Sportsman Channel’s Doug Koenig Takes Home His 17th Bianchi Cup

June 1, 2016

Smith & Wesson Professional Shooter Makes History as 17-Time Winner of  NRA’s National Pistol Championship

DENVER (June 1, 2016) – The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) National Pistol Championship played host to history recently as Sportsman Channel’s Doug Koenig took home his 17th Bianchi Cup. The Smith & Wesson professional shooter has been called “the most dominant competitor since its [the championships] beginning in 1979” by Outdoor Wire editor and long-time competition shooter, Jim Shepherd. The next in line for most wins at the Bianchi Cup is Bruce Piatt with five.

The Bianchi Cup is one of the most prestigious events in shooting. Taking place over five days, the tournament tests a shooter’s skills at several positions and distances, from cover, and against moving targets. This year’s Championship had a change in format, with the new Colt Championship Final putting the top competitors by class and division in what is essentially a second firing of the match. Koenig had the lead going into the Colt Championship Final with a perfect score of 1920-183X. His combined Match X and Colt Championship Final aggregate score was 3840-361X, two points higher than this year’s runner-up, Troy Mattheyer.

When asked about his prepartation routines and how he handles the pressure of competition, Koenig, who also is the host of Doug Koenig’s Championship Season on Sportsman Channel (Thursday nights at 7 p.m. ET), keeps fairly quiet. “I consider myself a professional athlete and as such, I dedicate more of my time and focus to being physically and mentally prepared year ‘round,” said Koenig. “My routines are tailored to my age, and courses of fire I shoot. And my diet is also prescribed to my specific needs, not just in the weeks leading up to a competition, all year.”

See all of Koenig’s professional accomplishments here.

Tune in for Doug Koenig’s Championship Season on Sportsman Channel on Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET.

About Doug Koenig’s Championship Season: From remote hunting destinations to the firing line, join your host and world shooting champion Doug Koenig on his quest for the ultimate trophies in “Doug Koenig’s Championship Season.” This fast-paced TV show features a gritty combination of shooting competition and in-your-face hunting adventure. Whether it’s bull elk, whitetails or competition shooting, one thing is certain…bullets will fly and it’s gonna be a wild ride!

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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