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.

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CMP Junior Shooting Classes

Firearms Safety

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

Have Fun

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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.

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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.  

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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