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Rob Leatham Wins with Atlanta Arms Ammo at the 2020 Single Stack Nationals

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

[ Covington, Georgia — September 17, 2020 ]
Atlanta Arms is proud to announce another prestigious win with our Elite line of ammunition at the 2020 Safariland / USPSA Single Stack Classic held in Talladega, AL. Rob claimed the National Championship in both the Single Stack Classic and Single Stack Classic Senior using Atlanta Arms’ .40 S&W Elite 200 Grain Long Major, a major power factor round that consistently produces sub-2-inch grouping at 50 yards.


Photo Credit: Scott Carnahan

“I’ve found that in order to shoot my best and be competitive at the upper levels, I cannot leave anything to chance. Nor use anything but the absolute best products. Ammunition is a huge factor in this and I am certain much of my success is due to my use of Atlanta Arms’ ammo. Consistency of velocity, the highest level of accuracy, and the absolute lowest recoil possible can only be achieved through non-stop testing, endless experimentation, and rigorous quality control. When I win, it is because I have better equipment than the next guy. Atlanta Arms ammunition is a key ingredient and gives me the edge I need to perform at my best. ” – Rob Leatham

Learn more about Rob Leatham at www.robleatham.com

Team SIG Captain Max Michel Becomes the First Carry-Optics Division Shooter to Take the “Overall Champion” Title at USPSA Area Championship

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (September 16, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain and professional shooter Max Michel for achieving a remarkable career first, and professional shooting sports first, by becoming the first ever Carry-Optics Division competitor to take the Overall Championship title at the recent 2020 USPS Area 5 Championship.

“A huge congratulations to Max Michel on his multiple wins as the Overall and Carry Optics champion at this year’s Area 5 Championship,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, “It is truly a monumental achievement for Max to come away from a competition of this level, especially against the Open Division pistols that are specifically built and tuned to win these major matches, with the Overall title.  We are extremely proud of Max for this never-before-done accomplishment, and once again he’s raised the bar for the competition which really is a true testament to his dedication and training as a professional shooter.”

To take the Overall and Carry Optics titles at the USPSA 2020 Area 5 Championship Max competed against 244 competitors through twelve stages.  For competition Max used his P320 XFIVE LEGION with a ROMEO3MAX red dot sight and SIG 147 grain Match Elite 9mm Competition Ammunition.

“It has been a unique year for competitive shooting, and due to the COVID restrictions and limited match schedule I was able to really focus on my training and it’s paying off.  This achievement is also a credit to both the quality and accuracy of my SIG equipment that continues to run flawlessly and outperformed all the competitors at the Area 5 Championship, including those in the Open Pistol Division,” said Michel. “Throughout my professional shooting career I have earned several National and World Championships, and set World Speed Shooting and Guinness World Records, but taking the Overall title in an Area Championship against the competition I faced at this match, across all divisions, was both unique and special, and I am proud and honored to have done it on behalf of Team SIG.”

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO3MAX red dot sight developed and used by Team SIG Captain and Professional Shooter Max Michel and SIG 147 grain Match Elite 9mm competition ammunition can be purchased online at sigsauer.com/store or retailers everywhere.

The 2020 USPSA Area 5 Championship was hosted by the Blue Grass Sportsmen’s League in Wilmore, Kentucky on September 13, 2020.

Team SIG Captain Max Michel Takes Home a First Place Finish at the USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (August 25, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain and professional shooter Max Michel for his first-place finish in the Carry Optics Division at the USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals.

“After the unanticipated disruption of the competitive shooting schedule for 2020, it’s great to see that Max has dived back in, hasn’t missed a beat, and continues to dominate carry optics competition,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.  “Max’s sustained success and winning record with the SIG SAUER P320 XFIVE LEGION and ROMEO3MAX red dot sight continues to provide validation that this setup is a winning combination.”

To take his Carry Optics titles at the USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals, Max competed against 79 competitors through eight stages.  For competition, Max used his P320 XFIVE LEGION with a ROMEO3MAX red dot sight and SIG 147 grain Match Elite 9mm Competition Ammunition. 

“This year’s Alabama Sectionals was a challenging match and the competition came prepared to compete at the highest level.  Each stage really tested my training with covered targets and targets placed at much farther distances than you normally see in competition,” said Michel.  “My SIG equipment, including my ROMEO3MAX and P320 XFIVE LEGION, gave me the edge I needed to navigate these complicated stages to take home the win for Team SIG.”

The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO3MAX red dot sight developed and used by Team SIG Captain and Professional Shooter Max Michel and SIG 147 grain Match Elite 9mm competition ammunition can be purchased online at sigsauer.com/store or retailers everywhere.

The USPSA 2020 Alabama Sectionals was held at CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, August 15-16, 2020.

Bushnell Pro KC Eusebio Wins Double Tap Championship with First Strike 2.0

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – August 19, 2020 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, congratulates KC Eusebio on his first-place overall finish at the 2020 Double Tap Championship held at the Double Tap Ranch in Iowa Park, Texas.

Eusebio, who is no stranger to standing atop the leader board with his Bushnell First Strike 2.0 Reflex, noted that his preferred red-dot sight gave him a competitive advantage in Open Division.

“This was a great competition with fast-paced stages,” said Eusebio. “Shooting a red dot optic changes the playing field in your favor. You’re faster, more accurate and more confident in your marksmanship. The First Strike 2.0 has been my choice of optic for the past two years and I absolutely love it.”

Featuring a massive objective lens, the First Strike 2.0 is extremely versatile and lets users quickly find their target. It includes a Picatinny mount with high and low rise, and is at home on both shotguns and flat-top MSRs. It can also be fitted to customized Open Class pistols. It features an industry-leading battery life that lasts up to 50,000 hours, with tool-less side compartment battery removal and a bright 3-MOA dot.

The Double Tap Championship is a U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) nationally sanctioned pistol match that draws more than 200 competitors from all over the world.

Eusebio is a professional pistol shooter with multiple world and national championships. For more information on his competitive record and other accomplishments, visit www.kceusebio.net.

For additional information on Bushnell red dot sights, visit https://www.bushnell.com/red-dots/shop-all-red-dots/.

Jessie Harrison Counts on Bushnell, Hoppe’s to Win Ladies Open at USPSA Area 3 Championship

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – August 19, 2020 – Bushnell® and Hoppe’s® team shooter Jessie Harrison continued her dominance in the competitive shooting sports at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 3 Championship held in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Harrison took first place in the Ladies Open Division shooting Bushnell’s First Strike 2.0 Reflex Sight. In addition, Harrison placed sixteenth overall in the Open competition.

“Area 3 is one of my favorite matches to shoot because you’ll see stages here unlike anywhere else,” Harrison said. “They put a lot of creative thought and effort into designing a match that will not only challenge shooters but give them a fun experience at the same time.”

Harrison calls the First Strike 2.0 “the perfect optic for the Open Division, allowing me to see a clear, crisp dot and giving me the flexibility to adjust it as match conditions change.”

Featuring a massive objective lens, the First Strike 2.0 is extremely versatile and allows users to quickly find their targets. It includes a Picatinny mount with high and low rise, and is at home on both shotguns and flat-top MSRs. It can also be fitted to customized Open Class pistols. It features an industry-leading battery life that lasts up to 50,000 hours, with tool-less side compartment battery removal and a bright 3-MOA dot.

Hoppe’s also played a key role in Harrison’s winning performance. “Before a match I always give my gun a full cleaning, using Hoppe’s Black cleaning line,” she explained. “This gives me a chance to inspect and make sure everything is in working order and I love the feel of a clean crisp gun on match day!”

Hoppe’s Black is a high-performance line of cleaners and lubes designed specifically for the needs of modern shooters. The formulations in the Hoppe’s Black line deliver maximum performance in high-round count, gas-operated firearms such as pistols and modern sporting rifles.

Harrison is the first female shooter to achieve Grand Master status with the USPSA and boasts an impressive list of accolades across five shooting disciplines, including multiple World and National Champion shooting titles. Among these are the prestigious Bianchi Cup and the World Speed Shooting Championships. For more information on Harrison, check out her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/jessielharrison.

To learn more about Hoppe’s, visit the website at www.hoppes.com. For more information on Bushnell red dot sights, visit www.bushnell.com/red-dots/shop-all-red-dots.

Champion Awards 2020 Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarships

Sunday, August 16th, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – August 5, 2020 – Champion Traps & Targets, maker of interactive and challenging target systems and trusted eye and ear protection, has awarded 2020 Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarships to two 4-H student ambassadors: Cecelia Ossi of New Jersey and Thomas Singleton of Louisiana.

The scholarship program was created to honor legendary exhibition shooter Tom Knapp, who passed away in April 2013. Champion teamed with the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee to create the Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarship in his name. Knapp was a long-time ambassador for both Champion and Federal Premium Ammunition, and was included in licensed products from Champion. With the support of Knapp’s wife, Colleen, Champion extended his licensed products program to fund an endowed scholarship that awards $2,500 each to two National 4-H Ambassadors per year.

“Federal and Champion Targets have been long-time supporters of the National 4-H Shooting Sports and seeing the bright future of the next generation of shooting sports enthusiasts is always a highlight,” said Jason Slinkard, Director of Shooting Accessories for Vista Outdoor. “These applicants for the Tom Knapp Memorial Scholarship will continue to represent the shooting sports industry, sharing a powerful message of leadership and new life skills as they head off to college.”

“Cecelia and Thomas are true leaders in the youth shooting sports arena and Federal is proud of their accomplishments with the National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador program,” added Jon Zinnel, Conservation and Youth Shooting Sports Program Manager for Federal and CCI Ammunition. “Seeing leaders graduating from the 4-H Ambassador Training reinforces the fact that our industry is strong and in good hands that are building future generations of shooting sports enthusiasts.”

Applicants for the scholarship are required to be 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassadors with a 3.0 or higher GPA, and enrolled in an accredited college or university.

www.championtarget.com

NSSF and USA Join Forces to Mentor New Hunters and Shooters

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Spring Hill, Tenn. — Today, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) kicked off a mentor reward program to encourage union members to mentor 1,000 newcomers in hunting, target shooting or firearms safety in 2020. 

Through its Hunting Heritage Trust, NSSF awarded the USA a $20,000 grant to implement the recruitment campaign, backed by NSSF’s +ONE Movement messaging, that motivates labor union members to share their knowledge and passion for these activities with someone new this year.

“We are excited about the projects funded by this year’s Hunting Heritage Trust Grant Program and are very much looking forward to working with the great team at the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance on recruitment efforts using the +ONE initiative,” said Jim Curcuruto, NSSF director of research and market development.

The agreement builds on the success of past partnerships between the two organizations. The 2020 mentoring program is modeled after the successful USA-NSSF Mentoring Rewarded Partnership of 2018, which introduced 1,500 youth and adults to the joys of hunting and shooting.

This year, the USA teamed up with Remington, Thorogood, Carhartt and Buck Knives to provide participating mentors the opportunity to win additional prizes. By posting their mentorship photos on the USA’s Facebook page, mentors encourage others to recruit new hunters and shooters while getting entered for chances to win a $100 Carhartt gift card, Thorogood boots, a Remington 870 shotgun and Buck Open Season Skinner for themselves and their mentees. A winner for each prize will be drawn at the end of the campaign.

“We are always honored to join forces with a great partner like NSSF—with whom we share so many values and goals,” said Scott Vance, USA CEO and executive director. “Our partnership with NSSF helps the USA expand our impact as we harness the passion, power and skills of labor union volunteers to impact the future of our outdoor heritage in communities across the country.”

Competition Season Continuing Strong for Federal Ambassador Dakota Overland and Team Federal

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 6, 2020 – Federal brand ambassador and competitive shooter Dakota Overland takes home the Ladies Division title at the recent 2020 Magpul Governor’s Match in Cody, Wyoming. The teenager bested 15 other female competitors in that Division and finished 13th overall at the event.

“It was always a goal of mine to win the Ladies Division, plus perform well overall. I was happy to have done both. The most challenging part of this match was the requirement to use a Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC). That type of rifle is not a gun I typically use or practice with. There was a bit of an adjustment and relearning curve with it,” reported Overland. “However, Federal Syntech PCC 130-grain 9mm ammo is specifically designed for the PCC platform. I knew it would eliminate potential problems with running the firearm. It honestly helped my comfort level at this match.” 

In addition to shooting the Syntech PCC ammunition, Overland used Gold Medal Grand shotshells, American Eagle Rifle 55-grain 223 Rem., and Gold Medal Rifle 69-grain .223 Rem during the match and her practice sessions.

“This match was quite large. I saw many people observing, who want to try out the sport,” said Overland. “I want all those to know that competitive shooters love getting new people involved. If you’re looking to get into the sport, come and watch a local match! You can meet people and get started on the right path for gear and knowing what to expect.”

Also, during this match, several Team Federal sponsored shooters had top-15 finishes. Sean Burrows placed 8th in the 2×4 Optics Division. Tucker Schmidt placed 8th in the Open Division. Jake Latola placed 11th in the Optics Division.

“We congratulate Dakota and all members on Team Federal for a great match and representing Federal in such a big way,” said Federal Senior Manager of Marketing Brian Anderson. “Their enthusiasm and passion for the brand speaks volumes.”

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.