YEEHAW – Our Season Begins This Weekend!

It’s almost here – the beginning of our shooting season! Illowa Irregulars April Monthly Match is scheduled for Sunday April 18th; Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and Safety meeting at 9:15 a.m. The weather is looking good: Sunny and about 47 degrees as start time, rising to low 50’s during the match, with very little wind. Shoot ‘em if you got ‘em. 🤠

We also want to draw your attention to a couple of other related activities this weekend

  1. Setup for Sunday’s match is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday – come on out an lend a hand if you can.
  2. We’re hold a New Shooters’ Introductory Clinic after set up Saturday – start time scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
  3. Tear down of Sunday’s targets is scheduled for Monday, April 19th. As always, please lend a hand if you are able.

See you there.

Popcorn Kelly

New Season Key Dates & Info

To Our (reasonably) Local Cowboys and Cowgirls;

Just a brief message about a few important club activities.  First, some key dates which are approaching fast. 

April 2nd:  Our first Cowboy Practice of the season will be  held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  

Practices are scheduled at 1:00 p.m. each Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. each Friday for the rest of the season (see discussion below). 

April 3rd:  We are having a Range Cleanup Day on April 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 

Please come out and help if you are able to do so.  Bring work gloves.                                   

April 17th:  We are hosting a New Shooters Clinic on April 17th beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Spread the word.  This is a good opportunity to introduce Cowboy Action Shooting to others who may be interested in the sport.  We will also be setting up for the next day’s monthly match at 9:00 a.m. that morning. 

April 18th:  Our first monthly match of the year! 

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.; Safety Meeting at 9:15 a.m.  We will be shooting 6 stages this match AND introducing a .22 Open Category for both men and women who want/need to conserve their other ammo. 

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Practice:  We’re still planning to hold two practices each week, one on Wednesday’s at 1:00 p.m. and the other on Friday’s at 10:00 a.m.  Historically, we’ve shot four stages at one practice and five at the other.  We’ll see how this goes given the ammo shortage.  Come out and shoot if you wish, even if you want to pare back on the amount you shoot during the practice.  No hard/fast rules.  We call it “practice” for a reason.  We’ll adjust as we need to through the year, and will communicate any changes to you via email and the website.  For now, we’ll be sticking with the published schedule. 

Thanks.

Rootin Tootin: pk

FRU ’21 Teaser #5: Paint the Whole Town

Spring has sprung and we’ll all be heading back to the range soon.  As you plan your shooting season keep Illowa Irregulars’ Fall Round-Up 2021 in mind. 

Here is the fifth installment of our FRU ’21 Video Teaser series. If you’ve not seen the previous teasers start with the Illowa Irregulars Christmas message, then view Teasers #2, #3, and #4.  

As you watch the videos, consider how what you’re seeing in the scene could be incorporated into a stage.  The videos will give you a sense, but the details are left to the dastardly minds of our Match Director Rootin Tootin and Territorial Governor Count Sandor, and shall remain a secret until FRU ’21.  All I’ll say is that it’ll be fun and should prove to be one of the year’s highlights.

Click here to view video

Be sure to mark your calendars, put back a little ammo if it’s scarce, then join us in Fall Round-Up 2021.  You’ll be glad you did. 

If you’ve not done so already, download the Registration Form by clicking here.  For more information visit us at www.illowairregulars.com or send us an email by clicking here.

Don’t delay. Reserve your spot today.

While you’re on our website, if you’ve not done so already be sure to sign up to receive email notices of future videos and blog posts.  Simply complete the Follow Blog Via Email box in the lower right portion of the home page (see below).  Feel free to share this with your friends and family and post it on Facebook, etc.

Happy Trails and we’ll see you soon.  Enjoy Video Teaser #5. 

Popcorn Kelly
Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting
Camden Mills
Milan, Illinois

Illowa Irregulars 2020 Web Page Visitor and Usage History

Illowa Irregulars launched our website in January, 2020. We believe its become a nearly indispensable tool for keeping our members abreast up with club activities and communicating with club members and others interested in Cowboy Action Shooting. We hope you’ve found it useful, too, and perhaps a bit entertaining now and then. In that vein, let’s take a look at whose visiting our website and how they are using it.

As the chart in the upper right shows, we we had a total of 8,626 page view from 2,388 visitors in 2020.

The second table on the right shows which pages were visited. The home page had over 4,000 views, the Scores page was viewed 827 times, followed by our Fall Round-Up page, Misc Info page, Match Schedule page, etc.

The third table on the right shows the file name and number of downloads. As you can see, Fall Round-Up 2019 Overall Scores was the number one downloaded file in 2020 (245), followed by the FRU ’20 application (240), the Covid waiver, and the FRU ’20 Overall Scores.

Lastly, we can also see our visitors’ country of origin when visiting the site (see the table immediately below along the left margin). As you will see, Illowairregulars.com was visited by people from over 23 countries around the world in 2020. Obviously, most visits were from the US (8,335), followed by China, the UK, France, Germany, etc. It’s surprising to see the breadth of people who’ve visited our little website. Who’d ever have thought it’d spread so far?

As always, Illowa Irregulars thanks you for your support and looks forward to our upcoming 2021 Cowboy Shooting season which is set to kick off soon. We’ll be releasing a new Fall Round-Up video teaser on the first of each month. Keep your eye out for the registration form on the web page, and get yours in early to reserve a spot.

Be sure to visit http://www.illowairregulars.com and, if you’ve not already done so, sign up to receive Blog Posts by Email by entering your email address is the form in the lower right margin of our homepage.

Popcorn Kelly
Communications Director

Sunday, Mar 21 Swap Meet and Potluck Update (and Indoor Shoot)

Illowa Irregulars;

Just a quick update as our season is set to kick-off with our first “official” activity – the March 21st Swap Meet and Potluck, and the Indoor Shoot.  It’ll feel good to get the year off on the right foot as we look forward to a much more normal cowboy shooting season. 

  1. The swap meet, potluck, and Indoor Shoot are still a go;
    • while won’t be an officially scored Indoor Match you can still bring your guns and shoot – this is the only time we can shoot our rifles indoors;
    • Try to bring a dish to share at the potluck if possible.
  2. As announced earlier, some Preemption Judge’s shooting and reloading accessories will be at the swap meet.  The word on the street is that this includes approximately 30,000 primers ;
    • Rumors are that they are mostly, if not all, Winchester primers;
    • I don’t know if they are all small pistol or a mix of sizes;
      • My guess is that a fair number of small pistol primers; and,
  3. The word is that this will be a silent auction and likely sold in lots;
    • but I’m not in on the planning so take that with a grain of salt.

PLEASE REPLY to this email if you think you’ll attend – we’re just trying to get a soft headcount.  No worries if you say yes but then don’t come. 

Popcorn Kelly

Communications Director

PS. if you plan to attend Bear Creek’s Return from Hell on the Border next weekend and haven’t let them know, send Count Sandor an email for meal head count purposes.