With a pledge of $115,000, MidwayUSA returns for the fifth year in a row as title sponsor of the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. Held in Columbia, Missouri from May 22nd through the 25th, the Bianchi Cup is the richest and most prestigious shooting tournament in the world.

“We’re fortunate to have a World Championship like the Bianchi Cup right here in our backyard,” said MidwayUSA CEO & Founder Larry Potterfield. “It’s something we look forward to every year.”

New for 2013 is the MidwayUSA Bianchi Cup Scholarship Program. With a first year total of $50,000, the program pays for twenty college-aged pistol shooters to compete in the Bianchi Cup.

“Our new Scholarship Program is essential for introducing more youth to the shooting sports,” Potterfield said. “Our partnership with the NRA is vital to preserving our Second Amendment rights.

In addition to the scholarship, MidwayUSA is also contributing $15,000 in support of championship newcomers with the First-Time Shooter Awards.

“Working together with our industry partners insures the continued growth and advancement of NRA’s competitive shooting programs,” said Dennis Willing, Director of NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division. “MidwayUSA is an industry leader that continues to be a major benefactor to our sports. We are excited to continue the partnership.”

Founded in 1979 by former police officer and holster maker John Bianchi, the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup draws the world’s top pistols shooters. The 2013 championship will be held May 22-25 at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club outside Columbia, Missouri.

Logo courtesy National Rifle Association

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