Team Ruger Captain and standout competition shooter Doug Koenig recently claimed the Open Division first place title for the sixth time in his career.
The 2019 European Bianchi Cup Championship match was held in Alsfeld, Germany, where Koenig– shooting his Ruger Custom Shop built SR1911 open competition pistol– grabbed a final aggregate score of 1920-183 late last month.
“Winning a major event like the European Bianchi Cup is all about confidence,” said Koenig in a statement released through Ruger. “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.”
As detailed by Ruger:
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.
In addition to Koenig’s Bianchi win, here in the states, Team Ruger teammates Dave Olhasso and James McGinty each claimed divisional wins at the USPSA Area 8 Championship in Pennsylvania. Olhasso, who placed first in the Limited 10 division, did so with his Ruger SR1911 Competition pistol chambered in .45 Auto. McGinty took the top spot in the ESP division and second place overall with his 9mm SR1911.