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2022 SHOT Show Pistol News

2022 SHOT Show Pistol News

Despite surging numbers with the Wo Han Red Death nationwide, the 2022 SHOT show, the world’s largest firearms related trade show kicked off yesterday and continues this week. I personally would have bet against Vegas signing off on the health issues to allow 50,000-70,000 people in chin diapers and hand sani into the exhibition halls, but they did-those magnificent...
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Shipping Guns 2022

Shipping Guns 2022

By Mike Keleher Well, I had occasion to ship a firearm this week, and as always, my sketchy post-COVID brain could not remember the best way to ship this item. Why I remember back in the day, just turning a rifle over to the stagecoach conductor and asking him to drop it off- and he could certainly use it...
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Cold Weather Concealed Carry Notes

Cold Weather Concealed Carry Notes

By Mike Keleher With the wind chill in the subzero zone here this week, I thought I’d make some notes on Concealed Carry in the cold weather. Isn’t it nice to get to have plenty of clothes to put over your best carry gun? You can even get those bigger pistols out and tote them around-so much easier than...
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“Enough is Enough” – Joe Perillo, Multimillion Dollar Chicago Robbery Victim

“Enough is Enough” – Joe Perillo, Multimillion Dollar Chicago Robbery Victim

Photo Credit: WFLD Chicago Amidst the daily shooting chaos in Chicago, other lesser crime news rarely gets much attention. Last week’s announcement Cook County has had 1000 homicides this year kind of sucks the air out of everything else. That seems like alot doesn’t it? I am sure the city is swinging into action to combat these crimes. Haaaaa,...
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Ear Pro

Ear Pro

By Mike Keleher Next to Eye Protection, I treat Ear Protection (Ear Pro) as a close second when dealing with firearms. When I enter a range area, I put on eye pro and don’t take them off until I am leaving the area or driving away. (I would encourage you to adopt this obsession- you can’t replace eyes.) With...
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CHICAGO CLOWN SHOW MADNESS: GSL Executive Director’s Update

CHICAGO CLOWN SHOW MADNESS:  GSL Executive Director’s Update

by John BochGSL Executive Director Oh, the joys of the stomach virus going around.  It’s put a lot of normal stuff on hold and had the washing machine going round-the-clock. The Illinois General Assembly updateThe General Assembly returns for the fall veto session as this issue goes to press. The gun control folks are pimping a bill to ban...
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Watching the Rittenhouse Trial Unfold

Watching the Rittenhouse Trial Unfold

photo credit: KCRA.com I have tuned in to an awful lot of Court TV this week watching the Kyle Rittenhouse trial kicking off up in Kenosha Wisconsin. I am keenly interested in this trial, and as it turns out it is getting nationwide daily headlines. This is one of two homicide and self-defense trials Court TV is covering this...
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GOODER AND HARDER: Chicago blows right through 700 homicides well before November 1st.

The incompetence among the political leadership of Chicago shines brightly as America’s formerly second-largest city blew right past 700 homicides for the year two weekends ago (or was it last weekend?) with 3895 addition persons maimed to date.  Meanwhile, the wizards of smart in city government have sent home and placed hundreds, if not thousands of police officers on...
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ILLINOIS PASSED THE ‘ENERGY BILL’ THIS SUMMER: You need a backup source of electricity

Modern utilities in America, outside of California at least, provide mostly reliable electricity to consumers. However, things can happen. And when they do, you need a backup plan. Cables fail, trees fall and transformers do go bad. Ice storms and tornadoes also happen, along with politicians. Yes, politicians. On peak usage days, with the phase-out of coal-fired power plants...
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She single-handedly stopped a school massacre, but it hasn’t been ‘happily ever after’ for Angie McQueen

For the September GSL meeting in Charleston, we welcomed local hero Angela McQueen as our main speaker.   Back in 2017, she thwarted a massacre at the Mattoon High School by wresting a .40 S&W pistol from a deranged student. She initially shunned the spotlight, but word of her heroic response to a bad situation quickly spread through town and...
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THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS: The movie that influences revolutionaries and street gangs.

In regione caecorum rex est luscusIn the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is Kingby Desiderius Erasmus, a GSL member What if I were to tell you that a black and white movie, with a budget of only $800,000 made in 1966, was so profound that it significantly influenced revolutionaries throughout the world like “Che” Guevara, Fidel Castro,...
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GUNS SAVE LIFE WINS! Cook County Gun & Ammo Tax Unanimously Ruled Unconstitutional by Illinois Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court has struck down Cook County’s gun and ammo tax as unconstitutional in a decision released Thursday, October 21st. In Guns Save Life v. Ali, the state’s high court ruled the tax on an unpopular fundamental right improperly violates the Illinois Constitution’s uniformity clause. The Cook County Board implemented $25 per gun tax on firearm purchases...
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Gun Review: Ruger LCP MAX… two thumbs up!

by John BochGun makers keep setting the bar higher and higher for new product development. After all, everyone wants a small and light carry gun, with a good trigger, good sights and decent capacity. And if it shoots well and comfortably on top of that, that’s just a bonus, right? Sound familiar? I wrote most of the above about...
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Remembering September 11, 2001

Do you remember September 11th? While you and I do, plenty today do not.  Those college age and younger don’t have any recollection.  Even those in their mid- to late-twenties may have few if any memories of the day or its significance. I certainly remember it. It was on the Second Tuesday of September, 2001.  We had our monthly...
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