Anyone that competes and hasn't seen this video, probably should. It's an eye-opener.
Video embed from Rob Engh's youtube account.

A lot going on here. From what I have read, the guy down range was significantly hard of hearing, so that explains a little. That stage design with solid walls added risk. Pretty easy and obvious to blame the RO, but plenty of acting RO's aren't actually certified, just shooters trying to help out so we all get to shoot a match. And obviously nobody else there managed to help out and catch it either. But yeah, the most dangerous thing I've seen come out of a match.

 
 

Highlights from the 2022 West FL Steel Challenge Championship.

Match had about 190 total entries. Center-fire pistol was thin. Since the ammo/primer shortage started, Steel Challenge has become ever more run by the rimfire shooters. Even Shootingbot skipped center fire pistols this year. RFPI has become my favorite niche. I still like the challenge of shooting iron-sight pistol, and when I'm back to shooting Limited it should be a decent transition.

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Denny Chapman (of Big Daddy Unlimited) interviews World Champion shooter Chris Barrett @ Volusia County Gun Club.

Chris Barrett isn't a local/regular here, but he showed up for a weekend of steel shooting. Having won multiple Steel Challenge world titles, he had more than a few people following him around the range. His shooting held up, beating our top locals by a solid 15 seconds.

Another excellent video from our friends @ Spittin' Brass

 
 

Not shooting related in any way. But I always enjoy seeing quirky people doing quirky things out on their own and this one caught my attention.

 
 

I have no idea on the legality of building this. All I can say is that it's fascinating, and admire the engineering.

 
 

The Ultimate Steel Challenge match at Volusia County Gun Club is 12 stages. We run the standard 8, plus 4 retired stages from earlier years. Zig-Zag, Double Trouble, Triple Threat, and a version of Flying-M.

We had about 100 entries total.
Spoiler: Super Teen Raegan won every division she entered, and was also high overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. That's impressive.

ShootingBOT took a division win. Yes!
Fun fact: USPSA magazine did an article on this match and included a pic of me shooting. Looks like I have finally made it, anyone know where I pick up my VIP passes?

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Spittin' Brass did another pro-level video of the FL State Steel Challenge Championship.

Once again, shootingBOT failed to make the cut? Another ripoff.
But for the record, shootingBOT did pull a division win, RFPI.

From our friends @ Spittin' Brass

 

Spittin' Brass did a professional video of the Area 6 Steel Challenge Championship.

I'm good friends with the Spittin' Brass team, though I don't believe any footage of ShootingBOT competing made it into the video? Ripoff.
Spittin' Brass does some high quality videos and sharp-eyed viewers may notice the ShootingBOT start flags as we were a match sponsor!

From our friends @ Spittin' Brass

 

I put in some work practicing Roundabout on a Wednesday and wanted to see how I'd compare to Sunday's match day. Some of my practice runs were pretty blazing by my standards. But, I did have several that got away from me and left some misses on the table. Felt like I would need to throttle down a little on match day to avoid disasters.

Side note, You may notice the match day splint on my left hand. In between days I managed to jam up my support hand fingers trying (poorly) to learn how to surf. Turns out I tore a tendon and will be in a splint for a while, but no surgery. The timing is unfortunate as the Area 6 championship is this weekend. I shot fairly well on Sunday, so I should be ok in RFPI and RFPO. Starting gun-in-hand with light recoil seems manageable. I won't be able shoot limited, though.

 

Shot the Tier 2 match at the Wyoming Antelope Club (WAC) in St Pete / Clearwater Florida. This is the fourth consecutive year I've shot it. Turn-out was slightly below previous years, thanks to the great ammunition shortage. I normally shoot single-stack / limited, but only shot the .22 pistol divisions this year, both Optics and Iron Sights (RFPO, RFPI).

The WAC championship is a 6 stage match as they do not have room for Outer Limits and Speed Option. If you ever shoot at the WAC, it's almost like an indoor range feel. Lots of echo and unusual lighting. It's a challenge for sure. But, everyone is dealing with the same issues, so it still comes down to shooting.

It was a little hot, as expected for a July match in Florida. Didn't rain at all though, which was a nice bonus. Ran smooth, they put on a good match and I enjoy it every year. Had good lunches, particulary on the second day for the awards presentation. Registration was smooth, finished on time, the RO's were great and we had painters at most stages. Difficult to ask for much more of a match.

RFPO went a little rough for me, not quite the pace I was hoping for. I ended up 6th overall and 3rd Master class. Not much to complain about, but could always shoot a little better. In RFPI I shot solid and was the division winner, only about a quarter second slower than my optics time.

West Fl Champ Pendulum stage

Our other Volusia shooters did really well. Diego finished ahead of me in RFPO, 2nd in Master class. Greg was just ahead of Steve Foster for 2nd in Single Stack. Gorka solidly took both Limited and SS overall. Gorka is extremely consistent, even in the tougher conditions of the WAC.

I believe Jeff Jones of the WAC won about every other centerfire pistol division.
And I'm sure a lot of rifle shooters did rifle things at the match, but I only shoot pistols so I don't have much to report on there. I mean, they are shooting rifles at a pistol match anyway. Zing!

Both the Florida State Championship and Area 6 are going to be at Volusia this year, which is now my home range. As long as I can keep finding some primers (ideally at better prices) I hope to actually shoot Limited & Single Stack at those.

Spittin' Brass has a really nice video on the match: