Novice Shooter Uses Simulation for Competition Training

Dylan Chedsey
Dylan Chedsey
Ti Outdoors
Ti Outdoors

Golden, CO -( Dylan Chedsey, who had never entered a shooting competition in his life, entered the 2015 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup, a prestigious action pistol championship.

Why such confidence to compete with the best shooters in the world? Even though he hasn’t seen a live fire match, Chedsey has a secret weapon. He’s spent all his training time using the Ti Outdoors Gunfighter Simulator and the Virtual Bianchi Cup.

“The simulator was a big help getting ready for the match,” said Chedsey. “The Bianchi Cup is a unique style of competition with set time limits for the courses of fire that determine the speed or cadence that you have to shoot. Without the simulator I wouldn’t have had any idea or reference to know the different times and different speeds I needed for each event.”

Chedsey began training for the competition by shooting through each of the four competitions in the match once a week. As the date of the match approached, he switched to practicing on a daily basis.

Chedsey finished the 2015 Bianchi Cup with an overall score of 1399 points and 63 X’s (X’s are shots in the “bulls-eye” and are used as a tiebreaker if needed) out of a possible 1920 – 192X maximum score. The highlight of his match was scoring 406 points out of a possible 480 on The Moving Target event, a remarkable achievement for a first time shooter.

Chedsey said the simulator was especially helpful in practicing the moving target event and the falling plate event. The moving target even features a target that travels left and right in front of the shooter at a speed of 10 feet per second. Shooters are required to “lead”, or aim ahead of the target, in order to compensate for the movement.

Ti Outdoors partnered with the NRA to recreate the national championship in a virtual environment, going so far as to incorporate satellite image scans of the shooting range where the competition is held each year. The simulated match features all four events in the actual Bianchi Cup, The Practical, The Barricade, The Moving Target, and The Falling Plates, all replicated in great detail in the simulator.

“The Hero software in the Ti system has a physics engine built into it, and automatically calculates the speed of the target, the speed of the bullet, and also the distance you are shooting from, and accurately simulates the different lead and aim points on The Moving Target event. Without the practice on the simulator I probably would have been lost at the match,” remarked Dylan.

Shooting the actual match with live guns and ammo was a different experience than practicing on a computer simulator. Standing on the shooting line in the actual event resulted in higher nerves and pressure than Chedsey had experienced shooting the simulator in the Ti offices, but practicing on the simulator provided the mental preparation and confidence in knowing what to expect once the targets appeared.

Chedsey plans on taking the lessons learned shooting the match to help improve how he approaches using the simulator for practice.

He plans to be back at the Bianchi Cup next year aiming to improve on his outstanding first year at the match.

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BFD. There are some Japanese shooters that only train with airsoft all year, come over and practice for a couple weeks before the match, then shoot the Bianchi Cup, Steel Challenge, and other matches. Some have even posted top 10 finishes with relatively very little time behind a real gun.


Kuddos to this guy. Just proves that the average person can do it.


That would be the average person who either has access to one of these systems, or who has at least $3,550 plus tax, etc. to spend for the system. That doesn’t include any accessories, like laser kits, recoil kits, etc. That doesn’t sound average to me.