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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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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