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Metal Madness competitors shoot one lane at a time, each lane with shoot plates in a specific order. The shoot
plate orders are randomized prior to each match.

I

have crisscrossed the nation over
the last decade participating and
observing every shooting sport there
is. That is, until earlier this year after
discovering the new discipline that has taken
western Kentucky by storm-Metal Madness.
Metal Madness is the brainchild of Ed
White, founder of the Grand Rivers Shooting
Range located just outside of Paducah, KY.
The range is literally in his backyard. Metal
Madness is the result of his experimentation
with target layout and finding just the right
mix of speed and accuracy. Although, White
is quick to point out that it wasn't just him,
but a community effort that has made Metal
Madness and Grand Rivers a success.
"It took a while to develop Metal Madness,"
White said about the origins of the sport. "I
started building the range in my backyard
because I had the space to do it. We went
through several different permutations before we figured out exactly how Metal Madness should work."

METAL MADNESS
The name kind of gives it away. In Metal
Madness, *surprise* you are shooting at
metal plates. The Madness aspect of the
sport, however, is where it gets interesting.
There are a predefined number of shooting
lanes, which shooters rotate through
sequentially. One moves to two, two moves
to three, etc. Only one lane shoots at a time.
Each lane has four square numbered 12-inch
x 12-inch shoot plates and a round 12-inch
stop plate. The shoot plate numbers must be
hit in numerical order and are randomized for
each lane. If that's not maddening enough-
before every match, the shoot plate numbers
are reassigned at random. The ability to
produce 5,000 different combinations of
target presentation in an exciting game that
tests both speed and accuracy is what makes
Metal Madness extremely interesting.
Scoring is time based, plus penalties for
missed plates or shooting plates out of
sequence. With missed targets costing 2

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