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.
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
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.
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
McLean County Peacemakers held their monthly indoor match this morning. Sixteen cowboys & cowgirls came out on a very cold morning to whack the steel bad-guys. Twenty seconds of bonuses helped reduce the overall times. Top three finishers are: Comstock Charley, Dangerous Dan McGrew, and Flaming Star. The clean shooters are: Comstock Charley, Flaming Star, and Missouri Sunshine.
Our first 50/50 raffle was won by Chenoa Tim, who donated his winnings to the club. Thanks Tim.
The next indoor match is December 17. Take a break from Christmas shopping and please join us.
aka: Jim Nelden
It started out COLD (33 degrees), but the sunshine and lack of wind made it bearable. By the end of the match it was 51 degrees, and most of the coats had been removed for a beautiful day.
There were 25 shooters split into two posses today at the Darnall’s range. Flaming Star came over from Cincinnati OH to shoot clean and win the match. Comstock Charley was second and Dangerous Dan McGrew was third. The other clean shooter was Marshall RD.
We welcomed one “new” shooter, Dusty Dimes from DeKalb. I show new in quotes because he’s shot cowboy before, just not at our club. Also, we welcomed back Max Muletrain after several years away.
I suspect this will be the last outdoor shoot for the year. Our indoor season will start November 19th, same time same place. It might be held outdoors if the weather is spectacular. Hope to see you then.
aka: Jim Nelden
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”
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
The match ran a little longer than usual today because the 20 shooters were in a single posse; but we got done about 1pm. The first stage Texas Star, sometimes called the Death Star, took the longest because of time to reset the target for each shooter. Stages 2 and 3 were in an unfamiliar location on the range because a training class had taken over our familiar 25 yard bay. Lots of sun, and it was a bit warm when we finished. I believe everyone had fun, though.
The top five finishers in order are: Midnight Justice, Comstock Charley, Chenoa Tim, Dangerous Dan McGrew, and Marshal RD. The two clean shooters are: Marshal RD and Comstock Charley. Score sheets are below.
Our next monthly match will be October 15 and should be outdoors. We will be prepared to shoot indoors if the weather dictates. Remember there is no black powder or shotgun at indoor shoots.
The biannual Quigley rifle match is coming October 1. The flier is one post below.
Also, below is the updated Cowboy Match flier for October through March.
aka: Jim Nelden
We’re only 5 weeks away from the Peacemakers’ biannual long range rifle match, so please mark your calendars. Below is the official flier with details of the classes and distances we will be shooting.
I hope to see many of you there.
aka: Comstock Charley
Today’s match started out with a few drizzles, but the sun was shining by the third stage. The top three finishers in order are: Midnight Justice, Comstock Charley and Flaming Star. Clean shooters are: Comstock Charley, Flaming Star, Chenoa Tim, Wapiti Waldi, and Katie Twoshots. Congratulations shooters!
A special welcome to our new shooter Mean Mark! Thanks to all who helped with the teardown and setup. That help is very much appreciated. Our September match will be on the 17th. Hope to see a big turnout!
aka: Bill Snyder
The McLean County Peacemakers will be hosting their next monthly match on Saturday, August 20th. Registration will open about 8:15 am with a shooter’s safety meeting at 8:50 am followed by the match.
Our own Comstock Charley has written some “cool” stages so come on out and enjoy the fun.
Congratulations to all our club members that competed in the 2022 Illinois State Championship! The Illowa Irregulars put on a great match and the weather cooperated nicely. Here are the folks that won some nice-looking buckles:
Classic Cowboy – Mackinaw Jack 1st Place and Illinois State Champion El Rey – Re Peeter 1st Place and Illinois State Champion Elder Statesman Duelist – Appaloosa Doc 2nd Place Silver Senior – Dangerous Dan McGrew 3rd Place Silver Senior Duelist – Comstock Charley 1st Place and Illinois State Champion
aka: Bill Snyder
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
I’m sorry there was no scores printout right after the match. We had a major cockpit error on the scoring tablets. I had to manually re-enter all the scores from the paper sheets. The results are attached.
Twenty nine cow people (persons?) shot today in two posses during the best match weather we will likely see this year. The top five finishers are: Midnight Justice, Dangerous Dan McGrew, Comstock Charley, Marshal RD and Fire Marshal Bill. Clean shooters are: Marshal RD, Tomahawk Johnson, Fire Marshal Bill and Lady Lou. Congratulations to all competitors. We hope to see you next month.
aka: Jim Nelden
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!
The weather could have been better, and we did get somewhat wet, and the match was cut short at 4 (instead of 5) stages by lightning. Despite all that, there were 19 shooters at today’s match.
Flaming Star came all the way from Ohio to win the match. Long Fingers and Comstock Charley filled out the top 3. Clean shooters were: Marshal RD, Flaming Star, Comstock Charley, Chenoa Tim and Missouri Sunshine.
Stage 1 was to be the last stage, but lightning, thunder and a deluge caused its cancellation. We started on Stage 2 because it wasn’t raining at 9 a.m. and that location had us shooting without cover. Rain started near the end of stage 4 and we finished 5 then packed it in. Looking forward to June flowers.
Our next match is June 18. Hope to see you then.
aka: Jim Nelden
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
Although our first outdoor match of the season was a bit chilly, we had 18 hardy contestants show up. The sun was shining, steel was clanging, and there were plenty of smiles to kick-off another fun outdoor season. The top three finishers in order are: Midnight Justice, Chenoa Tim, and Marshal RD. Clean shooters are: Chenoa Tim and Dee Mack Jack. Congratulations shooters!
Thanks to all who helped with the teardown and setup. That help is very much appreciated. Our May match will be on the 21st.
Happy Easter everyone!
aka: Bill Snyder
End of Trail 2022 February 28 – March6 By Lady Lou, (aka, Debbie Aurelius-Muir)
Three members of the Peacemakers SASS Club made it to the 41st SASS World Championship of Cowboy Action & Wild Bunch Shooting. The Arizona Territorial Company of Rough Riders were our hosts at the SASS End of Trail Competition. The festivities were held on the grounds of the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona. As usual, we met lots of friendly folks.
This year’s EOT (End of Trail) theme was based on the 1962 movie “How the West Was Won”. When Dangerous Dan and I rolled in on Tuesday afternoon, we really felt as if we were back in the wild west of the 1880’s. The contest was held in the middle of the desert and we found ourselves surrounded by mountains and cacti. We enjoyed a fun walk past all of the stages that were getting set up as well as the many vendors who had brought their wares for the contestants’ and guests’ perusal.
Wednesday was the first day of the contest for us. We had signed up for some of the fun side matches. To add to the excitement of the competition, Arizona delivered some extreme weather for us. There was a combination of high winds and high temperatures. The sun beat down as it reached the low 90’s while the wind constantly blew off our hats and shook the targets. John entered me in the Annie Oakley Shoot. It included 10 rounds on three targets at 65 – 110 yards. Even though the wind made it especially challenging to hit the targets, miraculously, I was still able to hit two at 110 yards!
Dangerous Dan was a much better shot. All side matches required 10 rounds to be shot. He entered three matches: Pistol Caliber Rifle, Single Shot Rifle, and Buffalo (Black Powder) Single Shot Rifle. Pistol Caliber Rifle entailed alternating on two targets at 60 – 100 yards, Single Shot Rifle, alternating on two targets at 280 – 300 yards, and Buffalo Single Shot set targets at 300 yards. Dan hit six out of ten, two out of ten, and three out of ten respectively! Go Dan!
Next, we completed a warm up match. Each shooter was assigned a posse which was given a scenario using 4 of the 12 locations for the actual shoot. The order of the targets and the scenarios were similar but not the same as the contestants would encounter the next day. It was just a chance to try out your equipment (which, by the way, worked perfectly) and get a feel for the range.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday saw the wind start to subside and the temperatures start to descend. John and I completed our 12 stages with a few hiccups. On Thursday, our first day of the shooting competition, the shotgun broke on the very first stage! As per the usual kindness and generosity of SASS folk, one of our posse members lent us his shotgun so that we could finish the stages! As soon as our posse finished our shooting for the day, we took our shotgun to the gunsmith “Jim Bowie” who had set up a trailer booth on site. He was a magician. He took all of 12 seconds to assess the problem and fixed it on the spot. Payment? He said, “Put what you think the work is worth in my jar.” Turns out the shotgun wasn’t closing all the way, leaving too great of a gap between the firing pin and the shotshell’s primer.
Friday, towards the end of the second day of shooting, the pistol ejector rod ejected itself right off of John’s pistol just as he finished his stage. Once again, we took our gun to Jim Bowie after our shooting had concluded that day, and once again Jim worked his magic.
Saturday, the third and final day of the competition, all of our guns and equipment worked. Yee-haw! Long Fingers placed 120 out of 681 shooters. Great job! Deb and John were happy to make it to the end of the competition with all of our equipment working and without getting a penalty.
Saturday evening, I entered the Costume Contest. I was delighted to receive 2nd place in the “Best Dressed Lady” category! I wore an 1880s traveling outfit that I sewed from an historical pattern. The ensemble was comprised of a skirt, cape, hat, purse, muff, vest, blouse, and the appropriate undergarments. It was a lot of layers of clothing. Due to the windy and cold conditions of the evening, and the fact that the events were in a tent, I was glad to be dressed so warmly!
The competition concluded with a banquet catered by Broken Drift Productions. They served a house salad, chicken, steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, butter, and assorted desserts. The evening entertainment featured comedian and emcee Mark Brooks and country singer/songwriter Pat James and his band. Both were excellent! We laughed, we danced, we ate. What a fun experience. I encourage everybody to drive down to Phoenix, Arizona to experience the SASS World Championship of Cowboy action & Wild Bunch Shooting at least once in their lifetime. It was a fun adventure!
Rainy and cold outside, warmer and dry inside, the Peacemakers cowboy match had 17 folks come to fight the steel bad guys. Another very efficient match, clean-up was finished by 11:20. Scores’ link is below.
Top three were: Comstock Charley, Flaming Star and Mackinaw Jack. Marshal RD and Chenoa Tim shot the match clean.
Spring arrives tomorrow, so next month we’re planning to shoot outdoors. Black powder and shotguns will be welcome again if weather and ground conditions allow. The match will be written for an outdoor shoot, but April weather can be treacherous. Hope for warm & dry, prepare for cool and muddy.
aka: Jim Nelden
The roads were only fair, but 15 cowpokes made the trip to Darnall’s for today’s McLean County Peacemakers February indoor match. Another match completed in record time, started at 9am, finished at 11am. We’re not trying to rush shooters, but being ready when called and efficient brass pickup really makes it move along. Thanks to all who setup on Friday and put it away on Saturday.
Clean shooters were: Katy Twoshots, Tomahawk Johnson, Okie Pete and Marshal RD. Long Fingers paced the match (69.03 sec), followed by Comstock Charley and Dangerous Dan McGrew. Detailed scoresheets below.
Our next match will be indoors on March19. If the weather and ground conditions are much better than usual, we could be outdoors in March. We’re all looking forward to outdoor shooting again in April.
aka: Jim Nelden