The Armed Barbers

Was born and raised in southern Illinois, son of a coal miner and in the mining industry for 10 years before going to school to be a barber. Sweet has a strong desire to see the barbershop as an institution return to southern Illinois, with a strong emphasis on classic barber styles, razor work and hospitality. Sweet is so happy to serve the men of the heartland.

The Armed Barbers' Barbershop

Open Daily

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday 11:00am-7:00pm

Saturday 8:30am-3:00pm

Located on Extreme Exigency Shooting Park 

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Ray Minor

Born and raised in southern Illinois at retired M/Sgt. with the Illinois State.  Since Ray's retirement he felt the need to continue to serve. Ray's grandfather was a barber in Benton, Illinois and through the years Ray has seen the decline in Barber Shops.  Ray feels men need a place to go, between work and home to be a guy that is not a bar.  Ray hopes the Armed Barber Shop will provide that place.

John D. Sweet  - "Sweet" 

Welcome to the Armed Barbers' shop. 
A man’s barbershop located in the main facility on the grounds of the Extreme Exigency Shooting Park.  Where we took two things men love and put them together. 

Shooting and classic men's haircuts.  A place to shoot and a place to enjoy old school classic haircuts, beard trims, and hot towel straight blade razor shaves. 

The male baby boomer is now in his 50s and 60s, craves a return to the shops he knew while growing up.  He does not want to be surrounded by the smell of acrylics or chemicals. He wants to feel comfortable and secure in a male domain when he receives a haircut, beard trim or face shave.  Younger men are wearing shorter traditional old school hair styles such as pompadours, fades, and military cuts.  These styles required the expertise of a barber.   

Our barbershop provides more than just barber services, our shop offers old school long lost true service, expertise, tools, guidance, and a place to gather, relax, enjoy comradeship,  a place to feel welcome.