Doug Koening Wins 19th Open Division Masters International Shooting Championship
Team Hornady® member Doug Koenig won the 2012 Masters International Shooting Championship, August 11, in Barry, Illinois. Koenig collected his 19th Open Division title with a score of 190 points, finishing ahead of the competition in all three stages as listed below:
The Handgun Action Event required fast draw and speed shooting at three separate stages, with five steel targets in varying sizes, shapes and distances. Competitors use centerfire pistols to shoot each target three times for a total of 45 targets. Koenig shot Hornady® 115 grain XTP® bullets in his 1911. "It's a super accurate bullet that performs well on steel targets," he explained, "with knock down power I can rely on every time."
The Handgun Long Range Event consisted of three stages with five steel plates on each stage set at different heights and distances. Shooting from standing, freestyle and Creedmoor positions, competitors can shoot a pistol or revolver. Koenig shot Hornady® 6mm 105 grain BTHP bullets in his Remington 6mm BR. "The ammo responded accurately," said Koenig, "which is especially impressive since I shot this event in a thunderstorm and windy conditions."
The Handgun Precision Event consisted of Rimfire .22 caliber Rimfire pistol or revolvers shooting bulls eye precision, Olympic Biathlon-style steel targets from various distances. Targets were engaged in three stages with targets set at different distances.
Match Director Larry Stuhman derives a great deal of satisfaction in creating a yearly match for the close-knit group of competitors that come for challenge and enjoyment. "Now in its 27th year, the match continues to be popular because it tests competitors in Precision, Action and Long Range shooting disciplines," Stuhman said.