Ignition Technology
since 1886

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 Group since 2022.

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. 

Our world-famous products and technologies

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RWS GmbH is the innovation driver for heavy metal-free primer elements and special use cases. The ammunition manufacturer is the proud holder of over 300 patents. 

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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 1855, 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.

Product brands

Our traditional, world-renowned product brands cover a wide range of technologies, product categories, applications, and customers.

Whether for hunting or sports, for industry or for security, with lead or lead-free, in the premium price segment or affordable – the range of our brands is able to serve the most important customer needs, while also personally addressing a broad user base. Our brands' innovative power and enduring relevance ignite the sparks that repeatedly ignite customer enthusiasm for our products.

Areas of expertise

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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
Mail: info@rws-tech.com

Annabergweg 9
92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg

T: +49 (0) 911 7930-0
Mail: info@rws-tech.com