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Old March 29, 2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Steel Match: 9mm: Crazy or Doable?

Well I'm getting ready to try my very first Steel Match. I have a .22 but it's my wifes Taurus PT22. I carry and shoot though all the time at the range with my Walther PPS 9mm.

Am I crazy to try a Steel Match with my 9mm? If you had to choose between the two guns above, which would you choose and why?
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Old March 29, 2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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What kind of steel event? If Speed on Steel, the .22 is a lot cheaper and easier to shoot. Obviously Knockdown steel is probably out of the question. Never saw anyone use a .22 for Knockdown. I have had issues with 9mm on Knockdown steel and not having enough poop to push the target over all the way with a single hit.
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Old March 29, 2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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I actually didn't realize there were multiple steel events. This will be my first one. The guy running it did tell me I can bring my 9mm or a .22. I've heard though that the Taurus PT22 isn't the best to shoot fast though.
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Old March 29, 2012, 10:57 PM   #4
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Do-able yes. Will you win the match? Probably not with that but it will be fun!
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Old March 30, 2012, 06:05 AM   #5
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Oh, I don't even think I'll come anywhere close to winning, but I'm just trying not to look like an idiot showing up with a 9mm. LOL
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Old March 30, 2012, 06:13 AM   #6
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Sounds like the match is a Steel Challenge type, or the fellow who invited you probably would not have mentioned .22.
So, either one of your pistols will do, as the targets are not knock down.
If this is the case, you would benefit from downloading the rule book and studying it, before the match.
http://steelchallenge.com/
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Old March 30, 2012, 06:41 AM   #7
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Thanks for the link. I'm even more excited now to try my first Steel Challenge.
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Old March 30, 2012, 07:37 AM   #8
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I shoot steel with a Beretta 92fs, I've found that if the targets don't fall its because I missed them, not because I'm shooting a 9mm.

I also shoot steel with a Model 64 38 spl. Same thing, its about hitting the targets.
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Old March 30, 2012, 10:34 AM   #9
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I've shot matches with steel using a 9mm. It seems to be iffy with 115gr WWB, but 124gr NATO pressure ammo works just fine.

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Old March 30, 2012, 04:34 PM   #10
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.22s will knock down even the larger poppers.
Just gotta' hit them high up a couple of times, real quick.
Like real life.
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Old March 30, 2012, 06:07 PM   #11
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Ok, the PT22 is a pocket gun? Pretty small? Use the 9mm. The PPS is not much bigger so it might be a bit of a challenge, either way.

In Steel Challenge, you shoot 5 targets on the stage under the clock. Then you reload, and repeat, so you shoot the stage 5 times. It is very helpful to have a bunch of mags or a few mags, with high capacity. I shoot SC with my Glock, with mag extensions, so I only reload once for the 25 rounds.
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