Sign up now! Here is your USRA Boot Camp 10/14-10/21 2017 Schedule!

Saturday Oct 14
• Travel day
• Assist in set up of ranges / classrooms / tents
• ***One Shepherd Zombie event 1400-2200***
• ***OPTIONAL***You will need $100 for MILES rental and for .223 blanks. AR-15 carbines and magazines are provided. See attached details
Sunday Oct 15
• Travel day
• Open Range time until 1400
• 1400 hrs – Pig Roast
• 1600 ish hrs – USRA annual meeting at the range.
• 0900-1200 – Run-N-Gun for those interested—-off site
THERE WILL BE MUSTER EACH MORNING AT 0800 AT THE
FLAGPOLE. BREAKFAST WILL FOLLOW
Start times are in stone. Be prompt. Close times are “ish”
Monday Oct 16
0845 – 1630 Land Nav class
Run-N-Gun available
Tues Oct 17
0845 – 1700 Ranges open for shooters to
confirm zeros, practice, etc.
Shotgun Development class
Wednesday Oct 18
“Competition Day One”
0900 –1500 Assault Rifle match
400 yard “1 shot” Match
Clay Pigeon Shoot
Ranges will open upon completion of competitions

Thurs Oct 19
“Competition Day Two”
0845 – 1500 IDPA type pistol match
“Turkey Shoot”

Fri Oct 20
0845 – 1700 Distance range open for
shooters that are ready
0845 – 1700 25M range open
1300 – 1700 “Tourist or Terrorist” on the pistol range

Sat Oct 21
0845 – 1700 Distance range open for shooters that
are ready
0845 – 1700 25M range open
1100 – Assist in tearing down tents
COST BREAKDOWN
Boot Camp **USRA member** $190
Boot Camp **non-member** $250
 Range fees are included in the Boot Camp registration
 Pig Roast is included in the registration fee
 Breakfast and Dinner (Mon-Sat) is included in Registration fee
 Entry fee for 1 round in each match is included in the registration fee
Fun shoots / Matches
All fun shoots will be settled at dinner with a 50/50 split to the winner.
You may enter a match more than once by paying an additional fee.
Pistol Match $5 per entry
400 yard “1 shot” Match – Irons OR Optics $5 per entry
Turkey Shoot $1 per entry
Assault Rifle Match $5 per entry
Clay Pigeon Shoot $5 per entry
Tourist or Terrorist Side Bets
Run-N-Gun—– Donations

3/22/17 USRA Meeting

USRA BOARD MEETING
MARCH 22, 2017
THE PATIO, LOMBARD IL
CALLED TO ORDER @ 6:25pm
MEMBERS PRESENT: KARL SCHWEITZER, DAVE BLASKEY, RON BERG

MINUTES OF LAST MEETING ARE POSTED ON WEBSITE
PROMOTIONS: NO REPORT
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: NO REPORT. RON INQUIRED ABOUT REQUIREMENTS. SHORT DISCUSSON HELD.
OLD BUSINESS:
NRA GRANT – DAVE RECEIVED EMAIL FROM NRA HQ. THEY ARE LOADING THE INFORMATION ON THEIR SITE AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY
CLASS SCHEDULE – 4 DATES AT CHILLICOTHE. NEED TO START PROMOTING. STEVE S WILL HANDLE LOCAL PROMOTION BUT WE NEED TO PROMOTE IT. LOCKPORT RANGE IS ON HOLD
YOUTH SHOOT – JUNE 19TH AT RICHMOND GUN CLUB. STILL NEED HELP.
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING – KARL HANDED OUT DRAFT INTRODUCTORY SHOTGUN OUTLINE. JUST AN IDEA FOR NOW. POSSIBLY RUN AT BOOTCAMP
BOOTCAMP CLASSES – BILL E WORKING ON COMBAT MEDICAL AND LAND NAV COURSES
USRA SHIRTS – KARL HAS A PRICE FROM BRUCE B OF $1362.50 FOR A QUANTITY OF TAN AND RED SHIRTS. TAN FOR STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS IN TRAINING, RED FOR INSTRUCTORS. DID NOT HAVE A QUORUM TO PROCEED WITH PURCHASE. WILL ADDRESS AT NEXT MEETING OR BY EMAIL.
BYLAWS – DISCUSSED POSSIBLE UPDATES/CHANGES TO BYLAWS, INCLUDING ELECTION OF OFFICERS IN ODD/EVEN YEARS AND ASSIGNING EXEC COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO LEAD SUB COMMITTEES (PROMOTIONS, IT, INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT ETC.) FURTHER DISCUSSION AT NEXT MEETING AND BY EMAIL TO FOLLOW.
DISCUSSED DATE CHANGE OF BOARD MEETINGS. WILL NEED INPUT FROM OTHER BOARD MEMBERS
WEB – RON HAS BEEN GIVEN FULL ADMIN PRIVILEGES TO WEB SITE. DISCUSSED CHANGES. RON WILL WORK ON IT
GOAL SETTING – DISCUSSED LONG TERM GOALS. NEED TO GROW THE ORGANIZATION. ACTIVE RECRUITING AT OUR SHOOTS IS NEEDED. INSTRUCTORS NEED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE THAT WILL BENEFIT USRA AND ATTEMPT TO BRING THEM IN TO THE ORGANIZATION.
NEW BUSINESS – NONE
NEXT MEETING: INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT SHOOT. SATURDAY APRIL 22. PAPPYS RANGE IN OTTAWA. FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED.

MEETING ADJOURNED 7:17pm

RESPECFULLY SUBMITTED
DAVE BLASKEY
SECRETARY PRO TEM

2/22/2017 USRA Meeting

US Rifleman’s Association Meeting
6:00pm February 22, 2017
The Patio, Lombard, IL
Attendance:

Karl Schweitzer
Kyle Stambler
Gravy

Dave Blaskey
Bill Essling
Ed McComb

Officers Reports
Treasurer – Thor got check for range donation. Steve S got the check for Chili.
-will get $100 gift card for boot camp caterer in the mail
-keeping up with memberships
-provided balances of accounts
-need to move funds out of PayPal to savings

Secretary
-corrected typos for dates from Jan meeting minutes. No other revisions.
Promotions – Dave B
-no report
Instructor Training/Recruiting – Gravy
-Gravy requested email addresses for Ginger, Fred, and Lloyd
-need IIT shirt sized for tan t-shirts

Old Business
NRA grant request approved at the state level, now to NRA trustees for review. Grant provided through the Friends of the NRA.
-Request included 4,000 rounds of Winchester 22LR, 1,000 20g shells, 100 12g shells, steel targets, including 2 ‘falling man’ targets.
-Attend a Friends of the NRA dinner. USRA should consider buying a ½ or full table for the Fox Valley dinner.
-Request organizers of the Youth Hunter Ed class to add ‘Ammunition brought to you by the Friends of the NRA’ to their flyer.
IL Class Dates:
Boot Camp Sun Oct 16-Sat Oct 22 2017
Chilicothe- events are on our web page!
May 6 Tac Carb1
June 3 DEF HG
Aug 5 DEF HG2
Nov 18 Tac Carb2
Lockport-private range.
May 21-Def HG1 scheduled. May have to pay $20 per student.
Still confirming-July 16 Carb I, Aug 20 HG2, Sept 10 Carb2
ASC- out of the question
Pontiac – Karl to check, HOLD for Lockport status. Event would be later in the year
Rockford Range – Doug. ?
Def Handgun II COF – Doug
Instructor Training
-NRA Pistol instruct
-combat medical—Eel to contact S&S, request estimate for ½ day and full day course
-land navigation—gravy to put together syllabus. Pacing beads?
-range estimation
-tactical shotgun. Karl has a COF for review. To be covered at March meeting. Test at boot camp. Shotgun match course like Knob Creek?
USRA Shirts. Reviewed proof by Bruce B.
42 on sleeve, for instructors shirts only. Red shirt, INSTRUCTOR on back
Sell shirts at classes? Give away as part of class? Consider and get shirt prices
Request for performance cloth shirts
Red USRA ball caps to sell
New Business:
Web site
-send improvement ideas to Karl. Review at March meeting. Find best practices from web site designs using WordPress.
-member page for members only
USRA Charter
-Karl handed out hard copies. Members to review for amendments. Available on web site.
Goal setting—send new goal ideas to Karl
-web site updated
-add 2 new instructors
-Increase boot camp attendance
-what long term goals do we have? Can request another NRA grant
-more paper and steel targets
-dummy rounds
-force on force learning, request equipment such as air soft pistols/rifles
-target hit detectors-flash, for long distance
-if add more USRA courses, need more instructors
YHEC Youth shoot. Friday June 16th. Fred & Karl & Dave B. volunteered. Bill E is ‘maybe’.
More instructors welcome. Last year had ~300 kids.
Memberships
Discussed sending out reminders for renewals
Instructor shoot, April 22nd, Carbine II, at Pappy’s
Eel received ~100 updated ‘What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self Defense Law’ booklets from the Armed Citizen organization. Motioned and approved to donate $100.
Motioned and approved to purchase 2 electronic shot timers from Eel for $75 each.
Armed Citizen organization. Motioned and approved to donate $100.
Motioned and approved to purchase 2 electronic shot timers from Eel for $75 each.

Next Meeting: Wed March 22nd at 6pm. The Patio restaurant in Lombard, IL

1/17/2017 USRA Meeting

US Rifleman’s Association Meeting
6:00pm Jan 17, 2016
Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL
Attendance:

Karl Schweitzer
Kyle Stambler
Ron Berg
Gravy
Dave Blaskey
Bill Essling
Ed McComb

Officers Reports
Treasurer – reviewed account balances. Voted to transfer funds from Paypal to savings
-reviewed 2016 year end financials. 2016 income greater than expenses
-reviewed expenses and payments from 2016 boot camp
-approved $100 gift card for BBQ caterer
-approved CMP membership renewal for $30
-approved $7/month for quickbooks for club book keeping. Try for 1 year.
Secretary
-no changes to meeting minutes from boot camp
-no business meeting at Moosejaw
Promotions – Dave B
-promote Chili dates electronically
Instructor Training/Recruiting – Gravy
-voted to implement instructor training guide

Old Business
NRA grant application. Dave B. Jan28 is grant review meeting.
Range donations. Voted to donate $350 to Chili and $500 to Osage.
IL Class Dates:
Boot Camp Sun Oct 16-Sat Oct 22 2017
Chilicothe- events are on our web page!
May 6 Tac Carb1
June 3 DEF HG
Aug 5 DEF HG2
Nov 18 Tac Carb2
Lockport-private range. Initiating discussions. Up to 20 students on the fire line.
May 21-Def HG1 scheduled
Considering-July 16 Carb I, Aug 20 HG2, Sept 10 Carb2
Durand- Youth Shoot?
ASC- if Lockport works out, skip 1 course at ASC
Pontiac – Karl to check, we would offer Def Handgun
Def Handgun II COF – Doug
Boot Camp 2017 Oct 14-21. On web site!
Instructor Training
-NRA Pistol instruct
-combat medical
-land navigation
-range estimation
-tactical shotgun. Karl has a COF for review.
USRA Shirts. Bruce B to submit proofs for review. Discussed selling shirts at shoots.

New Business:
Web site
-request System Admin to add administrator with rights.
-want a design that is easy to read, easier to navigate. Need to add tabs. Needs to be mobile friendly.
-Karl to check some other sites for best practices, use as examples
-if you have suggestions, send them to Karl
USRA Charter
-group needs to review & update charter and by-laws
-add instructor qualifications
RSO & CCW class, by Ron B. Encourage our instructors in training to get the RSO cert.
Goal setting—send new
-web site updated
-add 2 new instructors
-promo ideas
-email blasts 3 weeks prior to class
-discounts for members, discount for spouse or child
-handout at shoots for upcoming classes and boot camp
-certificate of completion at end of course
Meeting venue
-looking for new location
-criteria: serves food, gun friendly, reasonably centrally located, free, not loud
Lead Instructors- esp. for tactical carbine class. Ideas?
-discussed a few names of instructor candidates.
YHEC Youth shoot. Friday June 16th. Fred & Karl going. Dave B. volunteered. Bill E is ‘maybe’.
More instructors welcome.

Next Meeting: Wed February 22nd at 6pm. Location TBD.

8/9/2016 USRA Board Meeting

US Rifleman’s Association Meeting

6:00pm Aug 9, 2016

Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL

Attendance:

Karl Schweitzer

Kyle Stambler
 
Dave Blaskey

Chris Graves

Ed McComb

Officers Reports

Treasurer  – Reviewed balances of association’s checking, savings, and PayPal accounts.

Secretary – No comments on minutes from May meeting

Promotions – Dave B – Oct Def HG2, Nov Tac Carbine2

Instructor Training/Recruiting – Gravy presented the Instructor Development document Rev 8/8/16, 2 pages plus a training log example.  Provides a 4-step procedure for becoming a USRA instructor including an Instructor In Training phase.  Will be send around for comment.

 

Old Business

1         Shoot reports:

a.       NRA Youth Hunter Education event Richmond, IL Friday June 3: Lot of fun, 150 kids.  5 stations.  Tough to man on a weekday.  They used our gear for rifle, with Fred & Karl leading the shotgun station for young kids.

b.       IL Def Handgun I.  Chilicothe.  Sat May 14th.  Had 8 students.

c.       Tact Carbine I. July 30th 15 students.  Hard to instruct from memory when we only instruct 1-2 times per year.

2         Tactical Carbine II COF.   Will be worked on after Defensive HG II COF [Doug].  Refine at boot camp.

3         Tactical Carbine I COF . More than just the cheat sheet.  Karl S will send out draft for review and feedback.

4         NRA grant application.   [Dave]  Application is open.  Due Dec1 for northern IL.  Need EIN, Not-for-profit info, financials.  Application includes what our org has done, what we want.  Would be good to tie to youth shoots like the one in Richmond.

5         IL Range Dates:

a.       Aurora Sportsman Club – need to contact Nancy

b.       Buffalo Range Shooting Park, Ottawa – NO GO.  They are using Appleseed.

c.       Boot Camp Sun Oct 16-Sat Oct 22

d.       Chilicothe- [Steve S], Def HG2 Oct1, Tac Carb2 Nov 6

e.       Durand- [Doug] Sold.  Pecatonica??

f.        ISRA- [Berg] No update.

g.       Pontiac – plan for 2017.  Range more receptive to hand gun.

6         Def Handgun II COF—Reviewed at May meeting.

New Business

1.       At boot camp, review offering class discounts for couples..spouse shoots for ½ price.

2.       Boot camp:

a.       Reviewed proposed menu for boot camp. Looked good.

b.       Start thinking about how many events we want for 2017.  We now have 5 courses we can offer with American Marksman.

c.       What are instructors’ availability and capacity?

d.       Karl would like lead instructors to step up and own a range, like Steve does for Chili.  Not burn anyone out.

e.       Sunday memorial, spread Guy’s ashes

f.        Reviewed “42” patch design for Guy.  Not much interest in patches.  Would rather include a “42” memorial on our USRA t-shirts.

g.       Need to check inventory of red (instructor) and tan USRA shirts.  Ed to contact Eel.  Also on patches and hats.

h.       Can we offer a performance poly shirt as opposed to the cotton?

i.         $190 for members, $250 for non-members.  Includes a meal plan.

j.         Reviewed Boot Camp schedule

–          Add course Def HG2 on thur

–          Split out competition day over two days Wed & Fri

–          Ask Mike Royal about bowling ball cannon and Tuler drill

–          Special events:  bird house demo?  Can someone lead a 3 gun drill?  Night shoot – doesn’t 1 Shepard shoot at night?

 

Next Meeting:   Tuesday September 13th, 6:00pm,  Chili’s Bar and Grill, Aurora, IL

Great USRA T C 1 class 7/30/16

Tactical Carbine 1 07/30/16

Super USRA Tactical Carbine 1 class!
Excellent students, so glad you could make it!

Everyone did a great job, a huge thank you to the instructors for their time!

You can see in the picture there was a good sized group too :^)