There are a number of divisions, categories, and classifications within Steel Challenge. They provide an opportunity for competing within a group, as well as against the entirety of the match. For example, as Senior can compete against other Seniors in his/her category, but also challenge for the match win. This, in essence creates many matches within the match, and groups competitors so they can compete against themselves and others with similar skill and equipment.
All competitors compete for overall placement in the match. In addition to overall placement, competitors may also compete for category-specific awards based on personal characteristics. Competitors may enter more than one category. For example, an individual may qualify for (and enter) both the Junior and Women’s categories. In certain cases, there me not be enough competitors in a category to include it. That will be at the discretion of the Match Director.
|Lady||Competitors listed as female on their government issued ID|
|Law Enforcement||Full-time law enforcement officers with arrest powers|
|Military||Military personnel on current active duty orders|
All competitors under 13 years old on the first day of the event qualify. See Junior Category for additional rules and guidelines
All competitors under 18 years old on the first day of the event qualify. All competitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian throughout the competition. If the parent/guardian is competing in the event, they must be squadded together. All Junior or Pre-teen competitors must be able to safely handle a loaded firearm. A liability waiver must be signed by both the competitor and their parent or legal guardian
All competitors who are 55-64 years of age on the first day of the event qualify
All competitors who are 65 years of age or older on the first day of the event qualify
All competitors that are active USPSA/SCSA members may be classified in one or more divisions provide that the competitor has shot a minimum of 4 of the 8 official Steel Challenge stages. As a competitor shoots additional official steel challenge stages, the times shot on those stages will count towards classification. With this in mind it’s possible that a competitor may be classified on a range of 4 to 8 stages.
Here are the official Steel Challenge stages that may be used for classification.
|SC-101||Five to Go|
|SC-103||Smoke & Hope|
The classification measures a competitor against the best in the world. Each stage and division has a Peak Stage Time (PST). PST’s were created by taking an average of the 2014 and 2015 World Speed Shooting Championship (WSSC) stage winning times for each stage and division. Those numbers were then further reviewed and where appropriate, modified, to create the PST’s used for calculation. The WSSC PST’s will be reviewed annually, and if appropriate, adjusted. A stage time is the aggregate time for the stage from a match (total of the best 4 of 5, or 3 of 4, times for the stage in a match). More about this later...
Let's look at the classes.
|GM||Grand Master - >=95%|
|M||Master - >=85%|
|A||A class - >=75%|
|B||B class - >= 60%|
|C||C class - >=40%|
|D||D class - >=0%|
|Unclassified||Never having been classified by shooting a minimum of 4 stages|
Classification percentage is calculated as follows:
Steel Challenge may be shot with a wide variety of firearms, making it ideal for most shooters. Let's look at the equipment divisions.
|CO||Carry Optics - A double action or safe action/striker-fired semi-automatic pistol equipped with an optic sight. Compensators or ports are not allowed.|
|ISR||Iron Sight Revolver - A revolver equipped with iron sights. Fiber optic inserts are specifically allowed.|
|LTD||Limited - Any iron-sighted pistol without a compensator, barrel ports, or optical sight. Fiber optic inserts are specifically allowed.|
|OPN||Open - This is the race division! All legal firearms are allowed. Optics and Compensators are specifically allowed.|
|OSR||Optical Sight Revolver - A revolver equipped with Electronic / Optical Sights.|
|PCCI||Pistol Calibre Carbine Iron - Any iron-sighted pistol calibre carbine without optic sights. Fiber-optic inserts are specifically allowed.|
|PCCO||Pistol Calibre Carbine Optics - This is the Pistol Caliber Carbine race division. All legal Pistol Caliber Carbines, to include short barreled rifles, are allowed. Optics and Compensators are specifically allowed, suppressors are not allowed.|
|PROD||Production - Any double action or safe action pistol on the USPSA Production gun list. Holsters must follow USPSA Handgun Rules for the Production Division except as specifically noted.|
|RFPI||Rimfire Pistol Iron Sights - Any Iron-sighted Rimfire pistols without optic sights. Fiber-optic sight inserts are specifically allowed.|
|RFPO||Rimfire Pistol Open - This is the Rimfire race division. All legal Rimfire firearms are allowed. Optics and Compensators are specifically allowed.|
|RFRI||Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights - Any Iron-sighted Rimfire rifle without optic sights. Fiber-optic sight inserts are specifically allowed.|
|RFRO||Rimfire Rifle Open - This is the Rimfire rifle race division. All legal Rimfire rifles are allowed. Optics and Compensators are specifically allowed.|
|SS||Single Stack - 1911 models only. Holsters must follow USPSA Handgun Rules for the Single Stack Division.|
A competitor may have a different classification for each equipment division. They could be an A class shooter in RFPO, while being a B class shooter in OSR.
Here are the current Peak Stage Times currently used for classification.
|ISR||Iron Sight Revolver||13.5||12.0||10.5||15.0||13.0||14..0||14.0||11.0|
|OSR||Optical Sight Revolver||12.0||10.5||10.0||14.0||13.5||13.5||12.5||10.5|
|RFPI||Rimfire Pistol Iron||10.5||9.0||8.0||13.0||9.5||11.5||11.0||8.5|
|RFPO||Rimfire Pistol Open||9.0||7.5||7.0||11.5||8.5||9.5||10.0||7.5|
|RFRI||Rimfire Rifle Iron||11.0||8.5||8.0||12.5||9.5||11.0||10.5||8.5|
|RFRO||Rimfire Rifle Open||10.5||7.5||7.0||11.5||9.0||9.5||9.5||7.5|
You can read the official Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) rule book here.
On to Shooting The Stages