The German hunting guns manufacturer Blaser Jagdwaffen GmbH started to manufacture combination guns already
in the late 1960. Blaser D99 -drilling was introduced to the market in 1999, in addition to the same construction
based on twin rifle barrel D99 Duo was introduced in March 2000 at the IWA Fair in Nuremberg. Later came the
model D99 Trio, with all three barrels, are rifled.
Drilling is a folding weapon for hunting, which usually has two shotgun and one rifled barrel. In general, the rifle barrel is placed under the shotgun barrel, but in the Blaser D99 -drillings the rifle barrel is placed on top of the shotgun barrels. When the rifle barrel is placed on top of the shotgun barrels, the sight line will not be unnecessarily high. The low sight line, in turn, makes it easier to take the elevation lead into the shooting distances of different lengths.
Blaser D99 -drilling have three barrels (length 57.5 cm), two of which are am improved cylinder choked shotgun barrels with caliber 20/76 and one rifled rifle barrel with caliber .243 Win. For the rifle barrel there are a number of different caliber options, including; .222 Rem, .243 Win, 6.5x55 SE, .308 Win., 30-06, 5.6x52R, 7x57R, 7x65R ja 9,3x74R.
Blaser D99 -drilling has a so-called Jäger-breach block mechanism, which was patented in Suhl by the rifle manufacturer Franz Jäger over a hundred years ago in 23.11.1906. On the breach block mechanism, the end of the barrel is closed with a separate closing block (bottom part), which contains the firing pins. This breach block at the same time reduces the recoil effect on the firing mechanism itself. The Jäger-breach block is very strong and stable, allowing the use of lighter metals elsewhere in the lock body, which in turn reduces the total weight of the gun.
The weapon has a double-trigger firing mechanism. The front most trigger releases, depending on the position of the selector, either the rifled rifle barrel or the right-handed shotgun barrel. When the selector is in the top position, releases the front most trigger of the rifle barrel. The rear trigger releases, regardless of the position of the selector, always on the left-hand shotgun barrel. The barrel selector is positioned to the right of the trigger guard and the other end is visible on the right side of the folding latch.
There is no set trigger (Snellar) in the weapon, because the trigger pull is really good. The weapon has a so-called Double Lock System, which means that the weapon is cocked only when the shooter cocks it by pushing the cocking slide to its front position. Usually drilling is cocked when the gun is folded and then closed.
The Rifle barrel is free-floating (Thermo Stabil), which means that they have not been soldered onto each other. The advantage of this is that the hit point will not change with the thermal expansion of the barrels. Barrels and cartridge housings are manufactured by cold forging, of the toughest possible steel quality. The lock frame is anodized and the surface of the barrel is nitrided to ensure maximum protection against rust. The contact surfaces of the barrels and the lock are polished steel.
The Drilling's shotgun barrel endures for steel and magnum cartridges firing. The weapons inspection center has hit the proof markings at the gun, the German eagle under which the letter "V", and the French Lily-sign. V = "Verstärkter Beschuss", i.e. freely translated, the weapon will withstand magnum cartridges for greater gas pressure. In turn, the French Lily-sign means that the drilling's shotgun barrel can be fired with steel-loaded cartridges.
In the Drilling, the barrels are aligned so, that when firing the gun all the three barrels projectile hit points should be at the same or at least very close to each other at the desirable distance. This should also be successful when using the optical sight device. At least with D99 -drilling this distance is about 35 meters, apparently also with D99, when the shotgun barrel is used with a Rottweil Exact 20/76 Slug cartridge. The Exact Slug cartridge contains 26 grams of a Gualangi-type lead slug and plastic stopper with muzzle velocity of 455 m/s. When the Exact cartridges is used, the shotgun barrels slug hit points should be located about five centimeters (5 cm) from the hit point of the rifle barrel.
Walnut wood, which is used in Blaser guns, is up to 300 years old and is imported from the Caucasus mountain range, specifically Turkish from eastern Anatolia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. High in the mountains, in the most modern, arid conditions, especially due to the long cold winters, trees grow very slowly. The slowly growing tree is harder and thicker so the pattern of wood is beautiful. However, the wood which is used Blaser guns, is taken from the stump part of the tree and its root trunk, which must be dug from the ground. Just root trunk cut into the so-called crude blanks (a kind of planks). Blanks are treated to reduce the tannic acid contained in the tree, as well as to kill mushrooms and potential insects. After treatment, blanks dry for months, particularly in ventilated storage areas. After this, the blanks are cut and planned into their coarse shape. The blanks are dried further in a special drying chamber where the blanks are kept for a maximum of five months, so that the moisture in the wood does not exceed 8 to 9%.
After the blanks have dried enough, the stock wood quality control is executed and the quality class of the wood is determined. The blanks for the Blaser weapons are classified in nine grades (Grade 3–11). The more unusual is the pattern of the wood, the greater the number that indicates the quality class and the more valuable it is.
The logs are cut to their rough shape by CNC machining, but the shape and surface finish is always handmade. The stock is also available with a special, shiny "Super Finish" treatment. Wood parts of the gun is not recommended to be oiled with weapon oil, but with a separate gun stock care oil/waxes.
Blaser D99, presented in this article, all wood parts are Grade 7. The hand guard is a wider model with a darker, ebony wood on its head part. The cheek deck is a Bavarian pattern and has an additional grooving, highlighting the shape of a cheek set. Different engravings are available for the gun's wood parts.
There is possibility to have integrated recoil absorber (kick stop) inside the stock. Kickstop absorbs the weapon's recoil by about 20%. The recoil absorber is a steel cylinder that is filled with granulated tungsten. The suppressor adds a little bit of weapon weight, but as said to reduce the recoil and in addition stabilizes the weapon.
Different engraving patterns are available for the metal parts of the firearm. The most expensive hand engraving uses a gold coating. On the D99 Super Luxus model on this page, the long side plates have a hand-held engraved oak leaf pattern and in addition an animal engravings. This weapon is produced in 2014. On the left side are the capercaillie and on the right side the fighting black grouses. Also on all surfaces of the locking frame, the trigger guard and the top of the cartridge casing are oak-leaved engravings. The Oak-leaved engraving can also be found in the locking latch of the hand guard. In addition, the underside of the pistol grip has a metal plate engraved with the initials of the owner.
Blaser BD 880
The Blaser introduced in 1988 to the production of a new drilling model, based on the SLK -system (SLK = Single Lock Action). The SLK -system was developed by Gerhard Blink and Meinrad Zeh. It was of one of the most popular Blaser gun models and its production was continued until 1999 when the new gun model, Blaser D99, replaced it in production. The Blaser D99 -drilling is still in production, 20 years of first introduction. The Blaser D99 Trio and Duo models exited from the selection during 2018.
Blaser Infinity 2.8-20x50 iC
Riflescope for the gun, at the picture, has been selected the Blaser Infinity 2.8-20x50 iC riflescope. The riflescope is attached to the gun by Blaser -type inner rail mounting. Riflescope’s measurements are: length 343 mm and weight 770 g. Optical eye distance from the ocular lens is 90 mm.
The light transmission of the Blaser Infinity riflescope lenses is over > 90%. 58 mm objective lens diameter provides 7% more light yield than traditional 56 mm objective lens. The Lenses also have a CCC-multilayer coating (Color Corrective Coating), which provides natural neutral colors, high contrast view regardless of the lighting conditions. In turn, SLP (Smart Lens Protection) protects against dirt and moisture. The riflescope is water-and dust-tight, filled with nitrogen (nitrogen filling). Thanks to the good light transmission, the riflescope is also suitable for twilight stalking.
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Blaser Jagdwaffen GmbH
The German gunsmith Horst Blaser founded the Blaser Jagdwaffen GmbH gun factory in 1957, in southern Germany, in the Baden-Württemberg region, in the town of Isny im Allgäu. The first weapon models were the Blaser “Diplomat” combination gun and the Blaser 60 BBF rifle-shotgun.
In 1997, Blaser merged with SIGARMS (current SIG Sauer Inc.) Group, but continued as an autonomous production and
development unit for the manufacture of hunting weapons. Today, Blaser Jagdwaffen GmbH is owned by German businessmen
Michael Lüke and Thomas Ortmeier. Their company L & O Holding GmbH & Co. KG also owns brands Mauser Jagdwaffen, J.P.
Sauer & Sohn, SIG Sauer Inc, SAN Swiss Arms AG, John Rigby & Co and German Sport Guns (GSG).
Today, the Blaser plant employs about 350 employees, producing R8 hunting rifles, BBF 95- and 97 rifle-shotguns,
D99- and BD14 drillings, and F3 and F16 shotguns.
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