The Arlington Heights. Rifle & Pistol Club has been in existence for 56 years. During this time, hundreds of shooters in the Chicago northwest suburban area have learned about gun safety, developed and honed their shooting skills, and participated in a recreational activity they truly enjoy. Although club activities are centered around bullseye pistol, Arlington Heights members participate in a wide variety of club associated shooting sports. Members can be found participating in high power rifle, cowboy action shooting, sporting clays and air pistol/rifle. Many members make the trek to Camp Perry for the largest conventional national pistol match of the year.
The club actively competes in the Tri-County conventional pistol matches against teams from other Chicago-area suburbs. These matches are held during the fall through spring months starting in September and ending by May. Being a large club, there is always quite a crowd on match night with people competing, scoring targets and chatting with friends. Practice nights run at a far more leisurely pace with the range being open from approximately 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Bullseye shooting is like any other sport - you can't win a marathon or a golf match without practice. If you don't practice you cannot keep your skills up. So we use Thursday night for practice at the club range. If a match falls on this night, practice is not held. During the season matches may also be held on Monday and Wednesday nights at other range locations as each club takes it's turn at hosting a home match.
After the Tri-County season has finished, two banquets are held. These give recognition to those who have participated during the season and give members a chance to get together, to celebrate, and share stories of the year. The Arlington Heights banquet consists of cocktails and dinner, a bullseye season recap, and an awards ceremony. The Tri-County banquet consists of drinks and dinner, an awards ceremony and an extensive prize give away.
In a less formal environment we have an annual club picnic in the which is held in the northwest suburban area. This gives us an opportunity to bring the members' families together to enjoy sports, good eating and to chat with old friends. There are activities scheduled for the kids, prize drawings for the adults and plenty of food and drink for all that attend.
Members also participate in other events throughout the season. Both rifle and shotgun shooting events are announced in our newsletter and of course the e-mail hotline. Tying all the shooting sports together for the year, in a friendly, competitive environment, we have a Three Gun Match: Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun at a favorite Wisconsin location. An award for the winner of this event is given out at the club banquet. For several years now the Sporting Clays portion of the event has been a real hit and Sporting Clays shoots are being scheduled quite frequently throughout the year.