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.

May 20 Match Results

Beautiful weather today started a little cool then got perfect.  Two posses with 22 total shooters finished a fast and fun match by 11:20.  Two cowboys returned after a long absence: Max Muletrain and Wild Pike.  Our thanks for everyone who helped keep the match moving and for tearing down targets.

Top 5 finishers:  Flaming Star, Midnight Justice, Wild Pike, Mongo and Comstock Charley.  Six shot clean: Chenoa Tim, Fire Marshal Bill, Flaming Star, Galva Girl, Katie Twoshots, and Marshal RD.

Roy Spurs won the 50/50 and donated his winnings to the club.

Our next cowboy match will be June 17 and we’d like to see you there.

Comstock Charley (aka: Jim Nelden)


Spring Quigley Match Results

Thirteen competitors shooting 31 total matches attended the March 6th Quigley Shoot.  Rain forced the competition under cover, so everything was shot at 50 or 100 yards.  Top three finishers of each men’s smokeless category are:

50 yard Revolver, 10 shots

  1. Midnight Justice – 9
  2. Comstock Charley – 5
  3. Appaloosa Doc – 4

50/100 yard Pistol Caliber lever action, 20 shots + 5 tie breaker

  1. Duncan Greenwood – 20 +3
  2. Midnight Justice – 20 +2
  3. Wapiti Waldi – 19

100/100 yard Rifle Caliber lever action, 20 shots

  1. Comstock Charley – 20
  2. Wapiti Waldi – 14
  3. Appaloosa Doc – 13

100/100 yard Rifle Caliber single shot, 20 shots

  1. Tomahawk Johnson – 18
  2. Chenoa Tim – 17
  3. Wapiti Waldi – 16

100/100 yard Bolt Action Military, 20 shots

  1. Wapiti Waldi – 20
  2. Comstock Charley – 17
  3. Dennis Rainville – 5

Galva Girl won the women’s first place in 50/100 yard Pistol Caliber lever rifle and 100/100 yard Rifle Caliber single shot, both smokeless.

Congratulations to all the winners.  There was some great shooting and even several perfect scores. Since this match has grown so popular, in the future we will have multiple, alternating shooters at the line.  We tried this at the end of the match, and it worked out fine.  It really helped speed up the match. Everyone had a great time, thank you all for coming out.   Tomahawk

Our next Quigley Shoot will be held on October 7.

Quigley Match Reminder and More

It is one week until the Quigley Match at Darnall’s.  The flier is below.  Current weather forecast is partly cloudy and upper 60s, not too breezy.   You can’t park at the bottom of the hill during the match, but you can drive down to unload, then drive back up to park.  At 9am we’ll meet at the 200 yard line for registration.

Our next cowboy match is May 20 and will be held OUTDOORS so black powder and shotguns are welcomed.  New feature this match is all shotgun targets are Knockdowns.  Most major SASS matches use just shotgun knockdowns, so we want you familiar with them on every stage.

Hope to see you soon.

Comstock Charley  (aka: Jim Nelden)

April Match Results & Quigley Flier

It felt like summer, but I’m not complaining.  Sunny 80s on a day that earlier forecasts had rain.  Twenty-three shooters in two posses came to enjoy this year’s first Peacemakers outdoor match.  A new shooter, Duncan Greenwood was added to our merry band, and he shot clean.  Good to see our old friends 3 Deuce Cowhand and Cheyenne Cinder.

Top five for the match:  Midnight Justice, Flaming Star, Comstock Charley, Long Fingers and Chenoa Tim.  Clean shooters:  Chenoa Tim, Duncan Greenwood, Flaming Star, Mackinaw Jack, Tomahawk Johnson and Wapiti Waldi.  The 50/50 drawing was won by me (first time).

Our next cowboy match is May 20. 

On May 6 the Quigley Rifle Match will be held at Darnall’s.  See the flier below for details.

Hope to see y’all soon.

Comstock Charley   (aka: Jim Nelden)


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.
Respectfully submitted,
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.

Comstock Charley

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.

7.  MerryChristmas

 and Happy New Year

 from the Peacemaker officers.

Comstock Charley


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

Comstock Charley

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

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