KRPC History

Has it's Roots in WWII

Learn to Shoot for Your Country

On April 4, 1940 fifteen men met and organized The Kossuth Rifle & Pistol Club as a reaction to the second world war. Harold Gilmore was elected it's first President and Bert Eldien was vice-president. Just ten days later the club had it's first shoot just ten days later at the King farm, southeast of the county fair-grounds. Shortly there-after the Algona school board offered the Bryant school gym to be used as a makeshift indoor shooting range.

In 1942 the club began doing it's part in the war effort by providing firearms training to anyone eligable for military service and encouraging the public to "Learn to shoot for your country." Standard military issue rifles were used in the training to ensure that students get the same training they would get in the army. The club would eventually receive a war service award from Washington, the NRA and the war department for their efforts.

In 1943 the KRPC moved it's organized practices to the former I.O.O.F. hall, located above the Anderson Jack Sprat store and the Lusby & Glossi drug store. They soon relocated to the police range in the basement of the Burt City Hall and the above a Burt hardware stove. By this time the club was competing in many area shootouts and even hosted their own events, often in collaboration with the local Izaak Walton League. Stand-out shooters included Al & Harry Boekelman, Lloyd Gibbons, Bless Rusk, and Earl Zeigler.

In September of 1962 the club finished work on a new high-power rifle range at the gravel pit south of Algona, complete with a running deer target.

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