Molly Smith of Team Smith & Wesson talks competitive shooting and the 2nd Amendment

Fairfax, Virginia - Molly Smith is one of the shooting industry's brightest rising stars. Although to some, like us, she already is one. Still just in high school, Molly is already a professional shooter with Team Smith & Wesson where she shoots revolver and is the junior captain.

Molly was one of the 46 lucky enough to attend the 2012 NRA National Youth Education Summit, a seven-day educational experience in Washington DC for high school students. Molly and the others spent a week learning about the federal government, the constitution and the benefits of the NRA's programs. She describes it as the best week of her life. How's that for an endorsement?

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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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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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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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