Read the BTSA Covid event procedures before going any further: https://www.btsa.ca/Covid-19
New steel competitors: Please email email@example.com prior to registering to confirm your level of experience and whether we have enough experienced staff to accommodate you this week. (We have some staff available to do new steel competitor orientations/run throughs in the afternoon before this match for those who are BTSA members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements)
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 to allow entry for non-members. Please be on time or you may be locked out.
Every: Wednesday from May 27 – September 2 with the exception of July 1, which 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 email@example.com an email. Start times may move a little earlier at the end of the season to accommodate earlier sunset times
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BTSA members- $5, max 3 guns
Non-members- $10, max 3 guns
Juniors (under 18, member and non-member)- Not currently able to participate due to covid restrictions and requiring a Pal/Rpal.
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 usually need to move squadding around a little 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 B at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring:
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:
You must contact email@example.com if you will be coming out for your first steel challenge. We need to know what your previous experience level is and if we will have enough experienced staff to accommodate you. When you arrive, please leave all your gear in your vehicle and identify yourself to a match official/person in charge. Ask for one of the Dan's, Derek, or Lyall. 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 ask for input 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.