Like fine wine, Doug Koenig keeps getting better with age.
Koenig, 43, formerly of Alburtis and now of Hamburg, just won his 15th Bianchi Cup – far more than any professional shooter in the world.
At the recent European Bianchi Cup handgun shooting tournament held in Phillipsburg, Germany, Koenig shot a perfect score of 1920 and 182 center “X” hits to win his fifth Euro Bianchi. That, after arriving late to Phillipsburg because of travel issues 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 a Hornady announcement, “I need the best, most accurate ammo and Hornady XTPs are tack drivers.”
The Euro Bianchi Cup consisted of 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 after the legendary Bianchi Cup held in the United States, which he won 15 times. In fact that win was televised this past Wednesday on the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting USA program – which can 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 a prefect 300 percent. As a comparison, the second place competitor finished with 466 points.
“The Masters tests a shooters precision, long range and action handgunning skills,” according to Neal Emery, Hornady Communications Manager. And as for the Master’s win, Koenig said, “Nothing else tests your skills like the Masters. I’ve been competing in 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 store is offering free seminars and a free $25 Cabela’s gift card if signing up for or renewing an NRA membership on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.
The free seminars are all 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 give “Introduction to Personal Protection” classes; and at 1:00 p.m. both days “A Woman’s Guide to Shooting and Self Defense will be covered. Both deals are too good to pass up.
BUSHNELL TO BE ACQUIRED BY ATK
Bushnell, the popular optics and eyewear company, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by ATK, an aerospace, defense company with 14,000 employees, which includes 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 has been owned by MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm who must either need the money or got an offer they couldn’t refuse to unload such a prestigious portfolio of outdoor companies.
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