Doug Koenig Wins Three USPSA Carry Optics Division Titles

Hamburg, PA., – World Champion Shooter Doug Koenig recently won three Carry Optics Division titles at the United States Practical Shooting Associations Area 3, 7 and 8 matches. All three competitions held within the past thirty days, began with Area 3 in Grand Island, NE, Area 8 in New Tripoli, PA and Area 7 in Harvard, MA. Koenig skillfully dominated the majority of stages, shooting Hornady 115 grain XTP bullets in his S&W M&P Core pistol topped with a DeltaPoint Pro Reflex Sight.   

Koenig’s off season training incorporated various shooting sport workout drills that simulated the running and gunning of the challenging courses of fire. Koenig said “Adding USPSA matches to my competition schedule the past two seasons has been a lot of fun for me. I’ve enjoyed returning to my roots of when I initially began shooting competitively.”

Doug closes out his 2017 competition season with the upcoming East Coast Steel Challenge and the USPSA Iron Sights National Championships. In October, Doug will make his debut as an NSSF Fantasy Camp instructor in Las Vegas, NV.

Follow Doug at https://www.facebook.com/DougKoenigChampion or Instagram @dougkoenig.

Doug Koenig is a world-class professional shooter whose list of achievements and championship wins is daunting as he approaches his 30th year of competing. Koenig began shooting competitively at 17, winning both regional and national competitions. In 1990, Doug turned professional as a competitor and the decision paid off scoring an unprecedented 1920x in the NRA’s Bianchi Cup. Doug now hosts his TV show, “Doug Koenig’s Championship Season” promoting an outdoor lifestyle for families, provides hunting and shooting tips and demonstrates what it takes to become a world-class profession champion.

Chamber-View® Holdings Acquired by Doug Koenig

Hamburg, PA., – Chamber-View® LLC., located in Nashua, NH manufacture of visual firearm safety products for shotguns, AR rifle platforms and pistols has been acquired by X-Ring Productions, LLC., effective June 16, 2017. Established in 2011, X-Ring Productions, LLC., owned by Doug Koenig, is a privately held U.S. based company focused on entrepreneurial product acquisition business ventures in the outdoor recreational industry.

Designed and invented by Ned Bitsack in 2013, Chamber-View empty chamber indicators are molded of 100 percent blaze orange ultra durable silicone. Once inserted into the action, the indicator enhances firearm safety, reduces accidental closings of the action and prevents debris contaminating the ejector port, magazine and barrel. Their unique design fits multi-calibers, is resistant to cleaning chemicals and non-marring to the internal and external surfaces of the firearm.

Koenig said, “As a professional shooter, hunter and father, I have always emphasized and advocated firearm safety when handling any type of firearm.” Koenig added, “Carrying on Ned’s vision to ensure firearm enthusiasts own and use this multi-function indicator is my mission and commitment to the shooting sports community.”

Chamber-View® LLC, established in 2013, is a manufacturer of visual firearm safety products. The company’s goal is to enhance public awareness and restore the confidence of safety in a firearm being used by avid shooting enthusiasts.

For information on becoming a Chamber-View retailer, or for organizations interested in the full array of safety products, contact sales@chamberview.com or call (610) 944-1078. Visit   www.chamber-view.com and like us at https://www.facebook.com/ChamberView/.

Shooting Sports USA John Parker Interviews Doug Koenig

Insider News with Doug Koenig

Above: Doug Koenig shooting the Precision Rifle Series stage at last year’s NRA World Shooting Championship.

When SSUSA last spoke with Doug Koenig, he was fresh off his victory at the 2016 NRA World Shooting Championship. Earlier this year during a conversation at SHOT Show, he filled us in on his plans for the Bianchi Cup, continued innovation with incorporating physical fitness into his training, as well as the 30th anniversary of the famed Sportsman’s Team Challenge—Koenig will be serving as match director for the second consecutive year. As if his year couldn’t get any busier, Koenig also plans to begin competing in the high power rifle disciplines. Read on for the latest news from one of the best athletes in the shooting sports.

Bianchi Cup #18?

Shooting the mover during last year’s Colt Championship Final at the NRA Bianchi Cup Action Pistol Championship.

The NRA Bianchi Cup Action Pistol Championship and the name Doug Koenig are nearly synonymous these days, given his unprecedented 17 wins at the world’s most prestigious pistol match. Koenig’s past performances on the sport of action pistol’s ultimate stage are the stuff of legends. His shooting at the championship in 1990 resulted in the first perfect score fired ever in the history of the championship, at subsequent championships he shot 16 total perfect 1920 scores. Additionally, Koenig has the honor of the highest score ever fired at the match—1920-187X.

This year NRA has made a change in determining the winner, so it might be a bit more difficult for Koenig to win a record breaking 18th Bianchi Cup. The 2017 Bianchi Cup Champion will not be determined by combining the aggregate score of the first four events (also known as Match X) and the Colt Championship Final score—which was the case in 2016. This year, competitors in the Colt Championship Final will once again shoot for a 1920. The highest score out of a possible 1920 in the Final will become the 2017 Bianchi Cup Champion.

Not surprisingly, Koenig said he plans to train the same way as he has in the past. “I might play around with a few different things, but for the most part I will approach it the same way—the same training and practice schedule.”

Physical Fitness

Koenig tailors his physical fitness regimen to improve his shooting speed and stability.

Koenig believes that physical fitness is one of the most important facets of his shooting. “I spend more time on my physical training than I do with actual time on the range. For me it’s always been important to be in shape, whether it’s cardiovascular or strength training. The older I get, the harder I have to work to keep up with the younger guys.”

Handling stress at a match is a fundamental that is often overlooked. Koenig says his dedication to physical fitness helps him. “Spending a lot of time at the gym training helps me with the stress that shooting at tournaments place on my body. The last couple of years we have tweaked my workouts for the demands of my shooting.”

Koenig trains with a professional who has worked with NFL and U.S. Olympic athletes. “My trainer has a great resume of people he has trained and won medals with. He’s into new ideas, which is very appealing to me. We are always trying to push the envelope with my training—looking at different techniques to increase my speed or add stability to my shooting stance. My trainer and I are constantly changing it up to keep things fresh.”

30th Anniversary Sportsman’s Team Challenge

Koenig has participated in the Sportsman’s Team Challenge in one way or another for many years.

This will be the second year that Doug Koenig will be the match director for the Sportsman’s Team Challenge (STC). For the 30th anniversary, Koenig said, “The focus this year is more teams and industry engagement. I’m really pushing hard for not just manufacturers and sponsors, but more representation from other industry partners to help showcase the event.”

These days, there are several multi-gun events for action shooters, but the original 3-Gun event is the STC. “This is a fun, safe and challenging family-oriented event that has classes all the way from open to sub-junior. We allow juniors to shoot off bags—just to get them involved and get them a taste of competition. I am working full-steam on making this a great match.”

Koenig added, “The term Sportsman’s Team Challenge is perfect for this match, because it is the only event specifically set up for the sportsman. This isn’t a match that requires expensive guns to compete. All that is needed is a semi-automatic .22 rifle, .22 pistol, and a shotgun. You can shoot a pump gun, but over/unders are just as equal as semi-auto shotguns.”

The STC is an ideal match for groups of competitive shooters with varying skill levels. “The course of fire at the open level is difficult, the time limits can be tough. As it trickles down the ranks it’s challenging, but a lot of fun. Because of the team aspect of the STC, it adds a different dimension than just going to a 3-Gun match by yourself and shooting. It’s always fun to work together with someone and pass the responsibilities to your teammates. Teams try to use each other’s strengths—so that the pressure is not just on one shooter,” said Koenig.

Expanding to long-range rifle competition

Shooting long-range rifle from a barricade at last year’s NRA World Shooting Championship.


This year, Doug Koenig plans to shoot more rifle events than ever before. For the first time, he plans to compete in NRA high power competition. He told me, “I plan to compete in Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and the NRA National High Power Rifle matches this year.”

When asked which PRS division he will shoot in [PRS officially debuted the Gas Gun division earlier this year], Koenig said, “If I can, I want to do both. It will all depend on my schedule.”

Learn more about Doug Koenig at his website: dougkoenig.com.

2017 Doug Koenig Competition Schedule

Below is the complete competition schedule for Doug Koenig in 2017.

MARCH

March 24-26, 2017 USPSA Carry Optics Nat’ls

March 30-April 1, 2017 US Steel Nat’ls

APRIL

April 21-23, 2017 NRA Action Pistol Regional (Crawfish Cup)

April 27, 2017 Pennsylvania State Steel Shootout

April 28-29, 2017 NRA Annual Meeting

MAY

May 3-5, 2017 World Speed Shooting Championship

May 24-27, 2017 NRA Bianchi Cup

JUNE

June 2-4, 2017 Hornady Zombie 3-Gun

JULY

July 14-16, 2017 Armalite 3-Man 3-Gun

July 15, 2017 NRA Action Pistol Northeast Regional

July 20-22, 2017 Sportsman’s Team Challenge Nationals

AUGUST

August 3-5, 2017 USPSA Area 3 Championship

August 24-26, 2017 USPSA Area 8 Championship

SEPTEMBER

Sept.  27-Oct. 2, 2017  USPSA Iron Sights Nat’l Championship

October 27-29, 2017 NSSF Fantasy Camp

 

 

 

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season begins new season on Pursuit Channel

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Hamburg, PA., – Be sure you’re watching Doug Koenig’s Championship Season on Pursuit Channel, Friday nights at 10:00 pm EST, as part of the NRA Freedom Friday lineup. Doug travels to the central prairies of Kansas for a turkey hunt. It’s an early morning spring hunt after a storm and the gobblers are on the move. Settling into a blind, Doug patiently waits as the hens fly off the roost to join the strutting Toms all puffed out in full plumage. It’s a hunter’s vision.

Leaving the Kansas timberlands behind, Doug drives east to Columbia, Missouri to compete at the prestigious Bianchi Cup. The match attracts the world’s premier action pistol handgun shooters hopeful they can deliver 100 percent accuracy in their shooting skills and attention. Its insurmountable pressure walking onto the range where the slightest shooting error can be costly.

“It’s great to return to Pursuit Channel for my fourth season, their outdoor community continues to grow and my show offers something for the hunter and the shooter in all of us, Koenig said.”

Click here, to view a teaser of tonight’s show Skyfall. Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Pursuit Channel.

  • Wednesday at 5:30 pm (Eastern)
  • Friday at 10:00 pm (Eastern Primetime)
  • Saturday at 1:30 am (Eastern)

Follow Doug at https://www.facebook.com/DougKoenigChampion and @doug_koenig on Twitter.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to Pursuit Channel. From remote hunting destinations to the firing line, join your host and world shooting champion Doug Koenig on his quest for the ultimate trophies. Championship Season features a gritty combination of fast-paced shooting competition and in your face hunting adventure. Whether it’s bull elk, whitetails or competition shooting, one thing is certain…bullets will fly and it’s gonna be a wild ride!

Team Smith & Wesson Member Doug Koenig Wins 2016 Florida Open

12771979_10208904202990136_2931854373253526959_oSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (February 25, 2016) – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that Team Smith & Wesson member Doug Koenig has won the Carry Optics Division of the 2016 Florida Open. The USPSA Match was held February 18-21, 2016 at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, Florida.

Champion Doug Koenig finished First Place in the Carry Optics Division. Competing with his Smith & Wesson Performance Center® M&P® C.O.R.E™ pistol, Koenig finished the match with an overall 1700 (100%), placing first in all 11 stages of the two-day match. Throughout the courses of fire, competitors were required to engage paper and steel targets at distances ranging from 2 to 35 yards while shooting from both standing and seated positions.

“This was my first Carry Optics match as well as the kickoff match for the new competitive season. It’s always good to get out and knock the rust off. This match was really fun and challenging and it will definitely be on my schedule next year,” Koenig stated.

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Doug Koenig welcomes new 2016 sponsor: H&M Blacknitride

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Akron, OH., – H&M Blacknitride, setting the new standard in surface treatment and steel hardening for the firearms industry, aerospace, auto racing, armaments/defense and manufacturing announces they are now sponsoring World Champion Doug Koenig.

“It was the right choice to partner with H&M Blacknitride this year,” Doug Koenig remarked. “My pistol is exposed to unpredictable weather conditions during a competition season along with the thousands of rounds I put down the barrel; H&M Blacknitride will now protect the integrity of my firearm.”

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Doug Koenig adds Tom Miranda to Championship Season as Co-Executive Producer

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Tom Miranda, Executive Producer of DracoMax Entertainment, was recently named Co-Executive Producer of Doug Koenig’s Championship Season.

Hamburg, PA., – World-champion professional shooter, life-long hunter and television host Doug Koenig welcomes Tom Miranda Executive Producer at Dracomax Entertainment to the show this season as Co-Executive Producer. For 35 years, Miranda has produced award-winning and entertaining hunting television shows with his pioneering approach.

“Tom’s exceptional talent and expertise as a television producer will bring a fresh perspective to the show,” Koenig commented. “His ability to bring the outdoor experience to the hunter watching from home is unmatched. I’m really excited for the 2016 Championship Season.”

While Doug manages filming in the field, Miranda and his new company, Dracomax Entertainment will preside over pre and post production responsibilities. Miranda said, “Immersing the viewer into a good story is essential to a successful television series. Championship Season is more than an outdoor show, it’s a lesson in one’s humility while they reach for the stars.”

This week’s show opener finds Doug challenging the world’s top handgun action pros at the prestigious Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri. Inviting viewers into his home, Doug shares exactly how his competition career began more than 28 years ago. And, Doug finds time to take a side trip crossing into central Kansas in quest of Rio spring cobblers. Will it be a double slam for Doug? Tune in to experience the level of excitement at the range and in the Kansas fields.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns Thursday December 28th, 2015 on Sportsman Channel. From remote hunting destinations to the firing line, join your host and world shooting champion Doug Koenig on his quest for the ultimate trophies. Championship Season features a gritty combination of fast-paced shooting competition and in your face hunting adventure. Whether it’s bull elk, whitetails or competition shooting, one thing is certain…bullets will fly and it’s gonna be a wild ride!

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season can be viewed on Sportsman Channel.

  • Monday at 5:30 pm (Eastern)
  • Thursday at 11:30 am (Eastern)
  • Thursday at 7:00 pm (Eastern Primetime)

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Doug Koenig adds Custom Metal Products as new sponsor

DK on RangeHamburg, PA., – Doug Koenig, sixteen time NRA Bianchi Cup winner, world champion shooter, lifelong hunter and television host adds Custom Metal Products manufacturers of high performance AR500 Steel Shooting Targets as a new sponsor for 2016. Koenig and Custom Metal Products share a combined interest to continuous improvement which makes this partnership a perfect fit for both.

“My time is extremely valuable when I’m on the range training to win another championship. I chose Custom Metal Products because I cannot afford to be practicing on poor quality steel targets. I only use the best products.”

Koenig will display Custom Metal Products logo on the sleeve of his shooting jersey at competitions and will incorporate Custom Metal Product’s into his TV Show, Doug Koenig’s Championship Season. Custom Metal Products now becomes the official steel targets at Doug’s practice range in Pennsylvania.

“We are very excited to be working with Doug as a new sponsor,” said HR Eddens, President of Custom Metal Products. “We know Doug is very selective in the quality products he uses to achieve championship results and now our steel shooting targets will be at his range.”

Custom Metal Products is a full-line manufacturer of AR500 hardened steel shooting targets for competition, recreational, law enforcement and military use. Their American made products include IDPA, IPSC, Dueling Trees, Gongs, Swingers, Hostage, Sniper, and Cowboy Action Targets. View all of their product details, including videos at www.CustomMetalProd.com or join them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Be sure to visit their booth #1308 at 2016 SHOT Show.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to the Sportsman Channel. Each week Doug demonstrates how he prepares for a world-class level match and brings you along on a new hunting adventure. Doug’s success and dedication to the shooting sports is obvious along with his passion as a long-time avid hunter. If you and your family enjoy the outdoors or shooting sports, then you’ll love Doug Koenig’s Championship Season.

Be sure to keep up with all of Doug’s hunting experiences and shooting competitions on Facebook and Instagram

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Team Smith & Wesson Member Doug Koenig Named 16-Time Bianchi Cup Champion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 26, 2015) – Smith & Wesson shooting team member Doug Koenig captured his 16th NRA Action Pistol title over the weekend at the 2015 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri. Shooting his Smith & Wesson Performance Center® 1911, which has been faithfully at his side during each of his Bianchi Cup victories, Koenig posted a perfect score of 1920 with 180 tie-breaking Xs. Koenig’s consistent performance at the Bianchi Cup is unprecedented; giving him more wins than any competitor in the history of the match.

“I think my success at Bianchi comes down to several things,” said Koenig. “First, my training both mentally and physically mixes well with the course of fire. I also really enjoy the unique challenge it brings. At Bianchi, you are given a specific problem or an obstacle to overcome along with a pre-set time to accomplish it. I feel I’m at my best in those types of scenarios, because when the pressure builds I can go back to my training and stay focused on the task at hand.”

Showcasing top competitors from around the globe, the NRA Bianchi Cup consists of four separate matches with fixed times on every string of fire: Practical Event (with shots fired from 10 yards to 50 yards); Barricade Event (shots taken from behind “cover”); Falling Plate Event (banks of six, 8″ falling plates); and the Moving Target Event (shots fired at a moving target exposed for just 6 seconds). Designed to challenge participants in terms of speed and accuracy, competitors shoot at stationary and moving targets from both standing and prone positions.

This year, Koenig’s training and focus were tested not only by the four separate matches that comprise the Bianchi Cup, but also by the extreme changes in weather that hampered all competitors. Despite the high winds and cold, rainy conditions, Koenig and his gear performed flawlessly.

“In order to perform well in any competition, you need to have the upmost confidence in your equipment,” said Koenig. “Things like the weather, your physical health, and other exterior circumstances are always going to be difficult to predict, but your equipment is an important piece of the puzzle that you can control. I’m fortunate to have a great group of sponsors and each piece of gear I use, like my Performance Center 1911 pistol, was utterly reliable throughout the match.”

Koenig’s victory at this year’s match extends his footprint in the history of the Bianchi Cup. In 1990, Koenig became the first competitor to win the Bianchi Cup with a perfect score and since that time, he has achieved a perfect score in all but one match. The Team Smith & Wesson Champion has now won 12 of the last 15 Bianchi Cup matches and his 16 total championships account for nearly half of all the Bianchi Cups ever held. Koenig looks to extend his winning streak as he now sets his sights on defending Team Smith & Wesson’s title at the Sportsman’s Team Challenge next month in Texas.


About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company’s firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. As an industry leading manufacturer of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company’s accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, and Hooyman™ Premium Tree Saws. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.