Walt Berger, founder of Berger Bullets and Ammunition, was named Captain of the USA Rifle Team for the World Benchrest Championships in Calgary, Canada this past week. The World Championships are held every two years and attract competitors from over 30 countries, testing their skills at 100-yard and 200-yard distances.
Along with being named Team Captain, Walt
participated in the World Benchrest Championships and did not disappoint. He
finished 6th place in the Light Varmint 200-yard individual matches,
and went on to support “USA Team A” to win the Silver Medal!
Under Walt’s leadership, the USA’s Joel Nader
won the Gold Medal for individuals, “USA Team C” won the Gold and “USA Team A”
took the Silver. Congratulations to Walt and Team USA for a dominating
“Walt Berger continues to amaze all of us at
Berger Bullets with his competitiveness, tenacity and toughness. He is a role
model for us at Berger and shooters world-wide”, remarked Bill Gravatt,
President of Berger Bullets.
At 90 years young, Walt continues to work for
Berger as lead technical consultant and regularly competes in AZBRS Matches
each month at Ben Avery Shooting Complex in Phoenix, AZ.
Team Lapua member, Philip Hemphill, scored a 888-49X to bring home the 2019 NRA .22 Caliber Pistol Championship. Hemphill uses Lapua Center-X .22LR Rimfire ammunition, known for its uncompromising quality and dominating results in .22 caliber disciplines such as Smallbore, PRC Silhouette, new ELR and more.
The NRA National Pistol Championship, known as the “World
Series of Shooting Sports,” took place July 7-12th at Camp Perry, Ohio. Since
1907 the nation’s finest marksmen and women come together at Camp Perry and
shoot off in a variety of handgun competition formats and events.
“It’s an honor to be able to come out here and test my shooting skills in one of the longest-running pistol events in the nation. My whole team, Team Zero, shoots Lapua Center-X, because we know it will outperform all other .22 caliber competition ammo,” said Hemphill.
Along with receiving the Walker Trophy Plaque for winning
the Championship, Hemphill also won the NRA Precision Pistol Championship –
Police Division, and came in 3rd in the 22 Caliber Slow Fire Match
with a score of 194-9X.
Team Lapua’s Jack Neary, along with USA teammates Harley Baker, Gary Bristow, and Jeff Graves won the 4-Man Team Gold Medal at the 2019 World Benchrest Championships held in Calgary, Canada this past week.
The World Benchrest
Shooting Federation hosts the World Championships every two years in a
different country. This year, competitors representing nearly 30 countries
tested their skills at 100-yard and 200-yard distances over four days of
shooting for individual and team results. Benchrest shooters are notorious for
using state-of-the-art reloading equipment, a variety of new and innovative
firearms, components and accessories.
All Team USA Gold Medalists use Lapua cartridge cases exclusively for their competitive shooting. Lapua cartridge cases are known for unprecedented quality of construction, using only the finest raw materials and superior annealing processes. Each case is machined to exacting dimensions with longevity that is unmatched by other cartridge case manufacturers.
Neary stated, “Lapua cases
are the foundation in which our competition hand loads are built upon. When
competing at the highest levels against the most talented shooters in the
world, we need the absolute best components available. There’s no doubt Lapua
helped secure the Gold for Team USA.”
The next World Benchrest
Championship will be held in Fall of 2021 in South Africa.
SK Ammunition, manufacturers of high-quality .22 LR cartridges for nearly 190 consecutive years, has been named official ammunition sponsor for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s National Rimfire Sporter Match.
The National Rimfire Sporter Match will take place July
20-21 at Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located within the Camp Perry
Training site in Port Clinton, OH. This match offers shooters a recreation-oriented
competition where they use sporter rifles commonly owned by nearly all gun
enthusiasts. This is a unique match where the only competitor requirements are
a rifle and ammo. New shooters are exposed to competitive shooting with a
unique course of fire, which experience shooters should find challenging as
Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Programs Chief, Christie
Sewell stated, “The CMP is excited to announce SK as the Official Ammunition
Sponsor for our 2019 National Rimfire Sporter Match. Participants will receive
a complimentary 50-Round box of SK ammunition at check-in. We appreciate SK’s continued
support of the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the 2019 National Matches.”
For more information on the Civilian Marksmanship
Programs National Rimfire Sporter Match, visit cmp.org.
Team Lapua member, Kent Reeve, scored a 2223.124 to secure first place at the Sinclair International Fullbore Championships. Reeve shot Berger 30 Cal 155.5 gr Fullbore projectiles, Vihtavuori N150 propellant and uses Lapua .308 Winchester brass exclusively.
The Sinclair International Fullbore Championship, presented by the
North State Shooting Club took place May 18-22 at Camp Butner, NC.
Reeve stated, “This year at Sinclair we had very hot weather and
tricky winds, which made for an exciting and challenging match. I knew my
components were up to the task no matter the condition.”
Reeve will be competing this August in the NRA Mid-Range Rifle
Championships at Camp Atterbury, IN.
Team Vihtavouri member, Paul Phillips, was recently crowned King of 2 Miles at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, MN.
King of 2 Miles is an Extreme Long Range (ELR) Rifle competition that challenges competitors to engage steel targets at various distances out to 3,525 yards. Phillips and his Team Global Precision Group members all shoot the 416 Barrett cartridge and load Vihtavuori 20N29 powder exclusively for their ELR platforms.
“Vihtavuori powder has provided the most consistent and lowest single digit SD’s of any powder we’ve tested. This is a huge advantage when attempting to impact steel plates beyond 1,500 yards. We must have very consistent ammunition,” stated Phillips, “Vihtavuori Powders played a huge role in our team member’s success of finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th.”
will be competing next at the 2019 NRA ELR National Championships at Camp
Atterbury in Edinburgh, IN.
Berger Bullets is shipping the new 6.5mm 156gr EOL Elite Hunter projectiles to exclusive retailers now.
The long-awaited 6.5mm 156gr EOL Elite Hunter bullets are purpose-built for hunters demanding a heavy-bullet solution for their Creedmoor, PRC, 26 Nosler and other 6.5 caliber long-range hunting platforms. EOL Elite Hunter bullets are “heaviest-in-class” and designed to break the common trend-line for today’s heavy hunting offerings. The sleek profile features an ultra-high ballistic coefficient (B.C.) and increased sectional density, delivering the highest energy retention upon impact.
EOL Elite Hunter Bullets utilize Berger’s
industry-leading hybrid ogive design, which blends tangent and secant designs to
optimize efficiency, reduce wind-drift, and minimize sensitivity to seating
depth. EOL’s are easy to load and shoot, and provide the unmatched accuracy and
performance that long-range enthusiasts expect from Berger Bullets.
Berger Production Manager, David Hamilton stated, “Our
successful product partnership with Extreme Outer Limits TV and participation
in long-range hunting has left customers eager for more EOL Elite Hunter
offerings. Our new 6.5mm offering is designed for today’s most popular long-range
The EOL Elite Hunter Series includes 270 cal 170gr and 7mm 195gr offerings. Contact your favorite Berger dealer for more details.
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
“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.
To learn more about the Hathcock Award, please visit ndia.org.
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
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
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
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
Lapua cartridge cases were used by nearly every single
F.I.S.S. competitor, a clear testament to their unmatched quality and “Passion