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Thursday Bulletin – February 8, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – February 8, 2024

February 8, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson


Recently in Georgia, a thief tried to steal a firearm from a concealed carry holder. The thief physically attacked a conclealed carry holder, and was trying to steal his firearm. In the end, the thief died at the scene. But this incident brings up a very important point, which is: If you’re in a physical confrontation with a criminal, not only can no one get there in time to help you, you also cannot escape.

If you take a concealed carry class, either that class or another class should teach firearm retention. Get your concealed carry license and get more training.


On January 31, 2024, US District Court Judge Susan P. Watters published an opinion on the motion to dismiss the Gun Free School Zone (GFSZA)  case in Billings, Montana. She found the GFSZA to be constitutional, on the grounds that the Montana law does not meet the requirements.

The person charged, Gabriel Metcalf, had reason to carry a firearm for his own defense and that of others outside his home in Billings, Montana. His home is across the street from an elementary school. The school was not in session while he was carrying outside his home.

This case has been covered extensively in the media, and is an excellent test case to challenge GFSZA law. In short, you have the opinion from a judge who had to reach and stretch to find any historical cases similar to the GFSZA, so the judge created her own interpretation of the historical record for her findings.

The Racist History of Gun Control

ISRA Board Member Tom McDonald highlights the racist history of gun control and how it has been used against Illinois minority communities in the latest ISRA video posted to YouTube.


Semi-automatic pistols dominate the handgun market in the United States. There are ten major manufacturers of revolvers in the United States who made more than ten thousand revolvers each in 2021, which is the latest year on record where the ATF has published the numbers. There were three top producers of .22 pistols. Ruger led the pack with an astounding 212,946, Keltec came second 98,200, Smith & Wesson 94,852.

There are numerous other manufacturers of .22 or smaller caliber pistols in the USA. The top eight manufacturers made over 85% of them in 2022.­


Winchester has recently come out with a new hunting round designed to meet the specifications of states who allow straight-walled cartridges to be used for big game hunting. Previously these states only allowed shot gun slugs to be used for deer and black bear hunting. With the passage of the straight-walled cartridge bills in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and a few other  states, ammunition companies have stepped up to fill the gap. There were plent­­­y of straight-wall cases out there, but the law set restrictions on case length. Which means, traditional straight-walled hunting rounds like the .405 Winchester, .444 Marlin, .4570 and others could not be used.

The first of the new straight-walled cases, the Winchester .350 Legend and Remington .360 Buckhammer, jumped in to fill the gap. There were also some existing cartridges that qualified like the Bushmaster .450. All these cartridges were very good. The Winchester .350 Legend and the Remington .360 Buckhammer produced far less recoil that shotgun slugs, making them a good choice for young hunters and people with smaller stature. The recoil of rifle slugs was a barrier to some people. The new Winchester .400 Legend is designed to fill the gap between the .350 Legend, .360 Buckhammer and .450 Bushmaster.

The Winchester .400 Legend has a mild recoil and can reach out to 300 yards for deer and 200 yards for wild hogs and black bears. Ammunition supplies for the new Winchester .400 Legend exists now, but won’t become plentiful until the summer. For those looking for a good deer rifle, the Winchester .400 Legend looks to be a good choice. Winchester, Savage, Ruger, Mossberg and others are already producing rifles in the Winchester .400 Legend caliber.

Ruger is producing a rifle in 350 and 400 Legend with adjustable stocks. The adjustable stocks would be perfect for young people, ladies and people of smaller stature. The adjustable stock helps you attain proper eye release. This is something you should consider for the fall season. I personally can see a brand new rifle chambered Winchester .400 Legend in my future.


For those of who like to collect Mauser rifles, Zanders Sporting Goods, a large Illinois firearm wholesaler has received a shipment of Portuguese M/937A rifles. These are actually German K98K rifles. These come complete with WWII bayonet and cleaning kits. These rifles have matching numbers on all parts, except for the cleaning rod. Zanders does not sell direct to the public, but you can have your firearm dealer order one from them. If you are a die-hard Mauser collector, this is your chance.

Volunteers Are Needed for the ISRA

Volunteering for the ISRA is the be­st way to make a difference. I know our cause is one you believe in, and one of the best ways to help that cause is to volunteer. Our greatest strength is in our numbers. Little gets done by one or two people acting alone. Coordinated volunteering amplifies the efforts of those banding together and makes volunteering more effective. A side benefit of volunteering gets you involved with like-minded people and builds strong relationships and new friends.

Volunteering for the ISRA provides a resource that money alone cannot buy: The people needed to get the job done to accomplish the goals we set out to achieve. Volunteering provides valuable services so the limited funds that we have available can be spent in the areas where needed.

Below is our volunteer form. There are a variety of essential areas that we need volunteers to fill. They are listed on the form. If you are able to volunteer, please fill out this form and return it to the ISRA office as soon as possible. You may email it to, fax to 815. 635.3723, ­or you can send it snail-mail to: P.O. Box 637, Chatsworth, IL 60921.

We will be accumulating these forms over the next few months, although we will be utilizing them as soon as we can­­. When activities are planned in your area that you are interested in, we will notify you prior to the event in plenty of time to prepare. This may not happen perfectly, but we will make every effort to make it happen.

Richard A. Pearson                                Mike Huber
Executive Director                                   Assistant Executive ­­Director

Click on the Picture to Download a Volunteer Application

Sponsorships for IGOLD Are Available

We are now offering sponsorships for IGOLD.  We have 4 different sponsorship levels to choose what’s best for you, your company or your organization.

Come to IGOLD
Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day
– Private Bus Scheduling – 

Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) will be on Thursday, April 18th this year. If your gun club, gun shop, hunting group and/or organization is thinking about bringing a bus to IGOLD with your members, NOW is the time to plan it.

If you are bringing a bus, please let us know by April 1st. The ISRA must pay for your bus parking in advance. Please notify the ISRA Office and speak with Shirley at 815.635.3198 Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm. You can also email Shirely at­­. Please put BUS NOTIFICATION in the subject line. We will update you on IGOLD as we get closer to the date.


February 9, 1942 – Daylight Saving Time Is Instituted. Originally it was called “War Time”. It was popular in the cities, but farmers didn’t like it very much and were very much opposed to it. On the farms, the cows didn’t have a cow clock to turn back, and the dew did not evaporate any earlier. But on the other hand, farmers did have an extra hour before sundown.  The hired hands enjoyed it, because they got home to dinner while there was still sunlight.

We still have Daylight Savings Time, and it looks like it’s here to stay for at least a little while longer. Every year bills are introduced to change daylight saving time, but it hasn’t happened yet.

February 9, 1971 – Satchel Paige Inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame. Leroy “Satchel” Paige was the oldest baseball player to ever pitch the game. He pitched his last game when he was 59 years old. I always love what he said about age. He said, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

February 10, 1962 – US & Soviet Spy Swap. The swap occurred trading Soviet Colonel Rudolph Abel, for an American spy pilot, Francis Gary Powers. An American student, Frederic Pryor was released by East Germany on the same day. The film “Bridge of Spies”, released in 2015, talks about this very incident. It is worth watching if you have a couple of hours.

February 11, 1945 – The Yalta Conference Ends. The leaders of the big three Allied leaders, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, worked on plans for the rest of the war, and for after the war. President Roosevelt was very weak as it was only two months before his death.

It wasn’t until much later that the American public found out that Churchill was dealing behind the back of the American president. Churchill promised much of Eastern Europe to the Soviet Union exchange for Greece and a couple of other countries. It turned out to be a bad deal for the United States and the rest of the world. 

February 12, 1809 – Abraham Lincoln Born in Hodgenville Kentucky. From such humble beginnings, Abraham Lincoln studied and tried to improve his mind. Every day he went from writing on a slate as a child, to president of the United States. He is one of the most admired presidents we have ever had.

February 14, 1884 – Future President Theodore Roosevelt’s Mother and Wife Die. They died only hours apart on the same day. This is a devastating loss to Roosevelt. Because of this double tragedy, Roosevelt abandoned politics in 1884 and headed west to the Dakota Territories. There he worked as a rancher and became the sheriff.

In 1885, a disastrous blizzard destroyed his cattle herd. By 1886, he was back in New York resuming his career in politics. It was in the Dakota Territories that Roosevelt learned that the real marksmen in this country were in the west and the Midwest.

How did he form the rough riders? He looked to the west and Midwest and the south for good marksmen. When he became president, he made sure that marksmanship skills were left up to civilians, not the U.S. military.

The Illinois State Rifle Association
is the home of marksmanship in Illinois. 
At the Range

Click here to view the entire calendar. All classes and events are open to the public & all range members, unless otherwise noted.  here

Our NRA Basic Pistol Class

Open to the public.­ Scheduled for March 24, 2024, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm., at the ISRA Range. Limited to 10 students. The cost is $75 (ISRA member) and $150 (non-me­­mber). Class covers instruction on firearm safety, rules, ammunition types, and proper instruction of semi-auto pistols and revolvers. Topics include firearm selection, shooting fundamentals, firearm maintenance and cleaning. Instructors: Mandi Ehler, Mike Cialdella & Jeff Marienthal. To register, contact ISRA Office at 815.635.3198 or mailto:

M1 Maintenance Class

We are glad to announce that we will have an M1 Maintenance Class scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the ISRA Range in Bonfield, IL. 

We have a highly qualified instructor, Larry Collinson, who has been with Springfield Armory for a long time. Mr. Collinson is an expert on the M1 Rifle. You will learn to take apart, clean, reassemble, and maintain your M1 Garand Rifle during this class. The class size is limited to 32 people. The cost is $65 (ISRA member) and $110 (non-member). Lunch will be provided. If you have special dietary needs, you will need to provide your own lunch. There will be no walk-ins allowed.

To register, contact the Office at 815.635.3198 and talk to Mel or Shirley. You can also e-mail them at or If you are interested in taking this class, it is filling up quickly, so please register soon.

Range Schedule This Week

2-10 – CCL Renewal Class – Clubhouse-12:00-2:00; Range 11-2:00-3:00

2-11 – NRA Refuse to be a Victim – Clubhouse – 8:00-12:00

2-13 – Air Gun Practice & League – Range 12 (Indoor Range) – 5:00-8:00

2-14 – F-Class Indoor League – Clubhouse/Range 12 – 10:00-2:00

2-14 – Air Rifle Practice – Range 12; Clubhouse – 11:00-3:00

The ISRA Range is located at 1589 N 7000w Rd, Bonfield, IL 60913.

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 correct – sometimes changes occur. This is provided for informational purposes only.

Feb 10 – 11   The Quad Cities Gun Show, QCCA Expo Center, Rock Island

Feb 11   Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

Feb 16 – 18   Tinley Park Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Show, Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

Feb 17 – 18   Central Illinois Gun Collectors, Sangamon Co Fairgrounds, New Berlin,

Feb 24 – 25   Decatur Gun & Knife Show, Decatur Conference Center, Decatur

Mar 2 – 3   Belleville Gun & Knife Show, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville

Mar 2 – 3   Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee Co. Fairgrounds, Kankakee

Mar 8 – 10   Illinois Deer Classic, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria

Mar 10   Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

Mar 16 – 17   Peoria Gun & Knife Show, Exposition Gardens, Peoria

Mar 23 – 24   Springfield Gun Show, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

Mar 23 – 24   Sauk Trail Gun Show, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton

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“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