The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (G.S.S.F.) in commemoration of its 2nd Anniversary, on Saturday 25th June, 2016, successfully hosted another Steel Challenge Shooting Association Tier 1 Match which was exclusively sponsored by El Dorado Trading. El Dorado Trading.

The Licensed Gold Dealers of Lot 136 Young Street, Kingston, Georgetown has given their unfaltering support to the G.S.S.F. and this year it is no different. Managing Director, Mr. Tamesh Jagmohan, has kindly accepted the Foundation’s offer to sponsor this Match annually. The steel challenge shooting competition is held to commemorate the anniversary of the GSSF, with the first being fired off in June 2015. In that year, Mr. Ryan McKinnon emerged victorious and walked away from the Range hoisting the El Dorado Trading Steel Challenge Cup along with his first place prize. Saturday last, he returned to the Yarrowcabra ranges to put up a successful defense of his title and etch his name on the Cup again.

The three stage match consisted of sanctioned S.C.S.A. stages, namely Five to Go, Accelerator, and Pendulum. With safety and efficiency in mind, the match administrators placed the shooters into two squads, thereby shooting two separate stages simultaneously, before finally converging on the stage Pendulum.

In every stage competitors were required to shoot five steel targets, positioned at various angles and distances, one of which is designated as a “Stop plate” which is shot last. Registering a hit on the stop plate stops the time. The total time it takes to hit all five plates is used for the score (your time is your score.) Any misses add 3 penalties seconds to the time per miss. The best 4 out of 5 strings make up the total time per stage and ultimately the shooter with lowest time (score) wins. 

Shooters competed in two divisions, namely Limited and Wildcat, which saw the use of 9mm and .32 pistols respectively. The main attraction of this particular match was that competitors who were shooting full power handguns (Limited Division) competed for the privilege of lifting the El Dorado Trading Steel Challenge Cup. As such this saw a drop in the number of shooters registered for the Wildcat Division.

Scoring was done using a digital timer which records times according to when a shot is fired. As shooters completed each stage, their score sheets were submitted to the Stats Officer Dr. Pravesh Harry, who computed scores in a specialised software designed for the sport.

When the smoke cleared the scores were calculated and the report submitted to the Match Director prior to the Presentation Ceremony which was held at the Range. Present was Director of Sport, Mr. Christopher Jones, who presented Trophies to the winners in the Wildcat Division: Mr. Jagmohan Bassoo who took 1st place and Mr. Roberto Hochand in 2nd place.

Mr. Pavaski Jagmohan of El Dorado Trading then presented the beautiful trophies for the Limited Division. First up was Mr. Rajiv Latchana who placed 3rd with a total time of 96.19 seconds chasing GSSF President Mrs. Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, who secured 2nd place with a time of 94.96 seconds. Mr. Ryan McKinnon, once again earned the top spot shooting a total time of 69.34 seconds in this Match.

Mr. Pavaski Jagmohan then expressed congratulatory remarks to all the prize winners before presenting the now two-time winner of the El Dorado Steel Challenge Cup with this Challenge Cup.













Ryan McKinnon



Jagmohan Bassoo



Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon



Roberto Hochand



Rajiv Latchana






The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation wishes to once again thank the Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Phillips, GDF Colonel Doodnauth, GPF Commissioner Persaud, GPF Asst. Commissioner Ramnarine, GPF Commander Hicken, GPF OC TSU Superintendent Dehnert, GPF Corporal Dunn and the ranks of the GPF Armoury and TSU.

The Foundation also expresses sincere thanks to Mr. Tamesh Jagmohan of El Dorado Trading for the usual kind support for sport shooting in Guyana.

The GSSF, an affiliate of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), will continue to host this action-packed shooting sport for local pistol shooters by organising such matches on a regular basis.

More information can be found on the GSSF website

In Photo below, Director of Sport, Mr. Christopher Jones and Mr. Pavasky Jagmohan of El Dorado Trading in centre surrounded by GSSF Members at the Second Anniversary at the El Dorado Trading Steel Challenge Cup 2016:

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2016 Winner of the El Dorado Trading Steel Challenge Cup: Ryan McKinnon receives Cup from Pavasky Jagmohan