About a year ago, I was scrolling through social media catching up on the latest shooting videos and one caught my eye. In it, a young man with a Pistol Caliber Carbine was absolutely blazing through a Steel Challenge stage. At the time, I did not know how old Kenshiro Nagata was, but he transitioned the gun like a seasoned Grand Master pro. After watching a few more videos, I reached out to him to ask about his gear and experience, as well as offer my assistance. Nagata was more than gracious, and after finding out more about him, he joined the Steel Target Paint Shooting Team.
At his second major match ever, Nagata became what a lot of shooters aspire to—world champion. I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Kenshiro or, as we call him, Kenny, about his experience and what allowed him to rise to the top in the competitive field of one of the most popular divisions in Steel Challenge.