The McLean County Peacemaker’s Club organizes monthly cowboy action shooting matches reminiscent of the wild west of the late 1800’s. The events are governed by the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and are open to anyone who can handle firearms safely regardless of gender, shooting skills, or age (parental supervision is required for all competitors under 21 years of age). Every match provides entrants with fun shooting challenges, a chance to practice their shooting skills, and an opportunity to build friendships among people with common interests.
March Cowboy Match Results
Despite the surprise snowy roads, nineteen cowpokes shot it out today. Six shooters completed the match clean: Flaming Star, Katie Twoshots, Marshal RD, Okie Pete, Tomahawk Johnson (on his birthday), and Wapiti Waldi. The top five shooters are: Long Fingers, Comstock Charley, Flaming Star, Wapiti Waldi and Chenoa Tim.
Spring “officially” starts on Monday, so the April 15 shoot is planned for outdoors. April weather (March too) can be treacherous, so adjustments will be made as necessary. If enough people cross their fingers maybe…….
Katie Twoshots won the 50/50 raffle.
Comstock Charley (aka: Jim Nelden)
No Misses at the Annual Banquet
Twenty-three members and significant others attended at the Bandana’s BBQ
Restaurant in Bloomington, IL. The 22nd annual meeting was started by President
Mackinaw Jack around 5:30 pm with greetings and recognition for the volunteers who
keep the club running.
Treasurer Tomahawk Johnson gave his report, which was approved. There are
currently no outstanding bills, and the checking account has $1,540.26.
Arizona Buffalo Joe provided a summary of upcoming events. The two Quigley rifle
shoots are on May 6 and October 7. A planned new shooters clinic and cowboy clays
match are not yet scheduled.
Secretary Comstock Charley led the election of officers, first opening the floor for
additional nominations, of which there were none. The slate of 7 nominees was read,
vote moved by Arizona Buffalo Joe and seconded by Bad Dean. There were no opposed
votes. Officers for 2023 are:
President – Mackinaw Jack
Vice-President – Marshal RD
Treasurer – Tomahawk Johnson
Secretary – Comstock Charley
At-large board members:
Arizona Buffalo Joe
Prairie Trail Ranger
Sheriff Boo Boo Bottom
Door prizes were awarded occasionally during the meeting. Meeting was adjourned before 6 pm as the meal was served.
Comstock Charley – Secretary
February 2023 Match Results
Nineteen shooters attended the Peacemakers’ February indoor match. We welcomed one new shooter: Ellie Mae Dean. Also welcomed back after his accident this autumn was Blind Hog. Keep getting better, BH.
The first four stages were relatively normal, but number 5 was a different story. There were two one-shot bonus (10 seconds each) reloads on the stage and a target sequence that confused some.
Top five finishers were: Comstock Charley, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Mackinaw Jack, Long Fingers and Flaming Star. The three clean shooters: Comstock Charley, Flaming Star and Mackinaw Jack.
Tomahawk Johnson won the 50/50 drawing.
Our next match, probably indoors, is March 18. Hopefully we’ll be outside in April.
Comstock Charley (aka: Jim Nelden)
January Match Results
The Peacemaker match today attracted 17, including one new shooter, Maraudino (which means marauder). Arizona Buffalo Joe put together 5 sometimes challenging stages that were competed around 11 a.m. Thanks to all for helping with cleanup.
Top five finishers were: Dangerous Dan McGrew, Flaming Star, Comstock Charley, Chenoa Tim and Tomahawk Johnson. A remarkable 6 shot clean today: Chenoa Tim, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Flaming Star, Katie Twoshots, Marshal RD and Tomahawk Johnson.
Our next match will be February 18. We are planning a club banquet & officer elections on March 11 at Bandana’s in Bloomington. More details will be forthcoming.
aka: Jim Nelden
Peacemakers Officers Meeting
The officers held a meeting on Monday, December 19. Several topics were discussed.
1. The tentative 2023 schedule of matches is below.
2. The Quigley rifle matches will be on Saturdays May 6 and October 7. An additional rifle class, BAM, will be added. Bolt Action Military is an unmodified bolt action rifle issued by any nation’s military before 1940 (no sniper rifles). Ammo must be unjacketed lead projectile, may have gas check, running <1400fps. Sights are iron only used by the military of origin. Examples: Lee-Enfield, Springfield 1903, Schmidt-Rubin, Mauser, Enfield 1917, Carcano, Arisaka, Mosin-Nagant…
3. A clinic for new cowboy shooters is planned, but not yet scheduled.
4. The annual cowboy banquet will be held early in March (4th or 11th). Since Ozark House is closing, a new venue must be found.
5. A cowboy shotgun clays match combining some skeet and some trap (25 rounds) is in the planning stage. Date to be announced.
6. 2023 club dues are payable now. $20 per person, $25 for a family/couple. It’s most convenient to pay at the next match you attend.
and Happy New Year
from the Peacemaker officers.
ps: I forgot to include in the Saturday match results that Arizona R. Tillery won the 50/50 and donated his winnings back to the club.
December 2022 Match Results and Video
The McLean County Peacemakers had their year-ending shoot today with 20 cowfolks in attendance. A new shooter, Noname James, was welcomed. Hope to see him often and that he discovers the “perfect” SASS alias.
The group shot very efficiently, completing five stages in only two hours. Top finishers are: Long Fingers, Comstock Charley, Flaming Star and Dangerous Dan McGrew. The five clean shooters are: Comstock Charley, Flaming Star, Katie Twoshots, Marshal RD and Sheriff Boo Boo Bottom. The scores are linked below.
Our first shoot of 2023 will be January 21, same time/same place. Hope to see you then.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the McLean County Peacemakers
aka: Jim Nelden
Fall Quigley Match Results 2022
We had Perfect weather and nine shooters that shot in 21 categories. It was a great group and everyone helped out. Special thanks to Arizona Buffalo Joe for setting up, painting and repainting and tearing down all the targets. Thank you to all who attended! Tomahawk Johnson Match Director.
Lever Action Rifle – Rifle caliber:
First Wapiti Waldi - 14 Second Comstock Charlie - 11 Third Dennis Rainville - 7
Lever Action Rifle – Pistol Caliber
First Midnight Justice - 19 Second Wapiti Waldi - 18 Third Arizona Buffalo Joe - 14
Single Shot Rifle – Rifle Caliber
First Comstock Charlie - 15 Second Tomahawk Johnson - 11
Single Shot Rifle – Rifle Caliber – Black Powder
First Dangerous Dan McGrew - 10
Lever Action Rifle – Pistol Caliber – Ladies
First Lady Lou - 6
Revolver 50 yard:
First Midnight Justice - 8 out of 10 Second Wapiti Waldi - 6 out of 10 Third Comstock Charlie - 5 out of 10
Trent “Tomahawk” Johnson
“Success comes to those who hustle wisely”
2022 Annual Clean Shoot Winners
August concludes the 2022 Clean Shoot Contest because we always give these awards at the September shoot.
The Hank T. Bullwalker Award goes to Marshal RD.
The Annie Oakley Award (3-way tie so all 3 names go on the plaque) goes to Missouri Sunshine, Katie Twoshots and Flaming Star.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Trent “Tomahawk” Johnson
Posse One, Git ‘er done!
Here is the video from the iPhone camera running at Stage 2. The camera was slightly down range which gave me a better camera angle. Fortunately, no one shot the camera. 😊. I was able to safely control the shutter using a remote Bluetooth shutter button. Sorry I didn’t get any video of Posse 2 folks.
John Muir, a. k. a. Dangerous Dan McGrew
2022 Banquet Report
By Lada Lou – aka Debbie Aurelius-Muir
Twenty-three cowboys and cowgirls attended the Peacemakers Members’ Dinner and Meeting on Saturday, March 12th at the Ozark House in Bloomington, Illinois. This fine establishment rustled up the diner’s choice of some delicious fried chicken, Icelandic cod, ribeye steak, catfish and baby back ribs. Each dinner included a tossed side salad, baked potato, and fresh baked bread. The friendly folks enjoyed an evening of camaraderie and lively conversation. In attendance at the evening’s festivities were Apoloosa Doc (Gary Conolly), Cheryl Newman, Arizona Buffalo Joe (Joe Welch), Cindy Welch, Lefty Dalton (Glen Dalton), Joy Dalton, Bad Dean (Dean Henry), Karen Henry, Dakota Tim (Tim Breen), Danna Breen, Gray Eyed Rider (Sean Breen), Comstock Charlie (Jim Neldon), Marshall RD (Ron Darnall), Sue Darnall, Lunar Tic Pete (Pete Manuele, Jr.), Celest Teal Ray (Amy Manuele), Prairie Trail Ranger (Jon Paulson), Sooner Born (Patty Paulson), Okie Pete (Brett Barbee), Mackinaw Jack (Bill Snyder), Sherie Snyder, Roy Spurs (Roy Jones), and Marge Jones.
After dinner, the Peacemakers’ members voted to approve their new slate of officers.
President: Mackinaw Jack, aka Bill Snyder Vice President: Marshall RD aka Ron Darnall Treasurer: Tomahawk Johnson aka Trent Johnson Secretary: Comstock Charlie aka Jim Neldon Officers-at-large: Prairie Trail Ranger aka Jon Paulsen; Sheriff Boo Boo Bottom aka Jack Vick; Arizona Buffalo Joe aka Joe Welch Webmaster: Dangerous Dan McGrew aka John Muir
Lots of door prizes were given away, too. Next year you will just have to come to the banquet and see what prizes you might win!
2022 Spring Quigley Long Range Shoot Report
We had 9 Shooters including 3 Ladies shoot in 21 different Classes. The results were close as always. Some Great Shooting was done by the competitors!
Pistol Caliber Lever Action Rifle Men’s: 1st Arizona Buffalo Joe 19 2nd Chenoa Tim 18 3rd Dangerous Dan McGrew 17 Pistol Caliber Lever Action Rifle Ladies': 1st Celest Teal Ray 15 2nd Galva Girl 13 3rd Lady Lou 9 Revolver Men’s: 1st Comstock Charley 8 2nd Dangerous Dan McGrew 3 Revolver Ladies': 1st Celest Teal Ray 1 Lever Action Rifle in Rifle Caliber Smokeless: 1st Comstock Charley 13 Lever Action Rifle in Rifle Caliber Black Powder: 1st Lunar Tic Pete 6 Single Shot Rifle in Rifle Caliber Smokeless: 1st Chenoa Tim 15 2nd Tomahawk Johnson 14 3rd Dangerous Dan McGrew/Comstock Charley 13 Single Shot Rifle in Rifle Caliber Smokeless Ladies': 1st Galva Girl 6
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