IGOLD
2018 IGOLD
Thank you for making IGOLD 2018 a success on April 25th at the Capitol! 2500 people gathered to show their support for the Second Amendment and encouraging legislators to preserve their hard won rights in the state of Illinois!
NRA Day 2018 AR
2018 NRA Day
The 16th Annual NRA Day at the ISRA Range was held on June 16th, 2018! Thanks to all who attended!
NRA Day 2018
The 16th Annual NRA Day at the ISRA Range was held on June 16th, 2018! Thanks to all who attended!
Education - Range Shooting
MAG Classes at the ISRA Range
The renowned Massad Ayoob holds regular MAG classes at our range. One participant practices his new found skills.
2017 Winter Wars
2018 Winter Wars
The Winter Wars Matches were back again this year! Our annual High Power rifle romp in the cold at the ISRA Range at Bonfield, IL. Shake off that cabin fever and get back in touch with some of your favorite relic battle rifles, for a little fun and a little frost-bite!
ISRA Airgun League
ISRA Airgun League is held every Wednesday night from October through April, at the ISRA Range Clubhouse in Bonfield IL.
A-Black Powder
Muzzle Loading Championship
Sparks and smoke fly at the ISRA Muzzle Loading Championship at the ISRA range. The ISRA supports all sorts of shooting enthusiasts.
ISRA Headline News
ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 16, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 16, 2018

by Richard Pearson

In 82 days, it will be Election Day in Illinois and the rest of the country.  Unless gun owners turn out and vote it will be a grim day.  J. B. Pritzker is the most anti-gubernatorial candidate we have ever had in Illinois.  Last Sunday, in an Op-Ed in The Chicago Sun Times, Mr. Pritzker outlined in a paragraph what he wants to do with gun owners.  Here is the paragraph:

 "Without a doubt, we need common-sense and long-overdue gun safety legislation.  Criminals and those who want to do harm shouldn’t have access to guns, and no one should have access to weapons of war or be able to obtain guns illegally.  We need to ban assault weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines, and we need to stop the importation of illegal guns across Illinois’ borders.  It’s also time to enforce universal background checks and enact a gun dealer licensing bill."

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 9, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 9, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Recently I have been getting calls from the media regarding so-called 3-D guns.  There are those that think a person can take a set of plans off the internet, download them to a 3-D printer or CNC machine, turn everything on and out will come a gun.  Even more interesting, I got one call from a media person who thought you could make ammunition the same way.  The answer is: uhhh… No.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 2, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 2, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I usually write about firearms and the politics that surround firearm ownership but today I want to sound a warning to all the fishermen out there.  Anti-fishing groups are on the rise and mounting new attacks on your sport.  Fishermen have mostly been asleep at the tiller but it is time to wake up.  We are seeing more and more activity from Animal Rights groups.  Animal rights groups, anti-gun groups and environmental wacko groups all offer safe harbors for leftists.  They also offer a way for leftists to make a living; they are well-financed and will stop at nothing.  Just letting you know. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 26, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 26, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches continue at three locations this year - Camp Perry, Ohio; Camp Atterbury, Indiana and Bristol, Indiana.  The ISRA shooting teams are at all of those locations.  Camp Perry hosted the National Conventional (Bullseye) Pistol Matches.  I am proud to say the ISRA had more pistol teams than any other state.  The ISRA Expert teams finished in the middle of the pack.  There are a lot of Expert teams.  The ISRA Marksman teams finished second and fourth.  Ron Wolflick finished First Police Expert and Jeff Battaglia was Second Sharpshooter.  Well done folks. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 19, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 19, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message

With the national focus on mental health as it relates to mass shootings we have seen many states begin the discussion of how to prevent these tragedies.  Many of the discussions have revolved around what has been commonly called “Red Flag Laws”.  The premise behind these laws is how to empower direct family members to be a line of defense when there is a sudden onset of mental health issues that result in a person, who has access to firearms, presenting a danger to themselves and others.
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 12, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 12, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message


A few months ago law abiding gun owners in a couple downstate counties, tired of being blamed for murders in Chicago, came up with the idea of Sanctuary Counties for Gun Owners.  The idea was to get county boards to pass resolutions declaring their county to be a sanctuary for gun owners.  These resolutions urged the lawmakers in Springfield to stop infringing on our Second Amendment rights.  These resolutions were a protest.
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 5, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 5, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Executive Director's Message


On the 5th of July, 1776, the people of Philadelphia woke up to another sweltering day of the summer heat wave, but it wasn’t just another day.  John Dunlap’s print shop had been working through the night printing 200 copies of a document that had been rushed over from the Pennsylvania State House where the Second Continental Congress was convened.  Soon the citizens of Philadelphia were reading the Declaration of Independence, a document that was, and still is, changing the political face of the planet.
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