Caleb Giddings, VP of GunUp Magazine

Capturing a piece of the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup Championships in Missouri

Columbia, Missouri - If you follow the world of firearms and competitive shooting, then odds are you know know the name Caleb Giddings. Contestant on Season One of Top Shot on the History Channel, competitive shooter and Vice President of GunUp Magazine.

Giddings is also a frequent guest at the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup. Pulling double-duty as a journalist and a competitor, his recaps and wrap ups provide unique insight into the world's richest shooting championships. Sometimes through the written word and sometimes through video.

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2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup honors champions to close out spectacular year

2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup champions

Columbia, Missouri - Kevin Angstadt was last seen at Saturday night's MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup awards ceremony with a grin from ear to ear; and with good reason. He'd just accomplished two longterm goals at the National Action Pistol Championships. The first, to shoot a perfect score of 1920. The second, to win it all.

As hard as this is to believe, a perfect score at the Bianchi Cup is not a guaranteed win. Many of the best shooters in the world travel to Columbia, Missouri, for a chance to win John Bianchi's coveted trophy and competition is tight. If your name isn't Doug Koenig, you're going to find the 15-time champion waiting for you at the top. Competitors who have shot 1920 are part of an elite club. But it's not unheard of for championships to come down to the tiebreaking X's between two perfect shooters.

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Virginia resident breaks Koenig's stranglehold on MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup

Kevin Angstadt self portrait at the NRA Bianchi Cup - borrowed from Angstadt's Facebook Page

Columbia, Missouri - For the first time in 17 years, the name Doug Koenig or Bruce Piatt will not be called to the stage when officials announce the Grand Champion of the MidwayUSA/NRA Bianchi Cup. Instead that honor goes to Reading, Pennsylvania's Kevin Angstadt and his 1920-171x.

Angstadt accomplished this feat by virtue of being the only competitor to shoot quadruple 480s in each of the four events (Practical, Barricade, Mover and Plates). 15-time winner Doug Koenig (winner of the last four Bianchi Cups) ended up with a 1918-182x while Nigel Gordon finished with a 1918-152x.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve shooter Kevin Worrell captured his first Metallic Sight title with a 1907-127x while Jessie Duff snagged another Women's crown after firing a 1893-135x.

Once word of the Kevin's amazing success started to spread, congratulations started streaming in from around the globe.

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Vadasz first in Metallic, Leatham first in Production, and Reese first in Women's at Bianchi Cup's 35th Anniversary

Doug Koenig at the Blade-Tech Practical Event in the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri - With just one day remaining in the race for the the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup title, shooters are busy preparing for their final events. At the front of the pack sits fifteen-time overall champion Doug Koenig, poised to add another title to his resume.

Posting a 1440-140x through the cup's Practical, Barricade, and Falling Plate events, Koenig faces the Moving Target event tomorrow to close out his run. Close behind and also going up against the mover tomorrow are Kevin Angstadt, 1440-136x; Kyle Schmidt, 1440-135x; Timothy Altenburg, 1440-130x; and Nigel Gordon, 1440-120x. And while there are some hefty gaps in X-count, one miss and it won't matter. Like usual, it's going to be a tense end and a close finish to the championship tomorrow afternoon.

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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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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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Downtime essential to a successful upcoming shooting season

Julie Golob meets with fans at Smith & Wesson's SHOT Show booth in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada - Just like like football, baseball and golf, there is a season for the sport of shooting. A time when amauters and professionals alike gather to test their skills in hopes of winning a title or two. But what happens during the off season? How do you handle it? Run laps? Lift weights? Donate an inordinate amount of brass to the local gun range?

We asked Smith & Wesson shooter Julie Golob about the most important component of her down time.

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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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