State Championship Summary w/ Video Links

This is a quick post-match update of the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship July 15-17.  After a few late cancels due to various reasons, we ended up with 149 paid shooters, crowned two new Overall Winners, two new Mens and Ladies Champions, and 34 new Illinois Category Champions.  If anyone would like an electronic version of the Event program, click here to download it. 

We enjoyed hosting the 2022 Championship and are already making plans for next year.  In terms of next year, we will most likely hold the event from August 18-20, 2023.  Please mark these dates on your calendar and make plans to attend and, if so inclined, please consider recommending us to others.  The more the merrier!

Match Videos

I also want to let you know I created two videos of the 2022 Illinois Championship.  Between the video footage and all the pictures, it was quite long (in the order of 40 minutes) so I broke it up into two parts. 

[My videos tend to be a bit longer than most. Feel free to fast forward. I also encourage people to watch them on their television if possible. To me they are much more enjoyable when viewed on a larger screen with better sound.)

Part 1 mostly contains an introduction, several videos of cowboys and cowgirls shooting stages, and scrolling lists of the Overall Winners, Category Champions, Side Match Winners and Clean Shooters at the end.  This video is about 21 minutes long.  Click here to view Part 1

Part 2 contains a shorter introduction and then photos of the match, the Celebration Belle Riverboat Dinner Cruise, and all Award Winners.  There are a  lot of pictures.  Part 2 is about 20 minutes long.  Click here to view Part 2. 

Again, thanks for your support and we hope to see you next year. 

Happy Trails,

Popcorn Kelly, Communications and Website Director

Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Club

Milan, Illinois


FRU 2022 – An old-style, historical cowboy shoot; Stage 4 – RT, You’re Going to Swing

Swing: intransitive verb

  1. To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above.
  2. To move laterally or in a curve.
  3. To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm.

in this stage, RT gives you two of the three above definitions –

  1. the Cougar swings back and forth; and,
  2. the shooter moves laterally.

We’ll, let’s just forget about #3 – no hitting allowed!.

All kidding aside, the swinging Cougar is a fun stage, and you get plenty of chances to hit the 5 pistols targets on the dueling tree, so no worries there. Another way to think about this stage: All for fun; and fun for all!

For more information, or to download the FRU 2022 Registration Formclick here.

FRU 2022 – An old-style, historical cowboy shoot; Stage 3 – Can I be like Deuce?

Rootin Tootin has always been amazed at how fast Deuce can manipulate a pistol. Can you be like Deuce? Let’s see how fast you can manipulate your pistols.

In this stage RT is having us shoot a Deuce Stevens Speed sweep by double tapping each of the three pistols targets then putting four on the center target. How fast can you shoot it? Come on out and let’s find out!

For more information, or to download the FRU 2022 Registration Formclick here.

For Immediate Release: From Camden’s Mills Mayor

While the 2022 Illinois State Shoot has been completed with dinner, raffles, awards, and recognition of many of our workers and contributors, we would be greatly remiss if we did not recognize on this larger internet platform the quiet behind the scenes work of our coordinator and co-Match Director, Mr. Popcorn Kelly! Taking the ideas and suggestions of a few of our regular shooters, Popcorn “took the ball and ran,” doing all the drudge work of making contacts, coordinating the various separate parts of a successful State shoot, and organizing an awards program that worked flawlessly. Throughout the run up to the weekend, and during the weekend itself, many questions that came up received the same answer – “Check with Popcorn – he knows!” Elsewhere you will read about a successful Illinois State Shoot – the most important factor behind that success was the modest person behind it all…Thanks. Popcorn!