C&Rsenal - Firearm History

Are you interested in old guns? Do you have a C&R license? There is a YouTube channel and website that you should check out, C&Rsenal.

Othais and Mae create comprehensive histories of vintage firearms around the period of WWI. The programs are available on their YouTube channel and deal with the history, development and shooting of classic firearms.

Landmark Auto Group is honoring the Second Amendment Again

 The Landmark Auto Group surprised the local firearms community a few months ago when "No Firearms" signs appeared in the windows of their dealerships.

ALGC members (along with many local 2nd Amendment supporters and the Guns Save Life organization) challenged the infringement of our Constitutional rights by this long-time local retailer. A meeting with Landmark Group CEO Sean Grant clarified the appearance of the signs. The signs were a reaction to loaded, unattended firearms being left in vehicles that were dropped off for service at the Landmark dealerships. It was never the intention to infringe rights, but rather an unfortunate consequence. 

Mr. Grant was sympathetic to the impact of the signs on the local firearms community and has chosen to remove them from the dealerships. New dealership policies will be implemented to manage the unattended firearms situation. It has been confirmed that the signs have been removed from the Landmark dealerships. Thank you to Mr. Grant and to everyone in the firearms community that worked so hard to restore our rights.

Jim Johnson

ALGC President

06-22 Range Flooding

Trap/Skeet Range


These photos were take about noon and the water level had dropped a bit by afternoon. Both High and Low Skeet houses are surrounded by flowing water.

200 Yard Range


The forecast is for more rain. Water has completely obscured the creek and is past the 200 yard target line.

100 Yard Range


Waders might be necessary to reach the 100 yard target stands.



Our new beehives sitting at the water's edge. If you walk down to view the bees be aware that there is a turkey nest just to the left of the entrance to the hives.

IGOLD 2019 Follow-up


IGOLD 2019 appears to have been a great success. The estimates of 2nd Amendment supporters in attendance this year run as high as 7000 people. This is a good indicator that the firearms owners of Illinois sense the growing threat of government sponsored infringement. The best guess is that we will start to see negative legislation moving out of committees some time in May.

Please be prepared to file Witness Slips, send emails and make calls to your legislators. Making your opinion pro or con know to your legislators can make a difference on pending legislation. We will soon be providing more information on how to make contact on the website.

IGOLD is coming this March 27th!

 Sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association, IGOLD or Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day is designed to bring as many Second Amendment supporters as possible together in Springfield to let our Representatives and Senators know that we want to be heard. This year in particular we need every Illinois firearms owner possible to rally in Springfield and at the Capitol. Please plan to join us for IGOLD this March and bring a friend. 

Steel Target Repair Station

 As promised we have installed a steel target repair station by shooting bench 10. The ammo box has tools and hardware. There are long and short straps hanging on the roof supports. The ammo box can be lifted off of the bench so it can be carried down to the targets. Everyone now has the means to repair the steel targets. Please repair anything that you shoot up. 

CMP Junior Shooting Classes

Firearms Safety


 Participants learn the fundamentals of proper handling and use of firearms. 

Have Fun


Click for Details & Photos

Class Date

Sunday Month Day

Improve Skills


  Indoor and outdoor ranges provide plenty of guided practice opportunities. 


 The Club is going to host a social event this year, the ALGC Swap Meet/Family Day. Details are listed below. We will really need to know about how many  people plan to attend so RSVP to Steve Rowoldt at the email address listed below. Steve will also be handling any questions that you might have about the event.

 Saturday October 13, at the Club from 10:00 to 1:00.  Lunch at noon.Open to members and immediate families.Swap meet on tables inside indoor range 10:00 to noon.Games and activities 10:30 to 1:00.Lunch under the covered firing line and in the clubhouse noon to 1:00.Club providing burgers, brats, hotdogs, buns, water, soda, ice, plates and plasticware.Members bring chips, side dish, or dessert item to share.Members bring folding chairs.Parking out on the 200 yard range.No firearms or shooting during the event.No firearms allowed in swap meet (photos only). 

Volunteers needed for: Set-up at 8:30.   Parking direction at 9:30.  Games supervision.  Grilling.   Clean-up at 1:00. 

Items needed:A couple of large gas grills and a truck to bring it in  (or we will have to rent one big one).  Extra folding tables. 

Swap Meet Guidelines: No firearms (photos only).   Ammunition and accessories ok.   Reloading stuff.   Tools.  Books and Manuals.   Etc., etc., etc.Family non-shooting related items ok. RSVP:Email Steve Rowoldt ASAP  (Deadline Friday October12 @ noon)  at  smr_spi@yahoo.com  with:

  • Number of people attending. 
  • Participation in swap meet  (Yes?  No?  Lots of stuff?  Just a few items?)
  • Can volunteer some time?
  • Can bring some needed items

New Camera System

 The club's security camera system has been upgraded with new HD cameras and recorder. An additional upgrade to the new system is the ability for the club's elected and appointed officers to access the live camera feeds and playback search function without having to physically be at the club. 

So there is no confusion, this means that while you are at the club it is possible that you could be viewed by a club officer if one happens to be accessing a live camera feed while you are there. This is not meant to be intimidating, just think of it as having a remote officer on duty at any given time.

Click the link below for sample views of the new cameras.

Range Usage Violations

This is a direct violation of the Membership Agreement that we all signed


  7. No cross-lane shooting is allowed on any range. The outdoor shooting benches are numbered with their corresponding numbers on the downrange target positions. The indoor range is divided left and right. No target shall be fired at in such a manner as to permit a projectile to strike the ground, miss a backstop, or strike a frame, post, wall, or structure downrange. Violation of this basic rule will not be tolerated.  

It's time to reread the club Membership Agreement

 There have been an increasing number of range usage violations noted recently. These photos show one that we didn't catch in time.

All targets must be placed in the designated hanging areas on belting, plywood or cardboard. The only place that targets may be placed on the ground is directly in front of the 100 yard berm to the left of the steel targets.

The Membership Agreement isn't just a piece of paper we all signed to become members. The Membership Agreement spells out the rules; the things that we can and can't do while at the club. Everyone needs to review the Membership Agreement.

This is why the Membership Agreement prohibits this type of target placement


 In this case the member missed the bottle with every single shot. They did manage to put consistent hits on the top of the post at the 200 yard line. These hits pretty much destroyed the post top and have now created a situation that will cause the post to fail prematurely. A violation like this will result in disciplinary action or worse yet expulsion from the club. 

Membership Agreement

 Over time changes at the club necessitate updates to the Membership Agreement rules. As these rules apply to all club members it is important to familiarize yourself with updates.  


Estimates of 2000 to 2500 Second Amendment supporters attended the Illinois State Rifle Association sponsored IGOLD 2018 event in Springfield this year. I was very pleased to see Abe Lincoln Gun Club members in attendance at the rally, march and lobbying our legislators at the Capitol. I'd like to think the hard work of the attendees paid off.

This years lobby day coincided with the last day for the legislature to attempt to override the Governor's veto of the toxic FFL licensing scheme that would certainly have had the effect of driving local FFLs out of business with burdensome regulations. The bills sponsor choose not to attempt the override for fear the necessary votes were not locked down. Unfortunately he also announced that he would start working to reintroduce the legislation.

We'll all have to be vigilant and keep up the fight. So when necessary be prepared to email and call legislators, file Witness Slips when needed and support Second Amendment rights organizations that are fighting for all of us.

Jim Johnson

ALGC President

ALGC 2017 Annual Fall Workday


The 2017 ALGC Fall Workday is history. The weather cooperated and we managed to both stay dry and pretty much complete our goals. It was deemed to be too windy to safely process the burn pile so that task will have to wait.

The Fall Work Day provides us an opportunity to prepare the club for winter. It's our last chance to complete outdoor projects and a good time for the general cleanup needed after the heavier use the club experiences during the spring and summer seasons.

Sixteen members participated this year and we were able to wrap up by noon as predicted. I'm going to set a goal right now to improve member participation for the 2018 ALGC Annual Fall workday. So mark October 6th 2018 on your calendar right now. I also want to recognize the members that came out to volunteer. So a big "Thank You" to Dick Alcorn, Mike Balkauskas, Bill Bermel, Mark Blankenship, Dan Croll, Dan Ewing, Donn Klor, Todd Grider, Jim Hynes, Ray Kurninski, Chris O'Donnell, Todd Rankin, Steve Rowoldt, Aaron Royer and Barry Wright.

Jim Johnson - ALGC President

2018 Fall Work Day Success

I want to start off with a great big "thank you" to all of the members that were able to come out for the ALGC Fall Work Day. Everyone present Saturday put in a good mornings work and we beat the rain. Without this member support not only would the club stop moving forward but you would soon see things start deteriorating.

We were able to get many of the target items checked off of our list. But there always seem to be a few items that we just don't have the manpower and time to complete. If you weren't able to make it out to the club to help you can still give a little back. I'm going to be posting a "To Do" list on the website soon. The idea is that this will provide an opportunity for members with schedules that don't allow for work day participation to help with club maintenance. We need to spread out the workload and get more members willing to give a few hours of spare time toward supporting the club.

Jim Johnson

ALGC President

2019-2020 ALGC Business Year

 The lock combinations have been changed for the new business year. The new combination is printed in the middle of your new membership card just below your name. The deadline for 2019-2020 membership dues has now past. If you have not paid your dues for the club's 2019-2020 business year, your membership in Abe Lincoln Gun Club has ended. If you mailed in payment near the deadline date your membership card will be mailed out as our Treasurer processes arrivals, please be patient.

Jim Johnson

ALGC President