Franz-Albrecht Öttingen-Spielberg The Boar Terminator

I saw this video on Facebook and Franz’s ability to one shot kill boar is remarkable. He is sponsored by Aimpoint.

I looked him up in youtube and found these. He explains one aspect of his shooting technique which is follow through.

Here is a video on breathing technique.

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  • Franz, we could use your help in Texas.

    P.S.: Get a bigger magazine.

    • hking

      I think a Dillon Aero on a helicopter would work better for a situation like that!!!

      • cs

        2000LB Mk84 JDAM from a a B1B would work best of all. If that’s not possible. 100lb of Tannerite surrounded by a trough of corn will also do the job.

        • Sulaco

          Take off and nuke it from orbit. Only way to be sure.

      • Cattoo

        I’m thinking flame thrower. Or an F4 on station ready with an old classic. A Nape n Bake run.

    • Anomanom

      Woohoo! Free pork!

    • Tassiebush

      Wow that herd is insanely huge!

      • Right?
        Meanwhile, clueless people get on their high horse and say “why on earth would you use a military rifle to hunt hogs!?”
        I would say because artillery is too expensive.

        • Tassiebush

          It’d be getting to a point where artillery may be more economical!

        • Tassiebush

          It’s actually a sickening site when you think of the financial and environmental costs of that problem. I can imagine the destroyed waterways, the ruined crops, eaten livestock and the vulnerable species of plants and animals these would munch down.

        • iksnilol

          What about beltfeds?

          A semi auto PKM mounted on a truck or something might be just the ticket.

          • Rock or Something

            Maybe, but it didn’t help Australian soldiers armed with Lewis guns during the great Emu Wars of 1932.

          • iksnilol

            True, luckily these aren’t emus.

          • Rock or Something

            I love reading the accounts of it though:

            “The machine-gunners’ dreams of point blank fire into serried masses of Emus were soon dissipated. The Emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic. A crestfallen field force therefore withdrew from the combat area after about a month.”

            -Ornithologist Dominic Serventy

          • Semi auto? Bro, do you even know me?

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, I am thinking economics so you can mount a thermal scope and suppressor on it. Put that contraption on a Prius and stalk them… the lazy way.

    • Paladin

      Alex, if you need help I am sure there are plenty of people on this site who would be more than happy. I can be in DFW in 2 hrs…..

    • The_Champ

      These critters are just starting to show up here in Saskatchewan. As big a pest problem as I have heard they are, a selfish side of me also wants the chance to hunt them.

      Haven’t witnessed any yet in my travels, but plenty of people have.

      • As fun as it sounds to hunt these, you DO NOT want them.

        • The_Champ

          Yeah, like I said that’s just me being selfish 🙂

          By the way, where was that photo of that massive pig herd taken?

    • Dan

      Sign me up. I could spend the winter down there.

    • Cattoo

      Oh Snap!! Is that hog heaven?

    • mosinman

      The Age of Men is over…. The Time of the Pork has come

    • Kyle

      That’s a lot of bacon. You got a couch to crash on? lol

  • Jeff Smith

    Had I been in the first video (the one with the bear), the video would have ended with:

    “…what’s that smell? Did…did you…poop your pants?”

    “…it, uhhh…it intimidates the bears…”

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Yeah that was nuts.
      I would have unloaded on mama, papa and baby bear. Nice trigger control.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    imagine him with a semi auto…….

    • iksnilol

      Would probably slow him down… or wouldn’t be precise enough.

      • Xtorin O’hern

        i’m thinking if he got a really well made semi and practiced a bit with it he could be even more effective, albeit that bolt gun he was using looked classy as hell lol.

        • iksnilol

          Depends, can you get it as sleek and comfortable as the rifle he already uses? Semi autos are always heavier than a comparable bolt action.

          • Xtorin O’hern

            you could likely get it as sleek and comfortable, but not as light

          • Xtorin O’hern

            after a quick search, i have found that the same company that makes his straight pull bolt action also makes a semi auto that appears to have the same ergos, i dunno about the weight though

          • swede

            but a heavy rifle isn’t necessarily bad for shooting moving targets, gives yo ua more solid swing

            even if the sauer 303 (the semi-auto) is a slightly above 1moa rifle the trigger is not as good as the bolt 202, and the 202 can easily be a 0,5moa, even if the distances aren’t so great it is not like Franz is taking heartlung shots he goes for the spine a much smaller target and moving. he needs that little bit of more accuracy inherent in the rifle

      • I aint buyin’ that.

        • ClintTorres

          I’m with you…Franz would be a hog killing machine with an AR-15 in something like 6.5 grendel.

          • swede

            we have calibre restrictions in Europe, I think he uses 270win (fast and flatshooting)

            but 270win, 308win, 6,5×55 is practically the minimum calibres you are allowed for big game which hogs are

        • iksnilol

          Me neither, I was just messing with you.

          Personally I’d go for a Dragunov if I am hunting hog or bear. It is in my ideal weight range.

  • Paladin

    What is the rifle he is using with the straight pull bolt?

    • ClintTorres

      Apparently, a Sauer 202

      • ClintTorres

        Nope, I was wrong. The guy above correctly identified it as a Merkel Helix.

        Accurate shooter ID’d it as a Sauer 202 but that model is not straight pull.

  • ClintTorres

    Hot damn! That boy can shoot!

  • Vitor Roma

    Man, the Merkel Helix is a thing of beauty, if such gun were developed in the 30s, it would have delayed the adoption of semi-autos.

    • ostiariusalpha

      And it is incredibly modular in the number of calibers that it can switch between. A real all-in-one sporting rifle, with that crazy straight-pull gear ratio bolt handle as well. As you’ve mentioned though, it is a real work of art to look at.

      • Mark

        Somewhat like the earlier Mauser 66.

    • swede

      the merkel has gotten som bad rep thou, problems with accuracy and reliability, but the barrel change is the best on the market, no tools even required

      problems that the blaser r93 and r8 does not have, blaser are often insanely accurate, factory production and a hefty price akin to a custom rifle but as accurate

      • Elgo

        You forgot the part where the Blaser R93 blows up in your face. The RX Helix does not.

  • Regulus

    Follow through is big on black powder. Seems like no one follow throughs their shots anymore

  • Broz

    When I was stationed in Germany in the early 70s I took the German hunting license course offered by the post Rod & Gun club…German hunting licenses are difficult and expensive to get…hunting itself is highly regulated an full of ancient tradition & ceremony…Boars however are considered nuisances and can be taken at any time…there is no ‘season’ on boars…the ‘feather’ seen on most German hunting hats (usually prominent around Oktoberfest time) are NOT feathers but bristles made from the beard of boar – the ‘saubart’…it’s usually made by the hunter’s wife – as a sign of his hunting prowess…in theory only a hunter can wear that symbol..Waidsmansheil!!!

    • iksnilol

      I thought the saubart was usually made from chamois hair?

      • Markus

        You’re thinking of a ‘Gamsbart’, which is more an Austrian thing and maybe the southern parts of Bavaria – those are made out of chamois hair. Northern Germany is known for their lack of mountains, therefore no chamois but lots of boars and therefore ‘Saubart’ Other regions use badger or deer hair (which results in a Dachsbart or Hirschbart respectively).

        • iksnilol

          Thanks for the info, it is interesting.

  • Tassiebush

    Franz really is just a fantastic rifleman. I’d be proud to be half as good!

  • The_Champ

    That first video demonstrates simply astounding shooting ability; not only is he repeatedly hitting fast moving targets, but he is doing so with precision and anchoring most of those pigs on the first shot. And he is doing so with a large caliber bolt action rifle.

    Incredible and far more impressive than almost any tacti-cool interweb shooter that I have seen.

    • Nicks87

      Apparently you guys aren’t hunters. Many of the deer I’ve harvested over the years have been taken on the run at distances beyond 75 yards. I will admit that most of them were shot in open country but the technique is still the same. It’s just like trap shooting, once you have a feel for how much to lead them it’s no problem.

      • The_Champ

        Yep you are right, you’ve shot some running deer so the shooting here is unimpressive.

        I am a hunter but besides a few coyotes I don’t generally shoot at running game because my shooting abilities aren’t up to that level and it would just be greatly increasing the chances of a poor hit and wounded animal instead of a clean kill.

        Of course poorly shot animals will happen to every hunter sometimes, but I don’t see the need to increase the chance of a gut shot critter.

        • Nicks87

          Shooting moving targets isnt that difficult. If you’re the kind of hunter that waits for the perfect shot you must be often disappointed. Or maybe you are shooting tame animals on a reserve.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I like how he wears a proper sporting jacket, as opposed to a Bass Pro t-shirt or a burlap sack like an American hunter.

    • manBear

      Hahaha … Go back to bed grandpa

  • Sulaco

    Did that last one from the tree stand get away? Lucky hog.

  • gunsandrockets

    There’s a couple old Mauser 96 straight-pull bolt action sporting rifles in a local gunstore that I handled a bit. Wow. Talk about a slick bolt; flick-flick and done.

    I’ve handled some of the old military straight-pull bolt actions and the Mauser makes even the Ross seem like mud in comparison.

  • gunsandrockets

  • derfelcadarn

    Impressive shooting ability and we assume that the harvested game will be used well. However the killing displayed here borders upon wanton, which is not a perception that hunters should in any way encourage.

    • mosinman

      doesn’t bother me, he’s killing them cleanly from the looks of it

    • The_Champ

      Is bringing down a dozen pigs different than bringing down a dozen ducks? Aren’t these critters something of a pest species that is almost impossible to eradicate?

      • AldanFerrox

        Boars are pests here in Germany. We need more guys like him.

    • swede

      how they do it in most of these places is that they only hunt it once or twice a year. so it isn’t so wanton, heck in spain they often hunt every third year but shoot EVERYTHING at the same time

      total eradication is not the goal here, they want to have small but manageble populations. hence they don’t shoot sows with piglets because that creates more problems.

  • tricompax

    In gemany hunting with semi autos is allowed, but mag capacity is restricted to two rounds. With bolt guns you can use any mag you want.

  • DIR911911 .

    any info on that rifle he was using?

    • Drambus Ambiguous

      Looks like a Merkel RX Helix.

  • tony

    Why isn’t he holding a rifle like Magpul has taught us?

  • Jeff S

    Noble family I believe? I wonder if he learned his skill from Opa?

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  • Mark

    True Jägermeister