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NRA Bianchi Cup



The Bianchi Cup has been held for 30 years now. It is one of the most lucrative of all the shooting sports tournaments. It has its origins in the law enforcement shooting commmunity. Action pistol is one of the fastests growing disciplines in all the shooting sports.

Since its inception in 1979, the NRA Bianchi Cup has retained its original course of fire, consisting of four matches: Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plates. Speed and accuracy is the key to winning the Championship. Each event is timed and is worth 480 points, equaling a total of 1920 possible points.

Action pistol competitors are permitted to use a two-handed grip, and competitors must start with their guns holstered. During the course of the matches, participants fire at turning cardboard silhouette targets, moving targets, and steel plates that must be knocked down to count as a hit. This type of competition makes the match more appealing to spectators.

The NRA National Action Shooting Tournament is a money-winning event. For his victory in 2008, Doug Koenig took home the 2008 Bianchi Cup trophy, plus total cash awards of over $8,000. Robert Vadasz Metallic Sight win netted him over $5000.

The 2009 30th Anniversary NRA Bianchi Cup will offer an Open, Metallic Division and (New for 2009) Production Division.

This event draws shooters from all over the world. In 2008, international competitors hailed from Australia, Canadamarker, Germanymarker, Italymarker, Japanmarker, New Zealandmarker, Netherlandsmarker, United Arab Emiratesmarker and the United Statesmarker.

The Bianchi Cup is unique in that a newcomer's orientation is always held at the Competitor's meeting. Former & current Champions as well as the Match Staff are usually in attendance to help new shooters in their first attempt at the National Action Pistol Championship.

Class awards are awarded to various categories to include high law enforcement, high woman, high junior, high international, high newcomer, high senior, high service, high semi-auto, high revolver, and Aggregate.

For the 2009 30th Anniversary, the NRA is instituting the Ray Chapman "Nostalgia" Event on Monday 18 May 2009, where only "Production" Firearms will compete, just like they did at the 1st Bianchi Cup in 1979.

NRA has re-instituted a few measures to lower entry fee cost. One was to "bring a buddy". If a competitor were to bring a friend who had never competed at the NRA Bianchi Cup, both competitors would have a reduced entry fee. NRA has also offer reduced fees Juniors, Production Firearms, Active Duty Military and those that register early.

The NRA Bianchi Cup is a combination of speed and accuracy, including shooting at stationary and moving targets.The 2009 NRA National Action Pistol Championship will take place in Columbiamarker, MOmarker, May 18-23.

New for 2009, the NRA Bianchi Cup will offer an Open Division, Metallic Division and Production Division.

History of the Bianchi Cup

• The event originated in 1979; by former police officer John Bianchi of holster maker Bianchi International, as a Law Enforcement Training Match. In conjunction with the help of 1975 IPSC World Champion, Ray Chapman, he got exactly what he wanted.

• In 1984, the National Rifle Associationmarker re-designated the event the NRA Bianchi Cup, National Action Pistol Championship.

• The competition is now comprised of four stages, which make up the match aggregate. Each of these stages consists of 48 rounds for a total possible score of 480 for each stage and 1920 for a perfect overall score.The four shooting events are:

The Practical Event: From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at distances from 10 yards to 50 yards under varying time limits.

The Barricade Event: From within shooting boxes and behind barricades, a shooter fires at targets on either side of the barricade at different distances and under varying time limits.

The Falling Plate Event: From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at 8-inch round, steel plates arranged in banks of six at distances from 10 to 25 yards under varying time limits.

The Moving Target Event: From within shooting boxes at distances ranging from 10 to 25 yards, the shooter fires at a target moving from left to right with the target being exposed for only 6 seconds.

• Competitors shoot all these events from both standing and prone positions and are also required to shoot with both strong and weak hands at various stages. On top of these events, the championship also features many side events that do not impact the match aggregate score. The competitors use handguns. The most popular caliber choices are 9mm, .38 Spl., .38 Super, and .45 ACP. These pistols are drawn out of holsters when the signal to fire is given at each stage.

• The first competitor to fire a perfect score was Doug Koenig of Pennsylvaniamarker in 1990 with a 1920-157X.

• This event draws top shooters from all over the world. International competitors have hailed from Austriamarker, Australia, Canadamarker, Germanymarker, Italymarker, Japanmarker, Lithuaniamarker, the Netherlandsmarker, New Zealandmarker, Norwaymarker, Philippinesmarker, Saudi Arabiamarker (1987-1989), Republic of South Africa, Switzerlandmarker, Taiwanmarker (1996), Thailandmarker (1993 and 1994), and the United Kingdommarker.

• The first NRA World Action Pistol Championship match was held in the United States at the present home of the NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, MO. 1994 was the first year; there were five countries competing for the Open Team event and three countries competing for the Women's Team event. The NRA World Action Pistol Championships are to be rotated to sponsor countries every two years ( 2010) and returning to the United States every eight years (2012). In 2008 it was conducted in Hamiltonmarker, New Zealandmarker, 5-8 November.

• "Action Pistol has become one of the NRA's crown jewels, and is renowned as one of the world's most spectacular shooting events". Hundreds of competitors from different countries will vie for the title of the NRA Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol Champion. We are looking forward to having an outstanding 30th Anniversary Match.

Previous Champions

Bianchi Cup Winners

1979: Ron Lerch 1816-062x

1980: Mickey Fowler 1889-085x

1981: Mickey Fowler 1890-088x

1982: Mickey Fowler 1903-145x

1983: Brian Enos 1903-612x

1984: Brian Enos 1910-257x

NRA National Action Pistol Champions

1985: Rob Leatham 2034-155x

1986: W. Riley Gilmore 1916-144x

1987: John Pride 1912-151x

1988: John Pride 1918-163x

1989: Lemoine Wright 1914-152x

1990: Doug Koenig 1920-157x

1991: W. Riley Gilmore 1920-166x

1992: Doug Koenig 1920-169x

1993: Bruce Piatt 1920-170x

1993: Tournament Winner: Brian Kilpatrick, Australia 1920-173x

1994: John Pride 1920-174x

1995: John Pride 1920-179x

1996: Mickey Fowler 1918-184x

1996: Tournament Winner: Ross G. Newell, Australia 1920.163x

1997: Bruce Piatt 1920-181x

1998: Doug Koenig 1920-180x

1999: Bruce Piatt *1920-185x (High Score)

2000: Doug Koenig *1920-185x (High Score)

2001: Doug Koenig 1920-184x

2002: Doug Koenig 1920-184x

2003: Doug Koenig 1920-183x

2004: Doug Koenig 1920-177x

2005: Doug Koenig *1920-185x (High Score)

2006: Bruce Piatt 1920-177x

2007: Doug Koenig *1920-185x (High Score)

2008: Doug Koenig 1918-185x

Stock Firearm (Production) Champions

1994: Bruce Gray-Category Winner 1883-112x

1995: Rod Jones- Category Winner 1810-105x

1996: Bruce Gray-Category Winner 1889-125x

1997: Steve Sweeney-Category Winner 1850-115x

Metallic Sight Firearm Champions

1998: Chad Dietrich 1905-125x

1999: Fred Craig 1863-127x

2000: Rob Leatham 1897-145x

2001: Vance Schmid 1896-130x

2002: Rob Leatham 1884-136x

2003: Frederick Craig 1886-128x

2004: Rob Leatham 1905-144x

2005: Rob Leatham *1910-153x (High Score)

2006: Rob Leatham 1902-145x

2007: Rob Leatham 1902-153x

2008: Rob Vadasz 1902-138x

NRA National Action Pistol Women’s Champions

1980: Edith Almeida 1821-073x

1981: Edith Almeida 1652-045x

1982: Edith Almeida 1304-077x

1983: Sally Van Valzah 1765-091x

1984: Lee Cole 1761-096x

1985: Lee Cole 1957-119x

1986: Christie Rogers 1759-096x

1987: Lorna Pavelka 1787-088x

1988: Christie Rogers 1836-111x

1989: Yoko Shimomura 1882-129x

1990: Christie Rogers 1885-124x

1991: Janina Tenace 1888-134x

1992: Lorna Pavelka 1899-142x

1993: Judy Woolley 1898-148x

1994: Judy Woolley 1906-148x

1995: Dewi Hazeltine 1908-150x

1996: Sharon Edington 1899-140x

1997: Sharon Edington 1906-142x

1998: Anita Mackiewicz *1914-148x (High Score)

1999: Vera Koo 1894-137x

2000: Robyn Estreich 1902-157x

2001: Vera Koo *1910-137x (High Score)

2002: Vera Koo 1905-151x

2003: Vera Koo 1894-141x

2004: Vera Koo 1886-136x

2005: Vera Koo 1894-149x

2006: Vera Koo 1897-143x

2007: Julie Goloski 1903-139x

2008: Vera Koo 1870-136x

NRA World Action Pistol Champions - Open

1994: John Pride 1920-174x

1997: Adrian Hunter 1920-150x

1999: Doug Koenig 1920-180x

2004: Doug Koenig 1920-177x

2006: Bruce Piatt 1920-176x

2008: Doug Koenig *1920-181x (High Score)

NRA World Action Pistol Champions - Metallic

1994: N/A

1997: N/A

1999: N/A

2004: Jerry Miculek 1893-122x

2006: Frank Reiche 1852-124x

2008: Vance Schmid *1902-133x (High Score)



Bianchi Facts

The Bianchi Cup is the brainchild of former police officer John Bianchi of holster maker Bianchi International and the late Ray Chapman - one of the original "Combat Masters" of International Practical Shooting Confederation, as a law enforcement training match. In the early years only the top-finishing competitors from wildly varying disciplines - from Olympic/Bullseye to IPSC, were personally invited by the match creators to compete together equally. Over the years the match became proving ground for high-tech, cutting-edge firearm technology that competitors were encouraged to exploit due to the relatively unrestricted equipment rules in hopes that insights gained can be practically applied to law enforcement applications.

The Courses of Fire that comprise "The Cup" 's 1920 aggregate points consists of four separate matches:

The Practical Event: From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at distances from 10 yards to 50 yards under varying time limits.

The Barricade Event: From within shooting boxes and behind barricades, a shooter fires at targets on either side of the barricade at different distances and under varying time limits.

The Falling Plate Event: From the appropriate shooting line, the shooter fires at 8 inch round steel plates arranged in banks of six at distances from 10 to 25 yards under varying time limits.

The Moving Target Event: From within shooting boxes at distances ranging from 10 to 25 yards, the shooter fires at a target moving from left to right with the target being exposed for only 6 secondsCompetitors shoot from both standing and prone positions and are also required to shoot with both strong and weak hands at various stages.

References

  1. National Rifle Association, Competitive Shooting Division


External links

  • http://www.nrahq.org/compete/nm_actionshooting.asp NRA Bianchi Cup Homepage
  • http://www.nrahq.org/compete NRA Competitive Shooting Programs
  • https://www.nrahq.org/compete/bianchi/Default.asp Enter the Bianchi Cup
  • http://www.nrablog.com The NRA Blog



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