COLUMBIA, MISSOURI – Sig Sauer has announced it will again be a major sponsor of the NRA National Action Pistol Championship, also known as the NRA Bianchi Cup, in Columbia, Missouri, May 18-23, 2009.

The New Hampshire-based manufacturer produces firearms known internationally for their reliability and performance. Sig Sauer will sponsor the Moving Target match of the NRA Bianchi Cup and plans to provide $15,000 in cash and prizes.

Since its inception in 1979, the NRA Bianchi Cup has retained its original course of fire, consisting of four matches: Practical, Barricade, Moving Target and Falling Plates. Speed and accuracy is the key to winning the Championship. Each event is timed and is worth 480 points, equaling a total of 1920 possible points.

“The NRA’s Competitive Shooting division is pleased to welcome Sig Sauer as a sponsor of the 2009 NRA Bianchi Cup,” Executive Director of the NRA Kayne Robinson said. “In providing innovative and high-quality firearms Sig Sauer furthers the world of competitive shooting for all involved.”

Interested participants may visit The Sig Sauer Academy, a premier training facility for the Bianchi Cup and other competitive disciplines, To learn more about Sig Sauer, visit

Action pistol competitors are permitted to use a two-handed grip, and competitors must start with their guns holstered. During the course of the matches, participants fire at turning cardboard silhouette targets, moving targets, and steel plates that must be knocked down to count as a hit. This type of competition makes the match more appealing to spectators.

The NRA National Action Pistol Championship is a money-winning event. For his victory in 2008, Doug Koenig took home the 2008 Bianchi Cup trophy, plus total cash awards of over $8,000. Robert Vadasz’s Metallic Sight win netted him over $5000.

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