How fast can you knock down six small metal plates from 10 yards away? At 25?
Columbia, Missouri - Of the four matches that comprise the Bianchi Cup title, the last is the Falling Plate Event. Unique to this event from the other three is the incorporation of small metal plates instead of paper targets.
Like the other events, however, the name is very straightforward in describing what happens: you need to make the plates fall down... yes, with your pistol.
Rounds begin with an audible horn prompting shooters to begin knocking down as many of their six targets as possible. It doesn't stop there because it isn't that easy. (It never is, is it?) Competitors are only allowed one shot at each target and, because the Bianchi Cup tests both speed and accuracy, the round is timed. There are four stages, each with two six-shot rounds. Beginning at 10 yards, shooters move to 15, 20 and 25 yard stages that must be fires in respective times of six, seven, right and nine seconds. The 10 yard stage must be fired in the standing position, but competitors may opt to forego standing for prone during the other three.
Sponsored by FNH USA, the event is officially named the Olin "Olie" C. Barjenbruch Falling Plate Event after the longtime volunteer who passed away following the 2011 tournament.
This year's winner of the Falling Plate Event was Travis Hayton with a 480-101x. Hayton's win came not only from his superb shooting skill, but his ability to stay calm under pressure. Tied with Greg Dick at 480-101x, Hayton emerged victorious from the stressful head-to-head shoot-out.
Like in the other events, ten point penalties are charged for a premature start, procedural error and each round fired over the designated amount.