Shooting Sports USA - July 2017 - 26
FEATURE | BIANCHI CUP
Koenig won the
Bianchi Cup for
PHOTO BY JOHN RICKARDS
ammo. To be exact, the required PF is below
even USPSA minor at 120 PF, however light
loads are rare because the bullets used at
Bianchi typically are better at 125-130 PF. The
fat magwell isn't there for easier reloading,
it's actually for going prone-another unique
aspect of NRA Action Pistol. This "prone pad"
is used to get the gun higher off the ground
while going prone for the Falling Plates and
the Practical to avoid straining while still low
enough to see the sights. Many Open shooters
modify their rails with a moveable sight base
Kenn Boyd presenting 80-year-old John Sanders with
the Grand Senior Championship Cup.
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known as a "switch stick," which by flipping the
switch left or right will put the proper amount
of lead for the Moving Target Event.
A good Bianchi Cup Open pistol will shoot
2-inch groups at 50 yards. Historically, multiple
competitors have shot perfect 1920 scores,
thus winners are usually determined by the
number of X-ring hits within the 10-ring circle.
2017 was no different, in fact the top three at
the Colt Championship Final finished clean.
This year's Colt Championship Final was
definitely one for the record books. Early that
morning, several people showed me radar
on their smartphones with that ominous
greenish-yellowish blob representing
dreaded thunderstorms, common to
Missouri in May. There was a rush by all
involved to beat the incoming storm.
Regarding the inclement weather, Doug
Koenig remarked: "When we went up the hill
for the Mover at the Finals, I could see the sky
starting to change. As it got closer and closer,
it kept getting darker and I was hoping to get