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 - November 1, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 1, 2018

by Richard Pearson

A few months ago, I discussed the importance of applying for your FOID card immediately.  Please be very careful, particularly if you are unfamiliar with a computer; if you answer anything wrong, it becomes a mess.  When sending correspondence to the Illinois State Police (ISP) for your FOID, please send your documents either priority mail with a tracking number or send them certified mail (signed for).  This will allow you to track and ensure receipt of your documents.  Remember: if you are an ISRA member, our office will assist you.  You will need to call Mary at 815.635.3198 to schedule an appointment.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When I was reporting on the outstanding job Illinois shooters were doing at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, I missed one.  ISRA Member Farrell Porter won the Springfield 1903 Match with a superb score of 292-10X.  Sergeant York would be proud.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When you look at the front page of any newspaper, listen or watch any news broadcast, nowhere is there a headline about the Second Amendment being on the 2018 Midterm Elections ballot, but it is.  There are candidates on the ballot who disdain and despise the Second Amendment and are out to destroy it.  This is true throughout the Country and, of course, here in Illinois.  At the top of the list in Illinois is the governor’s race.  Governor Bruce Rauner has been a backstop in Springfield to some of the most outrageous proposals aimed at taking away our Second Amendment Rights and Freedoms.  People who care about the Second Amendment must support Bruce Rauner for governor.  For the last four years, it has been a pleasure to work with Governor Rauner.  His door has always been open and he truly cares about the concerns of law-abiding gun owners.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is now on the United States Supreme Court.  It is not over and what the Brett Kavanaugh episode has revealed is the length the left will go to destroy anyone or anything they don’t like.  It has been leaked that the anti-Kavanaugh forces were financed by dark money.  Dark money comes from a lot of places; most typically, it came from anti-American billionaires who live here or elsewhere in the world and foreign governments.  The Clinton Foundation scandal is an example of dark money and how it is used.  The Wall Street Journal revealed that George Soros has twenty front groups supplying protesters in Washington, DC.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

by Richard Pearson

For years, Hillary Clinton has been screeching about a vast right-wing conspiracy.  I have never been able to find such a conspiracy.  For one thing, the right-wingers are too stubborn and uncompromising to engage in such a thing.  If this was a vast right-wing week-long convention, by the time they agreed on the agenda, the placement of the podium, the uniform style of footnoting, the font to be used on the power point and printed material, it would be Friday night and they would all be headed home.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I have just returned from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) and I am pleased to inform you that the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) has won the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCKRBA) Affiliate of the Year Award.  The ISRA has won this award for 10 of the last 11 years.  As I reflect on this honor of why the ISRA has won this prestigious award, I found the answer to be because of the dedication of our members, Staff and Board of Directors.  Let me give you a few examples of what those words actually mean.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Recent research by John Lott has brought to light interesting facts regarding concealed carry.  Nationally, in 2018, the number of concealed carry permits has grown to 17.25 million.  Last year, the number of permits had grown 890,000, the most in any year.  It is important to understand that 14 states do not require permits and are not counted in any of the above numbers.  It is certainly possible that there are 25 to 30 million people carrying firearms for self-defense.  Alabama has 22.1% of the adults carrying, followed by Indiana with 17.9% and South Dakota with 17.1%.  Four states have over 1,000,000 permits: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas.  

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