• Davenport Guns & Shooting Club Earns NSSF Four-Star Rating

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that it has awarded Davenport Guns & Shooting Club a Four-Star rating for range excellence.

    Located in the heart of Davenport, Iowa, Davenport Guns & Shooting Club sports a temperature-controlled, 12-lane, 50-foot indoor range open to the public and supported by a robust rental firearms inventory that includes several full-auto firearms packaged experiences. New customers often discover the range through Davenport’s own YouTube channel, which highlights both traditional target shooting offerings and the facility’s VAST—Video Action Target—live-fire sessions. The range’s large number of nationally recognized training programs and leagues are also a big draw. These include NSSF’s First Shots® introductory classes, NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim, several classes created by the United States Concealed Carry Association, and a very active chapter affiliate of A Girl & A Gun. Davenport further builds on interest and participation in those classes through its own training curriculum, which covers concealed carry license classes for both Iowa and Illinois, in-home personal protection and even first aid, among others.

    While training and entertainment are in sharp focus at Davenport, this range works diligently to be a full-service facility for this Iowa community and visitors from nearby Illinois. Gun cleaning, FFL transfers, firearms accessory mounting and bore-sighting all keep the front door swinging, as does a well-stocked retail center. Davenport’s firearms inventory is a mix of both new and used guns, and area residents appreciate the consignment and trade-in services the store offers, which in turn is supported by Davenport’s expert firearms appraisers.

    “This is a top-notch facility and we’re pleased its owners took the opportunity to utilize NSSF’s Star-Rating Range program as a tool to improve overall business practices,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “During our evaluation, we saw nothing but happy customers and friendly, knowledgeable staff, and that speaks volumes about their commitment to being a viable, well-respected member of Iowa’s business community. We’re looking forward to seeing Davenport implement the suggestions for improvement we made, as well as those they have in the works, and seeing this range reach Five-Star status.”

    “Just opening the doors isn’t enough to stay in business,” said Jeanelle Westrom, owner of Davenport Guns & Shooting Club. “We strive to offer the best and latest products, from firearms to accessories and range equipment, and we partner with many local organizations to increase firearms awareness and safety. We’re constantly learning how to be better from working with the NSSF and use that knowledge, along with working with the entire firearms community, to make Davenport Guns & Shooting Club the best range and retail space we can for our entire community.”

    NSSF’s highly respected Star-Rating Range Program works to encourage ranges of all sizes and locations to excel. Applying for a rating requires answering a comprehensive questionnaire and business owner self-evaluation of the facilities, staff, community outreach and other criteria. Ranges that appear to meet the criteria for Four- or Five-Star rating receive an on-site evaluation by NSSF staff. NSSF member ranges that meet a Three- and Four-Star rating are recognized for being a part of the Star-Rating range family and are provided guidance to improve their facilities and achieve the higher ratings. For more information, including instructions on how to apply for NSSF’s Star-Rating Range Program, contact Zach Snow at zsnow@nssf.org.

    About NSSF
    The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.
  • A shout out from the Tiborasaurus Rex YouTube Channel

    Here’s a message from Rex’s Channel:  (TiborasaurusRex from YouTube):

  • 2-22-2020 IFC Update from the Capitol

    Friends of IFC,

    Have you ever managed to catch your hair on fire?  I mean really, actually, truly, on fire?  It can feel as if your head is ablaze during Iowa Legislature’s funnel week.  I was on the phone solid from dawn to dusk and well after the entire week.  IFC’s Chief Lobbyist, Richard Rogers, was under the golden dome for subcommittee and committee meetings all hours of day for the duration this week.  As IFC testified at hearings, we live streamed most, and were able to capture particularly energizing comments from Representative Steve Holt during committee closing remarks on HSB615.  (<– The best 7 minutes and 36 seconds on YouTube you’ll spend this week.  Watch it!)  We love it when elected officials stand up and support freedom and liberty!

    Rep Holt and Rep Baxter were attacked early in the week by the Des Moines Register Editorial Board.  You can read about their blather in IFC’s blog post HERE from earlier this week.

    The funny thing about watching Representative Holt’s closing comments on HSB615 from above you ask?  There can often be a duality in what you witness unfold before your very eyes.  I found myself cheering Rep Holt from my office chair.  Then during my glow, I was interrupted by the disappointment of watching my own local Representative vote against my civil rights.

    Observing liberty inch forward while viewing my Representative vote against his district offered me, and by extension all of you, a valuable lesson.  While there are great proponents of your basic human rights willing to take the bruises and bashing from the progs and incoherent-of-thought among us, there are far too many willing to TAKE from you things as basic as your rights, choices, and responsibilities.

    I’m not sure I understand what the progs believe they’ll accomplish in stripping you of your core, one little piece at a time.  But make no mistake they intend to take from you.  They’ll never say that aloud.  Typically it’ll be shrouded in comments of being ‘reasonable’ or ‘for safety’ when they avoid the fact they’ve placed themselves in a position to TAKE from you, what is yours – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  You can set back on your duff and watch them erode both you and this country, or you can get engaged with the Iowa Firearms Coalition to elevate freedom loving Senators and House Representatives, and send the others packing…  If any politician seeks to TAKE from you your freedom for the purposes of making THEM feel better, they’re unfit to lead.  From my favorite line in The Untouchables, “Here endeth the lesson…

    BE THERE this week at the Capitol for our 2A lobby day – February 27th!

    We have several eligible bills in the House and Senate that could come up for debate at any time now.  We’ll keep a close watch on the calendar.  There is always a chance that you could witness a great piece of 2A legislation be debated on the floor of the Senate or House from the gallery above.  It truly is quite a sight to behold.  I’d love nothing more than to witness  a sea of blaze-orange-2A-sticker-clad Iowans monitoring a vital piece of legislation as it takes a huge step forward.

    I’m referring of course to the 2A Lobby Day at the Iowa Capitol on February 27th.  We will meet in room 15 of the Capitol Building from 10am-11am.  We welcome you to please come by, and say hello to your Representatives and Senators.  We will also have informative tables in the rotunda from noon through 4pm.  We’ll walk you through 2A engagement best practices, show you how to locate and contact your elected officials, arm you with methods to continue meaningful and persuasive communication with them, and engage in volunteerism and electioneering.

    Parking is all around the Capitol building and many use the ramp a block to the west of the State House.  Walking into the West or South lower levels is simple and fast.  Room G15 can be found on this map.  Let us know you’re coming if you can by responding to this Facebook Event.

    For those of you interested in a tour of the Capitol, there is a great map and QR coded tour you can take through the use of your smartphone HERE.  Iowa has a unique and beautiful Capitol Building, so drink it in when you can.  I recommend bringing children to learn about this magnificent structure as often as you can.

    Legislation Status You Ask?

    There are two funnel weeks during each legislative session. The first funnel is important because a bill must pass both subcommittee and full committee in its originating chamber in order to stay live and continue through the legislative process. The steps of going from a subcommittee to the larger full committee are significant to the process as they allow for a multitude of discussions on the bill between the Senators, public, and stakeholders who are for, undecided, or against the bill.

    This week concluded the first funnel.  There are times the bill tweaks require new language, amendments, and careful considerations, and time is never on our side.  Thus, some pieces of legislation run out of time.  We were able to trounce a dizzying list of bad bills and some really ugly stuff.  And, thankfully some great pieces of legislation remain alive and well for the moment.  The status and disposition of each of those bills is listed on our 2020 Legislative Tracker, better known as the “GBU Page” by IFC insiders.  If  you want the skinny, that’s your source.  Get there and read down through the list.

    A new IFC President you say?  Parting Considerations…

    Check out the bills we’re pushing forward, the bills we’re glad are dead, and those you need to make your House Representatives and Senators aware are coming before them.  Let them know you have an expectation they honor you by placing these in front of the Governor to sign.  Join us for the 2A Lobby Day at the Capitol.  Don’t stay home or avoid coming because it sounds foreign to you.  We’ll be there to walk you through each question you have and help you engage on the level you’re capable.

    We have a new President we’re installing at IFC.  Our former President, Kurt Liske, left big shoes to fill but we’re confident our next leader of the Executive Committee within IFC will propel the organization, thus all of you, forward.  We’ll announce this person during the 10am-11am meeting at the Capitol on the 27th during our 2A Lobby Day.  #excited #2A #freedom #liberty

    In liberty,

    Michael Ware – IFC Chairman

  • Bloomberg’s “Stop and Frisk” amounts to Racism, and he knows it…

    I read an article by Larry Keane through the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) the other day, that really got me thinking…  This man bought a $10,000,000.00 ad to promote a lie during the Super Bowl.  Everytown and the Moms Demand folks might not enjoy his particular brand of racism, violations on civil rights, or his multiple infractions of sexual harassment, but they are dearly and irrefutably in love with his money.

    Do you ever wonder how much money it would take for you to forget your mission statement, deny your reason to exist, and say yes to money?  In case you’re wondering, you should have an answer to your questions.  I suggest asking the next “Everytown” or “Moms Demand” person you run across.  I’ll warn you though.  Two problems exist.  One, they’re not very good with pesky things like ‘the truth’ and other items that prove their incoherence.  And two, you’re going to have to look pretty hard to find one.  They are a pretty small group and most of the people that ‘show up’ for their functions are paid shills.  We’ve been told over they years they’ve tried everything from paying their people to show, to compensating for travel, babysitting, and even giving them the use of props like baby carriages, in order to make it look like they have numbers, which somehow translates into truth.  That is unsettling.  I wouldn’t know for sure about those practices, but maybe I’ll volunteer to pitch in with them for a day to get a handle on how the sausage is made.  Do you think they’ll embrace me?

    I doubt it.

    Until then, read THIS ARTICLE and consider it carefully.

     

    -Michael Ware – IFC Board Chairman

     

  • Des Moines Register “Editorial Board” Does It Again…

    Anne MacKinnon’s Roses & Thistles

    Here’s a basic system function test you can perform with anyone, from anywhere, for every good reason.  Ask anyone you come across to make a complete list of their rights.  …And I mean all of them.  Then go down through their list and put a line through every third item on the list.  Next, go back to the person who scribed the list and tell them, “I don’t think YOU need every third one of these.  Additionally, what ‘reasonable’ compromises are you willing to discuss on the others?” and watch them become enraged over the audacity that YOU take from THEM their rights for fun and profit.  Granted, we’re not talking about important stuff like ice melt and condoms, but rights are still a pretty big deal.  Once you review the article I’m suggesting, the “ice melt and condoms” ditty will make more sense.  Even if you don’t, the comment stands by itself.

    When the Des Moines Register Editorial Board comes up with fresh new nonsense to prove yet again, they’re petty, small, and none-too-bright, you should be listening.  The new “Roses and Thistles” slag is hot off the digital press.  The recent thistles were awarded in bulk to the Majority Party.  Basic human rights and the ideas behind civil rights are for the “backwards hicks” among us apparently.  <-Another quip from the article author.

    This is truly what they think of you.  They think this of me.  They think this of your unborn child and grandchildren.  We’re all just murderers, thieves, and miscreants waiting to happen.  They don’t like the idea of rights.  Why?  Because when they actually admit that we all have them, they further have to admit, rightfully, that rights are a package deal.  Granted, these folks couldn’t think their way out of a wet paper sack.  So, they sure as sugar couldn’t find their own incoherence.  Yet this, like the wart on their proverbial nose, is obvious to all the rest of us.  This isn’t some trip through a crappy lunch buffet where you pick and choose items while casting your gaze through a smudged sneeze guard.  No sir…  When it comes to rights, you and I either get them all, or there aren’t any.  They’re called civil rights and are basic – that was the intent and design.  People who love their fellow human beings already hold these truths to be self evident.

    So, what you have here is another example of how the DSM Register sees you and I as less human.  As if we don’t deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness all because we know our right’s origin, where they’re protected, and why… 

    SPOILER ALERT – If you’ve recently eaten, give your tummy some time to settle.  You risk losing your lunch over this garbage.  Alas, you should read it anyway…

    Legislators like Representative Terry Baxter, R-Garner and Representative Steve Holt, R-Denison, ought to be lifted up on our shoulders when they continue forward with good policy and sound protection of our liberties and freedoms.  What sane person says no to liberty and freedom?  Gentlemen, I say to you regarding the blather this editorial board is offering, a thistle from these lost souls should be worn as a badge of honor.  You’re steely-eyed missile men and I don’t care what they say about you both.

    Hold your nose, suppress your gag reflex, and read the DES MOINES REGISTER EDITORIAL BOARD THISTLE here…

    The pungent and all-too-familiar “cow patty” scent of the “Carson King Affair” is wafting through the air as we live and breathe.  It seems as if they’re trying to force us to find a different bicycle ride across Iowa because they can’t be honest and manage their own ‘news’ network.  Oh wait, they already peed down their leg on that one too…  Read about how they targeted another for extinction without thinking through what the heck they were doing HERE

    In Liberty,

    Michael Ware – IFC Chairman

  • 2A Sanctuary Movement Saves Virginia’s Bacon???

    You might remember, and you should, the 2nd Amendment Sanctuary language IFC and NRA crafted together for all of Iowans to offer their County Boards of Supervisors.  If you haven’t done so, you better…

    While they may have lacked legal muscle, a political scientist says the political muscle of the “2nd Amendment Sanctuary” movement in Virginia was seen as lawmakers shelved an assault weapons ban pushed by the governor.

    This story, coming from Virginia, implies the overwhelming communication and support of rank and file Virginians became too much for the gun grabbers and liberty trouncers to overcome.

    You should read through this article.  You should think about what it means to get ahead of those who would have you hammering your rifles into plows.

    Find the article here:  https://www.wavy.com/news/politics/virginia-politics/local-2nd-amendment-resolutions-helped-shelve-virginia-governors-assault-weapons-ban-political-expert-says/

     

  • Rebel Silencers (the company) for Sale!

    IFC was sent the below Saturday morning.  In case any of you were wanting a way into the industry…

    REBEL FOR SALE

    Howdy Rebel Dealers,

    Unfortunately Rebel Silencers no longer has an FFL. We have all production equipment, a killer client list and a fast rising interest in the product line but we are no longer able to continue our business. It’s important to us that the product line continues to thrive and our customers and dealers are taken care of even if we can’t be involved in managing the business. This is a serious opportunity and our loss can be your great gain.

    Please don’t reply to this email as it might get lost in the fray. Rather fill out the inquiry form linked below. 

    V/R,

    Eric Woodard
    Rebel Silencers

    Rebel Business Sale Inquiry Form

  • 2-15-2020 IFC Update from the Capitol

    Friends of IFC,

    We’ve seen a lot of movement this week on bills we’re supporting.  We’ve also been able to work with friendly legislators to stop horrible bills from gaining traction as well.

    Another so called “Red Flag Law” was dropped this week (HF2367).  They seem to multiply like rabbits.  You can’t toss a dead cat around the rotunda without hitting another Red Flag bill or the likes.  I’m not sure why there needs to be so many versions of new and inventive ways to strip you and I of due process, but for bill sponsors who seem to think nothing of our fundamental rights, maybe this is their version of being thorough.

    On a positive note though, SF2224 (formerly SF116 – School Parking Lot Carry) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 10-3 with two Republican Senators absent.  Bipartisan support from Democrats and Republicans prove just how common-sense bills like this truly are.  Should you be guilty of a felony for dropping your child off at school while you’re peaceably carrying your self-defense weapon?  No sane person says yes to that question.  Here’s a breakdown of the committee vote:

    Yeas, 10: Zaun, Garrett, Kinney, Chapman, Dawson, Schultz, Shipley, Sweeney, R. Taylor, and Whiting. Nays, 3: Bisignano, Hogg, and Petersen.
    Absent, 2: Nunn and Sinclair.

    HSB615, A bill for an act relating to firearms and weapons, including the storage, carrying, possession, or transportation of weapons and the establishment, use, and maintenance of shooting ranges.  This bill passed subcommittee early this week and was referred to the House Public Safety Committee.  If you’re interested in hearing the thunder of Freedom and Liberty from a staunch Second Amendment advocate, listen to Representative Holt’s closing remarks.

    These bills, their status, history, and trajectory are available with many others on IFC’s 2020 Legislative Tracker page within our site.  We refer to it as the “GBU” – Good, Bad, and Ugly page.  We update that page routinely.  That’s your source for information and you should be using it.  The number of bills we’re working on is staggering once you begin to grasp it.  I thank our dedicated volunteers and much cooperation from many upstanding legislators for these great works.

    DON’T FORGET!

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is sponsoring Lobby Day at the Iowa Capitol on February 27th.  We will meet in room 15 of the Capitol Building from 10am-11am.  We welcome you to please come by, and say hello to your Representatives and Senators.  We will also have informative tables in the rotunda from noon through 4pm.  We’ll walk you through 2A engagement best practices, show you how to locate and contact your elected officials, arm you with methods to continue meaningful and persuasive communication with them, and engage in volunteerism and electioneering.

    Parking is all around the Capitol building and many use the ramp a block to the west of the State House.  Walking into the West or South lower levels is simple and fast.  Room G15 can be found on this map.  Let us know you’re coming if you can by responding to this Facebook Event.

    For those of you interested in a tour of the Capitol, there is a great map and QR coded tour you can take through the use of your smartphone HERE.  Iowa has a unique and beautiful Capitol Building, so drink it in when you can.  I recommend bringing children to learn about this magnificent structure as often as you can.

    In Freedom,

    Michael Ware – IFC Chairman

  • Jim Wallace for NRA Board? Check him out!

    Jim Wallace – Massachusetts 

    A quick note…  NRA nominated, Craig Swartz, reaches out to IFC with his information and request for support in the NRA Board of Directors election.  IFC has worked with Craig in the past and hopes to continue our relationship.  While IFC has never taken a position of endorsement for or against NRA candidates, Craig was kind enough to offer his information and it is important we relay this over to all of you.

    Jim’s bio for your consideration:

    NRA Nominating Committee nominee and Benefactor Life Member. Executive Director,
    Massachusetts State Association (“GOAL”). Staunch and vocal 2A defender, fighting for
    25+ years in one of the most hostile states in the U.S.  Longtime member, NRA Clubs
    and Associations Committee (worked to empower clubs nationwide). Defeated
    numerous anti-gun bills including gun bans, and harassment of collectors, gun clubs,
    dealers. Spearheaded lawsuit to overturn state AG semi-auto ban.  Improved MA right
    to carry.  Passed numerous MA pro-gun laws, including facilitation of junior shooting
    activities, licensing improvements, and protections for military members.  Numerous
    national and local media appearances.  Streamlined and modernized MA state
    association operations, and expanded firearms training program. Energetic public
    speaker, engaging gun owners and the general public. Guest lecturer at universities and
    schools. US Army, 1983 – 1986. Endorsed by New York State Rifle and Pistol
    Association and Illinois State Rife Association 2A battleground state organizations.

  • Anthony P. Colandro wants your vote for NRA Board

    Anthony P. Colandro – Woodland Park, New Jersey – “I want your vote” for NRA board

    A quick note…  NRA nominated, Craig Swartz, reaches out to IFC with his information and request for support in the NRA Board of Directors election.  IFC has worked with Craig in the past and hopes to continue our relationship.  While IFC has never taken a position of endorsement for or against NRA candidates, Craig was kind enough to offer his information and it is important we relay this over to all of you.

    Anthony’s bio for your consideration:

    Tireless defender of the Second Amendment.
    Current NRA Board member. Nominated by Nominating Committee.
    Vice Chair Range Development Committee as well as member of
    Education and Training, and Clubs &amp; Assn Committee
    NRA Benefactor member.
    2017 NRA National Awards: Trainer of Distinction, Second
    Amendment Activist Center of the Year.
    Owner, Gun For Hire Range, NJ’s leading training facility and indoor
    gun range. Host of hit podcast “Gun For Hire Radio” (1,000,000 +
    listeners nationwide).
    Executive VP &amp; endorsed by, NJ State Association. NRA Master
    Training Counselor, longtime certified instructor &amp; Chief range
    safety officer.
    Aggressive, outspoken 2A defender for 35+ years in tough NJ
    battleground. Numerous television, radio, and Statehouse
    appearances. Helped defeat many legislative attacks. Strong Right to
    Carry advocate.
    NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator. Avid shooter, collector.
    Supports NRA competitions, Women on Target®, Eddie Eagle®,
    NRA CRDF. Member, NRA Ring of Freedom, Heritage Society.

    Whittington Center Trailblazer #353. Hosted three consecutive
    record-breaking FNRA dinners in NJ.

    “I Anthony P Colandro, affirm that this bio is truthful in every aspect.”