John Bianchi, the founder of the NRA Bianchi Cup and holster company Bianchi International, is here today at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club signing copies his biography John Bianchi: An American Legend, 50 Years of Gunleather. As a former police officer, Bianchi began the match bearing his name in 1979 as a Law Enforcement Training Match with the help of shooting great Ray Chapman.
Competitors, spectators and staff all gathered round Bianchi to meet the man responsible for the match that has become one of the most prestigious shooting competitions in the world and his impact on pistol competition is profound.
"Besides Camp Perry, John Bianchi set the precedence for all shooting sports. All pistol championships and disciplines are modeled after John's vision of putting shooting competitions on the forefront," said NRA National Pistol Manager Tom Hughes.
Mr. Bianchi will also be at tonight's Western BBQ, which is held every year in his honor. Attendees traditionally come in Western attire in recognition of John Bianchi's iconic Western style.