Consistently customer-focused

A comprehensive portfolio of small caliber and special ammunition addresses the needs of hunters, sport shooters, law enforcement and the armed forces. Those who rely on ammunition from RWS benefit from our many years of experience and the know-how of our employees: all of them specialists and often enthusiastic hunters or successful sport shooters themselves, with an instinct for first-class materials, the latest trends, and hence also for continuous innovation.

The range of small caliber ammunition low in harmful substances with NATO qualification for security forces is unique. RWS GmbH draws on its expertise in the ammunition sector and for primer technology to develop technical applications such as propellant cartridges for fastening technology and safety systems in the field of industrial pyrotechnics.

"It’s always exploding and rumbling here – that’s ammunition you hear."

Dr. Rathsburg, Head of the Chemical-Sciences-Laboratory circa 1920

Our beginnings

The origins of our company go back to the year 1856. At the time, Heinrich Utendoerffer began manufacturing primer charges in his laboratory in Nuremberg. Three decades later, his laboratory was taken over by the "Rheinisch Westfälische Sprengstoff-Actien-Gesellschaft", which was founded in 1886, thus explaining the origin of the acronym RWS. To this day, RWS stands for a wide range of consistently reliable precision products and product solutions of the highest quality that have established themselves worldwide.

Dirk Prehn

General Manager

"Not only do we make a valuable contribution to making the world a safer place, we also ensure 100% safety of our products. Always and at any time, especially in critical moments."

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Kronacher Str. 63
90765 Fürth

T: +49 (0) 911 7930-0

Annabergweg 9
92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg

T: +49 (0) 911 7930-0