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OFFICIAL INFORMATION 2011 NRA BIANCHI CUP GUIDE MAY 25 TO 28, 2011 www.nrahq.org/compete


All photos in this book are courtesy of Tam Adams, unless otherwise noted.

Pictured above, from left to right: Kyle Schmidt - 2010 Production Division Champion; Rob Vadasz - 2010 Metallic Division Champion; Jessie Abbate 2010 Women’s Champion; Doug Koenig - 2010 NRA Bianchi Cup Champion.

NRA Competitive Shooting Exercising our 2nd Amendment Rights For more information, go to www.nrahq.org/compete or head to the NRA Blog at www.nrablog.com

Trademark Š Copyright 2011 National Rifle Association All Rights Reserved. Printed in the United States. Written and Designed by John Parker, NRA Competitive Shooting.

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Plan your trip so that you are at the venue well before the scheduled start

Be Informed

of the event. Gates open prior to the

At the venue, look for wayfind-

start of competition at Green Valley

ing signage, listen to announce-

Rifle & Pistol Club.

ments, and read the bulletin boards – this will provide you

Dress Appropriately

with the information you need

Dress for hot, humid weather, with

to make the most of your expe-

the occasional rainstorm. Remember

rience. Is there something you

to wear suitable footwear, as you may

need to know? Do not hesitate

have to walk uphill, or on uneven sur-

to ask a NRA staff member or

faces. Use good judgement.

volunteer for help.



table of contents Please read this....................................3 Map.......................................................5 Schedule...............................................6

From the Vault.....................................8 2011 Bianchi Cup Experience............10 Transportation....................................12 Accomodation....................................13

The Practical Event.............................14 The Barricade Event...........................16 The Falling Plate Event.......................18 The Moving Target Event....................20

2010 Champions...............................24 Sponsors...........................................26 Publications & Media.........................30 Bianchi Spotlight................................32

schedule of events Friday 20 May

Practice Range (Columbia Range) Hosted by Green Valley R&P Club

Tuesday 24 May

Range Closed for Match Preparation

Tuesday 24 May

Registration (Holiday Inn)


Wednesday 25 May

Opening Ceremony (Range)


Wednesday 25 May

Competition Begins / First Shot (Range)


Thursday 26 May

Competition Continues (Range)


Friday 27 May

Competition Continues (Range)


Saturday 28 May

Colt Speed Event (Range) Celebrity Pro-Am Event (Range)

9:30am* TBA

* All times are subject to change.




Dear NRA Bianchi Cup Attendee: The City of Columbia, Midway USA, the Holiday Inn Executive Center, and the National Rifle Association Competitive Shooting Division welcome you to the 32nd annual NRA Bianchi Cup. The finest in pistol shooters worldwide have descended again to Mid-Missouri to compete for a share of the most lucrative awards schedule in Action Pistol. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors; especially our Event Sponsors and last, but most certainly not least, Larry Potterfield and Midway USA. Their continued generosity not only with NRA Competitive Shooting sponsorship, but with the National Rifle Association at large through the Round–Up program helps keep competitive shooting of all forms alive and well in the United States. I encourage you to check out their web sites, and utilize their numerous products. I look forward to meeting with you all at the social events located at the NRA Bianchi Cup Headquarters, in the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Downtown Columbia. The Western BBQ and Awards Ceremony are among my favorite events during the week long Bianchi Cup festivities. I’m sure you are sharing the same anticipation I have for this year’s “Chase for the Cup.” Good luck to all of this year’s competitors, and “Good Shooting” as well.

Mike Krei, Director NRA Competitive Shooting



From the vault... Right: The poster from the original Bianchi Cup in 1979. Below: An invitation from the 1982 Bianchi Cup.

Learn more about Bianchi Cup history and other NRA Championship lore at www.nrablog.com



Ray Chapman Sadly Ray left us in 2008. The NRA Bianchi Cup would not exist if it had not been for Ray. Ray’s shooting career began at the age of 16 as a Marine in WWII. Many of his principles for defensive shooting came from this experience. His activities as a law enforcement officer reinforced them. At the request of fellow officers he began teaching these principles. He perfected his skills and became involved in competitive shooting. Ray went on to win more than 250 major shooting tournaments. The most prestigious was the inaugural World Championship of Practical Shooting in 1975. The demands for his teaching became such that he took early retirement as an engineer and moved to Columbia, Missouri, to open the Chapman Academy of Practical Shooting. As Ray’s reputation grew his school also gained a reputation for excellence among shooters. Ray strives for perfection in everything he does. That effort is reflected in the course curriculums offered at the Academy. Ray always incorporated new techniques to improve the presentation and content of the programs. Ray reduced his participation in the hands-on instruction of the Academy after fifty years of shooting and teaching. His personal involvement now consists of working with certain returning groups. Ray’s influence at the Academy continues through the instruction of his long time associate and Director John Skaggs, and the staff they have trained. Effective shot placement, moving quickly, and using cover are the three essentials of practical defensive shooting. They are continually emphasized when any of Ray’s instructors are teaching. Ray passed away on February 2, 2008; his legacy will continue through his instructors and the people he has trained to win. Ray was a Patron Member of the National Rifle Association. Picture and biography courtesy of www.chapmanacademy.com



ALL ABOUT the P U C I H C N A I B A R 2011 N EXPERIENCE NRA Competitive Shooting is committed to ensuring your Bianchi Cup experience is both extraordinary and authentic. To deliver on this commitment, we have taken significant measures to protect against counterfeit merchandising practices. Even so, we encourage you to follow these guidelines below to ensure you enjoy the Real 2011 Bianchi Cup experience.

Buy real, prevent counterfeit – The trade in counterfeit merchandise is not

only illegal but also puts consumers at risk. By purchasing official NRA Bianchi Cup merchandise, you will be supporting not only the 2011 Bianchi Cup, but future cups, and NRA Competitive Shooting.

Tickets – Protect your Bianchi Experience – Tickets are only required for formal events at the Bianchi Cup Headquarters hotel, the Holiday Inn Executive center in downtown Columbia. Tickets are not required for entry into Green Valley for spectators. Tickets are required for the Western BBQ, and the Awards Ceremony. Tickets may only be purchased from NRA at the time of registration. Tickets bought elsewhere may not be valid and may not be accepted for entry to 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup events.

Play Fair – The official sponsors, licensees, and government partners of the NRA Bianchi Cup have made significant investments to ensure the successful staging of the 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup. In return, they have the exclusive right to promote their association with the Cup. We ask that if you are not already, become a patron of these companies. They are essential to the future of this sport. Inside the venue, out of respect for the athletes and the NRA Bianchi Cup, any activity or protest of political subjects is prohibited. Spectators who do not comply with these rules may be denied entry and any fees will not be refunded. www.midwayusa.com 10

EXPLORE COLUMBIA, MISSOURI Roughly equidistant from Kansas City and St. Louis, Columbia is the fifth largest city in Missouri. Home to the University of Missouri, the city is ranked among the most desirable to live in the United States. Notable natives include Brad Pitt, Sheryl Crow, Omar Bradley, John J. Pershing, Yogi Berra, Harry Caray, and Tyler Hansborough of North Carolina Tar Heel fame. You will be spending most of your time at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol club, their main site in Hallsville, MO (check the map on page 6 for more information). Hallsville is a few miles North of downtown Columbia. This historic range has been home to the NRA Bianchi Cup since its inception by John Bianchi, the legendary holster-maker, and Ray Chapman, one of the original Combat Masters. The larger Hallsville facility is where the event is staged.

Photo courtesy of david-kennedy.com



TRANSPORTATION Transportation to and from the venue is most easily done by automobile. Parking is extremely limited at Green Valley, so the NRA Bianchi Cup Staff encourages competitors and spectators alike to car pool as much as possible. Follow signage and attendants to proper parking areas. • There is a small air terminal (Columbia Regional Airport) located at 11300 S. Airport Rd., Columbia, Missouri 65201 • There are major airports nearby: Lambert International in St. Louis and Kansas City International, in Kansas City, MO. Both are about 120 miles from Columbia. For further information on interstate transportation of firearms see www.nraila.org. For Airline Transportation of Firearms see www.tsa.gov as well as the web site for the airlines you are traveling.



ACCOMODATION The Holiday Inn Executive Center in Downtown Columbia is the Official Hotel of the NRA Bianchi Cup. The NRA Bianchi Cup HQ Office is located here, as well as the Western BBQ on Friday night, and the Awards Ceremony on Saturday night. The Holiday Inn Executive Center offers a favorable rate for NRA Bianchi Cup attendees. Be sure to mention your affiliation while making your reservation. Also make sure to contact the hotel of your choosing as early as possible, as other events in the Columbia Area during Memorial day weekend tend to make accommodations tight in the area at that time. For Toll Free Reservations call: 1-800-HOLIDAY or call direct at 573-445-8531. For Hotel reservations e-mail tbargar@holidaycolumbia.com at the Holiday Inn, or go to this web site: http://www.holidaycolumbia.com



Rounds: 48 Targets: NRA AP l targets. Range: 10, 15, 25, and 50 Yards 2010 Open Winner: Bruce Piatt 2010 Metallic Winner: Robert Vadasz 2010 Production Winner: Mark Owensby

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The Competitor stands facing 2 targets downrange. The Tops of the targets will be approximately 6 feet above ground level and 3 feet apart, edge-to-edge. The starting position will be with the firearm holstered and both hands held shoulder high. The starting signal will be the turning of the targets preceded by the verbal commands “ READY “ and “ STAND BY.”

The Practical Event

Sponsored by Universal Coin & Bullion

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

The Barricade Event Sponsored by Safariland

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.

Rounds: 48 Targets: NRA AP l targets. Range: 10, 15, 25, and 35 Yards 2010 Open Winner: Luca Mangano 2010 Metallic Winner: Robert Vadasz 2010 Production Winner: Enoch Smith

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At each stage there will be a six (6) foot high, two (2) foot-wide barricade. They will be placed in a line, one directly behind another. Each barricade will have a clearly marked two (2) foot-wide by three (3) foot long firing area on the up range side. The competitor must be within the firing area at the “COMMENCE FIRE” signal and no portion of the competitor’s body or equipment may touch outside the firing area until the competitor has finished firing the designated rounds. The barricade will be considered to be within the firing area and may be used as support. There will be two (2) targets downrange. One will be placed three (3) feet to the left of the center line and one three (3) feet to the right. The starting position will be with the firearm holstered and the palms of both hands on the face of the barricade. The starting signal will be the turning of the targets preceded by the verbal commands “ READY “ and “ STAND BY.”

The Falling Plate Event

Sponsored by Smith & Wesson

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.

Rounds: 48 Targets: 8” Round White Metal Plates. Range: 10, 15, 20, and 25 Yards 2010 Open Winner: Craig Ginger 2010 Metallic Winner: Troy Mattheyer 2010 Production Winner: Kyle Schmidt

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There will be six (6) target plates placed one foot apart, edge-to-edge. They will be four (4) feet above ground level to the bottom edge. The starting position will be with handgun holstered and both hands held shoulder high. The starting signal will be an audible type (whistle, horn, etc.) preceded by the verbal commands “ READY “ and “ STAND BY.”

Rounds: 48 Targets: NRA AP l target. Range: 10, 15, 20, and 25 Yards 2010 Open Winner: Don Golembieski 2010 Metallic Winner: Robert Vadasz 2010 Production Winner: Enoch Smith

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The target will move from behind a barricade, travel sixty (60) feet in six (6) seconds, and then disappear behind another barricade. There will be a clearly marked, three (3) foot square firing area at each stage. The firing square will be at the center of the sixty (60) foot run of the target. The competitor must remain within the firing square for the complete firing sequence. The starting position will be with the firearm holstered and both hands held shoulder high. There will be no audible signals. When the competitor is ready to fire, both hands must be raised to the starting position. The signal to commence firing will be when the target appears from behind the barricade. 20

The Moving Target Event Sponsored by Sig Sauer

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.

The Speed Event Sponsored by Colt


Targets: Speed Plates Distance: 10 Yards

2010 Winner: Doug Koenig 2010 Metallic Winner: Rob Leatham 2010 Production Winner: Dave Sevigny 2010 Women’s Winner: Jesse Abbate 2010 Junior Winner: Vernon McFadden


The competitors shall occupy separate, three (3) foot Square firing areas, which shall be six (6) feet a part edge to edge. A stationary timer stop plate shall be positioned ten (10) yards down range of each competitor. Four knock down plates shall be spaced three (3) feet a part edge to edge. All five (5) targets shall be positioned in a fan to the left of the left side competitor, and to the right of the right side competitor. The targets may be placed at varying heights at the discretion of the Tournament. The starting position shall be with each competitor standing upright, the firearm holstered, and both hands held shoulder high. The starting signal shall be an audible electronic signal (whistle, horn, etc.) proceeded by the verbal commands, “READY” and “STAND BY.” A maximum of twenty (20) seconds will be utilized per firing sequence.

2010 Champions Doug Koenig – NRA Bianchi Cup Champion Doug Koenig is a twelve-time Bianchi Cup champion and has the most titles in NRA Action Pistol Championship history. In 2010, Koenig was the only shooter in the competition to fire a 1920 “clean” score at the Annual event.

Jessie Abbate – NRA Bianchi Cup Women’s Champion Jessie Abbate, is the current 2010 Bianchi Cup Women’s Champion in just her second year of competition in the event. Jessie faces another talent laden Women’s field in 2011, with fierce competition expected from Vera Koo and Julie Golob.

Robert Vadasz – NRA Bianchi Cup Metallic Champion Rob Vadasz earned his second Bianchi Cup Metallic Division Championship in a nail biting finisher for Metallic Competitors, the Falling Plates. Rob won his first Bianchi Metallic Championship in 2008.



Kyle Schmidt – NRA Bianchi Cup Production Champion Kyle Schmidt earned his very first Bianchi Cup production class victory in 2010. He is going up against a very crowded production field trying to earn his title in 2011. The Production division is the fastest growing one at the NRA Bianchi Cup.

Tiffany Piper – NRA Roger E. Hawkins Memorial Junior champion Tiffany, a talented young lady from New Zealand earned her first Bianchi Cup Junior championship this year. We look forward to watching her defend her title in 2011. The future of Action Shooting looks bright!

John Pride – John Cameron memorial senior champion John is a veteran Bianchi Competitor, and no stranger to the winner’s podium with four Bianchi Cup titles under his belt. This is his second Bianchi Cup Senior Championship. John is well known as a retired detective of LAPD fame.



NRA BIANCHI CUP SPONSORS 2010 was a banner year for NRA Bianchi Cup sponsorship, and we are hoping for more of the same for 2011. In the following pages you will find a list of Bianchi Cup sponsors, please check out their products. You will find that most Bianchi Cup competitors, and all the Champions, utilize their products. Click on the name or logo and go directly to the company’s web site. MidwayUSA is a very special sponsor. Larry Potterfield and the MidwayUSA team call Columbia, Missouri home. Their unwavering support of the NRA Bianchi Cup and of NRA Competitive Shooting make them the event’s Title Sponsor. We ask that you visit their web site, and we know we speak for Larry when we say “Thanks for your business.” Larry Potterfield

Learn more about MidwayUSA at www.midwayusa.com



Action Target has generously replaced all the target mechanisms for 2011. We ask that you thank them for their help at the Cup, as well as spread the word about their numerous products. Visit their web site at:

www.actiontarget.com www.nrahq.org/compete


EVENT SPONSORS Sig Sauer is one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world. It is the fastest growing firearms maker in the U.S., expanding its sales nearly 50% since 2005.

COLT Smith & Wesson is the largest manufacturer of handguns in the United States. Founded in 1852, their pistols and revolvers have become standard issue to police and armed forces throughout the world. Founded in 1836, Colt is best known for the production of the Colt .45 revolver, or Peacemaker. It has made many civilian and military designs used in the United States, as well as many other countries.

Safariland is a major designer and manufacturer of equipment for sporting, military, law enforcement, investigation and public safety personnel. Their current product offering includes holsters, duty gear and restraints under the Safariland and Bianchi brands.

Universal Coin provides clients with professional numismatic consultation and analysis for all their coin collecting and investing needs. Led by world renowned numismatic expert Mike Fuljenz, they are experts in their field.

Bushmaster firearms are used by hundreds of police departments and law enforcement organizations nationwide, by the military of more than 50 countries worldwide, in private security and safety applications, and by consumers for hunting, recreation, competition, and home defense and security.

GOLD SPONSORS Gold Sponsors share a special affiliation with the Cup. They donate up to $9,999.00 in cash and merchandise.

• Caspian Arms, Ltd. • Competition Electronics • D-Sport • Glock • Junior Shooter Magazine • Otis Technology • Sierra Bullet

SILVER SPONSORS Silver Sponsors donate up to $4,999.00 in cash and merchandise.

• Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau • Bar-Sto Precision Machine • Cylinder & Slide • Crimson Trace • Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club • Heckler & Koch • Hogue www.nrahq.org/compete


• Montana Gold Bullet • Montana Silversmiths • National Shooting Sports Foundation • Northwest Territorial Mint • “What-Ya-Say” Hearing & Vision Protection • WileyX • Zero Ammunition


Brownells David Clark Company Dillon Precision Products Hodgdon Powder Hornady Lenspen






did you know? Shooters journey from as far as Australia, Germany, and New Zealand to compete in the NRA Bianchi Cup. The international aspect of the Cup is one of the reasons it is such an excellent match to be a part of.



Introducing Larry Mead, the new bianchi cup Match director This year, the NRA Bianchi Cup would like to introduce the addition of a living legend to our staff. Meet Larry Mead, our new Match Director! Larry hails from Columbus, Ohio where he is a 29 year veteran of the Columbus Police Department, working as an Instructor and Range Sergeant. A veteran of the NRA National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, Larry has spent 24 years volunteering as a Referee, Chief Range Officer, and currently Deputy Match Director for the Pistol phase of the Championship. In addition, Larry has spent 26 years as Chief Tower Controller, Range Director, and Match Director at the NRA National Police Championships. Larry has worn the hats of NRA Firearms Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and NRA Personal Protection Instructor since 1965. A Command Sergeant Major in the Ohio Army National Guard for 35 years, Larry’s distinguished career has sent him throughout the United States and the World at large. A major highlight of his illustrious career is winning the first ever NRA National Police Championship in 1962. Larry is a NRA Referee for the following disciplines: Pistol, Police Combat, High Power, F-Class, International Air Pistol, International Air Rifle, International Free Pistol, International Standard Pistol, Air Rifle, Standard Rifle, and Action Pistol.

Larry Mead doing what he does best, leading cadres of loyal NRA Volunteers at NRA Competitive Shooting Events!




photo courtesy of http://www.kendalenseigne.com




Kenda won the Celebrity Pro - Am in 2010. She was a fan favorite and is expected to be tough to beat in 2011. According to her web site (www.kendalenseigne.com), Kenda has been riding for over 32 years and training for the last 17 years. In California she discovered mounted shooting, and the rest is history. Kenda has coached hundreds of riders in her tenure, and continues to promote and encourage riders and horses to meet their potential. She has started, tuned, and finished many mounted shooting horses, with her horse, Justin, being the ultimate testimony of her abilities. She bought Justin in 2004 for a mere $2000 from a teen aged trail rider. By November 2005, he had a world title and a world record on his resume. The road to champion status was not easy as Justin needed a lot of work. However, Kenda has incredible patience and dedication, and knows potential when she sees it. By the end of the 2009 season, Justin had won an Overall World Champion Title, 4 World Point Champion Cowgirl Titles, and holds 6 world records. It doesn’t get much better than that! We look forward to seeing Kenda compete again in 2011, at the NRA Bianchi Cup.

Pictured above is everyone who participated in the 2010 Celebrity Pro - Am




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