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Since 1922, Federal Premium® Ammunition has been providing hunters and shooters with high-quality shotshell, centerfire and rimfire ammunition.

Federal Premium® Ammunition

The Ammunition Industry's Technology Leader
At Federal Premium®, we believe certain moments are worth a Premium®. From our humble beginnings nestled among the lakes and woods of Minnesota, Federal Premium Ammunition has evolved into one of the world's major producers of sporting ammunition. Beginning in 1922, our founding president, Charles L. Horn, paved the way for our success. Today, we carry on Horn's vision for quality products and service with the next generation of outdoorsmen and women. With our CEO Mark W. DeYoung at the helm, we maintain our position as experts in the science of ammunition production.

Every day we manufacture products to enhance our customers' shooting experience while partnering with the conservation organizations that protect and support our outdoor heritage. We offer thousands of options in our Premium and standard lines–it's what makes us the most complete ammunition company in the business and provides our customers with a choice no matter what their pursuit.

Fast Facts:
• Federal® headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota
• Manufactures a complete line of shotshell, centerfire and rimfire ammunition and components
• Pioneered the Premium® category of ammunition
• Part of the world's leading ammunition manufacturer, Vista Outdoor Sporting.
• Nearly 1,400 employees work at the Anoka, Minnesota facility
• The facility is located on 175 acres in Anoka County and spans the border of Anoka and Coon Rapids with half a million square feet of manufacturing space
• Federal Premium® Ammunition is the company's flagship brand and focuses its competitive advantage on cutting edge technology
• As an active business in the local community, Federal Premium has been responsible for abundant employment opportunities and community involvement throughout its history

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1922

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Charles M. Horn founds Federal Cartridge Company.

1937

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Federal and wildlife conservationists encourage Congress to pass the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. The self-imposed excise tax on ammunition and firearms has raised billions of dollars to help conserve and enhance wildlife habitat.

1941

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A shortage of purple dye during World War II forces Federal to switch to red shotgun hulls.

1951

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Federal begins producing centerfire primers for commercial sale.

1960

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Federal begins color coding hulls by gauge, beginning the industry standard process of doing so.

1973

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Federal becomes the first ammunition manufacturer to build steel shotgun shells.

1977

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Premium® centerfire rifle loads are introduced.

1984

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Federal partners with the National Wild Turkey Federation and Pheasants Forever.

1989

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Federal introduces Hydra•Shok® handgun loads, earning the company national recognition among law enforcement agencies and setting the standard in Personal Defense® ammunition.

1996

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Gold Medal® shotshell loads help Team USA win three Olympic medals.

1996

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Federal unveils Personal Defense® line of ammunition.

2002

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Federal rebrands, becoming known as "Federal Premium® Ammunition."

2005

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The 338 Federal becomes the first rifle cartridge to carry the Federal name.

2007

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Federal Premium uses its FLITECONTROL® wad to develop the Black Cloud® line of waterfowl ammunition.

2008

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Federal Premium introduces Trophy Bonded® Tip rifle ammunition.

2008

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In cooperation with Ruger, Federal Premium develops the 327 Federal Magnum handgun cartridge.

2009

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Federal Premium improves the trusted Trophy Bonded® Bear Claw® and Trophy Bonded® Sledgehammer® Solid, making them two of the most effective bullets for large and dangerous game.

2010

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Prairie Storm® FS Lead™ is introduced, changing the definition of performance on pheasants and other upland birds.

2011

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Federal Premium sets the new standard in home defense when it introduces Guard Dog®. The expanding full metal jacket bullet design provides all the necessary stopping power while minimizing penetration through interior walls

2011

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Federal Premium passes its first-ever ISO 9001-2008 audit. ISO certification helps guarantee product and quality systems.

2012

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Federal Premium celebrates its 90th anniversary.

2014

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Federal Premium sells its 40 millionth Pheasants Forever edition shotshell. A portion of the proceeds of every box sold goes to support the organization.

2015

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3rd Degree™ turkey loads are introduced, changing the way hunters gauge shotshell performance for turkeys.

Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has more than 30 well-recognized brands that provide consumers with a range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products in the ammunition, firearms and outdoor accessories categories. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 10 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada along with international sales and sourcing operations in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

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