The Bianchi Cup - 2011

Shooting USA - The Bianchi Cup – 2011

30-16-1When you look at all of the different handgun competitions we cover for Shooting USA few have the life span of the Bianchi Cup and few have continued, essentially  unchanged for more than thirty years. So the question becomes, how has this match continued for so long and what makes it so successful? It turns out the answer is quite simple, it’s new shooters. It is known as the richest hand-gun tournament in the world. 


30-16-2The Bianchi Cup, made up of four stages of fire that are based in police training. The format for the match was created by Ray Chapman and the man who also lends his name, John Bianchi.

The Barricades: Shooters engage the tombstone targets form both sides of the barricades, within the time limit, and from four distances back to 35 yards. 


30-16-3The Practical: The tombstone targets engaged from ten yards all the way back to 50 yards. Time limits get longer as the shooters move back. Competitors have the option to go prone at the far distances to steady their shots. 

The Falling Plates: Six steel plates, eight inches in diameter, are engaged from ten back to twenty five yards, all within time limits, six seconds at the front and adding a second at each line moving back. The prone position is an option at the far distances. 


30-16-5The Mover: A tombstone target running back and forth at ten feet per second. Competitors shoot six shots per pass at ten and 15 yards, three shots with each pass at 20 and 25 yards for a total of 48 shots. 

The tombstone Bianchi target is used on three of the four events to measure the shooters accuracy and score. The outer portion is worth five points. The 12 inch diameter ring scores 8 points. The 8 inch diameter is the 10 ring. In the center is the 4 inch X ring, scoring both 10 points and an X. The shooter’s X Count is used as a tie-breaker at the top of the leader board. Plates score 10 points and an X.


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Rudy Project – Rydon Lens Kit


The Rydon changeable lens kit has 5 sets of lenses for all light conditions  and Rudy Project offers a solution for those of us with old eyes, who need help finding our sights and targets. Behind the changeable lenses is a corrective lens clip-in option for your prescription. 

You can order your single vision correction direct from the Rudy Project website, or have progressive lenses installed by you local optometrist. The Rydon kit is $280.  The insert, if Rudy Project does your correction is a $215 option. 

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Pro Tip – Julie Golob on Training for Bianchi



Julie has tips on how to practice and how to shoot more precisely for the match that combines accuracy and speed shooting.

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RCBS Reloading Tip – The Lock Out Die

30-16-10Kent Sakamoto Demonstrates the safety feature for progressive loading.

The RCBS lock out die is a safety stop system for progressive presses reloading pistol ammunition 9mm or larger. The die stops or locks Kent out of the progressive press handle stroke if his case is not properly charged with powder.




Here is a disassembled lock out die. This sleeve is inside the die and is what the case contacts during reloading. Inside the sleeve is this rod, and these two ball bearings are at the top of the die and move with the rod.






Kent: This tool is a safety check, all the parts must work correctly to allow the case to pass.  If they don’t align properly, it will lock out your press. We’ll show you how to install and adjust the die.




30-16-15The lock die is placed after the powder dispensing station on the press. Raise the shell plate and screw the die until it is a quarter of an inch from the plate. The foot will contact the plate. Place a properly powder charged case in the shell plate below the lock out die. Run the charged case up to contact the lock out die. If the press stops or locks out and you cannot see the white line on the rod, then you must lengthen the rod. If the press locks out and you see the white line you need to shorten the rod inside the die.

Kent: This is the detection rod out of the die body. You just spin it like this to increase or decrease it’s length, it’s threaded. You have to adjust this die for the proper length to allow the case to pass through the die. 

Now you are ready to load. Should you encounter a “lock out”, remove that case and check for a light or heavy powder charge. So use a properly charged case to set the lockout die first. Once completed you won’t notice the lockout die at all, unless there’s a mistake on powder.  Better to find the mistake at the bench, than on the range.


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