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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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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NRA Competitive Shooting Division carries America's shooting sports traditions into the 21st century

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

Fairfax, Virginia - My list's #3 is the successful year in NRA Competitive Shooting. While all may seen quiet in the cold winter months, the Competitive Shooting staff is working hard to make sure it continues offering a wide range of shooting activities to everyone interested in our great American tradition - from novices to world champions.

How many activities? The NRA sanctions more than 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors more than 50 national championships each year.

While not as visible as Camp Perry or the Bianchi Cup, NRA Competitive Shooting's largest event actually began yesterday. The National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships is the biggest competition of the year, bringing in thousands of shooters who participate comfortably from their backyards in sectional tournaments across the country.

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Pistols turn to Rifles as Gabby ends up with snake eyes on History Channel's Top Shot

We hope to have more on the latest episode of History Channel's Top Shot soon, but until then … here are five quick thoughts on the pistol and rifle play in episode five of Top Shot All-Stars:

Much to our despair, Gabby Franco lost in the elimination on the latest episode of Top Shot All Stars
Shooting Gallery ends Gabby Franco's run on Top Shot - photo courtesy of History Channel.
  1. The show kicked off with a team challenge centered around the Remington Model 1875, a single action revolver. The single action messes with the aim as the gun has to be cocked before it's fired … thus mandating an adjustment after every shot. Made a bit of a difference for some.
  2. It was a dice game. Six stages where each stage is a different side of a die. With their captains randomly picked from the ammo box, it was Kelly, Brian, Gary, Alex, Gabby and Joe versus Jamie, Chris, Peter, Phil William and Adam. Though taking an early lead, Kelly's team fell off at the end as frequent Bianchi Cup competitor Chris Cerino handed 11-time NRA Pistol Champ Brian Zins his head on the six.

    This had to make Jamie's day as he was constantly his season's punching bag and picked last in the last show. Redemption baby.

  3. You only had enough rounds to complete your round. So miss once and you have to reload. That's where the challenge really turned. Those that fumbled the reload, Gary Quesenberry for example, eventually lost the round.
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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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