By Kyle Jillson | May 21 2014 21:00

World's top pistol shooters duke it out at National Action Pistol Championship

Chris Cerino at the Safariland Barricade Event of the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup

Columbia, Missouri – A record-setting 295 competitors will compete in the 35th anniversary of the MidwayUSA & Bianchi Cup, held May 21-24 at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club outside Columbia, Missouri. The Bianchi Cup is the richest and most prestigious shooting tournament in the world, featuring $500,000 in cash and prizes this year.

Founded in 1979 by former police officer and holster maker John Bianchi, success in the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup requires a perfect balance of speed and accuracy. The 192-shot championship allows a maximum aggregate of 1920 points across its four timed events: Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plate. In addition to being grouped by age, gender, and shooting skill, competitors may opt to shoot in the Open, Metallic, or Production divisions, determined by the type of modifications made to the firearm.

Shooters making their first appearance at the Bianchi Cup will be eligible for a special award from title sponsor MidwayUSA. The top three first time men, women, and juniors will receive cash prizes of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second, and $750 for third.

The MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup draws skilled pistol shooters from all over the globe. Defending champions must work hard to return to the podium’s top spot, a task that becomes more difficult each year as attendance continues to rise.

Last year's Open champion, Doug Koenig, is looking to notch his 16th overall title and his strong start at the Practical Event is a good first step. In the Production Division, 2013 champion Enoch Smith is not shooting this year, guaranteeing a new out-of-the-box winner. Among the other defending champions, Metallic winner and fast-approaching NRA National Police Shooting Championship legend Robert Vadasz is on his way to a sixth Bianchi Cup title while Ladies champ, and NRA All Access host, Jessie Duff is eyeing a fourth title.

2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup Champions:

Overall & Open Champion: Doug Koenig (15th title) - 1920-182x
Metallic Division Champion: Robert Vadasz (5th title) - 1892-132x
Production Division Champion: Enoch Smith (1st title) - 1904-144x
Ladies Division Champion: Jessie Duff (3rd title) - 1893-142x

The first day at the 2014 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup has just wrapped up and there's plenty of shooting left. Scores are low and its still - theoretically - anyone's game.

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