Philippsburg, Germany- Doug Koenig won his 3rd European Bianchi Cup at a BDMP sponsored competition in Philippsburg, Germany. This was Koenig’s second trip to the Philippsburg range complex. In 2007, Koenig won the European Bianchi Cup at the same location.
In May 2011, Koenig shot a record setting score of 1920-187xs at the National Action Pistol Championship (Bianchi Cup) in Columbia, Missouri. At the European match this past weekend, Koenig shot the same score. Koenig’s 1920-187x score has never been equaled by any other shooter in any major action pistol match – and he has accomplished that feat three times. Koenig holds the record for the highest score ever shot at the European Bianchi Cup matches. In 1999, in Terni, Italy, Koenig fired a 1920-187x at the first European “Cup.”
Action shooting consists of four stages. A practical stage, a barricade stage, a falling plate stage, and a moving target stage. The four stages do not follow a specific order but the national and world championships usually schedule the “super squad” to finish the match at the moving target event – on the last day. The “mover” is a challenging event and often separates the very tight group of competitors that compete on the final day.
This is Koenig’s third European Bianchi Cup – in as many tries. He said that his travels to Europe have been fun and that the long trip has not been a factor in his shooting. Just last year, Koenig won the World Action Pistol Championship in Australia after an exhausting trip. “These international trips,” said Koenig, “always present a challenge on and off the range. I have to deal with all sorts of changes and there can be a language problem. All in all, it is a great experience to shoot these international matches.”
Koenig took his film crew with him to the European Bianchi Cup. Koenig’s new television show, Doug Koenig’s Championship Season, debuted on the Sportsman Channel last week and his third European “Cup” championship was recorded for use on the show. After the end of the match, Koenig headed out to a rural part of Germany in order to do some hunting – also filmed for broadcast on his show. “That is another bonus. I get to go hunting right after these matches. I have hunted in a number of spots around the world and it is always exciting to hunt new game.” Not long ago, Koenig hunted in New Zealand.
Koenig has won national and world championships in pistol events, shotgun events, and rifle events. A professional shooter, Koenig has dominated competitive pistol shooting for the last fifteen years. Koenig has won seventeen Masters International Championships, three World Speed Shooting Championships, an IPSC World Championship, four World Action Pistol Championships (holds World Record Score), thirteen Sportsman’s Team Challenge Championships, a World All-Around Championship, three European Bianchi Cups, and thirteen National Action Pistol Championships (Bianchi Cup).
DOUG KOENIG’S EQUIPMENT LIST
- Koenig’s gun sponsor is SMITH & WESSON – the largest manufacturer of handguns in the United States.
Koenig’s optical sight is from LEUPOLD & STEVENS – optics that are renowned for their unchallenged ruggedness, absolute waterproof integrity, and their vastly superior optical quality.
- Koenig’s bullet supplier is HORNADY – the maker of the finest bullets available.
- Koenig’s speed holster is from SAFARILAND – the top name in competitive shooting holster accessories.
- Koenig’s gun cleaning products are from OTIS – the most advanced gun care systems in the world. .
- Koenig’s brass is from STARLINE – precision brass for shooters that require the best.
- Koenig’s air guns are from GAMO – shooters in over 50 countries use Gamo’s high quality air rifles and air pistols.
- Koenig’s crossbows come from TEN POINT CROSSBOWS – the premiere crossbow brand in the marketplace.
- Koenig’s shotgun is from BASERRI – an exciting new line of affordable and quality shotguns.
Russell C. Stott