The National Matches, considered America's "World Series of the Shooting Sports," have been a tradition since 1907. Each summer, the nation's finest civilian and military marksmen and women square off for five weeks of rifle and handgun competition in a variety of formats and events.
The Bianchi Cup is the NRA National Action Pistol Championship, held the week before Memorial Day weekend in Columbia, Missouri. With the largest purse of any tournament on the action pistol calendar, it is one of the most prestigious events in shooting with the best shooters in the world competing.
Nearly 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. offer shooting programs. If you are new to the collegiate shooting sports arena, read our Collegiate Shooting Guide to get started. If you are an experienced competition shooter and are looking for a potential college or university to attend, click on the Collegiate Shooting Sports Directory.
The NRA and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association team up for this event. When you register for the NMLRA events, you are automatically entered in the NRA events! The NRA offers $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place for each championship. Category winners for juniors, seniors, and women will receive trophies.
The Competitive Shooting Division of the NRA offers a wide range of activities in all types of shooting, sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships each year.