Passion and perfection!
1886 the first Krieghoff was built. Throughout this journey, we have gained over 125 years of experience day by day which we have used to continually improve our products and develop new innovations. Today many hunters as well as clay target shooters trust in the quality and precision of our Hunting and Sporting Guns.
The beginning of Krieghoff lies in Suhl, Thuringia in 1886, where Ludwig Krieghoff and his partner founded the arms factory Sempert & Krieghoff. Since the company’s founding the main focus lay on building fine hunting guns. Even today Ludwig Krieghoff’s principle “Die Läufe schießen, aber der Schaft trifft!”® (You shoot with the barrels, you hit with the stock) still stands. Therefore custom stock making became an integral part of the Krieghoff gun making process and guaranteed the excellent shooting results with Krieghoff guns – and still holds true today.
In 1916 Ludwig’s son Heinrich founded his own company in Suhl which later incorporated his fathers business. An able engineer and business man, Heinrich developed amongst other things a semi-automatic rifle and a hookless shotgun. He also enhanced the legendary Krieghoff drillings, which are still part of todays production program.
After the war Krieghoff relocated to Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, in 1950 and quickly gained ground again. The development of the K-32 shotgun bestowed international acclaim upon Krieghoff, especially when Kenneth A. Jones won the world championship in trap shooting in 1966. Dieter Krieghoff emigrated to the US at the end of the 70ies and claimed the American Clay shooting market for Krieghoff. In particular the K-80, the successor to the trendsetting K-32 is highly coveted amongst American shooters.