Koenig wins fourth consecutive overall title

Robert Vadasz, Enoch Smith, Jessie Duff, Tiffany Piper also capture 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Championships

15-time Bianchi Cup champion Doug Koenig

Columbia, Missouri - Finishing with a 1920-183x, defending champion Doug Koenig battled through his final event at the 2013 MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup Championships to win his 15th overall title. But it wasn't a cakewalk. Pushed through every stage of the competition, it was exactly what competitors and fans expected to see.

Out of the four events that combine for the Bianchi Cup title, top shooters Doug Koenig, Carl Bernosky and Bruce Piatt all had the same one left - Moving Target.

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Is it THAT hard to shoot the X-ring of a moving target?

MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Moving Target Event sponsored by Sig Sauer

Columbia, Missouri - Sig Sauer is the longtime sponsor of the Bianchi Cup's third event, Moving Target. Its straightforward name perfectly describes the match: firing at a moving target. While the description is simple, the match is anything but.

Like the other events, Moving Target is shot from varying distances, in this case 10, 15, 20 and 25 yards. Competitors position themselves in marked firing squares with their pistol holstered and hands shoulder high. Once the target begins traveling, the shooter may draw and start firing. The target isn't just putzing along either. It travels the 60 feet of track at nearly seven miles an hour, disappearing behind a barricade after six seconds.

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Four different shooters lead four different categories headed into the final day of competition

Top Shot contestant Maggie Reese at the 2013 NRA Bianchi Cup in Missouri

Columbia Missouri - For the final day of the 2013 NRA Bianchi Cup, the focus will be on the Moving Target Event. That's where the likes of Carl Bernosky and Bruce Piatt will try to chip away at Doug Koenig's overall lead. Though tied in points, it's Koenig's five point advantage in X's that puts him ahead of the pack.

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Iain Harrison, season one winner of History Channel's Top Shot, heads the pack in Missouri

Iain Harrison of History Channel's Top Shot at the Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - As Thursday's sun set on the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, Iain Harrison, winner of the History Channel's first season of Top Shot, held the lead.

Unfortunately for Iain, it will not last long. Harrison completed all four Bianchi Cup events yesterday and is done for the tournament. His score of 1755-96x is final. The same can not be said about the group of the world's top pistol shooters positioned behind him in the standings. But Harrison is also firing in the Metallic category, where competitors are limited to their metallic sights. The top shooters behind him are all in the Open category where optics and other peripherals are allowed resulting in much higher scores.

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The Safariland Barricade Event is second of the Bianchi Cup's core matches

Brooke Sevigny at the 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - The Barricade Event is the second of the Bianchi Cup's four core matches. The main feature of the event is the titular barricade. Six feel high and two feet wide, the barricades are placed at varying distances in the range and shooters must demonstrate both agility and balance to achieve a top score.

Competitors must begin each round standing in a 2'x3' firing area with their pistol holstered and hands on the barricade. Each shooter has two targets downrange, one to the left and right sides of their lane's barricades. When a signal sounds, targets turn to face downrange and competitors take six shots at the target corresponding to the side they're firing from. Once the targets turn back, the shooter switches sides to repeat the shots on the other target.

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Five time Bianchi Cup winner Bruce Piatt leads the charge for this year's silver cup trophy

Bruce Piatt at the 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - After shooting an absolutely perfect 480-48x Barricade Event, five time Bianchi Cup champion Bruce Piatt is in the lead with a 1440-136x.

As you'll remember though, not everyone is at the same place in the Bianchi Cup. Piatt has shot three of the four events and only Moving Target remains. Piatt is still doing very well, all things considered. He is maintaining a perfect points score and near-perfect X-count.

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Rob Leatham, Doug Koenig, Jessie Duff and more teach pre-Bianchi Cup clinic

Rob Leatham teaching a young shooter at the Bianchi Cup Pro-Shooter Clinic

Columbia, Missouri - This past Monday morning a couple dozen Bianchi Cup competitors got a top flight education in action pistol from some of the best shooters in the world. Sure the Bianchi Cup Pro-Shooter Clinic required attendees to squeeze out a couple extra vacation days, but it was more than worth it to work with the likes of Rob Leatham, Jessie Duff, Doug Koenig, Mickey Fowler, Rob Vadasz, Kyle Schmidt and Carl Bernosky.

Action pistol is one of the most exciting shooting sports to watch because of its dynamic events. But those very events also make it extremely challenging to master. With all the variation in movement and time limits, it's a wonder that the top shooters manage to get such great scores.

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Heading in to Day Two of the Bianchi Action Pistol Championships, favorites and contenders battle for the top

Chris Cerino shooting Falling Plates at the 2013 NRA Bianchi Cup in Missouri

Columbia, Missouri - With day two of the MidwayUSA/Bianchi Cup well under way, those resting atop the leaderboard realize their position is precarious at best. A stray shot, sudden gust of wind or an equipment malfunction is all it takes for fortunes to go from boom to bust.

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Koenig nearly-perfect on Practical but remains off the leaderboard

MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri - Scores are out for the first day of shooting at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup and they're just what we expected as defending Champion Doug Koenig captured the Practical Event lead with a 480-45x. Just three x-ring hits short of a completely perfect score, Koenig made the most of his opening day.

Despite his practically perfect performance, Koenig is not in the lead. He isn't even in the top five. It's not a performance issue, it's a procedural one.

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