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ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 5, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – August 5, 2021

August 5, 2021

The Reload, a publication which reports firearm news, reports that David Chipman, Biden’s nominee for ATF Director and former Chief Advisor to the Gifford’s anti-gun organization, has had racial complaints lodged against him in the past.  The Reload also revealed ATF agents who worked with Chipman won’t talk about him for fear of reprisals against them if he indeed is nominated.  There are many gun owners and dealers who fear that if Chipman is nominated, he will use the ATF to punish them whether they did anything wrong or not.  Please continue to call Senators Dick Durbin (202.224.2152) and Tammy Duckworth (202.224.2854) and oppose his nomination. 

The National Matches have entered the High Power Rifle phase.  Two ISRA competitors have scored points on the way to achieving their Distinguished Marksman Badges.  ISRA competitors have scored a couple of medals in the NTI matches at Camp Perry.  One won the High Senior and another was High Civilian Match Rifle.

At Sparta, Illinois, the Grand American Trap Championships will be in full swing next week.  The youth portion AIM Shoot has already started.  On Saturday and Sunday, the ISRA, CZ Firearms and the ATA will be sponsoring the 3-Gun Tactical Shoot.  Thanks to all those ISRA members who volunteered to help out.

The latest FOID card and ICCL numbers are in.  As of August 4, 2021, the number of active FOID card holders was 2,429,996 and the number of ICCLs was 426,068.  Firearm sales between March of 2020 and the end of February 2021 was 580,353.  Every FOID card holder goes through 360 background checks a year and every ICCL holder goes through another 360 background checks a year.  Background checks are not run on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and the 4th of July because the courts are closed.  Add to that another background check whenever a firearm is purchased.  Firearm sales continue to rise but based on the numbers I have just stated, that means Illinois lawful firearm owners will go through approximately 1,028,763,393 background checks this year.  Yes, you read it right, over one billion background checks.

Of course, none of these background checks apply to the drug fueled street gangs that rove the streets of Chicago and other cities in Illinois shooting up everything and everyone they can.  If they are caught, they get a stern scolding and released.  That will show them by golly! 

On July 30th, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey ending the debacle prosecution by BLM supporter Kim Gardner.  The political pressure turned the McCloskey’s prosecution into persecution and a travesty of justice.  Bias was so bad that Kim Gardner and her entire staff were removed from the case.  If you recall, Patricia McCloskey’s Bryco .380 pistol was nonfunctional.  Someone in the persecutor’s office had it worked on to make it functional after they seized the McCloskey’s firearms.  The firearm had been used in the court case and brought into a court room.  Functioning firearms can’t be brought into a court room other than those used by the police.  No wonder people don’t trust the government.

Ammo Quest: This week I found Blazer Brass 9mm online for 37.5 cents a round.  It was soon gone.

Locally, I found Tulammo 9mm for 40 cents a round but that was a 2000 round price.  I don’t know why .223 ammo and .5.56mm rifle ammunition is still so high priced.  I did find some Wolf steel case for 40 cents a round but prices skyrocketed after that one source.  Some of the .5.56mm is running 85 or 90 cents a round for common 55 grain FMJ ball.  I don’t know where this ammo is going.  I have heard wholesalers can’t get this ammo either.  This week I am going to Sparta to the Grand American Trapshooting Championships.  I will see what I can find out there.

August is a pretty good month for sky watching.  In the early pre-dawn hours of Thursday August 12th, the Perseid meteor shower will produce 100 shooting stars an hour.  The August full moon, also known as the Green Corn Moon, will occur on August 22nd.  Sometimes this moon will have a blue or reddish tint to it.  With the smoke from the wild fires in the west, it should be spectacular.


August 5, 1858 – The world suddenly shrunk on August 5, 1858, when the first transatlantic Telegraph cable went into operation.  President Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged greetings. After a few weeks the cable failed but in 1866 a new upgraded cable was installed which was reliable. 

August 5, 1962 – Marylin Monroe is found dead.  The cause was an overdose of sedatives.  There has always been suspicion regarding her death.  The night before she was discovered, a housekeeper reported she was visited by Robert Kennedy, the president’s brother.  An argument was overheard by the housekeeper.  Of course, the reports were quickly swept under the Kennedy’s very lumpy rug with the aid of the press.

August 6, 1945 – The United States drops the first of two atomic bombs on Japan.  The United States hoped that having the bomb would stop wars.  Many claim that dropping this first bomb started the Cold War.  Maybe so, but if you look at the ambitions of Joseph Stalin, just maybe it stopped a hot war.  I will take a Cold War.

August 7, 1782 – George Washington creates the “Badge for Military Merit” which became known as the Purple Heart.  Originally, it was an embroidered cloth patch.  The Purple Heart fell into disuse.  In 1927, General Charles P. Summerall, U. S. Army Chief of Staff, tried to pass a resolution through Congress reinstating the Purple Heart, but failed.  In 1931, General Douglas MacArthur took up the challenge and on February 22, 1932, George Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department created the “Order of the Purple Heart”.   My father received two of them.  They reside on a shelf next to my desk.

August 9, 1974 – Gerald R. Ford is sworn in as President of the United States after Richard Nixon resigned.  Gerald R. Ford was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska.  Soon after his birth, his mother divorced her husband and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  There she met Gerald Rudolph Ford and they soon married.  Leslie was very close to his stepfather.  His nickname was Gerald R. Ford Jr.   In 1935, Leslie’s name was legally changed to Gerald R. Ford.  Gerald’s biological father never paid child support and abandoned his mother.  Gerald R. Ford was an excellent football player and received a football scholarship from the University of Michigan.  Upon graduating, Ford received two offers to play professional football, one from the Green Bay Packers and one from the Detroit Lions.

Instead, he took a job as boxing coach at Yale where he wanted to study law.  When WWII started, Ford closed his law practice in Grand Rapids and enlisted in the Navy.  Ford served in the South Pacific during WWII, winning 10 Battle Stars.  After WWII, he ran for Congress and was re-elected 12 times.  When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned in 1973, Gerald Ford was appointed to take his place under the 25th Amendment.   When Nixon resigned, Ford became President of the United States.  So, Ford became President without ever being elected Vice President or President.  Still, he was the most able-bodied man for that job.

August 10, 1776 – Word finally reaches London that the Americans had declared Independence.  Wouldn’t it have been fun to be a fly on the wall when King George III found out!

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MTG Advanced Tactical Pistol

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Boot City Gun Show – Terre Haute, IN

Boot City Opry

Dates: August 13 & 14, 2021

Hours: Friday: 12:00-7:00

            Saturday: 9:00-5:00

Admission: $5.00

Crown Point Gun Show – Crown Point, IN

Lake County Fairgrounds

Dates: August 21 & 22, 2021

Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00

            Sunday: 9:00-3:00

Admission: $5.00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show – Belleville, IL

Belleville Fairgrounds

Dates: August 28 & 29, 2021

Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00

            Sunday: 9:00-3:00

Admission: $6.00

“Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

Lily Tomlin

“The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, “The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed.” And they wonder why we’re a bit testy”

Editor of KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”


“You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you’ll find me in a pile of brass.”

Tpr. M. Padgett

“Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol.”

Lori Broadhead

“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”

Ted Nugent

The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe or to prevent the people of the United States from keeping their own arms.”

Samuel Adams, Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed (1886)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution are courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution THEY don’t like.”

Alan Dershowitz

“Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime.”

Sen. Larry Craig

“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”

Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997