Steel Challenge

Steel Challenge is completely new to sport shooting in Guyana and has been pioneered locally by the G.S.S.F. The G.S.S.F. became an affiliate of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association in August 2014 and was duly issued with Affiliate Number: SCSA196.

Steel Challenge is the ideal event for people from all backgrounds; professionals, beginners, the young as well as persons that have limited mobility, to shoot at multiple reactive targets and compete in a fun safe environment. It provides what is considered to be a level playing field for most type of pistol shooters.

Steel Challenge is considered to be the fastest shooting competitions in the world.  A standard competition consists of eight (8) different stages where competitors shoot five different steel targets set out at various angles and distances, one of which is designated as a “stop plate” devised to be shot last. Registering a hit on the plate stops the time.



The total time it takes to hit all five plates is used for the score for a string of fire (Your time is your score.) Misses and penalties add 3 seconds to the time for each. Competitors are scored using an electronic timing device which records the time that every shot is fired. Some stages require 5 strings of which the best 4 are used for score while others require 4 strings and the best 3 are used for the score per stage.

A time of 30.00 seconds is used for each string in any stage that the competitor has not shot. (A total of 120 seconds for a best 4 of 5 strings stage; 90 seconds for a best 3 of 4 strings for specific stages).

The shooter with lowest time wins. 


Competition / Matches

Steel Challenge is the perfect way to introduce newer shooters to competitive shooting because it is easy to understand Rules and the instant audible feedback of the bullet hitting the plate is both encouraging and satisfying. 

The competition requirements are as simple as the scoring: the shooter would assume his/her position in the shooting box with hands up above their shoulders. Upon the audible beep of the timer, draw their firearm and shoot at the targets, timer stops when the shooter hits what is designated to be the stop plate. 

The competitor’s best four scores out of five strings of fire on each stage will then be added together for collective score. The lowest total time/score for all stages wins the overall match. 



  • Eye and Ear protection.
  • A non-cancelable holster for centrefire pistols. For .22 pistols no holster is required.
  • 9mm /.38 Special is the minimum caliber permitted for all divisions except for the .22 rimfire event and also the Wildcat events which are only shot at lower Tier matches.  
  • Ammunition:

All ammunition used in competition must be safe, serviceable and appropriate for the firearm being used.

         Minimum cartridge for centerfire competitions (38 Special 9X19).

         Rimfire firearms must be .22 Long Rifle (.22LR) only. No powderless cases.

*Total amount of ammunition required with no misses for an eight (8) stage match is 195 rounds.

  • Three to five magazines are recommended and/or speed loading devices for revolvers


The G.S.S.F. hopes that Steel Challenge will grow and intends to promote this sport to its members and affiliates nationwide and shall strive to have by the end of 2015 all of their regular Steel Challenge competitors classified and listed with a SCSA world ranking on the SCSA website.

The G.S.S.F. recognises that the training and practice required to participate in steel challenge competitions also provides a solid foundation necessary for other forms of practical shooting sports.

More so the fun element derived from the instant audio feedback of a hit on the steel plate is especially appealing to shooters and spectators at our events and competitions.

Learn more about steel challenge visit their website at

“Unstrung Hero” AND “Bad to the Bone” walk away with top prizes at B.M. SOAT’S ANNUAL COSTUME MATCH


For the fourth consecutive year, Halloween in Guyana for sport shooters has been associated with the much anticipated B.M. Soat Annual Costume Match. The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation once again last Saturday 2nd November, 2019 hosted their Annual themed competition which was a very keenly contested one, sponsored by B.M. Soat Auto sales all within the confines of the safety rules and watchful eyes of Range Master, Mr. Dallas Thomas and his Team of Range Officials.

The Timehri Range transformed just after noon with cool overcast weather, with the rain clouds hovering but not breaking over the Match thereby providing wonderful cloud coverage for the participants as members turned out in their costumes, with appearances from inter alia, a FBI Agent, A Policeman, a Policewoman, terminator, Unstrung Hero, a Cricketer, a Vacquero and a QC Old Student.

B.M. SOAT ANNUAL COSTUME MATCH promises to be an exciting one WITH G.S.S.F.

For the fourth consecutive year, BM Soat Auto Sales supported the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation in their Annual Costume Shooting Match. This themed competition has once again been exclusively sponsored by B.M Soat Auto Sales and is expected to be an exciting one yet again. Over the years, members turned out in their costumes, with appearances from Pocahontas, The Joker, Superman, Cowboys, Hondo, Magic Mike, Contractors and construction workers, Arrow, Super Girl, a Farmer, Racer, a Cricketer, a Biker, the Black Panther, Lara Croft, the Gold Tooth Gangster, a Rifle Shooter and even Count Dracula risked the afternoon sun last year to come out and participate, all doing so within the safety confines of the sport. This year the match is bound to be even more exciting with invited participants expected to once again take part donning costumes of their liking, hats, wigs, paint, garb but will have to be within the safety confines of the sport.


The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation celebrated its 5th anniversary by successfully hosting the annual El Dorado Trading Cup, a very special Steel Challenge event sponsored by El Dorado Trading Inc., the Licensed Gold Dealers of Lot 136 Young Street, Kingston, Georgetown who continued to give their unfaltering support to the G.S.S.F.

The prestigious El Dorado Trading Cup is a Challenge Trophy which has been on the prize table at an Annual match since 2015 to commemorate the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation’s anniversary. After every match the winner’s name together with the year is inscribed on a plaque attached to the Cup.




The Match on March 30, 2019 was well attended by members of the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation competing in two SCSA Divisions: Production and Limited. As an affiliate of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association, a sister body of the United States Practical Shooting Association, the GSSF over the years has been organising matches following their strict safety policies. This simple, yet action-packed shooting sport attracts Guyanese pistol shooters from all around the country on a regular basis who all engage in melodic pinging fun.