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Shot my first steel challenge

Discussion in 'Competitive Shooting' started by Nickb, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I've been wanting to shoot a match for a while now, after reading some more about them online I found one at my local range. I missed the USPSA match that was last Sunday, but found out they hold a steel challenge on the first Saturday of every month.
    I'm hooked! It was probably the most fun I've had with a pistol. All the people were very helpful and supportive. I recommend that if you haven't shot a match to get out and try it.

    I shot my Ruger CMD (my EDC), used Wilson combat ETM 8rnd mags and my leather holster and double mag holder (everything the same as my normal carry). There were 5 of the 8 standard stages set up.

    My nerves really got to me at the match, my first couple of strings on each stage were a little rough, I was just trying to go too fast. After the first couple of strings I calmed down and remember the "basics" of shooting, sight picture, breathing, trigger control.

    I can't wait for the next match! I joined the local club (Yakima pistol rifle assn.) so I could use their targets and get some practice in on the stages.

    My final score was 181.37
    Outer limits 47.47 (the only stage I had to do an emergency reload)
    Five to go 30.85 (the first stage I shot)
    Accelerator 29.14
    Speed option 36.92
    Pendulum 36.99.

    I finished 9th out of 15 in the "limited" class.
     
  2. Meridian7750

    Meridian7750 Portland Area Well-Known Member

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    nice shooting for your first time out.
    We had our monthly Speed Steel match today at Tri County Gun Club.
    Always a good group of chuckle-heads, and always a good time.
    Enjoy...it's addicting.
     
  3. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Good shooting. One of the reasons I made my own steel targets because the steel challenge matches are so much fun.
    May our lives glorify God,
    Michael
     
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  4. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Thanks. I was going to make my own steel but found out its only $20/year to join YRPA and use their steel.

    I'm already looking for more matches to shoot. The next match I will be able to shoot at my local club is a USPSA match.
     
  5. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Looks like I will be driving over Ephrata for their steel challenge on 4/12.
     
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2014
  6. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Sooo the steel is 1st sat ea month rite?
    When are the ipsc/uspsa matches?????????

    Thanks
    A12243
     
  7. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    The ipsc/USPSA matches are the last Sunday of every month.
    The schedules for sun valley can be found here.
    http://www.yakimariflepistolassn.org

    June 7th is the "steel classic" they will have all 8 stages set up!
     
  8. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Sorry I was wanting dates at Tri County..... But thanks for letting me know their dates.

    Play safe
    A12243
     
  9. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    It doesn't appear that Tri County has anything open to outsiders. You have to be a member and have a password to see the competition schedule.
     
  10. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    That's true... That's why I was asking anyone here.

    Play safe
    A12243
     
  11. Meridian7750

    Meridian7750 Portland Area Well-Known Member

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    Tri County has their Speed Steel matches on the first Sunday of every month (Like yesterday).
    Very simple...and open to all.
    Bring Ear and Eye protection, firearm (.22 pistol or carbine, or centerfire pistol) and plenty of ammo.
    Pistol guys shoot close to 250 rounds, carbine guys closer to 200.
    Matches start around 9:00, best to get there by 8:30 to check in. Usually done around 1:30. Bring your own food/drink.
    $12 registration fee, no fee to get into the range.
     
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  12. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Now that's what daddy wanted to know... LOL

    Thanks and
    Play safe
    A12243
     
  13. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Oh how about the ipsc date????
     
  14. Unibrain

    Unibrain Portland Member

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    Tri county does not have a USPSA or IPSC match. For USPSA in the area have a look at the Columbia Cascade Section website. There are matches almost every weekend

    http://www.columbia-cascade.org
     
  15. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    @Meridian7750 - Does TriCounty Steel require a first time shooter / safety briefing - and if so what time is that run?

    I am planning to shoot steel once the rainy season returns ...
     
  16. Meridian7750

    Meridian7750 Portland Area Well-Known Member

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    Negative...the match director gives a safety briefing to all shooters at about 9:00, but there are no special briefings specific to new shooters.
    It really is a fun, friendly match. Hope to see you there.
     
  17. SmokinGun

    SmokinGun TIGARD, OR Member

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    I have been to tri county hundreds of times with my buddy (he has the membership and I dont) and he's getting out of shooting so I can't go anymore. I want to go to a tri county speed steel match and compete and was just wondering is the gate open on match day and if not how do you get in? Is it at the action range?
     
  18. Beta1759

    Beta1759 Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    you can wait by the gate for a member to use his/her keycard to open the gates then just tail them in. It might be worth reaching out to the match director and see if he is willing to give out the code to the gates. And yes, it's in the action range.
     
  19. SmokinGun

    SmokinGun TIGARD, OR Member

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    Thank you
     
  20. skeezix

    skeezix Lebanon, OR All around nice guy Bronze Supporter

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