Glock’s Jessie Abbate Scores Steel Challenge Hat Trick

Glock’s Jessie Abbate Scores Steel Challenge Hat Trick

Glock Team Member Jessie Abbate Shooting Limited Pistol
Glock Team Member Jessie Abbate Shooting Limited Pistol
Steel Challenge Shooting Association
Steel Challenge Shooting Association

PIRU, Calif. —-( One thing is clear from the shooting clinic Jessie Abbate put on during the Steel Challenge, she needs a bigger trophy room.

Abbate, who lives in McDonough, Ga., set five new world records on her way to scoring a hat trick at the 2009 Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships in Piru, Calif. where she won the Ladies Open Rimfire Pistol, Limited Pistol and Open Pistol titles. In addition to collecting top honors in three divisions, Abbate claimed the coveted Ladies Steel Master title which is for the best combined time of the three events.

Abbate, a Team Glock member, held off the defending ladies champion and Team Smith & Wesson member Kay Miculek of Princeton, La. who stalked Abbate through the match taking second place in all three events. Miculek has won the Steel Challenge an amazing seven times and held seven women’s world records, four of which Abbate broke.

“Jessie really put on a clinic and her outstanding shooting through the entire Steel Challenge demonstrates how far she has come in the shooting sports. Hers is the standout performance of the match,” observed Michael Voigt of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association.

This is the second time Abbate has taken top honors at the Steel Challenge. Her first win came in 2007.

In the Open competition, Abbate took the Ladies title with a time of 94.94 to outpace Miculek by 9.20 seconds. Abbate’s time placed her 14th among all competitors in the Open division and was good enough for the 18th fastest time in the entire match. Third place went to Julie Golob of Team S&W with 106.87. Golob, a past Steel Challenge Ladies Champion who now lives in Glasgow, Mont., returned to the Steel Challenge after taking the year off to have a baby.

In the Limited Pistol competition, Abbate grabbed the ladies title with a time of 104.79 which put her 9th among all Limited shooters and over 17 seconds ahead of Miculek. Tasha Hanish of Scottsdale, Ariz. finished third with a final time of 141.66.

Abbate scored her highest finish in the Open Rimfire Pistol match where she placed sixth overall with a time of 77.95. Miculek claimed second with 82.93. Fellow Team Glock member Randi Rogers of Durango, Colo. took third with 92.12.

“One thing is for sure, Jessie is a force to be reckoned with on the range and any shooter, male or female, that underestimates her ability will find themselves among the disappointed when the final scores are announced,” warned Voigt.

For complete results from this year’s match and more information on the Steel Challenge and the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) visit

Glock Team Member Jessie Abbate Shooting Ladies Open Rimfire Pistol
Glock Team Member Jessie Abbate Shooting Ladies Open Rimfire Pistol

About the SCSA:
The Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) is the governing body of the sport of Speed Shooting and organizer of the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships. To learn more about SCSA and the Steel Challenge visit where you will find stage diagrams, complete results, a list of past champions, world record times and more.

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Jerry Thompson

What a fantastic, unbelievable performance. I can't imagine anyone sweeping the table like this!

Byron Myers

Didn't one of those photos make a national website that appears daily? If if didn't, it should have. I'm always glad to see younger shooters and females too get involved in what is usually a male sport, and one for the older set at that.

It was fun to see her outshoot, all the guys, and anytime you see somebody outshoot a person named Miculek, you've witnessed an accomplishment.

Steel Shooter

What an unbelievable performance from Team Glock member, Jessie Abbate, to capture the first "hat trick" in the history of the Steel Challenge!

A minor correction needs to be made to the article, which incorrectly states that Randi Rogers was third overall in the rimfire division. In fact, Tori Nonaka, a 14 year old junior female shooter finished 3rd overall in the rimfire event amongst the ladies (and was high overall junior) at her very first Steel Challenge. Tori was also the high overall junior (beating all of the boys) in the Production division with her G34 Glock