FRU ’21 Video Teaser #4: Spin Your Chair Around

Spring is just around the corner and soon, we’ll be back on the range.  This also means we’ll be planning our shooting season soon.  As you do, keep Illowa Irregulars’ Fall Round-Up 2021 in mind. 

Here is the fourth 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 and #3.  Collectively, these videos will give you a sense of Fall Round-Up 2021’s overall theme, some of the stages, and perhaps even an opening line or two. The suspense is starting to build, and some of our best teasers have yet to be published. 

As you watch the videos, consider how what your seeing in the scene could be incorporated into the stage. But, that part will remain a secret – you’ll just have to shoot it to find out.

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. 

While you’re on our website, be sure to sign up to receive email notices of future video teasers immediately upon release by completing the Follow Blog Via Email box in the lower right portion of our home page (see image below).  Feel free to share this with your friends and family, and post it on Facebook, etc., and encourage them sign up on our club’s website and/or our Illowa Irregulars Facebook page to receive information related to our club activities.

Happy Trails and we’ll see you soon.  Enjoy Video Teaser #4. 

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

Illowa Irregulars Winter Update

Hello Cowboys……..

Hope you all wintered well.  It’s time to start thinking about our new shooting season. Below are upcoming dates in March and early April to kick off the new season…….

  • March 21st……….Cowboy indoor match and swap meet starting at 8:00 am.  Tables are available on a first come first serve basis. The balance of John Millers equipment. reloading supplies, tools and misc. cleaning will be available as well. Come find that thing you can’t live without or have needed for years.
  • Friday April 2nd will be our first Cowboy practice starting at 10:00 am, weather permitting
  • Saturday April 3rd will be Cowboy range cleanup day in the town……… 

Our INDOOR SHOOT is Sunday the 21st of March. It will be held on the 26-yard indoor range at the Milan Rifle Club.  The entire shooting sequence calls for a total of 60 rounds per time shot (35 pistol and 25 rifle) – no shotgun. 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).  This year we are introducing a .22 division as a way to get new shooters interested in the sport without having to reload. The cost is $5 for the first time through and $3 for any reshoots. This is a good opportunity to dust off the guns after a long winter.

This get-together is also a SWAP MEET – no reservations required for a table but you should be there by no later than 8:00 am if you want to grab a table because they go quick.  Feel free to bring out all those cowboy items (and other stuff too) that you have sitting around that you never use anymore.  It just might be something someone else just can’t live without. This year we will have some of Preemption Judge’s shooting and reloading accessories.

We will also be having a POTLUCK 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 POTLUCK coordinator. Contact her at (309) 236-8944 or to let her know what you are bringing or if you have questions”

FYI……..We are also thinking about offering, on a month by month basis, 3 additional classes and reduced stages to help people participate that are faced with limited ammo for the season. These will only be available as long as there are shortages and only at the club level shoots, excluding Fall Roundup.

  • A 22cal. open class using pistols and rifle, and normal shotgun
  • A Club Detective class with single pistol and 5 round rifle, and normal shotgun
  • John Wayne class with 1 pistol 5 rifle no shotgun
  • Main match 5 Stages instead of 6 
  • Wednesday and Friday practices will have flex stages per shooter. “shoot as many as 5 or as few as you wish” to manage your ammo.

Hope to see you all soon………..RT

McLean County Peacemakers February Match (2/20)

Let’s try this one more time

Illowa Irregulars received this note from our McClean County Peacemaker friends, and are passing it on to you.

See below

Hi Cowgirls and Cowboys,

The McLean County Peacemaker’s February Match will be held on Saturday, February the 20th.

The event will be held at Darnall’s Gun Works & Ranges –>

Here is a link to the club’s website –>

Come on out, enjoy the chance to send some lead down range. The stages are attached to this email and are posted on our web site.

Please note, face masks and safe distancing are highly encouraged. Masks can be removed during shooting.

Prairie Trail Ranger
aka: Jon Paulsen

2021 02 Feb stages.pdf

End of Trail 2021

As many have heard, End of Trail 2021 has been relocated to Paradise Pass in Etna Green, Indiana. It is scheduled from June 18-26, 2021.

Etna Green is just a 4-hour drive from the Quad Cities. Needless to say, many in the Midwest are very excited and will be taking the opportunity to take in End of Trail 2021. Several Illowa Irregulars are planning to attend.

Here is a link to the Registration Page.

The match is limited to 500 registrants. If you’re planning to attend get your registration in as early as possible – it may fill up fast.

Return From Hell On The Border

Just a quick reminder to let the Bear Creek volunteers know if you are planning to attend the special match they are organizing on Sunday, March 21st called “Return From Hell On The Border.”

While there is no advance registration required, the Volunteers request that you confirm your attendance for food planning purposes by either:

  1. Contacting Louise McCollough via email (by clicking on her name), or by calling 417.849.1877; or
  2. Emailing Illowa Irregulars’ Count Sandor who will forward your information to Louise. 

This match gives the cowboys attending Hell on the Boarder in Arkansas an opportunity to get another day of shooting in on Sunday as they return home. The Bear Creek range is located about 15 miles north of Branson, MO.  To put it in another perspective, Bear Creek is located about 2 ½ to 3 hours north of Fort Smith, AR and is on or near the route many cowboys will be taking home.