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The Wednesday night steel program is an opportunity for BTSA club members and shooters from the broader community to experience the speed shooting sport of steel challenge. Steel challenge involves shooting 5 steel targets in 8 configurations several times each with the shooter’s cumulative time being their score. Time is added for misses and certain procedural infractions.
Steel challenge may be shot with either centre fire handguns, .22 rimfire handguns, .22 rimfire rifles, or pistol caliber carbines. No magnum calibres, steel core/steel jacketed ammo, or hyper velocity .22 (stingers, velocitors, etc) are permitted.
Wednesday night steel is run as a 4-stage match. Shooters with current USPSA membership will be able to receive a classification, provided they complete all 4 stages, when the classification system updates the following Wednesday.
BTSA range. 50-meter East/west bays. Shooters may drop their gear at the top but please park down the road or in the lot as parking at the top is needed for match staff. The main road gate and BTSA gates will be opened at about 5:30pm each evening
Every: Wednesday from May 27 – September 2 Except July 1 (will run on Tuesday June 30)
Setup begins at 5:30pm with first shots at 6pm. We are typically done in about 2 hours. All competitors are expected to be present for setup and to remain for tear down. If you will be running late, please send Dan an email. Start times may move a little earlier at the end of the season to accommodate earlier sunset times
BTSA members- $5 max 3 guns
Non-members- $10 max 3 guns
Juniors (under 18, member and non-member)- Free
How to register:
Registration is through Practiscore. Please search BTSA Wednesday night steel and look for the correct date. Shooters need to be registered by midnight on the Tuesday before the match so that we can confirm squadding and load the scoring tablets. Please ensure to place yourself in a squad before this time if you have a preference, otherwise you will be assigned to a squad. We may need to move squadding around if there are too many shooters, or too many new steel shooters on a squad, to ensure the proper flow of the evening.
Who to contact with questions:
Please email Dan Bosse at email@example.com
What to bring:
- Hand sanitizer
- Lysol wipes
- Eye/ear protection (required to participate)
- Timer if you have one
- 5+ mags: You may participate with as many as you have. Someone on your squad will be able to help you reload as you shoot if you have 3-4 mags. Shooters with 1-2 mags will only be able to shoot there loaded magazines as reloading this much on the course will slow down the evening too much. 10 round magazines are strongly recommended for pcc shooters. Please pre-load your magazines at home when possible.
- Ammo: 100 rounds minimum for 4 stages. Experienced shooters should bring 150-200. Novice shooters should bring 250.
- Holster: belt holster for any Center fire handguns that fully covers the trigger. No thigh rigs are permitted. New shooters will start from low ready if the are not experienced in holster use. We can coach you in holster use once you have demonstrated basic gun handling competence. Rimfire guns arm not drawn from the holster. It is best to bring a case for these.
- Gun belt if drawing from a holster
- Cash for match fee. Exact change only please.
Match results will be posted to PractiScore, usually the same night.
First time competitors/new to steel challenge:
Please contact Dan B if you will be coming out for your first steel challenge. When you arrive, please leave all your gear in your vehicle and identify yourself to a match official/person in charge. We will place you on a squad with some experienced shooters to help get you started. Please note, when a family member is on the line, they are under the care of the range officer. Please do not distract them from following the RO’s instructions. If the RO is unfamiliar with your particular firearm, they will as for assistance as needed. If you would like coaching or advice while you are shooting, please let the RO know and they should be happy to oblige.
A note regarding classifications:
Classifications are used to help competitors measure their success against shooter shooting with a similar ability and skill set. A D class production shooter and a Grand Master rimfire rifle open shooter can’t be equally compared. In order to earn a classification, you must be a current USPSA member and complete any 4 stages using one of the recognized equipment divisions. Most equipment will work with the exception of Center fire handguns from low ready.
The official steel challenge rule book governs our Wednesday night matches please make sure to give it a read through so that you are familiar with the rules, commands, and equipment divisions.