Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger Captain Doug Koenig took first place in the Open Division and first overall at the 2019 European Bianchi Cup Championship match held in Alsfeld, Germany. Koenig claimed this title for the sixth time in his career with a final aggregate score of 1920-183 shooting his Ruger® Custom Shop SR1911® built open competition pistol.
The Bianchi Cup course includes four separate events, including: the Practical Event with 12 shots fired at cardboard targets at distances of 10, 15, 25 and 50 yards; the Barricade Event, where competitors stand behind barricades and engage cardboard targets from distances of 10, 15, 25 and 35 yards; the Moving Target Event, in which a cardboard target moves horizontally in a 60-foot space between two barricades while competitors shoot from a three-foot square at 10, 15, 20 and 25 yards; and the Plate Event that requires competitors to fire at six metal plates lined up on a rack at distances of 10, 15, 20 and 25 yards. Competitors must complete the course of fire within the maximum par time allowed at each distance in each event, with the number of X-ring hits being the deciding factor for the win.
"Winning a major event like the European Bianchi Cup is all about confidence," said Koenig. "That confidence starts with great equipment that allows me to focus on the match and not my gear. The quality and reliability of my SR1911 gives me that assurance."
Meanwhile stateside, teammates Dave Olhasso and James McGinty each claimed divisional wins at the USPSA Area 8 Championship held at the Ontelaunee Rod & Gun club in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania. Olhasso placed first in the Limited 10 division with a winning time of 261.54 scoring 1,468.71 points competing with his Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol chambered in .45 Auto. McGinty took the top spot in the ESP division and second place overall for the match shooting his Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition Pistol chambered in 9mm Luger, with a final time of 253.94 scoring 1,452.95 points.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.