As you read this, Kyle and I are boarding a plane and heading to Columbia, Missouri for the 2011 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. It's one of my favorite events to cover for a variety of reasons, but in the end the shooting reigns supreme. You'll be hard pressed to find a style of shooting that's more engaging to watch than action pistol competition. The speed, the accuracy, the distinctive sound of a round hitting a steel plate - simply put, it's exciting.
All the events are fun to watch, but for me, it all comes down to the Colt Speed Event (pictured at right). The top-ranked shooters compete side-by-side in a literal race to victory. Fractions of a second separate the winners from the losers, and it's hard not to hold your breath. Seeing the best shooters in the world compete against each other is thrilling in and of itself, but when you pair raw talent with blistering speed, the range comes alive with the spirit of the competition.
Throughout the competition, we'll providing you news, photos, scores, and more to help bring that spirit to you in case you can't join us in Columbia. From interviews with competitors and sponsors, updates on scores, and the inside scoop on the range, we'll have non-stop live coverage. We'll also be covering after-hours events like the Western BBQ (a Bianchi tradition), the Awards Ceremony, and even a concert from one of our celebrity competitors.
The excitement kicks off Wednesday morning at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, so make sure you bookmark NRAblog for quick access to all things Bianchi Cup. Special requests? Leave us a comment to tell us what you'd like to see covered at the 2011 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup!