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FEATURE | METAL MADNESS

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Former NRA Pistol Program Coordinator Damien
Orsinger was my travel companion. Here he is
shooting Metal Madness with a S&W M&P 15-22. The
hand holding the timer in the foreground belongs to
Grand Rivers founder Ed White.

seconds each, hitting plates in the proper
order is extremely important. The eight fastest
times from 10 lanes fired are added together
for each shooter's bracket time. To put up a
top score in Metal Madness, you must have
seriously good speed and accuracy skills.
Shooters are classified in Open and Stock
classes, and are further subdivided into
brackets such as open rifle, stock rifle, rimfire
open pistol, rimfire and centerfire revolver,
etc. Each bracket is comprised of NRA-styled
classifications for High Master, Master, Expert,
Sharpshooter and Marksman. Even though the
Stock class provides for those competing with
out of the box production guns, there is not
a need for any specialized firearms to shoot
Metal Madness-chances are you have what
you need to play in your safe already. Nearly
all the shooters I saw were using a rimfire rifle
or pistol, although some were shooting 9 mm
handguns, .38 Special revolvers, and one guy
was even using a Kimber .45 Auto. For the
rifles, the Ruger 10/22 and Smith & Wesson
M&P 15-22 were the top choices.

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What really amazed me about Metal Madness
at Grand Rivers was the family friendliness.
This was reflected in the participation-out
of about 60 competitors there were eight
families at the match I attended. There is
a large meal served at every match for
lunch (pulled pork with all the fixins when I
attended). And, everybody there was shooting
this game, and I mean everybody-from the
grandparents to the grade-schoolers.
I think this popularity is because of two
very important, but often overlooked factors:
shooting a steel target delivers a satisfying
ding that is appreciated at any age or skill
level, and since there are no action movement
elements required (running, kneeling, etc.),
people that have difficulty with the rapid
movement of say, action shooting can
compete shoulder-to-shoulder in the same
game at the same time. Rather ingenious.

Local preacher Mark Gill practices Metal Madness at
Grand Rivers at least once per day, sometimes twice,
usually shooting 100 rounds for each session.


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