Tom Hughes, our NRA Bianchi Cup guru and Manager of the NRA's Pistol Department, swung by our side of the building with a bit of exciting news — the World Action Pistol Championship is moving to Germany in 2012. So break out your beer steins and lederhosen, because the best action pistol shooters on the globe are heading to Deustchland next September.
According to Hughes, the format of the World Championship is very similar to that of the Bianchi Cup; everything from the courses of fire to the evening activities. Each year, the host country determines how many shooters will represent each country from the various divisions (Production, Open, Metallic). Once that has been decided, scores from the two previous Bianchi Cups are tallied to determine who receives to honor of representing the United States. Competitors can also receive an invitation to be part of a Ladies, Senior, or Junior team.
With the Championship held every other year, Team USA dominated the competition down under in 2010 as Doug Koenig, Carl Bernosky, and Bruce Piatt rounded out the Top 3. Who will be invited to shoot in 2012? We'll let you know as soon as we find out.