Remembering the 2010 Bianchi Cup

by
posted on May 18, 2018
2010-bianchi-1.jpg
Editor's note: 2010 marked a watershed year for the NRA Bianchi Cup, a storied championship that was the pioneer big money action pistol competition. The Cup rose to new heights as more action shooting sports celebrities attended, sponsor support grew, the range expanded and the number of production class shooters doubled in one year. All of these factors brought the once-struggling match back into the limelight. Here's former Managing Editor Chip Lohman's coverage of the event, as published in the August 2010 issue of Shooting Sports USA.

Except for Max Michel’s (SIG Sauer) required trip to Norway, virtually everyone in Action Shooting—both shooters and sponsors—attended this year’s Cup. The doubling of first-time production shooters contributed to the record number of contestants who enjoyed themselves from May 26-30 in Columbia, MO. Credit Tom Hughes’ (NRA National Pistol Manager) effective management of this prestigious event, the generosity of the sponsors, dedicated volunteers and a growing number of every-day production shooters for the continuing 32-year tradition of excellence in action pistol sports.

The Cup originated with John Bianchi’s vision in the mid-1970s. In his words, “I’d been a pistol shooter all my life and as I shot with friends at different ranges around the country, I was slightly distressed by the image of pistol shooters, where they shot and how they conducted themselves on the range. Although there were some fine outdoor ranges in a number of cities across the country, in many areas the best range facility was usually a garbage dump, rock quarry or someplace close to that.”

In typical Bianchi style, he set his sights on a solution and never looked back. From author Dennis Adler’s biography on John Bianchi: “Outside Olympic competition, there weren’t many formal shooting organizations until the 1970s when the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) was formed. In 1984 the USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) was organized as the U.S. Region of IPSC. However, five years before the USPSA was established, John Bianchi’s vision for a formalized pistol competition resulted in the first Bianchi Cup match at Ray Chapman’s Green Valley Rifle and Pistol shooting range.”

And the rest is history. Once Bianchi partnered with Colt and Smith & Wesson, then Ruger and other companies soon followed.

Watch video of the 2010 Bianchi Cup

Latest

Gods Of Olympus Athena SK 1
Gods Of Olympus Athena SK 1

New: SK Customs Gods of Olympus-Athena 1911 .45 ACP

SK Customs introduces Gods of Olympus-Athena pistol to the 1911 series lineup.

Camdyn Powers Picks Up Two Division Wins At 2024 Utah’s Rimfire Revival – The Revenge NRL22X Match

Burris Optics sponsored shooter Camdyn Powers picked up a pair of wins at the 2024 Utah’s Rimfire Revival – The Revenge NRL22X competition held in Price, Utah, April 20.

New: Swarovski Optik NL Pure 52 Binoculars

Swarovski Optik expands its NL Pure lineup with new 10X 52 mm and 14X 52 mm binoculars.

KC Eusebio, Jessie Harrison Claim Division Titles At 2024 World Speed Shooting Championship

Team Bushnell pro shooter KC Eusebio secures 11th World Speed Shooting overall championship victory, while teammate Jessie Harrison claims 17th Ladies Open World Speed Shooting title.

Winchester, White Flyer Support Arkansas Youth Trap Shoot

Winchester Ammunition and White Flyer were in full force at The Big Event: Mack’s Prairie Wings Youth Shooting Sports Trap Shoot & Shot Curtain Exhibit in April.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.