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2017 Steamboat Challenge NRA Action Pistol


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Fellow Action Pistol Enthusiasts, 

Greetings from “Big Wonderful Wyoming”!  The 3rd Annual “Steamboat Challenge” NRA Action Pistol Regional and Wyoming State Championship will be conducted on August 19 and 20 2017 at the Otto Road Shooting Range in Cheyenne. 

Last year’s Steamboat Challenge was another success with more prize contributions from industry and a visit from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.  I expect more of the same in 2017 and you’re invited to come join the fun! 

The match name -- “Steamboat Challenge” pays homage to Steamboat, a Wyoming bred bucking horse from 100 years ago, one of the greatest bucking broncos of all time and the state symbol of Wyoming. 

Visit Cheyenne has returned as one of our sponsors.  The mission of Visit Cheyenne, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, is to promote the Cheyenne area as a travel destination to both leisure and business travelers.  2017 marks the Sesquicentennial of the establishment of Cheyenne and there are numerous activities scheduled to celebrate the milestone.  When not shooting there is plenty to see and do in the Cheyenne area-- detailed information is available at the Visit Cheyenne website at:  www.cheyenne.org 

Along with the Cheyenne area attractions there are iconic Wyoming vacation destinations throughout the state such as Devils Tower and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  Detailed information is at the Wyoming website:  www.travelwyoming.com

On Monday August 21, 2017 a total eclipse of the Sun will occur and the path of totality will pass a short drive north of Cheyenne.  For most folks, witnessing this rare celestial event is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Depending on where you live it may not happen again-- so I wouldn’t miss it!  Complete detailed information about “Americas Eclipse” is at their website: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com 

Another Steamboat sponsor is Chey-Cast Bullets.  Chey-Cast Bullets is a Cheyenne based family run business manufacturing first rate cast bullets in handgun and rifle calibers.  Chey-Cast also offers all their bullets with the Hi Tek Coating process. Give Chey-Cast a look at their website:   http://www.cheycastbullets.com 

The shooting program for the Regional on Saturday will be the same as last year with the “Bianchi Four” shooting events --The Practical, The Barricade, The Falling Plates and the Moving Target.  

The shooting program for the Sunday State Championship will be:  The “Texas” Moving Target, The Barricade (Modified) The Falling Plates and The Practical.

Special Gun Prize for High Production Marksman:  For the Sunday Wyoming State Championship the high scoring competitor shooting in the Production Division and classified as a Marksman will receive a gun prize (Make, model to be determined) courtesy of High Plains Shooting Sports LLC.  Production competitors that are Unclassified that compete on the Regional on Saturday will receive a provisional classification (based on Regional score) and if they fall in the Marksman classification will be eligible to compete for the gun prize on Sunday’s State Championship match. 

Awards for the Regional Championship will consist of NRA Medallions for the top three along with Division and Category award plaques.  The winner of the Wyoming State Championship will receive the Bucking Bronco and Rider Sculpture and there will also be Division and Category plaques.   Lunch will be provided each day and all the bottled water you can drink. 

The schedule is to set up on Thursday morning August 17 and open up for competitor practice in the afternoon.  The ranges will open for practice on Friday and the match staff and RO’s will shoot the events so they can work on Saturday and Sunday.  Repaired AP-1 targets will be available to use for practice (4 for $1).  Saturday will be the Regional and Sunday the State match.  


Steamboat Registration:  


Registration for Steamboat is easy—just access the website at:


The Steamboat website is loaded with information along with the match bulletins for Saturday and Sunday match and restaurant and hotel information.  You may register and pay match fees through the website or you may register the traditional way through the mail.  Payment of match fees can be made via debit card, credit card, PayPal or Check.    

We look forward to see all our friends and making some new ones at this years Steamboat Challenge!  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call or write.  See you in ‘Ol Cheyenne!

Best Regards and Good Shooting,

Andy Rayland

Match Director. 2017 Steamboat Challenge


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I've made a change to the dates for the 2017 Steamboat Challenge Regional and WY State Championship.  The new dates are Saturday August 26 for the Regional and  Sunday Aug 27 for the State match.  


Reason for the change is "Eclipse Mania" enveloping the State of Wyoming.  It appears that most of USA, Europe and Asia is coming here to view the total eclipse of the sun on Monday, Aug 21.  This has put an unexpected and greater than anticipated demand on hotels and campsites with a HUGE increase in prices and minimum stay requirements --which of course will only get worse as the eclipse event date gets closer.  


Please take note of the new dates--  I'll make the necessary changes to the Steamboat website.  


Best Regards,


Andy Rayland

Match Director




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