Doug Koenig

Team Talks: Doug Koenig

Having the ability to switch out gear quickly and easily in competition can make all the difference. The Safariland ELS (Equipment Locking System) competition rig is used by Team Safariland member Doug Koenig for its speed and adaptability.

“It’s extremely versatile, and you have to have that versatility if you’re going to compete in the shooting sports today,” says Doug Koenig, winner of national and world championships in practical shooting, action shooting, all-around competitions, rifle events and steel shooting. Check out his demo on how the ELS locking system kit works with the Model 032 ELS competition belt and Model 014 Open Class competition holster.

The ELS rig is ideal for providing a mounting platform for any Safariland tactical or competition accessory for quick transfer to the two-hole mounting platform of the ELS competition belt. In addition, the Model 014 holster allows you to rapidly and easily make adjustments, so it can be used for multiple guns.

“I don’t have to reset the holster, have a separate holster and have that all set up,” says Koenig. “It’s just one system, one setup, and the gun is always in the same position. That way my draw doesn’t change, whether I’m shooting USPSA, Steel Challenge or NRA Action.”

One of the reasons Koenig loves using the Model 014 holster is that “It’s all about being consistent, fitting my body and fitting the system that I’m using,” he says. “It has adjustments for the cant, inside and out, and front to back so it really fits the shooter.”

Why is the perfect fit so important for competition shooting? If the pistol isn’t in the correct spot on your body—for example it’s canted too far forward or in or out—every time you draw and your finger hits the trigger in a different spot, you’re not going to get consistency.

“For accuracy it’s important to have consistency, it’s not necessarily about the speed draw, it’s about the gun being in exactly the same place every single time I draw the pistol,” he explains.

Add and remove accessories just as quickly with the ELS competition belt. “I can have single mag pouches, I can put on double mag pouches, I can put on AR 15 pouches, and once you put the receptacle in, it just slides in and you can adjust them on the belt.”

ABOUT DOUG KOENIG

Over the past 30 years, Doug has won more major championships than any other shooter in the world, thus earning the title of “The World’s best All-Around Shooter.” Doug has entered and won national and world championships in practical shooting, action shooting, all-around competitions, rifle events and steel shooting.

His shooting titles include:

  • Winner of more than 70 National and World Championships
  • 2016 NRA World Shooting Champion
  • 2016 Florida Open Carry Optics Division
  • 10-time World Champion
  • 2-time Gold Medal Rifle winner at ESPN Great Outdoor Games
  • 18-time Bianchi Cup winner
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Team Safariland: Doug Koenig

  • 21-Time Masters Champion
  • 2016 and 17-Time Bianchi Cup Champion
  • 2013 and 5-Time European Bianchi Cup Champion
  • 3-Time Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Champion
  • 1990 IPSC World Champion
  • 2014 and 6-Time World Action Pistol Champion

Every once in a while, a special sportsman comes along who redefines what it means to be a champion. Doug Koenig is that once in a generation talent, widely regarded as the best all-around shooter in the world.

Doug’s list of achievements and championship wins is daunting and may never be surpassed. A potent combination of speed, accuracy and skill has sustained him to succeed in various competitions, from the Bianchi Cup to the Steel Challenge. With nearly three decades of professional shooting experience under his belt, Doug continues to find motivation which fuels his hunger to win, by shifting his focus across disciplines throughout the year.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Koenig began shooting competitively at the age of 17. His first competitive match was in the winter of 1986, and from that moment on, he was bitten by the competitive bug. Working as a carpenter for his father, meant Doug had the free time and flexibility to pour his energies into improving and honing his shooting skills.

In 1990, a decision had to be made, and Doug decided to focus exclusively on shooting as a full time career. The change paid off and that very same year he made a stamp on the shooting world, scoring an unprecedented 1920-157x in the Bianchi Cup to take his first major championship. Smith & Wesson, Leupold, and Safariland continue to be major sponsors of his career, along with his Smith & Wesson Performance Center DK 38 Super 1911 has played a major role to Doug securing countless championship wins. Doug is also sponsored in his competition shooting achievements by Hornady, Otis, Gamo, NSSF, Chamber-View, Walkers Game Ear, Wilderness Athlete, Carbon Express, Plano, Bass Pro Shops, Custom Metal Products and H&M BlackNitride.

Doug attributes the incredible successes he’s experienced to always being extremely prepared, focused and disciplined during his range practice sessions to having a strong work ethic. Doug takes that same approach to his hunting and to his shooting competitions, by seeking out equipment and gear which will enhance his performance on the shooting range and afield hunting.

Doug’s TV show, Doug Koenig’s Championship Season promotes an outdoor lifestyle featuring remote hunting destinations to Doug on the firing line. Championship Season features a gritty combination of fast-paced shooting competition and in your face hunting adventure. Whether it’s bull elk, whitetails or competition shooting, one thing is certain…bullets will fly and it’s gonna be a wild ride!

 

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