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MINNESOTA COMPANY TEAMS UP WITH U.S. SHOOTERS TO WIN OLYMPIC GOLD AND SILVER

 MINNESOTA COMPANY TEAMS UP WITH U.S. SHOOTERS
 TO WIN OLYMPIC GOLD AND SILVER
 Meili, Foth Earn Medals Shooting Ammunition
 Specially Designed for U.S. Team
 ANOKA, Minn., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1992 Summer Olympic Games marked the resurgence of the United States Shooting Team and American- made ammunition.
 USST members Launi Meili and Bob Foth captured gold and silver medals, respectively, in three-position small bore rifle competition in Barcelona, Spain. It marked the first time in more than 30 years that Americans won medals using ammunition made in the United States.
 Meili and Foth used .22 caliber ammunition designed specially for the USST by Federal Cartridge Company of Anoka.
 Meili, 29, of Cheney, Wash., captured the gold with an Olympic record score of 684.3. It's the first time an American woman has ever won the event. Foth, 34, of Clarence, N.Y., won a silver medal, becoming the first American since 1976 to earn a medal in the men's competition.
 Previously, the best ammunition was made in the Soviet Union and Europe; athletes from those countries had the first pick from the ammo lots while U.S. athletes got the leftovers.
 The beginning of the end of this inequitable situation came approximately two years ago, when Dr. Henry Cross, chairman of the USST, met with Federal Cartridge President Ron Mason to discuss the need for an American-made, consistently accurate match-grade cartridge.
 Mason then gave Federal's Product Development Group arguably its most challenging project in the 70-year history of the company. "First, we had to design and manufacture a match-grade cartridge superior to those made in England, Germany or Russia," said Mason. "Second, we had to convince the USST that by shooting our ammunition their chances of winning would increase. This was by far the most difficult challenge. To our knowledge, these athletes had never used American-made ammunition in world-class competition."
 To overcome the first hurdle, Federal's engineers experimented with bullet shapes, lead alloys and lubricants and conducted exhaustive tests until they were confident they removed all ammunition inconsistencies from the cartridge, named Gold Medal .22.
 "We pushed ballistics technology to the limit to create the highest performance cartridge in the world," said Mason.
 Federal passed the second challenge when Foth, who worked closely with the company in the development of the cartridge, captured a gold medal using the ammunition in the U.S. International Shoot in June. That victory signaled to the shooting world that the Gold Medal .22 was, according to Mason, "right on target."
 In addition to the new Gold Medal .22, Federal exclusively supplies the U.S. Olympic Team with several other ammunition products. Federal has been the official supplier to the U.S. team for two years.
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 /CONTACT: Ben Deutsch of Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin, 612-832-5000; or Ron Mason of Federal Cartridge, 612-323-2300/ CO: Federal Cartridge ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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