Saturday, March 24, 2012

List of Illinois Gun Shops

h/t Say Uncle

Uncle highlights a directory of gunshops at
When I drilled down, it even has a decent directory of the dealers available around the "belly of the beast."

I bought my first firearm at  Chuck's Gun Shop.
Because of it's proximity to the city limits, Chuck's has repeatedly been the setting for anti-gun protest. Jesse Jackson was arrested there. Father "Snuffy" Pflegger,  has protested there.  

"We're gonna snuff you out!"

Yet Chuck's remains.
Another shop I used to frequent was the Glenwood Gun Shop.

Gun Store Owners Shot To Death In Glenwood

Suspects Held In Fatal Robbery

September 20, 1998|By Sheryl Kennedy, Tribune Staff Writer.
Six suspects were in custody and police had recovered a number of stolen firearms late Saturday evening in connection with the robbery of a Glenwood gun store that left the two shop owners dead and one man injured.
About 9 p.m. Friday, within minutes of closing, three armed robbers walked into Glenwood Gun Shop, 135 E. Main St., and opened fire.

The murder of the proprietors at the Glenwood shop was felt personally. It was truly a friendly place. I've never found another gun shop that matched it. I see online that it's listed as being open for business still. Gonna have to make a pilgrimage I think.

Oldie but Goodie

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Take a quick inventory ...

Dropped into my email yesterday ... a heads up.

Now, I understand that this is a note from a retailer, looking to boost sales.
But I wouldn't be surprised at all if this is right on the mark regarding upcoming shortages.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Pistol Brass Prep

The Ultimate Reloader has posted a great primer on the basics of pistol brass prep.
I purty much follow the same workflow.
My method, starting with fired brass:
  • Sort brass by caliber
  • Tumble in corn cob with a little brass cleaner added
  • Sort clean brass by headstamp. If I've shot only one brand the fired brass is already headstamp sorted. 
  • Inspect cases for splits, dents, crushed mouths or other deformities. These are culled and trashed.
  • Run clean, brand sorted brass through depriming/resizing die.
  • On my Lee 1000, I'll pull this brass and prime using a hand priming tool. Sometimes I'll do this on my Dillon AT500 as well. The machines don't have the same level of finesse that a hand primer does.
At this point, I've got brass that's cleaned, deprimed, resized and reprimed.

Haven't ever lubed pistol brass tho. With carbide dies it isn't required. UR claims that it smooths the operation of his press. OK. I'll bite. I'll try it. I'll let ya know. +1 on the commentors tip of spray lube a small batch 'o brass in a paper bag, then shaking to distribute lube.

h/t The Ultimate Reloader

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Today is IGOLD

Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day is today.
It's with a heavy heart that I. Can't. Attend.

I wanted to go, if for no other reason than to hear Dr. Hupp speak.
To salve this unrequited wish I'll watch her past speaking engagement with congress.