Bryan Litz Wins Hathcock Award

Bryan Litz Wins Hathcock Award

Mesa, AZ – Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz, was presented with this year’s National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Hathcock award on June 4, 2019 in Fredericksburg, VA.

The Hathcock award is presented to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions in operational employment and tactics of small arms weapons systems which impact the readiness and capability of U.S. military and law enforcement. The NDIA’s Small Arms Committee Executive Board selects the recipient in honor of the U.S Marine corps sniper legend Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock II. Hathcock honorably served in both military and law enforcement communities and influenced sniper training programs across the country.

“It is truly humbling and deeply gratifying that my work has value to our nation’s Armed Forces. Being selected for the Hathcock award is the highest honor I’ve received in my career,” said Bryan Litz.

Bryan Litz joined the Berger team in November of 2008 and has been instrumental in developing new and innovative Berger products for the U.S. military and law enforcement.

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Vihtavuori Dominates 2019 Firearms Industry Super Shoot

Sedalia, MO – Vihtavuori Powder dominated the 47th Annual Firearms Industry Super Shoot (F.I.S.S.) with the entire Top 20 competitors using N133 smokeless powder.

Each year the F.I.S.S. attracts hundreds of the world’s best competition benchrest shooters to Kelby’s Range in North Lawrence, Ohio. Over four days of competition, five-shot groups are fired at targets ranging from 100/200 yards with a variety of new and innovative firearms, equipment and accessories. Benchrest shooters are often viewed as trend-setting within the competitive shooting sports, and their near unanimous use of Vihtavuori powder is unprecedented.

Vihtavuori Production Manager, Mika Syrjala, stated: “Vihtavuori’s extreme temperature stability and clean burning characteristics enabled it to outperform all other reloading powders during northern Ohio’s volatile May weather. The results are a testament to nearly 100 years of our continued product development.”

Vihtavuori is the #1 choice of competitive benchrest shooters, and has quickly become the “go-to” powder for Extreme Long Range (ELR) competitors engaging targets to 2,500 yards and beyond. Vihtavuori’s lot-to-lot consistency, temperature stability, and clean burning characteristics make it the best selection for those who seek “The Power of Accuracy”.

Team Lapua member Neary Wins F.I.S.S. LV Grand Aggregate

Jack Neary Wins Super Shoot

Team Lapua shooter, Jack Neary, out shot nearly 200 competitors to win the Firearms Industry Super Shoot (F.I.S.S.) Light Varmint Grand Aggregate this past Memorial Day weekend. 

F.I.S.S. attracts the world’s best competitive benchrest shooters from 9 countries to Kelby’s Range in N. Lawrence, Ohio. Over four days of competition, five-shot groups are fired at targets ranging from 100/200 yards with a variety of new and innovative firearms, reloading equipment, components and accessories.

Neary, a Hall of Fame benchrest shooter and 5-time USA World Team member, attributes his competitive shooting success to Lapua’s unprecedented quality of construction. This includes: the finest raw materials, superior annealing qualities, exacting dimensions and longevity unmatched by other cartridge case manufacturers.

Neary stated: “Lapua cases provide me confidence to compete at the highest levels against the most talented shooters in the world. One shot can make the difference between first and worst, which is why every competitive benchrest shooter around the world trusts Lapua to achieve top results.”

Lapua cartridge cases were used by nearly every single F.I.S.S. competitor, a clear testament to their unmatched quality and “Passion for Precision.”

Capstone Precision Group Stands with the Firearms Industry, Drops Software Platform

Capstone Precision Group, manufacturers of Berger bullets & ammunition and exclusive distributors for Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK products, has declined to renew the CRM software platform used by their customer service and technical support team due to recent anti-gun comments from the platform’s CEO, click here to read more.

Last week, the mammoth CRM provider publicly announced policy changes outlining their reluctance to work with firearm manufacturers, distributors and resellers of lawful firearm related commerce. Capstone Precision Group finds the practices discriminatory and is immediately severing ties with the provider. 

Capstone President, Bill Gravatt stated: “We would rather communicate with our customers by phone, email and hand-written notes before supporting software providers that grandstand in the name of political correctness. Our customers may experience a brief interruption in exemplary service while we identify a new pro-gun platform, however, we’re confident they will agree it’s the right decision.”

Team Vihtavuori shooter Bruce Piatt Wins Bianchi Cup

Sedalia, MO – Team Vihtavuori member, Bruce Piatt, scored a 1920-179x to bring home his sixth Bianchi Cup. Piatt used N320 Vihtavuori pistol powder exclusively, known for its clean burning characteristics and unmatched lot-to-lot consistency.

The NRA National Action Pistol Championship took place May 22-24th at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Hallsville, MO. For over 40 years, Green Valley has attracted the world’s top action pistol shooters to compete for the coveted Bianchi Cup.

“It’s been 10 years since I won my last Bianchi Cup. It feels great to win this National Championship especially after missing last year’s match due to shoulder surgery. The soft shooting Vihtavuori N320 did a great job at minimizing recoil while providing excellent accuracy,” said Piatt. Piatt’s next match is the Trijicon 3-Man, June 22-23rd in Topton, PA. To learn more about Bruce Piatt, visit

New Berger 6mm Creedmoor Ammunition

Mesa, AZ – New for 2019, Berger announces the addition of two 6mm Creedmoor offerings to their successful Match-Grade Rifle Ammunition line.

New Berger 6mm Creedmoor Hunting Ammunition is loaded with 95 Grain Hybrid Classic Hunter projectiles and Lapua cartridge cases offering match-grade accuracy, lethal precision and sub-MOA results. Classic Hunter bullets are purpose-built to optimize ballistic performance in the field, while functioning flawlessly through any factory rifle magazine. Its cutting-edge hybrid ogive design is the same as Berger Hybrid Target Bullets, yet allowing for SAAMI length configurations for efficiency in the field.

New 6mm Creedmoor Target Ammunition is loaded with Berger 105 Grain Hybrid Target bullets, the “go-to” for PRS shooters and long-range accuracy enthusiasts alike. Built using premium grade Lapua cartridge cases, Berger’s 6mm Creedmoor Target Ammunition provides the discriminating shooter the highest quality components and sub-MOA accuracy “off-the-shelf”, unequaled by the competition.

Berger Ammunition is offered in an assortment of Target, Hunting and Tactical configurations for both 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor, 260 Remington, 308 Winchester, 300 Winchester Magnum, 300 Norma Magnum and 338 Lapua Magnum. Each cartridge is assembled with the world’s finest components to exacting tolerances, purposefully dimensioned to maximize the results of your favorite firearm and discipline. Find Berger Ammunition at your favorite Berger retailer. Berger Bullets and Ammunition are manufactured in Mesa, AZ and distributed by Capstone Precision Group, LLC. Capstone also holds exclusive distribution for Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK products.

Lapua Adding New 6.5 Creedmoor Ammunition

Sedalia, MO – Lapua, world-renowned for producing the finest cartridge cases and ammunition, announces the addition of the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge to their Scenar-L Target and Naturalis Hunting ammunition offerings.

The 6.5m Creedmoor 136 Grain Scenar-L offers an optimized, high ballistic coefficient (BC) for long-range competitive target shooting, yet maintains SAAMI configuration for flawless function through all factory or custom rifle magazines.

6.5 Creedmoor loaded with the 140 Grain Lapua Naturalis provides hunters a lead-free alternative for today’s ever-changing hunting landscape. Designed and manufactured from pure copper, the Naturalis construction is proven to reliably retain 90-100% of its original weight. It uses state-of-the-art technology to produce consistent, controlled expansion at the widest velocity range on the market.     

Erkki Seikkula, Lapua Sales & Marketing Manager states, “Lapua continues its support of the Creedmoor cartridge by offering cases, bullets, and now loaded ammunition to help sustain its growth. Competitive shooters insist upon having top quality products, and Lapua will reliably answer the call by providing the very best.” Lapua Components and Ammunition are exclusively distributed in the USA by Capstone Precision Group, LLC. Capstone also offers Berger, Vihtavuori and SK products.

SK Launches New Long Range Match .22 LR Ammunition

Sedalia, MO – SK Ammunition, manufacturers of high-quality .22 LR cartridges for nearly 190 consecutive years, announce their latest offering: “SK Long Range Match.” New for 2019, Long Range Match was developed for demanding .22 LR enthusiasts routinely acquiring targets out to 100 yards and beyond. It is purpose-built for today’s long range rimfire shooting disciplines ever-increasing in popularity, such as PRC, tactical rimfire, long range silhouette and more.

SK Ammunition Sales & Marketing Manager Joerg Melcher states, “Historically, high-quality match ammunition has been a barrier to entry for competitive target shooting. SK Long Range Match allows shooters to gain access to new competition rimfire rifle and pistol disciplines without overwhelming their pocketbooks.”

SK Long Range delivers accurate, high-quality rounds that reliably feed through your competitive target rifle. Centerfire competition shooters will also find SK Long Range Match the ideal training companion to prepare with .22 platforms similar to their big bore configuration. Whether you’re actively competing in today’s popular long range rimfire sports or connecting with LR targets from the firing line at your local club, instill the confidence you deserve with new SK Long Range Match.

SK Ammunition is produced by Nammo Shonebeck GmbH in Germany and is part of the Nammo Group. Distribution for the USA is handled through Capstone Precision Group. Capstone also distributes Lapua, Berger and Vihtavuori products exclusively.

Berger Bullets Announces New ELR Match Solid Projectiles

Mesa, AZ – New for 2019, Berger Bullets proudly announces the New Extreme Long Range (ELR) Match Solid Projectile line, beginning with 375 caliber 379 Grain and 407 Grain offerings.

Extreme Long-Range shooting to distances of two miles and beyond has taken the firearms community by storm. With much of its roots developed from elite military sniper and Special Forces rifle training, ELR enthusiasts are utilizing highly innovative rifle and ammunition technology to engage targets at distances previously unheard of. Berger has taken the lead pioneering ELR, similar to how it’s dominated all other long-range rifle disciplines.

Berger Bullets chief ballistician, Bryan Litz states “Our new ELR Solid Match Bullets provide both competition shooters and Mil/LE forces a long-range solid projectile like no other. Its highly optimized VLD ogive design and lathe-turned solid copper construction provide a ballistic advantage that is unmatched by any conventional style bullet.”

Berger ELR Match Solid Projectiles, Berger Bullets and Ammunition are distributed by Capstone Precision Group. Capstone also distributes Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK product for the USA. For dealer inquiries contact:

Capstone Precision Group LLC

Phone:  660-460-2800

Dan Thelen joins Capstone Precision Group

Mesa, AZ – Capstone Precision Group, distributor of precision ammunition products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Thelen as General Manager.

Thelen brings over 22 years of experience in finance and operations, spent in the shooting sports industry. He was recently Chief Financial Officer at Hodgdon Powder Company and previously Director of Operations for Modern Muzzeloading, Inc. Additionally, Thelen oversaw accounting and operations for a global manufacturing and parts distributor.

“Dan Thelen brings significant leadership experience to our growing Capstone team. His production planning, financial knowledge, and operational skills are a great addition to our team as we push forward in the industry,” said Bill Gravatt, President of Capstone Precision Group.

Thelen will also lead the Mesa, Arizona facility where Berger Bullets and Ammunition are produced.

About The Capstone Precision Group

The Capstone Precision Group was formed by Nammo in 2017, following the acquisition of Berger Bullets. Capstone produces Berger bullets and ammunition, and imports Lapua centerfire and rimfire ammunition and reloading components, Vihtavuori smokeless powder, and SK rimfire ammunition into the United States.