My first trip to the NRA Action Pistol Regional match in Lake Charles, Louisiana, also called the Crawfish Cup was a success. I took the opportunity of being newly retired to travel a few days early to get some practice in and it paid off. The weather was typical southern Louisiana, hot and humid, right up until match day. Then the torrential rain came down, putting a damper on the morning. Luckily it cleared up by 2pm and we had a wonderful afternoon. Three past Bianchi Cup champions were on hand to battle it out with the record number in attendance this year. The top shooters were squadded together and we ended the match on the Moving Target event. My usual rival, Doug Koenig and I, along with a fairly newcomer James Avenell were the only people going into the Moving Target event without any dropped points. In the end I topped the field posting a perfect score of 1920 with 176X, winning my first Crawfish Cup. After the awards ceremony was over, the match director approached me and asked if I knew history of the event. He went onto explain that for the past three years, the winner of the Crawfish Cup has gone on to also win that years Bianchi Cup. I pondered that thought for a moment and with a wink, I told him I would do my best not to break the tradition.
To the everyone at the Southwest Louisiana Rifle & Pistol Club, I want to thank you for hosting an excellent event and toughing it out thru the not so nice weather. I hope to see you all next year.