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All Things Firearms, Smokin Gun Worx, and Training

1,000 Yard Long Range Scopes

In this article, we will be discussing scopes with long-range capabilities specifically for 1000 yards. We will show you what you need to be looking for when purchasing a high-powered scope as well as giving our review of four different long-range hunting-type scopes....

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Smokin’ Gun Worx is a NSSF Five-Star Rating

“We’re honored to be awarded a Five-Star rating from NSSF,” said Keith Ruter, Owner of Smokin Gun Worx. “What seemed to be a monumental task of collecting data and photos, improving protocols and implementing new management strategies to make the grade, has propelled...

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Smokin’ Gun Worx Indoor Range

  Come in and enjoy some target practice at our state-of-the-art, climate-controlled indoor range at Smokin' Gun Worx, your top shooting option in the Rockford, Marengo, Belvidere, Freeport, Sterling, Rock Falls, Oregon, Forreston IL and Beloit WI, region. You will...

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Firearm Classes and Events

Learn how to use your firearms – safely and accurately. One of the things that sets Smokin Gun Worx apart from other gun shops in the northern IL region is our wide selection of firearm training and firearm safety classes. Whether you're a new gun owner or want to...

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Tips For First Time Hand Gun Buyers

The recent rise in the number of firearm purchases translates to a lot of first-time gun owners purchasing firearms. If you’re a long-time shooter who grew up around firearms the notion that buying a gun could be intimidating is hard to fathom—in fact, buying a new...

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Shooting, Purchase & Possession of Firearms And Ammunition

Smokin Gun Worx follows State and Federal laws for US Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents with respect to the shooting, purchasing or possessing of firearms and ammunition. Illinois residents need a FOID (Firearm Owner’s Identification) card which we can help you...

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The Importance of Firearm Education

March 2020  Due to the recent events of  COVID-19 , there are a lot of new gun owners right now.  People purchase their first firearm for many reasons.  Everything from curiosity in the sport to self-defense.  Whatever the reason, being educated  is the catalyst you...

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