Federal Premium Ammunition is one of the leading ammunition manufacturing companies in the USA. Founded in 1922 by Charles Horn, it was a relatively small venture, however, the company continuously grew over the years and today Federal’s Anoka, Minnesota plant is a 700,000 square feet facility with about 1,500 employees working in three shifts, 24/7. Federal Premium is one of the Vista Outdoors companies along with several other ammunition and components manufacturers such as CCI, Speer, Blazer Ammunition, Estate Cartridge and Alliant Powder.
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Whether you are looking for ammunition for hunting, practicing, defense, competition or target shooting, you’ll most likely find at least one offering by Federal Premium suitable for your application. With a wide variety of products, this company has everything any shooter will need. Some of the product names made by the company, like the HST, have become synonyms of top-notch performance.
By visiting the Federal Premium’s website, you’ll see that the company offers ammunition for handguns, rifles, shotguns, rimfire guns as well as reloading components (brass, bullets, primers, wads). The company markets its products via the following six brands: American Eagle, Black Cloud, Federal, Federal Premium, Fusion, and Prairie Storm. Its products for the law enforcement customers are marketed in a separate Vista Outdoors website dedicated to LE products.
Federal Premium offers ammunition for handguns, rifles, shotguns and rimfire firearms. Within each of these ammunition categories, you can find a large variety of products with different loads and projectiles tuned for virtually any application. Over the years, the company has been involved in designing or co-designing cartridges, too. Perhaps some of the more known Federal designed cartridges are the .327 Federal Magnum, .338 Federal and .224 Valkyrie.
Federal Premium Rifle Ammunition currently includes 70 cartridges (from .17 Hornet to .50 BMG and every popular caliber in between) introduced in 8 product families and offered with many different bullet weight and load options. Overall, the company offers 389 products in the rifle ammunition line. The eight product families of rifle ammunition include the American Eagle, Fusion, Gold Medal, Non-Typical, Power Shok, Premium Centerfire Rifle, Premium Safari, Premium Varmint & Predator.
Federal Fusion line of ammunition is designed for hunters.
Federal Premium Handgun Ammunition includes 26 cartridge offerings (from .25 Auto to .500 S&W) in 10 product families. The number of offered cartridges in combination with 19 different bullets make a total of 129 handgun ammunition products currently offered by the company. The handgun ammunition product families include the American Eagle, Federal Personal Defense, Federal Target, Fusion, Gold Medal, Power Shok, Premium Centerfire Handgun, Premium Personal Defense, Syntech, Train+Protect.
Federal Premium Shotgun Ammunition is available in one of the six gauge options: 10, 12, 16, 20, 28 and 410 bore. These shotgun loads are also categorized in eleven product families: Black Cloud, Federal Target, Federal Upland & Waterfowl, Gold Medal Grand, Power Shok, Prairie Storm, Premium Personal Defense, Premium Slug & Buckshot, Premium Turkey, Premium Upland, Top Gun Sporting. Different combinations of gauges, product families and load types (from slugs to upland hunting birdshot loads) make 330 different shotgun ammunition products currently offered by Federal Premium Ammunition.
Federal Premium Rimfire Ammunition includes four cartridge options – .17 HMR, .17WSM, .22LR and .22WMR. The company’s rimfire ammunition is also marketed within several cartridge families that provide different features for different applications. The Federal rimfire cartridge families are American Eagle, Champion, Federal Small Game & Target, Gold Medal, Premium Rimfire Varmint & Predator.
Although the loaded ammunition is the primary product line of Federal Premium Ammunition, the company also offers a variety of reloading components including handgun and rifle cartridge cases, handgun and rifle bullets, muzzleloading bullets and primers, handgun and rifle primers, and wads.
Below you can find the Federal Premium Ammunition history timeline where you can learn about most notable events in the company’s history.
1922 – Charles Horn purchases plant and begins production of Federal.
1923 – Horn builds distribution through unique channels like barber shops, gas stations and grocery stores.
1924 – Federal adds .22 rimfire to the product line-up.
1934 – Horn helps institute 4-H Club Conservation Program—Federal becomes first company to sponsor camps nationwide.
1937 – The Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act passes after Federal encourages congress to do so. This self-imposed excise tax on ammunition and firearms raises billions of dollars to help enhance wildlife populations and their habitat.
1960 – Federal introduces color coding for shotshells – this safety measure becomes an industry standard.
1963 – Centerfire rifle and pistol cartridges join the product line.
1973 – Federal becomes the first company to develop steel shotshell loads.
1977 – Federal Introduces the Premium line of centerfire rifle cartridges.
1982 – Conservation partner Pheasants Forever is founded; Federal begins supporting the organization immediately.
1984 – Federal begins supporting National Wild Turkey Federation.
1985 – Federal sponsors NRA’s inaugural Youth Hunter Ed Challenge. We add Safari Club International and the Ruffed Grouse Society to the list of conservation groups we support.
1987 – Ducks Unlimited joins the ranks of Federal-sponsored organizations.
1988 – Elk populations get a boost when Federal begins sponsoring Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
1990 – Federal begins supporting Whitetails Unlimited’s private lands access program, POLITE. We also begin sponsoring the Future Farmers of America with Collegiate scholarships in wildlife management.
1991 – The future of the shooting sports gains strength as Federal begins sponsoring Boy Scouts of America and Becoming an Outdoors Woman programs.
1992 – Gold Medal Ultramatch helps America bring home Gold and Silver Medals in the Olympics.
1998 – Federal begins sponsoring the NWTF’s Women in the Outdoors.
2004 – Federal receives an award for 70 years of 4-H sponsorship.
2007 – The introduction of Black Cloud changes the face of waterfowl hunting.
2008 – Federal Introduces Trophy Bonded Tip.
2010 – Prairie Storm FS Lead is introduced, redefining performance on pheasants and other upland birds.
2011 – Federal celebrates its 90th anniversary.
2012 – Trophy Copper Rifle and Trophy Copper Sabot Slugs hit the market.
2013 – HST handgun ammunition joins the Premium Personal Defense line after being proven by the law enforcement community for years.
2016 – Federal rewrites the rules of range ammunition with the introduction of Syntech polymer bullet coating. Also, the 50 millionth Pheasants Forever edition shotshell is sold. A portion of the proceeds of every box purchased goes to support the organization.
2017 – Gold Medal Grand improves upon the legendary Gold Medal shotshell design, offering better reloadability, less felt recoil, and more consistent, powerful patterns.
2018 – The MSR 15 platform changes forever with the introduction of 224 Valkyrie, a cartridge that can produce supersonic velocities past 1,300 yards, with far less drift and drop than any other cartridge in its class.
Federal Premium Ammunition
900 Bob Ehlen Dr,
Anoka, MN 55303
Phone: +1 800-379-1732
Federal Premium Ammunition sponsors a number of brand ambassadors from shooting, hunting, competition worlds as well as firearms media. Currently, among the list of Federal Premium ambassadors found on the company’s website are Julie Golob, 22plinkster, Hickok45, Ashley Carroll, Caitlin Connor, Chad Belding, Colion Noir, Corey Cogdell-Unrein, Courtney Smith, Dakota Overland, Jake Wallace, Josh Froelich, Krystal Dunn, Mike Stroff, Missy Gilliland, Nick Hoffman, Steven Rinella, Troy And Jacob Landry, Vincent Hancock, Katie Jacob and Kayle Browning Thomas.
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