SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship

The SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship
July 15-17, 2022
Mayhem On The Mississippi

REGISTRATION FORM: Click here to download the Registration Form.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Click here to download the Sponsorship Form.
(see the last section on this page)

HOST HOTEL: We’ve selected the Holiday Inn Express as our official host hotel. Room rates begin at $129/night. We’ve reserved a block of rooms until 30 days prior to the match. Reservations can be made by either clicking here or calling (309) 517-6400 and ask to book in the Illinois State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship block.


The Illowa Irregulars and the Milan Rifle Club are proud to host the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship.

  • Friday: Side & 3-stage Warm-Up matches;
  • Saturday: 6 Main Match Stages;
  • Sunday: 4 Main Match Stages followed immediately by an Awards Luncheon at the air-conditioned Milan Community Center.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: We are also excited to announce two (optional) Special Activities during the SASS 2022 Illinois State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship:

  1. A Saturday evening Mississippi Riverboat Dinner Cruise aboard the Celebration Belle;
    • This will be a truly unique event in the annals of Cowboy Action Shooting,
    • Cowboy attire encouraged;  and,
  2. A Costume Contest (with roaming judges) for Best Dressed Woman and Man, and Junior Boy and Girl.

CAMPING: We are offering on-site dry camping, but there are also several full-service camping options in the area. See our Registration Form for more information.

OUR FACILITIES: Our cowboy town, Camden Mills, has 10 bays all with covered loading and unloading tables, and every bay has a carport to protect those waiting and watching from the sun and rain. Six of the bays have cowboy building facades. Also, the entire range is well-shaded, contained in a reasonably small area (short walks between stages), and the central pathway through the competition range is 100% paved. If you are unfamiliar with our range take a look at our Stage Photos section of our web page or just look around

180-shooter limit. We are placing a 180-shooter limit on attendance. The last Illinois State Championship drew 170 participants. Attendance predictions are always difficult, but it will have been a full three years since the last Illinois State Championship. Will demand be higher because of the gap? It’s hard to say. However, we’d hate to have someone miss the opportunity to shoot at the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship because they delayed sending in their registration. It’s never too early to register to ensure you’re one of the fortunate 180.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Interested in supporting the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship by becoming a Sponsor? Whether your a business, another Cowboy Action Shooting Club, or a personal benefactor, your support is important to helping us keep Cowboy Action Shooting alive and well in Illinois and the upper Midwest. We’ve several support options to meet virtually any budget. Click here to download the Sponsor Form to learn how you and your organization can support Cowboy Action Shooting and the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship. Your support is appreciated.

Popcorn Kelly’s Shoot-Out at Camden Mills 2021 (Surprise Ending!)

Here is a link to a video I’ve wanted to make for some time: A video that captures the essence of the competition we all experience within the match. I titled this video Popcorn Kelly’s Shoot-Out at Camden Mills 2021.

Rules for this Shoot-out are simple:

  1. A pre-selected group of shooters will shoot five stages as part of a regular monthly match;
  2. These shooters are all placed on the same posse; with the,
  3. Person with the lowest total time after the 5th stage being named the Popcorn Kelly Shoot-Out at Camden Mills 2021 Champion.

This Shoot-Out features three Illowa Irregular shooters who were consistently at or near the top of Illowa Illregulars’ rankings throughout the year. They are: Wicker Nash, Mountain Man Champ, and JW James.

During the video you will see and experience a stage-by-stage update as each shooter progresses through the match. There were at least 3 lead changes, with the last stage providing one of the most exciting and suspenseful endings one could imagine.

I hope you enjoy this alternative view of Cowboy Action Shooting – one of the most exciting of the action shooting sports.

October 2021 Match Highlight Video

Illowa Irregulars October match was held Sunday, October 17, 2021, and what a spectacular day it was. Wicker Nash put together six fun, fast stages modeled on stages we shot at EOT earlier this year.

Click here to view a short match highlight video and photos, with a little music thrown in here and there.

Update on the Illinois State Match: As you may have heard, Illowa Irregulars are hosting the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship, July 15-17, 2022. Click here for more information and to download a Registration and/or a Sponsorship form.

We are 1/3 of the way to our 180-shooter limit. While we’ve plenty of spots left, to guarantee yourself a spot please don’t wait too long.

Illowa Irregulars has one more match this shooting season scheduled for Sunday, November 7, 2021. Please note this is NOT our normal shooting weekend.

Illowa Irregular October 2021 Match Results are Posted

October 17, 2021’s results are available on the Illowa Irregulars Scores page. Please note that the Overall, Category, and Clean Match Results are in a single file.

Congratulations to Don Jorge and Turkey Legs for winning overall men’s and women’s categories as well as to our 5 clean shooters – Don Jorge, Dolittle B Ernest, Lester Moore, Montana Slim, and Trooper’s Lady.

It was a beautiful Fall day on the range. Started out in the mid 40’s and ended in the upper 60’s. Just one more match this year – Sunday November 7, 2021. Please note this is NOT our normal weekend.

BIG NEWS! As you may have heard, Illowa Irregulars will host the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship, July 15-17, 2022. If you’ve not gotten your registration in it’s never too early. Click here for more information and to download Registration and/or Sponsor forms.

RO Rules Update: Use of a Quickloader Shotgun Loader

SASS Range Operations Committee, after considering all the comparison photos and information provided to them regarding currently available reloading equipment, has determined:

The 12-guage shotgun ammunition produced by using the “Quikloader” as directed complies with the 2018 ruling and current rules.

ROC majority opinion (August 2018)

  1. The factory-produced ammo in question is LEGAL (re the tapered factory ammo presented at that time);
  2. Any similar factory-produced ammo is LEGAL;
  3. Any similar home-rolled ammo is LEGAL; HOWEVER,
  4. Ammunition manufactured or modified by using a “sub-gauge” die remains ILLEGAL under the existing rule:
    Shotgun shells shall not be sized down (necked) by the use of any die not manufactured for the specific gauge.

See SHB p.26

As shown in the images below, there is a distinct visual difference between the illegal “sized down (necked)” ammunition and the legal “tapered” ammunition.

Setup Reminder: Fri, Oct 15 Setup for Sun, Oct 17 Cowboy Match

Illowa Irregulars’ next regularly scheduled monthly match is this Sunday.  Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:15 a.m. Safety Meeting.  Here is the link to this weekend’s Cowboy Stages: October 17 Cowboy Stages

IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING MATCH SETUP: If you’re able to help us set up for the match please do so.  Match is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Friday, Oct 15 (not our normal Saturday setup) because of a Buffalo shoot on Saturday. Also, we tear things down and put targets away on 9:00 a.m. Monday following the match.

Illowa Irregulars