Federal Premium Signs Champion Shooter Julie Golob as Brand Ambassador

by Editor 31. October 2014 16:24
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Federal Premium® Ammunition is proud to announce it has partnered with champion shooter Julie Golob. The accomplished U.S. Army veteran will showcase Federal Premium as a sponsored shooter and serve as a brand ambassador.

“We’re excited and honored to welcome Julie to our team,” said Federal Premium Marketing Director Jason Nash. “Her background and accomplishments are impressive. She fits our brand perfectly and relates well to the next generation of shooters.”

Golob has won more than 120 championship titles in seven different action-shooting disciplines, making her one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world. The mother of two most recently returned to the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s World Handgun Championships. This competition marked her fifth World Shoot. Golob was the top American finisher in the ladies production pistol division, despite the fact she took a significant amount of time off from training and competing to be with her six and 18-month old daughters. Golob placed third and also helped Team USA take home a bronze medal.

She is also the author of “SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition.” The book serves as a valuable resource for current shooting-sports enthusiasts and is an excellent guide for newcomers.

Golob is also a proud veteran. She joined the U.S. Army’s Action Shooting Team in 1995, and was named its Female Athlete of the Year in 1999. Today, when she isn’t shooting competitively, she spends her time hunting and sharing recipes she has created using wild game.

“Julie loves to shoot and share her experiences in competition shooting, hunting and the outdoors,” Nash said. “She excels at encouraging others, especially women, to give these activities a try. We couldn’t be happier to have her on board to promote our products and the shooting sports.”

As part of the partnership, Golob will use Federal Premium ammunition in competition and on hunts. She will also wear the Federal Premium logo prominently on her competition shooting shirt and represent the brand in marketing materials.

For more on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.

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Federal Premium Sponsors 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship

by Editor 9. September 2014 08:24
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced that leading ammunition manufacturer Federal Premium will be returning as a major sponsor of the 2014 IDPA U.S. National Championship.

“For many IDPA members Federal Premium is the gold standard when it comes to both ammunition and components. We are very pleased to welcome them back as a gold level sponsor of this year’s U.S. Nationals,” said Robert Ray, membership and marketing director for IDPA.

Federal Premium joins joins ACADEMI, Blade-Tech, Brownells, Comp-Tac, CZ-USA, GLOCK, Harris Publications, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Nighthawk Custom, Ruger, Safariland, Smith & Wesson, Walther and Wilson Combat as a gold level sponsor of the championship which takes place September 9 thru 13 at the U.S. Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The match is expected to draw over 300 of the sport’s top shooters.

“We are honored once again to be a part of such a prestigious event. Partnership with an organization as large as the IDPA ensures future stewardship of responsible handgun ownership and competition,” said Federal Premium Shooting Promotions Manager Devon Harris.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the nearly 24,000 IDPA members competing each week, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Colt and EAR-East Sponsor IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 10. June 2012 09:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of IDPA's biggest championship events just got bigger thanks to the support of firearms industry icon Colt's Manufacturing Company and the hearing protection firm EAR-East, which according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association have both signed on as sponsors of this weekend's Carolina Cup.

Colt and EAR-East join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Panteao Productions, Precision Delta, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Colt and EAR-East will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match. The Carolina Cup takes place June 14-16 in Oxford, North Carolina with over 370 of IDPA's top competitors expected to attend.

“With the Carolina Cup just days away, excitement for the match is building,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “This year we'll have a record number of shooters competing and that's thanks to the great support we've received from the industry and companies like Colt and EAR-East.”

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will be held at The Range in Oxford, where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

A competitor slot to the Carolina Cup is one of the most highly sought after in the sport due to the match's reputation of providing one of the most challenging courses of fire. Stages are known for their creativity and how they test a shooter's entire skill set. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Countdown To The Cup: S&W Says Demo This

by Editor 8. June 2012 15:49
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In addition to being one of the major sponsors of the 2012 Carolina Cup, Smith & Wesson will also be hosting a demo bay during the match. If you're one of those attending this year's match, here's what you'll get to test drive over at the Smith & Wesson Demo Bay:

Smith & Wesson logo

The Smith & Wesson Demo Bay will be running from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day during the match. Mike Critser and Smith & Wesson's Jimmy Dalton will be on hand to assist shooters and answer any questions.

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IDPA Adds Panteao Productions And Precision Delta To Carolina Cup Sponsor List

by Editor 6. June 2012 12:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced the addition of Panteao Productions and Precision Delta to the growing list of sponsors of the upcoming Carolina Cup taking place June 14-16 in Oxford, N.C.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match, which is expected to draw over 370 of IDPA's top competitors.

“We're extremely fortunate to have the strong support of companies like Panteao Productions and Precision Delta whose generosity has helped make the Carolina Cup one of the largest and most popular competitions in IDPA,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

In addition to sponsoring the match, Panteao Productions will be represented in the competition by shooting team members Dave Harrington, team captain Tom Yost, and Bob Vogel, the Carolina Cup's defending Stock Service Pistol champion.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will be held at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging course of fire that creatively tests all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Federal Premium To Sponsor Smith & Wesson Side Match At IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 28. May 2012 19:58
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – As the popularity of the pistol shooting sports like IDPA continues to surge, more and more companies are playing an important role in the growth of competitive shooting matches around America. One of those companies is Federal Premium Ammunition which is helping to provide more shooting opportunities through their support of the upcoming Carolina Cup.

Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association announced that Federal Premium Ammunition has joined the growing list of sponsors for the 2012 Carolina Cup and will supply the ammunition for the Smith & Wesson side match which features the company's newest pistol, the M&P Shield.

Federal Premium Ammunition joins Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, and Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

“The list of Carolina Cup sponsors reads like a Who's Who of shooting sports industry leaders and we welcome the generous support of Federal Premium Ammunition, one of the shooting world's most respected ammunition brands,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will take place June 14-16 at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina. More than 370 of IDPA's top shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging courses of fire that creatively test all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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From Poland, With Kitty: Set-Up at 2012 IDPA Polish Championship

by Editor 18. May 2012 20:05
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The 2012 IDPA Polish Championship kicks off tomorrow morning and our man in Havana, or in this case our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, is on hand and sends back this breaking news report.

"Construction completed today for the match. SOs will shoot tomorrow and competitors on Sunday. So far, shooters from Italy, Lithuania, Austria and Finland have arrived in Olsztyn, Poland for the match. MD Ken Ortbach has 11 challenging stages in store for the shooters." - Kitty

Good luck to the staff and competitors. And keep those reports coming, Kitty.

ABOVE: Club MD Jacek Ostrzycki hangs banners for one of the many sponsors of the match, which include Federal Premium (obviously), 5.11 and Comp-Tac. BELOW: IDPA members Piotr Palasz (standing) and Tomasz Bajerowski finish construction on one of the match stages.

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53% Handload - 2011 IDPA World Shoot Ammo By The Numbers

by Editor 30. April 2012 12:35
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If "money is the mother's milk of politics" then certainly ammo is the mother's milk of competition. While Jesse Unruh's famous quote isn't an exact fit for the shooting sports, there's no denying that without ammo there wouldn't be much in the way of actual shooting in the sports.

When it comes to ammunition for competition there are two routes shooters can take. One is buy factory loaded ammunition and the other is to reload. It's difficult to say without a broader-based survey how many IDPA members reload, but the survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot (found on pages 26-33 in Vol. 15, Issue 4 of the Tactical Journal) give you a good idea of the possible trend among the sport's most active shooters where 53% handloaded and 47% opted for factory loads.

Though the survey didn't go into the various brands of factory ammunition shooters used at the World Shoot, it does shed light on the reloading habits of the competitors. When it comes to reloading, it's probably no surprise that Dillon Precision leads the pack with an overwhelming 88% of the shooters using one (or more) of their reloading presses. Hornady and RCBS trail with each accounting for 4% followed by Lee Precision with 3%.

Three brands make up 81% of powder used by those reloading at the World Shoot. Hodgdon brand powders led with nearly half of all reloaders (48%) choosing one of their powders. Vihtavuori powders account for 19% followed by Winchester powders with 14%. Accurate and Alliant powders accounted for another 8% each.

Similar to IDPA shooters' preference in powder brands, three brands of primers make up 95% of the primers used by competitors at the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. The top primer brand among the competitors reloading was Federal Premium with 42%. CCI primers were the primer of choice for 28% of competitors, followed by Winchester brand primers with 25%.

The component categories of brass and bullets saw the widest divergence of preference among competitors. No single brand of brass dominated the survey with 53% of all the competitors reloading reporting that they used a mixed variety of brass. Of those dedicated to a single brand of brass, Starline led with 14% followed closely by Winchester with 12%. Fiocchi was the only other brand with a significant percentage (7%) of the shooters. Ten other manufacturers account for the remaining 14% in the survey.

And finally....bullets. Survey respondents noted 44 different brands of bullets used in reloading, the largest selection of any category - even holsters - in the survey. Only two brands could claim a significant share of the reloading market at the World Shoot. One quarter of the shooters reloading (26%) went with Montana Gold Bullet as their bullet of choice. Berry's Manufacturing was the other major player in bullets with 17%. The remaining brands each pulled less than 10% of the shooters. Precision Bullets (8%), Precision Delta (6%), Zero Bullet Co. (5%), Rainier Ballistics (4%), and Bayou Bullets, Black Bullets Intl. and Hornady each with 3%.

 

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