Winchester Shooters Dominate Summer Competitions

Michael Obert
Michael Obert accepts a check for $100,000 after winning
Bill Martin’s 100k Challenge. Photo courtesy of Richard
Winchester Ammunition
Winchester Ammunition

EAST ALTON, Ill. –-( The only thing hotter than the sweltering temperatures this past summer may have been the champion competitive clays shooters who were loaded with Winchester AA ammunition.

Led by gold medalists Kim Rhode and Vincent Hancock, who swept the Olympic skeet competitions in London, shooters loaded with Winchester AA ammunition won or placed in dozens of major competitions.

With the whole world watching, Rhode’s third career gold made her the first U.S. athlete to medal in an individual sport in five consecutive Olympic Games – a streak that began in Atlanta in 1996. Hancock won his second consecutive gold in men’s skeet, becoming the first person to win back-to-back golds in the event.

At the recent International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup Finals in Maribor, Slovenia, Joshua Richmond used Winchester AA ammo to win gold in Double Trap. Brandy Drozd added a silver medal in women’s skeet as did Hancock on the men’s side.

Winchester Ammunition has been the official ammunition of the USA Shooting Shotgun team since 1999, supporting the team in all international competitions and throughout their rigorous training.

The wins for Winchester continued on American soil where Winchester AA shooters lit up the sky at the summer’s biggest competitions, including at the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s Grand American – a two-week shooting marathon of events with thousands of competitors.

Don Hertes of Noble, Ill. won the Grand American Handicap championship and Michael Obert of Atwood, Ill. won Bill Martin’s $100,000 Challenge after qualifying with a perfect 100 out of 100 score. Both men were shooting Winchester AA ammunition, which was the number one selling shotshell during an event at which millions of rounds are fired.

Sensational South Dakota shooting siblings Matt and Foster Bartholow used Winchester AA ammo to win or place in more than 12 events at the Grand American, including wins for Matt at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Doubles event and the Browning Super 500 where he broke an incredible 498 of 500 targets. With the help of the Bartholow brothers, South Dakota’s team won the National Team Race event.

“Winchester is proud to support many of the world’s best clay shooters,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales. “The results speak for themselves – Winchester AA is the choice of champions.”

Winchester AA shotshells have been breaking clays all over the world since 1965. Winchester AA ammo is known for its legendary performance in competition and the High Strength Hull, which makes the shotshell a favorite among reloaders.

Olympic Champion Kim Rhode
Olympic Champion Kim Rhode

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