We have a new champion at the NRA Bianchi Cup presented by Colt! SFC Adam Sokolowski of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) is the 2018 champion, finishing the match with a perfect score of 1920-176X. Additionally, Sokolowski won the Multi Gun Championship with a score of 3822-329X.
Action Pistol fans will note that last year, Sokolowski made history when he won the Metallic Championship firing the first-ever perfect score in Metallic, and in 2016 he was the Production Champion.
SFC Adam Sololowski receiving an award at the 2018 NRA World Action Pistol Championship. Photo by Jim Powell
Here’s what’s truly remarkable—in the span of only four years, Sokolowski has won all three Bianchi Cup divisions—Open, Metallic and Production. We probably will not be seeing anyone win all three divisions in such a short amount of time again any time soon.
In second place was Mark Blake with a score of 1920-172X. Eighteen-time champion Doug Koenig tied Blake's score, and when the officials went to the scorecards he placed third overall.
For Metallic, Rob Vadasz is the 2018 champion scoring 1912-155X. This is his sixth win in Metallic. In second place for Metallic was Enoch Smith (also 2018 World Action Pistol Metallic Champion) with a score of 1907-150X. Finishing third was Roman Hauber with 1906-141X.
In Production, Sokolowski’s AMU teammate SFC Patrick Franks is the 2018 champion winning with a score of 1894-136X. Franks previously won back-to-back Bianchi Metallic Championships, as well as having a NRA National Precision Pistol Championship under his belt. In second place was legendary action pistol shooter Rob Leatham with a score of 1862-129X. Third place went to Seiichi Ishikawa with 1822-109X.
Anita Mackiewicz won the Women’s Championship with a score of 1911-153X. She’s now a three-time champion, previously winning in 1998 and 2015. Second place went to last year’s champion Cherie Blake with a score of 1910-137X. In third was 2016 champion Tiffany Piper with 1903-154X.
More match coverage will be forthcoming via the website and in a future issue of the digital magazine. You can view the full results of the 2018 Bianchi Cup at: rl-web.nra.org/home/matchscores
Lead image courtesy of Michelle Lunato/U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit