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.
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
1st Comstock Charley 8
2nd Dangerous Dan McGrew 3
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.
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.
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.
The Annie Oakley Award Plaque is ready for its first Name. There are 18 name plates on it. This is for the ladies only. The winner will have the most clean shoots each year from September through August. This is the same period as the “Hank T Bullwacker Award” which will now be for the Men’s winner for 2022. SASS defines a clean shoot as “No Misses and No Procedurals”. We have been keeping score on everyone since September. Right now, it is anyone’s award. In case of ties, we post both names on a plate. The plaque will hang on the wall at Darnall’s next to the men’s award.
We had 20 cowpersons (how PC can I get?) at our January match today, including a father & son pair of new shooters. Welcome Dakota Tim and Grey-Eyed Rider. Another efficient match time-wise, were out of there by noon.
Top three for the match were: Flaming Star, Comstock Charley, and Dangerous Dan McGrew. Clean shooters: Flaming Star, Marshal RD and Tomahawk Johnson.
Our next indoor match will be on Saturday, February 19. Let’s all hope for good travel weather. We lucked out this month with only 1″ of new snow on the ground around Bloomington.
Our indoor match on the 18th had 17 contestants shooting 5 stages. Stages were pretty easy except number 5, written by The Grinch to include a 1-shot pistol reload for a 10-second bonus upon hitting rifle target #4. Almost everyone succeeded in hitting the bonus.
The top three finishers in order are: Long Fingers, Comstock Charley, and Dangerous Dan McGrew.
Clean shooters are: Tomahawk Johnson, Missouri Sunshine, Long Fingers and Comstock Charley.
The match was completed in only 2 hours and 5 minutes with the efficient preparation of the shooters. Thanks to all who helped with the teardown and setup.
Announced at the match, our new club website will be created by Dangerous Dan McGrew, who volunteered to be webmaster. The URL will be unchanged.
Our January match will be on the 15th (2022!!). Hope to see everyone in the New Year. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the PeacemakersComstock Charley
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.
SASS approved a proposed rule change when a competitor arrives at the shooting line with the hammer on the rifle cocked. The old rule was an immediate Stage DQ. In the new rule, the RO will take the rifle and point it downrange into the berm and pull the trigger. If a shot is not fired, the competitor will be allowed to proceed. If a shot is fired, there will be a Stage DQ.