By Kyle Jillson | May 22 2013 13:15

Shooters ready! The 35th Annual Bianchi Cup action pistol championship has begun

MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup defending champion Doug Koenig at the Practical Event

Columbia, Missouri - 14-time Bianchi Cup Champion Doug Koenig has graced the pages of NRAblog many a times. And if he keeps up the pace during his campaign for number 15, you're going to see even more of him. That's the way the tournament and coverage begins.

The MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup is back in Columbia, Missouri. The Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club is bustling with controlled chaos as a record 268 shooters run through the four historic stages.

Kelly Sargent at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Falling Plate Event

"This is the biggest year the Bianchi Cup has seen not just since I've been running it, but throughout its entire 35 year history," said Match Director Tom Hughes.

And there aren't just more shooters. The 2013 Bianchi Cup is sporting one heck of a big prize table thanks to all of the sponsors. This is THE place to be if you're at all serious about pistol shooting. Between the prizes you can win, the prestige earned from a win and the people you'll meet at the range, the Bianchi Cup is the best place for everyone from novices to veterans.

It's a little early in the day for standings as the volunteers are scrambling to score targets, but we do have plenty of photos for you to gaze at in the meantime.

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