SASS 2023 Illinois State Registration is Open

Welcome to the 2023 Illinois State Championship registration page. We are excited to be hosting our 2nd State Championship match: Three days of cowboy action shooting fun, an optional Saturday evening Riverboat dinner cruise on the Mississippi River and introducing the State Record Stage which we will use to crown Illinois and Club Record Holders for the first time anywhere. Click here for more information on the State Record Holder award.

Registration:  We are now offering two ways to register – our traditional printed/mailed paper form AND our new online form. 

  1. The traditional PAPER-BASED REGISTRATION FORM , or
  2. Our new ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.  

To learn more about our Host Hotel, the Celebration Belle Dinner Cruise or our On-site Camping, open the attached form or click on the following links:  Host Hotel;     Celebration Belle Riverboat Dinner Cruise;     On-site Camping.

Announcing the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship – Registration is Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that Registration for the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship – Mayhem on the Mississippi scheduled from Aug 18-20, 2023 is officially open.  Illowa Irregulars are excited to bring Illinois another State Championship match and hope you will make plans to come join us for what we believe will be one of the best State Championships in the Upper Midwest and beyond. 

Planning has already begun:  Warm-up and Side Matches on Friday, two days of exciting cowboy action shooting competition on Saturday and Sunday, an optional Saturday evening Riverboat dinner cruise about the Celebration Belle on the Mississippi, ending with a catered awards banquet at a nearby, air-conditioned community center. 

Speaking of the dinner cruise, the 2022 cruise was very well received with many requests to do it again.  If you were on the cruise last year, here’s a chance to cruise the Mississippi again; if you missed it and wished you had gone, here’s your chance; or, if you are new to the match, here’s your chance to do something really unique – cruise the Mississippi River with your fellow cowboys and cowgirls dressed up in western attire, dining and enjoying the evening about the Celebration Belle.  Check out our videos discussed below to see some photos and videos taken about the Celebration Belle. 

A New Award:  We’re also planning to introduce an exciting new award for the “record books” (that’s a hint), an award that you’ll only find at the Illinois State Championship.  We’re still finalizing the details but we’re confident you’ll enjoy it.   More to follow in the coming weeks. 

Registration:  We are now offering two ways to register – our traditional printed/mailed paper form AND our new online form. 

  1. The traditional PAPER-BASED REGISTRATION FORM , available by clicking here; or
  2. Our new ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM 

To learn more about our Host Hotel, the Celebration Belle Dinner Cruise or our On-site Camping, open the attached form or click on the following links:  Host Hotel;     Celebration Belle Riverboat Dinner Cruise;     On-site Camping.

Sponsorships:  We are also offering several sponsorship opportunities.  Sponsorships are a great way for you, your club, or organization to support Cowboy Action Shooting in Illinois and the upper Midwest.  We offer opportunities for all budgets.  If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring this event, see the attached Sponsorship packet or click here to download it. 

If you are unfamiliar with our club, the Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting club is located in Milan, Illinois, part of the Quad Cities area along I-80 at the Illinois/Iowa border.  The Quad Cities area has an abundance of nearby amenities, hotels, and restaurants very near the range making it a great place to host a match of this nature.  We are centrally located in the upper Midwest, 3 hours West of Chicago, 5 hours north of St. Louis, 3 hours southwest of Madison, Wisconsin, and 3 hours east of Des Moines, Iowa.  If you’re looking for a trip up to or through the Midwest, here’s your chance.  It’s a beautiful part of the country and travel is easy.  If you’re coming from afar, we’d make either a good destination or someplace to stop on your way.  Either way, consider yourself invited!

Illowa Irregulars’ Videos:  If you’re new to our facility we’ve several videos which will give you an idea of what we have to offer.  To get you started here are some links to a few videos:

  1. Click here to see a short video titled Enjoy the Zen.  It’s a quiet walk through our range at 6:00 a.m. opening day of the 2022 Illinois State Championship.  You’ll see that, in addition to several covered building facades, our facilities include covered loading and unloading tables and covered waiting areas at each of our 10, individually-bermed shooting bays, as well as a paved central pathway throughout our facility for easy passage between stages. 
  2. Click here to see Part 1 of a two-part video of the 2022 Illinois State Championship.  Click here to view  Part 2 which includes photographs of the event, including several photographs taken aboard the Riverboat while cruising the Mississippi.
  3. Click here to go to a list of all our videos which are located in the menu along the right side of the page. 

For more information about our range you can also view our Stage Photos and Facilities Description

We will continually update our website, www.illowairregulars.com, with the most recent information.  If you have any questions please email us

Sincerely,

Popcorn Kelly, Communications and Website Director
Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Club
Milan, Illinois

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Indoor Shoot and Swap Meet – Special Announcement!

Summary:

  1. The March 19, 2023, Indoor Match will be set up and shot to mimic a traditional cowboy action shooting match but with paper targets.  We’ll shoot 3 to 4 stages.  Pistols and Rifles only.  No shotgun or black powder. Advance registration is requested. 
  2. The Swap Meet is a go.  Tables go quickly so if you want one get there early. 
  3. Chili will be served.   

Lots more details below if you’re interested.

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COWBOY SHOOT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  We are taking a different approach to the indoor match this year – we are going to mimic a standard cowboy match as much as possible. 

Illowa Irregulars Annual Indoor Match and Swap Meet is scheduled for March 19, 2023.  Come on out and shake some of that winter rust off at the indoor match. Shooting?  Bring your pistols, rifle, and some ammo.  (Sorry, no shotguns or BP of any type.)  Have a few swap items? Bring them. Need a few swap items? Come take a look.  FYI – Milan Rifle Club recently installed a new state-of-the-art ventilation system which helps ensure a safe indoor shooting environment.

We will shoot standard cowboy stages you’d see in a typical cowboy match using Pistols and rifles.  Holsters are be permitted.  Only standard cowboy guns can be used (sorry, no black powder or shotguns).   22’s are OK. 

While we are still working out the details, you can expect to shoot at least three 11×17 paper targets with your pistol and with your rifle during each stage.  Depending on the number of shooters and how quickly we’re able to move through the stages, you can expect to shoot three to four stages.  The TO will give the beep and away you go.  Each stage will be timed using our standard timers and times will be recorded.  Misses will be counted.   (Plan for a four-stage round count of 40 pistol and 40 rifle rounds.)

There will be a few “special” rules due to the indoor nature of the match, which will be reviewed during the Safety Meeting.  Like any regular match, all shooters must be present at the Safety Meeting in order the participate in the match.  See the schedule below. 

SWAP MEET:  The SwapMeet is your chance to trade the stuff (guns, gear, and clothes) you no longer need and buy different guns, gear, and clothes that you can’t live without. There are tables available to display items, but they are on a first come, first serve basis.  Historically, the tables are taken early.  If you really want a table, you should be there at or shortly after 8:00 a.m. 

COST:  The cost to shoot is $5.  There is no charge for the swap meet. 

Schedule is as follows: 

DOORS OPEN:  The doors will open at 8:00 a.m. 

SWAP MEET:  Tables may be set up any time after 8:00 a.m. with swap meet sales beginning at any time after that.  Tables are on a first come, first serve basis.

SAFETY MEETING:  9:45 a.m.   Guns must be in gun cases while waiting your turn to shoot.  Please bring your own cases.  As always, eye and hearing protection is required.  Loading, unloading, and movement rules will be discussed during the safety meeting.

INDOOR SHOOT:  The shoot will start at 10:00 a.m.  The end time is a little difficult to predict at this time.  See the match description above.  

ADVANCE REGISTRATION:  We are asking that anyone who is planning to shoot at the Indoor Match email us and let us know just so we have an idea of what to expect.  Click here to send a registration email.  You can also send an email to illowairregulars@gmail.com .  

Please include your name and how many shooters will be with you.  We won’t hold you to this.  If you make it, great; if not that’s OK too.  We’re just trying to get a sense of how many people plan to attend.  Having said that, if you don’t register in advance but want to come, you’re still welcome. 

Illowa Irregular January 2023 – Iron Cowboy – Match Results are Posted

January 21, 2023’s results are available on the Illowa Irregulars Scores page. Please note that the Overall and Category Match Results are in a single file. We had a good turnout for a cold January day – 15 hardy cowboys and cowgirls made it out to the range.

2023 began as 2022 ended, with Miss Shot and Foyster O’Rippy winning overall Ladies and Men’s categories.

Jan 21 Iron Cowboy Match – We’re On!

Hey everyone, it’s looking like it will be an outstanding January day for the Iron Cowboy match tomorrow, Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with a Safety meeting about 9″00 a.m. If you’ve not done so already you can download the stages by clicking here.

Set up for the match is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, Jan 20). If you happen to be available and looking for something to do, come on out.