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At Federal Premium®, we know the shooting sports are about more than just hitting your target. They're built on the experiences, knowledge and personalities that bind hunters and shooters together.
Trapshooting hall-of-famer Ray Stafford has smoked countless targets under pressure since he started shooting competitively in 1965. Along the way, he’s racked up a stellar string of victories in state, regional and world championships. He shares the seven secrets he’s learned along the way.
Shooting sports are riding a rising tide of popularity in the United States. While a number of forces help Americans rediscover and reconnect with their firearms heritage—including a long list of corporate and organizational allies—the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program remains one of the largest and longest running gateways to a variety of shooting disciplines.
A coalition of shooting sports companies including Federal Premium Ammunition is supporting the Kids & Clays Foundation’s mission to help critically ill children and their families win the fight of their lives against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Legions of shooters look to this YouTube firearms reviewer for straightforward advice on guns. While many of his videos assess the merits and performance of specific firearms, he’s also an accomplished marksman—with a full chamber of tricks for putting more rounds on target.
Practice is a surefire way to sharpen your shooting skills, whether you’re gunning for increased speed and accuracy with a modern sporting rifle or looking to improve your game in 3-gun competition. Since most shooters don’t enjoy the luxury of unlimited ammunition and range time, Federal Premium partner Patrick Kelley offers a three-step plan for high-efficiency practice.
Whether you’re competing at the range, hunting big game or fighting for your life, a nasty combination of stress, adrenaline, fear and other factors can make even the most practiced shooters miss the mark at the moment of truth. Shooting star and Federal Premium brand ambassador Julie Golob seals the deal with a proven four-step plan of attack that ensures her end game doesn’t unravel when the chips are down.
As shooting sports ambassadors go, Federal Premium’s Faith and Jenna Collier are some of the youngest guns around. But the straight-shooting sisters from Austin, Texas, are quickly making their mark on the sport as they explore the exciting realm of steel and multi-gun rimfire competition.
Dakota Overland is a perfect ambassador for the shooting sports among youths across the nation. Engaging and polite, the Minnesota teen and Federal Premium-sponsored shooter is an avid hunter and ambitious competitor who regularly participates in United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) pistol matches, 3-gun matches, and shooting with her High School Clay Target Trap team.
Andy Folk was just 4 years old when he squeezed his first trigger. Today he is a familiar face on the Precision Rifle Series, co-founder of “The FIRM” shooting team, and a respected gun-maker with a reputation for crafting tack-driving shooting platforms capable of consistently crushing targets more than 10 football fields downrange.
Todd Jarrett has been carrying a gun since he was six years old and went hunting with his father near Hopewell, Virginia. But this champion shooter didn’t take up the handgun shooting that would make him famous until he was 19. Practice paid off. Jarrett won his first national championship in 1991 and he’s won 13 more since, plus four world championships. And he wants to help you shoot better.
Mallory Stanton has been a force in trapshooting for more than a decade, and the tireless competitor shows no signs of slowing down. The Dearborn, Michigan, native has racked up an impressive record of top finishes in state, regional and national Amateur Trapshooting Association events going back to 2003. Yet by her own admission, she’s not even halfway to her ultimate goal—and is also pushing herself to excel in other shooting disciplines as well.
School-sanctioned programs aimed at steering students toward the shooting sports are gaining ground in districts across the United States. The USA High School Clay Target League expanded to 11 states in 2016, including Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In all, it reaches 13,000 students and 446 high school teams guided by more than 3,000 coaches and volunteers.
It’s easy to understand why 3-gun is one of the most popular competitive shooting sports. Participants dash through complex courses, shooting targets from different positions and transitioning between a rifle, handgun and shotgun. There’s no better guy to tell you how to break into the sport than Taran Butler. He has a long list of championship wins in 3-gun and other shooting competitions, and when he’s not doing that he trains shooters in his style of high-speed firearm manipulation, with clientele such as big screen actors and directors.
YouTube shooting sensation 22plinkster is a familiar face to fans around the world. His collection of more than 270 videos featuring rimfire trick shots and other entertaining shooting demonstrations has to date attracted 304,000 subscribers and garnered more than 30 million views. Yet few of even his most loyal followers know the full backstory behind one of the Internet’s most popular and prolific firearms personalities.
At an age when many young guns are still figuring out their direction, Federal Premium’s Casey Reed has his sights firmly on target.
As a variety of forces seek to divide and conquer American gun owners, rising star Colion Noir is fast becoming a unifying voice in the fight for our freedom. Noir, 31, hosts the National Rifle Association’s popular webshow “NOIR.” He’s also an “NRA News” commentator, YouTube sensation, practicing attorney, avid shooter and avowed defender of the Second Amendment.
While many successful business ventures hinge on a carefully crafted plan of attack filled with branding messages and clever positioning, popular YouTube firearms reviewer Hickok45 rose to online fame on the wings of a humble, down-home personality and trustworthy advice on guns. Launched in 2007, his gun channel now contains more than 1,200 videos. It has drawn nearly 2 million loyal subscribers and yielded more than 500 million views.
When Traci Humphrey first arrived at the NRA Whittington Center’s Adventure Camp in 2011, she was a shy 15-year-old hoping for a chance to hone her trapshooting skills. What she experienced, however, not only exceeded her expectations, it literally changed her life. “It was so much more,” Humph rey, of Mount Airy, Maryland, says of her first season as a camper. Now 19 and a college freshman, she recalls being surprised at the variety of shooting opportunities available, along with a host of other activities.
With range time limited for most shooters, making the most of that time is critical. Shooting champion Julie Golob knows how to move the needle. A decorated U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit veteran and one of the world’s most successful competitive shooters with more than 120 major victories under her belt, she knows plenty about practice. But her busy life as a professional shooter, popular author, media personality and mother of two has also taught her much about making every second count.
Wingshooting can be an incredibly satisfying or supremely frustrating experience, depending on how well you’re connecting with your targets. To boost your odds of connecting with every pull of the trigger, we enlisted world champion trapshooter Rick Marshall, Jr. The incredibly consistent hall-of-famer and veteran shooting instructor offers the following tips to take your wingshooting to the next level.
Honorary Historian David "Doc" Frederickson has spent more than four decades collecting packaging and memorabilia for Federal Premium®, leaving a lasting mark on the company.