Throughout the competition, we'll be providing you with descriptions of the different events here at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. The four original events are the Practical Event, the Barricade Event, the Falling Plate Event, and the Moving Target Event. Over the years, new courses of fire have been added including the Colt Speed Event, the Celebrity Pro-Am Event and new for 2011, the Bushmaster Tactical Carbine Challenge.
First we'll cover the Practical Event, sponsored by Universal Coin & Bullion.
During the Practical Event, the competitor begins at the 10 yard firing line. Downrange, two targets will turn at the start of the event and competitor will have three seconds to fire one round at each target before the targets turn away. For the second segment, they have 4 seconds to fire four rounds at each target, and during the third segment they will fire three rounds at each target with their weak hand in eight seconds. They may use their strong hand to remove the pistol from the holster and transition to the weak hand.
The competitors also fire from 15, 25, and 50 yards, but the amount of time they have to shoot increases as they move further away from the targets. The weak-hand shooting is only done at the 10 yard line. Additionally, the competitors must shoot from the standing position at 10 yards, but can choose to shoot prone at 15, 25, and 50 yards.
The best possible score is 480-48x, and Bruce Piatt was the Open Winner last year with a nearly perfect score of 480-46x. The Metallic Winner was Robert Vadasz with a 476-24x and Mark Owensby won Production with a 463-21x.
Check out the slideshow above to take a look at the competitors in action during the Practical Event.