The Steel Challenge is a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) that consists of eight standardised stages with steel targets, ranging in size from 10" (25 cm) round plates to 18x24" (45x60 cm) square plates.
Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.
The annual World Championship called the World Speed Shooting Championships (WSSC) draws shooters from around the world.
There are 8 stages with 5 steel targets on each. Shooters get five runs on each stage. Each competitor shoots each stage five times, with their slowest run dropped, excluding the stage Outer Limits where only four runs are shot and the top three counted. The counting times are totalled for their stage score, and the eight stage scores are added together to establish the competitor's match score.
For each run, one hit per target is required, with an unlimited number of rounds. The last target to be shot is known as the "stop plate", which stops the timer. All primary target hits made after the stop plate has been struck, will be scored with a 3 second penalty each. The maximum time permitted for a run is 30 seconds and a competitor will be stopped and asked to reload if they reach the 30 second limit.
The Steel Challenge comprises eight courses of fire called 'stages.
Five To Go
Smoke & Hope
The steel targets used are:
10" round plates (approximately 25 cm)
12" round plates (approximately 30 cm)
18x24" square plates (approximately 45x60 cm)