Is it THAT hard to shoot the X-ring of a moving target?
Columbia, Missouri - Sig Sauer is the longtime sponsor of the Bianchi Cup's third event, Moving Target. Its straightforward name perfectly describes the match: firing at a moving target. While the description is simple, the match is anything but.
Like the other events, Moving Target is shot from varying distances, in this case 10, 15, 20 and 25 yards. Competitors position themselves in marked firing squares with their pistol holstered and hands shoulder high. Once the target begins traveling, the shooter may draw and start firing. The target isn't just putzing along either. It travels the 60 feet of track at nearly seven miles an hour, disappearing behind a barricade after six seconds.
At 10 and 15 yards, competitors take six shots each time the target makes a pass. Moving back to 20 and 25 yards, the course of fire is reduced to three shots per pass; however, the target runs twice more at these distances for the match to finish at 48 shots. If the shooter starts prematurely, has a procedural error, has a round that strikes the barricade, or fires a round over the designated amount, their score is penalized ten points - ouch.