Spectators gathered to watch the fastest shooters in the world face-off in this year’s Bianchi Cup challenges.
The Bianchi Cup, held at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Columbia since 1979, is becoming known as the biggest pistol competition in the world. National Rifle Association media coordinator Kerrin Brinkman said this year’s Bianchi Cup drew about 250 shooters from 12 countries including the United States, Australia, and Germany.
The Bianchi Cup is the brain child of former police officer and holster maker, John Bianchi. Bianchi envisioned a law enforcement match. This match has grown by leaps and bounds since the first shoot in 1979 and has turned into an international event; deemed the premiere action pistol event with shooters from Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, and a host of others to include the United States.
The competition is broken down into four stages:
The Practical Event – fired from distances form 10 -50 yards with varying time limits.
The Barricade Event – fired from shooting boxes and behind barricades much like a police officer might experience. Targets are at varying distances and again varying time limits.
The Falling Plate – Fired at eight inch steel targets plates, six targets make up a bank and are arraigned from 10 – 25 yards with varying time limits.
The Moving Target –fired from shooting boxes, the shooter engages a moving target from left to right with the target being exposed for six seconds. Ranges vary from 10 – 25 yards.
Shooting is done in both standing and prone positions, weak and strong hand at various stages of the match.