NRA Action Pistol Championship the most prestigious pistol tournament in the world
Columbia, Missouri - We're a little less than two weeks away from the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, where a couple hundred of the best pistol shooters in the world will battle it out for the famed Bianchi Cup trophy. This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the cup and will be an intense few days as defending champion Doug Koenig goes for his 16th, and fifth consecutive, title.
Will Koenig do it? Will another contender take the top prize at the end of the week? Five-time winner Bruce Piatt has come extremely close in recent years, but hasn't won since 2009. Keep an eye out for him this year. Shooting legend Carl Bernosky, who holds ten High Power Rifle titles in the renowned NRA National Matches at Camp Perry, fell short of his first Bianchi Cup title by just five x's last year. Expect a determined Bernosky to return in two weeks, focused on reaching his goal.
Piatt, Bernosky, and a number of other shooters are all capable of capturing their own Bianchi Cup, but there's a reason Koenig is king. The methodical competitor is nearly half way into his third decade of dominance over the tournament. Its four events - Practical, Falling Plate, Barricade, and Moving Target - are ingrained into his muscle memory. The competition's history is tied to Koenig as closely as his own legacy will look back on the unprecedented success he found at the cup.
The 2014 tournament is so close, and the suspense is building for who will walk away on top. Almost there...