The Smith & Wesson US Steel Championshipss

Shooting USA - The Smith & Wesson US Steel Championships

28-16-1We’re in Florida with the fastest steel shooters in the country, banging and clanging over the course of the three days that make up the US Steel Championships.

This is the fastest action in the handgun sports. Steel shooting—draw and shoot five steel plates as fast as you can. The scoring is simple. It’s the time it takes to shoot four target plates and the designated stop plate, on each string of fire. Competitors fire five strings on a stage and score the best four strings for an overall total. The electronic timers are gun shot activated and are accurate to a hundredth of a second. If you need an extra shot to pick up a missed target, you’re not winning.

28-16-2It’s the most spectator friendly of all of the pistol sports. You can actually tell what’s happening as the match is underway.

There are four primary titles in contention:

The Rimfire Steel Competition with the shooters beginning each stage of fire gripping their pistols in the low ready position, pointed down at a 45 degree angle, facing downrange.

The Limited Division Competition in centerfire calibers, using iron sights, and drawing from holsters to begin each string of fire.

28-16-4The Open Competition with purpose built “race guns” featuring compensators, red-dot optics and lightened slides for faster lock time from target to target.

The Steel Master Championship title is the quickest time over all for shooting all the stages with all three guns, Rimfire, Limited and Open.

All Championships are awarded in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions, with additional awards by age, occupation, and individual shooting sport rules.


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