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An alternative for this is No. 1, No. 2, No.
4, No. 3 and Stop. It's a longer transition to
No. 4, but it's a big plate. Once the sights
are on that it's a quick bang, bang, bang
and on to the Stop plate. This can produce
some blistering times, and I've actually
seen it work (at least on some occasions).
The drawback to this approach is coming
off of No. 4, driving to the Stop plate and
nailing that pesky No. 3 target on the way. It
becomes an all or nothing approach. If No.
3 is missed, the shooter may trigger on the
Stop before they realize the miss, and eat a
three-second Missed Plate penalty. If they
do realize the miss in time, it then requires a
reverse transition to get back to No. 3, and
another reverse to the Stop plate.
The Grand Master, Master and other A
Class shooters I compete with often prefer
to get No. 3 out of the way and confirmed
early. There are two common approaches,
depending upon the gun used.
Those starting from the Low Ready position
(all rimfires and PCC) will find that the shooting
box position allows them to get their
muzzle in an almost direct line to the bottom
of the post on No. 3. From there, it's a matter of
raising the gun straight up to hit No. 3, confirm
the hit, and then make a quick transition to the
big No. 4, and then to No. 1, No. 2 and Stop.
Center-fire handgun shooters, who start
from the holster with their wrist held above
the shoulder, will frequently engage No. 4
first. The longest split time from a holstered
draw will be on the first plate, and that
big No. 4 plate can shave some of those
precious hundredths of seconds on the first
hit. From there, with gun up and on target,
No. 3 is a short transition, followed by No. 1,
No. 2 and Stop.
Accelerator
Best 4 out of 5 runs
1 - 10 " Plate
1 - 12 " Plate
2 - 18 " x 24 "
Rectangles
1 - 12 " Stop
Plate
Stop
Plate
5'
#1
5'6 "
5'
8'
30'
30'
3'x 3'
The No. 1, No. 2 and Stop approach can
be fast. As the RO running the timer, I have
seen many upper-level shooters make those
three hits in under one second. It's a quick
acceleration, which maybe gave the stage its
name. But that pesky No. 3 plate has to be
confirmed first. It's the key to faster times on
this stage.
Be sure to read our past breakdowns
of the Five To Go, Speed Option, Smoke
& Hope, Roundabout and Showdown
stages. Next month, we'll review the
Pendulum stage. Learn more about Steel
Challenge at scsa.org. *
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4'
#2
6'
45'
60'
5'
#3
5'6 "
14'
#4
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