Gun of the Year 2021
David versus Goliath, Sparta versus Persia. Real heroes from ancient times. Krieghoff’s Gun of the Year 2021 is dedicated to these heroes. Heroodotus reported 300 Spartans fought to protect their King Leonidas knowing they were outnumbered by the far superior army of the Persian Empire – and thus chose certain death. Through their heroic sacrafice, the Spartans united Greece in their decision to resist the Persians. Despite the epic 480 BC defeat at the Thermopylae Pass, victorious battles at Salamis and Plataiai turned the tide and the Greeks were victorious in the end.
A look back shows what an epoch-making event the Persian Wars were. Their historical importance to the world cannot be emphasized enough. The success that the ancient Greeks were able to achieve in defending their homeland was not only celebrated with euphoria in ancient Hellas, but also still exemplified as the triumph of freedom over tyranny to this day. „ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ'“ a phrase born from tragedy now eternally serves as inspiration to military units. „Come and Take It“ cry the brave as they defend that which is important to them. This historic phrase, engraved on the Gun of the Year top latch resonates just as loudly today.
Together with the engravers from Creative Art, Krieghoff immortalizes the Spartans' sacrifice for the freedom and the future of Europe in this year's Gun of the Year.