Steel Challenge


   Minot Rifle and Pistol Club



The Steel Challenge is a good way for new shooters to get started. It offers a port of entry to the shooting sports that is far less intimidating than USPSA action shooting. The matches are incredibly simple, but very competitive. Most stages are a single shooting position with little/no movement and five steel targets. Hit each target once, but the stop plate must be shot late. Each stage is shot five times in a row. The slowest time is dropped for that stage. The four remaining times are added together for the total score of the stage.

There are divisions for rimfire and centerfire. Each stage has five steel targets ranging from 10” round steel plates to 18” x 24” steel plates placed from 7 to 35 yards away. Six of the eight different stages are shot from one place (no movement during any string). One stage requires movement between strings and one requires movement of about six feet during the string of fire. No limit on the number of shots. Try five times at each stage and your best four times count (except Outer Limits where the best three out of four runs count).

We are open to the public. NEW SHOOTERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

Bring your UNLOADED firearm (in a bag or case), a holster, and a couple of magazine and a Range Officer (RO) will explain where and when you may handle your firearm. You will be given a short range safety briefing and an introduction to the rules before you begin the match. Once you begin, more experienced shooters will help guide you through the match.




Steel Challenge Stages


Five To Go

Outer Limits




Smoke & Hope

Speed Option












Equipment and Ammunition


**Start from aiming stake**

RFRI = Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights
RFRO = Rimfire Rifle Optic Sights
RFPI = Rimfire Pistol Iron Sights
RFPO = Rimfire Pistol Optic Sights
PCCI = Pistol-Caliber Carbine Iron Sights
PCCO = Pistol-Caliber Carbine Optic Sights

**Start from the holster, shooter in the surrender position**

PROD = Production:  Any Double Action or Safe Action pistol on the USPSA gun list
LTD = Limited: Any iron-sighted SA-DA double stack hammer fired pistol w/o a compensator, barrel ports, or optical sight.
OPN = Open:  modified race gun, with optics, or compensator or race holster.
SS = Single Stack 1911's w/o modifications
ISR = Revolver Iron Sight without a compensator, barrel ports or optical sight
OSR = Revolver Open Optics, compensator or barrel ports



It takes 25 rounds to complete a stage if you have no misses. MRPC will usually run 4 stages, for a total of 100 rounds with no misses. Please plan accordingly as we do not have extra ammunition for sale.



Notes from the Match Director


ATTENTION SHOOTERS! This will be our first summer season of Steel Challenge at Minot Rifle and Pistol Club in several years. As such, we are currently looking for volunteers to be Range Officers during the match and volunteers to help with set-up and tear-down. Benefits include the ability to practice the stages before and after the match and if you volunteer the entire day, your match entry will be refunded.


If you don’t know how you can help, DON’T be afraid to just ask when you check in. This is a volunteer sport and it is what you help make it.


Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. The MRPC match staff and match directors look forward to seeing you at the range.



Cameon Eisenzimmer

Steel Challenge Representative




Match Day Schedule

Noon  Stage Preparation

              The stages are selected beforehand, but we need volunteers to help set up  

              the stages. Diagrams and measurements are provided for quick and easy                    



12:30 PM  Registration Opens

              Registration information includes SCSA number (if applicable), Division, and

              Category. But don’t worry if you don’t know all the information. Range

              Officers are on-hand to assist.


1:00 PM – Match Begins

              You can show up anytime between 1:00PM and 3:00PM to shoot the stages.  

              This is an open format match with no squads. You can shoot the stages and

              leave or stay and help with the match. The choice it up to you.


3:00 PM   Match Ends

              Registration will end at 3:00pm. We will stay until the last person has finished

              shooting all the stages. Staying afterwards to help break down the stages and

              putting away equipment is very much appreciated and is part of this volunteer

              supported sport.