The American Trapshooting Association’s (ATA) 2017 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships in Sparta, IL, concluded last month with a total of 3,386 shotgun shooters competing in singles, doubles and handicap trap. Federal Premium’s new Gold Medal Grand shotshells earned high praise and high scores at the tournament―widely considered the world’s most prestigious trapshooting competition.
“We are very proud that our team of sponsored shooters did extremely well at the Grand American,” said Federal Premium Shooting Promotions Manager Devon Harris.
Team Federal Premium shooter Sean Hawley hit 2,538 out of 2,600 targets, earning him the ATA 2600 High Over All (AAA) Champion title. “Shooters using Federal Premium Ammunition took home 28 percent of the trophies,” Harris commented.
“We’re also honored by how positively shooters from around the world reacted to Gold Medal Grand,” Harris continued. “Many competitors told me they used to shoot other products, but switched to Gold Medal Grand because it performs as well or better, with noticeably less recoil. In fact, several shooters on the trophy list who don’t normally shoot Federal Premium took home Grand American trophies titles after switching to Gold Medal Grand.”
[Editor’s note: I attended at the Grand this year for the first time and used Federal’s new Gold Medal Grand shotshells exclusively for the handicap matches. Although I didn’t bring home a trophy like the pros, I definitely noticed that they have very low recoil and are extremely accurate. I plan to continue using them. Stay tuned for a full report on the Grand and these shotshells in the future.]
Gold Medal Grand improves upon the industry-leading design of Federal Premium’s trusted Gold Medal shotshells.
“For decades, Gold Medal set the standard for competitive trap, skeet and sporting clays shotshells,” explained Rick Stoeckel, Federal Premium global product line director. “New Gold Medal Grand raises the bar with less felt recoil, more reliable ignition, improved shot hardness and excellent reloadability—all with the same world-class performance shooters expect from Federal Premium Ammunition.”
Federal Premium scored continued to support the popular Nostalgia Shoot at the Grand American, which is open to shooters armed with vintage Model 12, Model 21 and Ithaca single-barrel trap guns.
“The event was started in 2012 to honor the Model 12 shotgun—the benchmark of shooting for at least the past 75 years,” said Harris. “Federal Premium and the ATA share the cost of the shoot, which has become the most popular and prestigious of all the Grand American side events. This year, 264 shooters brought guns from around the world to participate.”