Steamboat Challenge 2017

The 3rd annual “Steamboat Challenge” NRA Action Pistol Regional and Wyoming State Championship at Otto Road Shooting Range concluded on Sunday.  Over 30 competitors from Wyoming, the Front Range and five other States traveled to Cheyenne to put their skills to the test in what is often called “Precision Pistol Shooting at Speed”.   “Steamboat Challenge” pays homage to Steamboat -- a Wyoming bred horse from over 100 years ago, one of the greatest bucking broncos of all time and the State Symbol of Wyoming. 

Saturdays NRA Regional match got off to a great start with a visit from Cheyenne Mayor Marian J. Orr who fired the first shot to kick off the tournament.  The Regional match consisted of four separate shooting events which tested competitors shooting skills to fire at a moving target, around barricades, multiple targets at distances up to 50 yards, and a bank of 8 inch steel plates which fall down when hit.  There were 192 rounds fired with a maximum possible score of 1920-192X. 

The Sunday Wyoming State Championship match was similar to the Regional but required reloading a pistol or revolver under time pressure and still maintaining very high accuracy standards.  KGWN NewsChannel 5 in Cheyenne stopped by and did a news report about the match and Nephi Cole, Special Advisor to Wyoming Governor Matt Mead visited with staff and competitors and presented them with commemorative Governor Coins.  The Wyoming State Championship also consisted of 192 rounds fired with a maximum score of 1920-192X.   At the end of both days Members of the elite US Army Marksmanship Unit from Fort Benning, GA swept the top three positions.  NRA Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded for the Saturday Regional and Custom Championship Belt Buckles were awarded to the top three finishers for the Wyoming State Championship.  In addition to the top awards,  special  plaques were presented to competitors finishing at the top in special categories such as Grand Senior, Senior, Junior. Woman, and Law Enforcement.

A highlight of the State Championship was young Bridger Steege of Cheyenne, WY.  Bridger is only 10 years old and shooting in his first major tournament.  Bridger finished as the top Junior and high overall shooter in the Rimfire Division.  Well done young Bridger!  

Thank you to the competitors and our volunteers who helped set up, run the matches and take down.  Major sponsors for the match are:  Visit Cheyenne, Chey-Cast Bullets, Starline Brass, Hodgdon Powder, Burris Optics, Redding Reloading Equipment, ESS Sport Glasses.  Finally a big thank you to Hank and Dee Vangoethen, Managers of the Otto Rd Shooting Range for hosting the tournament.  

Complete match results can be found on the Steamboat Challenge website:

Want to get involved in NRA Action Pistol shooting?  Monthly matches are held at the Otto Road Shooting Range.  Check the range calendar at the range website:  For additional information contact Andy Rayland at 307-640-0396 or email at 

The event was featured in the local news. 
Check out this article done by the local CBS News Channel KGWN!

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