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18 Oct, 2012
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London 2012 Olympics
Team Fiocchi London 2012
Fiocchi New Catalogue 2012
Fiocchi New Catalogue 2012
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2011 Fiocchi Gold Shotshell Challenge
John Zambetti – Winner of the Fiocchi Gold Shotshell !
Most Recent Registered Shoot – 2011 Fiocchi Gold Shotshell Challenge at Ben Avery
Ben Avery Clay Target Center recently hosted the 2011 Fiocchi Gold Shotshell Challenge. The shoot featured some great targets. There was also a solid gold Shotshell that was given away – John Zambetti was the lucky winner! Congrats, John!
Lois Lessing, Sarah Newell and Kaitlyn Borie handled the registration and scoring duties, and they came off without a hitch!
93 Shooters took part in the main event, with Gebben Miles, Aaron Aslanian and Curtis Lessel coming out on top of M. John Yoxen, Greg Ostertag, and Gary McCraw lead AA class. Jim Eller, John Keaten and Nick Ida were the top of the A Class heap. In addition to the gold Shotshell, John Zambetti won B Class, with Joe Zerr and Mike Griffin in tow. Larry Welton, Blake Bottle and Barry Hartnett took C Class honors. Justin Dumbrowski, John Barks and Ralph Kouns were the top D shooters. E class had Zachary Clark beating out Jackie Stenton. There were soe great scores, so congrats to all.
75 shooters were in the Prelim, with Gebben breaking 98 and Gary McCraw breaking 94 to top M and AA. John Keatojn broke 84 for A1, Mike Griffin broke for B1, Aubra Evans was C1 with an 85, Ray Paglia shot a 79 for D1, and Candy Loncasty broke 71 to take top E honors and a punch!
FITASC saw 55 shooters duke it out with Gebben and Chris Parsons coming out on top. Lots of other good scores in there, but hats off to Tyler Encinas for his 82 for AA1.
The 5-Stand events saw Gebben Miles and Ray Brown tied atop the pack of 27 shooters on Friday – each with a 23 and a 25. Nice! Saturday’s 5-Stand saw Gebben with a perfect 50and some other great scores. Sunday saw Tim Miles with a perfect 50 to beat out the younger, more handsome Gebben Miles by 3 birds! Looks like those Miles boys have been practicing!
There was also sub-ga, pump and SxS events that looked like a lot of fun!
All the scores can be found on Lois Lessing’s site.
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Waterfowl ammo on the market
Extract from California Guns and Hunting - 14 Oct, 2011
Fiocchi has approached the non-toxic shotshell conundrum differently than many companies. Essentially, Fiocchi has come up with two “heavy” types of shot, as well as traditional steel shot loads.The relatively heavy shot is called Tundra, and it is offered in a “heavier than steel” (HTS) weight of 9.5 grams per cubic centimeter and a “heavier than lead” (HTL) weight of 12.5 g/cc (lead typically is 10 to 11 g/cc).
One of the things that separates the Tundra ammo from some of the other non-toxic loads on the market is that they have a deformation that is basically identical to lead. This is important in two ways. First, it means that the shot is choke friendly in that it will not harm chokes. Which, of course, means that traditional choking is fine translate that to be modified and full for most waterfowling. It also is important on the terminal end at and after impact. Even hard lead shot deformed a bit, and many folks have felt all along that it was that characteristic that gave lead a more apparent effect on the target than the harder shot that tends to cut through.
Regardless the theory, the Tundra loads have been received with applause, and work at least as well or better than other non-toxic shells on the market today.
Fiocchi non-toxic shotshells are available in 12-, 20- and 28- gauge.
The 20 Gauge Can Get It Done
by Tom Roster
Why are more and more shooters going to the 20 gauge in 12-ga. sporting clays events? Simple: because it works. The thinking and ballistics performance issues behind the decision to use the 20 gauge in 12-ga. events, however, are not immediately obvious. So let’s think our way through this reasoning.
Fact: More and more sporting clays shooters are realizing that they can save money on ammunition costs and experi- ence less recoil shooting no more than 7/8 oz. of lead shot at most sporting clays stations on most courses. Many of them, however, shoot best with their 12-ga. guns and so naturally want to use the 12 gauge whenever possible.
Before going further, let’s stop and figure out why many shooters discover over time that they shoot their 12-ga. guns the best. Some, in my opinion, jump to the incorrect conclu- sion that the reason lies in the 12 holding more shot than their smaller gauges. I assure you such reasoning is faulty. If you set up a clay target breaking test that removes shooter error (which I have done) at 30 yards to test the effectiveness of 11/8- , 1- , 7/8- , and 3/4-oz. lead loads of No. 71/2s or 8s for breaking clays, here’s what you’ll find. Regardless of gauge, and given equal velocity levels and choke effect among loads, whether using 71/2s or 8s, you will not measure one target difference in clays broken per 100 birds (50 crossers and 50 overheads/away) between lead loads weighing 11/8 vs. 1 vs. 7/8 oz. For the 3/4-oz. load, however, you will obtain a slightly higher score with 8s vs. 71/2s, and you will usually measure one or two targets less broken per 100 versus the three heavier loads.
So the reason shooters do better with their 12-ga. guns at 30 yards or less doesn’t really have much to do with the lead load chosen. The answer lies with the gun itself. Among shotguns, 12-ga. guns tend to be heavier, with meatier fore- ends and thicker grips than smaller-gauge guns. There’s also an accentuated pistol grip on many 12-ga. sporting guns these days, which is designed to increase the shooter’s grip and control of the gun and recoil even more. All of this makes for a better-swinging, smoother gun in 12 gauge than most smaller-gauge guns.
“The simple lack of readily available 7/8-oz., 12-ga. lead target loads in No. 71/2s or 8s from US manufacturers has chased many thinking shotgunners to shooting 20-ga. barrels on 12-ga. frames.”
The idea gun manufacturers worldwide have operated under for many decades, it seems, is that the purpose of gauges smaller than 12 is to produce a lighter gun. They have done so by making 20- and 28-ga. and .410-bore shotguns with narrower, less meaty fore-ends and skinnier pistol grips as well as smaller frames when compared to 12-ga. guns. Using these means, it’s possible to produce 61/4- to 7-lb. sub- gauge shotguns with or without 30” barrel lengths for over- unders and side-by-sides that are becoming increasingly popular. Such guns are great when having to tromp miles through the uplands for shots at pheasant, quail, or chukar or forests for ruffed grouse and woodcock.
But there’s a problem. When trying to shoot such guns at long crossers and overhead shots that predominate in water- fowl hunting and similar types of shots on sporting clays courses, few seem to be able to shoot sub-gauge guns as well as they can their 12s. The reason lies first in gun weight. A 7- lb. or lighter shotgun, regardless of gauge, recoils noticeably more than a heavier gun. What is more, it is just not as smooth a swinging nor as easily controllable firearm as an 8- lb. shotgun. Numerous are the times shooters swinging up on high overhead or long crossing shots with light shotguns find themselves uncontrollably out in front of the target— spelled missing. I know it happens to me and to every other really good sporting clays shooter or waterfowl hunter I’ve ever known (and I know and have shot with one heckuva lot of them).
Which brings us back to shoot- ing the 20 gauge in 12-ga. events. If 20 gauge and other sub-bore shot- guns are harder to shoot well because of the aforementioned lighter and whippier tenden- cies and increased recoil, why would anyone want to shoot a 20 in a 12-ga. event?
At the expense of reiteration, the reason again has to do with the desire to shoot lighter loads to reduce recoil and save on ammunition expense. That’s a good goal—ammunition- wise. But now the trick is to do it in a gun that you can shoot as well as your 12 gauge. Here’s how it’s being done.
Shotgunners wanting to shoot 20-ga. ammunition contain- ing 7/8 oz. lead shot charge weights at sporting clays stations featuring targets at less than 40 yards—or light nontoxic shot loads for general waterfowl hunting over decoys—tend to gravitate to one of two 20-ga. gun options. They either shoot 20-ga. guns with 30” or longer barrels built on a 12-ga. frame or have a 30” or longer 20-ga. barrel set made for their 12-ga. gun. The latter is the option I have personally gone to, as have many other excellent sporting clays shooters I know.
Now if you’re following all this, the question logically arises: Why mess with the 20 gauge at all and just simply shoot 7/8- oz. loads in the 12 gauge? The reason for US shooters is that currently, 7/8-oz., 12-ga. lead target loads at 1,200-1,275 fps just aren’t widely available from US shotshell manufacturers. With the exception of Fiocchi’s 12-ga., 7/8-oz., 1200-fps “trainer” load of 71/2s or 8s (stock #12780Z), a careful peruser of US shotshell manufacturers’ catalogs reveals that they con- tinue to either ignore completely loading 7/8-oz., 12-ga. lead loads or they treat them as two disparate specialty loads. That is, their 7/8-oz., 12-ga. shells are either 24-gram “international” loads at screamer velocities over 1,300 fps or they take the op- posite tack and offer 7/8-oz., 12-ga. loads at 1,100 fps or so ve- locities expressly for greatly reduced recoil. Other than Fiocchi, in other words, you just can’t find a decent, US-made, 7/8-oz., 12-ga. load of 71/2s or 8s at 1,200-1,275 fps.
What’s wrong with international 7/8-oz., 12-ga. loads at 1,325 fps or faster? In a word, recoil, which defeats one of the purposes of going to the 7/8-oz. load to begin with. It’s simply a heckuva lot more pleasant to shoot a 7/8-oz. load at 1,200- 1,275 fps than at 1,300-1,350 fps.
So, the simple lack of readily available—and what should also be more inexpensively priced—7/8-oz., 12-ga. lead target loads in No. 71/2s or 8s from US manufacturers has chased many thinking shotgunners to shooting 20-ga. barrels on 12- ga. frames. They then have in hand a nice-swinging, recoil-ab- sorbing, 73/4- to 8-lb. or so gun shooting a 7/8-oz., 1,200- to 1,275-fps load of 71/2s or 8s. Maybe one of these days, more US shell makers will start producing 7/8-oz., 12-ga. lead target loads with these specifications. Time will tell.
Old-World Business Acumen, Next-Generation Ammunition
by Laurie Lee Dovey in America's 1st Freedom
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New Chemical Tracer Shotgun Shells from Fiocchi Ammunition
Story by: Carolee Anita Boyles in www.guns.com
Shotgunners of America, rejoice. Fiocchi Ammunition has just come out with the neatest new training tool ever: Chemical Tracer rounds, part of the Canned Heat line, that are non-toxic, non-pyrotechnic, biodegradable, and safe for any modern shotgun.
“It’s probably the coolest training aid since the shotgun,” said David Shaw, Fiocchi’s marketing director. “In the evening it’s orange, and during the day it’s more like a white dot. It’s visible against a blue sky.”
The technology behind Canned Heat is simple; it’s the same stuff light sticks are made from. Fiocchi partnered with Cyalume Technologies to use their chemiluminescent light technology to create the chemical tracer for shooters. At this time, the only gauge that’s available is 12-gauge.
“It’s a 12-gauge shell with Cyalume Tracer and ¾ ounce of number 8 shot,” Shaw said. Some early shipments will be in boxes, but after that it will be in round cans……literally “canned” ammunition. Other loads are planned, including #7 ½ and #9.
The first Chemical Tracer ammo will be available through Cabela’s, starting about the first of April. A month or so after that, shooters will be able to find it at any Fiocchi dealer.
Shooters who have seen Chemical Tracer think it’s great, but instructors are ecstatic about it.
“We shot some Chemical Tracer at the Nationals in San Antonio as a test,” Shaw said. “Shooters can see it themselves when they’re shooting. But we’re getting rave reviews from instructors because they can stand behind their students and tell the students whether they’re above or behind the bird, or they need to lead it more or lead it less.”
Chemical Tracer rounds will come in boxes or cans of 10 shells; that’s really all it takes to get a good picture of how you’re shooting.
“The suggested retail price on the box or can of ten will be $19.99, so it’s about $2 a shot,” Shaw said. “You’re not going to shoot a whole box of them; you’re only going to shoot a couple of rounds at a time.”
That’s when you’re using it for a training aid, however; if you’re shooting it for fun, you may want to buy it by the case.
“We’ve already seen people who want to shoot it just because it’s fun,” Shaw said. “The shell has enough shot in it to break a clay target. The Cyalume Tracer is actually ahead of the shot string, and it stays in the dead center of the shot string out to 30 yards, and with the shot string out to 75 yards.
What’s even cooler than just using it as a training aid is what happens when the shot string hits a clay target; if you break the bird directly with the tracer itself, it lights up in the sky.”
Personally, I can’t wait to shoot Fiocchi’s Chemical Tracer rounds. I’ve been a terrible wingshot my entire shooting career; the idea of actually being able to see what I’m doing wrong pushes my button.
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Fiocchi’s New “Tracer Shotshell” With a twist.
by Jeff John in Guns Magazine Dec,2010
Fiocchi Ammunition has teamed with Cyalume, leaders in chemiluminescent light, to incorporate Cyalume lightstick technology into 12-gauge ammunition. The result is a 3/4-ounce shotshell with a non-pyrotechnic illuminator tracer for target shooters and hunters who use traditional shotshell ammunition loaded initially with No. 7-1/2, shot with No. 8s and 9 shot to follow.
The Cyalume ChemiTracer is activated by setback at discharge of the shell and closely matches the trajectory of the shot column out to 50 or 60 yards, giving shotgun instructors a positive instant feedback tool to help students learn lead calculation. The light is bright enough to be seen by the shooter and instructor in daylight, but is enhanced by the dimmer light found when shooting against backgrounds with foliage, and at sunrise and sunset.
The ChemiTracer is shock sensitive, however the additional loaded shells in the magazine or barrel can handle recoil without being activated, however, if a shell is dropped on concrete, it can be activated. Fiocchi engineers developed special loading techniques to ensure the crimp does not activate the capsule. The Cyalume capsule sits atop the shot charge yet doesn’t affect the patterning qualities of the shot column.
The Cyalume capsule, unlike other chemiluminescent lights, contains no phthalates and is non-incendiary, non-toxic and safe for the environment. So when the Cyalume capsule hits something hard (like a rock on the range on its downward trajectory), it may burst in an impressive display of color, which fades and leaves no residue to be cleaned up later.
During a demonstration at the Triple B Clays Shotgun Sports Park in El Monte, Calif., after the 2010 Hollywood Celebrity Charity Shoot to benefit the “Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry” at the City of Hope Hospital, more than 300 rounds were fired through O/U and semi-auto shotguns with no cycling malfunctions, giving spectators an impressive light show.
Only 12-gauge shells will be available at first. Plans for smaller bores shotshells, rifle and handgun rounds are in development.
Fiocchi’s ChemiTracer is part of the company’s new “Canned Heat” line of centerfire, rimfire and shotshells packaged in a container in which the ammunition is sealed air tight to enhance long-term storage.
Carlo Fiocchi, vice president of sales and marketing for Fiocchi ammunition, holds up the new 12-gauge ChemiTracer shotshell, its Cyalume capsule activated by a falling to the concrete pad on the 5-stand range. Note the Cyalume capsule sits above the shot charge.
Mike Love, Fiocchi’s area manager, launches a 12-gauge Cyalume illuminated ChemiTracer round at a clay pigeon.
More picture from Nevada Gold!
Pictures from the event
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Fiocchi Nevada Gold!
First Edition of The Fiocchi Nevada Gold
The First Edition of The Fiocchi Nevada Gold turned out to be a great success !
Tom Stack won the Gold Shotshell which was raffled on Saturday evening at the shoot banquet held at Desert Lake Shooting Club.
Tickets were originated by each entry a shooter took that week-end.
Tom participated to all of the events , congratulations to him !
Dave Crunden took the HOA ; Dave is a member of Desert Lake Shooting Club and a LV Metro Police officer.
The hospitality of Desert Lake Shooting Club was , as usual , impeccable and our thanks go to Jared and Chandra for “ making it happen “ for all of us.
Match director was , as in the best of traditions for Fiocchi Sponsored events , Dan Mitchell from Salem , Oregon and the fantastic targets presentations were created by Dave Fiedler , from Carson City, Nevada.
Following you will find a selection of pics from the event.
Beijing summer Olympics
We proudly announce the following results at the Beijing summer Olympics :
Men’s Trap : Silver Medal by Giovanni Pellielo (Italy)
Men’s Double Trap : Silver Medal by Francesco D’Aniello (Italy)
Men’s 25 meter Rapid Fire Pistol : Silver Medal by Ralf Schumann (Germany)
And we would like to congratulate the medal winners for the dedication and the efforts
put forward in achieving these tremendous results.
US Open June 24-28 2009!
CONGRATULATIONS for our Team
Winner HOA David Radulovich current Captain of 2009 Junior Team USA Sporting
- 1st Place Super Veteran Jack Concannon current Captain of Super veteran team
- 3rd place Anthony Matarese current Captain Open Team USA Sporting
- 4th Place Junior Abel Spire
- 6th Place Junior Ian Anderson
And thank you to all our members of Team Fiocchi who participated in the
2009 US Open.