Steel challenge match results

I attended the Steel Challenge match at the Renton and Fish and Game Club today. I’m moderately satisfied.  I was first in Iron Sighted Pistol (ISP). But there were only three of us in that division. I came in 5th out of 13 in Rim Fire Pistol Iron (RFPI) sighted. I had two jams with the rim fire pistol. I called mulligan with one of them and got to shoot that string over. I was 12 seconds down from the next higher scoring shooter. The four shooters above me are all in the super squad of junior shooters who won nationals last year so I don’t feel bad getting beat by them. They are out of my league.

Compared to last month my ISP time went from 91.41 seconds to 78.37 seconds. I was shooting the reduced power Blue Bullets which almost for certain accounted for some of the improvement.

Comparing my RFPI time to last month I went from 64.47 seconds to 66.19 seconds. This difference is in the noise because we were shooting different courses of fire. These differences will easily account for the differences in time.

Steve, from work, showed up and watched the first stage we shot. He also took some great pictures of me. My favorite is this one:

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Although there is one picture with brass in the air and another with the gun in recoil that are also pretty cool.

The results:

Combined
Final Name SCSA Class Division Time Stage 1 Go Fast Stage 2 New Steel Stage 3 Focus Stage 4 In And Out
1 Miner, Bradley Jr U RFPI 40.83 8.53 9.76 10.79 11.75
2 Sailer, Christian A86982 U RFPI 41.16 7.35 10.47 12.61 10.73
3 Hong, Robert U RFRO 44.44 7.58 13.87 10.80 12.19
4 White, Alex U RFPI 46.12 10.02 11.22 12.92 11.96
5 Mon Wai, Damon U RFRI 48.91 9.37 13.10 13.17 13.27
6 Alvarez, Cel A15861 U RFPO 49.22 9.23 13.91 13.82 12.26
7 Sailer, Christian A86982 U PROD 50.33 9.86 13.87 13.32 13.28
8 Komatsu, Jeff U RFRO 51.74 12.86 15.58 11.90 11.40
9 Larson, Addison U RFPI 54.09 7.85 15.28 14.94 16.02
10 Kanter, Jeffrey U RFPO 54.54 10.19 16.58 12.13 15.64
11 dong, james U RFRO 58.24 9.93 15.20 17.30 15.81
12 dong, james U OPN 60.48 10.72 16.95 16.73 16.08
13 Meisner, Matthew U RFRO 61.61 9.65 17.06 14.26 20.64
14 Rich, Troy U RFRO 64.13 11.28 16.51 15.28 21.06
15 Huffman, Joseph U RFPI 66.19 10.32 16.85 18.88 20.14
16 Cheesman, Enrique U OPN 66.55 11.42 18.03 15.82 21.28
17 Miner, Bradley Jr U PROD 66.78 13.07 20.11 18.24 15.36
18 Eyi, John U OPN 66.86 12.02 16.11 17.00 21.73
19 Tsang, Keith a71578 U OPN 70.04 15.05 17.92 19.40 17.67
20 Firth, Sam U RFPO 71.30 16.42 17.60 18.27 19.01
21 Mortell, Jeffery U RFPI 74.48 11.58 20.27 19.88 22.75
22 Waak, Jim U RFRO 75.49 10.74 17.81 22.25 24.69
23 Meboe, Greg U PROD 76.31 13.24 19.65 19.82 23.60
24 Meboe, Oscar U RFRO 76.31 11.16 25.78 18.49 20.88
25 Bakken, Lance U RFPI 77.55 15.10 21.03 20.69 20.73
26 Huffman, Joseph U ISP 78.37 13.40 21.12 21.44 22.41
27 Bakken, Lance U RFPO 78.45 13.99 19.71 23.39 21.36
28 Meboe, Joey U RFPI 79.00 10.10 25.02 22.17 21.71
29 Mon Wai, Damon U PROD 79.90 12.52 20.59 24.23 22.56
30 Rich, Troy U RFPO 80.16 16.13 22.42 20.51 21.10
31 Jackson, Duane U RFPI 84.23 12.77 20.00 24.55 26.91
32 Mortell, Jeffery U PROD 87.48 15.57 22.29 25.53 24.09
33 Lai, Daniel TY44166 U OSR 87.70 15.82 20.52 25.63 25.73
34 Lai, Daniel TY44166 U OPN 88.52 15.28 22.24 22.12 28.88
35 Miner, Bradley Sr U ISP 89.35 17.47 25.88 24.22 21.78
36 Komatsu, Jeff U PROD 89.82 16.36 25.68 23.57 24.21
37 Pacczosa, Dan A492542 U PROD 90.23 12.91 20.89 24.74 31.69
38 White, Eric U PROD 94.78 13.64 24.01 29.42 27.71
39 Gile, Conner U RFPI 95.31 10.21 24.97 25.83 34.30
40 Hong, Robert U PROD 98.11 14.55 29.67 27.56 26.33
41 Meboe, Isabelle U RFPI 99.67 11.04 25.66 33.40 29.57
42 Jackson, Duane U ISR 100.72 13.84 26.49 29.15 31.24
43 Kanter, Jeffrey U ISP 101.33 13.62 25.38 28.09 34.24
44 Wood, Sabrina U RFPI 158.27 17.46 42.64 46.29 51.88
45 Whitlock, John U PROD 162.33 23.83 42.29 47.12 49.09
46 Arthur, Alan U PROD 168.60 22.39 58.19 48.84 39.18
47 Gray, Jeff U PROD 179.84 32.85 62.02 38.86 46.11
48 Wood, Sabrina U RFPI

As a counter to the claim that old, fat, racist, white guys dominate the gun ownership ranks I found it interesting that of the seven guys on our squad only two were white guys. There were four people of Asian descent, and one Hispanic.

15 thoughts on “Steel challenge match results

  1. At least a couple of women too, hard to tell if more based on the names. Nice photo of you.

  2. Back when I was shooting Steel Challenge at SWPL, it was always some young Filipino guy cleaning our clocks.

  3. If you would indulge me I’d like to get a more in depth read on your experience with the STI. I’m looking to add another 1911 to my collection and am kinda thinking I want something outside the Colt/SA realm.

    • What would you like to know?

      Basics are:

      It fits my hands well. I love the trigger, sights, ambi-safety, capacity (18 rounds of .40 S&W) and accuracy. On both guns I had the front sight fall off shortly after I got them. I repaired them myself. Someone recently told me that nearly everyone getting the new DVC Limited has this problem.

      I’ve done a few other repairs such as replacing the magazine release, disconnector, and an ejector.

      The first STI had problem with the barrel. The lugs and link would break. I was told this was a problem with the timing and everyone blamed the gunsmith who built the gun for me. Then the barrel split. It wasn’t an overpressure event. A forensic engineer specializing in metallurgical failure examined it and didn’t anything damning about the gun. The replacement barrel (KKM) was a bit suspect.

      • that’s a decent rundown. thanks. seems like you’ve had a lot more repairs than I would care for.

        • More than I care for too. But I probably put about 40K rounds through the older one. And a lot of those can be attributed gunsmith errors in building the first one.

  4. sir:

    you have reached the level of age and maturity where you would be better served by a good pendleton woolen shirt, rather than a cotton flannel shirt. (a good filson flannel would be o.k. for summer on the monsoon side, but for fall and spring, wool is better: pendleton is best.) and, for what you call “winter” over there, a wool shirt w/ a good waterproof shell would be perfect.

    john jay

  5. I’ve never been to, nor shot a steel plate match. Maybe there are procedures with which I am unfamiliar (maybe?). Anyway, my question is: why does the shooter appear not to engage the closest target first? Just curious.

    • Along the same lines: how big are those plates, and what is the range of target distances?

      • The round plates are either 10″ or 12″. The rectangle plates are 18″ x 24″. The ranges vary from 21 feet to over 100 feet. See the classification stage designs here.

        • 100 feet, for pistol? Clearly I have my work cut out for me, I’m nowhere near that level. I suppose the fact that I usually shoot compact guns (like the Boberg XR9-S) doesn’t help, but not practicing much is undoubtedly a better explanation.

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