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7/31/06-Tyler

Local Shooter Has Eyes On World Championship

When it comes to shooting a gun, B.J. Norris is fast, very fast.  It's a talent he has honed since he was 11 years old, after his brother saw the sport of speed shooting on TV.

"I got into it with an inexpensive Glock and I worked my way up," said Norris. 

He worked all the way up to the Practical Shooting Nationals two years ago, at the age of 15.

"I finished 12th at my first nationals in open," Norris recalls, "and I was second place junior I believe, and I really started working hard at that point to refine my skills and really climb to the top."

That climb included an 11th place finish at nationals last year, as well as a 17th place finish at the IPSC World Shoot XIV in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which is held every three years. He's currently ranked as a "grand master", an honor given to only the top five percent of shooters in the country. He's now preparing for the Steel Challenge in Piru, California later this month.

"It's the world speed shooting championship," said Norris of the Steel Challenge, "so you see shooters from Japan, Germany, all over the world come to California."

B.J. finished 20th last year at this event, which features eight stages, each with unique heights and distances for the targets. B.J. plans great success in California.

"Well, today I've been steadily breaking the world records," said Norris, "so I fully expect to win."

The Steel Challenge is August 17-20.

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com

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