BJ Norris, shooting against World Champions such as JJ Racaza and Dave Sevigny, dominated the June 3 – 5th World Class Steel Speed on Steel Northeast Regional Championships by winning both the Pistol Iron and Pistol Open Divisions, adding wins in the Pistol Iron and Pistol Open Rimfire Divisions and by clinching the High Overall award as well.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd – 5th, 235 competitors gathered at the Old Bridge Rifle and Pistol Club’s outdoor facility in Old Bridge, New Jersey to test themselves on seven demanding Steel Challenge stages at the 2011 World Class Steel Speed on Steel Northeast Regional Championships.
The seven Steel Challenge stages fired over the three-day event were: Round About, Smoke and Hope, Five to Go, Show Down, Speed Option, Accelerator; also included was the recently “retired,” but still popular, Zig Zag. All are the same Steel Challenge courses used at the International Event held at the end of each summer in California.
Included in the 235 participants who competed over the three-day weekend event were nationally ranked Steel Challenge shooters from around the country. They Included BJ Norris of Team Smith & Wesson and Tactical Solutions, Team Glock’s Dave Sevigny and Tori Nonaka, JJ Racaza from Limcat Custom and Montana Gold Bullets, James McGinty of Ready, Aim, Fire Shooting Range and Mike DiGennaro of Shooting Sports Training.
At the end of the weekend when the dust settled and the scores were tabulated using the World Class Steel Scorer program, BJ Norris dominated the Championship by taking High Overall with a time of 64.45 and continued his sweep by placing first in Open Centerfire Pistol, first in Iron Sighted Pistol and placing first in both Pistol Iron and Pistol Open Rimfire Divisions.
Placing second in Pistol Iron was JJ Racaza with a time of 68.88 followed by Dave Sevigny in third place with a time of 70.18. Following BJ’s time of 65.45 in Pistol Open was Dave Sevigny with 67.67 and JJ Racaza with 68.22. In addition to his fine finishes in the Speed on Steel Championship itself, Team Glocks’s Dave Sevigny also took home the top honors in the Hi Point Firearms-sponsored Speed on Steel Sidematch. High Lady went to Team Glock’s own Tori Nonaka with a time of 99.12 using her Open Glock Pistol.
Other top Division awards also included High Junior, taken by 16-year-old Zach (“Kid Glock”) Zengewald, OBR&PC’s upcoming shooter from Roselle Park, New Jersey who finished 5th in Pistol Iron and 8th in Pistol Open. In the Revolver Divisions, OBR&PC’s Dave Zengewald (Zach’s Dad), took First Place in Iron Revolver with a time of 158.69. Revolver Open was won by Mike DiGennaro of Shooting Sports Training with 87.49. OBR&PC’s Leo Ricci of Westfield, NJ garnered First Place in Revolver Iron Rimfire with a time of 96.07. Repeating his 2010 win in Compact Division was Bucky Pollard of Newton, Pennsylvania. Also repeating his 2010 win in Open carbine was Richard Skolsky from close-by East Brunswick, New Jersey
This year’s championship was again designated as the Steel Shoot Series Northeast Regional Match.” World Class Steel would like to thank Mike Calloway, Director of the Steel Nationals, for his help in securing this designation once again for this year’s Speed on Steel Championship. The Speed on Steel Championship is the largest static steel match on the East Coast and historically has a prestigious Prize Table each year thanks to the generosity of its many local and shooting- sports industry sponsors. Included in our list of sponsors for this year’s championship are some of the top leaders in the shooting industry and we wish to again publicly thank them all. In addition to the many various sponsor-donated prizes such as, by not limited to, sights, reloading equipment, cleaning equipment, gun cases, holsters, mounts, bullets, slides, knives, eye and ear protective devices and steel targets, this year’s Shooters Raffle included 22 firearms along with five other firearm awards for a merchandise prize value that totaled more than $35.000.00. In addition, performance awards, based on order-of-finish, included more than $8,000.00 in cash. From its first match many years ago, to quote John Perciballi, Director of Match Development, “Thanks to our generous firearms sponsors, a World Class Steel match has always been a match ‘…that gives away guns, lots and lots of guns!'” This year’s extensive array of firearms were donated by STI International, Glock, Springfield Armory, FNH USA, Mossberg, Limcat Custom, Cobra Firearms, Hi Point Firearms and Beretta USA. A full listing of all of our generous sponsors will soon be available at our website, www.WorldClassSteel.com along with photos of the weekend’s championship competition.
Also, it is important to note that Mike Gibson Manufacturing was again a match sponsor and MGM is the steel target supplier for all World Class Steel events as it has been since the first World Class Steel match held in 2001.