Phill Brown - Pistol NZ Speed Section Director
2017 Speed Postal Match
Welcome to the PNZ Speed Shooting page.
The Steel Challenge started in the US in 1981 and over the next few years migrated to NZ the first NZ Nationals are recorded as being held in 1987
THE US STEEL CHALLENGE..where it all started
The Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships are one of the crown jewels of the shooting circuit and the premier professional pistol competition in America. With more than 220 of the world's fastest shooters competing for over $390,000 in cash and prizes in 2007, it has found a permanent place on the shooting schedules of every major competitive shooter......click here for the end of this story
SPEED IN NEW ZEALAND
THE COURSE(S) OF FIRE
In NZ the format is the same, your time is your score. He who has the least will win! 5 runs and keep your best 4 to count (Outler limits has 4 runs and keep your best 3) so the scoring couldn't be simpler. All penalties are +3 seconds to your time, max time allowed on a single string is 30 seconds. So you can see in practice exactly what you are capable of. This is markedly different to IPSC, where your score is a percentage of someone else's score.
Speed Shooting as it is known in NZ began in 1987 and has run ever since. The stages run in the states have changed several times & at one stage were changing every year. As of the 1st of July 2013, the stages shot in New Zealand are exactly the same as shot by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) in the USA.
These are Roundabout, Pendulum, Smoke and Hope, Outler Limits,
Speed Option, Accelerator, Five to Go and Showdown.
The Speed Nationals have been contested every year since 1987 but you need to look back to 2004 before you find someone other than Phill Brown winning the overall title. Actually Phill has won the event 11 times! Followed by "Buggs" Foster and Simon Leadley, with 3 apiece.
The numbers at the nationals (that I have records for) have sunk as low as 19 in 1996 and been as high as 70 in the mid 90's, the sport is currently on an upswing of popularity and in 2010 had one of its biggest matches with 44 shooters competing.
Originally there was only the overall winner, now with the advent of Divisions within the shoot and Grades and Categories within the Divisions there are multiple titles contested every year, Junior, Senior, Super Senior, Ladies, Iron Sight Auto ("Standardish") and the list goes on. There is a place for everyone even Shot-gunners & .22s
Junior shooters are the future, without them we will just fade out. The best thing any of us can do is to take a young person shooting. Remember it doesn't matter which discipline they eventually go for just that we get some new blood.
Purchasing Steel Targets Or Traps for the Unwary
Purchasing a full or partial set of Speed Steel targets or just the humble "A" Zone IPSC centre, can be a daunting task and is certainly a major investment for any member or club. You do, however, gain something that will last a lifetime.
What do I need?
First decide whether you are looking to purchase a full or partial set, while its nice to have a complete set unless you have the facilities to hold a single stage per range i.e. that you have 7 ranges, you just don't need a full set.
A full set is 7 @ 250mm Dia, 17 @ 300mm Dia & 11 @ 450 x 600mm large rectangles. A considerable amount of metal! You can get by with much less; perhaps start with a single stage or a set that would allow you to do all the stages but perhaps only one or two stages at a time.
Don't forget you will need brackets on the back of the steel to attach them to your stands, you did remember stands didn't you? There isn't any standard stand design but they breakdown in to two types, those that are freestanding and those that are fixed into the ground. Usually they are constructed from 100 x 100mm wooden or approx 16mm round steel. Remember you will need to have the plates facing downward slightly to contain the splatter on the range you are shooting on, especially if you have a NDA range.
How can I minimize the costs?
Before you do anything make sure you are up to date with the rules and you are buying correct specification items, at this time I understand that the design of the Pepper Popper MAY be changed or deleted in favour of the Classic Popper. Make sure your not purchasing something about to (possibly) be deleted. Steel prices vary greatly and you should shop around. Dealing directly with a profile cutter is the biggest single savings you will make. Make sure the cutting is done under water as this will prevent the edges of the hardened steel being softened, sorry Bob and his gas-axe are a no no. Check out the members in your own club, a fitter-welder or builder will help the process along nicely. Pick up the steel yourself if you can or get it delivered to a local company and then pick it up. Once you have your steel paint it! especially etch prime the bracket and the back of the plate, keeps the rust at bay and you cleaner when you haven't used it in a while.
As a guide what should I expect to pay?
This is the hardest to answer as it depends on who you are dealing with and how much you are getting done, are brackets being added, freight can also be a considerable cost and should be specified in the quote you get, and of course you did due diligence and got at least 3 quote's didn't you?
As an example only of the approximate prices I would expect to pay, as at May 2011. I have listed some price ranges below, excluding GST but including freight FIS
$20.00 - $33.00
$24.00 - $37.00
$33.00 - $45.00
450 x 600mm
$90.00 - $130.00
As I said above this is a guide only on standard WEAR360 and is for the shapes themselves you would still need to spot weld a bit of pipe onto the back. Arrange stands etc.
Contact me and I will give you the contact details of the firms that I deal with so you can deal with them directly.
PNZ Speed Section Director
Remember if your waiting to hear that you hit the plate….its to late, call a good sight picture and go on.
STEEL PLATE DESIGNS FROM OTHER CLUBS
COURSES OF FIRE
CURRENT STEEL CHALLENGE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION COURSES OF FIRE
(Click on the name or picture to download the course diagram- with measurements)
|Outer Limits||Accelerator||Speed Option||Roundabout|
|Pendulum||Smoke and Hope||Five to Go|
Click HERE for Steel Challenge Shooting Association Rules (PDF) (January 2013) (Last updated 1st July 2013)
Click HERE for the Speed NZ Guidelines (PDF) (Last Updated October 2016)
Please Note; The following link takes you to a Steel Challenge Association March 2017 update to the rules and guidelines. A full review of the rules and Guidelines above will be made AFTER we receive the new rulebook which is due out in March/April 2017.
Click HERE for the current NZ SPEED Grading list (Last updated 12/07/2016)
LINKS AND INFORMATION
The Pistol New Zealand Speed Section is a member of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA):
SPEED SCORING PROGRAMMES
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SPEED SHOOTING SITES OF INTEREST
|Steel Challenge Website||Steel Challenge Website|
|maxmichel.com||Max Michel is a 5 time World Speed Shooting Champion as well as the holder of numerous speed shooting records.|
|bjnorris.com||BJ is a multiple Steel Master World Champion (best overall at Open, Standard and .22 at the same match)|