The funny thing about Steel Challenge is that it looks kind of stupid on the surface. However, once you actually TRY it and see that maybe your combined speed and accuracy are a little worse than you thought, it looks a bit better.
Then you bring your buddy to have a shootout on those stupid plates and it's "Fight On!".
Drag out those Glocks and M&P's and have at it in Production Class. You won't beat the rimfire rifles and pistols but you'll be dueling against your buddy with similar equipment. It's addicting for sure, especially if you're the one having to buy the beer later because you lost the match by a half second to your buddy.
Got an old .22LR rifle sitting around with nothing to do? It's a good fit in Steel Challenge. The same goes for a 22LR pistol. Run iron sights or add an optic. It's your choice.
My little group thought it would be a one time thing, just to make sure we tried all of the available shooting sports locally. Nope. We've all come back in big time shooting it every week now.
Guys, give it a try, especially with a buddy. In fact for those of you who have never shot in any type of friendly competition, well you're missing one of the best things in shooting and depending on what you choose (Steel, IDPA, USPSA, ICORE, etc) you'll probably already have a perfectly suitable sidearm to play with!