Wabash Wildlife & Sportsman’s Association is proud to recognize two local teen shooting champions.
The 2017 US Steel Challenge Nationals were held at the South River Gun Club in Covington, GA March 29- April 1, 2017. With 471 entries ranging in age from 7- 70's, Ladies’ accounted for 53 in all age categories.
Mackenzie Bragg, 14, competed in the Ladies category with a 22 rifle, 22 pistol, and competed in the single stack division. Mackenzie took the National title in Ladies .22 rifle optics, 4th in Lady .22 pistol optics and finished 7th out of 14 in the Single Stack division with her 9mm coming in 2nd in her class.
Zoey Bragg, 11, competed against 19 other preteen entries. She finished as The National Champion in both .22 pistol and rifle, her best times ever. With one more year in the 12 & under section, Zoey plans to defend her title next year.
Steel challenge is eight stages of a series of five steel plates ranging from 10" round plates to 24X18" and range from seven to 35yrds at different spreads. You shoot five strings and keep the four best times. .22s and rifles start from the low ready and center fire starts in a holster. The timer beeps and you shoot four plates and then finish on a fifth stop plate. Some strings can be as fast as 1.5 seconds to hit all five targets.