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IL General Assembly Witness Slips


The Illinois General Assembly has a great impact on our ability to exercise our Second Amendment rights. It's important that we express our feelings on pending legislation to our representatives in the Illinois General Assembly. We may choose to stop by local offices, make calls or write letters and emails to the officials that have been elected to represent us.

Another option is to file a "Witness Slip" online on the website. Visit the website and create and account. This will allow you to create witness slips indicating your stance to support or oppose legislation. Ilinois State Rifle Association is a good source of information on legislation in need of a witness slip and will normally send email notifications to members for distribution. I receive these notifications and will pass them along when possible.


Please consider signing up and submitting witness slips. It's a quick easy way to make your opinion know and help protect our Second Amendment rigths.

Jim Johnson - ALGC President


Both the C&Rsenal website and the YouTube Channel offer a wealth of information. The content is made up of well researched firearms history, detailed photographs, live fire video and wonderful x-ray animations. The primary presenter, Othais, is passionate about period firearms and works hard to make the show entertaining. If you have a YouTube account you can subscribe to the channel.

The website and YouTube channel are both free to view and there is a contribution option available if you enjoy the content and choose to financially support their efforts.

C&Rsenal Youtube Channel

Illinois State Rifle Association

The ISRA is our primary local legislative Second Ammendment advocate here in Illinois. If you are not already a member of the Illinois State Rifle Association please  consider joining their ranks. Our legislative representatives consider numbers when deciding how to vote on the laws that impact our ability to own and use firearms in Illinois. The ISRA needs every member it can get.

ISRA Website Link

Second Amendment Foundation

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) promotes an understanding of our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms.

The SAF is the leading legal advocate combating legislative infringements of your Second Amendment rights. This is the group that won the court cases that forced Illinois to allow you to carry a firearm concealed for your personal protection.

This type of legal action is expensive. Check out the SAF and consider joining or contributing to support their fight to protect and expand your Second Amendment rights.

SAF Website Link

Guns Save Life

Guns Save Life is a gun rights advocacy group, founded in roughly twenty years ago. GSL is a affiliated with the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association, and is dedicated to defending your right to defend yourself. In fact, the Guns Save Life mission statement is:  We defend your right to defend yourself.

GSL also publishes GunNews Magazine monthly, with a circulation of roughly 20,000 each month. The local chapter meets at Scheels the first Monday of each month.

GSL members lobby the Illinois General Assembly aggressively and has saved two gun ranges in Central Illinois from extinction through publicity and expert advice – both ranges have since grown larger than they had ever been, and have expanded and improved their ranges and facilities.

Guns Save Life Website Link

National Rifle Association

 The National Rifle Association was chartered in 1871 to help promote marksmanship skills in America. Since that time the NRA has grown to embrace virtually every aspect of firearms use, safety, training and political advocay at all levels of government.

NRA membership is a requirement for Abe Lincoln Gun Club members.

NRA Website link

Civil Air Patrol

CAP Cadets


You'll find cadet life exciting if you enjoy:

  • Flying
  • Leadership Training
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Model Rocketry
  • Teambuilding
  • Hiking & Camping
  • Earning Rank & Rewards
  • Search & Rescue
  • Exploring Aviation Careers
  • Making Friends

CAP Citizens


Adult members range in age from 18 to and older, with no upper age limit. Here are just a few ways you can make a difference in CAP:

  • Participate in aviation and ground search and rescue
  • Mentor youth to help develop the into responsible citizenx and leaders
  • Provide disaster relief
  • Inspire and teach children through aerospace education
  • Provide critical civilian support to the United States Air Forces as well as other Federal, state and local agencies

CAP Pilots


Flying as part of the Civil Air Patrol team:

  • Large fleet of single-engine aircraft
  • Search and rescue missions
  • Disaster relief
  • Counterdrug
  • Homeland security
  • And much more

Local Contact:

Springfield Composite Squadron

2nd Lt. Tami Cox


Meetings, Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00 PM

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Civilian Marksmanship Program

CMP 1911 Sales Program

CMP 1911s Update - 5/9/2018:

While the National Defense Authorization Act granted transfer of a maximum of 10,000 1911s per year to the CMP, the Secretary of the Army allowed only 8,000 1911s to be transferred to the CMP for sale and distribution this fiscal year. Some of those are anticipated to be unusual and worthy of being auctioned. The remaining number will be sold based on a computerized Random Number Generator. 

The CMP does not know what next year's allotment might be.

The procedures for purchasing 1911 type pistols from CMP 1911:

Every applicant will be treated as a new customer to CMP. 

Previous purchases or relationships with CMP create no advantage or disadvantage to the customer. 

CMP 1911 is an FFL governed operation and is a separate entity from CMP and has its own record keeping operation with no ties to the existing CMP records.


CMP 1911 customer purchase details:

  1. CMP 1911 order form packet will be posted on the CMP website 
  2. on 4 June 2018 for download.
  3. CMP 1911 customer service number is 256-835-8455 extension 461.
  4. CMP 1911 customer service email address
  5. Only ONE CMP 1911 order form packet per customer may be submitted. 
  6. CMP 1911 order form packet must be mailed to the following address. This includes USPS, UPS, Fed Ex, etc. Orders must be postmarked NOT PRIOR TO 4 September 2018 and NOT AFTER 4 October 2018. Any orders received postmarked prior to September 4 will not be accepted. Hand delivered, emailed and faxed orders will not be accepted. Only orders sent to the following CMP 1911 address will be accepted:

CMP 1911  

1800 Roberts Drive  

Anniston, AL 36207

Customer names from complete CMP 1911 order form packets will be fed into a computerized Random Number Generator on 5 October 2018. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequential order through the random picking process. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator. The CMP 1911 customers will select their grade of pistol (Service, Field or Rack) from available inventory at the time of order notification. Customers with higher numbers may have fewer grades from which to choose. When this year's allotment of 1911s is exhausted, the remaining orders will be held in the existing sequence for all future allotments of 1911s. The CMP does not know what future allotments might be.

 CMP 1911 FFL contact information details: 

 All 1911's will be shipped to a 01, 02 or 07 Federal Firearms License. Customers MUST provide a signed copy of the 01, 02 or 07 FFL.

  1. CMP 1911 dedicated fax number 256-831-2354 for FFL dealers to fax their FFLs with the customer's name attached.
  2. CMP 1911 dedicated email address to      send their FFLs with customer's name attached.
  3. CMP 1911 is currently accepting FFL contacts pursuant to FFL      requirements. 

CMP 1911 pricing:

CMP has priced the 1911 type pistols at fair market value in accordance with CMP's enabling legislation.

Service Grade $1050.

Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.

Field Grade $950.

Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.

Rack Grade $850.

Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition.

Auction Grade (Sales will to be determined by auctioning the pistol). The condition of the auction pistol will be described when posted for auction. Note: If you have already purchased a 1911 from CMP you will not be allowed to purchase an auction 1911. If you purchase an auction 1911, your name will be pulled from the sequenced list. No repeat purchasers are allowed until all orders received have been filled.

The shipping cost is included in the price.

 Additional CMP 1911 details:

  1. Potential purchasers will have to provide CMP with a set of CMP 1911 documents exhibiting: 1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a completed 1911 order form, including a new form 2A with notary, 5) a signed copy of the 01, or 02, or 07 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to. All qualifying documents must be included in your order packet. No qualifying documents, other than the FFL, will be accepted without an order packet. Note: The signed copy of the FFL may be faxed or emailed to CMP 1911 with the customer name attached. CMP Eligibility Requirements for ordering may be viewed on the CMP website.
  2. A NICS background check on each customer will be performed by the FBI to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a "proceed" from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.
  3. The CMP customer will be required to complete a Form 4473 in person at the FFL dealer's place of business and successfully pass a NICS check, in which the information is provided by the FFL holder to NICS, before the pistol can be transferred. This is a second NICS check performed on the customer. Note: The FFL licensed dealer in which the pistol is retrieved from will have to follow all federal, state, and local laws. 
  4. All orders by customers will have to be filled prior to any customer getting the opportunity to purchase a second CMP 1911
  5. No 1911s will be available in the CMP stores, or on-line. Only mail order sales will be accepted. All 1911 orders must be delivered via USPS, UPS, Fed EX, etc. to the CMP 1911 address listed above. No in store or at the door drop off orders will be accepted.
  6. CMP will stop accepting orders at the end of business on 4 October 2018. Customer's names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator. The sequenced order for customers will be established and each time CMP receives 1911s, customer orders will be filled in the originally established sequence. No one will be allowed to repeat purchase until all orders are filled.
  7. The customer's sequence number will be sent to the individual via email once such sequence number is established.
  8. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator. 
  9. Pistol grade and payment arrangement will be established when the customer is contacted by CMP sales staff at time of purchase. DO NOT send payment with your 1911 order. Customers will have 5 days to submit payment once notified.
  10. 1911s from CMP will be allowed in California because they meet the California definition of Curio and Relic. They will ship to 01, or 02, or 07 FFLs in California. At of the time of this release, only the state of Massachusetts will not allow the sale of the 1911/1911A1 pistol. 
  11. All required information is included in this release. If you have questions, please email the address listed above. If you choose to call the number listed, please be prepared for a long wait time. 

Reasons for the two NICS checks: 

First Reason:

The first NICS conducted by the FBI for the CMP makes sure the customer can legally possess the 1911 type pistol prior to shipping it to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer. The CMP, Congress, and the United States Army do not want the 1911 to have to be returned to CMP 1911 if the purchaser is not legal to possess. The more time the pistol is in transit, the more likely it is that it could be lost or stolen. The second NICS check is performed by the FBI for the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL in accordance with their standard transfer procedures and all federal, state, and local laws.

Second Reason:

CMP's enabling legislation mandated by Congress specifies that the purchaser "successfully pass a thorough and complete background check", i.e. NICS. CMP cannot turn any firearm over to the purchaser until it receives a "proceed" from NICS; the local FFL can turn the pistol over after 72 business hours have elapsed if they have not heard back from NICS. Turning the pistol over after 72 hours and not getting a "proceed" does not satisfy CMP's enabling legislation mandated by Congress. This leaves CMP no choice but to have a NICS check performed by the FBI and to get a "proceed" to satisfy its enabling legislation, before shipping to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer.

Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license holders. CMP's legislation contained in the 2018 NDAA specifies FFL licensed dealers. BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by the FBI on an FFL licensed dealer's premises.

Mark Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Civilian Marksmanship Program

Find out more - CMP Website

CMP M1 Garand Sales Program

The CMP has M1 Garand IHC Field and Service grades available through mail order. Get your piece of history while supplies last! Visit our website for pricing and ordering information.  

Find out more - CMP Website