Follow the evolution of hunting and sporting guns at Bass Pro in Springfield

The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum opens Friday, August 2, in Springfield, Missouri
The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum opens Friday, August 2, in Springfield, Missouri.

Springfield, Missouri - It's been ten years in the making. Ten years since Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris set foot in National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. Ten years since he decided to open a similar showcase at the "granddaddy of all outdoor stores" in Springfield.

"The collection here at Bass Pro Shops is one of the finest ever assembled," said Director of NRA Museum Jim Supica. "What we've put together here is a sporting arms collection that the world has never seen.”

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Almost 1,000 guns celebrates America's love of hunting, conservation and freedom at NRA Museum

Stairs leading to the entrance of the National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO

Springfield, Missouri - Final touches are being applied to the guns and displays of the NRA's new National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield. The results of ten years worth of work with Bass Pro Shops, the museum and it's nearly 1,000 guns will soon call the "granddaddy of all outdoor stores" home.

"The men and women of Bass Pro have been tremendous throughout this entire process," said NRA National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica. "It's been a pleasure working with them as bring a wonderful example of America's love of the hunting, conservation and the sporting arms to the Missouri."

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Getting a piece of the pistol action while on the run at Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - The 2013 Bianchi Cup is where you'll find more.

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2013 Bianchi Cup's overall and sub-division winners presented with awards

2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup overall champion Doug Koenig presented with title trophy by Larry and Brenda Potterfield

Columbia, Missouri - On the morning of Saturday May 25, after the flurry of this year's MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup title race had died down, the 2013 champions were presented with their silver cup trophies.

Doug Koenig may have won the overall title, but there were also champions in each of the Bianchi Cup's sub-divisions: Metallic, Production, Ladies, Junior, Senior and Grand Senior.

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Who's the fastest MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup shooter?

Doug Koenig at the 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Colt Speed Event

Columbia, Missouri - Each year at the Bianchi Cup, after the battle for the trophy is over, the top shooters in each division - Open, Metallic, Production, Junior and Senior - are all invited to compete in one last match, the Colt Speed Event. One of the most fun matches to watch, spectators gather to see the best shooters face off in head-to-head matches to see who is the quickest.

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Jessie Duff, Bianchi Cup Ladies Champion, lets the NRA peek in her range bag

Jessie Duff at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Missouri

Fairfax, Virginia - Jessie Duff is one of the biggest names in the shooting sports. From her duties as captain of Team Taurus to her television work with the NRA, Duff gives her all both on and off the firing line. She recently added to her accolades in the former by winning her third Ladies Champion title at the 35th Annual MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri.

We can all see Jessie is a great shot, but Barb Barid of Women's Outdoor News and Shooting Sports USA recently tried to dig deeper to shed some light on her secrets. And there's no better place to start than the tools she brings to the range. So, Jessie, what's in your range bag?

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Top Pistol Shooters draw and fire in under four seconds for the Colt Speed Event

Columbia, Missouir - Nothing calls for a greater deal of agility and accuracy than the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup's Colt Speed Event.

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NRA Competitive Shooting highlights the Action on the Range at the NRA/MidwayUSA Bianchi Cup

Shelley Sargent shoots the Falling Plates event at the 2013 Bianchi Cup in Missouri

Columbia, Missouri - The final round was fired at the 2013 Bianchi Cup on Sunday. Titles were conferred, prizes awarded and memories made. For those unable to attend, their memories of this year's championship will be relegated to the names and numbers found in the record books ... which is a shame.

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How fast can you knock down six small metal plates from 10 yards away? At 25?

New Zealand shooter Tiffany Piper at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Missouri

Columbia, Missouri - Of the four matches that comprise the Bianchi Cup title, the last is the Falling Plate Event. Unique to this event from the other three is the incorporation of small metal plates instead of paper targets.

Like the other events, however, the name is very straightforward in describing what happens: you need to make the plates fall down... yes, with your pistol.

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