Semprio In-Line Repeater rifle

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The Semperio is a new kind of rifle action, from the German company Krieghoff. Essentially the hunting rifle is built on a sort of push system wherein the forward portion of the rifle is pushed forward after firing, to extract, eject, and cock the hammer, then pushed back in to load, chamber, and lock the bolt into place for position of the next round. The bolt itself does not move at all within the rifle, as it stays in place, in the rearward portion. It appears that the bolt has some kind of rotating head like an AR bolt does, and this is what cams and locks in with the chamber. The magazine is removable, and is loaded while the forward portion is pushed out of battery, then concealed within the receiver of the rearward portion while the rifle is in battery. The safety and external hammer are located at the rear of the receiver, just behind the bolt. The company claims that having this type of action allows a hunter to keep their hands in the same position on the rifle, while not losing the cheekweld during a course of fire. It also lends itself well to a good take down rifle once disassembled.

The design has been out since at least 2013, but it looks like it is making its way to the states via various sporting stores. The company is branding it as an In-Line Repeater and is chambered in .223 Rem., .243 Win., 6,5×55 SE, .270 Win., 7×64, .308 Win., .30–06, 8x57IS, 9,3×62 with a magazine capacity of 3, plus one in the chamber. While the Magnum chamberings are 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., .375 Ruger, with a magazine capacity of 2, and 1 round in the chamber.

Semprio – revolutionary and unique. Optimised ergonomics and kinetics come together in this new Krieghoff In-Line repeating rifle. The result: fast, intuitive repeating motion with excellent target acquisition.

Accurate gun control and quick recovery after each shot combined with the classic elegance built into all Krieghoff firearms make the Semprio rifle stand out from all others. Completing the list of important Semprio features are the proven Krieghoff Universal Trigger System and Combi-Cocking Device – hallmarks of Krieghoff hunting guns.

Easy Take Down and compact storage size make the Semprio In-Line repeating rifle the perfect companion for the hunt.

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Retail price appears to be around $4,690 in the United States.

Much Thanks to TFB reader Hrachya H. for the tip!



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • DW

    Ok imma ask yuo tis: can’t a traditional pump rifle do just as well?

    • Anonymoose

      You mean “better?” Separating into 2 halves like that looks like it would yank you off-target and the open action looks kind of unsafe for field use. I would not want to get anything caught in there, be it plant material or body parts.

      • Major Tom

        Especially fingers.

      • DW

        Yeah, I forgot to type “if not better”.
        I’d imagine if Browning (the company now) had made a pump rifle with the same quality as their BLR, that would make the Semprio obsolete in every way.

        • Gusto

          They did The bpr, but it didnt selleri iirc

          Good rifle but The semprio is in another price Class

          And have alotta mo features
          Features like barrel/calibres swapping without tools, takedown
          Qr mounts integrated ett etc stuff that you amerikans dont seem to care for

          • DW

            You know these features are quite commonly seen on high end tactical rifles that still cost less.

        • Kelly Jackson

          Browning made one for the European market, it was basically the BAR but you had to manually cycle it. It wasn’t really pump either, more of a downward and back motion.

          • Blake

            Interesting. Looks like a BLR with a moving stock instead of a lever…

        • Wanderlust

          I have a BAR and also a FNAR and both have been quite reliable. Really pump and lever action kind of fill the semprio like roll pretty well but semi autos are pretty reliable now and for almost 100% reliable a bolt action is not that much slower then the above and likely much much stronger. I like new products but they have to serve a purpose.

          • Kelly Jackson

            Pumps are also great if you live in a state that doesn’t allow hunting with semi autos.

      • Gusto

        Obviously it is closed when you arenor shootin
        It only opens when you repad
        And it is a juntan rifle not a battlerifle

        It is way superior The a pump, with The proper gripande tecnique it is only one motion cuz recoils opens it and you just “pump” it back, thai motion puts you back in proper stan, eyerelief and on taget

        With a conventional pump The pumpning action modes The barret abort prolly of taget

        • DW

          …..what?

          • Gusto

            Obviously it is closed when you are out hunting, it only opens when you cycle The action

            Way superior to a regular pump
            Recoils almost does The first pump forwards and you only close it, and POA naturally returns

            Very intuative after just a couple of shots

            The regular pump motion takes long and is jerkier

          • Marcus D.

            I don’t really see any difference, both have two motions to eject and reload, just in opposite directions. This action is intuitively wrong, IMO. For a pump, the recoil brings the forehand back, opening the action and ejecting the spent shell or casing, and bringing the rifle back down on target naturally closes the action. Also, the scope on a pump rifle does not move, so there is no need to reaquire the sight picture. Both Colt and Browning made pump rifles, and both were renowned for their speed. And then there is always the straight pull action, which I personally admire, which also allows cycling without breaking the cheek weld.

          • gusto

            no that is the thing, it is intuative to you americans who grew up on pump action shotguns. we euros were not (even if we have been forcefed American TV/movies)

            extending your arm is quicker than retracting it and you let your shoulder shouldering the action do some of it. ideally you let recoil help you

            the regular pump jerks the barrel about twice in both motions, the semprios second movement settles it.

            Straight pulls most often makes people loose checkweld to because the bolt travels back towards your nose so you slightly lift your face as a reflex. the merkel helix does not because the bolt is enclosed but the other common straight pulls do for most people.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      Came here to ask the very same thing- What advantage does this system have over any of the pump action rifles that have been around forever?

      • Bursar

        For one us here in Australia may actually be able to buy this rifle. As pump action centrefire rifles are banned here.

        • Richard

          No they aren’t. Try the Remington 7600, 7615 or Vektor H5.

          • Bursar

            My bad I was thinking of shotguns. My fault for staying up late and watching youtube vids last night.

          • Tassiebush

            Ah makes sense. I’m prone to many a tiredness caused brainf@rt 🙂
            i actually think this one would get around the issueWA has with the Remingtons. What I read is their neurotic police firearms branch decided the 7615 was convertible to semi auto. This could never be converted.

        • Tassiebush

          No they aren’t

    • Division Charlemange

      Not as far as I understand it- while I haven’t used a pump rifle myself, I understand we’re typically talking 2-2.5 MOA accuracy at best for those?

      Apparently these things are quite capable of MOA accuracy.

      Somewhat of a moot point given that the intended purpose seems to be for snap shots under a hundred yards anyway. May as well get an SKS.

      • gust

        People don’t have sks’s in Europe for hunting

        762×39 isn’t legal for deer and gusto

        • gusto

          Deer and boar

      • DW

        I would imagine pre-Freedom group 7600 might make it to 1-1.5 MOA with good ammo, there is mechanically nothing stopping it, even the barrel is free floated.

        • gusto

          Don’t think sub moa is that uncommon for them.

          for a while they were really popular in the running deer shooting sport in Sweden.
          IIRC it was a olympic event at some point
          100meters and a moving target,
          to be competitive with a 10cm bulls eye I don’t think you could compete with a 2,5moa rifle?

  • mikee

    Just what we need! Another over engineered German rifle you can’t get parts for when broken. No thanks!

  • GearHead

    Oh those kooky Europeans and their silly work arounds for their even sillier laws. They seriously can’t believe this will be commercially successful in a land of affordable sub-moa SAPRs.

    • Sarig

      Eh? What does this have to do with law?

      • GearHead

        Is this not just an eccentric work around to have a quick follow up shot for countries that lack the ability to purchase semi-automatics? I can’t see this product doing well where the Browning BAR, Benelli R1 or for the more tacticool fellows the AR-10 pattern rilfes are available, not to mention the price disparity.

        • Alex Agius

          I doubt it, there are cheaper ways to do that anyway.

  • Max Popenker

    Pull-apart design is a century-plus old concept; IIRC even the almighty John Browning patented something to that effect but never put it forward for production

  • JASON B

    A bargain at twice the price 😉

  • CJS3

    An overpriced answer looking for a question.

    • marine6680

      I postulate that this qualifies technically as a break action, and may be allowed in places that only allow that type of rifle.

  • tazman66gt

    Besides the seemingly utterly useless action type, the main thing that I saw that caused question was how far up the rear sight was. That is absolutely horrible. Your sight radius looks like it is only about 6 inches. Why even include sights with that horrible of placement.

    • drambus ambiguous

      Express style sights on the barrel like that are very common on continental European hunting rifles. Next to stalking (tracking down the animal), driven hunts are very very popular in Europe. Many times being a “gun” means standing in very dense brush waiting for the driven animals. Most european hunting rifles have QD scopes anymore, so you take off the scope and use your express sights for sub 50m targets. The sight radius doesn’t mean much at this range and since you’ve got an optic for long range anyway, there’s no need to make the sight radius any longer.

      • Gusto

        And it dosen,t interferens with scopemounts/ The scopemounts
        You can set The scopemounts low enough for a proper checkweld that you can use for The irons aswell

    • iksnilol

      Short sight radius = quick aquisition.

      Kinda nice when boar is charging you.

  • Austin

    What advantages does this have over pump action rifles like Browning and Remington make?

    • Tassiebush

      The advantages would be the ability to takedown and change aside range of cartridges.

    • Cottersay

      In reality, it is standard over-engineered Germany design, caused buy the German disease of, “Can we do it, even if its a dumb idea and costs a fortune?” If the answer is “Yes”, then off the Germans go with their design team…

  • vereceleritas

    Anyone else read the title as Semi-pro?

  • Evan

    For $4700 I can get three good quality rifles of a proven design. No thanks.

    • Swarf

      For $4700 you could get 13 MOA bolt action rifles that you can operate without pulling the scope away from your face. A different caliber a day for a fortnight, provided you have a Sunday special.

      This thing is damn stupid.

  • DetroitMan

    I’m sure it’s a very fine rifle, but $4,700 is approaching the price of a basic double rifle, which I would much rather have. Or as an American I can buy any number of high quality self loaders for far less money. I can see the appeal of this rifle with Europe’s restrictive laws, but in the US there are much better options for less money. I’m sure some well heeled collectors and hunters will want to add this rifle to their battery, but there is no appeal for the rest of us.

  • Euroguns are so funny. Their hunters have SO MUCH disposable income compared to ours!

    • Bob

      I’ve been watching the Outdoors channel. What with game cameras, feeding stations, scent blocking clothing, tree stands, special coolers, baits, camo, rifle stands, sights/scopes, etc, I wouldn’t bet on that.

      • william

        In most of western Europe ob- and maintaining a hunting licence is not cheap and easy, so this has become a rich mans sport. Here in Holland it takes about 2500 dollar to follow a mandatory hunting course to be allowed to take the exam. And this is JUST to get your hunting licence, obtaining hunting rights will cost a lot more….

      • There are rich hunters in the USA, for sure, but they seem far less ubiquitous than in Europe. When was the last time you even heard of a European hunting with a $300 Savage or milsurp, for example?

        • incognito

          Milsurp (mauser m98k) is very common for hunting in northern Europe. That being said, the money needed for hunting in Europe varies wildly, so you can’t really look at it as a single entity.

          • Good point, I am mostly talking about Central and Western Europe, so I generalized a bit too broadly.

            Still, that area has an incredibly posh hunter culture, whereas Americans tend to lean more towards austere or geardo archetypes.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Hunting in Germany is a very ritualized event.
      It’s not like grabbing your Remington and Skoal and heading down to the pond

  • Spencerhut

    This is clearly a superior system to everything else ever developed. And since it’s also so reasonably priced I think I’ll take one in each caliber available. Will they throw in the scope for an extra $4,500?

  • Ahil925

    There are some Russian shotguns that use a very similar action (actuating the barrel) as dis the South African neostead iirc.

  • Jwedel1231

    $4700 for a pump action rifle. Maybe after I get my backup Lamborghini back from the shop…

    • FightFireJay

      Is $4700 for an over under shotty okay? Perhaps after the 26″ lift pickup gets out of the shop.

      • pithy

        BAM

  • Ryfyle

    What is the point of this Action.

  • Chester

    The hunting market is very different in Europe and the people that hunt have
    a much higher disposable income than the average hunter in the US. Go hunting
    in Denmark, Sweden or Germany and every guy has a Blaser, modern Mauser, a
    Sauer or some custom rifle often topped with a German optic and a suppressor.
    The usual kit is 4000 USD+ easy for the rig.

    I went on a driven hunt for boar during a business trip to Sweden and the gun
    they lent me was a semi-auto Sauer 303 in 8mm Mauser (really sweet gun) topped
    of with a S&B scope. Not what they would lend you if you went hunting in
    the US…

    I know hunting with semi-autos are very popular in Scandinavia and in Germany
    so I don’t think that rifle is constructed to curb laws.

    • Gusto

      Most Hunter are not like that thou (:

      Heck it was not that long ago i saw and oldtimer Hunt morse with a remington Rolling block :p
      Moster People have Huskvarna, sako, tikka etc etc
      The blaser is population because we can only have 6 rifles and The barrel/calibre swap is idiot proof! NO poi shift
      Close to stockholm and in The South of sweden it can get expensive and it arich mans sport

      Everywhere else it is a working man/womans thing and Rich guys to. In NO other circumstances Will so many different People from different Walks of life hang outsourcing
      Much of The hunting is done very communal
      Individuals dont have tags like in The US, areas have the tags and most areas are shared ones
      (This is for moose, bear, red and fallow deer)

      • Simon

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        • gusto

          Skyller på surfplattan(: jag tar tid på mig så att det ska bli rätt sen ändras det igen när man trycker på post

          I blame my tablet, I take time to make it correct but then it changes back when I hit post

  • El Duderino

    Wow, only $4700? Whadda deal.

  • Julio

    FWIW, this “new” rifle was introduced back in 2007. TFB: redefining news! ; )

  • Blake

    Somebody get one of these to Jerry Miculek & fast!

  • gunsandrockets

    Remington has nothing to worry about.

    Well, nothing from that rifle at least!

    • Cottersay

      Ha!! So true, as Remington is their own worse enemy.

  • gunsandrockets

    Wow. Just watch as the poor shooter flings all the weight of the barrel and scope forward then back, just to cycle the action!

    But hey, compared to a plain old Remington 7600, that new rifle is more compact, since there is less empty space in the receiver when the bolt is closed for firing. And all that ‘benefit’ for only seven times more cost! What a bargain.

  • Arie Heath

    It looks great, and is really interesting. However, I’m not spending that much for a deer rifle.

  • Wanderlust

    Meh, interesting idea but I bes stuff (like dirt) would get stuck in it pretty easy.

  • marine6680

    I bet these qualify as “break action” based on some language in some law for certain countries.

    Where various repeaters are banned, but break action is not.

  • Anon

    Oh, so it’s a Neostead, but as a rifle.

  • DW

    Yeah I feel you. Fuq autocorrect.

  • Marcus D.

    The price point is not that remarkable or over the top for a quality high end German rifle. Just look at the cost of a bottom of the barrel Blaser, which are in this range. Blaser makes (stunningly beautiful) rifles in the $20=$40,000 range. (For which I lust as a work of art but will never own).

  • mechamaster

    Interesting and unique operation mechanism, but still prefer the pistol-grip pump action like Sommer & Ockenfuss Griffrepetierer “Shorty”.
    ( or maybe revival of Burgess shotgun style but it’s different animal )

  • Frank K

    Wow. It’s hard for me to comprehend, German engineering had any thing to do with this Frankinstein build. I’ll sum it up in two words…Dirt and Debris…. Nuff. Said.

  • Doom

    So it is a really expensive pump action rifle, but much more prone to getting dirt inside of it? whats the point outside of having something different? especially in the US where you can just use a semi auto or a normal pump or lever action at 1/4 – 1/5 the price?

  • I liked the design better when it was called ‘pump action’ and ate 12ga ammo… and didn’t look like a Chechen zip-gun someone made in their basement!