Like fine wine, Doug Koenig keeps getting better with age.
Koenig, 43, formerly of Alburtis and today of Hamburg, just won his 15th Bianchi Cup ' far more than any professional shooter on the globe.
At the recent European Bianchi Cup handgun shooting tournament kept in Phillipsburg, Germany, Koenig shot the perfect score of 1920 and 182 center 'X' hits to win his fifth Euro Bianchi. That, after arriving late to Phillipsburg as a result of travel problems that forced him to shoot each event solo.
Aside from his custom 1911 pistol that's topped with a Leupold scope, Koenig used hand loaded 110 grain, JHP/XTP 38 Special Hornady ammo. Said Koenig in the Hornady announcement, 'I require the best, most accurate ammo and Hornady XTPs are tack drivers.'
The Euro Bianchi Cup contained shooting Practical, Barricade, Falling Plates and Moving Target stages, each with 6 shots taken at various distances under a strict 6-second time restriction.
The European Bianchi Cup is patterned following your legendary Bianchi Cup located in the United States, which he won 15 times. In fact that win was televised this past Wednesday around the Outdoor Channel's Shooting USA program ' which may be viewed online.
But the European Bianchi isn't Koenig's only win this season. He won his 20th Open Division Masters International Shooting Championship held Aug. 8 at PASA Park in Barry, Illinois, where he shot enough bulls-eyes to garner 582 points for the prefect 300 percent. As a comparison, the second place competitor finished 466 points.
'The Masters tests a shooters precision, long range and action handgunning skills,' as outlined by Neal Emery, Hornady Communications Manager. And as to the Master's win, Koenig said, 'Nothing else tests your abilities like the Masters. I've been competing with this match since 1988 and winning never gets easier.' It's certain Hornady ammo helped the cause.
NRA WEEKEND AT CABELA'S HAMBURG
According to Harold Luther, Retail Marketing Manager at Cabela's, the shop is providing free seminars and a free $25 Cabela's gift card if registering for or renewing an NRA membership on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.
The free seminars more info are common on today's hot topics. Starting at 10 a.m. on both days, Berks County Sheriff Eric Weaknecht will conduct a 'Carrying Concealed in Pennsylvania' seminar; at 11 a.m. both days, instructors will offer 'Introduction to Personal Protection' classes; possibly at 1:00 p.m. both days 'A Woman's Guide to Shooting and Self Defense will probably be covered. Both deals are too good to give up.
BUSHNELL TO BE ACQUIRED BY ATK
Bushnell, the popular optics and eyewear company, has applied for an agreement being acquired by ATK, an aerospace, defense company with 14,000 employees, such as their ATK Sporting Group.
Headquartered in Overland Park, KS, Bushnell was founded in 1948 by Dave Bushnell. The conglomerate also owns Bee Stinger, Butler Creek, Final Approach, Gold Tip, Hoppe's, Millett Night Optics, Primos, Simmons, Stoney Point, Tasco, Uncle Mike's, Uncle Mike's Law Enforcement, and Bolle, Cebe and Serengeti sunglass brands.
Bushnell may be owned by MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm who must either require money or got a package they couldn't won't unload this kind of prestigious portfolio of outdoor companies.
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