Federal Premium® Ammunition recently named David “Doc” Frederickson its honorary historian. Since the company’s founding in 1922, Federal Premium has revolutionized the science of ammunition production, and Frederickson has captured nearly all of the company’s landmark achievements with a collection of memorabilia spanning this rich history.
At an early age, Frederickson was an aspiring collector of firecrackers, BB guns and medicine bottles. As he grew, his father introduced him to the outdoors and shooting sports, and his collection began reflecting this newfound passion.
“When my dad and I would go hunting, I would pick up all of the spent shell casings I could find, paying close attention to the older objects—items I felt had a sense of history. It was during this time that I became fascinated with the Federal brand and its story,” said Frederickson.
In 1972, he met with Federal founder, Charles Horn, and received permission to document the company’s historical information and packaging. In the following decades, Frederickson accumulated rooms full of ammunition packaging, advertising and records, and he wrote books chronicling these historical assets. But it wasn’t the products and packaging, or the books he published that he remembers most fondly.
“Most of my memories are of those early visits to the company headquarters, all of the amazing people I’ve met over the years, and how supportive they have been to me in helping foster my collection,” he explained.
Today, Frederickson is a staple at the organization as he continues to capture the history of the company. Read the complete news release.
A short film of his amazing story can be viewed at: http://www.federalpremium.com/premium_moments/doc.aspx