16th title for Koenig at the world's most prestigious pistol tournament

2015 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup champion Doug Koenig

Doug Koenig secured his 16th NRA Action Pistol title this week at the 2015 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri.

Established in 1979, the Bianchi Cup is a 192-shot tournament that tests a shooter's skills at several positions and distances, from cover, and against moving targets. Koenig's final score was a perfect 1920 with 180 tie-breaking Xs, which were needed against fellow perfect shooter Jeremy Newell, who ultimately took second overall with 166 Xs.

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NRA National Action Pistol Championship under way in Missouri

2015 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

The 37th Annual MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup began with cloudy skies and rain - a lot of rain. Competitors huddled under shelter as long as they could before it was their turn to step up to the firing line at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Columbia, Missouri.

Unfortunately for those shooting the Practical and Falling Plate events, the rain-soaked shooting mats provided little comfort while trying to concentrate on hitting Xs. But many shooters still managed to pull off perfect scores through the first day, including defending champion Kevin Angstadt and 15-time winner Doug Koenig.

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NRA National Action Pistol Championship brings world's top shooters to Missouri

Doug Koenig at the Bianchi Cup Practical Event

The 2015 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup officially kicks off tomorrow morning at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club just outside Columbia, Missouri. Nearly 300 competitors representing almost ten countries have come out to be a part of the hunt for this year's cup.

2014 champion Kevin Angstadt, who prevailed last year after countless close calls, is about to feel the full pressure of defending the Bianchi Cup title; especially with 16-time winner Doug Koenig eager to get back on top.

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MidwayUSA sponsors world famous Bianchi Cup for seventh consecutive year

2015 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

We're happy to announce that MidwayUSA, a leading retailer for shooting sports goods with just about everything, will be title sponsor of the 2015 National Action Pistol Championship for the seventh consecutive year. Known commonly as the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup for its world famous silver trophy, this major action pistol match will be held May 20-23, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. Sign up to compete at bianchicup.nra.org/bianchiregistration.

“The Bianchi Cup is the richest and most prestigious pistol tournament in the world and the competition for the coveted silver trophy get fiercer each year,” said Executive Director of NRA General Operations, Kyle Weaver. “We would like to thank MidwayUSA, an industry leader, for its pivotal role in helping the event grow these past seven years.”

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Learn how to take your range to the next level at NRA's comprehensive range development conference

NRA Range Development & Operations Conference

Fairfax, Virginia - If you're a range owner or are thinking about opening one, what's it worth to make sure you're doing everything right? In four days the NRA can give you the information needed to transform your facility into the best and safest option for shooters in your area at the NRA Range Development & Operations Conference.

This four-day industry seminar walks range owners and operators, of both existing and proposed range facilities, through identifying all of the potential problems associated ranges. From the novices to the decades-old ranges, everybody has something to learn. Environmental concerns, safety issues, properly development, you name it and we can handle it.

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From Bass Pro Shops - RedHead® The Hunt™ Folding Saw

RedHead® The Hunt™ Folding Saw

Small enough to fit in a daypack, tough enough to do the job

Springfield, Missouri - The RedHead® The Hunt™ Folding Saw makes cutting small branches and clearing underbrush a snap.  Plus, at just 8.2 inches closed and 14.3 inches open, it’s the perfect size for stowing in your daypack. Because it weighs only 7.7 ounces, you won’t even notice it’s there.

The RedHead Hunt Folding Saw is the perfect tool whether you need to cut shooting lanes around your treestand or clear underbrush to pitch a tent. The Hunt™ Saw can even handle the task of field dressing big game.

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Family outing to the National Sporting Arms Museum "very well may have sent my boys in complete shock"

A look down the hall of NRA's National Sporting Arms Museum at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri

The prime directive of my position here is to share the stories of NRA. Not the politics but the programs. Programs like our Basic Pistol classes, National Police Shooting Championships, Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, Bianchi Cup and more. NRA Museums fall into that category too.

Every now and then an outside source makes my job a little easier. Such is the case with The Missouri Mom. Here's an excerpt from her family's recent getaway to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield;

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From Bass Pro Shops - Jim Supica to share highlights of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio

In the first year, over 375,000 visitors flock to the new museum, located at Bass Pro Shops flagship store in Springfield, Missouri, to see rare, historical firearms.

Entrance to the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops
Entrance to the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri.

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, which opened a year ago this month at Bass Pro Shops flagship Springfield, Missouri, store, will be featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Jim Supica, NRA’s director of museums, will share the stories of the museum’s most rare, historical treasures, which have attracted over 375,000 visitors to date. The show will air Saturday, Aug 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO’s SiriusXM channel 80.

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Driver Austin Dillon sporting new paint job for NASCAR race in Florida

Bass Pro Shops NASCAR car at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

Daytona Beach, Florida - For those of you planning to take in NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 this weekend at Daytona, be on the lookout for the #3 car. That’s the Bass Pro Shops’ Chevrolet SS driven by Austin Dillon. And what makes this car so special? The paint job.

With a classic Bass Pro Shops logo prominently displayed upon the hood, a look around the corner reveals a nod to the NRA. More specifically, to the NRA Museums. Appropriate enough given that the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri is home to one of those museums.

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