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IWA Shooting Day

03/07/2014 - RUAG Ammotec headquarters in Fürth, Germany hosted for the second consecutive time the International IWA Shooting Day event, in the wake of last year’s huge success; media members from all over the world have been invited to attend the launch–and live fire test! – of RWS, Sauer, Blaser, Mauser, ZEISS and Rigby new products in exclusive.

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A moment during the Rigby Big Game bolt action rifle live fire testing
A moment during the Rigby Big Game bolt action rifle live fire testing

Closely knitted with the IWA exhibition, being held on March 6th 2014 - the day before IWA officially open its doors to the specialized media and trade visitors - the 2nd international IWA Shooting Day has been a unique occasion for partner brands to showcase, and allow the rare privilege to test fire and experience the full range of features that their new products can offer, to a select few members of the international media.

This year, firearms, optics and ammunition manufactured by RWS, Sauer, Blaser, Mauser, ZEISS and Rigby have been available on the range before they will be actually presented to the public at IWA; for the occasion, a selection of the new hunting apparel and accessories introduced by Härkila have also been on display.

Ralf Vanicek, Product Manager RUAG Ammotec, explaining and discussing the shooting groups
Ralf Vanicek, Product Manager RUAG Ammotec, explaining and discussing the shooting groups

RUAG’s secretive and historical manufacturing factory in Fürth, Germany, where RWS, GECO and Rottweil ammunition is made, is located just 15 minutes away from downtown Nuremberg. The facility offers several indoor and outdoor ranges, including a 500 meter tunneled range (which features an actually curved longitudinal profile to follow closely the ballistic arc of most hunting and military calibers), a 300 meter open range, and even a specialized airgun range.

The 2nd international IWA Shooting Day commenced Thursday, 6th March 2014 at noon, with an official welcome to all participants and a Frankonian BBQ lunch, followed by a brief introduction to the event and new product presentations. Guests had been divided in groups, so that, when the five ranges reserved for the live fire testing opened at 13:00, everyone had the opportunity to shoot the available guns; a guided tour of a part of the ammunition manufacturing facility also took place. The event ended in the afternoon, at 17:00.

Mauser 03 testing in the 300m range with RWS Evo Green ammunition and Zeiss Victory V8
Mauser 03 testing in the 300m range with RWS Evo Green ammunition and Zeiss Victory V8
The Blaser Professional R8 XC with the Zeiss Victory V8 in the 500m range
The Blaser Professional R8 XC with the Zeiss Victory V8 in the 500m range
RUAG´s impressive 500m tunnel range in Furth, just outside Nuremberg
RUAG´s impressive 500m tunnel range in Furth, just outside Nuremberg
Another RUAG tunnel range in Furth, in this range gelatin testing was demostrated
Another RUAG tunnel range in Furth, in this range gelatin testing was demostrated
RUAG's 300 meter open shooting range in Furth
RUAG's 300 meter open shooting range in Furth

The hunting rifles presented at the event were available in a variety of calibers, and were fitted with Carl Zeiss Sport Optics riflescopes, including the new top of the line Victory V8 in both 1.8-14x50 and 2.8-20x56 with ASV LongRange variants, and RWS Evo Green lead-free hunting ammunition was available for live fire testing.

Hannes Dikhoff,  RWS Ammunition Product Manager, showcasing the new RWS HIT bullet
Hannes Dikhoff, RWS Ammunition Product Manager, showcasing the new RWS HIT bullet

This unique setting saw the introduction of many brand-new products, the most interesting of which we briefly highlight here.

RWS presented the HIT (High Impact Technology) centerfire hunting lead-free bullet, that will be available in a number of popular hunting calibers in the third quarter of 2014, while GECO introduced the Hexagon 9mm pistol Match loading featuring a specially engineered and extremely accurate hollow point bullet.

Mauser introduces a series of updates on its hunting rifles line, such as the threading on the M12 rifle muzzle to accomodate brakes or, where allowed, silencers
Mauser introduces a series of updates on its hunting rifles line, such as the threading on the M12 rifle muzzle to accomodate brakes or, where allowed, silencers
The innovative Blaser BD 14 "Bockdrilling", a combination rifle/shotgun with two rifled barrels and a smoothbore, the latter esclusively chambered in 20 gauge
The innovative Blaser BD 14 "Bockdrilling", a combination rifle/shotgun with two rifled barrels and a smoothbore, the latter esclusively chambered in 20 gauge
RWS introduces a new premium, lead-free center fire hunting ammunition line, loaded with the HIT (High Impact Technology) bullet: the RWS HIT
RWS introduces a new premium, lead-free center fire hunting ammunition line, loaded with the HIT (High Impact Technology) bullet: the RWS HIT
Zeiss showcased a series of new products, including the top-of-the-line Victory V8 variable magnification riflescope with ASV LongRange turrets
Zeiss showcased a series of new products, including the top-of-the-line Victory V8 variable magnification riflescope with ASV LongRange turrets
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