Steel Challenge is a pistol shooting competition. It is exciting to participate in, as well as observe. With the targets being made of steel, the immediate visual affect to spectators is obvious. Like the many Metallic Silhouette competitions, the instant feedback regarding a ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ ensures that these matches are what appeals to both competitor and spectator alike.
In early 2009, SSAA National signed an agreement with the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) to manage the pistol competition of Steel Challenge. Beginning with the 2009 SSAA NSW State Championships in June 2009, the sport is prepared to establish itself as one of Australia’s premier shooting matches. New South Wales Blacktown Pistol Club President Craig Ginger will manage the SSAA Steel Challenge matches throughout Australia. “It will be great for Australian handgun shooters,” said Craig. “Through the large SSAA membership base, we are now able to enhance the capacity of attracting large numbers of sporting shooters to this exciting event.”
Steel Challenge is a pistol shooting Action Match competition shot from a stationary position at five static steel plates per stage. Competitors shoot each of the eight stages five times and add their best four times to become their stage score. The lowest score is the winner. The eight stages shot in the Steel Challenge match are Accelerator, Five to Go, Outer Limits, Pendulum, Roundabout, Showdown, Smoke & Hope and Speed Option. Each stage is unique in its design and offers a different challenge to the shooter.
Steel shooting offers a port of entry to the pistol shooting sports and is an excellent starting place for young or beginner shooters. It also provides a ‘soft’ way for those who have begun to suffer the problems associated with aging to remain involved in the shooting sports. All this provides an alternative for those who might otherwise be lost to shooting. Regardless of your shooting background or skill level, all shooters walk away smiling after shooting Steel Challenge. This competition is a level playing field for shooters of all backgrounds.