RWS GmbH is the European market leader for small calibre ammunition and pyrotechnic elements and components. We set new standards in the civilian, military and government sectors. We are innovation leaders in heavy metal-free priming elements and special applications.




RWS GmbH develops and produces top-class ammunition, ammunition components and pyrotechnic elements for hunting and sport, the army, law enforcement, and industrial applications. Founded in 1886 as "Rheinisch-Westfälische Sprengstoff-Actien-Gesellschaft", we are currently the European market leader for small caliber ammunition, pyrotechnic elements and components and innovation leader in heavy metal-free primer elements and special applications. Over 300 patents attest to our innovative abilities.

With a consistent market orientation, targeted investments in production facilities and research & development, and a team that now consists of 1500 employees, we have experienced continued growth for years. 

RWS GmbH has been part of the Beretta Holding Group since 2022.

Our world-famous products and technologies

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The RWS brand has united hunters and marksmen for generations. Because they know: RWS ammunition fulfils the highest demands and guarantees the perfect shot in every situation.

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With more than 130 years of experience and expertise, GECO today offers a modern and wide range of ammunition for hunters and sport shooters worldwide.

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HAUSKEN supplies silencers of the highest quality manufactured in Norway. HAUSKEN has specialised in the development and manufacture of high-quality silencers since 1992. The manufacturer therefore offers over thirty years of expertise in acoustic mechanics.

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ROTTWEIL hunting and sporting shot cartridges have always enjoyed an exceptionally good reputation for quality and performance and are valued by hunters and shooters all over the world.

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Based on our proven technology brands:


The production of low-pollutant primary explosives is a core competency of RWS. As early as the 1920s, the world's first non-corrosive primer composition was developed under the brand name SINOXID.


This was followed in the 1980s by the first heavy metal-free primer composition under the brand name SINTOX®, which remains unsurpassed by the competition even today. 

As one of the most important ammunition manufacturers, RWS produces all components for its own ammunition products, including preliminary products, with the exception of propellant powder.

RWS is an innovation leader in heavy metal-free priming elements and special applications. The ammunition manufacturer has over 300 patents to its name.

Our portfolio includes four renowned lines
for the Defence & Law Enforcement:


Conventional full metal jacket bullets no longer optimally fulfill the requirements of modern duty ammunition for authorities. Low energy release in the target medium can easily lead to over-penetration of soft targets and thus endanger nearby bystanders. Due to the increased risk of terrorism and willingness to use violence, product offers now require solutions that reliably contain and prevent such situations, whilst simultaneously and significantly reducing the risk of background threats to uninvolved third parties. The products in our ACTION Line offer these solutions – in combination with our patented SINTOX Forensis ignition kit with an absolute minimum of pollutant emissions for the shooter and the possibility of forensic analysis.


DM Line

The history of our DM Line in simulation, mission and German Armed Forces-training goes back a long way. The basic requirements: maximum reliability even under the most diverse climatic conditions and consistent reduction of pollutants (SINTOX® ignition technology, REACH-compliant propellant powder). Only products that achieve the highest manufacturing standards make it through our partner‘s demanding qualification process and are introduced as a "Deutsches Modell" for widespread use in the troops – which includes snipers, bodyguards and other special forces.

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DAG Line

As the original company name of Dynamit Nobel AG, the DAG Line is firmly established as an extremely reliable ammunition series of the highest quality standards and has gained worldwide recognition as a manufacturer‘s label in NATO. These premium cartridges for training and operations cover an extremely wide range of calibres – from 9x19 to 4.6x30 and 12.7x99.

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We are proud to present our NATO-certified range, which covers the calibres 9x19, 5.56x45, 7.62x51 and 12.7x99. A range that allows a wealth of deployment, simulation and training options with a wide variety of weapon systems.

To NATO Line

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RWS has been writing its success story since 1886 – become part of it and apply now! 
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The origins of RWS go back to the year 1856, when Heinrich Utendoerffer began manufacturing percussion caps in this Nuremberg laboratory.

In 1907, the first "Waidmannsheil" shotgun shell came off the production line in "Rottweil am Neckar".

In 1926, the world-famous erosion-free and corrosion-free SINOXID primer composition was patented. Thanks to its excellent properties, it has established itself worldwide. 

Quality products from Fürth/Stadeln are the foundation of the excellent reputation of our brands, which we continue to cultivate with utmost respect.

Our commitment to society

The turbulent state of world affairs is unsettling for many. Peace can no longer be taken for granted in Europe. We equip the police and military with our top-of-the-line products, thus ensuring greater security and justice in Europe and around the world. For generations, hunters and sport shooters worldwide have also appreciated the reliability and accuracy of our well-established and traditional ammunition brands. We deliver products that spark ethical hunting successes, a personal high score, or world-class performance. 

Contact us

We would be happy to answer your questions about RWS GmbH. If you have a query regarding our product brands, feel free to use the contact form on the respective brand website.


Kronacher Str. 63
90765 Fürth

T: +49 (0) 911 7930-0

Annabergweg 9
92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg

T: +49 (0) 911 7930-0