Federal Premium signs on as sponsor of U.S. Practical Shooting Association

Federal Premium is the first major ammo manufacturer to partner with USPSA (Photo: U.S. Practical Shooting Association)

Federal Premium is the first major ammo manufacturer to partner with USPSA. (Photo: U.S. Practical Shooting Association)

Federal Premium last week announced a new partnership with the U.S. Practical Shooting Association.

“USPSA is a huge piece of the target shooting market,” Federal Premium Product Line Manager Justin Johnson said in a press release Thursday. “This is a monumental leap forward for both organizations, and we are excited to be on the ground floor for continued greatness to come.”

USPSA, established in 1984, serves as the governing body for the International Practical Shooting Confederation. The association boasts more than 445 local clubs and 30,000 members nationwide.

Mike Foley, president and CEO of the association, praised the partnership Thursday for encouraging new members and providing “alternatives to reloading and sourcing match ammunition.”

“The power factor requirements for multiple USPSA divisions can be met with ammunition available from retailers instead of custom loads requiring a larger investments in time and equipment,” he said. “USPSA will gain market recognition in mainstream sporting goods stores, and this relationship provides additional funding for education and event promotion. To say the least, we are extremely excited to be working with Federal Premium Ammunition.”

Federal Premium launched a synthetic line of bullets through its American Eagle brand last year, featuring an exclusive TSJ polymer jacket designed extend to barrel life and reduce the frequency of cleanings. The company released American Eagle Syntech Total Synthetic Jacket bullets for use in hand loading last month.

“We’re proud to be the first major ammunition manufacturer to enter this exciting arena,” Johnson said . “USPSA shooters demand very specific things from their ammunition. It needs to be accurate, consistent, reliable, and meet power factor requirements. Until our launch of Syntech Action Pistol, reloading was the preferred way to achieve all of the above. With our factory-loaded ammunition, shooters have a simple, convenient and better solution.”

The company promised more details on the action pistol rounds — “specifically designed for the action shooting sports and loaded to power factor requirements with heavy, flat-nose bullets for more reliable knock-downs on steel targets” — at 2018 SHOT Show.