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O
ur first article in this series
highlighted Five To Go because it
is the simplest stage in terms of
Speed Option
Best 4 of 5 runs
how to shoot it. It's a straight left-to-right
transition. The remaining seven stages
aren't that simple because all will require
one or more reverse transitions.
A reverse transition sees the gun moving
smoothly in one direction, followed by an
abrupt stop and then a reverse swing in the
opposite direction. This tends to eat up those
precious fractions of seconds critical to a
good score. Savvy shooters will try to figure
out how to avoid as many reverse transitions
as they can while fitting the target array into
their most favorable shooting rhythm. The
misnamed Speed Option stage (SC-107) is an
excellent example.
I say " misnamed " because when Speed
Option was originally incorporated in
Steel Challenge, there was an option for
shooters. Target No. 2-a 12-inch plate at 20
yards-was an optional plate. If a shooter
didn't engage it, or engaged and didn't hit
it, there was no three-second missed plate
penalty. If a shooter did hit No. 2, they
received a two-second deduction from their
score for that string. This resulted in many
shooters flinging a round at it on their way
by and hoping for the best. Those that hit it
achieved some blisteringly fast times.
Apparently, those times were too
blistering, so around 2005, that option was
removed and the No. 2 became a hit target.
The only option remaining now is a threesecond
penalty if it's missed.
This is one of the more challenging
stages because the swing arc between the
two widest targets-target No. 4 and the
rectangular Stop plate-is a hair over 14
Stop
Plate
5'6 "
#2
21.5'
5'
#4
#1
105'
5'
60'
#3
5'
12'
30'
6.5'
24'
3'x 3'
Steel Challenge is similar to a drag race in that cutting
fractions of a second from your times is usually the
key to reaching the top of the leaderboard. For the
Speed Option stage, find a way to minimize your
reverse transitions while maintaining a good shooting
rhythm from target to target.
yards. That's a lot of gun movement, and
there is no way to shoot it without at least
one reverse transition.
The most effective way I've seen this shot
among the Grand Master, Master and the other
A shooters I regularly shoot with is No. 4, No. 3,
No. 2, No. 1 then Stop. Once a shooter comes
up to No. 4, the No. 3 target can be taken on
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45'
6'
5'
21'
4 - 12 " Plates
1 - 18 " x 24 "
Rectangle
Stop Plate
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