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matches each month and the most distant club is just a 1 1/2-hour drive. A quick check of the Steel Challenge website can find a club near your home. The allure is easy to understand. There are eight different stages that are exact in their measurements and will be the same wherever a shooter encounters them. They consist of metal targets (painted white and re-painted after each shooter) set on top of posts. The targets are either 10 or 12-inch round metal plates or 18x24-inch rectangular plates. The 18x24 plates may be encountered anywhere from seven to 35 yards, while the round plates are set at seven to 20 yards. The targets do not fall when hit. The shooter engages them from one spot and merely has to hit them (hear the 'ting!') and leave a bullet strike mark anywhere on the freshly-painted plate. As a plus, Steel Challenge requires no movement with the gun. All shooting is done from a shooting box. That makes it an excellent venue to introduce junior shooters to competitive shooting. At local club matches a coach or mentor can stand right next to them while they shoot. Each stage consists of five plates. Four are the initial shoot targets and can be engaged in any order the shooter chooses. The fifth plate is clearly marked as the Stop Plate, and must be shot last. All strings are timed on an electronic timer and once the Stop Plate is hit-that string is over. Scoring is simple and immediate-your time plus any penalties. Shooters will have 30 seconds to engage the five targets and are allowed to reload to continue to engage if needed. A missed target is a three second penalty if it is not re-engaged and hit. If the Stop Plate is missed, and not re-engaged and Optically-sighted handguns are popular and compete in the Open divisions. hit, the shooter's score will be 30 seconds for that string. Savvy shooters will reload if needed to hit the Stop Plate! Shooters will run five strings on each stage. The best four are scored-allowing the shooter one 'throwaway' run. A normal club match consists of six of the eight stages with a minimum round count of 150 rounds. It's a simple game to play and just about any handgun shooter can play it. Centerfire handguns require a minimum caliber of 9mm or .38 Special and there is no required Power Factor for the loads used. Gun divisions include pistols or revolvers with optical or iron sights. Centerfire guns begin each string from a holster, with the shooter's hands visible above the shoulders in what is commonly called the "Surrender Position." Rimfire handguns (.22LR only, pistols or revolvers) are also divided into optical or iron sight categories. Rimfire handguns start from a low ready position. Rimfire rifles (iron sights or optics) are also allowed and start at low ready. A recent addition is Pistol Caliber Carbines (PCC). Shoulder stocked carbines in 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, 10mm and .45 ACP are SSUSA.ORG | OCTOBER 2016 41 http://www.SSUSA.ORG

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