In Action Pistol competition, speed is essential and getting on target fast makes all the difference. Koenig relies on his Leupold red-dot optic in matches where optics are permitted. He used his Leupold/Gilmore red-dot sight when he won the 2015 Bianchi Cup.
Koenig shoots an S&W Model SW1911DK built and named for him by the Smith & Wesson Performance Center. Chambered in .38 Super with a 10+1 round capacity, this pistol provides him with a higher capacity than a .45 ACP but also offers plenty of precision, speed and power to engage the most challenging targets. The pistol features a flat custom trigger as well for a consistent feel. (<a target=blank href=http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_764975_-1_772655_770653_757964_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y>http://www.smith-wesson.com</a>; 800-331-0852)
Of course, every range bag is usually full of smaller gear that everyone needs for a full and successful day of competition. Pros like Koenig have long figured out exactly what they need and what they don’t. He uses Oakley eye protection, S&W hearing protection, Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recover water mix, a bottle of water, SPF-30 sunscreen, Bill Rogers gloves by Safariland, a mini first-aid kit, Metalform spare magazines, a Pact timer and extra batteries, hand wipes and a small Allen wrench set.
Keeping his equipment from being damaged or easily pilfered is always a primary concern, and to safeguard his guns and gear Koenig uses Field Locker Mil-Spec Cases from Plano. Available as both pistol and rifle cases, these were originally designed to meet the demanding needs of military and LE users. These are the toughest cases available from Plano as they are made from reinforced, molded polymer and feature dual security latches, dual reinforced padlock points and are both water- and dustproof. (<a target=blank href=http://www.planomolding.com/hunting/hard-gun-cases/field-lockertm-mil-spec.html>http://www.planomolding.com</a>; 800-226-9868)
The Bianchi Cup involves several events that together form the overall championship. As shooters face each challenge, they have enough downtime in between to service and maintain their equipment to the highest levels. Koenig keeps his pistol clean and running with the 3-Gun Competition Cleaning System from Otis Technology. This compact and portable kit includes pull-through steel cables and all of the solvents and accessories needed to maintain and clean all 5.56mm rifles, 9mm, .40- and .45-caliber pistols and 12-gauge shotguns. It was designed with input from Koenig to meet the needs of modern competitive shooters. (<a target=blank href=http://www.otistec.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=060BD2F87A8847228866AA268678CF59>http://www.otistec.com</a>; 800-684-7486)
In competition, a single malfunction can cost you the entire match. Koenig insists on using the most reliable and accurate ammunition possible, and for this he turns to Hornady. Using .38 Super 110-grain XTP bullets, he custom loads his ammunition for maximum performance. Many competitive shooters rely on Hornady’s XTP bullet for its accuracy as well as its superior expansion and stopping power. (<a target=blank href=http://www.hornady.com/store/XTP-XTP-MAG/>http://www.hornady.com</a>; 800-338-3220)
Koenig wears a Bianchi Cup Open Rig Safariland ELS system with a 014 holster, which he prefers due to its ability to always keep his gun in the same place, no matter the activity. The rig is designed to fit the highly customized guns used in competition, which include a red-dot sight and a shroud for use on barricades. Koenig also had Safariland manufacture a custom magazine pouch with a magnetic retention system to keep his magazines easily accessible but secure during movement. (800-347-1200; <a target=blank href=http://www.safariland.com/competition-holsters/els-competition-rigs/>http://www.safariland.com</a>)
Most anyone who spends time around guns knows the name of Doug Koenig, even if you don’t follow competitive shooting. But if you have ever wondered why that name is so familiar, there is good reason. Koenig is widely considered to be the best all-around competitive shooter in the world, having won the NRA National Action Pistol Championship, also known as the Bianchi Cup, an unbelievable 16 times, including being the first to ever fire a perfect score and, separately, the highest score ever recorded of 1920-187x. This pistol competition combines speed and extreme accuracy, and it is considered one of the toughest and most prestigious tournaments in shooting. Koenig has been competing for 25 years and also hosts his own TV show, Doug Koenig’s Championship Season, which is about hunting, shooting and promoting an outdoor lifestyle. With this kind of experience under his belt, Koenig knows what works and what doesn’t. Scroll through the gallery above and watch the video below to take a closer look at what he keeps in his everyday range bag.
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