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Link Posted: 1/1/2014 11:51:26 PM EDT
Hi fellow Illini, Happy New Year!! I'm Jeff out of Byron Il. I'm a retired Jack of most trades, Master of a few. I have 22's thru 308 with a couple stuck in the middle. A little hunting(deer/turkey/fox or any problem varmints) and fishing(catfish/crappie or whatever bites the damn hook) and 5 acre homestead with horses(3), dogs(3), cats(lost count) and of course shooting take up most of my time and money. I've been around for awhile, figured I was on a few lists (Retired Mil-USA ,NRA Life Member, Ar10 owner-OK it's an LR308AP4, no criminal record and some others I'm sure), so I finally decided to join the fray. Hope to swap a few stories/bs, knowledge/derp, and laughter/tears with you folks and the rest of the Hive. Hang loose and never say uncle!!  Later 1Bool
Link Posted: 1/3/2014 11:53:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5nolans] [#2]
Bloomington (transplant from Florida due to job)
IT Professional
Veteran and active in local shooting club
My Facebook Firearm Gallery
Link Posted: 1/5/2014 12:20:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: LawVic81] [#3]
Howdy. Longtime lurker, new member in the western burbs -- Glen Ellyn. Mostly pistol, AR/carbine comp, and trap.
Link Posted: 1/14/2014 6:43:13 PM EDT
Hello fellow Illinois folk

I work in TV/Film
I own a Windham AR as well as a few other .22 rifles and a over/under 12guage
Link Posted: 1/15/2014 7:01:38 PM EDT

just east of Dixon
Farmer/Beef Producer

Weapons- pistols, rifles, shotguns
prefer AR platform & Rem 700's

got my 1st M-16 in 1967 for free
dammit- they took it back a few years later.

really like the AR15 retro forum
Link Posted: 1/19/2014 7:47:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: megabro11] [#6]
Name is Eric, 18  , located outside of Chicago in Glen Ellyn avid AR-15 shooter/builder. Hardcore Libertarian on most issues, Life NRA member
Link Posted: 1/24/2014 2:33:28 AM EDT
Springfield area
Prior service usmc
First gun was a H&R single shot 20Ga from my old man.
Keep telling the wife I only have 10 guns so that's what I'll tell you.
Link Posted: 1/26/2014 9:48:41 PM EDT
Southwestern Mad Co
Insurance sales by day & NRA Pistol/ Illinois FCCL Instructor by night
The Well Armed Woman Chapter Leader
Pistol, Hunting, Trap, AR's.
Link Posted: 2/15/2014 1:39:15 PM EDT
Tom here
Life long gun nut, and I make no apologies to anybody for that.
Currently in Oswego, originally from Sterling
U.S. Army vet,  Berlin Brigade  6th Infantry, Ft Knox Ky  194th Armored Brigade 54th Infantry
Holder of C&R license

Link Posted: 3/14/2014 7:52:27 PM EDT

Sycamore, IL
Link Posted: 5/7/2014 12:24:32 AM EDT
Medical field/ hospital
USMC 89-92 (???...getting old) ..now owner BCM mid-length
Link Posted: 5/15/2014 5:33:27 AM EDT
SW Chicago burbs
Nuclear industry
AR's, HK's, and a few Glocks
Link Posted: 5/20/2014 9:05:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: McD01] [#13]
SW burbs
Physics research enabler by day
Beer and TV by night
Blackhawks season ticket holder.
Link Posted: 5/21/2014 10:19:48 PM EDT
Name: Matthew
Loc: Northern IL
Firearms EXP: I've fired a variety of firearms, though I don't own many. My favorites have been the SCAR-16s and the Glock 17, and Beretta M9. I'm so Tacticool, I know.

'Bout me: I love military history and politics. I spend quite a bit of my time thinking about my political opinions and their strengths and weaknesses and how I can best defend them. My favorite genre of music is Heavy metal. I'm a huge fan of PC gaming. At the moment, my game of choice if Halo 1's multiplayer. Doom, Borderlands, and the ARMA Series have been some of my favorites. My favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 12:11 because I very much value self-discipline and facing the consequences of my own actions, unlike so much of the culture around me. I strive for excellency in all things in life, because the way I see it, generally speaking, the more effort you put into something, the more you're going to get out of it. I'm an extremely loyal friend and would gladly fight and die for my closest friends.

Link Posted: 6/3/2014 6:31:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Supersharpshooter] [#15]
NW Burbs
Design/build data centers for a living
I'm a lifer when it comes to guns. I own a Sig P226, Beretta 92FS and am looking to purchase a rifle this year
Hobbies are fishing, guns, anything related to technology, building PC's/gaming, and music. I am not a big fan of people that lack common sense. Who wants to go to the range?

Link Posted: 6/3/2014 9:03:55 PM EDT
Kane County
9mm, 1911, 357
Link Posted: 8/4/2014 8:40:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: alexander217] [#17]
Cody   24
pipe fitter,  Sullivan area
all about Harleys, my lil boys, welding, shooting any chance i get & being a Patriot.
Biting @ the bit to get underway (jig issues)

Link Posted: 9/3/2014 3:51:14 AM EDT
Dustin, 26
Belleville, IL (Scott AFB Area)
Active Duty Air Force
Life long gun lover, New gun owner
Ham Radio Operator
Link Posted: 9/9/2014 3:20:01 PM EDT

Waterloo Area

Christian, Husband, American

Couple ARs, couple pistols, 2 scatter guns. Not many So IL folks on here, representin' the south
Link Posted: 9/17/2014 3:33:33 PM EDT
SW Chicago suburbs
NRA life member and multi discipline instructor
Illinois concealed carry instructor.

Obviously love guns, ride a Harley, 2 kids.
Link Posted: 10/4/2014 1:32:20 PM EDT
Checking in, I'm Will just an enginerd in the naperville area, looking to learn a lot here
Link Posted: 10/21/2014 10:44:11 PM EDT
DuPage County
Sell Power Equipment
AR-15, 1911, XDM, XDS, Shotguns

Link Posted: 10/28/2014 10:15:11 AM EDT
Kankakee County
Railroad Construction Industry by day.
Beer drinker by night.
Safe is full.
Other safe is full.
AR, AK, SKS, M1, 1911, Win Mag, hell, sometimes I forget.

Hunt when I can, fish when I can, shoot when I can, fuck when I can.

Link Posted: 11/10/2014 6:59:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: muska05] [#24]
Southern Illinois
Williamson County
have 3 AR-15's
Sig 1911
Springfield XD 9
Springfield XDM 9
5 Shotguns
Savage 99 .308
Savage 99 .300
2 - Ruger 10/22
Remington Nylon 66
Winchester 94/22
Winchester 94 30/30

Thats about it.

I am a maintenance engineer.  love fishing and hunting
Link Posted: 11/30/2014 3:34:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: XxFREAKxX] [#25]
Murrayville area (south of Jacksonville)

Life long gun nut

NRA member

Illinois State Militia
Link Posted: 12/4/2014 2:35:24 PM EDT
Nick, 30 years old
Near Jacksonville, IL
Specialty Gas Distributor (Medical gases, breathalyzer calibration gases, welding mixes, ETC)
Hunted when I was younger, just renewed my FOID about 3 years ago. Recently got back into hunting and looking for anyone who wants to go/ has property to hunt on. Got a few 22's, a Mossberg 500, an AR pistol, and a few handguns
Link Posted: 12/12/2014 5:05:09 PM EDT
Rockford, IL
Member at Pine Tree and Rochelle Wildlife Club

New to this area of the forum.
Link Posted: 12/18/2014 12:59:02 AM EDT
Alton (across the river from STL)
Technical Sales and account management
Been shooting off and on over the years since I was 11 and in boy scouts. I like shooting trap and skeet.
Currently own 2 H&R shotguns...1 for skeet and rifled barrel for deer and the other is a shorty for home protection. I also own a Taurus CT40 carbine, a Taurus .38 special, and a Ruger 10/22.  Never owned an AR, but I've shot my fair share. Building my first AR as we speak. Next gun will hopefully be a 1911.

I am a Chevy truck fan and I am currently building a 1970 C10 short bed.

Looking forward to learning from this site :)
Link Posted: 12/23/2014 10:33:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: TechOps] [#29]

Southern Illinois  

Work very hard and a lot, but play hard also.

I like to twist lead and train.

Link Posted: 12/30/2014 7:24:08 PM EDT
Northwest Burbs
Hobby: Cycling, Woodworking,

New to Guns and already got the bug.

Link Posted: 1/9/2015 12:29:21 AM EDT
Hello Illinois AR family!

Tinley Park
IT professional
Just built my first AR, have a few pistols. Wife and I are really enjoying this "hobby"
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 7:21:57 PM EDT
Union electrician
Southwest suburbs
Always liked the AK but in the last few years have wanted to get an AR while you still can.
just started ordering the parts for my first biuld. Already planning the next ha ha.
Link Posted: 1/29/2015 1:21:21 PM EDT
Tell us your name…  Ron

Where you live…  In a house.  In the vicinity of Northern IL University.

What you do… My girlfriend when she lets me. Otherwise, I'm a desk jockey doing Materials Management for a small local company.

What your firearms interest and/or experience is...  Interested in building at least one MSR and understand the platform more in depth- I own one commercial built unit, Also wanting to learn more of a long range shooting discipline (600 yards +). Been reloading for a few years, but need to start doing bottleneck cartridges. Been around firearms/shooting most of my life.

I enjoy the outdoors, shooting, fishing, camping etc...  I am an NRA Life/Sustaining Member, ISRA Member, ASC Member, IL CCL Holder

Link Posted: 2/8/2015 1:26:48 PM EDT
Loren from Springfield, IL. Work unarmed security. Got some ARs and Glocks. Would like to get around to getting a CCW at some point.
Link Posted: 2/9/2015 3:39:58 PM EDT
Hello fellow Illinoisans! My name is Allen and I'm from Crook County. I'm a purchasing agent for a wholesale distributor in Indiana. I own a Taurus pt 24/7 9mm,  Stoeger Cougar .40, Beretta PX4 sub-compact .40, and as of yesterday I am the proud new owner of a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 MOE!!
Link Posted: 2/23/2015 4:33:01 AM EDT
Tell us your name: Hi, I'm Jason
Where you live: Collinsville
What you do: IT, my area is in security
What your firearms interest and/or experience is: recently got involved in them, I've had my FOID for less then two months and have a Nano, PT 709 Slim, 10/22 Target, and am building my first AR.

I do not hunt, so all my time is spent at the range, just applied for my C&R and may attempt to get a higher grade of FFL in the future.  My interests revolve around precision shooting and building/configuring firearms. Wouldn't mind taking some gun smithing courses.
Link Posted: 3/4/2015 8:24:16 PM EDT

Tell us your name… Brett
Where you live… Kane County
What you do… Executive Protection and Private Military Contracting
What your firearms interest and/or experience is...  Former Marine 0311, just moved here from Az so this sucks
Link Posted: 3/12/2015 3:18:22 AM EDT
Student from the Collinsville/Edwardsville area here. not planning on sticking around here for long though.
Link Posted: 6/23/2015 6:34:38 PM EDT

My name is Andy.  I live in the Peoria area.

I am in IT at a large manufacturer and I also teach Illinois CCL and NRA instruction.

With my firearms business I get to buy a lot of different kinds of pistols.

Several years ago I bought a RRA lower and a WOA Varmiter upper, and later added a RRA R3 upper.

Tomorrow I am putting together my PSA / FN franken-pistol. I have gleaned a lot of information from this site over the years, about time I joined.


Link Posted: 6/30/2015 12:23:46 AM EDT
Tell us your name… Ryan
Where you live… Champaign
What you do… Clinical Research

Anything firearms related interests me really. Started shooting when I was young but didn't get too deep until the last 8-10 years or so.

Moving to Champaign in the next couple weeks, hoping that the Illinois HTF can help me in the process of becoming acclimated to the IL firearms environment. Looking forward to posting and getting to know the new crew.

Link Posted: 7/1/2015 4:40:24 PM EDT
Tell us your name- Zack

Where you live-  Springfield

What you do-   CPA

Love all things firearms and have recently started reloading.  If anyone wants to go shooting send me a message.  I have a couple ARs, an AK, Shotgun, 22 rifle, a few pistols.
Link Posted: 3/29/2016 1:21:36 AM EDT
Southern IL.
Business Owner
Been into guns / knives / militaria basically my whole life.
Link Posted: 4/3/2016 12:32:21 PM EDT
Monee, IL (Will county area)
Work retail at a hardware store
Right now I am building my first upper, and just purchased my first pistol.
Link Posted: 5/24/2016 3:44:50 PM EDT
Work for that big company in town
Pistols of all types. I favor all 1911's, especially my Kimber, Glocks of any size, Colt revolvers
AR-15's, AK47, SKS, Mosin Nagant, Mauser
I've been shooting for over 40 years. 22 of them have been in the Army. Combat deployment to Afghanistan with an Infantry Company as a FISTer in 2011-2012.
Currently, I am very much enjoying trap and skeet shooting at Darnall's on a regular basis
Link Posted: 8/12/2016 4:22:07 PM EDT
Hi, I'm John
In DuPage
Commodity markets
I'm a shotgunner at heart, love skeet and sporting clays.  Reload 12 and 20 ga target loads, some hunting loads.  Have various bolt, lever action rifles and now an AR platform 5.56!  Reload for those too.  Have pistol and reload little for that also.
Link Posted: 9/10/2016 4:44:17 PM EDT
Hello All,

Names Sam
Live in Springfield area
I'm in Information Technology
Been in shooting sports for years.
My Son and I like target shooting and other outdoor sports.
We're doing our 1st LR SPR build and I've learned a lot from trolling around on here figured I would setup a membership.

I'm just getting started in gathering information on getting involved with some local 3-gun competitions.
So I'll take any advice or recommendations on that front as well.

God bless
NRA for life!
Link Posted: 10/9/2016 10:04:30 PM EDT

I'm Bill.
I live in Bloomington-Normal, transplant from Dupage County. ISU alum.
I work in landscaping.
I like guns. AKs, ARs, handguns, ect. Like goofy guns from the 80s and 90s. I am also a fairly big knife nut.
Link Posted: 11/1/2016 10:06:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Boats75] [#48]
My name is Jon
I Live in Lake Zurich
I'm retired Navy work at Camping World
Into shooting, most of my stuff is Daniel Defense or Glock. Also like camping and other outdoor stuff.
Link Posted: 11/21/2016 7:23:41 PM EDT
Tell us your name… Tomeco

Where you live… Clinton, IL

What you do… I own a small gun shop and firearm training school

What your firearms interest and/or experience is... I am an NRA Instructor. I also teach various other classes such as tactical rifle. I am a concealed carry instructor. I used to work as armed security in the projects on the south side of Chicago. I also have various certifications from state and federal authorities.
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 1:24:44 PM EDT
Financial Stuff
Hunting, trap/sporting clays, general firearm collector
Enjoy every type of rifle/shotgun and revolvers
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