CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN)- Many of the best action pistol competitors in the U.S were in Cheyenne this weekend for the “Steamboat Challenge” NRA Action Pistol Regional and Wyoming State Championship. The two-day competition at Otto Road Shooting Range in Cheyenne was free to the public and provided an opportunity for kids to participate in shooting sports and learn about gun safety.
Members of the US Army’s elite Marksmanship Unit from Fort Benning, Georgia competed along with the top tier action pistol competitors from the Rocky Mountain Region. The Steamboat Challenge Championship is sanctioned by the National Rifle Association of America and the Wyoming State Shooting Association.
NRA Action Pistol is best described as “Precision Pistol Shooting at Speed”— the targets are small and the shooting time allowed is very short so it demands an elevated level of expert marksmanship and mental toughness to succeed.
The competition consisted of four events:
The Practical Event: From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at multiple targets at distances from 10 yards to 50 yards under short variable time limits.
The Barricade Event: From behind barricades, the shooter fires at targets on either side of the barricade from 10 yards to 35 yards under short variable time limits.
The Falling Plate Event: From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at 8-inch round, steel plates which fall down when hit, arranged in banks of six, at distances from 10 to 25 yards under short variable time limits.
The Moving Target Event: From the appropriate shooting line at distances ranging from 10 to 25 yards, the shooter fires at a target moving from left to right and then right to left for sixty feet with the target being exposed for only 6 seconds.