FNH USA brings $15,000 in prizes to the Bianchi Cup falling plate event

Larry Houck of Team FNH USA shoots the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup's Falling Plate Event

Columbia, Missouri - Competitors will battle it out on four separate stages at this year's 35th Annual MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. One of those stages, the Falling Plate Event, is made possible thanks to firearm manufacturer FNH USA.

A subsidiary of the Belgium based FN Herstal, FNH USA has pledged $15,000 in prizes for this year's championship and is the official sponsor of the Olin C. Barjenbruch Falling Plate Event.

More on FNH USA joining the 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup sponsors...

Show your support for the shooting sports and get access to limited edition firearms

New National Friends of NRA Sponsor level Legacy of Freedom

Fairfax, Virginia - There's a new sponsorship level with Friends of NRA starting in 2013 - Legacy of Freedom.

Available next year, the new Legacy of Freedom level for National Friends of NRA Sponsors can be reached for $3,500 and will give you access to some exclusive new NRA products. These limited edition Colt Mustang Pocketlites, Kimber Custom 1911s and Remington R1s will be very collectible, featuring 24K highlights, custom grips, and a lot more.

More on becoming a National Friends of NRA Sponsor ...

Cowboy Mounted Action Shooting Champ Kenda Lenseigne won her fourth NRA Bianchi Cup Celebrity Pro-Am event.

Kenda Lenseigne shoots against Iain Harrison in the Celebrity Pro-Am

Columbia, Missouri - There's nothing wrong with a little friendly competition. That's especially true when it comes to the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup's Celebrity Pro-Am Event. Divided into four primary categories, the Pro-Am is a mixture of celebrities, sponsors, press and professional shooters.

This year, the Celebrity match started as Cowboy Mounted Action Shooting Champion Kenda Lenseigne stood side by side with actor Marshall Teague. Kenda, last year's top celebrity shooter, dispatched Teague for a chance to defend her 2011 title.

Her opponent in the final round would be Top Shot's Iain Harrison. Harrison finished ahead Chuck's Mark Christopher Lawrence in the opening round and appeared to be in perfect position to stage an upset. Unfortunately for Iain, Kenda was a little quicker on the trigger as she won her 4th consecutive Celebrity Pro-Am title.


The crew from the new series of web videos dedicated to the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup have been hard at work all week getting interviews with match staff, sponsors, VIPs and more. In this next segment, NRA's Tom Hughes talks to John Bianchi, the founder and namesake of the NRA Bianchi Cup. John's vision for the Cup came to life in 1979 and has continued to grow and expand over the years.

Colton Cerino wearing his Original SWAT boots at the NRA Bianchi CupColumbia, Missouri - When you’re on the range, having sturdy, comfortable footwear is important whether you’re training or competing. That certainly rings true here at the Bianchi Cup, and no one understands that better than Original SWAT, one of the leaders in tactical footwear.

Last month, we brought you the news that Original SWAT would sponsor four shooters for the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, providing them with boots for the competition and paying their entry fees.

To be in the running for this one of a kind sponsorship, competitors had to send Original SWAT their story and tell them why their boots would help them at the Bianchi Cup. One of the lucky four to be selected was 15 year-old Colton Cerino, son of Top Shot’s Chris Cerino.

Colton first competed at the Bianchi Cup alongside his father last year, but in 2012 he’s got a little more pep in his step thanks to Original SWAT.

“They’re just about the most comfortable boots I’ve ever worn,” said Colton of his Original SWAT footwear. “They’re going to help me in competitive shooting because the traction is great.”

In addition to competing in action pistol matches like the Bianchi Cup, Colton has also started shooting in other forms of competitive shooting alongside his father including 3-gun and long range rifle competitions. He's looking forward to using his Original SWAT boots to help give him the competitive edge in those matches as well.

As a side note, I received a pair of Original SWAT boots this year and I agree with Colton when I say that they are the most comfortable pair of tactical-style boots I’ve ever owned.

We’ve got more coverage from the 2012 Bianchi Cup coming up, so bookmark NRAblog for quick access to the latest news.

2012 Bianchi Cup custom competition pistol from Blade-Tech and STI

Blade-Tech Industries signed on in 2012 as the sponsor of the Practical Event for the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. Now they've upped the ante by donating an incredible custom pistol.

Columbia, Missouri - Blade-Tech Industries, the leading manufacturer of custom thermoplastic and injection molded holsters and magazine pouches, proudly announces that it has teamed up with STI International to create and donate the 2012 Bianchi Cup Pistol, a custom competition pistol, as part of Blade-Tech’s sponsorship of the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup.

"We are honored to be a part of the 2012 Bianchi Cup, it is one of the premier pistol matches in the world,” stated Bryce Wegner, President and CEO of Blade Tech Industries. “We are equally honored to partner with STI International to help provide such a high quality custom pistol for this year’s Cup.”


Tom Hughes and Jon Leighton are back behind the desk for the second episode of the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Preview Show. This time, the pair are discussing a variety of topics related to the Bianchi Cup including major sponsors, the history of the championship, and some breaking news on which top shooter has dropped out of the competition due to injury. We're just a week away from the Bianchi Cup, so stay tuned for live coverage beginning next week including more episodes of Bianchi TV live from Columbia, Missouri.

Fairfax, VA - We're less than two weeks away from the start of the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup scheduled for May 23-26 outside Columbia, Missouri. To help get you ready, the NRA Competitive Shooting Division has put together a special Bianchi Cup preview show to go over some of the highlights. From the shooters, to the sponsors, and the incredible prizes, your hosts Tom Hughes and Jon Leighton tell you why the Bianchi Cup is the richest and most prestigious shooting tournament in the world.

NRAblog will be providing you with live coverage of the event, so stay tuned for more on the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup including more videos from Tom and Jon.

Annette models clothing from Prois Hunting Apparel Park City, Kentucky - For many women, finding comfortable and stylish clothing for hunting and shooting can be quite a challenge. Long ago, most of us have settled for wearing men's hunting apparel — leaving much to be desired in fit and function. Saturday night at the Women's Outdoor Adventure, ladies were treated to a special fashion show featuring designs from the industry's top brands.

Prois Hunting Apparel hit the runway first. Modeled by WOA personnel, the gear was a hit thanks to the camp patterns, flattering fit and comfort creating effectiveness. Prois representative Hayden was on hand to provide details on the female-focused garments and gear; each designed to withstand and overcome the rain, cold and snow.

Switching gears, the models appeared next in a beautiful collection of clothing from Good Shot Design. Aimed at providing females with the best in quality and style, the tweed-based outfits from Good Shot Design are made specifically to go straight from the field to the office. Daryl, our man from Good Shot, made sure to highlight the attention put into each piece ... from the trim to the satin lining.

Every look was paired with matching jewelry from The Elegant Huntress. Handcrafted by owner/creator Carol Smeltzer, each piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure designed to match the colors of your camouflage. Whether hunting in the woods, on the prairie, in the snow or in the mountains, jewelry from Elegant Huntress ensures you'll look good no matter what the attire.

So remember, ladies - there are designers out there making hunting and shooting apparel (and accessories) with you in mind. It's time to stop settling for the also rans and start thinking about the manufacturers who are thinking about you.

To see more of the dazzling items that wowed the crowd, check out the fashion show slideshow after the jump.


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