For the past 30 years, competitors from all over the world have traveled to Columbia, Missouri to compete in a match known as The Bianchi Cup. For those of you that aren’t familiar with The Cup, the match consists of four different events that make up the aggregate match – The Practical Event, The Barricade Event, The Moving Target Event and The Falling Plate Event – with shots taken anywhere from 10 and 50 yards in both a standing position and a prone (laying on your stomach) position.
For competitors like Trevor Baucom and Ray Millsap, Jr., going prone wasn’t an option for them because they are confined to wheelchairs. Ray has been in a wheelchair for over 20 years. Trevor’s only been in his less than a year. Since the creation of Bianchi International, and the Bianchi Cup, John Bianchi has been the face of his product and the face of this tournament. His vision has turned into something remarkable, and his face isn’t just the only person that represents his company and what he’s trying to do for NRA Action Pistol shooter. John Bianchi’s face has been replaced by every shooter that comes to the Bianchi Cup and shoots this tournament. Trevor Baucom and Ray Millsap, Jr. are the faces of the Bianchi Cup.
Tammy Ballew, a Marine mom and writer on The Women’s Outdoor News came out to the Bianchi Cup last week and I told her about Trevor being at the match. Inspired by his courage and passion for the shooting sports, Tammy and I paired up to get some questions answered by Trevor.
The WON: Is Bianchi Cup your first competitive match?
Trevor: The Bianchi cup was my first competition. I plan on competing in as many competitions as I can. I had a wonderful week and was privileged to meet many fantastic people. I had such a good time that I plan on bringing my family out to shoot next year.
The WON: How many hours did you have to train to get ready for this match? Is there anything you will do differently to train for the next match?
Trevor: Over the last two months or so I have spent a lot of time preparing for this competition. Then I spent the two weeks prior to the competition with my coach Billy Abbate training at his farm. If I had shot the competition as well as I shot in practice I would have added a couple hundred points to my total score, but most everyone I have spoken with says that’s normal.
The WON: Are you shooting the M&P9 Pro Series Pistol and if so, what do you think of the gun in the competitive venue?
Trevor: I am shooting the Smith M&P 9mm Pro Series. I think it is a fantastic firearm. I have put somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 rounds through this pistol in the last 8-10 weeks. I have had one malfunction and that was magazine induced. The gun is capable of shooting better then I am able to shoot it. I know several other competitors in the production category were using the M&P including the third place finisher.
The WON: What advice could you offer other wounded warriors wanting to get involved in competitive shooting?
Trevor: Any wounded warrior or disabled person who wants to get involved needs to just do it. They need to pick out a firearm they can handle and get to the range. Ray Millsap was shooting Bianchi with me. Ray has been in a chair for 20 years. The people in the industry have been more then supportive and are taking strides to make the competitions accessible for those with disabilities. My hope is that as we continue more and more competitions will open up to those with disabilities.
The WON: What is your next match? What goals have you placed for yourself in the competitive shooting world?
Trevor: My next competition will be steel in Piru. As far as my personal goals, I want to continue to compete head to head with able-bodied shooters, and I want to continue to improve to where I can be competitive with the best. That is one thing I love about shooting in general and Bianchi in particular it doesn’t matter who you are, man, woman, junior or handicapped, everyone has to hold the sights on target and squeeze the trigger. Anyone can do it.
First of all, I want to thank Trevor for taking the time to answer these questions. I also want to thank Jeff Lamprecht, Trevor’s friend and official military escort. Jeff is an amazing friend who spent the entire week supporting Trevor as well as keeping the rest of us entertained. Thank you Jeff Lambrecht!!! Jeff will soon be headed back overseas for his 5th tour — please keep him and the rest of our troops in your thoughts and prayers.