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UG KOENIG

AD TEAM RUGER
BY JOHN PARKER

I

n 1993, the San Francisco 49ers shocked
the world when they traded Hall of
Famer Joe Montana to the Kansas City
Chiefs. Earlier this year, a similar situation
occurred when Ruger announced that 18time NRA Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol
Champion Doug Koenig was joining them to
become their new shooting team's captain-
it stunned the competitive shooting world.
So how did it happen? Earlier this year
we talked to Koenig about his big move to
Team Ruger, his passion for accuracy, and
the future home of the Sportsman's Team
Challenge National Championship.

Evolving roles
A pro shooter's goals may change over
the course of a career. Sometimes a
change of scenery is necessary and
proper. Occasionally, the stars align and
opportunities arise.
"When Paul Pluff went to Ruger, we stayed
in touch," said Koenig (Pluff is Ruger's public
relations manager). "He shared his thoughts

with me about getting a shooting team
together, and I looked at the move as a great
opportunity to get in on the ground floor with
a great company."
The combination of Koenig maturing as
a professional shooter, whose still-fresh
career has reached lofty heights, and Smith
& Wesson's evolving needs as a company,
brought on the split. Additionally, the wide
range of Ruger's firearms lineup matches his
desire to branch out into other disciplines.
"Ruger has some fantastic products I can
compete with, but there are also opportunities
to be involved with new products," said Koenig.
"When I started out with Smith & Wesson 14
years ago, I was heavily involved with product
design, working with their engineers and product managers. They have their own thoughts
and they do it a different way now, which is
okay, but they haven't utilized the team under
those parameters in the last several years."
Koenig emphasized his passion for helping
create the firearms he will be shooting.

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