World's top pistol shooters duke it out at National Action Pistol Championship

Chris Cerino at the Safariland Barricade Event of the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri – A record-setting 295 competitors will compete in the 35th anniversary of the MidwayUSA & Bianchi Cup, held May 21-24 at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club outside Columbia, Missouri. The Bianchi Cup is the richest and most prestigious shooting tournament in the world, featuring $500,000 in cash and prizes this year.

Founded in 1979 by former police officer and holster maker John Bianchi, success in the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup requires a perfect balance of speed and accuracy. The 192-shot championship allows a maximum aggregate of 1920 points across its four timed events: Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plate. In addition to being grouped by age, gender, and shooting skill, competitors may opt to shoot in the Open, Metallic, or Production divisions, determined by the type of modifications made to the firearm.

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NRA Action Pistol Championship the most prestigious pistol tournament in the world

Columbia, Missouri - We're a little less than two weeks away from the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, where a couple hundred of the best pistol shooters in the world will battle it out for the famed Bianchi Cup trophy. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the cup and will be an intense few days as defending champion Doug Koenig goes for his 16th, and fifth consecutive, title.

Will Koenig do it? Will another contender take the top prize at the end of the week? Five-time winner Bruce Piatt has come extremely close in recent years, but hasn't won since 2009. Keep an eye out for him this year. Shooting legend Carl Bernosky, who holds ten High Power Rifle titles in the renowned NRA National Matches at Camp Perry, fell short of his first Bianchi Cup title by just five x's last year. Expect a determined Bernosky to return in two weeks, focused on reaching his goal.

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From the Missouri Department of Conservation - First-week turkey harvest encouraging

This hunter got his gobbler - Photo by MDC Photo, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation. Jefferson City, Missouri - Relatively strong harvest numbers from the first week of spring turkey season are encouraging, but Resource Scientist Jason Isabelle says that harvest figures from the entire three weeks of spring turkey hunting will provide a more reliable indicator about the status of Missouri’s wild turkey population.

As leader of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s turkey management program, Isabelle pays close attention to indicators of how the state’s wild-turkey population is doing. The size of the spring turkey harvest is one such indicator.

Hunters checked 22,348 turkeys during the first week of the spring season. That is a 4-percent increase from 2013 and is 7 percent above the previous five-year average. It also is the largest first-week harvest since 2007. Isabelle is pleased with the early uptick in turkey harvest, but he also is a bit cautious about drawing conclusions just yet.

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Potterfields support NRA Action Pistol Championships for sixth consecutive year

2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri – Larry Potterfield, founder and CEO of MidwayUSA, Inc., has donated $65,000 to the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, held May 21 – 24 in Columbia, Missouri. Their contribution marks the company’s sixth consecutive year as title sponsor of the richest and most prestigious pistol tournament in the world.

“Working together with our industry partners ensures the continued growth and advancement of NRA’s competitive shooting programs,” said Dennis Willing, Director of NRA Competitive Shooting. “MidwayUSA, an industry leader, continues to be a major benefactor to our sport.”

Founded in 1979 by former police officer and holster maker John Bianchi, the 192-shot MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup attracts the world’s best pistols shooters. This year’s championship will feature competitors from both all over the United States and the rest of the world.

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World's best action pistol shooters host hands-on clinic at NRA National Action Pistol Championships

Rob Leatham at the 2012 MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - For all you action pistol shooters out there looking to improve your game, free up an extra day at this year's MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. Reading about tips and tricks in magazines or watching instructional YouTube videos can only get you so far. To truly get better you'll need hands-on practice. And that's exactly what you'll get at the Bianchi Cup's Competitor Clinic, taught by the world's best action pistol shooters.

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President's Day shotguns and pistols from Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Cleveland at Bass Pro Shops

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Winchester Model 21 Shotgun

Fairfax, Virginia - There have been a few changes to the guns on display at the National Firearms Museum since the last President's Day.

Long story short ... they're not here any more.

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From the Missouri Department of Conservation - Missouri deer harvest follows regional trend

Missouri Deer Photo by Noppadol Paothong, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation. Jefferson City, Missouri - Hunters checked 50,507 Deer during Missouri’s archery deer season, bringing the state’s overall deer harvest to 250,787. That number is down from the 10-year average of 293,056.

The archery deer harvest was the second-largest in Missouri’s history, reflecting the continued growth in popularity of bowhunting. Top archery deer harvest counties were Jefferson, with 1,205 deer checked, St. Louis with 1,230, and Franklin with 1,018.

Resource Scientist Jason Sumners says the overall decrease is in line with deer-harvest figures from other Midwestern states.

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200,000+ visitors take part in the history of sporting arms at Bass Pro Shops Springfield

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

Springfield, Missouri - The National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri passed another milestone when welcoming their 200,000 visitor to the NRA/Bass Pro Shops partnership. With more than 1,000 firearms on display, the National Sporting Arms Museum is the fourth museum opened by the National Rifle Association since 1995.

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From the Missouri Department of Conservation - Hunters check 11,967 deer in alternative-methods hunt

Deer hunting courtesy of NRA's American Rifleman magazineJefferson City, Missouri – Hunters checked 11,967 deer during the alternative-methods portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season Dec. 21 through 31. That figure is 20 percent fewer than in 2012.

Top counties for the alternative-methods portion were Oregon, with 437 deer checked, Howell with 360, and Shannon with 298.

Resource Scientist Emily Flinn with the Missouri Department of Conservation said the decrease was expected.

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