Blaser’s Triple Barrel Bockdrilling BD14

Blaser BD14

Blaser’s new break action combination gun is a triple barrel design that gives shooters a lot of variation with each trigger pull.  The BD14 is a drilling gun, which derives its name from the German word for three and not the mechanical act of boring.

The top chamber/barrel is designed for the 20 gauge shotshell.  The lower chamber/barrel can be had in any of the following calibers:

  • 5.6×52 R (aka .22 Savage High-Power)
  • 6.5×55
  • 6.5×57 R
  • 7×57 R
  • 7×65 R
  • .308 Win
  • .30-06
  • .30 R Blaser
  • 8×57 IRS
  • 9.3×74

The third chamber/barrel can be had in one of these four calibers:

  • .22 Hornet
  • .222 Rem
  • 5.6×50 R Magnum
  • 5.6×52 R

It appears the third barrel, mounted on the right side of the gun, is adjustable allowing for regulation with the primary barrels.  Trigger weights are listed as 1 lb, 7 oz.

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  • William Johnson

    But no .22LR, seems like a design flaw to me.

    • wetcorps

      If you have the monney for a drilling, you don’t care about cheap ammo ^^

      • Vhyrus

        Did you just call 22lr CHEAP?!

    • Nathanael S.

      I’m sorry, but aren’t there ALREADY too many .22LRs in this world? I mean, come on.

  • Fred Flintstone

    That makes me chubby.

  • JaxD

    1lb 7oz trigger? Does that qualify as a hair trigger?

    • hod0r


  • iksnilol

    Drillings? Old news, kinda weird. Mainly because they are a bit of everything in one package – with all the pros and cons of that.

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    What counterbalances the right barrel? Most drillings keep balanced by having two barrels on top of one or one on top of two.

  • Julio

    This came as a massive surprise at IWA this year. New, affordable, bockdrillings simply didn’t exist before the BD14, and the old or expensive ones generally couldn’t be easily regulated to shoot to the same point of aim like the BD14 can, so you had to stick to the specific loads your gun had been set up for when it came from the workshop (they were never produced in factory quantities) if you wanted all the barrels to converge at a given range (also set during production). What a bockdrilling offers is a gun that handles like a 12g O/U, but gives you a choice of a full-power deer or pig load, or a lighter small-game load, or whatever you want to put into a 20g hull (bird shot, buck shot or slug). It’s not for driven shooting, or for big bags, but rather for hunting whatever/whenever, and doing so in style. Optics are on QD mounts and carried in a case or pouch for attachment when needed. The rest of the time it’s all about point-and-shoot instinctiveness over the irons. It all depends whether you like unusual, I guess, but if you do, the BD14 has plenty of WTF appeal.

  • Part of the problem is that the title says “Blockdrilling”. The correct name is the “Bockdrilling” BD14, which means “buck triple” or “buck triplet”.

    • Thanks for catching my typo. What is the other part of the problem? Maybe I can correct that also.

      • My apologies, I thought I’d picked up on something else and I hadn’t. I’m very sorry if that came off as snarky! I think I was typing tired – always a rookie error 🙂

  • Dj 708

    It was always my understanding that these were popular in Europe because of the high cost of private firearms ownership in certain countries and limit to number of guns that one could own. These were a way to get several guns in one firearm. I am not sure these have a mainstream place in the USA, but then again we gun owners are as unique as any group of people and having something that no one else has at the range is always an attractive idea to most gun owners. I like them and would consider a spot in my safe for one depending on what it ended up costing me.

    • Schadavi

      The main reason is the european hunting legislation. You basically rent the hunting rights to a certain area (only the hunting rights, there is still agriculture there) and are allowed to hunt all game species in this area according to a plan by the local hunting bureau.
      That means you don’t go hunt deer, you just go out hunting, where you could come across a deer, boar, rabbit or duck, and a drilling allows you to bag any of these animals.
      That being said, most hunters today use bolt action rifles or o/u shotguns, hunting areas with a good mix of game animals are very rare.

    • G

      I live in a country (Sweden) where there is a limit for how many hunting weapons a normal hunter can own. Switch barrel rifles are popular here because of that limit. However I don’t know a single person who has bought a combination rifle because of the limit. People buy combination rifles (such as drillings) because it is easier
      to carry around a combination rifle than a rifle AND a shotgun (or in case of the BD14:

      BD14Two rifles and a shotgun).

      • G

        That’s strange. I copied “BD14” from the headline and tried to paste it into the text (twice) but I couldn’t see anything so I typed BD14 instead and posted the message.

  • gunslinger

    i would have thought there would be more of a vertical pyramid, than one canted tothe side.