Well, he did again. Our own Doug Koenig, formerly of Alburtis now residing in Hamburg, has won the 8th Annual NRA World Action Pistol Championship held recently in Phillippsburg, Germany.
After coming off his nineteenth Open Division Masters International Shooting Championship win in Barry, Illinois, and capturing his 14th Bianchi Cup tournament that was held earlier this year in Columbia Missouri, this Berks County professional handgun shooter added another World to his shooting accomplishments.
Koenig’s match came down to “X” counts, or hits score in the very center of the 10-ring, after his score of 1,916 points left him in a three-way tie for first. His 184 “X” hits gave him a 13 “x-count” victory and his 5th World Action Pistol Championship.
The NRA World Action Pistol Championship is made up of four different stages, similar to the U.S. Bianchi Cup Koenig has consecutively won. Shooters are challenged to shoot from behind barricades, at turning practical targets, at moving targets and at steel plate racks. Scores are based on scoring areas on the target, with center hits earning 10 points. Extreme center hits earn an X and are used as tiebreakers.
According to Koenig in an interview with Blue Heron Communications, the PR firm for Smith & Wesson and Koenig’s major sponsor, the competition was held during a cold front with temps in the low 60s dropping to the low 40s overnight. This made for cold hands and a cold body that affects everyone’s shooting ability. And being in a foreign country was also an adventure although Koenig admitted that he made two prior trips to there so he had most of the particulars out of the way such as lodging, restaurants which, fortunately for him is similar to the food he eats here in Pennsylvania Dutch country.
He also practiced dialing in his equipment at home at Topton F&G before departing for Germany.
Koenig said he used a Smith & Wesson 1911DK, .38 Super caliber semi-auto for the tournament and that it was customized for Bianchi Cup shooting using a shroud and his personal optic. The pistol, said Koenig, shoots around one-inch, 12 shot groups at 50 yards. “When everything is dialed in, there’s really no other choice for that style of competition.”
He did, however, find the Practical Event was more difficult than it needed to be. “That’s where I shot two eights on one string. Typically, this event is one of my strong suits. So that was kind of a hiccup or bump in the road. I just tried to stay positive and keep my focus,” he recounted.
In the interview, Koenig mentioned that he was going to take his two boys bowhunting before he has to begin filming for his outdoors TV show in November and December that runs on the Pursuit Channel Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Mondays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. (EST).
Way to go Doug.
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