A-Black Powder
NRA Day at the Range
Many new shooters assembled at the ISRA Open House. Some received instruction shooting a muzzle loading pistol for the first time. Our next Range Open House is scheduled for June 18, 2016!
Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Rally and March. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Springfield Illinois. Let your voice be heard!
Education - Range Shooing
It happens once a year at the ISRA Open House, also known as NRA Day, June 18, 2016. Many shooters, some of whom have never handled a firearm, enjoy hands on instruction with certified trainers.
The Largest Shooting Event in the Country
Education - Women on Target
The ISRA Women On Target
So with the opportunity to “bust some clays” at a NRA Women on Target shotgun shooting skills class, do you think she’d say no? No chance.
Hard Dog Day at the Range
Hard Dog Day at the Range
Junior Rifle Teams practice for the National matches at the ISRA Range in Bonfield. Look below to read Don Bekeleski's latest commentary posted October 26th!
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A Day At the Range
ISRA Headline News


By Don Bekeleski

First of all I would like to extend happy holidays to all our members and their families. May you have a Merry Christmas—happy Hanukah or any other holiday you may be celebrating!

Christmas is a time when a lot of youngsters will get their first firearm!
I remember my first shotgun. I received it as a Christmas gift. It was a Mossberg bolt action 16ga. I took an empty shell, loaded it in the chamber and dry fired it and pumped it out--- I don’t know how many times I did that. It felt great doing it!

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 26, 2015

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message


ISRA Offers Holiday Shopping Advice



This Friday officially kicks off the winter holiday shopping season.  There’s no better way to let that special someone know you’re thinking about them than with a gift of a fine firearm or shooting sports accessories.  A case of ammo under the tree certainly beats out a box of socks, a fruit cake or a gift card to some leftie coffee joint.

There were a lot of great new guns and accessories on display at the S.H.O.T. show this year.  By now, many of those guns and accessories have made it to retailers’ shelves just in time for the holiday shopping season.

If that certain someone has been hinting about wanting a new rifle, AR-15 style rifles remain very popular with plenty in the racks at your local gun shop.  Thanks to the AR-15’s modular design, there is a wealth of aftermarket parts that make great stocking-stuffers for the shooter who wants to upgrade an AR-15 that they already have.

A fine handgun always makes a great gift. Concealed carry pistols predominate manufacturers’ new offerings this year with feature-packed self-defense guns really coming of age.  Advancements in pistol design and ammunition technology have resulted in self-defense tools that are smaller, lighter and more powerful than their predecessors.

Of course, there’s no such thing as the “…shooter who has everything.”  With that in mind, our gift advice to you is that the shooter in your life can never have enough cleaning solvent, patches, or cleaning brushes.  A fancy new range bag is always nice as are some extra magazines or a replacement for a well-worn rifle sling.  We cannot think of a shooter we know who would not appreciate a good set of screwdrivers, pin punches or Allen Wrenches.  One thing that is sure to make you a hit with the special shooter you know is a gift membership to the ISRA range!

As you head out to do holiday shopping this coming Black Friday, be sure to patronize local, independent gun shops.  Independent firearm dealers are on the front lines of the war to preserve and protect your right to keep and bear arms.  Small shop owners are true believers in the Second Amendment and will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in preserving your rights.

Happy shopping! 

Author: Lori (Admin)

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 19th, 2015

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message


Range Flooding on 8, 9, 10, and 11


 There is standing water on Ranges 8, 9, 10, and 11.  These ranges will be closed today.

Author: Lori (Admin)

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 12, 2015

Executive Director's Message


Gun Grabbing Cook County Board Attacks Lawful Firearm Owners - AGAIN



Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle officially announced today her intention to pass the county’s first round of ammunition taxes during this Friday’s county board meeting.  This initial tax will slap a penny a round on rimfire ammo and a nickel a round on centerfire ammo.  According to Preckwinkle, the tax is being levied on gun owners in order to “…improve public safety.”  As a gun owner, you know what a joke that is.
This week’s tax on ammo will kick off what is certain to be a string of taxes on guns and ammo designed to suppress your right to keep and bear arms.  The intent of this tax and those to follow is to make shooting too expensive for the average citizen.  
Although there is probably little you can do to stop the Cook County Board from passing the tax, there sure is plenty you can do to let the county board know that you are displeased.
1) Call each of the following numbers beginning tomorrow and continue to call them throughout the week as many times a day as you can and deliver this simple message to whomever answers the phone, “NO AMMO TAX”:

a) Cook County Switchboard (312) 603-5542
b) Cook County Board Switchboard (312) 443-5500
c) Commissioner Richard Boykin, Phone: (312) 603-4566 AND Phone: (312) 603-4566
d) Commissioner Robert Steele, Phone: (312) 603-3019 AND Phone: (773) 722-0140
e) Commissioner Stanley Moore, Phone: (312) 603-2065 AND Phone: (773)783-2412
f) Commissioner Deborah Sims, Phone: (312) 603 6381 AND Phone: (312) 603 6381
g) Commissioner Joan Murphy, Phone: (312) 603-4216 AND Phone: (708) 389-2125
h) Commissioner Jesus Garcia, Phone: (312) 603-5443 AND Phone: (312) 603-5443
i) Commissioner Luis Arroyo, Phone: (312) 603-6386 AND Phone: (773) 417-4454
j) Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Phone: (312) 603-4210 AND phone: (773) 561-1010
k) Commissioner John Daley, Phone: (312) 603-4400 AND Phone: (312) 603-4400
l) Commiss
Author: Lori (Admin)
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The 3 Essential Kinds of Confidence: A Play on Daniel Boone

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:11:34 +0000

The famous frontiersman and near-founder of Kentucky, Daniel Boone was once quoted as saying, “All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.” Although I would amend that statement to apply to my own life, I find that it mostly holds true — just not quite for the same reasons that he may have had when he first uttered the words. I have found that one of the true keys to lasting happiness is found in having confidence. Not just having the kind of confidence that comes from having a full tank of...

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Gun Club Membership Tax Prohibition Passes Legislature

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:31:21 +0000

The Florida Senate and House have passed a tax cut package bill, HB33A, which expressly forbids the Florida Department of Revenue from trying to collect sales taxes on gun club membership fees. Several clubs were considering closing their doors because of alleged back taxes. This is great news for gun owners. Here’s the release from USF/NRA:… Read the rest of the article from The Gun Writer …

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NJ Woman Killed by Ex-Boyfriend While Awaiting Gun Permit

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:32:11 +0000

This story never saw the light of day on CNN or MSNBC. Bloomberg and his army of clones won’t be retelling this story to their mindless followers, either. Carol Browne had a violent ex-boyfriend named Michael Eitel who had threatened her life in the past. She followed the laws of New Jersey and petitioned for a restraining order, which she got against him. She also applied for a permit to own a hand gun on April 21, 2015. Browne was killed last week by her ex—not with a gun, but with a knife. He waited for her to return home and...

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Authors of FBI Report on Public Shootings Admit “Our Data Is Imperfect”

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:13:02 +0000

For months I had tried getting a response from the Department of Justice and the authors of a FBI report on “active shooters” regarding errors that the CPRC had found. I then published a research in the March 2015 issue of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. That finally got a response from two of the FBI study’s authors, Pete Blair and M. Hunter Martaindale, last week. Jason Riley’s article in the Wall Street Journal describes their response: . . . But late last week, J. Pete Blair and M. Hunter Martaindale, two academics at Texas State University who co-authored the FBI report, acknowledged that “our data is...

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Obama Pushes for Greater Gun Laws, Unified Agenda

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:52:20 +0000

President Barack Obama is on the proverbial death bed of his presidency. We have reached the 23rd hour, and his legacy is less than stellar. He has botched foreign relations, his domestic policies have put the middle class in financial chaos, Obamacare is about to implode. As the first black president, he has actually made race relations worse, and has taken the side of criminals over the police while his Department of Justice has obstructed justice during multiple investigations into criminal activity within the department. Agencies within the DOJ even refused to hand over documents to their own Inspector General....

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