Smith & Wesson Corp., announced that Team Smith & Wesson members earned nine world titles in multiple divisions at the 2010 Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships in Piru, California. Capturing titles for Team Smith & Wesson were Team Captain Julie Golob, Jerry Miculek, Phil Strader, B.J. Norris, and junior shooters Rachel Crow, Molly Smith and Janae Sarabia. Outpacing all other manufacturers represented, Team Smith & Wesson completed the match with 22 podium finishes. The recent string of victories at the Steel Challenge now gives Smith & Wesson a current year tally of 99 championship titles in state, regional, national and world competitions.

“It seemed like no matter where you looked, Team Smith & Wesson members were standing in the winner’s circle,” said Team Captain Julie Golob. “From the Iron Sight Rimfire Division to Production to Open Junior, Smith & Wesson shooters were making their presence known and posting remarkable scores. To be able to win nine world titles as a team is no small feat and it speaks highly about the talented team we have assembled and their ability to compete with everything from a Performance Center revolver to an M&P pistol.”

In all, Team Smith & Wesson members took home wins in seven separate divisions, surpassing last year’s impressive run. During the three-day match, Smith & Wesson team members weren’t the only ones receiving attention as the company’s diverse product line was well represented across the entire field. While it was no surprise to see Smith & Wesson revolvers used to win every revolver title, it was the M&P Pistol Series that made a huge impact on this year’s competition.

“The M&P Pistol Series has been gaining ground in the competition circuit ever since it was introduced,” said Golob. “This year, the M&P pistol showed it was more than just a top contender. During the match, the M&P pistol was the fastest production gun in speed shooting, helping secure wins in the Production Division both Overall and in the Women’s Category. The M&P pistol was also used to claim the Ladies Limited Title. These wins demonstrate that for less than $1,000 in equipment, new shooters can compete successfully in both stock divisions against those with $2,500 to $4,000 race guns and speed rigs.”

From the Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol Series to SW1911s, Model 41s and both Pro Series and Performance Center revolvers, Smith & Wesson firearms were the top choice of competitors regardless of age or discipline. With hundreds of rounds down range, each of these firearms stood up to the rigors of competitive shooting, enabling their owners to compete with confidence.

Source: Smith & Wesson

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