Steel Challenge is a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) which consists of 8 standardized stages. The steel targets are of three sizes, round 10″ and 12″ and rectangular 18×24″. Each stage consists of 5 targets total, 4 of which can be shot in any order, and 1 stop plate. Each stage consists of 5 timed strings. The stage score is the total time it takes to shoot all 5 strings, plus any penalties or procedurals, minus the worst string. The match score is the total of all 5 stages. Round count is 25 per stage, 125 for the match. Bringing more ammo is highly recommended.
Handgun divisions include all USPSA divisions observing holster placement for each specific division, plus rimfire (22 LR only) pistol and rifle with iron sights or optics. No thumb break holsters are permitted. Rimfire pistols (semi-auto and revolver) do not require a holster. Mag pouches are not required but are permitted, and can be placed anywhere on the belt. Minimum caliber for centerfire (pistol and rifle) is .38 special or 9×19. No armor piercing, fragmenting or tracer ammo. Pistol caliber carbine is limited to 1600 fps max.
Centerfire handguns will start from the “surrender position”, wrists visible above shoulders from behind. Rimfire (pistol and rifle) and pistol caliber carbine start from low ready, which is indexing on a cone 10′ in front of the shooter. There are no mandatory reloads on the timer but are permitted should you run out of ammo on any string.
Steel Challenge matches are held on the Upper Pistol Range the third (3rd) Saturday of the month March thru October. We set up the morning of match beginning about 6am and appreciate all the help we can get. Depending on the number of participants, we’re done sometime between 12:30 and 2:00, any help with tear down is also greatly appreciated.
Registration is available on Practiscore (PS) https://practiscore.com/search/matches prior to match day, closing at 6pm on the Friday before match day. Registration is also available at the match, closing at 9:15. The main gate closes between 9:15 and 9:30. Matches on PS will be listed as MRPC SCSA followed by the date of the match. Registration on PS is free and will afford you the opportunity to squad yourself. It will require you to set up a username and password. It’s also a great place to find other matches you may be interested in. Match fees are not required to register on PS, and should be payed when checking in at the match.
Match fees are $15 for one gun, $20 for two guns. You will need to register twice if you are shooting two guns.
So what do I need to try it?
- a centerfire handgun or rifle, or rimfire pistol or rifle
- enough magazines to shoot five 5 round strings without reloading a magazine (5 mags recommended)
- ammo (I usually have about 200 rounds)
- appropriate holster for handgun (not necessary for rimfire) (no thumb breaks, must cover trigger guard)
- eye protection (mandatory for shooters and observers)
- ear protection (mandatory for shooters and observers)
- appropriate dress (this is an outdoor sport)
- snacks and/or drinks (optional)
- registration fee
During the present pandemic, we will observe social distancing and guidelines, so bring whatever you feel is necessary in that regard.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email the MD:
Chris Hiteman at Boa1966@yahoo.com