Gear up for this year's MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup - it's coming
Fairfax, Virginia - Due to a scheduling conflict I didn't attend the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, but my experience at the 2011 championship - surprisingly - seems fresh in my mind. The crew upstairs at NRA Competitive Shooting have been hard at work to have everything ready for the end of May.
Amid hammering out sponsors, booking celebrity guests, and adding the new MidwayUSA Bianchi Cup Scholarship Program and the Pro-Clinic, they sent me this year's edition of the famed Bianchi Cup poster.
To those of you unfamiliar with the Bianchi Cup, you're probably wondering what the big deal is. It's just a poster, right? Well yes and no. The Bianchi Cup poster is steeped in tradition and allows everyone to be a part of the prestigious pistol tournament's history. During registration, staff, volunteers, and competitors are asked to sign their names on Bianchi posters with silver markers.
But there's a catch. Anyone who has won the coveted Bianchi Cup signs their name in black. The handful of names scattered among the silver show just how accomplished the previous winners are. Here's a look at the 2013 MidwayUSA & Bianchi Cup poster, featuring the cup in all its glory.
Set for May 22-25, 2013 at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club outside Columbia, Missouri, the Bianchi Cup is the richest and most prestigious pistol tournament in the world. With tens of thousands of dollars in prizes already lined up, this year looks like it'll live up to the reputation.
Stay tuned, because we'll have exciting Bianchi news about sponsors, prizes and this year's side match, where NRA makes its 3-Gun debut.
Whether the championship is "just" or an agonizing seventy-nine away, each day we get closer to the 35th Annual MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup.