About Federal

Our Story

Technology is the lifeblood of Federal® Ammunition, and it’s been pumping through our veins since 1922. That’s when our founding president, Charles L. Horn, started a culture of innovation that has guided everything we’ve done for nearly a century, turning a company that began humbly in Anoka, Minnesota, into one of the world's largest producers of sporting ammunition.

It’s led to the development of thousands of specialized, high-quality shotshell, centerfire and rimfire loads for hunters and shooters. It’s instilled manufacturing and quality control processes that have made our ammunition the most trusted in the industry. Every day we manufacture products to enhance our customers' shooting experiences and provide an ideal choice for any pursuit. It's what makes us the most complete ammunition company in the business.

Today, we carry on Horn's vision for quality products and service with the next generation of shooters. With our CEO Chris Metz at the helm, we maintain our position as experts in the science of ammunition production.


Timeline Overview

  • 1922
    • Charles Horn purchases plant and begins production of Federal® shotshells.
  • 1923
    • Horn builds distribution through unique channels like barber shops, gas stations and grocery stores.
  • 1924
    • Federal adds .22 rimfire to the product line-up.
  • 1934
    • Horn helps institute 4-H Club Conservation Program—Federal becomes first company to sponsor camps nationwide.
  • 1937
    • The Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act passes after Federal encourages congress to do so. This self-imposed excise tax on ammunition and firearms raises billions of dollars to help enhance wildlife populations and their habitat.

      Wildlife Restoration
  • 1960
    • Federal introduces color coding for shotshells—this safety measure becomes an industry standard.

      Color Coded Shotgun Shells
  • 1963
    • Centerfire rifle and pistol cartridges join the product line.
  • 1973
    • Federal becomes the first company to develop steel shotshell loads.

      Steel Shot
  • 1977
    • Federal introduces the Premium® line of centerfire rifle cartridges.

      Premium Centerfire Rifle
  • 1982
    • Conservation partner Pheasants Forever is founded; Federal begins supporting the organization immediately.
  • 1984
    • Federal begins supporting National Wild Turkey Federation.

  • 1985
    • Federal sponsors NRA’s inaugural Youth Hunter Ed Challenge. We add Safari Club International and the Ruffed Grouse Society to the list of conservation groups we support
  • 1987
    • Ducks Unlimited joins the ranks of Federal-sponsored organizations.
  • 1988
    • Elk populations get a boost when Federal begins sponsoring Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
  • 1990
    • Federal begins supporting Whitetails Unlimited’s private lands access program, POLITE. We also begin sponsoring the Future Farmers of America with Collegiate scholarships in wildlife management.
  • 1991
    • The future of the shooting sports gains strength as Federal begins sponsoring Boy Scouts of America and Becoming an Outdoors Woman programs.
  • 1992
    • Gold Medal® UltraMatch® helps America bring home Gold and Silver Medals in the Olympics.

  • 1998
    • Federal begins sponsoring the NWTF’s Women in the Outdoors.
  • 2004
    • Federal receives an award for 70 years of 4-H sponsorship.
  • 2007
    • The introduction of Black Cloud® changes the face of waterfowl hunting.

  • 2008
    • Federal introduces Trophy Bonded® Tip.

      Trophy Bonded Tip
  • 2010
    • Prairie Storm® FS Lead is introduced, redefining performance on pheasants and other upland birds.

      Prairie Storm
  • 2011
    • Federal celebrates its 90th anniversary.

  • 2012
    • Trophy Copper® Rifle and Trophy Copper Sabot Slugs hit the market.
  • 2013
    • HST® handgun ammunition joins the Premium Personal Defense® line after being proven by the law enforcement community for years.
  • 2016
    • Federal rewrites the rules of range ammunition with the introduction of Syntech® and its exclusive TSJ® polymer bullet coating. Also, the 50 millionth Pheasants Forever edition shotshell is sold. A portion of the proceeds of every box purchased goes to support the organization.
  • 2017
    • Gold Medal Grand improves upon the legendary Gold Medal shotshell design, offering better reloadability, less felt recoil, and more consistent, powerful patterns.
  • 2018
    • The MSR 15 platform changes forever with the introduction of 224 Valkyrie, a cartridge that can produce supersonic velocities past 1,300 yards, with far less drift and drop than any other cartridge in its class.