Gear Alert: Federal's Special Edition Centennial Shotshells

Nostalgic, limited-edition packaging from Federal's first birthday 100 years ago.

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posted on April 15, 2022
four nostalgic Federal shotshell boxes

Calling all collectors: Federal Ammunition is turning 100, and the company is releasing a limited number of four varied commemorative shotshell designs to celebrate. It's only natural that the venerable ammunition manufacturer would offer these to fans now--after all, Federal's history began with feeding America's scatterguns.

In Federal’s early years, shotshells were the heart of the lineup. Target loads went by many names and had many looks over the decades, from Hi-Power and Monark to Reliable and Champion, and many more. There are four different retro packaging designs to be released throughout 2022. These shells are offered in 12 gauge, shot size No. 8, in 25-count boxes.

Shotshell boxes are a great entry-level item for outdoor-themed collectors, because they're relatively inexpensive but appreciate quickly. What's more, early shotshell boxes were works of art. Prior to the 1940s, these boxes were almost all two pieces with a wraparound label of some sort which held the two pieces together and described the contents. Over the years, artwork came to play an increasingly important part in that wrapper, especially as more and more companies joined the fray.

By the late 1970s, shotshell boxes no longer featured artwork, and the number of companies that went out of business or merged with other companies following World War II had resulted in far fewer shotshell manufacturers. Federal's 100th-Anniversary commemorative shotshell boxes hearken back to that earlier era, where sport and art met.

“If you are a collector of hunting products or a fan of Federal Ammunition, you will want to make sure to add some anniversary-edition shotshell packages to your collection,” said Rick Stoeckel, Federal’s Product Director of Shotshell Ammunition. “Not only do these classic designs point back to the rich history of Federal Ammunition, but they will also look great on any display shelf or can be taken to the trap range.”

In addition to the special-edition shotshell packaging, Federal is offering retro packing for some centerfire rifle and handgun products to celebrate the 100-year anniversary.

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

Specifications:

TG12 8 / TOP GUN, 12GA 2 3/4-INCH, 1 1/8-OUNCE, 8 SHOT, 25-count / $10.99

 

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