DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club is proud to offer various pistol and rifle competitions for members and non-members alike. All of our competitions are friendly and we welcome shooters of all skill levels.
Please view the tabs below to get more information on competitions offered, or to view scores from completed competitions.
We hope to see you soon at a competition. Be sure to check the Calendar often to see what is coming up!
The Steel Challenge was founded in 1981 and has grown to be an extremely popular, fun to watch and easy to understand pistol competition. Think of it as a race, but instead of using your feet or a car, you use your favorite .22 LR rimfire pistol, .22 rimfire rifle or center fire pistol in 9MM / .38 or larger.
Competition consists of six stages, with each stage having a total of five steel plates. Each stage is shot five times and the slowest speed on the stage is dropped. The four remaining runs are added together to create the score for that stage. Scores for all six stages are then added together to determine the overall scores and rankings. Rimfire competitors only compete against other rimfire competitors, center fire competitors likewise compete only amongst themselves.
Matches are held the second and fifth Saturdays of the month. Setup times are usually around 7:00 AM in the summer months and 7:30 – 8:00 AM in the winter months. Rounds will be down range between 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM most days. Eye and hearing protection is required. Cost is $10.00 for DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club members and $12.00 for non-members. Junior competitors aged 13-17 are free, however the parent or guardian must be present. Check the site Calendar, Twitter, or Facebook for specific times or changes (e.g. due to weather or other events). For more information about the Steel Challenge Shooting Association, check out their website at steelchallenge.com.
Weather permitting. Volunteers are always appreciated to help with setup and tear down!
Steel Challenge stage diagrams:
DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club is an IDPA International Affiliated Club. Matches are held every third Saturday of the month. Setup it at 8:00 AM and rounds down range after setup is complete. Eye and hearing protection is required. Cost is $10.00 for DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club members and $12.00 for non-members. Junior competitors aged 13-17 are free, however the parent or guardian must be present. Check the site Calendar, Twitter, or Facebook for specific times or changes (e.g. due to weather or other events). For more information about the International Defensive Pistol Association, check out their website at idpa.com.
IDPA at DeSoto Rifle & Pistol Club on April 20, 2013. There are clips of four stages in this video. IDPA requires you to think quickly, react to dynamic environments, move, use cover and above all else always be safe.
First up is the Bill Drill, which is a nice warm-up that requires you to put six shots on target as quickly as you can (0:00 – 1:53). Next is some action with a steel plate that triggers a hidden target to appear, which you can see around 2:55 (1:54 – 4:40). The third state is “2 to the body, 1 to head” which challenges shooters to engage six hostile targets while avoiding a friendly, the targets at at the right side of the view, mostly offscreen (4:41 – 5:20). The last stage is we like, some might call is “TV Interruptus”, which requires the shooter to engage three targets at the front door, 2 from the left-side window and three more (one in partial cover) from the right-side window (5:21 – 6:25).
DeSoto Rifle and Pistol Club offers a number of scheduled NRA sanctioned rifle matches annually according to the schedule posted on the Calendar.
Registration and payment is handled online on this page by Eventbrite, our trusted business associate. Please send a message to Rifle Officer using the Contact page with any questions. Matches are limited to 24 competitors at this time. Sign-in begins at 8:00 AM at the rifle container. Matches start at 8:30 AM promptly.
$45 any shooter. The fee includes the NRA registration fee. No refunds.
This is a NRA registered event and current NRA rules will govern the match. We recommend that new shooters read the rule books in advance of competing. The NRA rule books are also on the NRA website.
Open to any individual. NRA Membership is required.
Rifles and Sights
Current NRA Rules apply. Some shooters may want to participate in the match with firearms that are not eligible under the current rules and they may allowed to fire the match, however, their scores will not be recorded or filed with the NRA for shooter classification. If you need assistance determining if your firearms/sights qualify or if you will be allowed to fire the match with a disallowed firearm, please send a message to the Rifle Officer using the Contact page.
Scoring and Target Changes
Scoring and target changes are performed by the Horn Lake Marine Corps JROTC cadets.
The current NRA classification system will be used and unclassified shooters will compete in Master Class as per rule 19.2 in the rulebook.
Course of Fire
Across the Course High-power Rifle:
- 20 rounds at 200 yards standing (2 sighters)
- 2 strings of 10 rounds rapid fire sitting at 200 yards (2 sighters)
- 2 strings of 10 rounds rapid fire prone at 300 yards (2 sighters)
- 20 rounds slow fire prone at 600 yards (2 sighters)
- Standard NRA targets for all strings of fire.
- 3 strings of 20 shots for record from 600 yards, five sighters with the first string and two sighters for the second and third strings.
- Standard NRA targets for all strings of fire.
Pistol Competition Results
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- May 11, 2013: Steel Challenge
- April, 13, 2013: Steel Challenge
- March 9, 2013: Steel Challenge
- February 9, 2013: Steel Challenge