Berry’s Steel Open-LIMITED OPTICS and PCC Divisions

High Round Count, All Steel

I haven’t shot a pistol only match in a long time, but the Berry’s Steel Open sounds fun and challenging.  There will be 14 stages of 35+ rounds, 4 Steel challenge stages at 20 rounds. Basically bring a case of pistol ammo at least.  All steel means simple scoring and faster reset times on the stages.  Generally steel matches are fast paced, and a lot of fun.  I plan on attending.


The match is not sanctioned by USPSA, but it is run under similar rules.  I spoke with Match Director, Ken Nelson, about having a division for pistols with slide mounted optics to compete in.  Normally we would have to compete in open division with our RMR equipped Glocks.  Few people with slide mounted optics have them set up as full open division guns.  Ken agreed to run a provisional division, Limited Optics for slide mounted red dots.

Limited Optics Division


Minimum power factor for Minor: 125
Minimum cartridge dimensions; 9×19 mm (0.354” x 0.748”)
Minimum trigger pull: No
Maximum handgun size: No
Maximum magazine length: 5.561” (141.25mm) or 6.742” (171.25mm) in single stack guns
Maximum ammunition capacity: No
Maximum distance of handgun and mags/speed loaders from inner side of belt Handgun and Mags: 2”
Rule applies*: Yes
Restriction on position of holster and other equipment: No
Optical/electronic sights permitted: Slide Mounted Red Dots with or without co-witnessing Iron Sights
Installed flashlights permitted: No
Compensators permitted: No
Barrel ports permitted: No
Slide ports permitted: Yes
Maximum weight: No
Handgun specifically approved for Division: N/A
Holster restrictions: No

Unless specified in the written stage briefing, the belt carrying the holster and allied equipment must be worn during the course of fire; the belt must be worn at the waist level, which is deemed to be at the same level as the original belt loops on the lower garment. (See for exceptions.) The belt or the inner belt or both must be either securely fixed at the waist, or secured with a minimum of three belt loops. The belt may be removed between courses of fire Lady competitors are permitted to wear a belt, holster and allied equipment at hip level, however, the top of the belt must not be positioned below the furthest lateral point of the top of the femur (tuberosity major).


Pistol Caliber Carbine Division

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Ken has also added pistol caliber carbine division to the match.  Any PCC in 5.7×28 through .45ACP is allowed with Iron Sights or an unmagnified optic.

Competitors can shoot the match twice on the same squad so shooting the  match once with pistol and once with PCC is an option if you want to  pay two entry fees.

Match Details

From the Match Facebook Page:

Match starts: April 11, 2015 @ 9:00 AM · Match ends: April 12, 2015 @ 5:00 PM
Location: St. George, UT
18 stage all steel match combining action steel, par-time (also known as pro-am) steel, and steel challenge into one match. It’s the funnest match of the year, held at a great facility and great time of the year.

This year we will reduce the number of Steel Challenge stages to 4, and instead add in 2 of the super fun par-time steel stages.

Prize table is order of finish for top 20 across all divisions, and random after that.
General match, with the following divisions:
Production, Limited, Open, Single Stack, L10, Limited Optics

Cost to registed is $100.  Register online here

About SinistralRifleman

I've been competing in the action shooting sports since 2002. I believe competition shooting to be an excellent way to build gun handling and marksmanship skills and encourage all gun owners to seek out some form of competition shooting. Anyone can become reasonably good at it if they devote the time and resources to do so. Winning, while nice, need not be your goal; bettering yourself through the pursuit of excellence is something we all can achieve.
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