The Blaser R93 is a popular German Hunting rifle offered in a multitude of calibers and barrel lengths.
Designed in 1993, it held many constructive novelties:
- Manual cocking system
- Straight-pull bolt action
- Direct trigger
- Original Blaser saddle mount
Its straight-pull bolt action is designed to withstand pressures exceeding the Mauser 98-type bolt-action-rifles significantly. The manual cocking system, locking the bolt when uncocked, offers the shooter to securely carry the weapon until cocking just before the shot. To avoid accidents with set triggers, Blaser offers the R93 only with a direct trigger.
Blaser also constructed a new scope mount, the Saddle mount, in which the mount is held by two specially formed holes in the receiver.
By changing magazine, barrel and bolt head, a multitude of calibers can be used in the same R93 chassis.
After a shooting accident near Koblenz in 1994, the R93 was criticised not to withstand high pressures and the bolt to unlock with excessive pressure.
An investigation by the DEVA concluded that the handloaded ammunition used, however, greatly exceeded the maximum legal gas pressure.
The R93 was upgraded to the Blaser R8 with a detachable box magazine / trigger combination. Parts for the R93 do not fit the R8 series, however.
In 2009, Blaser and Carl Zeiss AG began offering a scope that switches on a red dot when the R93/R8 are cocked ("Zeiss Illumination Control / iC").
Blaser Jagdwaffen GmbH · Ziegelstadel 1 · 88316 Isny, Germany · Tel.: +49-7562-702-0 · email@example.com
internal box magazine
aperture type iron sights, telescopic sight