Hello from Chicago


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CityOfChicago
August 28, 2004, 10:56 PM
Wanted to take a moment to introduce myself here. Live in Chicago, been shooting since dad put his 1911 in my hand when I was 8. Relatively new to this site, and will probably read more than I talk. If you get a chance, take a look at my thread in the Trading Post (Someone buy my Para please!).

Thanks for the great resource and free knowledge

JB

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ACP230
August 29, 2004, 01:17 AM
We had visitors from The People's Republic Of Illinois this weekend.
They don't shoot and have been in Chicago so long that stuff that would send me right up the wall seems normal to them.

I don't see how shooters can stand to live in Daleyville.

jobu07
August 29, 2004, 02:09 AM
Welcome to THR! You'll find that this place is a plethora of knowledge. It contains anytrhing you've ever wanted to know about firearms, and probably some things you didn't. Enjoy your stay :)

horge
August 29, 2004, 02:10 AM
ACP230 :)
Yes, the current animosity of Chicagoland law against firearms use is regrettable.
I don't see how shooters can stand to live in Daleyville.
I've been in Chi-town many times, sometimes staying for months on end.
Just to counter-weight your understandable position...

There's more to a city than its regulatory attitude towards firearms. Chicago is in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. There is a surplus of good living, great libraries and museums, incredible food, the best skyline in the world, and a multiculturalism that DOESN'T dumb-down to the lowest common denominator. Unlike other poster cities in Europe and Asia that I've been to, Chicago remains accessible both physically and well, emotionally: Chicagoans as a people are genuinely friendly.

There's more to a shooter than a passion for firearms and shooting.
Fathers, mothers, teachers, health workers, athletes, typists ---you name it. Firearms owners span a fair breadth of our societies' spectra, and for each peson there are many other interests and considerations besides firearms-rights that Chicago serves, and serves very well indeed.

If Chicagoland were to be one day emancipated ---its peaceful, hardworking residents fully allowed your Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear, what a city of the people it could be, and a monument to respecting common sense, friendliness and decency.


Cheers!
:)
horge

Atticus
August 29, 2004, 02:21 AM
Welcome. When I read your post, I thought that Daly might be suing to close this site LOL - us being a bad influence on the Chi-town Crips and Bloods.. ya know wut ahm sayin. Good luck selling your Para.

Lt. G
August 29, 2004, 02:47 AM
Welcome! You'll find a lot of really great people here.
Cheers, Lt. G

22/22mag
August 29, 2004, 04:29 AM
Hello City Of Chicago I lived in Chicago in my early teens, the Summerdale police ( north side) would pick up us kids up for curfew and search us and keep whatever money cards or other things they wanted. I understand that owenership of handguns is a not permited.Is that correct? If so the only people with guns are the police and the gangbangers.Glad I now live in Oregon.Was in a local Radio shack that also sells guns and asked about a handgun and 3 off the customers pulled out their guns to show me the pros and cons of their different models.This wasn't a show off thing each fellow was instrested in the others guns.three of us were in our 50s and none of us offered or would let anyone handle our guns.Fingers off of the trigger of course an the talk would turn to hunting as allways.
Very easy to get a carry permit in Oregon.

CityOfChicago
August 29, 2004, 12:48 PM
Sadly, it is correct - you cannot own a handgun in the city of Chi. I grew up East of Los Angeles (my father was stationed at MCAS El Toro before retiring and taking on carreer #2 with the San Bernardino Co SO), and I moved to the Chicago burbs in '99. Now living in the city, my weaps have to live with a buddy still in the burbs. It sucks mightily, but despite [I]Hiz Honer[I] and the pointless and completely ineffective gun laws, Chicago is the greatest city I have ever been to. That's why I moved here. Much fun for a guy my age (28). And if the next couple of months go my way, I will be legally carrying in the city - as a recruit for the CPD. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

JB

Mike Hull
August 29, 2004, 01:04 PM
Welcome! Enjoy!

El Tejon
August 29, 2004, 01:30 PM
Survivor of Daleyland '92-'95, did not follow his gun laws.

Welcome to THR!:)

Edmond
August 29, 2004, 02:17 PM
ya know wut ahm sayin.

:D :D :D

The great city of Chicago; where only the police and the criminals have guns!:rolleyes:

Ala Dan
August 29, 2004, 02:18 PM
Welcome Aboard From the Heart Of Old Dixie :D

Enjoy,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

44Brent
August 29, 2004, 03:27 PM
CityOfChicago, welcome to the place where only cops and criminals have guns. You might want to study up on the following 39 page document so that you can start arresting people when you get your badge:
Chicago Ordinances (http://www.isp.state.il.us/media/docdetails.cfm?DocID=544)

Lots of good things for cops, such as the ability to seize and impound peoples' vehicles for offenses such as possession of laser sighting devices.

HankB
August 29, 2004, 04:56 PM
I was born and raised in Chicago, living there until I completed grad school and went out into "the real world."

I remember good museums, hockey games where you could just about count on seeing a good brawl, good ballparks in the open air (no stinking domes!) with not-so-good teams, good beer, and good food, from great pizza to breaded pork tenderloin.

I remember neigborhoods separated by fairly sharp dividing lines, where if you were the wrong color you didn't dare go anytime, especially at night.

I remember snowplows parked in front of taverns while snow drifts made most of the streets impassable . . .

I remember gun laws being extremely strict . . . and almost universally ignored. :evil:

I haven't been back there recently, but several years ago my old stomping grounds were starting to look like Little Mexico, and the rest of the city gave me a distinct impression of, well, dirt.

Family and friends have all moved out to the suburbs, so I guess they saw the same things.

Bainx
August 29, 2004, 04:57 PM
Welcome aboard.
Let me know if you need help in planning your escape! ;)
Just kidding
I was in WindyCity when the downtown got flooded [1995?]. You could take the EL only so far then, buses. Only, they did not have enough to suffice. Being a civil engineer, I marveled at the size of the subway system and the complexity of the downtown network. We had a hard time getting a bus back to the airport that night.
Some contractor drilled into the Chicago River underground and flooded the entire downtown, no fooling! I can still picture the TV news reports of them dumping stone and concrete by the truckload in an attempt to plug the hole. Lights were out but, plenty of LEOs on every corner to ensure nothing went down.
I was never so glad to see so many police.

GoRon
August 29, 2004, 09:53 PM
Welcome to The High Road! Here's a few more places for you to visit:

http://www.1911forum.com/

http://www.illinoiscarry.com/

http://www.thefiringline.com/

This is by far the best of the bunch and you should make this your home:)

Nathanael_Greene
August 30, 2004, 12:34 PM
Welcome. I used to live in a pretty rough part of Chicago; more than once I slept on the floor to lessen the risk of being hit by stray gunfire (one of my windows had a bullet hole).

But hey, what do you expect for $50 a month?

Top_Notch
August 30, 2004, 01:53 PM
Chicago may be the "Second City", but it's number one in my heart.

I was born and raised there, now living in the NW suburbs.

Chicago is a great place, unfortunately Heir Daley runs the city and the Dems are constantly tugging at my firearms.

Anyway, you didn't say where in Chicago you are from (It's a big place you know), but I'll give you a hint of where I grew up. South Side!

Rickstir
August 30, 2004, 04:44 PM
How about them Cubs?

Bix
August 30, 2004, 09:04 PM
Welcome to THR, COC.

I am a neighbor. Let me offer three points:

First, one need not remained completely unarmed to comply with the City's municipal ordinances. The city will (grudgingly) issue permits for a variety of long guns. If HD/CD is a concern, I would submit that one can be quite well prepared with a pump action shotgun and/or lever action carbine (and a good bit of training and triggertime with both). Perhaps not the ideal personal defense battery, but my point is that you need not remain unarmed (Note also that the city code only applies to firearms within the city. One could conceivably store nonconforming guns outside the city limits).

Second, there are a number of excellent shooting opportunities in our area (if you don't mind a little drive). If recreational shooting is your gig, there are many indoor and outdoor ranges within an hour or so of the city (including sporiting clays and rifle ranges out to 600 yards). If you are into competition, you could shoot just about every weekend if you wanted (from trap leagues to highpower to cowboy action to IDPA). Additionally, (arguably) some of the best training in the country is available within a two hour drive of the city (Ayoob, Farnam, Hackathorn, Gunsite offsite classes, etc.)

Finally, Chicago is a good city. I like it :)

-Shoot me a PM if you want specific details on anything I mentioned

XLMiguel
August 30, 2004, 09:17 PM
Welcome CoC. I worked in Chicago (lived in Schaumburg) for 5 years in the mid-70's. It is indeed, a great town, but I'm a Southern boy, and I gotta say, the winters there are semi-tough and the sailing/motorcycle season is too short, so I came back to VA, where winter is mostly an inconvenience.:D

Enjoy!

Bix
August 30, 2004, 09:59 PM
Welcome to THR, COC.

I am a neighbor. Let me offer three points:

First, one need not remained completely unarmed to comply with the City's municipal ordinances. The city will (grudgingly) issue permits for a variety of long guns. If HD/CD is a concern, I would submit that one can be quite well prepared with a pump action shotgun and/or lever action carbine (and a good bit of training and triggertime with both). Perhaps not the ideal personal defense battery, but my point is that you need not remain unarmed (Note also that the city code only applies to firearms within the city. One could conceivably store nonconforming guns outside the city limits).

Second, there are a number of excellent shooting opportunities in our area (if you don't mind a little drive). If recreational shooting is your gig, there are many indoor and outdoor ranges within an hour or so of the city (including sporiting clays and rifle ranges out to 600 yards). If you are into competition, you could shoot just about every weekend if you wanted (from trap leagues to highpower to cowboy action to IDPA). Additionally, (arguably) some of the best training in the country is available within a two hour drive of the city (Ayoob, Farnam, Hackathorn, Gunsite offsite classes, etc.)

Finally, Chicago is a good city. I like it :)

-Shoot me a PM if you want specific details on anything I mentioned

whm1974
August 31, 2004, 12:33 AM
Lots of good things for cops, such as the ability to seize and impound peoples' vehicles for offenses such as possession of laser sighting devices.

Laser sights are illegal in Chicago? I'm glad I don't live in Chicago...

-Bill

Heraclitus
August 31, 2004, 06:23 PM
Welcome aboard, COC. Born there myself and raised in the burbs. It's a great place to be for any reason other than to excercise one's RKBA. I just hope I live to see the day.

Gameface
August 31, 2004, 08:26 PM
Welcome,
I spent a little time in Chicago a few years ago. Great city with lots of culture. Too bad about the gun laws.

Gameface

Sungun09
August 31, 2004, 09:17 PM
Rickstir - Don't take this personally but if the Cubs win one more game all year, I count it as too many wins.....

Chicago ? I spent many years there. May God help you my son !

jefnvk
September 1, 2004, 12:06 PM
Welcome!

Chicago is a place I would like to visit someday. Don't know about living there, but it is one of the places I have been looking at for Grad school, if I decide to go.

Was in a local Radio shack that also sells guns

Really? Wish that were around here. That way, I could get the best of both worlds.

mack69
September 1, 2004, 12:41 PM
Welcome COC, I too was born and raised in Chicago. Lived at Sacremento and Wellington (across the street from the Kennedy xpressway. (Logan Square area). We moved out in 69 when they brought the subway in, (dad thought there were too many undesireables). I have lived all over the surrounding suburbs since. Norridge (Harlem Irving), Schiller Park, Lombard, Westchester, Elk Grove Village and now Schaumburg. The worst thing about being in the county of Cook is that there are no outdoor ranges near by. I really like doing what I enjoy (shooting) outside. There are a few indoor ranges I have shot at: Bells' (Franklin Park), Gun World (Bensenville), GAT one of my current haunts (Dundee).One more but I have not been to is Maxxon Sports in Des Plaines.
Chicago is a great place....but "The Man who would be King" Mayor Daley has made things very tough for all of us Illinois gun owners. He has this sick thought that taking away law abiding citizens guns will rid his city of the violence. Hates guns, and has no concern for the true safety of his city's citizens. But why should he?? He has round the clock heavy security to keep him and his safe. His influence however is statewide.....When will these idiots realize that passing laws on gun control get nowhere as the criminals don't follow the laws anyway. Also, if they would study the other cities and states that have carry laws, whether concealed or open, the crime rates have completely dropped. As the bad guys don't want to risk a lethal encounter by way of an armed citizen.
Anyway, sorry I got a bit OT, welcome to the site....hope you gain alot of info and enjoy it as much as I do....mack

CityOfChicago
September 2, 2004, 10:51 AM
Thanks for all the responses, guys.

Top Notch - I'm currently just on the West edge of Bucktown - a couple of blocks off from Ashland and Chicago Ave's.

GoRon - thanks for the links - I've been through those, too. Spend a lot of time on 1911 forum and on pistolsmith.com, as well.

44Brent - thanks for the link.

Mack69 - I have spent many a day at GAT. In fact, that is where I bought my Smith. A buddy is a copper for Streamwood, so I get up there once in a while. My other trapping is MegaSports in Plainfield. Nice range, and I always have to stop by and fondle one of the DS Arms .308 carbines. Hey - it's a sickness for which there is only one cure.

Well, wish me luck - last week I saw a pretty little 1911 in the case, and today I go down with cash in hand. Hope it's still sitting there - will let you know what happens.

CityOfChicago
September 3, 2004, 03:01 PM
All right - just wanted to say that yesterday I went down and picked up a brand spankin' new SA mil-spec. Sold my motorcycle, so I had a wee bit of extra cash.

Hooray for me.

Edmond
September 3, 2004, 03:20 PM
The food in Chicago is world class. Places you have to visit:

Mr. Beef
Portillo's
Gino's East
Giordanno's

Chicago has the best deep dish pizza, hot dogs and Italian beef in the world!:D

CityOfChicago
September 4, 2004, 09:57 AM
I used to work at the East Bank Club on Kingsbury, and would walk over to Mr. Beef twice a week for a sammich. Beef, hot, fries, Coke please.

Not a Lou Malnotti's fan - Gino's is the best. Giordano's is good too.

Next time you go to a Hawks or Bulls game, go up top and get one of the United Center's beef sammich's. Thats a good beef, too.

4v50 Gary
September 4, 2004, 09:08 PM
Hello CityofChicago.

Ninj500
September 4, 2004, 10:23 PM
Don't forget that to a criminal the only good citizen is an unarmed citizen. Being a good criminal, Daly is doing what is best for him and disarming the law abiding.

CityOfChicago
September 20, 2004, 05:02 AM
Update: Purchased and shot the crap out of my new mil-spec (approx 1000 rounds in a couple weeks - yes I'm sick). It is off now for some touches - commander hammer, trigger, front strap checkering and the like. Will let you see some pics when I get it back.

Muzzleflash
September 20, 2004, 05:25 AM
You don't happen to have ever met a medium height and build blonde woman named Rose who smells like patchouli and weed at any ranges, wielding a .357 DEagle?

CityOfChicago
September 20, 2004, 06:09 AM
Uhhhh...that's a negative.

Muzzleflash
September 20, 2004, 07:40 AM
Ah well. Rose was one of the more interesting people I've known. Damn good masseuse, too.

Edmond
September 20, 2004, 11:56 AM
Update: Purchased and shot the crap out of my new mil-spec (approx 1000 rounds in a couple weeks - yes I'm sick). It is off now for some touches - commander hammer, trigger, front strap checkering and the like. Will let you see some pics when I get it back.

Where do you shoot at?

I was shooting at the Chicago Ridge shop (next to Oak Lawn, just south of the city on Southwest Highway) and they required that I buy their ammunition.

What a rip!:rolleyes: Said some BS about my ammo needed to be cleanfire ammunition, more specifically Winclean. I was ready to walk out and they said that I could shoot their reloads. What makes reloads so clean?

CityOfChicago
September 20, 2004, 05:56 PM
Lately I have been lurking in the lanes at MegaSports in Plainfield. Occasionally, when I lived closer, I have been known to hit GAT Guns in West Dundee.

Use our Range-Buy our Ammo? Sounds more like business.

Edmond
September 20, 2004, 06:04 PM
Mega Sports is a very nice facility. Are they still charging $18 to use the range?

CityOfChicago
September 20, 2004, 06:13 PM
yep

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