April Event Cancellations

In keeping with federal, state and local protocol, the Milan Rifle Club is cancelling all events of 10 or more people thru April. This includes, among other club events, the following Cowboy-related activities:

  • the April Cowboy Matches,
  • the New Shooter Clinic, and
  • Scheduled Practices.

This decision was made by the Milan Rifle Club Board of Directors.  The latest information concerning the Illowa Irregulars can be found here on our website. We thank you for your support. 

Illowa Irregulars March 15 Indoor Shoot Results Posted

We had a good day with lots of people coming out for the potluck/swap meet/indoor shoot. The Indoor Shoot Results have been posted here. Congratulations to Mel Function who edged out Paul Bearer by a single point.

Looking forward to our first outdoor match of the season on Sunday, April 19th. Don’t forget about our New Shooter Introductory Clinic scheduled for Saturday, April 18. If you know someone who may be interested, send them our way. Here is a link to the Introductory Clinic’s flyer. Feel free to print it out and share it with others.

Popcorn Kelly

March 15th Indoor Match, Swap Meet, and Pot Luck

This Illowa Irregulars March 15th event has something for everybody. It is a combination of Indoor Shoot, Swap Meet, and Pot Luck.

The Indoor Shoot is a 60-round affair with our rifle and pistols – no shotgun. We do not draw from leather. Instead we start from the low ready position (gun in hand, muzzle on the table).   The targets are paper plates and NRA B27-R target attached to cardboard. You can shoot through as many times as you want or as many times as time permits (we will start shooting at 10:00 am and usually go until about 3:00 pm if there are still shooters wanting to shoot).  The cost is $5 for the first time through and $3 for any reshoots.

The Swap Meet is the chance to trade the stuff (guns, gear, and clothes) you no longer “need” and buy different guns, gear, and clothes that you now can’t live without. There are tables available to display wares you may have. The tables are first come, first served. You should be there by no later than 8:00 am if you want to grab a table because they go quickly.

We will also be having a Pot Luck that day so, if you are so inclined, bring out your favorite dish to share with everyone.  There is electricity for plugging in crock pots and there is a microwave that can be used to heat things up.  If you can’t bring a dish but would like to eat, there will be a bucket for donations (all of which will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital).  But please bring something if you can as we need to have enough food to feed everybody. We will have plates, silverware, and napkins. Coffee will be provided. Smilin D is the Pot Luck coordinator. Contact her at (309) 236-8944 or djmmfour@gmail.com if you have questions.

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday, March 15th.

Justice James Newton / Mountain Man Champ
Co-Chairpersons, Illowa Irregulars

Website and Facebook Updates

Dear Illowa Irregular Members and Friends;

Here is an update on our website and Facebook initiatives. Many thanks to Justice James Newton, Mountain Man Champ, Count Sandor, Wicker Nash for their work, advice, and guidance. 

Action Items:

  1. Consider signing up to receive our website Blog posts by email (see details below);
  2. Encourage your cowboy shooting friends and families to visit www.illowairregulars.com and sign up to receive Blog posts via email;
  3. If you use Facebook follow the Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Facebook Page, and share the Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Page with your Cowboy Shooting friends and families;
  4. Pictures – we need of some good photos for our website, at least until we can take some updated ones this summer. 
    1. If you have a photo or two of a shooter, a group of cowboys/girls posing for the camera, etc. that you are comfortable sharing, please send them to Popcorn Kelly.  We are particularly interested in getting a few pics of women, youngsters, action, and group shots.   

Discussion:  

Website

For the past few weeks a core group of people have been working to design and develop a more comprehensive, user-friendly Illowa Irregular Cowboy Action Shooting website to promote our club and its activities.  The website’s address is www.illowairregulars.com

There are essentially two components to the website:

  1. Our static pages, which are generally represented by our menus at the top, including About Us, Match Schedules, Fall Roundup Information, Registration Forms, etc. 
  2. Our home page, which is our “Blog” – a place where we will post current news, comments, and announcements. 

We officially announced the new website Monday, January 13th.  It seems to have been well received.  As of Sunday evening, we have

  • 238 Followers; and,
  • 82 people signed up to receive Blog posts via email.

Here are some other website statistics, all of since our launch one week ago:

Website Usage Statistics

  • Between January 13th and the 31st, 289 visits have generated 1,502 different page views;
  • Our home page has been viewed 677 times, the Scores page 66 time, the Fall Roundup page 58 times, Registration Forms page 42 times, and our Match Calendar page 28 times, plus others;
  • 1,490 views have been from within the US, 4 from Mexico, and 2 from Vietnam and South Korea, and 1 each from Austria, Finland, Canada, and Singapore;
  • The video of Rootin Tootin, Badlands Charlie, and Wicker Nash recorded at Gunsmoke 2019 has been viewed 28 times, and the 2009 video of our 2009 St. Jude’s match broadcast by Hook and Hunt has been viewed 18 times.

Downloads

  • Visitors have downloaded 84 files, including 18 downloads of the 2019 Fall Roundup Overall scores; 12 downloads of the 2019 Fall Roundup Category Scores, and 8 downloads of the Iron Cowboy Results, and 6 downloads of the Fall Roundup registration form. 

Referral Sources

  • In just two weeks, our our Facebook page has resulted in 177 web page views.  

Blog Post Enrollment

As mentioned above, 82 people have signed up to receive Blog posts by email.  If you have not done so already, please consider signing up to receive Blog posts by email.  This is a convenient way of being automatically notified of important club announcements and events.  To sign up, go to www.illowairregulars.com and complete the Follow Blog via Email form in the lower right corner.  

Also, please share this website with your cowboy shooting friends and families, whether they’re local, regional, or farther away.  All are welcome.

Facebook

We created the Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Facebook page about two weeks ago and  already has over 250 followers. If you are active on Facebook, please share the Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Page with your Cowboy Shooting friends and families.  Most Illowa Irregualr Blog posts will be cross-posted to our Facebook page. 

Popcorn Kelly