5 to Go
Smoke & Hope
In Steel Challenge competition, each stage consists of five plates. Four are the initial shoot targets and can be
engaged in any order. The fifth plate must be shot last.
PLAN YOUR STRATEGY. You will make
five runs per stage with the best four
being scored. Don't go crazy on the first run,
because if you blow that one you will have
to shoot the next four runs conservatively.
Instead, shoot the first three runs with your
normal rhythm to get three solid scoring
runs. You can then accelerate that established
rhythm on the last two runs.
These tips can shave time from your overall
score. Even if it's only one-half second per run
it makes a big difference. In a six stage match
there are 24 scored runs. Trim a half-second
from each and that 12 seconds in the overall
score can be huge!
How fast can that steel be rung? Here
are some of the fastest times recorded in the
men's centerfire divisions for each of the eight
stages-with the total time of the best four runs
in seconds and the average time per run.
Five To Go: 9.58 (2.39).
Speed Option: 9.73 (2.43).
Smoke & Hope: 6.86 (1.71).
Outer Limits: 11.14 (3.71).
Accelerator: 8.94 (2.23).
That's fast work from the holster! Any shooter
who can get within one second of those
average times per run is shooting very well.
But, shooters won't discover just how well until
they take the Steel Challenge. *
Pendulum: 9.81 seconds (2.45 average).
Roundabout: 7.75 (1.93).
Showdown: 7.90 (1.97).
SSUSA.ORG | OCTOBER 2016
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - October 2016