Columbia, Missouri -
In just a few minutes, registration for the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup will officially open. The city of Columbia is packed with action pistol competitors from all over the United States and abroad. Australia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Russia and Japan are all represented at this year's competition alongside their American counterparts.
For the Bianchi Cup, registration is more than just a time to check-in and pick up your information pack. That is where competitors go through one of the most important processes of the entire event: equipment check. Each shooter allows referees to look over their guns, checking them for compliance according to the rules of the competition.
"Most importantly, the referees are weighing their triggers and then looking for any modifications that may not be allowed within the specific divisions," said Damien Orsinger, Bianchi Cup Coordinator.
Each gun in each division (Open, Metallic and Production) must conform to the rules of the equipment to include sights, trigger weight, magazine wells and more. Later today, I'll bring you a more in-depth look at the three divisions including examples of each type of gun.
For now, we're about to open the Registration office doors. Keep checking back, because I'll have more from the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, including a few words from some of our top competitors.