This May, I was finally able to take a breather from work travel and get on to shooting a few matches. However out of practice I am, I still had a great time shooting. Besides if I was afraid of how well I’d do, I’d never shoot and what fun is that?! Pueblo West held a Steel Challenge match Memorial Day weekend.
I entered to shoot two different guns. Friday I shot .22 Open Rimfire Rifle class and Saturday I shot Limited class with my M&P 9mm with the HIVIZ sights. Neither day did I threaten to knock anyone out of the top scoring spots! The Steel Challenge, a speed steel shooting competition is governed by USPSA/SCSA, www.steelchallenge.com. The match consists of eight stages. Each stage consists of five steel plates in different arrays, one of those being your stop plate. Seven of the eight stages you shoot 5 strings and throw out your worst time. The other four times are added for total time on that stage.
With some good trigger control and practice I can get some pretty decent times. Yes, I have my moments! But…the key here is practice, practice, and more practice to be consistently good! I’m working on that practice and consistency part….
I’ve been shooting this match off and on for the past five years and this year I was finally able to talk my shooting friend’s wife into joining us. Deb’s husband fixed her up with an STI Steel Master, trigger job and finely tuned by our local STI guru. She was a little aprehensive about competing, but we were all there to help, give advice and above all else, make sure she was safe. Prior to competing we did have her out off and on the past 6 months or more for local shoots, so she wasn’t completely with out experience. The format and rules she was unfamiliar with.
Deb did very well and is now more comfortable coming to the matches. She has also signed up for the next Babes with Bullets camp in Steamboat Springs the end of June! She’s hooked! Like I said, don’t let your fear of failure or just the unfamiliar keep you from participating in the sport. And for those that do already, get that woman who may be a little leery about the idea and encourage her!!!
Be safe, shoot straight, and have FUN!!!