South Kent Sportsman's Club
Dorr, Michigan

Steel Challenge FAQ

SCSA - Steel Challenge Shooting Association

The SCSA is the governing body of a shooting sport that promotes safe, fair and fun participation in Steel Shooting competition, for members of all ages and skill levels, through effective leadership, education, communication and administration.

The main goal is to safely test the skill and ability of the individual.

SKSC and the Steel Challenge is run as a cold range, which means you may only handle the guns in specified SAFE AREAS, or while under the supervision of the Range/Safety Officer.  No ammunition may be handled in the safe area.

This is a volunteer event and all help is greatly appreciated both in the set up and tear down of the match.

Recommended gear is a holster and 5 total magazines or 5 speed loaders or moon clips and appropriated holders. 

In the 22 Rimfire division holsters are not mandatory and the pistol may be held at low port and aimed at the flag that is places 9 feet in front of the shooting box during the course of fie and must be stowed in a shooting bag during all other times.

Description of how a match is run

We run 8 stages but is based on the number of participants.  On each stage there is a pre designed stage which consists of 5 steel plates one of which is designated as a stop plate.  Under the guidance of the RO/SO and on the signal the shooter fires at the 4 plates must be hit before the stop plate.  The time is recorded and this is repeated 4 more times.  At the completion of the stage the shooter will show the RO/SO a clear breach and either holster or bag the firearm.  Penalties (time) are assessed for misses/procedurals.

The four best times will be added for the stage time.

The stage called Outer Limits has movement from one shooting box to another that is six feet away and is only shot four times instead of five.

All other stages are shot five times.

Division Classifications

Rim-fire Pistol:

  • Rim-fire Open (RFPO)
  • Rim-fire Iron Sights (RFPI)

Center-fire Pistol:

  • Open
  • Limited
  • Production
  • Single-stack (SS)
  • Carry Optics

Center-fire Revolver:

  • Optic
  • Iron Sight

Long Guns Rim-fire:

  • Open (RFRO)
  • Iron Sights (RFRI)

Pistol Caliber Carbine

  • Open (PCCO)
  • Iron Sights (PCCII)


Match Fees

  • $25 Non-SKSC members
  • $20 SKSC members
  • $10 Juniors <15 years with an adult
  • $5 second gun

SCSA Membership is strongly recommended after shooting the 1st match, but is not required.

Scores are usually posted within 24 hours of the match, and posted on:


Match Details

  • Matches are held on the first Saturday of each month, April through October.

  • Sign up is online through or on squad sheets at sign in. Signing up online is best to secure a slot as we limit 12 guns per squad (Total 8 x 12 = 96 slots). The squad number will be the same as your starting stage.

  • Sign in begins at 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at the clubhouse. EVERYONE must go through sign in even if you signed up online.

  • Sign up on squad sheets.  The squad number will be the same as your starting stage

  • Shooter may shoot two guns and must sign the squad sheet twice or enter online twice (This option will be based on the number of participants from month to month.).

  • Scoring is done with a Tablet using Practiscore (No paper backup up).

  • There are a minimum of 2 range officers/safety officers per squad.

    • If you are a certified RO/SO please let them know at sign up.

    • RO/SO’s will receive a $5 discount.

  • Shooting begins immediately after shooters meeting from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m.

  • Shooting ends usually around 3:00 p.m. depending on the number of participants

  • Typically we run 8 stages and each stage requires a minimum of 25 rounds so that would be 200 rounds with no misses. We recommend you bring twice as much as you think you need.

  • Please bring enough ammo and magazines or speed loaders for the stage to the shooter box.

  • Eye and Ear protection is required for EVERYONE!

  • Spectators are welcome!

101 Class

  • This class is mandatory, prior to shooting any of the action pistol sports, unless you hold a classification in any one of the action pistol sports.  It is geared toward any shooter that has not participated in action pistol games before. If you cannot produce a classification card in one of the following...IDPA, USPSA(IPSC), or Steel Challenge, this class is for you. This class is to teach the range expectations, proper gun handling, and safety. Contact your Match Director if you have participated but are not classified.
  • The 101 Class will focus on Introduction to:

    • Action Pistol Shooting

    • Range Orientation

    • Safety Procedures

    • Range Commands

    • Classifications and Gun Divisions

    • Basic Gun Handling Skills

    • Stage Demonstration

    • and much more

  • Class size will be limited, but spots are still open. You’ll need: eye and ear protection, handgun 2 magazines, strong side holster, and 50 rounds of ammunition. Cost is free. Class starts at 9:00 am, on the Saturday when the IDPA matches are held..

  • Besides being mandatory for new to action shooting at SKSC shooters, we strongly recommend this class for any newer shooter who may have questions on some of the safety aspects of our sports: Safe Areas. Cold Range, 180 rule, etc.

  • There may be a Steel Challenge 101 class at 8:00 a.m. prior to the match based on the number of new participants interested.  This class will only qualify you to participate in Steel Challenge matches and NOT any other action pistol competitions.   Please contact Joe Dimeceli – Steel Challenge Match Director  to sign up for the Steel Challenge 101 Class.

General Principles:

Persons who have been disqualified may not shoot during the remainder of the event. However, completed match scores will still count. (For example, if a person shoots a complete score in “Revolver” then disqualifies while shooting “Single Stack” that competitor’s “Revolver” score still stands.)

Match Disqualifications:

  1. Safety violations: The following will be grounds for an automatic disqualification from the event.

    1. Unsafe gun handling

      1. Pointing a firearm up range (breaking the 180 degree line).

      2. Dropping a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, at any time during a course of fire.

      3. Leaving the firing line with a loaded firearm, or possession of a loaded firearm anywhere other than on the firing line.

      4. Retrieving a dropped firearm:

        1. Dropped firearms must always be retrieved by a Range Officer who will, after checking and/or clearing the firearm, place it directly into the competitor’s gun case, gun bag or holster.

        2. Dropping an unloaded firearm or causing it to fall outside of a course of fire is not an infraction; however, a competitor who retrieves a dropped firearm will receive a match disqualification.

      5. “Sweeping” or pointing the muzzle of a firearm at any part of any person’s body.

      6. “Moving” (taking more than one step) with finger inside of trigger guard.

      7. “Finger on the trigger during reload, unloading, loading or during remedial action

      8. Holstering a loaded handgun without the external safety applied or on a revolver, hammer cocked.

    2.  Accidental discharge

      1.  Any discharge while loading/unloading/reloading or lowering the hammer.

      2.  Any shot fired outside of a timed string.

      3.  Any shot fired into the holster or into the ground within 10 feet of the contestant

For More Information


Or E-mail: Joe Dimeceli – Steel Challenge Match Director