Lapua Returns to the 2021 Precision Rifle Expo

Lapua, the “Official Ammunition of the Rimfire Precision Rifle Series”, will be onsite during the 2021 Precision Rifle Expo October 30-31 at the Arena Training Facility in Blakely, Georgia.

Along with displaying the highest quality centerfire ammunition and components, Lapua has teamed up with Vudoo Gun Works to demo state-of-the-art Vudoo rifles fired with Lapua Center-X ammunition. This unique opportunity will enable rimfire enthusiasts to experience Lapua’s unprecedented quality and precision when paired with Vudoo Gun Works platforms.

“We are so excited to return to the Precision Rifle Expo in Blakely, GA,” commented Adam Braverman, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The Expo is the perfect place for shooters to test both themselves and equipment. I think shooters will be thrilled with the performance of the Lapua Center-X Ammunition.”

The Precision Rifle Expo gathers the top manufacturers and talent of the long-range precision rifle shooting community, while providing a unique opportunity to see and experience the equipment used by the best shooters in the country. For more information, visit www.precisionrifleexpo.com.

Jack Neary Wins 2021 BR Nationals Sporter Grand Aggregate

Congratulations to Team Lapua’s Jack Neary on winning the Sporter Rifle Grand Aggregate at the 2021 National Benchrest Shooters Association (NBRSA) Nationals. Jack fired the winning aggregate of .2174” using a 6mm PPC cartridge loaded with Lapua cases and Vihtavuori N133 powder. Neary uses both Lapua cases and Vihtavuori powders exclusively.

The Sporter Rifle Grand Aggregate consists of (5) five-shot groups at 100 yards, and (5) five-shot targets at 200 yards. Firearms are restricted to 10.5 pounds or less, and chambered in 6mm or smaller.

Congratulations to Rob Seeman and Don Rosette who finished a close 2nd and 3rd with .2222” and .2232” aggregates respectively. Seeman and Rosette also used Lapua cases and Vihtavuori powder for their Sporter Rifle top finishes.

“The NBRSA Nationals attract the best shooters from across the country, and I’m honored and humbled with the win. Lapua’s unmatched quality and longevity continue to give me a competitive advantage. Whether in practice or on the firing line during competition, Lapua’s cases provide the confidence knowing that I never have to worry about lost shots due to Lapua’s superior case quality,” Jack said.

The 2021 NBRSA Nationals was hosted by the Holton Gun Club in Holton, MI, September 20-25th. For more information about the NBRSA, visit www.nbrsa.org

Lapua Cup 300 M Finals 2021

The Lapua 300 meter European Cup Final 2021 is in the books! The final event took place in Winterthur, Switzerland last week. Despite travel restrictions, shooters from 13 countries were able to participate in the matches.

At the beginning of the event, the highly respected shooting judge August “Guschti” Wyss received the Gold Medal of the ISSF for his tireless efforts for the European shooting world. His international career started 2007 in Winterthur with a Lapua European Cup and now as he is retiring, he will finish his career in the same place and at the same event. We wish Guschti happy retirement!

The podium results of the 300 meter Lapua European Cup final were as follows:

300 m Standard Rifle Open (pictured)
1. Tomasz Bartnik (POL)
2. Karl Olsson (SWE)
3. Steffen Olsen (DEN)

300 m 3-position men (pictured)
1. Tomasz Bartnik (POL)
2. Gernot Rumpler (AUT)
3. Bernhard Pickler (AUT)

300 m 3-position women (pictured)
1. Elin Ahlin (SWE)
2. Karolina Kowalczyk (POL)
3. Jenny Tovseth Vatne (NOR)

300 m rifle prone men
1. Bernhard Pickler (AUT)
2. Robert Markoja (SLO)
3. Gernot Rumpler (AUT)

300 m rifle prone women
1. Anja Senti (SUI)
2. Elin Ahlin (SWE)
3. Muriel Zuger (SUI)

300m European Cup Super Final
1. Karolina Kowalczyk (POL)
2. Karl Olsson (SWE)
3. Gernot Rumpler (AUT)

Congratulations to all athletes on their success, and we hope to see you all next year again! For full Lapua European Cup results, see results.sius.com/Championships.aspx

Bob Blaine wins ABRA Nationals with Lapua Center-X Ammo

Congratulations to Bob Blaine for winning Factory Class of the Auto-Benchrest Association (ABRA) 2021 Nationals. Blaine won using his blueprinted 10/22 target rifle firing Lapua Center-X ammunition. The Center-X was test-fired and matched to his platform at the Lapua Rifle Performance Center in Marengo, OH.

Blaine commented, “The Lapua Performance Center was an experience like no other. They tested several different lots of Center-X, allowed me to view group sizes at 50 and 100 meters simultaneously, and then helped identify the best performer in my platform. This gave me the confidence to succeed, knowing if I paid attention to the wind and range conditions, I could bring home the win. A game-changer for any rimfire competitor!”

The ABRA Nationals were held September 3-5th at the Kettlefoot Rod & Gun Club in Bristol, OH. Course of fire consisted of six targets, with a maximum score of 200 points per target, totaling 1,200 points. Blaine’s winning score of 1,114 tied with Pam Gates, and the tie-breaker determined by their “high target” for the event. Blaine’s high target score of 190 bested Gates 189 for the victory. Congrats to Pam for her 2nd place finish, and to her husband Doug with a 3rd place score of 1,110.

Keith Trapp Wins Delaware State Long Range Championship

Congratulations to Team Lapua’s Keith Trapp winning the F-Class Target Rifle (F-TR) category of the Delaware State Long Range Championship. Shooting is .308 chambered, 700-platform rifle, Keith won the High-Master class with a Grand Aggregate score of 1162.34, ousting the next competitor by 18 points.

The Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club hosted the Delaware State Long Range Championship on August 28-29th, 2021. Iron sights class was held on August 28th, with any sight competing on August 29th.

“The Lapua 308 Palma brass continues to amaze me on how many times I can reload it. I won the match with brass that had been fired nine times. This gives me the utmost confidence that whether I have 2 or 12 firings on my Lapua brass, I will continue to get the same outstanding results. Lapua cases, combined with Vihtavuori N150 and Berger 200.20X bullets, enabled me to earn the top spot in the first round and stay there the entire match,” commented Trapp.

F-Class Target Rifle (F-TR) category has strict requirements of a “ready-to-go” rifle weighing no more than 18-lbs. Chambers are required to be unmodified and use a standard .308/7.62 NATO or .223/5.56 NATO.

Team Zero/Lapua’s Dave Lange Wins Multiple National Titles

Team Zero/Lapua’s Dave Lange has had a busy and successful 2021 championship season.  Lange won the individual .22 National Championship title at the CMP National Pistol Championships this past month. Just days later, Lange won silver in the individual and gold in the two-man .22 and .45 during the NRA National Precision Pistol Championships. Lange competes using Lapua Center-X rimfire ammunition.

The 2021 CMP National Pistol Championships took place July 7-12th at Camp Perry, Ohio. Camp Perry hosted over 600 competitors and 50 Teams, including military marksmanship units from across the country. Camp Perry, located in Port Clinton, OH, has hosted annual National Competitions since 1903. Since then, Camp Perry matches have grown to many disciplines, including Trophy Pistol/Rifle, National Smallbore, and National Long-Range Matches.

The NRA National Precision Pistol Championships were held July 20-21st at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. The 2021 Championships included the National .22 Championship, centerfire and .45 for both individual and team matches. “2021 marks the third 22 cal. National Championship match I’ve won using Lapua Center-X ammunition. From earning the first 22 EIC Distinguished Pistol Shot badge, to winning several indoor, outdoor and team national championships, I depend on the accuracy and reliability of Lapua Center-X ammunition at every match. For many years of competition with several different lots of ammunition, I would like to thank Lapua for the quality that is delivered in every box,” commented Lange.

Luke Johnson Wins NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championship

Congratulations to Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Center Manager, Luke Johnson, on winning the 2021 NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championship this week at the Ridgway Rifle Club in PA. Luke won the Hunter Rifle Class (110/120) while his Team Lapua teammate Cathy Winstead-Severin (110/120) captured the Standard Rifle Match. Luke’s combined total in both Hunter and Standard Rifle (217/240) propelled him to the 2021 overall Championship. Cathy followed closely (214/240) in 2nd overall with Laura Goetsch in 3rd (210/240).  Team SK’s Erich Mietenkorte (209/240) finished in 4th place.

Luke, Cathy, and Mark Pharr combined to propel Team Lapua into the NRA National Champion position in both Standard and Hunter Rifle. Team Berger’s Dustin Flint and John Mullins combined with Team SK’s Erich Mietenkorte to capture 2nd place in the Team competition in both rifle classes.

Team Berger’s John Mullins won high Senior with 203/240 edging out Team Lapua’s Mark Pharr at 200/240.

The 2021 NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championship took place in Ridgway, PA on Aug 7-9. It consisted of 3 x 80 round relays, all fired from the standing position. For each relay, shooters engage ten chickens at 40 meters, ten pigs at 60 meters, ten turkeys at 77 meters and ten rams at 100 meters.

Johnson’s Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition is matched to his firearms at Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Center. Unique lots of ammunition are tested at 50 and 100 meters simultaneously, identifying the best performing ammunition for purchase. This service is available to all shooters who wish to gain a competitive advantage. Schedule your testing here at either of Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Centers located in Mesa, AZ or Marengo, OH.

Team UltraDot-Lapua Wins CMP National Title

Congratulations to Team Ultradot-Lapua on winning the 2021 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Civilian Championship title in .22 Rimfire division using Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition.

Camp Perry hosted over 600 competitors and 50 Teams, including military marksmanship units from across the country. Camp Perry, located in Port Clinton, OH, has hosted annual National Competitions since 1903. Since then, Camp Perry matches have grown to many disciplines, including Trophy Pistol/Rifle, National Smallbore, and National Long-Range Matches.

Team Ultradot-LAPUA members, Adam Kopstein, Ron Steinbrecher, and Andrew Esposito are outstanding individuals who have worked together to bring home the title amongst many world-class, and military shooters.

“Winning at Camp Perry is like winning at no other match, the history, the camaraderie, and the competition are second to none,” commented Kopstein. “We want to thank Lapua for the generous support of our team, we are proud to use and represent the best rimfire ammunition company in the industry. Lapua helps us, and others, to achieve our best.”

Congratulations to Team Ultradot-LAPUA and best of luck as they head to at Camp Atterbury to compete in the NRA National matches.

Kick-off for Lapua European Cups

After a long wait, Lapua European Cups (pistol and rifle) have finally been plugged. The first Lapua EC 25 m was in Aarhus, Denmark on June 11-13, with shooters from five different countries. The top competitor at the opening of the season was Adrian Schaub of Switzerland, who won both the Centerfire Pistol and Standard Pistol events. In addition to Schaub, Peter Tkalec (SLO), Allan Gejl (DEN) and Jan Truelsson (DEN) clenched their spots at the Lapua EC Final at the end of the season. The following 25 m pistol Lapua European Cup will take place at the Männikku shooting in Tallinn, Estonia on 9-11 July.

The Lapua 300 meter European Cup was launched in Zagreb on 15 June. Existing Covid restrictions prevented some countries and athletes from participating in the season opener, but shooters from 7 countries were able to attend the event.

The first discipline was the 300 m Standard Rifle Open, where for the first time men and women competed in the same class. Swiss shooter Silvia Guignard took home the win with a result of 583-18X. Silvia continued her awesome early season by grabbing victories in the women’s 3P and prone matches as well.

Definitely worth a mention is Gilles Dufaux from Switzerland who shot a perfect 600 points in the men’s prone match.

Lapua EC 300 m 21 Zagreb mens prone

The cherry on top was that Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Guernsey from USA participated in the prone event. Nate, a Lapua sponsored shooter, was a welcome addition to the match and the first American shooter to attend the 300 m Lapua Cup in years, maybe even in a decade.

Nate Guernsey at Lapua EC 2021

Due to the corona, the planned Lapua 300 m European Cup in Eskilstuna, Sweden had to be cancelled, so the next 300 m competition will take place in mid-August at the Skibby shooting range in Aarhus, Denmark.

For full results in Lapua European Cup events, see https://results.sius.com/Championships.aspx

Luke Johnson Wins Lapua Super Shoot

Congratulations to Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Center Manager, Luke Johnson, on winning the Lapua Super Shoot. Luke won the Standard Rifle class with a score of 176 out of a possible 200 and a shot a perfect 40 out of 40 in the Hunter Rifle to win the class with an aggregate score of 185.

With Luke’s perfect score in Hunter Rifle, he joins the elite 4-member club of registered masters who have shot a perfect score in both Standard and Hunter Rifle silhouette disciplines. Luke obtained his perfect score in Standard Rifle at the 2017 National Silhouette Championship.

The Lapua Super Shoot took place May 29-30th at the Silhouette Capital of the U.S., Ridgway Rifle Club in Ridgway, PA. It consisted of 3 x 120 round relays, all fired from the standing position. For each relay, shooters engage ten chickens at 40 meters, ten pigs at 60 meters, ten turkeys at 77 meters and ten rams at 100 meters.

“This was my 3rd perfect 40/40 of my silhouette career, all have been shot with tested Lapua Center-X,” stated Johnson, “There have only been 10 different competitors to ever fire a perfect score in registered competition. This was a special 40/40 with it being my first in Hunter Rifle class.”

Luke’s Lapua Center-X .22LR ammunition is matched to his firearms at Lapua’s Rimfire Performance Center. Unique lots of ammunition are tested at 50 and 100 meters simultaneously, identifying the best performing ammunition for purchase. This service is available to all shooters who wish to gain a competitive advantage. Schedule your testing here!