Annual Range Open House – JUNE 20, 2015
Directions: 1589 N 7000 W Road
Time: 10:00-4:00
Bring your family and friends!
FREE Admission!
FREE Parking!

The ISRA range is located in Bonfield (near Kankakee), and according to the open house flyer:

All law-abiding citizens are invited… even those who do not own a gun or have never fired a gun before.

Also from the flyer:

Factory representatives from major manufacturers will be on hand to answer your questions about your favorite firearms. You can test-fire the guns of your choice and try your hand at archery, too. A small fee for ammunition will be required.

A BB gun and an air rifle range will be set up for our younger guests—a great opportunity to get the whole family involved, RAIN or SHINE! Food and soft drink vendors will be on site to make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty.

We will also have information available on a wide variety of ISRA and NRA programs. We encourage you to stop by and pick up a pamphlet on your particular area of interest.

The ISRA Range has numerous amenities to offer NRA Day attendees, including:

• Free safety orientation
• Covered firing points
• An opportunity to shoot a wide variety of firearms under the direct supervision of instructors. Shooting disciplines will include:
-Rifles
-Pistols
-Shotguns
-Muzzleloaders
-Airguns
• Covered picnic pavilion
• Indoor restrooms and showers


“Illinois State Rifle Association- NRA Day 2014”
YouTube Video

I also spotted this:

• Military encampments and reenactments for WWII, Vietnam and the French and Indian War.
• A variety of military vehicles and an MP guard booth will be on display.

Sounds like a fun time to spend a Saturday as summer kicks offs. For more information about the event, head on over to the ISRA website here where you can obtain the flyer (.pdf document) for the 2015 ISRA Range Open House.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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More On Illinois Department Of Natural Resources Wingshooting Clinics In 2015

Tonight, I’m going to be revisiting two subjects from earlier this week. The first is the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Wingshooting Clinics this year. The Illinois Government News Network page on the State of Illinois ran the following last Thursday about the IDNR-sponsored classes. From a February 13 press release:

IDNR Announces 2015 Wingshooting Clinic Schedule
Thirty-two clinics scheduled statewide for beginning and experienced shooters

SRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), collaborating with many partners and co-sponsors, will be holding 32 wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois from March through early November this year. Most clinics are conducted on weekends.

Many of the 2015 wingshooting clinics will be conducted at IDNR sites, while a number will be held at cooperating gun clubs and shooting ranges, hunting preserves, and farms.

Youth/Women’s Wingshooting Clinics are about learning to safely shoot a shotgun at a moving target with reasonable reliability. Girls and boys typically in the 10-15 age group – and women of all ages – are eligible to participate. Each youth/women’s clinic starts with a morning shotgun safety presentation, followed by a brief small group hands-on shotgun orientation session with each group’s wingshooting instructor. After a lunch break, students spend the afternoon in the field shooting flying clay targets on presentations designed for beginning and novice shooters. Not only do the students learn to safely handle and fire a shotgun, but they learn that being skilled at shooting clay targets is a lot of fun. Most youth/women’s clinics are provided at no cost to participants. A few have a nominal – typically $10 – registration fee. Shotguns, shot shells, and clay targets are provided for shooting students, as is lunch at many clinic sites.

Hunter Wingshooting Clinics are hands-on, and include extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations on sporting clays courses specifically designed for teaching typical hunting situations. From ducks and doves to pheasants, quail and rabbits, hunters will find clay target presentations that resemble their favorite, as well as their most troublesome shots. Hunter wingshooting clinics consist of two wingshooting sessions each day.

A short briefing about shotgun safety and handling and on-range safety occurs during the first 15 minutes of each four-hour shooting session. The clinics are designed primarily to improve the wingshooting skills of hunters. However, these wingshooting clinics are not limited to hunters. Anyone from 16 years of age on up with beginning to advanced wingshooting skills who wants to improve their shotgun shooting skills can attend. The fee to participate is either $30 or $35 per participant, depending on the clinic.

Clinics are taught by instructors certified by the IDNR. Many clinic instructors also have a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) instructor certification. The participant-to-instructor ratio is usually four to one. Participants are typically grouped with other shooters with similar shooting ability.

There are also a few special wingshooting clinics/activities on the schedule. The IDNR’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program offers shotgun shooting classes as part of an extensive outdoor skills program. These classes, taught by IDNR Wingshooting Instructors, are among the most popular classes among BOW participants. During the National Hunting and Fishing Days activities at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area in September, the opportunity to shoot flying clay targets is available under the supervision of IDNR Hunter Safety Instructors. The ‘Healing Outside Of A Hospital’ (HOOAH) program provides sporting clays shooting under the supervision of IDNR Wingshooting Instructors to active duty military personnel recovering from injuries, and disabled veterans.

To view the 2015 IDNR Wingshooting Clinic schedule, and register for a clinic, check the IDNR website at this link: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/WingshootingDates.htm

Thought I’d share the above as it’s quite a bit more information than what I provided yesterday.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Illinois Department Of Natural Resources Announces 2015 Wingshooting Clinics

When the “balloon goes up,” no doubt there will be people who turn to upland game (bird) hunting to put food on the table- if they aren’t doing so already. And here in the state of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources sponsors training for residents to develop this potentially-lifesaving skill (in addition to firearm/hunter safety). From the IDNR website:

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) working with a variety of partners, sponsors wingshooting clinics at sites geographically distributed throughout Illinois. Two types of clinics are offered. Youth/Women’s clinics are designed to teach participants basic firearm and hunter safety, wingshooting fundamentals, as well as practical wingshooting. Hunters clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and impart sound wingshooting practice techniques. The clinics are conducted on weekends during the spring through early fall of each year…


IDNR Wingshooting Clinic @ St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club
YouTube Video

Yesterday I learned that the IDNR has released information about this year’s clinics. There will be 32 clinics in the state starting March 7 (2 events are already full).

The state agency is maintaining a wingshooting clinic schedule on its website, which you can view here.

For more information about the IDNR Wingshooting Clinics program, head on over to this web page.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Over 102,000 Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses Applied For In 2014

Curious as to how the new concealed-carry permit program in Illinois did in 2014? Me too. The last time I blogged about the new Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses was back on August 11, when the initial surge of applications was finally settling down. Molly Parker reported on the The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale) website on August 10:

The state issued a total of 68,549 permits statewide between February and July according to state statistics provided by Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, one of the new law’s chief architects…

North of 68,000 concealed-carry licenses issued. Not too shabby.

But then I saw the following on the shooting sports news website AmmoLand.com earlier this evening. From Illinois State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson in his “Director’s Message” for January 2015:

Last week I learned there were over 102,000 concealed carry licenses that had been applied for (we made the 100,000 goal for applications the first year). That means over 102,000 people have gone through training in less than a year. That does not count all the instructors who have also received instructor training, and those family and friends that have learned from the new Illinois Concealed Carry License holder. Then there are those who have received more advanced training.

I estimate that around 500,000 people in Illinois are newly exposed to firearms and firearm safety. That is significant…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Over 100,000 concealed-carry license applications submitted in the initial year for the program. That’s pretty impressive.

And streets in the “Land of Lincoln” aren’t running with rivers of blood. Even more amazing (wink).

You can read the rest of Pearson’s piece on the AmmoLand website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Parker, Molly. “Process for getting a concealed-carry permit eases.” The Southern Illinoisan. 10 Aug. 2014. (http://thesouthern.com/news/local/process-for-getting-a-concealed-carry-permit-eases/article_0d899d36-b9bc-5500-b3b8-3ffe754ca49c.html). 2 Jan. 2015.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015 Firearms, Government, Self-Defense, Training No Comments

Illinois State Police Gun Ranges Open To Deer Hunters November 16 For Test-Firing Shotguns

Illinois readers looking to test fire their shotguns for the upcoming deer hunting season may be interested in the following press release from the Illinois State Police yesterday. From their website:

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today its firing ranges will be open on November 16 to deer hunters for sighting in and test-firing their shotguns in a safe environment for the upcoming deer hunting season.

“The Open Range Program is offered in an effort to promote hunting safety by giving hunters access to ISP ranges for the purpose of sighting in their shotguns,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “This will provide an opportunity for shotguns to be checked in a controlled environment, with firearms experts present, ensuring the safe and appropriate use of the shotgun,” he added.

The Open Range Program is a collaborative effort organized every year by the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

“This is a great program for hunters to make sure their equipment is in proper working order before going afield. I appreciate the Illinois State Police and their commitment to promote the safety of our sportsmen and women in Illinois,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

The public is asked to call one of the ranges listed below before the scheduled date to make a reservation. Targets will be provided, and there is no charge for use of the range. Participants must possess a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, provide their own ammunition and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case. The Open Range Program is not part of the Concealed Carry License program. Handguns will not be permitted at the ISP Ranges.

The following ISP Ranges will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 16, in Joliet, LaSalle, Macomb, Pawnee, and Pittsfield…

You can read the rest of the press release and retrieve range information on the Illinois State Police website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Friday, November 15th, 2013 Firearms, Government, Hunting, Public Safety 2 Comments

Resource Of The Week: Armed American Radio

Back on July 15, I pointed out a firearms podcast I listen to on a regular basis. I enjoy Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk so much, I designated the radio show a “Resource Of The Week.” Well, I’ve recently started listening to another gun-related podcast called Armed American Radio. From their website:

Armed American Radio Network (AAR) is the official radio program of The United States Concealed Carry Association. AAR broadcasts LIVE every Sunday evening for THREE SOLID HOURS from 8 till 11 PM ET from the Talk 920 WGKA studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Syndicated nationally since September of 2009, AAR has become the fastest growing voice of freedom for gun owners and freedom lovers across America. Focusing on the right to keep and bear arms, Armed American Radio brings a unique blend of conservative talk, humor and hard hitting truth about the right to carry a gun that the mainstream media wouldn’t dare discuss.

Join host Mark Walters, The Ordinary Guy columnist with Concealed Carry Magazine and co-author of the highly acclaimed book Lessons from Armed America, each and every week as he discusses…

Guns

Gun Rights

The Politics of Guns

Safety and Training Issues

Politicians’ Efforts to Curtail Your Freedoms

New Products

Living a Concealed Carry Lifestyle

Concealed Carry Techniques and Methods

Grilling While Armed

And Everything Else Related to Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

AAR makes absolutely NO apologies for defending your freedoms and your GOD GIVEN right to defend yourself and your family…A right so eloquently written into our constitution. The 2nd Amendment folks, IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE ON Armed American Radio.

Mark pulls NO punches as he defends our freedoms and talks to some of the most influential people in the field of firearms and politics. If you’re looking for politically correct…change your dial!

Join us each and every Sunday evening for THREE SOLID HOURS as we get knee deep in discussions about protecting your rights and keeping you informed of the movements of the anti-freedom politicians in Washington, DC. Be there with us as we have an all around good time being FREE MEN AND WOMEN.

LOCK AND LOAD every week on the Armed American Radio Network.

Even though I’ve just started listening to Armed American Radio, my initial thoughts of the radio show are quite positive. Like Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk, I find it extremely informative. Lots of variety so far- as that list above demonstrates.

Also like Gun Talk, there are a number of ways to listen to AAR. From the site:

Until Armed American Radio is available in your city, you can hear the live broadcast by visiting our listen live page every Sunday evening from 8-11PM ET / 5-8PM PT

To see if a local radio station carries the show, check out the “Where to Listen” page.

If your city is not listed, and you have an iPhone/iPod or Blackberry, the AAR site says you can still listen live by downloading the “Talk920” app to your device.

Finally, if you miss the live broadcast, you can still catch the show by going to the home page and scrolling down to the latest “AAR Broadcast…” posts for more options.

Armed American Radio is highly-recommended. You can find out more information about the show here.

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