Marengo Gun Shop

Another view of the impressive handgun display at Marengo Guns in northern Illinois
Dont know if I’ve seen a layout like this (other than SHOT Show) but it really makes itveasy to test and compare

Large Illinois gun shop
Much selection, friendly staff

Hippopotamus skull the planes hanging from the ceiling, a mix of old and new products, the impressive selection of handguns
This all added up to a great experience, and why I enjoy visiting new gun shops

Spent $50
Bought some cool stuff at their shop. We will send that stuff to random Patreon supporters after the trip


Range 355

3,750 SF

opened February 15, 2016

  • Range 1
    – 8 lanes
    – Action Target Mancom Touch Plus system
  • Range 2
    – 8 lanes ?
  • 2nd floor is The Academy at 355

the Range at 355
9003 Murphy Rd,
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

(630) 739-9000

the Site


re-opened in 2014

training center only

  • Formerly Blackwater North training facility
  • 2014 reopened as The Site
  • Jim Kauber – Navy SEAL Master Chief, President/Director of Training
  • 7 flat ranges
  • 600 yard range Known Distance (KD) Range
  • 2700 sq. ft. live-fire shoot house
  • two story configurable simulation shoot house
  • 3 Classrooms
  • Unknown Distance Range
  • Climbing/Rappelling/Shooting Tower
  • Pro Shop

  • 40 clients can stay at THE SITE
  • lodge
  • four private cabins
  • freshly prepared meals from our accomplished chefs.

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Harding Collection – Art Institute of Chicago

200 guns (75 on display)

Created in 1982

Chicago, IL

George F. Harding collection of Arms & Armor

  • 1939 George F. Harding, Jr. died
  • 1982 George F. Harding collection of Arms & Armor was  granted to the Art Institute of Chicago
  •  European and Asian arms and armor made from 1450s – 1850s
  • German, French and Italian match-lock, wheel-lock and flint-lock hunting rifles, pistols
  • publicly accessible pull out drawers, revealing firearms

Trapshooting Hall of Fame

founded in 1968

  • 1900 to 1923 the Grand American Trapshooting Tournament was held at various places throughout the United States
  • 1924 permanent clubhouse constructed in Vandalia, Ohio
  • 1968 Hall of Fame (HOF) founded
  • 2006 moved to World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois
  • HOF offers five $5,000 scholarships each year

Trapshooting Hall of Fame
PO Box 519
Sparta, IL 62286


Jonathan Browning Home & Gun Shop

Just a few Guns


Nauvoo, Illinois

  • 1843 Jonathan Browning & family moved to Nauvoo
  • 1836 Mormon militias disarmed as a negotiated truce
  • 1838 Battle of Crooked River & Mormans slaughtered
  • 1845 J.B moved to Iowa & 1852 Moved to Utah
  • His Illinois Gunshop
  • Re-Opened in 1960
  • Just a few Models of Brownings firearms
  • It’s a drive, but you stand on
  • the grounds of his actual factory !!
  • FREE – Open almost every day

Visited the Jonathan Browning gunsmith shop in Nauvoo, Illinois
They have recreated his original Workshop on the location that it’s stood before he moved to Utah

It’s a remote location but awesome experience to stand on the same location where John Browning’s father started building guns

There’s a tour with knowledgeable guides who tell you about his life and story

There’s no cost to visit this Museum


Jonathan Browning Home & Gunshop
Rock Island Arsenal
Building 60
Rock Island, IL 61201