JSSA regularly holds Speed Steel matches. The Steel Challenge was conceived by Mike Dalton and Mike Fichman in 1981. There are several courses of fire in the Speed Steel, most of them variations on a theme in which steel targets are shot at distances from 8 to 40 yards with a handgun. The courses of fire, or stages, are designed so that a six shot revolver can be a competitive firearm. Typically the shooter addresses each stage five times, the slowest time is discarded and the total for the best four runs is the score for the stage.
At the World Speed Shooting Championships conducted at Piru , California, the tournament consists of 7 stages. JSSA Steel matches are usually four or five stages. We sometimes hold matches restricted to .22 rimfire handguns or centerfire revolvers. When there is snow on the ground, the limited format eliminates picking up expended brass. Because most shooters do not have safe, competition style holsters for their .22s or revolvers, shooters start from a ‘low ready’ position. There can’t be a less expensive way to get started in competitive shooting. JSSA welcomes and encourages new shooters of all ages to participate.