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Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II Helps Capture Multiple Wins at K&M PRS Match

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Bushnell Pro Mark Cooper Uses XRS II to Win Tactical Division and Place 2nd Overall

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – June 2, 2020 – Bushnell congratulates Pro Shooter Mark Cooper for adding a new footnote in the Precision Rifle Series history book by becoming the first person in recent history to win the Tactical Division and place 2nd Overall at a National PRS Match. Using his Elite Tactical XRS II, Cooper was able to take home multiple wins at the recent K&M Precision Rifle Series and AG Cup Qualifier in Finger, Tennessee.

After dropping only 8 points across 12 stages on day one, Cooper entered the final day of the match in 20th place. Despite exceeding his initial expectations, Cooper knew that an even stronger performance would be needed to claim a top spot on the podium. He remained confident that his riflescope and gear could help get the job done.

“It might sound simple, but I went into the last day with one goal in mind – don’t miss,” said Cooper. “Throughout the match my XRS II was performing great, giving me crystal-clear views and helping deliver precise shots across a wide variety of distances. I knew that if I could stay focused that I was in a good position to have a strong finish.”

At the end of Sunday, Cooper had dropped only 4 points, bringing his grand total to 12 for the match. Once the last stage was completed, Cooper’s entire squad erupted with excitement, realizing what they had just witnessed. Cooper had ended the match with two wins, and a mere one point away from 1st Place Overall.

“It’s still hard for me to believe that I was able to have such a strong finish,” said Cooper. “Having had big wins in the past using my Elite Tactical scope, I knew anything was possible. Running the XRS II certainly helps with the added confidence as it has exceptional tracking, great glass, and unbeatable durability. These are core features any shooter needs competing in the PRS.”

After a longer than normal return to competition, Cooper entered the K&M match having recorded his first win of the season at the Accuracy International Long Range Classic back in February. At the A.I. USA Pro Series Match, Cooper took home 1st place in the Tactical Division again using his Bushnell Elite Tactical riflescope.

Next up for Cooper is the Pigg River Precision Regional PRS Match in Rocky Mountain, Virginia on June 5th.

For more information on the Elite Tactical riflescopes go to www.bushnell.com/products/riflescopes/collections/elite-tactical.

Julie Golob, Modern Day Wonder Woman, Joins the “It’s Federal Season” Podcast

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – May 14, 2020 – She sets shooting records.  She has served the United States.  She is on the front lines of protecting your 2nd Amendment rights.  And that’s only half of the hats Julie Golob wears.  Find out how she balances all her duties and the Federal products she uses and trusts on this episode of “It’s Federal Season.”   

Episode No. 8 – Modern Day Wonder Woman


“I find Julie to be one of the most positive voices and leaders in the hunting and shooting industry,” says Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal Ammunition.  “Her passion for our industry is only surpassed by the energy she spends to improve people’s skills and knowledge about guns, ammunition, and proper technique.”  This half hour is packed with her life story, influences, her accomplishments, and thoughts on how to maximize a day at the range as well as the importance of our 2nd Amendment rights.  It is one of the best half hours of content found on any medium.

In the Tech Talk segment, Julie Golob stays on for a personal defense discussion with topics ranging from testing your CCW gear at home during the COVID-19 crisis to products she relies on and trusts in her guns.  Before signing off, find out what promotions are available for consumers to buy Federal products and merchandise.  Look for more episodes at www.federalpremium.com or where you find your favorite podcasts.     

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.

Colt Signs Sisters Jalise Williams and Justine Williams to Team Colt

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

WEST HARTFORD, CONN., (April 7, 2020) — Colt’s Manufacturing Company (“Colt”) proudly announces the addition of two members to its professional shooting team – Jalise Williams and Justine Williams. The Utah-based sisters join Team Captain Mark Redl and Wyatt Gibson on Team Colt. Jalise and Justine bring exceptional young talent to the sport and will represent Colt at shooting competitions and industry events.

Jalise Williams, 17, competes in USPSA, IPSC, 3-Gun, and Steel Challenge. She became the youngest Single Stack Lady National Champion in USPSA history at the age of 15 and holds more than 100 titles. Her 2019 titles include:

– Limited Lady National Champion

– Single Stack Lady National Champion

– L-10 Lady National Champion

– L-10 A-Class National Champion

– IPSC Classic Lady National Champion

“My whole world revolves around my love for the shooting sports,” said Jalise Williams. “Colt is a legendary company and I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to represent the brand. I am beyond excited to be a part of Team Colt.”

Justine Williams, 15, has competed in a variety of shooting disciplines for six years. At age 13 she became the youngest-ever Production Grandmaster and at age 15 earned the PCC Grandmaster title. Justine is the first and only female to become a two-time USPSA Grandmaster.

On joining Team Colt, Justine says, “Having Colt gear that I trust 100% will allow me to focus on the road to winning. Colt is not just a name; it is a legacy of American-made, quality firearms.”

Justine won five national titles in 2019:

– USPSA High Lady in the Open, Carry Optics, and Productions Divisions

– USPSA High Junior National Production Champion

– IPSC High Lady Production Division

Jalise Williams recently took home the High Lady and High Junior titles at the Western States Single Stack Championship. Justine Williams recently shot the Mesquite Mayhem Steel Challenge Match, taking home the 1st Overall Match title and 1st Overall PCC title. Both women continue into 2020 with full competition schedules, including Safariland Single Stack Classic Nationals, IPSC Nationals, and IPSC World Shoot XIX in Pattaya, Thailand.


Shell Shock Technologies Signs Jon Eichten as Newest Sponsored Shooter

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Shell Shock Technologies will be supplying Eichten with its NAS3 cases for his competitions during 2020.

Westport, Conn. (March 2020) – Shell Shock Technologies, LLC., an early-stage technology, and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry, is pleased to announce it has signed Jon Eichten as its newest sponsored shooter. Shell Shock Technologies will be supplying Eichten with its NAS3 cases for his competitions in 2020.

“I feel that Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3 cases will become the standard for competitive shooting, especially for Open Major shooters. My goal as one of its newest sponsored shooters is to help grow the brand and spread the word about the great benefits of its NAS3 cases,” commented Eichten.

Eichten began shooting IDPA in 2016 and USPSA in 2017. With a goal to make the next World Shoot Team and place within the Top 20 at Nationals in 2020, Eichten has dedicated himself to the sport of competitive shooting. He can be seen competing next at the 2020 Low Country Battle at the Beach, to be held at the Low Country Preserve in Tabor City, North Carolina, from April 23 – 25, 2020. 

About Shell Shock Technologies NAS3 Cases:

NAS3 9mm cases are 50 percent lighter than brass cases, offer greater lubricity and will not abrade, clog, foul, wear-out or damage breach and ejector mechanisms. The cases offer greater corrosion resistance, tensile strength (2x stronger) and elasticity than brass. NAS3 cases will not split, chip, crack or grow (stretch) and are fully reloadable (using S3 Reload dies) and can be reloaded many more times than brass cases. NAS3 cases have been tested successfully by customers to pressures over 70k psi. NAS3 cases can be picked up with a magnet. The head can be colored for branding purposes and easy load identification.

NAS3 is “Best in Class” for maintaining consistent velocity between rounds. In an independent test performed by H.P. White Laboratory (a major munitions testing facility), rounds fired using NAS3 cases achieved a velocity standard deviation of 0.093 FPS (124-grain FMJ bullet, 4.2 grains Titegroup powder, 10 rounds, extreme variation 3fps).

To learn more about Shell Shock’s revolutionary technology, visit www.shellshocktech.com.

Team Bushnell Delivers Top Finishes at A.I. USA Pro Series PRS Match

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Pro Shooter Mark Cooper Wins Tactical Division

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – Team Bushnell delivered a strong showing at the recent Accuracy International Long Range Classic, earning multiple top place finishes. During the fifth PRS Pro Series competition of the season, Bushnell Pro Shooter Mark Cooper earned First Place in the Tactical Division while teammate Bryan Sikes finished the match in 9th place overall.

Held at the Altus Shooting Solutions range in Baker, Florida, the A.I Long Range Classic challenged competitors with 20 courses of fire designed to push each shooter and their equipment to the limits. The challenge of making long-distance impacts from a variety of shooting positions, all while under the clock, provided the field of 134 shooters with two days of hard-fought competition.

 Competing in the Tactical Division with his Elite Tactical XRS II, Cooper was able to maintain a lead throughout the match, winning the division by 28 points. His first major win of the 2020 season, Cooper was very pleased with his performance.

 “The A.I. match is a kickoff to the new season and this year I decided to focus my energy on competing in the Tactical Division for the first time,” said Cooper. “Altus is known for its first-class facility and challenging courses of fire so I knew that it would be a close match. Without my XRS II, I don’t think my top finish would have been possible. Its crystal-clear glass paired with the G3 reticle made locating and engaging multiple targets possible, all under a 90 second par time. In my opinion, Elite Tactical riflescopes win hands down every time.”

 In the Open Division, fellow Bushnell teammate and RCBS/Champion sponsored shooter Bryan Sikes finished the match in 9th place overall. Sikes was only 15 points behind the overall champion and relied on the Elite Tactical DMR II Pro to see him through the competition.

“Altus is one of those places that I look forward to competing at every year,” said Sikes. “Difficult stages, a great group of competitors and hundreds of rounds of fun. I’m very pleased with my finish even though you always wish you would have had a few more impacts. But overall, a solid match made even better by great glass. Looking forward to next one.”

For more information on the Elite Tactical riflescopes go to www.bushnell.com/products/riflescopes/collections/elite-tactical.

Federal Sponsored Shooters Earn Spots to Represent the US in Tokyo

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – March 10, 2020 – Federal Ammunition sponsored shooters Kayle Browning and Vincent Hancock will chase Olympic glory in the shotgun sports at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.  Kayle Browning will be one of the women trap shooters to represent the U.S. and Vincent Hancock will make up half of the men’s skeet team.

Browning recently won her division at the two-stage U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun which wrapped up on Monday March 2 in Tucson, Arizona. “I started competing in sporting clays when I was 8 years old. My dad, Tommy Browning, was a competitive shooter. He got me into it,” said Kayle. “It’s been a crazy ride!”

A 2012 Olympic alternate, Browning did all she could to finally secure her Olympic debut in 2020. She secured an Olympic quota for the U.S., then led after the first stage of trials and finally sealed the deal with a great finish. The 27-year-old from Wooster, Arkansas, is coming off top-13 finishes in the last two world championships.

“We are excited for Kayle,” said Federal Marketing Director Jason Nash. “Her skills have already racked up a long resume of accomplishments, including two Pan American medals, a 2018 World Cup bronze medal, 2017 World Cup silver medal, 2016 National Championships silver medal and much more. We know she will do an excellent job representing the U.S. this summer in Tokyo.”

Vincent Hancock will chase his third Olympic title in Tokyo after winning golds in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.  The four-time World Champion won the qualifying skeet trials on Sunday, March 8 in Tucson, Arizona. “It’s a big relief,” said Hancock. “I’ve put a lot of effort into being here and being at the top of my game at the right time.” 

“Federal couldn’t be prouder of these competitors,” said Nash.  “Vincent has been a wonderful example of dedication to hard work, determination, and a desire to reach the top of the podium again and we are anxious to follow him through the rest of his journey.”  

Federal is the official shotshell ammunition sponsor and supplier of USA Shooting, a non-profit organization that promotes the shooting sports and prepares American athletes to bring home Olympic gold. Learn more about USA Shooting and Kayle Browning at: www.usashooting.org.

The USA Shooting logo is also proudly displayed on boxes of Federal Premium Gold Medal Grand. 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.

New Team Savage Shooter Wins Production Division PRS Match with the Elite Precision

Friday, February 14th, 2020

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – February 13, 2020 – Scott Satterlee, the newest addition to the Savage Arms shooting team, has taken the top spot in the Best of Texas Production Class Precision Rifle Series match held February 8 and 9 in Navasota, Texas. Satterlee won the top spot with his Model 110 Elite Precision.

“Savage and MDT have developed a winning platform with the 110 Elite Precision,” Satterlee said. “I’m thrilled with my results with the rifle, and proud to be a part of Team Savage.”

Satterlee shot the match with a stock 110 Elite Precision in 6.5 Creedmoor. He used Prime Ammo, a Nightforce NX8 2.5-20 with an XT reticle, Nightforce Rings, and an LRA Send-it Level. He added an MDT internal weight kit, four external weights, an MDT muzzle brake, an OBi grip, and a Ckye-pod. He shot from Wiebad support bags.

“Master Sergeant Satterlee’s win is a testament to his skills and the potential of the 110 Elite Precision,” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing for Savage Arms. “At Savage, we’re committed to combining the latest innovations with the best materials to provide shooters with exceptional tools that make the most of their abilities.”


Team Bushnell Finishes Season Strong at 2019 Australasia Championship

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Pro Shooter KC Eusebio Places 1st Overall in Production Optics Light Division

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – December 17, 2019 – Team Bushnell shooters put an exclamation mark on the end of the 2019 season, bringing home top place finishes at the 2019 IPSC Australasia Handgun Championship. Competing overseas in the last match of the season, team members KC Eusebio and Jessie Harrison traveled to Lipa City, Batangas, where they tested their shooting skills against a field of over a thousand competitors from the around the world. In the end, Eusebio finished 1st Overall in the Production Optics Light Division while fellow teammate Harrison placed 3rd Overall in the Ladies Open Division, both using the Bushnell First Strike 2.0.

Held every three years, the 2019 Australasia Championship featured four days of competition across 24 unique stages of fire. Rated as Level 4 match due to its high degree of difficulty and number of stages, this year’s championship was considered by many to be one of the most challenging international competitions outside of the World Shooting Championship.

Eusebio, who competed in and won during his last trip to the Australasia Championship in 2013, agreed that this year’s match was one of the toughest matches he’s participated in during his 24 years of competitive shooting.

“While this was one of the best international matches that I’ve competed in, the degree of difficulty each stage presented combined with the physical exhaustion that you experience with multiple days of intercontinental travel, it certainly pushed me to the limits,” said Eusebio. “Despite those challenges, I was very pleased with how I performed as it’s always a special feeling to claim another Australasia Handgun Championship title.”

A hometown favorite, Eusbeio especially enjoyed the reception he received from the local spectators. “The Filipino culture is extremely gun friendly,” commented Eusebio. “This match certainly had a hometown feel to me and it means a lot that I was able to perform at such a high level on a world stage.”

Competing in the Production Optics Light Division with his Bushnell First Strike 2.0, Eusebio outpaced the field of competitors, utilizing the red dot to gain a competitive edge against an array of over 50 moving targets and other staged obstacles.

Meanwhile, teammate and Hoppe’s pro shooter Jessie Harrison also utilized the FS2 to bring home a bronze medal in the Ladies Open Division. Competing in the Australasia Championship for the first time, Harrison had nothing but compliments on the match.

“From the breathtaking opening ceremonies to the extremely accommodating ROs and match staff, this is certainly a match that I intend to shoot again,” said Harrison. “Enough can’t be said about all the individual efforts that went into hosting a match of this magnitude. It was in a way southern hospitality at its finest and I can’t wait to come back in 2022.”

For more information on Eusebio and Harrison, visit their fan pages at kceusebio.net and at www.facebook.com/jessielharrison.

For more information on the Bushnell First Strike 2.0, go to www.bushnell.com/products/red-dots/ar-optics/ar-optics-red-dot-first-strike-2-0-reflex-sight.