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FEATURE | KEVIN ANGSTADT

▼ Angstadt in 2014 with
Larry and Brenda
Potterfield of Bianchi Cup
sponsor MidwayUSA.

KEVIN
SPREADING ACTION PISTOL

ANGSTADT
BY NRA STAFF

CRAVE SPEED AND ACCURACY,
MINUS THE RUNNING AND GUNNING?
In a shooting landscape, jam-packed with multigun and tactical competition, NRA Action Pistol
is often overlooked as a game for those craving
dynamic competition. The 2014 Bianchi Cup Champion Kevin Angstadt is working to change that,
and has become quite the spokesman for the
sport (see last year's SSUSA interview with Kevin).
Action pistol fills a niche for competitors who want
a shooting game with speed and accuracy, but
without the running and gunning, such as in 3-gun.
2014 BIANCHI CHAMPION
When asked about what motivated him to
win, Kevin answered succinctly. "To achieve
that elusive perfect score (1920) at the Cup.
To get the highest score.
"

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Kevin won the Bianchi Cup in 2014 with virtually
no sponsorship, and during a time in his life where
he had more than just problems getting to practice.
In the months prior to the match he was not sure if
he could even attend. "I was going through financial
problems before the 2014 World Action Pistol Championship (Editor's note: In 2014, the World Action
Pistol Championship was held the weekend before
Bianchi Cup in Rockcastle, Kentucky). I got there
by selling scrap copper and aluminum that I had.
They even took my spent primers and split cases.
"
A determined competitor on his way to a triumphant victory, Kevin made it to Missouri, shot the
sole perfect score at the Bianchi Cup, and forever
cemented his name in Bianchi Cup lore.
Amazingly, Kevin accomplished this feat putting
only 1,000 practice rounds downrange the weekend before the match. Heavy snowfall limited the
amount of time he could get drills in at his home
range in Bedford, Virginia. Usually modest, Kevin
admits "I was shooting as if I had not missed a practice. Due to the unusually large amount of snow that
we encountered in early 2014, I was unable to start
my normal practice routine. The first action pistol
match of the year was the first Saturday in March.
I spent the weekend before the match dusting the
rust off, as I had not fired a shot since October. I
fired 1,000 rounds that weekend, mostly working
on weak-hand drills and draws from the holster. To
my surprise, I wasn't as rusty as I thought. It was as
if the 2013 shooting season had just ended. In the
match, I fired a score of 1916-172X.
"
SPREADING ACTION PISTOL
With over 70 action pistol regional and state
championship victories to his credit, Kevin is adamant in his belief that ability is not as much of a
factor in competition, as a shooter's drive to win is.
He is quick to remind, with a chuckle, that "a fellow
competitor once told me '[they] didn't think that I
was a very talented shooter, but [I] work at it.'"
Kevin has used his newfound fame to help
grow the sport he is so passionate about. Shooters
unfamiliar with action pistol are Kevin's niche
in finding action pistol converts. His enthusiasm


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