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Duff Takes Steel Challenge

Taurus shooter takes Open, Limited titles, sets world record

By: The Outdoor Wire

MIAMI, Fla. -- Taurus®, the global leader in revolver manufacturing, congratulates pro-shooter Jessie Duff on her recent wins in both the Ladies' Limited and Open divisions at the 2013 Steel Challenge World Championships in Frostproof, Fla.

The Steel Challenge (World Speed Shooting Championships) has become one of the most prestigious titles to earn, as its champions are crowned as the fastest shooters in the world!

This year Duff claimed the Ladies Open and Limited, along with the coveted Ladies Steel Master title, and she also set the new Ladies World Record with a 92.72. She competed with her Taurus 1911 single stack 9mm in the Limited division.

"Overall for the Limited match, I was happy with how well I shot,” she said. “I was off my normal pace in the first half of the course, so I just went back to the basics and watched my front sight. The last four stages, I felt much more at ease with my shooting. My overall time was within three seconds of my personal best, and was enough to win Ladies Limited."

The Open division is considered the "Race" division of the match. The times are always considerably faster, due to the optics on the guns. The competition is strong and this year was no exception, a real race to the end.

Both Duff and fellow competitor Kaci Cochran started strong. Duff’s goal for this match was to beat her personal best score, a Ladies World Record of 94.94 set in 2009. Each stage shot was a battle, and she and Cochran swapped the lead back and forth. In the end, each shooter finished with four out of eight stage wins, and Duff claiming her sixth Open title.

"When I started training for this match, I set high goals for myself, but knew that I was capable of beating my 2009 record," Duff said. "At the end of the match, I was overwhelmed to find out that I achieved my goal, and set a new Ladies World Record with a 92.72!

“Winning the Open championship and setting a new record is such a huge milestone in my career, and I couldn't be more proud to have had such a performance with my Taurus 1911, while sharing it with the Taurus family."

About Jessie Duff:
Jessie Duff has taken her shooting career of a beginner, all the way to a top ranked professional, earning multiple World and National Champion shooting titles, in five different shooting disciplines. Among these are the prestigious Bianchi Cup and the World Speed Shooting Championships. Jessie has also ranked in numerous regional and state champion matches as well. Outside of shooting, Jessie is a TV personality on the hit series Friends of NRA, on the Outdoor Channel. Reaching this level of shooting performance in her career, defines a well-disciplined competitor and role model for the Taurus Shooting Team.

About Taurus®:
Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com. High-resolution images are available at www.taurusdownloads.com.

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