Competitive Shooting

The 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup

woman firing pistol at target

Now that it’s Tuesday, I can finally look back and process all the great stuff that happened at the 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup, from the shooting to the events and all the great people that I get to see at that match.  Our previous update took a look at the shooting from Day 1, where I shot the Practical and the Barricades, and needed a strong performance on the Plates to keep me in the running for a win in Production/MM.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, as the Plates struck me down with all their fury and I finished the plates with a disappointing 360-36x.  Even with that score, I had a chance to hit my goal of a 1600 if I shot a 440 or better on the Mover on Day 3…and I came so close, shooting a new match-personal best on the Mover of 438.  That left me with a final score of 1598-80x, which was good enough for 4th Place in Production/MM division.

Now I’m obviously disappointed with that score – I know I can shoot better, but I struggled on the Plates and the Barricade.  However, there are a lot of positive takeaways from this match; one of the big ones is my X-count.  Using a factory stock Sig P250, almost half the rounds I fired were X’s, meaning they hit the 4 inch black circle at the center of the target.  That and my score are definite improvements from 2 years ago when I shot The Cup in ’09.  So obviously I’m getting better…just not fast enough for my taste.

Saturday brought my favorite day of Bianchi Cup – the Colt Speed Event and Celebrity ProAm Shoot Off.  This event is put on for fans and for bragging rights; it’s a head to head shoot-off at five pieces of steel each.  Fastest time wins.  The top 4 finishers from Production, Metallic, and Open all compete to see who’s top dog, and then the organizers turn the celebs and media in attendance loose for the ProAm.   The Celebrity event follows the same structure as the Colt Speed event, but with a slightly…uh…looser interpretation of the rules.  That loose rule interpretation resulted in me being matched up against Dave Sevigny, and you know what?  I did alright.  I’ll have video of the Caleb vs. Dave matchup and the full story later in the week.

The 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup was a great experience for me this year.  I learn things about my shooting during this match that I couldn’t learn from shooting Steel Challenge, IDPA, or USPSA and those lessons make me better at each of those sports.  I’ll be back at the 2012 Bianchi Cup looking to improve my score by another 150 points, win Production/MM and put myself in the Top 20 again in Production Division overall.

Once again, if you’d like to run any of the gear I used during the Cup, here is the gear breakdown.

The Gear

We’re going to have a tonne of exclusive video and other coverage up this week on the Shooter’s Log from Bianchi Cup, so make sure you check in tomorrow and through the rest of the week as the good stuff keeps on coming in.

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Comments (3)

  1. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 gamers through the years than I can count, which include Sansas, iRivers, iPods (common & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few a long time I’ve settled down to one line of gamers.

  2. Great visiting with you, Caleb. I plan to return in 2012 also and the added 150 points is not overly optimistic. I know I left 50 pts easy on the plates and probably close to that on both the practical and barricades. You did step it up against Sevigny in the shoot-off.
    Good job.

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