Shooting Sports USA - July 2013 - (Page 20)

FEATURE // BIANCHI CUP The 35th Bia Clinic, First Scholarshi “World’s Photos and story by Chip Lohman, Managing Editor 2013 MidwayUSA/NRA B CHAMPIONS D uring May 22-26, nearly 300 NRA action pistol shooters from 40 states and nine countries reunited with friends at the Green Valley range near Columbia, MO. One of the highlights this year was the large number of participants in the “First Time” category—75 in all. Also new for 2013 was an optional training camp. Fortyseven students arrived two days before the match to receive instruction from the top action pistol shooters in the sport: Rob Leatham (co-founder of the class), Doug Koenig, Carl Bernosky, Rob Vadasz, Jessie Duff, Mickey Fowler and Kyle Schmidt. We tip our hats to these professionals who forfeited some of their own practice time to help grow our sport. For a review of the four events that constitute the Bianchi course of fire, click here. Click here for a review of the NRA Action Pistol Rules. 20 SSUSA JULY 2013 Open Category: As the name implies, the Open Category allows any equipment that does not render the pistol unsafe. Semi-autos in either .38 Super or 9mm are based on a 1911-style frame and typically include a red dot scope with pre-set adjustments for moving target leads; wings to mount the gun to the barricade wall; thumb rest; orthopedic hand stocks and a compensated barrel. First to shoot a perfect score in 1990, Doug Koenig earned his 15th win at this year’s Bianchi with a score of 1920-183X. Carl Bernosky must have spent the off season “knee deep in brass” because he landed on the second place step of the winner’s podium with a perfect 1920 and 178 Xs. Policeman Bruce Piatt took third with a 1918-176X, having left two points at the moving target range. Piatt and Koenig have swapped first place positions over the years. Koenig’s best X-count, to date, is a 187 in 2011, while Piatt’s is a 185 in 1998. Here’s a look back at the daily leader board:

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - July 2013

Shooting Sports USA - July 2013
Competitor’s Corner
Shooter’s News
Bag Check
Product Focus
NRA Award Points
2013 MidwayUSA/ NRA Bianchi Cup Championships
An M1903A4 for the Vintage Military Sniper Rifle Match
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info

Shooting Sports USA - July 2013