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IWA 2013: Rifles

News from IWA 2013 / All the new Rifles seen at IWA 2013 in Nuremberg, the most important European gun trade show for sport shooting and hunting

Rifles are a favorite of European shooters, much like the US market, but because of local laws and regulations, most of the trade is actually made of centerfire bolt action and traditional semiautomatic firearms (read as: non Military derived firearms), although the interest for the “black rifle” and the martial looking rifles at this edition of the IWA in Nuremberg reached never before levels of attention. It is taking this interest into account that the huge success and model proliferation of .22 LR rimfire replicas of military guns (submachine guns and assault rifles, both historical and modern)  should be put into perspective.

Few new models this year at the IWA, many already introduced at the SHOT Show in Vegas a couple months ago. Among these, the new Sauer 101, a basic hunting bolt action aimed at the value market niche.


In the end, we can judge the rifle market in Europe to be alive and well, especially considering both the very negative economical situation and the dark shadow of always possible restrictive legislation looming at the horizon.

The Sauer S101 “Classic” bolt action hunting rifle
The Sauer S101 “Classic” bolt action hunting rifle

Sauer S101

Sauer introduces at this edition of the IWA and Outdoor Classics the new S 101 bolt action hunting rifle, aimed to the middle price class of standard repeaters priced at less than 2000 Euros.

The S 101 is available in two models: the “Classic” model, featuring a dark walnut stock (pictured), and the synthetic Classic XT with a polymer stock featuring Soft Touch coating. A set of adjustable open sights fitted on the barrel is optionally available for both. The magazine is a durable synthetic built, double-stack unit holding 5 standard caliber rounds or 4 magnum rounds. The trigger is non adjustable, direct and very crisp set at 950 g; the action is bedded with the patented Ever Rest concept, and the barrel is permanently joined to the action with the companyʼs Heat Lock process.

Jean Christophe Sosthène, the technical consultant of Browning-Winchester International, with the new MARAL rifle during the 2013 IWA
Jean Christophe Sosthène, the technical consultant of Browning-Winchester International, with the new MARAL rifle during the 2013 IWA

Browning Maral


Browning presents at the european market the new carabine Browning Maral, with its breech confined in the receiver and its manual cocking system. unlike other straight-pull action rifles, the BROWNING rotating 7-lug bolt system is a guarantee of protection and absolute safety in the event of over-pressure. The breech is completely confined inside the gun’s receiver and does not interfere with aiming when re-cocking. The shooter keeps the target in his sights without any interference. This confinement also guarantees the cleanliness of the breech system. The Maral’s manual cocking system is designed for maximum safety in both beats and hides. The manual cocking button lets you cock your rifle just before firing, by moving it forwards, which puts the hammer springs under load.  Conversely, the system is uncocked by pushing the button downwards, which makes the gun inoffensive and completely safe.

The Blaser R8 Professional Success hunting rifle
The Blaser R8 Professional Success hunting rifle

Blaser R8 Professional Success

With the revolutionary stock of the R8 Professional Success, Blaser gives active hunters the crucial edge for continuous successful shooting. The R8 Professional Success stock provides a completely relaxed posture of shooting hand and arm, regardless of the aiming position. Thus, vexatious flinching is almost completely eliminated by itself providing the most important preparation for the accurate shot in any hunting conditions.

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