Shooting USA – Steel Challenge World Championship
It’s drag-racing on steel! The top action shooters in the world compete at the Steel Challenge. Draw and shoot five steel plates for time measured in hundredths of a second. And a world record may be broken. Plus, the historic Luger that introduced the nine-millimeter round is one of History’s Guns. And, another edition of Gun Matchmaker – testing and choosing a first home-defense gun for a young couple.
Steel Challenge 2016
For more than three decades the World Speed Shooting Championship has been the one to win for handgun shooters. It’s called the Steel Challenge, and the challenge is to shoot five steel targets as fast as possible with the designated stop plate hit last. The best four strings count for score and your score is your time, measured in hundredths of a second. It’s that fast! At the Hogue Ranges in San Luis Obispo, California, the “Steel Master” title is at stake, and though Sig Sauer Team Captain Max Michel is vying for the win, he’s also aiming to break a world record.
“I look at it as I am competing against everyone, because the great thing about Steel Challenge, it’s the same courses of fire,” says Michel. “Typically everyone is running the same type of gear for the most part, and regardless of which division you shoot in you are going to be thrown into the overall category.”
As Max says, the Steel Challenge consists of the same eight stages, including Roundabout, Outer Limits and Pendulum, with some targets 35 yards away. Despite the challenges, the top shooters in the match typically shoot a string, or five targets in two to three seconds!
History’s Guns: Luger P08
In 1898, Austrian firearms designer Georg Luger created one of the first semi-auto handguns in history. Officially it’s called the Pistole Parabellum 1908, or the Luger P08, but Luger did more than just design a new gun. He also created a cartridge specifically for the P08. It’s the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge, but the world knows the round as nine-millimeter Luger.
“Was it the best? Certainly not, but it was the gun that worldwide established the concept of a viable, service caliber, auto pistol, both for military and civilian use. And you can’t get much more important than that,” says Firearms Historian Garry James.
When it comes to home defense, the decision to choose the right firearm can be overwhelming. That’s why Shooting USA Producer John Scoutten is helping a California couple now living in Tennessee, Michelle and Noel Hengelbrok pick the right choice.
Based on their preferences, John has set aside the Smith & Wesson SD VE, the Smith & Wesson Governor, and the Mossberg 930 Tactical. So, which firearm do the Hengelbroks choose?
Smith & Wesson Unveils the M&P 15 Sport II
It’s no surprise that the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 Sport has been the best-selling Modern Sporting rifle in 2015. It was designed to be more affordable by streamlining its manufacturing. So, the rifle came without the forward assist and traditional dust cover. Now, Smith & Wesson is introducing a new generation, the M&P15 Sport II that leaves nothing out. The Sport II comes with the forward assist to seat a reluctant bolt, and a dust cover to keep the chamber covered. It’s chambered in 556 or .223, and is finished in corrosion resistant Armornite hard coating. Plus, the Sport II ships with one 30-round P-Mag, standard.
Pro Tip: Julie Golob – How to Practice Shooting a Carry Gun
We say it all the time; you can’t be proficient with your carry gun if you don’t practice. Well fortunately, Smith & Wesson Team Member Julie Golob is has some drills that will help keep your shots on target.
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