Friday Night Steel matches are held at the Fairfield Sportsmen’s Association Pistol Section located near Cincinnati, Ohio. (Get Google Map Directions).
Setup at the range will begin at 3:30 PM, and shooters may sign up any time between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The match will begin every Friday Night (weather permitting) as soon as the range is ready and will consist of 3 stages that are not difficult but are also challenging. The round count will be between 66 to 90 rounds, but bring plenty of extra ammo for misses. The stages for each match will be posted on the FNS website under “Stages” at the beginning of the week.
There are multiple FNS Divisions to compete in:
- Production Auto: Semi-auto centerfire guns with no scopes, red dot sights or compensators. Production guns that are purchased with standard flared magazine wells must enter in the Custom Auto division. There are no limits on magazine capacity. Production guns with optics must register in the Unlimited Auto division.
- Custom Auto: Non-scoped and non-compensated semi-auto centerfire guns with external modifications not permitted under Production Auto criteria, such as: flared magazine wells, extended slide stops / safeties / magazine releases. This includes all double-stack Para-Ordinance and STI 2011 1911s and other customized guns. There are no limits on magazine capacity.
- Unlimited Auto: Scoped and/or compensated semi-auto centerfire guns. There are no limits on modifications. These are also referred to as “race guns”.
- Classic Revolver: centerfire revolver with iron sights, limited to 6 chambers. No moon clips ports / compensators (per ICORE). Speedloaders are highly recommended.
- Open Revolver: Any centerfire revolver. Optics, moonclips, ports and compensators are all acceptable. Unlimited round count.
- Classic Rimfire: Any rimfire handgun with iron sights.
- Open Rimfire: may have optics, compensators, ports and any other modifications.
- Holster: Shooters must draw from holster for each string; unless otherwise indicated by stage instructions. Holsters must conform to general match requirements (see Rules page). Ammunition feeding devices (magazine, moonclip or speedloader) may contain no more than 10 rounds at start signal. All ammunition feeding devices must be drawn from the belt. Shooters may use any centerfire revolver or any centerfire pistol that does not qualify for Unlimited Division.
- Guardian: for law enforcement, security officers, and other ‘guardians’. A duty belt must be used and the gun drawn from the holster. The holster and magazine pouches must meet current department standards. All retention mechanisms must be engaged on holster and magazine pouches for each run. May start from hands relaxed or the field interview position.
- Rimfire Rifle – any semi-automatic rimfire rifle chambered for 22 Long Rifle, that uses a detachable magazine. Competitiors accept that timers may not register all shots despite the best efforts of the timer operator. The competitor may be required to reshoot at the discretion of the timer operator. For this reason, competitors should consider bringing supplemental ammunition.
Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) – Centerfire pistol cartridges only.
- Minimum caliber: .32.
- Maximum allowed velocity 1400 ft/s. Full power Magnum ammunition will exceed this limit and is not allowed. Competitor disqualification may apply.
- Lever-actions must have a loading gate no further forward than the rifle’s chamber: modern Henry rifles and copies of the 1860 design are not permitted.
- Competitors using lever-action rifles with fixed magazines will fulfill the reload requirement by introducing at least one fresh cartridge through the loading gate or ejection port.
- No magazine capacity limit.
- It is the competitors’ responsibility to use ammunition that produces a loud enough report to be registered by the timer. Competitiors accept that timers may not register all shots despite the best efforts of the timer operator. The competitor may be required to reshoot at the discretion of the timer operator. For this reason, competitors should consider bringing supplemental ammunition.
- Reminder: Fully automatic fire is prohibited on all FSA ranges.
- Binary triggers are not allowed.
Note: We restrict calibers to “standard” defensive rounds such as 9mm. 40 S&W, 45 ACP & 38 Special. Other rounds of standard power may be used. However, magnum or high speed rounds such as .357 mag, 44 mag 454 Casull, 500 mag, 5.7 x 28mm and 7.62 x 25mm may NOT be used on the FNS targets. These rounds damage the steel targets resulting in dangerous splashback. If there is a question on caliber usage see the Match Director or Senior Range Officer before shooting.
Also, no single action (cowboy type) revolvers are permitted because they can’t be loaded and fired quickly enough for this competition. The exception to this is if there is a special “side match” for type of revolver.
Cost and Registration:
When registering on the computer, record your shooter number and division on a slip of paper. This paper will then be handed to the scorekeeper at each stage to be added to the queue to shoot that stage. Cost to shoot is $5 per entry. Tablets are now used to enter the scores as they happen. Your scores can be reviewed at the main laptop at any time.
If the tablets fail then paper scorecards will be used as a backup. They must be marked with the shooter’s name and the division in which he/she is shooting. Any cards without this information will not be scored. Scorecards are to be turned in to the collection point as soon as possible after shooting is completed in order to facilitate scoring.
The Lewis Class System will be used to determine prize distribution in each division. Payouts will be based on the number of competitors in a particular division. A shooter may enter multiple times if desired.
Scoring is time-based. The competitor must follow the course of fire posted at each stage. A three second penalty will be added to the competitor’s time for each miss that is not made up, and 3 seconds will be added for any procedural error(s). Decisions made by the timer/range officer will be final, but it can be appeled to the match director but this should be within the boundaries of good sportsmanship. The Timer/RO will always explain the course and procedures to the shooter if there are questions.
Check out the Rules page for the particulars.
Holsters are not required but extra magazines for semi automatics and speedloaders or moon clips for revolvers will be needed in order to compete. Six magazines or speedloaders should be considered a minimum. New shooters will be allowed to come to the line with less than six. To prevent slowdowns, we recommend recruiting assistance to reload your magazines. Magazine and/or speedloaders can be belt mounted with holders or retrieved from the table for reloading when shooting.
Scores will be posted on this website as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours. The website also will post upcoming Stages, We will try to post the stages for the Friday match earlier in the week so shooters have a chance to look them over.
Please read and understand the Rules, if you have any questions regarding FNS rules or procedures please ask the Match Director or a Senior Range Officer before attempting anything the may be in doubt. To receive emails with Friday Night Steel news, announcements, match results, etc. click here to register for our mailing list.