Federal Premium Ammunition is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vista Outdoor, located in Anoka, Minnesota. With a workforce of nearly 1,500, They manufactures shotshell ammunition, centerfire ammunition, and rimfire ammunition and components ammunition.
Products and marketing
We sell hundreds of types of ammunition for a wide variety of customers and uses.
In 2019, we started selling directly to consumers through its online store. This was partially prompted by Walmart’s decision to stop selling certain calibers of ammunition. we also started a new service where customers can order hand-loaded ammunition customized for their needs.
On April 27, 1922, Charles L. Horn took control of a small plant in Anoka, Minnesota and refounded Federal Cartridge Corporation. Horn launched a distribution plan that involved merchandising Federal products in grocery stores, barbershops, and filling stations. In 1941, they won an $87 million contract from the United States government (approx. $1.3 billion in 2010) to build and operate the $30 million Twin City Ordnance Plant. They ranked 59th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production.
In 1977, William B. Horn introduced Federal’s Premium line of centerfire rifle and shotshell ammunition. They also owned Hoffman Engineering, a company that made electronic enclosures. In 1985, FEDERAL ammunition was sold to a group of private investors including Kelso & Company, BancBoston Capital, and members of the management team. The two companies were united under the name Federal-Hoffman, Inc and taken private during the sale. However, in 1988, Pentair Inc., a diversified manufacturer based in Minnesota, agreed to acquire FC Holdings Inc., the holding company for Federal-Hoffman Inc., for $175 million in cash and the assumption of debt. Federal-Hoffman has since split, and it is currently owned by Vista Outdoor. Vista Outdoor group, formerly a group of outdoor and sporting companies owned by Alliant Techsystems; was spun off from Alliant Techsystems in February 2015. Federal Cartridge does business today as Federal Premium Ammunition.