Starkville Gun Club

Starkville Gun Club Handgun Information

  • Only SGC Annual Members and their guests are allowed access to the SGC Rifle/Pistol Ranges. The Rifle/Pistol Ranges are not open to the public for shooting.

    USPSA / SCSA – Steel Challenge

    On the 2nd Saturday of each month, S.G.C. hosts a Tier 1 Steel Challenge Match. This Match is conducted under the authority and rules of the United States Practical Shooting Association / Steel Challenge Shooting Association.

    This is a family friendly shooting activity, open to anyone over the age of 10 years. Any participant under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Beginners and first-time participants are welcome! It is expected that anyone participating have reasonable knowledge of their firearms operation and firearm safety rules.

    A SGC Steel match will utilize 4 official classifying stages. At this time, we can accommodate up to 24 entrants (guns). Both Pistol Bays 1 & 2 are reserved for the exclusive use of SGC Steel for the duration of the match.

    Descriptions of the stages may be found on There is an excellent video on the home page which provides a good overview of the stages, types of firearms allowed, and scoring.

    This is a shooting sport driven by accuracy and speed; shooting at, and hitting a series of 5 steel plates as fast as reasonably possible. Your score is the time required to achieve that, with penalties for targets not engaged. Each Stage is engaged 5 times (strings), with the shooters slowest time discarded from scoring.

    All safety rules ascribed to by USPSA/SCSA are adamantly enforced.

    A participant may register in up to 2 different firearm divisions. There are 13 different divisions available, which include handguns and rifles, both either with or without optics. The only allowable ammunition types are 22 LR, 38, 9mm, 40 & 45 ACP. No magnum or rifle calibers are permitted. Rimfire firearms and pistol caliber carbines are shot using a low-ready start position. All others must be drawn from a good quality, strong-side, belt-mounted holster. The divisions include:

    • RFPI - Rimfire Pistol with Iron Sights
    • RFPO - Rimfire Pistol that may have an Optic
    • RFRI - Rimfire Rifle with Iron Sights
    • RFRO - Rimfire Rifle that may have an Optic
    • PROD - Production – commonly manufactured centerfire pistol
    • CO - Carry Optic – common centerfire pistol with a dot-type optic
    • SS - Single Stack – 1911 style pistols (does not include 2011 designs)
    • LTD - Limited – Pistols not included in the Production or Single stack categories, but without optics
    • OPN - Open – Any pistol with modifications (other than those affecting safety) and optics other than laser sights… this is the true Race Gun category.
    • ISR - Iron Sight Revolver
    • OSR - Optic Sight Revolver
    • PCC – Pistol Caliber Carbine
    • PCCO – Pistol Caliber Carbine which may have an Optic.

    The cost for participation is $10/division. Pay by cash on-site, with the exact amount if possible.

    The minimum round count per firearm is 100. It’s suggested that each participant have at least 130 to 150 rounds on hand.

    Site preparation and clean-up for the matches begins at 11:15 – 11:30 am.
    On-site check-in begins at 12:00 noon.
    There is a mandatory safety briefing at 12:45, and the match begins at 1 pm.
    Matches typically last no longer than 3 & ½ hours.

    The preferred method of registration (but not required) is through Membership in Practiscore is free, and requires only an e-mail address and creation of a password of your choosing. Once signed in on that site, go to the Find Events tab. Our events are shown as SGC Steel with a date suffix (i.e. SGC Steel 12-10-22)

    Paul Brady – Match Director
    USPSA Member FY119860
    National Range Officers Institute: Range Officer, SCSA Endorsed

    Email: ByEmail

    662-574-2505 (text or call)

    Paul Brady is a Member of the Board of Directors of Starkville Gun Club and freely donates his time and talent for you to enjoy yourself at SGC. Please PLAN to help with Setup, Tear Down, Clean-Up and running these matches. Without Paul and the pistol shooting membership these matches will not be possible.