Steel Challenge

Steel Challenge

steel1Chester Rod and Gun Club is now offering Steel Challenge events which are open to all members and the general public.

The Steel Challenge is a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) that consists of eight standardized stages with steel targets, ranging in size from 10" (25 cm) round plates to 18x24" (45x60 cm) rectangular 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.

There are 5 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. The counting times are totaled for their stage score, and the five 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.

Matches will run approximately once a month during the warmer weather.

The dates for the matches can be found on the event Calendar.  The 2017 dates are the following:

May 7th
June 4th
August 6th
September 10th
October 15th


They will begin at 9:30AM with registration, and shooting begins at 10:00AM. Registration closes at 10:30AM. Match fees are currently $10 per division for members, and $20 for non-members. If you want to shoot a second division, it is half price.

Matches will include the following divisions:

  • Centerfire Pistol
  • Rimfire Pistol
  • Rimfire Rifle
  • Pistol Caliber Carbine
The full rules for Steel Challenge can be found here on the Steel Challenge official website

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