Team Grizzly Sets New US Record in the F-Open Division at Berger Southwest National Long Range Shooting Competition

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Led by Coach Trudy Fay, Team Grizzly slams the previous US record by 5 points with help from the team’s Kowa High Lander Binoculars.

Team Grizzly at Berger Southwest Long Range Nationals in Phoenix, AZ

It was an exciting day for Team Grizzly at this year’s Berger Southwest Long Range Nationals February 4-9. The team set a new US national record in the F-Open Division with a score of 1786 with 104 Xs, which beat the previous record by five points.

“We were in a bit of a state of disbelief. We were simply concentrating on winning the match and were unaware we set a new record until someone brought it to our attention,” says Shiraz Balolia of Team Grizzly.

According to Team Grizzly, the team’s Kowa High Lander binoculars made a huge impact on the outcome of the competition. Kowa’s High Lander PROMINAR model features Pure Fluorite Crystal multicoated lenses which provides precise color definition for a sharper image. With two 82mm objective lenses, the excellent light gathering capabilities made the High Lander the perfect spotter for Team Grizzly.

“The double eyepiece design is better than the single eyepiece normally found on spotting scopes,” says Balolia. “In addition the model we have uses fluorite crystal lenses which helped our coach read the mirage well and see tiny changes.”

When asked what the team plans to do now that they have secured the new record, Balolia stated they plan to continue honing their skills and will compete in most major matches in hopes of breaking their own record.

For additional questions regarding the Kowa High Lander binoculars, please contact Kowa Optimed at customerservice(at)kowa(dot)com or by phone at (310) 327-1913. Kowa High Lander binoculars are available through Kowa authorized dealers, including, proud sponsor of Team Grizzly.

About Kowa Optimed, Inc.: Kowa Optimed is part of Kowa Company Limited, one of the largest privately own companies in Japan. Founded in 1894, Kowa produces a wide variety of products in a number of industries, including healthcare, industrial, and energy conservation. Part of the Electronics and Optics division of Kowa Company Limited, the Kowa Optimed branch was established in Torrance, CA to provide high quality sporting optics, lenses, and medical products to North and South America. Since its introduction to the American markets in 1980, Kowa Optimed has become a brand known to the Western Hemisphere for their high quality, precision optics able to perform in even the most extreme conditions. The company's focus on leading edge technology, flexible machine technology, application software, and traditional optical technology produces a wide range of products designed to enhance the visual experience and provide vision solutions and diagnostics for all users.

Kowa Optimed offers an extensive line of binoculars, spotting scopes, telephoto lenses, and digiscoping equipment that excels in even the most rugged conditions. Kowa scopes and binoculars are available in a wide range of magnifications and sizes thus ensuring there is a Kowa product perfectly designed for every user's needs during any kind of outdoor activity. Our dedication to quality makes Kowa Sporting Optics a beloved brand from birders to sharpshooters to stargazers.

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