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ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 13, 2023

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin – July 13, 2023

July 13, 2023

Executive Director’s Message

Richard Pearson


There are two big events coming up that gun owners might want to attend.

The first is the USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The dates are September 8, 9, and 10.  The Expo will be held at the Wisconsin Center, located at 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee Wisconsin.  There will be all kinds of seminars, and lots to see.  The ISRA will have a booth there.  Come see us.

The second big event is the Gun Rights Policy Conference, which will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on September 22,23 and 24. This is a “fly in” conference so everything will be held at the Marriott Phoenix Airport.  The hotel is located at 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix AZ.  If you are staying elsewhere or meeting local friends. This is the single best conference for updates on firearms legislation, court cases and International anti-gun movements. You can register by going to the Second Amendment Foundation website,  This year’s theme is “The Road to Liberty”.
I hope to see you there.

Right now, we are just waiting for a decision from the Seventh Circuit.  When that will happen, I don’t know.  Whatever the decision is, we will be heading for the Supreme Court of the United States.

The ISRA has other cases in court.  They are in the discovery phase but are moving along.  We will keep you updated.

Results are just starting to trickle in for the National Matches.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program at the National Air Rifle Championships are under way. There are 280 Air Rifle shooters competing. Central Illinois Precision Shooters, an ISRA affiliated junior team, placed 4th in the team match.  One of their shooters, Ryley Passmore finished 4th overall, in the first day’s completion.  Marrissa Hughes won 1st place in the Marksmanship Class in the CMP prone position National match.  The Air Rifle Team placed 2nd in the USA shooting Championship.  Excellent shooting!  All of these shooters are thinking about shooting in the Olympics, so there are no slouches shooting.

The ISRA Bullseye Pistol team is at Camp Perry, Ohio for the National Pistol Matches.  Tuesday, they stopped at Canton, Ohio for a Regional Pistol Match.  The ISRA team won first in the Expert category at Canton.

There will be a lot more results next week.

On July 27, the ISRA office will open in Sparta.  The ISRA is a sponsor of the Junior 3-gun camp, which will be held on the 28th and 29th of July.  We could use more volunteers to help on the line.  Call Shirley at 815.635.3198, if you can volunteer one or both of those days.


The Hawken Rifle will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2025.  As lead up to the 200th Anniversary the Second annual Hawken Classic will be held on the grounds of the Historic Daniel Boone Home in Fort Defiance, Missouri, on August 25-27.  The event is free and open to the public.  This would be a great event to take your kids or grandkids to. The Daniel Boone Home is about 35 miles from St. Louis, Missouri.


Most of you know that the ISRA office has a collection of ISRA memorabilia and other items related to shooting history in our office.  One of the items that we collect, are old ISRA shooting medals.  We have some going back to 1907.  Many times, relatives of the winners of these medals send us the medals with stories about the people who won them.

A few days ago, I received a package and a letter from California with a couple of medals from 1950.  The medals had been won by an ISRA member, Henry L. Halleland of Joliet, Illinois.   He was an expert marksman.  One of the medals was for winning the Class “C” 1000-yard championship.  The other medal was for winning the 200-yard Standing position championship.  He was only 21 years old at the time.  He joined the Navy and became a pilot. He continued to shoot rifles in the Navy.  Eventually he became the Commanding Officer in charge of VF-121, which helped support the development of the Navy Strike Fighter Instructor Program, known as Top Gun.  I’m sure his superior marksmanship skills had a lot to do with his success.  His last assignment was convincing Congress to fund the development of the F-18 fighter jet.  Thanks to his daughter Karen Gilley, for sharing this information.  Mr. Halleland’s medals will proudly be displayed in our office.


The NRA has been looking for a new location for their headquarters and their corporate base for several years.  One of the places they have been looking at is Richardson, Texas.  Of course, the “Moms Demand Action” is protesting, and trying to get the Richardson City Council to turn them down.  I’m not quite sure how a corporation buying or leasing office space is a city council matter, but the “Moms” want to make it that way. The fact is that the “Moms” want to get rid of the Second Amendment, and anyone or anything, that opposes that idea.  There is hardly any safer place to be than in the NRA headquarters.


In any case, the NRA should have relocated 30 years ago.  Hopefully they will find a place in Texas, or some other more friendly state, soon.




Our 120th Anniversary Coin is available for $25, while they last. Buy our commemorative, collector’s coin and be entered in the raffle. Your contribution helps fund the many activities of the ISRA. Call the office at (815) 635-3198, or email: to place your order today!





July 13, 1787

Congress enacts the Ordinance of 1787.  The Revolutionary War was over for six years, but in the American Northwest Territories there were still more British than U.S. Citizens.  The British had not given up as we would see in the war of 1812, which was yet to come.  The question was, how to make them permanently part of the United States?  Thomas Jefferson devised a plan to make the territory into as many as 10 new states. The idea scared the southern states who were invested in slavery and could see the end of slavery in Jefferson’s proposal.

Nevertheless, the plan was approved. The process would be a stepped system.  Once a territory would reach a population of 5000, they could elect their own Assembly, but their actions had to be approved by Congress.  Once the territory reached 60,000 people, they could draft a constitution.  Eventually, five entire states were formed:  Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.  Part of Minnesota was included, but not the entire state.

July 14, 1789

Spurred on by the American Revolution, the French citizens storm the Bastille – the Royal Prison and symbol of the Bourbon monarchy.  King Louis the IXV and his wife Marie Antoinette, were eventually executed.  The mob took control.

July 15, 1785

The Marquis de Lafayette is appointed Colonel General of the Paris National Guard. This is the same Marquis de Lafayette who helped George Washington. Lafayette was against the reign of terror.  Because of his opposition to wholesale slaughter, he was imprisoned from 1792 to 1797.  He went back into military service during the French Revolution of 1830.  He died in 1834.

July 15, 1779

Brigadier General Anthony Wayne attacks the British strong hold on Stoney Point, New York.  Wayne had 1200 light infantry and no artillery.  Wayne devised a plan to attack at night, using only bayonets.  It was risky.  The British thought their strong hold was impregnable.  The battle proved to be lopsided.  The Americans suffered 15 killed and 83 wounded.  The British had 94 killed and 472 captured.  Two days later, General Wayne received the nickname “Mad” because of his daring victory.

July 18, 1792

John Paul Jones dies in his apartment in Paris while waiting for a commission in the United States Navy.  He was only 47 years old.

July 19 1799

The Rosetta Stone in found in Egypt by a French soldier.  The Black basalt stone had three identical inscriptions on it.  One was in Greek; one was in Egyptian hieroglyphics; and one was in Egyptian demonic.  Napoleon was a very enlightened man and had the stone translated by scholars.  The stone was the key to the translation of hieroglyphics, which had puzzled scholars for years.

July 19, 1814

Samuel Colt is born.

At the Range

All classes and events are open to the public & all range members, unless otherwise noted.

MAG 40 class coming up October 5, 6, 7 and 8.   Massad Ayoob will be back teaching his class. A must-have class, for every person concerned about self-defense; concealed carry license holders; and concealed carry instructors.  Please click here for details on how to sign up.

Don’t wait to sign up – it’ll fill up fast!


ISRA Smallbore & F-Class Rifle League – Range 5 – July 13, 2:00-8:00

Women’s Team Pistol Practice – Range 1 – July 13, 4:00-7:00

Team members only.

Sig Sauer Academy Armorer’s Course P365 – July 15, CANCELLED


MTW Consulting LLC CCL Training – Range 8 – July 15, 8:00-4:00

Project Appleseed – Range 9 – July 15, 8:00-5:00


Defensive Shooting Course – Range 11 – July 15, 9:00-4:00


761st Gun Club Defensive Pistol – Range 10 – July 15, 9:00-5:00


Sig Sauer Academy Armorer’s Course P320 – July 16, CANCELLED


Project Appleseed – Range 8 – July 16, 8:00-5:00


Springfield Armory Pistol Match 2023 – Range 11 – July 16, 8:30-12:00


761st Gun Club Defensive Pistol – Range 10 – July 16, 9:00-5:00


Illinois CCL Qualification – Range 9 – July 16, 1:00-5:00


Vintage Military Rifle League – Range 5 – July 17, 3:00-5:00


Tuesday Night Irregular Rifles League – Range 3 & Pavilion – July 18, 11:30-Dusk


Benchrest League – Range 4 – July 19, 8:00-Dusk


F-Class Rifle League – Range 3 – July 19, 8:00-5:00


Paper Steel League – Range 11 – July 19, 5:00-Dusk



The ISRA Range offers great classes and leagues,

for shooting enthusiasts!

Interested in joining a league?  Just show up 15 – 30 minutes early.

Range memberships are available.


A day at the ISRA Range is always a great day!


Thank you for being a member!



If you are not an ISRA member,  join today!




Upcoming Meetings:

Upcoming Range Events:



Upcoming Gun Shows

While the gun show information shown in this email is believed to be accurate – sometimes changes occur. This is provided for informational purposes only.

August 4 – 5 Prairie State Longrifle Show, Days Inn, Princeton

August 12 – 13 Bloomington Gun & Knife Show, Interstate Center, Bloomington

August 26 – 27 Belleville Gun & Knife Show, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville

September 16-17 Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee County Fairgrounds

September 17 McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock

September 23 National Civil War and Collector Arms Show, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton

September 23 Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club Gun & Knife Show, Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club House, Chillicothe

September 30 – October 1 Central Illinois Gun Collectors Association Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin

October 8 Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles 

October 22 McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock

October 28 – 29 Sauk Trail Gun Show, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton

November 4 – 5 Decatur Gun & Knife Show, Decatur Conference Center, Decatur


“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