[IWA 2022] Anschtz: Beyond the Gold

As it is known, Anschütz completely scooped gold at the Olympics this year; all gold medals
in biathlon were won with weapons from the company. A performance that caused quite a stir
and led to a closer look at the guns used. Although with a market share of 97%, this result is
more expected than miraculous.

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100% of Gold Medalists at the 2022 Beijing Biathlon Used this Gun

The 2022 Winter Olympics kicked off at the beginning of February and with the start of this huge event came one of my favorite Winter Olympic sports of all time – the Biathlon. For those that don’t know, the Biathlon is a tandem event that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. This event was officially introduced in 1960 as part of the winter games. The end results this year revealed one curious statistic that firearms owners may be interested to hear – all of the gold medalists for the 2022 Winter Olympics Beijing Biathlon events used an Anschütz rifle!

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POTD: NNSBA ECOAims Laser Biathlon Rifle

Below: Chief Petty Officer Jean Pyke shooting from the standing supported position with the latest biathlon laser rifle during Navy Nordic Skiing and Biathlon Association (NNSBA) training at HMAS Harman.

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POTD: The Unicorn HK200 Biathlon Rifle

TFB’s Photo Of The Day is where you discover the world of firearms through a camera lens. Every day we run a new theme, a few selected pictures with a short story and credit to the person behind the story. Today we have a unicorn alert with the HK200 Biathlon Rifle.

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New Anschtz Bionic: 3D printed Biathlon Rifle

New from Anschütz is the Bionic, a Fortner 1827 F action based rifle mated to a lightweight, fully adjustable biathlon stock. Anschütz is the de facto biathlon rifle, with “95% of athletes utilizing Anschütz rifles”.  The 1827 F action allows athletes to cycle the action via a flick of the finger and press of the thumb.  The new Bionic brings the 1827 F straight-pull action based .22 caliber rifles further into the future with a wild-looking 3D printed stock, available in 10 colors and with three selectable sizes of 3D printed grip modules.

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International Mountain Warfare Patrol in Bavaria

This article takes us to the South of Germany and Upper Bavaria, in the Chiemgau Alps. 15 teams from six countries met the challenges of the German Mountain Warfare Competition.

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Winter Olympics Anatomy Of A Biathlon Rifle

The Winter Olympics are here again, and this time it is held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The only sport in the Winter Olympics that uses a firearm is Biathlon. The rifles used in the sport are purpose built for this type of competition. Here is are two videos about the anatomy of these race guns.

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WINTER GAMES @ TFB: New Lapua Biathlon Xtreme

As a lover of everything winter, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to this season’s Olympic Games. And no, not the figure skating, you animals. Besides the bobsledding and the snowboard half pipe, since I was a kid the Biathlon has always been one of my favorite events. Cross country ski a few kilometers then square off in front of a 50m target for five precision shots – that’s skill. In timely fashion, ammunition manufacturer Lapua is announcing their new Biathlon Xtreme line of rimfire rounds perfected to perform in cold weather. It joins their already established Polar Biathlon line of competition ammo.

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Anschutz 160-year Anniversary Rifles

Anschutz is celebrating its 160-year anniversary. They have announced last year that in celebration of that event they’ll release eight limited edition rifles each month starting from July 2016 to February 2017. The first of July is the day when the company was founded. The total amount of anniversary rifles is 160 (serial numbers: 160 0001 – 160 0160): 20 pieces of each model. The rifles will be made with greater attention to details and will have engraved one of the logos below. The logos are different depending on whether the rifle is a hunting, target or biathlon one.

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The Military Roots of Olympic Biathlon

The summer Olympic Games include more than a few shooting competitions – rifle, pistol, and shotgun in several disciplines. But frankly, they are pretty dull to watch. No disrespect to the athletes (who are amazing shooters), but it’s a solitary challenge, and not something really suited to crowds of cheering spectators. The Winter Games are different, though. They include only one shooting sport, but it’s a heck of a sport: biathlon.

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Olympic Biathlon rifle- Anschtz 1827F Fortner

The biathlon has been an Olympic sport since 1960. It’s a combination of cross country skiing and rifle shooting in the prone and standing positions. Athlete’s get their heart rates going skiing a course, and then they have to shoot five circular metal plates on each round. In the prone position, they shoot at 45 millimetre (1.8 inch) plates, and at 115 millimetre (4.5 inch) plates.

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Another take on the Biathlon

Cars, snow and a machine gun … what is not to like? From the British Top Gear TV show …

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How to make Biathlon more exciting …

HAHHAHAHA … this video is very funny.

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