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ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 15, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – September 15, 2022

September 15, 2022

Last weekend, September 10th and 11th, was one of the ISRA’s busiest weekends at the ISRA Range in Bonfield.  The 86th State Smallbore Championship had 36 competitors; Massod Ayoob’s MAG 80 class had 20 participants and the ISRA Women’s Precision Pistol Team had 7 in attendance.  The ISRA State F-Class Championship was held at the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club and had 40 competitors.  With all the coaches, scorers, and Range Officers, over 200 people were involved.  This does not count the shooters who were at the range to practice.  

I want to thank the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club for being such great hosts for the F-Class Championship.  I think all the events went very well.  The reason for this is the volunteers who helped put on each event. Thank you everyone!

Also, last weekend, Mother Nature gave us a wakeup call with cooler temperatures and very wet conditions.  She was reminding us that Fall is just around the corner.  Harvest is about to begin which means the deer are going to be kicked out of their summer home while scampering out in front of your vehicle at the most inopportune moments, so be careful. 

The clock is relentlessly ticking away counting down the time to the midterm elections.  Candidates are getting more concerned about their election, so it looks like the threatened Special Sessions on Firearms are not going to happen.  We will have a couple of Veto Sessions.  I don’t think much will happen in the Veto Sessions, but you never really know so we will be there.  The real danger will come after the midterm elections in the “Lame Duck Session“.  The Lame Duck Session happens anytime between the midterm elections and the seating of the new General Assembly.  The new General Assembly will be seated at noon on January 11th, 2023.  In the past, we have seen attempts to ram through anti-gun legislation at the last second.  I expect the same shenanigans this year.

This election, like all elections, is critically important.  Be sure you are registered to vote.  Early voting starts Wednesday, October 19th.  Be sure to make plans when you can vote.  If you travel, are planning for a surgery, going on vacation, or for any other reason why you can’t vote on Election Day, be sure to make plans on how and when to vote.  Every vote counts.  If you don’t vote, you have just given an anti-gun candidate an advantage.  

On the litigation front, lawsuits against anti-gun ordinances are popping up everywhere.  The National Organization for Gun Rights has filed lawsuits against the Naperville and Highland Park ordinances.  Across the nation, the Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and state groups are busy preparing lawsuits and filing them when the opportunity arises.  The ISRA is busy working on two or three right now.

While all these lawsuits do a lot of good, they are expensive.  None of the pro-gun groups have the backing of billionaires like the anti-gun groups have.  We have to make it on donations.  Speaking of donations, the ISRA 119th Anniversary Commemorative Coin and Raffle is coming up.  By the time you read this, some of you may have it in your mailbox.  This is our primary fundraiser of the year.

Please purchase your commemorative coin and raffle ticket.  Be generous, this is going to be an expensive battle. 

The International Organization for Standardization, located In Geneva, Switzerland, is an international not for profit that sets standards for businesses.  Commonly, we see signs indicating some company or other has complied with ISO 9001 standards, for example.  They also set standard procedures for credit cards.  They have developed a merchant code to track the sales of firearms and ammunition.  This is supposed to help track illegal firearm and ammunition sales which of course is hogwash.  Last time I looked, international arms dealers, drug cartels, street gangs and other such operations didn’t take credit cards; they use cash, bales of it.  The real target is people like you and me.  I have zero use for these financial jerks.  If the financial jerks are foreigners, I have even less use for them.

Here In the United States, the high mucky muck of the Amalgamated Bank One, Pricilla Sims Brown, claims this will reduce gun trafficking and mass shootings.  Of course, she was quoted all over the place.  The Amalgamated Bank is operated by a bunch of left-wing lulus who support all kinds of left-wing causes.  They are located at 275 7th Avenue, in New York City.  I suggest we all start using cash whenever we can. 

One of my favorite sources of information is Dr. John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC).  The CPRC states the FBI under-reports the number of times an armed citizen stops mass shootings.  According to the FBI, that number is 4.4%.  The CPRC reports that number is really 14.6%.  The CPRC also reports that 90% of the mass shootings occur in gun free zones.  In gun friendly zones, the number of times an armed citizen stops the mass shootings soars to 40%.  This also clearly points out that criminals prefer gun free zones.  The unwitting do-gooder politicians and hoplophobic citizens enable the criminal element and inadvertently become partners with them and their evil deeds.

Illinois State Rifle Association 2022 Marksmanship 101 Rifle and Pistol M16 & M9 Match:

The CMP will be holding a travel Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship 101 Class at the Illinois State Rifle Association on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2022.  The location is 1589 North 7000 West Rd. Bonfield, Illinois 60913.  Classes are held at the same time; you will need to choose Rifle or Pistol.

Rifle 101 will be a two-day class, with day one consisting of classroom instruction, range training, and practice.  Day two will be the firing of an M16 match, fired on Kongsberg Electronic targets.  The cost for Rifle 101 is $95.00 for adults and $85.00 for juniors.

Pistol 101 will be one day with classroom instruction, range training and practice, followed by firing of an M9 match.  The cost for Pistol 101 is $95.00 for adults and $85.00 for juniors.

CMP will be providing Rifles, Pistols and ammunition.  Competitors should bring the following if they have them: Mats, scopes, jackets, safety glasses etc.  Check in will begin at 7:00AM for Rifle & Pistol Saturday, October 1, 2022, and Class will begin at 8:00AM.

Lunch will be provided; if you have dietary restrictions, we ask that you bring your own lunch.

CMP is conducting seated (classroom) Range Officer Level II – Highpower Rifle and Bulls-Eye Pistol classes on Friday, September 30, 2022.  Rifle 8:00AM-Noon – Pistol 1:00PM-3:00PM.

You must complete Range Officer Level I Online Course before taking Level II.  Currently, registration is only open for the Range Officer Level I Course.  For information, contact Amy at [email protected] or Kim at [email protected].

The ISRA Annual Sighting-In-Day at the Range will be held on October 15th from 10:00-3:00, rain or shine.  Come out to the Range and sight-in your shotgun, rifle, pistol, muzzleloader or bow.  Archery is available also.  $10.00 per firearm or bow includes targets for rifles, handguns, muzzleloaders, shotgun slugs, shotguns and bows.  No ammunition is available on premises.  Open to public and free parking.


September 15, 1940 – The Battle of Britain is over.  The German Luftwaffe proved to be no match for the British pilots and their Spitfires.

September 16, 1620 – The Mayflower sets sail for the new world.  I have been aboard a replica of the Mayflower.  I am sure the ship looked big to the passengers at the time, but it looked mighty small to me.  Freedom is a powerful motivator when you don’t have it.

September 16, 1893 – The largest land rush in history begins.  100,000 people were lined up to claim land in Oklahoma’s Cherokee Strip. The Cherokee Strip was 60 miles wide and 225 miles long.  Each settler could claim 160 acres.  Even though women could not vote, they too could claim 160 acres.  The land rush began with a single pistol shot fired by a U. S. Cavalry Officer.   

The U.S. Cavalry was supposed to patrol the roughly 13,500 square mile area but it was too big.  People snuck into the Cherokee Strip and hid in the brush and ravines.  They were nicknamed “Sooners” because they got there sooner than others.  Oklahoma is still nicknamed the Sooner State.

September 16, 1940 – The United States passes the Burke Wadsworth Act establishing what is more commonly known as the “draft”.  Registration of men between 21 and 36 was required.  Many young men tried to beat the draft by enlisting in the Illinois National Guard.  These men were sent to the Philippines and were the first to fight the Japanese.  Most suffered greatly.  Many were in the Bataan Death March.   My father-in-law decided to beat the draft by enlisting in the United States Army.  If you enlisted, the Army would try to accommodate your requests within reason.  My father-in-law, Donald DeVary, told them he wanted some place warm.  He did not like cold weather.  The ever-accommodating Army recruiter fulfilled his request.  He was sent to Basic at Fort Hood, Texas, during the summer.  From there, he became part of Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, and was in the desert.  He always laughed that he got what he wanted.  He then went to Sicily and on to Italy.  He was on the front lines 427 days in a row before his commander sent him to his first R & R.  He opted for Ireland where it was cooler.  Ten million men were drafted during WWII.  Don DeVary was certainly a fine example of the Greatest Generation.

September 17, 1787 – The Constitution of the United States is signed.  As Jackie Gleason always said when he started his television show, “And away we go!”

September 18, 1862 – Union General George B. McClellan let the Confederate Army retreat from Antietam Creek.  Lincoln was furious.  General George B. McClellan was a bit of a “dandy”.  He loved the position and the uniforms with lots of gold braid, the exact opposite of Ulysses S Grant.

The one thing McClellan was successful at was designing the United States Army cavalry saddle. Over the years, the Army tried to make somewhere between 35 and 37 improvements to the design.  The last change they made to the saddle was to return it to McClellan’s original design. 

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 17, 2022

2022 Illinois Short Course Championship

ISRA Academy NRA Basic Shotgun Course

Sunday, September 18, 2022

2022 Illinois Short Course Championship

Bullseye Match

Marksmanship League

Tuesday, September 20 & 27, 2022

Tuesday Night Irregular Rifles

Wednesday, September 21 & 28, 2022

F-Class League

Benchrest League

Paper Steel League

Saturday, September 24, 2022

DTI Urban Rifle

Armed Women of America

Sunday, September 25, 2022

DTI Urban Rifle

Fall Glock League

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2022

CMP Small Arms Firing Class

Saturday, October 1, 2022

ISRA Steel Challenge

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Bonfield Muzzle Loaders


Gun & Trade Shows

Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show – Kankakee, IL

Kankakee County Fairgrounds

Dates: September 17 & 18, 2022

Hours: Saturday: 8:00-3:00

             Sunday: 8:00-2:00

Admission: $6.00

Boot City Opry Guns, Knives & Outdoorsman Show – Terre Haute, IN

Boot City Opry

Dates: September 17 & 18, 2022

Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00

             Sunday: 9:00-3:00

Admission: $5.00

McHenry County Gun Show – Woodstock, IL

McHenry County Fairgrounds

Date: September 18, 2022

Hours: Sunday: 7:30-1:00

Admission: $5.00

Chicagoland’s Civil War & Collector Arms Show – Wheaton, IL

DuPage County Fairgrounds

Date: September 24, 2022

Hours: Saturday: 9:00-4:00

Admission: $10.00

Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club Gun & Knife Show – Chillicothe, IL

Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club

Dates: September 24 & 25, 2022

Hours: Saturday: 8:30-4:00

             Sunday: 8:30-3:00

Admission: $3.00

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