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Steel challenge joins USPSA.

The United States Practical Shooting Association announced it has acquired the Steel Challenge and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association from founders Mike Dalton and Mike Fichman.

The Steel Challenge was founded in t981 with just 70 shooters competing for $20,000 in cash and prizes the first year. In the 26 years since, the match has grown to become one of the crown jewels of the shooting circuit and the premier professional pistol competition with more than 220 of the world's fastest shooters competing for more than $390,000 in cash and prizes in 2007.

Mike Dalton and Mike Fichman, regarded as two of the most accomplished shooting event organizers and promoters, will stay on through the 2008 championships to insure a smooth transition with sponsors and competitors as well as train USPSA personnel on running the Steel Challenge. Dalton and Fichman will also serve as Match Directors for the 2008 Steel Challenge which will again be held in Piru, California, August 14-17, 2008.

The USPSA is a non-profit membership association affiliated with the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC), comprised of approximately 67 nations. USPSA's 16,000+ members and 350 affiliated clubs make it the largest and fastest growing Practical Shooting sport, USPSA, RO. Box 811, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, (360) 855-2245,

Visit www.steelchallenge. corn for diagrams of the stages of fire, complete listing of the 2007 results, past champions and more.--Courtesy Paul Erhardt & Associates
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Author:Erhardt, Paul
Publication:Guns Magazine
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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