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.

Big Day On The Range Today

OK, well the title may be a bit of hyperbole, but . . . we picked up the eight new 18”x24” and four new 24” x24” targets today for use next year.  Count Sandor is working them into the mix for the State Championship match scheduled from August 18-20, 2023.  Thanks to the Milan Rifle Club Board for approving the purchase as well as for supporting Cowboy Shooting in general.  We would not have the club and range we have if it weren’t for their support.   

Now, just a bit about the 2023 Illinois State Championship. 

First, we want to thank you for your supporting the 2022 State Championship (even if you couldn’t be here, we know you supported us in sprit).  We look forward to hosting it again in 2023 and hope you will continue supporting us and our efforts to bring Illinois a quality State Championship match.

Sponsorships:  Second, if you’re interested in sponsoring a Stage we still have a few available.  Of course, we have other Sponsorship opportunities as well.  You can download our Sponsorship Form here.  We appreciate the support. 

Registrations:  Third, we’ve well above 20 registrations already with more coming in weekly. It’s never too early to reserve your spot. Click here to go to our website’s Registration page.  Note that we have two registration options. 

  1. Our traditional paper registration form; and,
  2. A new online-registration form that allows payment by credit card. 

Please use one form per shooter (i.e., multiple shooters require multiple forms).   

Introducing the Illinois Record Stage:  Fouth, as we mentioned in our Christmas video, we are planning to introduce the Illinois Record Stage at the 2023 State Championship.  This stage will be set up as one of our ten official stages and shot during the championship match. 

This stage is similar to the World Record stage, but uses much closer target distances appropriate for use in a match.  Just as people are recognized as holding the “World Record” when they shoot the World Record Stage the fastest, we plan to recognize Illinois shooters who shoot the Illinois Record Stage the fastest as holding the Illinois State Record.  There will be an Illinois record set in every shooting category that has an Illinois shooter in it. 

We believe Illinois will be the first state to establish a State Record award, and that this will add a fun and interesting element to the Illinois State Championship.  Since this is the inaugural year, there will be a new State Record set in every category that has an Illinois shooter in it.  A lot of people will have bragging rights that they hold the state record when they return home, and have a nice pin to show for it!  There aren’t many “firsts” left in this world.  Here’s one you won’t want to miss.

While the state record can only be held by Illinois shooters, non-Illinois shooters won’t be left out.  All shooters, regardless of residency, can set the Illowa Irregulars Club Record, and will also receive a nice pin to show for it. 

I’m planning to produce a video in the coming weeks which will include the details concerning the award as well as the stage layout and description.  We will also publish the stage for all to see, and even set up and practice it if they wish. 

Feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.

Stay tuned.

Popcorn Kelly

Celebrating Cowboy Action Shooting and Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Illowa Irregulars’ Cowboy Action Shooting Club wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

2022 was quite a year for Illowa Irregulars and Camden Mills, our Cowboy town, beginning with our first match in April through our last match in November, plus we hosted the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship for the first time, capping it all off with our annual Christmas Party held Saturday, December 3rd. As you can see in the image below, we had 30 cowboys, cowgirls, family and friends celebrating with us.

Thanks to everyone for being part of our llowa Irregulars family, friends, and acquaintances this past year. We are already making plans for 2023. Keep us in mind as you plan your shooting season. We’d love to have you join us!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years,

Your friends at Illowa Irregulars

PS. Illowa Irregulars are hosting the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship on August 18-20, 2023. For more information about our club, the SASS 2023 Illinois State Championship, or other upcoming events go to

A brief look back in time

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

It’s always fun to rediscover things we’ve forgotten about or haven’t seen in a while. We ran across some old photos we feel are worth sharing – a few pictures taken of our original five stage facades, each of which is paired with an image of what the stage looks like today. I have it from some of our cowboy club’s wise men and women that the “Then” images were taken in late 2013.

As our 2022 season draws to a close and we prepare to move into a new year, we hope you enjoy this little look back from a short 10 years ago. We appreciate your support over the years and look forward to serving you in the years to come.


Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Club, a shooting discipline of the Milan Rifle Club

PS. Plans are well underway for the 2023 Illinois State Championship scheduled from August 18-20, 2023. We’ve 20 registrants already. If you need a Christmas gift idea, what better gift than to give your favorite cowboy or cowgirl the gift of the 2023 Illinois State Championship!

Stage 1: Then and Now

Stage 2: Then and Now

Stage 4: Then and Now

Stage 5: Then and Now

Stage 9: Then and Now