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

McKINNON remains un-defeated and continues To Hoist The EL DORADO TRADING STEEL CHALLENGE CUP


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. El Dorado Trading Inc., the Licensed Gold Dealers of Lot 136 Young Street, Kingston, Georgetown continued to give their unfaltering support to the G.S.S.F.


G.S.S.F Scores all hits on Steel Challenge Shooting Competition sponsored by Publik


Steel Challenge Matches worldwide are a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association.  This gives the G.S.S.F. an SCSA affiliate organisation the ability to pick from eight standardized stages with steel targets, ranging in size from 10" (25 cm) round plates to 18x24" (45x60 cm) square plates. Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.

The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation introduced Steel Challenge in Guyana and has been hosting these matches on a regular basis with the assistance of eager sponsors such as Publik.

Publik, a popular name in the food industry, known especially for their tasty wings and burgers, assisted the G.S.S.F. in serving to local steel shooters a “Phenomenal” competition to end the year 2017. This match saw shooters competing in the Limited and Production Divisions (9mm or higher caliber pistols are required). Trophies were up for grabs for the Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both divisions and special category medals for those in Law Enforcement who were competing amongst themselves within the divisions. 

G.S.S.F. Safely Hosts B.M. Soat Costume Match.

The Annual B.M. Soat Costume Steel Challenge shooting competition was once again safety completed at the Guyana Defence Force range in Timehri last Saturday. The organistion of the match was facilitated by Steel Challenge Shooting Association affiliate: the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation. The G.S.S.F. continues to seek to promote the safe use of firearms in sport for its members and commits to continue hosting such competitions following international sport shooting regulations while upholding all regulations for firearm use in Guyana.


For the second year in a row, BM Soat Auto Sales backed the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation in what has now become an annual costume Steel Challenge shooting match. The themed competition has once again been exclusively sponsored by B.M Soat Auto Sales and is expected to be a keenly contested one. The inaugural match last year was a hit, as members turned out in their costumes, with appearances from Pocahontas, The Joker, Superman, Cowboys, Hondo and even Magic Mike. This year the match is bound to be even more exciting with more shooters taking part in the competition.  Participants invited are expected to take part donning costumes of their liking, hats, wigs, paint, garb are welcome but will have to be within the safety confines of the sport.

McKinnon and Phang are declared Division Winners in G.S.S.F.’s Steel Challenge Match sponsored by CompuServ

The Steel Challenge Matches are a speed shooting competition governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) that consists of eight standardized stages with steel targets, ranging in size from 10" (25 cm) round plates to 18x24" (45x60 cm) square plates. Competitors are scored solely by the time it takes them to complete each stage, and the match winner is the competitor with the lowest overall time.

Saturday 27th August, 2016 marked yet another phenomenal and successful Steel Challenge match held by the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation which was sponsored by CompuServ, one of Guyana’s leading technology & IT consultants. Shooters competed in the Limited and Production Divisions (requiring the use of 9mm or higher caliber pistols). Trophies were up for grabs for the Overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th place winners in both divisions.


G.S.S.F. hosts another successful Steel Challenge Shooting Competition sponsored by Jus’ Waters Inc.

Saturday 2nd April, 2016 marked yet another successful Steel Challenge match held by the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation which was sponsored by Jus Waters Inc. Shooters competed in the Limited Division (requiring the use of 9mm or higher caliber pistols). Trophies were up for grabs for the Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Winners together with a special Trophy for the best performing and Highest Law Enforcement personnel. 




As everyone knows, any landing you can walk away from is a ‘good’ one. A ‘great’ landing is one when you can use the airplane again…. in the case of the Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation, it will be the using of the Steel Targets again for the next year.

On the sunny Saturday afternoon of January 30, 2016, local handgun shooters made their way to the GDF Range at Yarrowkabra to compete against fellow shooters in GSSF’s First Competition for the New Year: a Steel Challenge Shooting Match which was been sponsored by Muneshwers Travel Service.