SHOT Show 2023: Doug Koenig Talks PRS Match, U.S. Steel Nationals

19-time Bianchi Cup Champion Doug Koenig is interviewed at SHOT Show 2023's Industry Day at the Range

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posted on January 19, 2023

Doug Koenig, the captain of Team Ruger, has long been known for his prowess as a competitive shooter in multiple disciplines. He is a 19-time Bianchi Cup Champion and was the second-ever NRA World Shooting Champion after topping the leaderboard at that now-dormant competition back in 2016.

While remaining focused as ever on action pistol, Koenig has also posted big wins over the past decade in the Precision Rifle Series, namely the Production division, where he competes with a Ruger Precision Rifle. (Watch my interview above with Koenig during SHOT Show 2023 Industry Day at the Range in Boulder City, Nevada.)

Naturally, after garnering so much success in the shooting sports, he wants to give back, and currently Koenig is at the helm of two major tournaments: the U.S. Steel Nationals and his namesake Koenig-Ruger Precision Rifle Competition.

The 2023 U.S. Steel Nationals will be held at the Volusia Gun Club in Daytona, Fla., from March 17-19. Originally scheduled for October, the devastation of Hurricane Ian put the brakes on those plans and forced the date change. (Read my preview of the U.S. Steel Nationals that was published last year here.)

For the third year, Koenig will be running the Koenig-Ruger PRS Competition at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in Grand Junction, Colo. “It’s an 18- to 20-stage match with all animal targets and all-natural terrain,” Koenig said. “This is a destination match for sure.” This match will begin April 15, with registration beginning next week. If you’re interested, act fast, because the match will certainly sell out in a matter of hours.

Koenig also mentioned he is working on opening a new shooting school. Be on the lookout for more information about the school, which will likely make its debut next year.

Learn more about Doug Koenig at dougkoenig.com.

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