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Maxon’s Gun Shop, Range Coming To DuPage County?

The last time I blogged about Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in the near-northwest suburb of Des Plaines, I was congratulating them back in February 2015 on receiving a prestigious Five Star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

These days, Maxon’s is in the local news for their proposed expansion into DuPage County, Illinois. Erin Hegarty reported on the Chicago Tribune website on November 23:

Preliminary plans have been proposed for an indoor shooting range and gun shop in Warrenville, just across the street from Naperville on Ferry Road.

Naperville resident Dan Eldridge already owns the Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in Des Plaines. Building a second location in Warrenville was a necessity because he needs more classroom space, he said, but it will also fill a void for this type of business in the western suburbs.

“This would allow us to grow in an underserved area in Chicagoland,” Eldridge said.

The new location on 7-plus acres at 30W255 Ferry Road will serve residents in Warrenville, Naperville and Aurora – a market that lacks facilities for shooting classes and practice ranges, he said. Its proximity to Route 59 and Interstate 88 will allow them to attract shooting enthusiasts from as far as 20 to 30 miles away, he said…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

According to Hegarty, Maxon’s owner figures the new facility would employ about 25 full- and part-time workers.

You can read the entire article on the Chicago Tribune website here. And for more information about Maxon’s, head on over to their site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Maxon Shooter’s Supplies And Indoor Range In Des Plaines Awarded 5-Star Rating From NSSF

Firearm enthusiasts in the Chicago area might have heard of Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in the near-northwest suburb of Des Plaines. While I haven’t visited their new facility (yet), I have had some interaction with Maxon’s in the past, assisting their office manager in late 2012 with populating the “Helpful Resources” area of their website. This weekend, I happened to be poking around the Illinois State Rifle Association’s website when I spotted the following:

Maxon Shooters Supplies & Indoor Range has been awarded the prestigious Five Star rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The NSSF evaluates facility amenities, cleanliness and appearance, customer service, community involvement and overall management. There are just 58 shooting ranges throughout the United States that have received a Five Star rating from the NSSF. In December of last year, a representative from the NSSF conducted a thorough inspection of the Maxon facility and interviewed personnel. After completing the inspection, the NSSF representative consulted with his colleagues which ultimately resulted in the awarding of the Five Star rating for Maxon. The nearest Five Star-rated range is over 300 miles from Chicago in Ohio. Maxon Shooters Supplies & Indoor Range is the only range in Illinois to have achieved this distinction

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Congratulations to Maxon’s on this terrific achievement.

As “Shotgun Joe” Biden would say, “This is a big f*****g deal.”

You can read the rest of the ISRA piece on Maxon’s here, and visit the gun store and range’s website here.

Christopher E. Hill
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Gun Sales Booming, Sturm Ruger Accepting New Orders Again

Even though I live at gun “control” ground zero (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois) a good deal of the time, I keep tabs on the firearms industry as part of my research/blogging. As I wrote on Survival And Propserity’s “About” page when it debuted:

An individual might pursue a strategy of wealth preservation and growth that would pay off handsomely in a financial crash. Yet, if personal safety was ignored in the process, that same individual might end up a victim of the social turmoil that is sure to accompany the economic collapse. So much for that new-found wealth, right?

Firearms make exceptional personal safety tools. And gun sales are booming these days. From the National Shooting Sports Foundation website:

The February 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,266,344 is an increase of 31.4 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 963,746 in February 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted February 2012 NICS figure of 1,734,646 reflects a 18.6 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,463,138 in February 2011.

This marks the 21st straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

In addition, Southport, Connecticut-firearm manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced this week that they are accepting new orders again. From the “Corporate News” section on their website:

May 29, 2012

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced today that it has resumed the normal acceptance of orders from its independent wholesale distributors.

On March 21, 2012, the Company announced that its independent wholesale distributors had placed orders with the Company for more than one million Ruger firearms in the first quarter of 2012, and therefore the Company had temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders.

Demand for our products is very strong, and the current backlog remains significantly above year ago levels. Our production and shipments in the first quarter of 2012 increased more than 50% from the first quarter of 2011 and remain very strong.

Coming soon- ammunition sales update.


“February 2012 NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks Up 31.4 Percent.” May 2012. ( 31 May 2012.

“Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Resumes Normal Acceptance of Orders.” 29 May 2012. ( 31 May 2012.


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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 Firearms, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports 1 Comment

Resource Of The Week:

This past Tuesday I blogged about the National Shooting Sports Foundation and their First Shots introduction to shooting program.

But did you know the NSSF also runs a website that helps firearm owners find places where they can shoot?

Enter From the website: is the web’s most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges. Managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s trade association, this site is updated frequently with range information in every state.

Users of the site can find a gun range through a:

• Search by state
• Search by distance from zip code
• Search by sport or amenities

And there’s even something called “5-Star Ranges.” From the website:

In your search you may find ranges identified with up to five stars. This is a rating system developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) that distinguishes these ranges as the best at providing quality-level recreational experiences…

Facilities can earn up to five stars based on an evaluation of 6 criteria: appearance, customer/member focus, customer/member development, management, community relations and amenities.

Current lists of both 4- and 5-star ranges can be viewed.

Finally, in addition to all this information, contains additional sections, “Video Tips” and “Resources for Shooters,” for the benefit of gun owners.

Start your search for a shooting range here.

I apologize about not publishing a ROTW post the last couple of weeks. From now on, I will make an extra effort to get one out each and every week.

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)


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An Introduction To Shooting Firearms

With the temperatures warming up nicely around these parts of the Midwest (supposed to hit 80 degrees in Chicago tomorrow), people are getting an early jump on spring and headed outdoors.

One of the activities they’ll be pursuing is shooting firearms.

Others may be interested in learning more about the shooting sports, but aren’t quite sure where to start.

Enter the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The NSSF, as they’re also known, recently put together the following video as part of their “First Shots” introduction to shooting program:

“Take Your First Shots – NSSF Shooting Sportscast”
YouTube Video

From the NSSF website:

The biggest challenge for new shooters is getting started. First Shots makes getting started in shooting very easy — and, best of all, it’s free.

At a First Shots seminar, you’ll receive:

• An educational introduction to the safe and recreational use of firearms
• A clear understanding of the local requirements for owning and purchasing a firearm
• Individual and group training
• A rundown of shooting sports opportunities for all levels of interest
• A chance to give shooting a try!

Interested? You can find information about upcoming First Shots seminars (once again, they’re free) near you on the program’s main page here. Check back soon to see if additional seminar dates have been added to the calendar.

Range operators can also visit this page to learn more about being a First Shots host and the potential benefits that come from it.

(Editor’s note: Info added to “Resources” page)


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