2022 Illinois State Championship Results are Posted

The SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship Results are available on the Illowa Irregulars Scores page.  We had 150 shooters start the match.  While it was a little wet Friday morning for the first warm-up match, it cleared up in the afternoon for the second warm-up and remained dry the afternoon Side Matches and both days of the main match.    

Congratulations to:

  • Matt Black and Turkey Legs for winning Overall Men’s and Ladies Shooters,
  • Billie the Avenger and Turkey Legs for taking top Illinois State honors by winning the 2022 SASS Men’s and Women’s Championships, respectively; and
  • Our 16 Clean Shooters: Matt Black, Billy the Avenger, Bailey Creek, Comstock Charlie, Capt. Jim Midnight, Wicker Nash, City Slicker, Sgt Hampton, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Fatboy Harley, Badlands Charlie, Rance, Sew Cantina, Kid Koo, Mar Sioux, and Lady Pearl. 

Also, if I say so myself, the Saturday evening Celebration Belle Riverboat Dinner cruise was spectacular.  Great weather, great food, but most importantly, it was being with the 93 cowboys, cowgirls, and some family members, many of whom were dressed hilt in their cowboy/cowgirl finery.  Even the non-cowboys on the cruise were entertained having our fun group on the boat with them. 

Thanks to everyone who attended, and hope you enjoyed the match.  I know I speak for every Illowa Irregular when I say we truly appreciate your having attending the match, and hope you will consider returning for future matches. 

If you would like to see our event program, including our stages, click here

With that, I’ll call it a day. 

Popcorn Kelly

2022 Illinois State Championship Who’s Coming List (and a few other topics)

  1. Who’s Coming List
  2. RO1 and RO Refresher Course – Jan 22
  3. Iron Cowboy Match – Jan 29
  4. Iron Cowboy Match Setup – Jan 28

Happy New Year! This is just a quick note to start off the year with some updated Illowa Irregular news and information.

1. Who’s Coming List & Interesting Match Facts: Click here to see the 2022 Illinois Championship Who’s Coming list. Alternatively, you can find a link to the list by clicking on the Who’s Coming link at the top of Illowa Irregulars’ Homepage.

If you’ve not done so already, and particularly if you are from Illinois and want to guarantee a spot in our state’s Championship, take a moment and submit your registration soon. There is no time like the present. Click here for more information about the 2022 Illinois State Championship and to download a registration and/or sponsorship form.

State Champion Buckle

2. RO1 & RO Refresher Course: Illowa Irregulars Cowboy Action Shooting Club is sponsoring an RO1 course scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., January 22, 2022, at the Milan Rifle Club indoor range. The course is limited to the first 25 people to sign up. As of today, we have 6 slots remaining. If you need an RO1 or Refresher Course, here’s your chance.

Course instructors are Flyin’ Shootist and Turkey Legs.  The cost is $15 for RO1 and $10 for Refresher courses, payable on site.  The SASS ROI Course handbook will be provided.  Please bring pencil and paper for note taking.    (We included an estimated end time, but that is just a best guess.) 

The course is designed to help attendees interpret and understand the SASS Handbook’s safety rules.  This course also qualifies as a Refresher Course for current RO1’s.  SASS members who receive this Range Operations Basic Safety Course training will be awarded a SASS pin as evidence of satisfactory course completion.  If you are interested, follow these steps: 

  1. Click here to be taken to the sign-up website;.
  2. Check the “Sign Up” box as shown in the image below; then,
  3. Click the Submit and Sign Up box at the bottom of the page.
  4. Enter your name, alias, and email address in the form, and indicate if this is your first RO1 course or a Refresher Course in the comment section at the top (see second image below); then
  5. Click Sign Up Now box at the bottom of the form. 

If you have difficulty signing up using the link above, you may also register via email by clicking here. Please include your name, alias, and let us know if this is your first RO1 course or if it’s a Refresher course.

3. Iron Cowboy Match: The Iron Cowboy Match is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. January 29th. As always, we’ll be keeping an eye on the weather. A wood fire will be provided free of charge. Per club policy, match cancellations due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances will be announced no later than Noon the day before the match. If no announcement is made, the match will be held. Cancellation notices will be published on our Blog page. Check the website.

4. Setup for the Iron Cowboy Match: Match setup is scheduled for 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Friday January 28th. Note the time – it’s quite different from normal. A little help is always appreciated.

With that, as we open a new Chapter in our lives – Chapter 2022 – let’s do what we can to make it a very good year.

Happy Trails,
Illowa Irregulars

SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship

The SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship
July 15-17, 2022
Mayhem On The Mississippi

REGISTRATION FORM: Click here to download the Registration Form. (Registration is now over)
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Click here to download the Sponsorship Form. (Registration is now over)
(see the last section on this page)

HOST HOTEL: We’ve selected the Holiday Inn Express as our official host hotel. Room rates begin at $129/night. We’ve reserved a block of rooms until 30 days prior to the match. Reservations can be made by either clicking here or calling (309) 517-6400 and ask to book in the Illinois State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship block.


The Illowa Irregulars and the Milan Rifle Club are proud to host the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship.

  • Friday: Side & 3-stage Warm-Up matches;
  • Saturday: 6 Main Match Stages;
  • Sunday: 4 Main Match Stages followed immediately by an Awards Luncheon at the air-conditioned Milan Community Center.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: We are also excited to announce two (optional) Special Activities during the SASS 2022 Illinois State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship:

  1. A Saturday evening Mississippi Riverboat Dinner Cruise aboard the Celebration Belle;
    • This will be a truly unique event in the annals of Cowboy Action Shooting,
    • Cowboy attire encouraged;  and,
  2. A Costume Contest (with roaming judges) for Best Dressed Woman and Man, and Junior Boy and Girl.

CAMPING: We are offering on-site dry camping, but there are also several full-service camping options in the area. See our Registration Form for more information.

OUR FACILITIES: Our cowboy town, Camden Mills, has 10 bays all with covered loading and unloading tables, and every bay has a carport to protect those waiting and watching from the sun and rain. Six of the bays have cowboy building facades. Also, the entire range is well-shaded, contained in a reasonably small area (short walks between stages), and the central pathway through the competition range is 100% paved. If you are unfamiliar with our range take a look at our Stage Photos section of our web page or just look around www.illowairregulars.com.

180-shooter limit. We are placing a 180-shooter limit on attendance. The last Illinois State Championship drew 170 participants. Attendance predictions are always difficult, but it will have been a full three years since the last Illinois State Championship. Will demand be higher because of the gap? It’s hard to say. However, we’d hate to have someone miss the opportunity to shoot at the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship because they delayed sending in their registration. It’s never too early to register to ensure you’re one of the fortunate 180.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Interested in supporting the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship by becoming a Sponsor? Whether your a business, another Cowboy Action Shooting Club, or a personal benefactor, your support is important to helping us keep Cowboy Action Shooting alive and well in Illinois and the upper Midwest. We’ve several support options to meet virtually any budget. Click here to download the Sponsor Form to learn how you and your organization can support Cowboy Action Shooting and the SASS 2022 Illinois State Championship. Your support is appreciated.