Wheel Burners hold a Steel Match on the 1st Saturday of every month. We usually set up 5 to 8 stages. Targets are usually steel that either ring or fall when hit, but targets may also consist of paper or other target types. Some stages are shot once, others are shot several times (strings) and may include a throw out string so a bad time can be recovered from. Reloads during the course of fire are not usually a part of the design, so carrying ammo on your person is not necessary.


What kind of gun and other stuff do I need?

The Steel Match is a multi format event. Shooters may compete using both rimfire handgun and rimfire rifle (NSSF style). Single gun shooters may compete with handgun (semi auto or revolver, either rimfire or centerfire) or rifle (pistol caliber centerfire or rimfire) in what is referred to as Steel Challenge style. Shooters may also compete using both centerfire pistol and pistol caliber rifle that is referred to as two gun centerfire. Centerfire handgun shooters will need holsters. Rimfire handguns, rimfire rifles and centerfire rifles will start with the weapon in hand so holsters or slings are not necessary. All participants and spectators must wear eye and ear protection when shooting is in progress. Other useful stuff is a minimum of five magazines or speed loaders and a box or bag for carrying your gear. If you would like to shoot but don't quite have all the gear, we can arrange to lend equipment for the match.


How much ammunition do I need?

Although the minimum round count can be 200 rounds for an 8 stage match, we recommend shooters bring at least 250 rounds since it is possible to miss!


How do I shoot steel?

Stages will be completely reviewed before starting so all shooters understand the requirements. The starting position for rimfire handguns and rifles (rimfire or centerfire) is "low ready" aiming at the ground at a 45 degree angle. Often there will be a marker on the ground to point at. Centerfire handguns will start holstered with hands above sholders. At the start signal, bring the gun up (or draw) and hit the targets as fast as you can. There's usually a Stop plate that must be shot last, but the rest of the targets are "as you see them."


How are Rimfire stages and targets scored?

The time to shoot the stage will be recorded for each shooter. To that time will be added an additional time for misses, normally 2 seconds for NSSF style and 3 seconds for Steel Challenge style, though missing the stop plate is usually 30 seconds. If the stage has multiple strings they will be added together resulting in a total stage time for each shooter. It's just like golf - lower is better. Open and Limited are scored separately. If neither your handgun or rifle have an optical type sight (red dot, laser, scope, etc.) or muzzle compensator you're in Limited division, otherwise you're in Open. The minimum total time for all the stages earns first place in the Open or Limited division, and the remaining Open or Limited shooters have their score calculated as a percentage of the best score. To see how that works, look at this month's Rimfire scores.


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