Do you enjoy target shooting. Want to join others in a fun and challenging evening of shooting? Try the fun and exciting sport of Steel Challenge. Steel Challenge is a nationally organized sport where participants shoot a series of stages comprised of 10 inch round to 18×23 inch square steel plates. The matches are fun, easy to understand, and a great way to improve your shooting ability.
Clark County Practical Shooting Club, located in North Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts Steel Challenge matches every other Monday night at the Clark County Shooting park. Everyone is welcome, and the matches are fun for the whole family (shooters under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, the adult does not have to shoot).
Steel Challenge offers many options for firearm choice. You may shoot any simi-auto handgun (9mm or above), revolver (38cal or above), as well as .22 caliber pistol and rifles. 22’s are a fun and economic way to participate, especially for younger children.
Equipment you will need includes: firearm (in a bag or pouch), ammo (125 rounds if you don’t miss. Best you bring around 200), extra magazines or speed loaders, sturdy belt with holster and magazine pouches (for centerfire handguns and revolvers), ear and eye protection. Holster and magazines pouches are not needed for .22 caliber handguns and rifles.
Clark County Shooting Park is located on the North end of the valley, at the very end of Decatur avenue. Registration starts at 4:00pm and ends at 7:00pm. A match takes proximally two hours to complete. Once you enter the park, follow the road to top where you will see two ranges. Steel Challenge matches are held at the first range, which is the Public handgun / rifle range.
When you first arrive at the shooting park, you will be greeted by Dotty, who is in charge of registration. You will be required to go through a short orientation and fill out liability wavers. You will then be placed on a squad and sent out to the range. Don’t worry if this is your first time. You will be paired with friendly and experienced shooters who will assure you are safe and know what to do.
Safety is priority number one at Steel Challenge matches. All shooters, and spectators, or required to wear ear and eye protection before heading out to the range. There is a Safety Table at the center of the row of stages. This is where you may remove your firearm from its case, dry-fire practice, and holster. No ammo is allowed at the Safety Table. Once at your assigned starting stage, you will be read the shooting order, and begin.
Each stage has a stage description, which explains how the stage is to be shot. When your name is called you will step into the Shooting Box. You will then be given, the “Make Ready” command to load ammo into your handgun or rifle. Centerfire handguns start from the holster, while rimfire handguns and rifles start from the low ready, so only a gun pouch is needed. You will indicate you are ready to begin by raising your wrists above your shoulders, or aiming our gun at an orange cone 10′ in front of the start position. You will then be given the, “are you ready” command, followed by “stand by”, followed by a beep. The beep is your signal to begin shooting.
You will shoot the five targets, that constitutes one string, then reload and make your gun ready for the next string. You will shoot each stage five times.
All scoring is done on nooks using Practiscore software. Shortly after the match, usually within a day, the scores will be posted to Practiscore.com. Simply enter CCP unto the search box, and look for the most current date to view your results for the match.
Monday Night Steel matches are made possible through hard work and dedication of Match Director, Pete Rensing. He will be roaming the range if you have any questions. Pete, a Master class, and 3-Gun Nation Pro shooter, also runs other shooting matches around the valley, and conducts training classes. Match dates and other information, including a match calendar, can be found at iscopellc.com.