New in 2019 Steel Plate Challenge & Five Stand Trap
The Steel Challenge is a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) that consists of eight standardized stages with steel targets in three sizes: small circular, large circular, and square targets. Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.
The clays will be thrown by between six and eight throwers. Throwers can be placed ahead of the shooting stations, to the left, right, straight ahead, and even behind the shooter at assorted yardages. The traps will be aligned to throw various crossing, sliding, dropping, and some of the most challenging (and my favorite) stand and fall patterns that replicate overhead teal. Five stand shooters take turns at each of the five stands, shooting three combinations then rotating to the next stand. The combinations are listed as “menus” and placed
on or in front of each stand. The combination may begin with a single thrown from station six on their first shoot to a double (3/7) on their second shot and then another double (1/5) on the third. Each stand will have a different combination listed on the menu at their location. Participants shoot the first menu line combination. Then they wait for the next four shooters to take their turn. After the other shooters have completed line one, they shoot menu line two, wait for the other shooters, then line three and then each shooter rotates to the next stand.