Private Sporting & Conservation Club


Experience, Passion & Excellence.


The mission of 1881 Ranch is to provide a private sporting club designed to meet the interests of like minded individuals while supporting conservation, education, youth programs including veterans programs. Our facility will be only a 1 hour drive from the Chicago-land western suburbs or the Valparaiso Indiana areas. Its proximity to both areas makes 1881 Ranch a truly accessible club for the mid-west region for a family friendly modern sporting organization.

Our Core Values:

  1. Never a Customer, Always a Guest
    You have chosen to be a member of 1881 Ranch for a family friendly and safe experience. Therefore, you are more than a member – you are family.

  2. Deliver the greatest guest experience every time
    Our goal is for each member to have exceptional experience each time you visit the club. We strive to offer a excellent knowledge base and an experienced team to help each of our members.

  3. Excellence and integrity in everything we do
    By continually improving on everything we do every member is ensured to have a safe experience every time.

  4. Gracious and fun
    1881 Ranch is for families and responsible members who enjoy spending time with other like-minded people. Additionally we look forward to building long-term relationships with each of our members and their guests.

  5. A clean and safe environment
    First and foremost is our dedication to a truly wonderful experience and that vision is only achievable through our dedication to offering the cleanest and safest environment possible.

  6. Entertaining experience that focuses on education
    We take exceptional pride in making first-time members / guests feel welcome at our ranges. Every skill level is welcome to enjoy the facilities and their experience while on the range or driving course. Shooting is a fun and enjoyable experience especially at 1881 Ranch!






Director / Founding Partner

William Egbert Jr.

Will has spent most of his life in the firearms industry. From childhood he was shooting & hunting with his father while expanding his knowledge and skill sets. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Design he moved home to start his design career and was compelled to found a law enforcement / military force-on-force training facility in the months following 9-11. His company, TRIDENT Special Operations went on to set the standards in the industry for law enforcement, tactical and tier military sectors regarding safety and training protocols across the globe. After a brief sabbatical he then went on to found Vulture Equipment Works, a Made In The USA adventure accessory manufacturer and custom firearms company. Furthering to continue with his vision, 1881 Ranch was started as way the Midwest could experience a true “Guntry Club” with unrivaled amenities on over 200 acres including a first class clubhouse.



Industrial Design, 1998

Certified, 2005

Professional Highlights

  • 30+ Instructor Firearms Certificates LE-Military

  • NRA Instructor 5 Disciplines

  • Retired Director Government Sponsored Training Facility

  • Retired Law Enforcement / Tactical Team Leader

  • Ducks Unlimited Chapter Founder

  • Ducks Unlimited Sponsor

  • Husband, Father and Son




William Egbert

William started business in 1964 washing walls and painting. From there he went on to ultimately expand his business to become an International General Contractor. SWD Contractors, became well known in the design build sector for large industrial manufacturers in the petro-chemical industry. Having a solid understanding of complex projects the company kept expanding this time into the medical device manufacturing sector. This was a notable time in history and SWD became instrumental in the creation of the manufacturing and packaging plant design for the 1st absorbable suture. After retirement William then continued his other past time, finance, with the creation of Profectus Capital Management and Profectus Fund.



Schola est Difficile Pulsaverit

Professional Highlights

  • Chicago Builders Association

  • Member AGC




Isabel Sonam

Isabel got her start working under Hugo Walters, Esq., director of the ABC Fashion Institute. She specializes in all things related to fashion law, whether that’s securing a trademark for a logo design or helping clients work through federal textile laws. Before joining Harris Ingram, she was an associate at fine arts practice Veronica Chin, PLLC. Isabel also represents fine artists, galleries, appraisers, and more on art litigation matters.



Juris Doctor, 2002

B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California