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Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by Hondo 60, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. Hondo 60
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    Disabled vet lookin for someone to recommend a N. Illinois gun range.
    I'm in a wheelchair, so it can't be blocks of walking in the wilderness.
    My mind, arms & speech are just fine.
    (and I have an electric outdoor mobility cart)
    I'd like to go during the week, maybe, or weekends, stay an hour or two.

    Not interested in weekend only, or so many policies that they're crawlin up yur six.
    I have a chronograph I'd like to use.

    I know that's lots to think of.

    Thank you very much.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion.
    Sounds like a bunch of rules.
    Due to my disability I'd have to wait til the day of to make reservations.
    Would they allow a chrono?
    Is it wheelchair accessible?
    Don't mean to make excuses, I guess I'll have to call to get answers.
     
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    If you're near mchenry , https://g.co/kgs/eXuncs
    Don't know about using a chronograph , I would think probably not , but it is wheel chair accessible.
    It's nice & fairly new.
     
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    I belong to Aurora Sportsman's Club o Waterman. I’m not sure where you’re located but it’s an outdoor only club and sounds like what you’re looking for. I’m not sure if there’s currently a waitlist to join and if there is how long of a wait, but can look into it if you’d like.
     
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    TomJ - If you would, I'd appreciate it.
    I'd like to get a phone number too please.
    Then I can ask questions.

    PS - I love your avatar - You're correct, God is faithful! ;)
     
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    Thanks. He is. The club's phone number is (815) 264-9000. I sent an e-mail to the membership director asking if there's a waitlist and if there is, how long of a wait he thinks it'll be. The club is run by volunteers so I don't know that they have staff in the office regularly and you may need to leave a message. I'll let you know when they respond. I pasted the link to their contact page below.

    https://aurorasc.org/contact-us
     
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    I'll PM you as well. I just received the following e-mail from them. I also attached the link to their membership page.

    "Your friend needs to submit an online applicatin ASAP. We are bringing in new members right now. 38 joined last Saturday and we have 50 signed up to come in July 25 with two more sessions in August. There are about 60 slots still available in August."

    https://aurorasc.org/membership
     
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    Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club would be a lot closer for you. I think they are in the Pecatonica - Rockford area. I've never been there and don't know if they provide what you require but here is a link to their web site. http://nirpc.com/
     
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    There is a handicapped access range in Peoria on North University Avenue. It's called the Tac Shack. Phone number is: (309) 683-0111. I know that it would be a bit of a drive but they even have classes for disabled people every now and again. Their address is 8919 N. University, Peoria. They also have a shop in Monmouth, Illinois too.
     
  11. Hondo 60
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    IHmagnum - thanks
    I sent them a message. I hope they respond.

    Rifleman 173 - thank you, but Peoria is 2 1/2 hours away.
    That's a bit far for me.

    This kinda stinks.
    When I lived up in WI, I'd go behind my friends barn & blast away.
    It'd take me 15 min to get there
     
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    Well, I advised you not to move.....;)

    I know, just had to say it.
     
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    I already heard from Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club.
    The President called me not 5 minutes after I emailed.
    I'm going Wed to scope it out.
    Sounds promising so far.

    And a man moves for 1 of 2 reasons; a woman or a job.
    I'm not workin' anymore. ;)
     
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    I hope it works out.
     
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    You'll probably find an inverse relationship with wheelchair compatable and lack of rules.
     
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    https://www.pinetreepistolclub.com/

    Rockford.

    Indoor only. Limited rules, mostly related to safety and what calibers you can and cannot shoot to protect the backstop. There are open to the public sessions on some Sundays.

    Clean and well ventilated.
     
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    Give this place a good look http://www.tcgc.net/ http://www.tcgc.net/club-videos/ its a vary nice range you can drive down and set your targets up if you go during the week you will more then likely own the place the pistol bays have steel plate rack its in polo ILL
     
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    I went to checkout the
    http://nirpc.com Northern Illinois Rifle and Pistol Club.
    Ah, the place is gorgeous.
    I thin' I found me a new home.
    30 min drive, locked gated range.
    Parking is 10 feet from the benches.
    Has a roof over the shooting areas.

    A little on the expensive side at $210 membership fee.
    But it checks off all of the other boxes.

    Thank you very much to all who posted.
    I very much appreciate it.
     
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    I dont know how far you are from Beloit, WI but the Beloit rifle club could fit your needs. Both indoor and outdoor, you can literally drive your vehicle right up to the shooting lanes. There is a separate rifle range, 22LR, black powder, hand gun, and cowboy action ranges.

    I can go in the morning at 7am and there is NO ONE at the range, same when I get off work at 2:30, NO ONE is at the range.
     
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    For now I'm gonna stick to the N. IL Rifle & Pistol Club.
    We'll see how it goes.

    Again, thanks for all the posts. :)
     
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    well if things dont work out or you TCGC is $160 a year
     
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