“The beginning of a new era of perfection”, is how Blaser CEO Bernhard Knoebel has named the launch of the new Blaser bolt action rifle R8 in his preface of the brand-new catalog.

For the past five years, there has been one lingering question for the hunters and engineers at Blaser, regarding the Blaser bolt action rifle R93: How can this technically superior concept be taken to the next level? In order to answer this question the Blaser engineers, most of them passionate hunters themselves, kept a close connection to hunters around the world in order to respond to their requests.

The Blaser R8 line of rifles is truly the total package of accuracy, speed, and safety. With a Blaser precision tip, forged barrel and chamber, optimum barrel bedding, Blaser saddle mount, open sights, Blaser radial locking system, and perfect stock design for relaxed position of hand the Blaser R8 defines accuracy. Cocking the R8 automatically activates the illuminated dot of a Zeiss iC riflescope. Not quick enough for you? With in-line repeating, a “blind” magazine exchange, and a double loading option the Blaser R8 is as fast as they come. With safety first in mind, the Blaser R8 features a manual cocking system, automatic decocking when the magazine is taken out, and no unintentional bolt opening. All R8 models are also available without detachable magazine (except R8 Baroness and R8 Custom model with steel receiver).

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Features of Blaser R8 Rifles

One For All: Today you hunt in your home territory. Tomorrow you are on another continent. When it comes to your rifle, it is best o trust what you know.  

Accurate: Precision lies in the interaction of many details. Know them all. 

Blaser precision trigger: Excellent “crisp” characteristics. 

Forged barrel & chamber: Perfectly concentric.

Optimum barrel bedding: Large-scale barrel bedding exclusively in the receiver.

Blaser saddle mount: Mount is positioned directly above the chamber. The barrel floats freely. The point of impact remains constant.

Blaser radial locking system: Extremely strong and concentric. The locking system locks directly in the barrel without rotary motion.

Perfect stock design: Relaxed positioning of the hand. Steep pistol grip with distinct palm swell and optimal cast. Straight comb.

Fast: It is one thing to shoot in rapid succession. To be successful at it takes more than skill.

In-line repeating: Lightning-fast succession of shots. Relaxed posture.

Short cut: Sometimes less is more. Less rifle length gives you more freedom of movement. The unique design of the magazine above the trigger allows the overall length of the R8 to be significantly shorter than any conventional bolt action rifle. 

Changing stocks when needed: The precious wooden stock can be preserved by simply replacing it with the R8 Professional synthetic stock.

Changing rifle scopes easily: Each rifle scope and illuminated dot sight that is zeroed to the barrel can be interchanged.

Open sights: Quickest target acquisition when shooting over short distances thanks to the white contrast line in the sights and the white front sight. The open sights are completely made of steel and thus durable.

“Blind” magazine exchange: Within a split second, the magazine buttons can be operated. By spring force, the magazine is released straight into the shooter’s hand. The loaded magazine can be inserted “blindly”.

Double loading option: Even loading from the top of the magazine is possible.

iC - one move, two functions: Cocking the R8 automatically activates the illuminated dot (in combination with a ZEISS iC rifle scope). 

Perfect balance: The well-balanced weight distribution allows for fast handling and quick target acquisition.

Easy Care: In rough conditions a foreign object could cause a rifle malfunction. But that’s no reason for the hunt to be over. 

Easy to take down and clean: The R8 is stripped down and reassembled in a matter of seconds without the slightest change in the point of impact. Snow, dirt, leaves or needles are easily removed. 

Locked Magazine: The R8 magazine is only released when simultaneously pressing both release buttons. Unintentional drop out of the magazine is virtually impossible. In addition, both release buttons can be locked by a lever inside the magazine. 

Excellent protection: All metal parts of the R8 are either made of rustproof material or protected against corrosion with a specific finish. Barrel inside and chamber are polished and need conventional care. The closed construction of the R8 receiver prevents foreign object damage. When the magazine is stored outside the rifle, a protective cover will keep the dirt out.

Desmodromic trigger mechanism: One hundred percent reliability - even when iced or heavily soiled. The trigger system of the R8 is force-controlled. Cycling the receiver automatically resets the trigger. 

Safe: Be smart. Even if it never happens, you have to be prepared. Make safety a priority. It’s in your hands.

Safe transport: Well-protected and discreet. Passers-by will hardly notice that the compact case is in fact a rifle case.

Manual cocking system: An uncocked firing pin spring is the best safety system, the rifle is only cocked the very moment before shooting. By pressing down on the cocking lever, the firing pin spring on the R8 is uncocked again. 

Protection against misuse: If the magazine is taken out, the rifle cannot be cocked.

Automatic decocking: Removing the magazine unit automatically uncocks the rifle, when the receiver is closed.

No unintentional bolt opening: If the R8 is decocked with a locked bolt, the bolt handle is blocked. By slightly pushing the cocking lever forward while simultaneously pulling back on the bolt handle, the bolt opens safely; this slight movement does not cock the rifle. 

Around the world with one rifle: Thanks to exchangeable barrels, the R8 is the ideal companion on all continents no matter what kind of game you hunt. Trusted operation, familiar balance and stock are valuable factors for hunting success.

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