Blaser R8 Professional Tracking

The Blaser R93 Tracking features are now available in the R8 line as the R8 Professional Tracking. From the press release …

The new R8 Professional Tracking now provides dog handlers with the unique advantages of the R8. The manual cocking system allows the rifle to be carried loaded with a decocked lock. Even in extreme use, the magazine buttons can be locked within a split second, protecting the magazine safely against loss.

The detachable R8 magazine offers a very special and unique safety feature: If the magazine is not inserted into the rifle, shooting is no longer possible – this is the most reliable prevention against the access of unauthorized persons.

When designing the R8, the stock’s shape has also been optimised which makes it easier to handle and stabilise when shooting. Together with the special recoil pad, the shape of the stock reduces recoil. The sliding characteristics of the recoil pad have also been improved considerably which assists a fast gun mount.

All other characteristics and features which are essential for tracking, like a 50 cm short barrel and special sling straps, were adopted from the tried and tested R93 Tracking.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Auxin

    “Our gun might be pretty good at shooting, but let me tell you about how great it is at NOT shooting! If you make an angry face within 20 yards of the rifle, the built-in webcams detect this and deactivate the gun for three hours. Every time you pull the trigger you must also solve a sudoku puzzle before the sear will release.”

  • Other Steve

    I do like the straight pull. It’s awesome really, and if they can keep accuracy I think it’s better all around.

    I also like how short they can keep the action (about 3″ shorter) by combining the magazine and trigger.

    HOWEVER… I do not like that this means magazines are ultra-expensive. Since you’re buying a new trigger each time. That magazine changes are longer and require manipulation right near the trigger to change. That they call this a “safety feature”. And that the over-all cost of the Blaser series is somewhere between INSANE and Full Rtard.

    Other than those “little” issues, great.

  • Andrew

    If only they’d have put the rear sight on the receiver where it’d do some good.

  • tomaso

    no mention on how this is also a straight pull bolt system?….all so isnt the magazine and trigger group all one housing? or is this a change from that design? im a fan of the straight pull systems…love my K31 = )

  • Axel Nordberg

    The straight pull bolt of the blaser rifles is very different from the k31 rifles and the blaser rifles are known for very impressive accuracy. They do have heavy barrel versions for varminting, competitive long range shooting and tactical applications.

    The reason the rear sight is so far forward is because many European hunters use a 40-56mm scope mounted with a quick detachable mount. The iron sights are used for fast shots at close range exclusively, where the short sight radius isn’t an issue at all. If the rear sight were any further back it would interfere with the scope.

    The “safety” mechanism is propably there because it let’s you unload the rifle in a speedy manner. The previous blaser rifles had a “blind” magazine and could only be unloaded by racking the bolt. If you had seen the price
    tag of these rifles you would understand why this is a problem.

    /European hunter and engineering student

  • Other Steve

    WOW. You’re right. I can’t believe I didn’t notice the 6″ sight radius before!

  • Cymond

    The rear sight is really far forward, even for a barrel-mounted sight, which makes me believe they did that on purpose … for some reason that eludes me …

  • Axel Nordberg

    Yeah well maybe they did. It looks like it’s slightly longer than the sight radius on a full-size pistol, and the sights are to be used at roughly pistol range.

  • Komrad

    @Axel Nordberg
    The K31 is known for impressive accuracy as well. As good as 1 MOA with GP11 surplus in their original surplus configuration and probably better with a free-float stock, hand loads, a trigger job, and a good scope.
    The fun part is you could buy a dozen or more of them for the price of one Blaser rifle.
    Blaser may make a nice gun, but I could never justify purchasing one when there are so many other better and/or cheaper options out there.

  • Axel Nordberg

    I know the k31 is a great rifle, but I’ve never handled one. I don’t own a blaser myself, price is one reason. Another one is the magazine solution, although that might be remedied now. It’s not that I want to be able to reload quickly, I just like being able to unload the rifle after a hunting session without cartridges falling in the snow et.c. Don’t forget that the blaser come in a zillion different configurations and the tracking model especially is very light. Wether one prefers wooden stocked, rugged rifles of military configuration or the highly hunting-optimized and well thought out modern hunting rifles is a personal issue.

    Me, I own two rifles, a 24″-barrelled Mauser and an m14s from Norinco. The latter is my primary hunting rifle.

  • Major thanks for the blog post.Thanks Again. Want more.