In Chicago, talk of guns generally revolves around gun violence and gun control, so it’s no surprise Curious City sees many questions along those lines.
One question broke that mold, though; it’s about gun ranges and shooting as a sport. The guy behind the question is Bob Collar, from Homewood, Illinois.
Bob grew up shooting a smallbore rifle, which is a kind of gun (also known as .22 caliber), but it’salso a competitive sport. Bob says shooters used to practice at ranges all over Chicago. Off the top of his head, Bob can rattle off a long list of range locations: the ComEd building at Cermak and Wabash, the University of Chicago, the Madison Street Armory, and the Chicago Armory, to name a few.
Chances are, you’ve never heard of any of these ranges because they no longer exist. In fact, there isn’t a single shooting range open to the general public in Chicago today, for rifles or otherwise. That’s what makes Bob’s question so great:
What happened to all the indoor smallbore rifle ranges I used to frequent?
[ WBEZ ]