BJ Norris’ Blog

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I started shooting in late 2000, at age 11 with in USPSA Production Division. After a few years of learning I switched to Open for about 4 years, winning three consective Open Junior National Champion titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In early 2008, Smith & Wesson offered me an incredible opprutunity to come shoot on their team and I haven’t looked back since.  I have already won both a World and National Steel Challenge SteelMaster title and am looking to repeat the world title this year.



  1. Hi Mr. Norris,
    somewhere I have read that you shoot iron sighted guns with one eye closed whereas you would keep both eyes open with a red dot. Is that correct?
    If yes, have you ever thought about putting a tape over the lense of your shooting glasses instead of closing one eye?
    Thanks in advance & congratulations to your finish at Area 6
    Best regards!

    Comment by Marijan Loch | April 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Marijan,

      It is true that I close an eye to shoot iron sighted guns, but leave both open with optics. I have tried ever since I started shooting to use both eyes, but for some reason my eyes will not process what they’re seeing. I have tried putting tape over my weak eye, but I didn’t like not being able to have my full field of vision while running, reloading, etc. So far, I don’t feel like it has hindered me in the least bit, there are also several other high-level shooters that close an eye, such as Jerry Miculek.

      Thanks for your interest and comment!

      Comment by bjnorris | April 21, 2009 | Reply

      • Thanks for your answer!
        That is really interesting to hear. So Jerry Miculek also closes one eye while shooting iron sights. I have seen some videos from him on Shooting USA and it seemed as he would keep both eyes open. But I guess you should know it better since you train with him.
        Again thanks for your help!
        Best regards,

        Comment by Marijan Loch | April 22, 2009

  2. BJ,

    I remember speaking to you at a match earlier in the year. I think you mentioned that you are going to play with doing an M&P open gun with a modified Carver mount as opposed to a J-point mounted on the slide. Have you tried it yet? Have you had any success?

    Mark Dye

    Comment by Mark Dye | May 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hey Mark,

    Haven’t been able to try it yet, things have been crazy and I haven’t had a chance to get on a mill with a few hunks of aluminum and start cutting :). As soon as I have something, I’ll let you know!

    Comment by bjnorris | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. BJ, just back from the Ohio Shooting Education Camp and wanted to again thank you and Kandi for taking time out of your busy schedule to support the Ohio Shooting Sports program with all of your time and expertise. Looking forward to next time!

    Comment by Sam Doak | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thank you BJ once again for instructing at the Ohio Shooting Education Camp. I was in the action pistol class and I really enjoyed yours and Kandi’s instruction. I learned a lot and developed my skills even further. I’m currently speaking with my parents about shooting IDPA and they are semi-supportive so far. You and Kandi have inspired me to shoot IDPA and compete. My current goal, though far away, is to compete and place in the top ten regional IDPA. Thank you for everthing, I greatly appreciate it.

    Comment by Evan Davison | July 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. BJ, It was great having you at camp again, and I have been looking for you on facebook and I just can’t seem to find you, too many BJ Norris’s. But I wish you the best of luck in everything and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Comment by Ashley Aeh | July 28, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hi BJ,
    1st off, for those that don’t know, a BIG HOOAH to you for joining the army and volunteering for Airborne! Keep your spirits up, NEVER QUIT and do the best your can while serving your country!

    2nd. I was honored to be your RO you at Outer Limits at the 2009 World Speed Shooting Championships, The Steel Challenge! I know that you got off to a rocky start at my stage but you pulled through. That’s the kind of winning spirit that you will need to complete the challenging programs you will encounter while serving our country with the army. Again, NEVER QUIT at anything they throw at you!

    3rd. Congratulations on earning the STEEL MASTER title and your high standing at this years Steel Challenge. Great job!
    When you start advancing in rank in the service, pass these fighting skills on to our soldiers so that they may survive whatever the future holds for them!

    Best regards,

    Master Sergeant James (Jim) Duncan
    U. S. Army (Retired)
    Range Officer, Outer Limits, 2009 World Speed Shooting Championships, The STEEL CHALLENGE

    Comment by Jim D | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  8. I did not know about you’re service in the U.S. ARMY, thank you for that!!!

    When did You join?
    What rank are you?

    Comment by James Gibson | April 3, 2010 | Reply

    • James,

      I swore in the first time on 3 Aug 09, and then left the MEPS for Ft. Benning 22 Oct. I was unable to complete OSUT due to ongoing lower back pain, and was discharged under Chapter 11 on 4 Feb 10. I was an E-2 for the time I was in service.

      You’re welcome, it was/is my pleasure to do everything I can to serve this great nation.

      Comment by bjnorris | April 14, 2010 | Reply

  9. Hello BJ, you did a brilliant effort for almost winning against Dave Sevigny. I hope you will come back to NJ next Yr. Fred Bhend, one of my super dooper friend will be expecting your call about the Tactical Solution products. It looks cool. Fred’s no is 609-490-0318

    Comment by Sep Silva | June 21, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hi, I am interested in a good conceal carry weapon. I have a SIG P226 40 cal for the house, but that is too big for carrty. Based on your experience and expertise do you have any good suggestions?

    Comment by Marco | April 3, 2012 | Reply

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