Oh yes, it is almost that time of the year.
The shooting roster is set, and the squad lists have been published, and we’re less than a month away from the greatest handgun tournament in the nation – the 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup.
I shot the Bianchi Cup for the first time in 2009 in their new Production Division.
I did okay for being an IDPA Sharpshooter shooting what is widely considered one of the most difficult sports in the shooting world.
In 2010 I missed the Cup, due largely to having had to take time off for work to appear on some reality tv show.
This year, I’m back. And I’m better prepared, as well. I look back on the guy I was in 2009 as a shooter, and I’m worlds better than I used to be. Since then I’ve made IDPA 5-Gun Master, I practice more, and I shoot a lot more than I did back then. So going into this year’s tournament, I’ve got some goals set. Here are my goals for the 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup, where I’ll be shooting Production Division with my Sig P250.
- With my classification. In 2009, I classified as a Marksman. A little weak, but hey, it was my first try. In 2011, I want to be the number 1 Marksman shooter in Production Division.
- Break 1700 – In 2009, I shot in the high 1400s, if I remember my score correctly. I was devastated, because I had hoped to do much better than that. My goal for 2011 is to break 1700 at the Cup. To do that, I’ll need to break 400 on two stages, and break 450 on the other two. If I could somehow manage to pull a 450 or better on every stage I’d break 1800, which would be amazing. However, I’ll keep it real and try for 1700. If I can average 425 on every stage, I’ll hit that goal.
Two simple goals. I think it’s going to be a great match this year, I’m really looking forward to getting down to Missouri and shooting the 2011 NRA Bianchi Cup!