SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– Smith & Wesson Corp., announced that several members of the company’s professional shooting team earned top finishes in multiple divisions at the 2008 Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships held Aug 14-17, 2008 in Piru, California. In the Women’s Division, Smith & Wesson Team member Kay Miculek turned in a dominating performance and earned her seventh Women’s Steel Challenge title. Smith & Wesson Team members David Olhasso, Jerry Miculek and B.J. Norris also recorded top finishes during the three-day event.

The Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships were founded in 1981 with just 70 shooters competing for $20,000 in cash and prizes during the first year. Since then, the match has grown to become one of the premier events of the season with more than 220 of the world’s fastest shooters competing for over $390,000 in cash and prizes. Governed by the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), the sport of Steel Speed Shooting uses steel targets, arranged in five-target arrays, and an electronic timer to record a competitor’s time for each stage of fire.

Competing in the Women’s Division, Kay Miculek’s total time of 105.85 seconds was enough to edge out second place finisher Lydia Cuyong. With her latest victory, Miculek now holds more than twice as many titles as any other female shooter. Fellow team member and husband, Jerry Miculek, added another top finish to his storybook career by finishing 1st in the Open Revolver Division and placing 5th overall in the event. Smith & Wesson Team Member David Olhasso, fresh off his recent victories at the Smith & Wesson Steel Shoot Series Match in Virginia, won the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Stock Service Pistol Division while placing 2nd overall in IDPA.  Olhasso also went on to win 1st place in the Iron Sight Revolver (ISR) Division. Rounding out the top place finishes by company shooters was B.J. Norris, who was named the overall winner of the Steel Master Division after placing 2nd in the Rimfire Optics, 3rd in the Limited and 2nd in the Open Divisions.

“Throughout all of the match divisions, Smith & Wesson was represented by a very talented and well-rounded group of shooters,” said Dave Thomas, SCSA Executive Director. “From top to bottom, each of the members performed well despite the challenging format of the event. Kay’s victory represents a great milestone in her career, as she has proven that she is in fact one of the greatest female competitors in the history of shooting sports. Her husband Jerry is likewise a truly phenomenal shooter, gentleman and ambassador for the shooting sports. Both Jerry and Kay represent Smith & Wesson with great pride both on and off the line.”

Thomas continued, “In the other divisions, Team Smith & Wesson had great performances by both David Olhasso and B.J. Norris. Each have had great seasons thus far and are key shooters to watch. B.J.’s win in the Steel Master Division showed great consistency over a variety of different firearms and matches. As one of the younger shooters in the match, he has shown a lot of poise and amazing ability. Smith & Wesson has put together a very diverse and talented group of shooters and should feel very fortunate to be so well represented.”

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