Questions on choosing my Krieghoff
How do I pick the right rib for my new shotgun?
Each Krighoff shotgun has a rib designed for both the shooter as well as the shooting style necessary for each specific sport. While some ribs are very specific (Double Trap Rib) others are more universal (Tapered Flat Sporting Rib). It all depends on finding the rib and stock combination that gives you the best sight picture. Head on the stock, pupil of your eye directly over the rib. It's best to shoulder guns with the different ribs for the type of shooting you'll be doing the most and shoot each.
What's the difference between the K-80 and K-32?
Based on the Remington Model 32 designed in 1932 the Krieghoff K-32 was introduced to the US market in 1957. After Kenneth A. Jones used a K-32 to win the trapshooting world championship in 1966 the popularity exploded. Then after Don Haldeman won the Gold Medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics the platform was established as a serious competitive shotgun. The K-80 was introduced in 1980 with the key improvements being made to metallurgy and overall strength. The action, locks and mechanics of the gun however, remained the same. There have been numerous upgrades to the system over the years, but since the fundamental structure of the guns remains the same it's possible to "upgrade" a K-32 built in 1958 to modern components used in today's K-80.
How can I try a Krieghoff before I purchase one?
We offer demo opportunities at several large shooting events throughout the year. Some of our Dealers also have Demo programs where you can try out guns. Be sure to check out our events page to see where we'll be set up next.
What is the difference between nickel and nitride finishes?
Nickel finish offers the most durability and is bright like the nickel you carry in your pocket, while nitride offers a “French Gray” look and more suitable for deeper engravings. For gold inlays, it is necessary to have a nitride, blue or case color hardened finish.
I only shoot Trap Singles and Handicap. Do I have to buy a Trap combo?
For dedicated Singles and Handicap shooters, the KX-6 Special is the ideal choice. If you want the flexibility to change configuration or add an O/U barrel in the future, we recommend the K-80 ACS or Trap Special Unsingle model.
Is it possible to purchase a new Krieghoff gun or barrels through Krieghoff International?
No, We do not sell guns or barrels directly. All firearms must be purchased through one of our select dealers. You can search for a Dealer with the Dealer Locator.
What's different on the left-hand model?
We are one of the few manufacturers that offer stocks specifically designed for either right or left hand shooters in most models. With the Left-Handed models the buttstock is cast appropriately as well having a different cant and left-handed palm swell. We can also change the opening of the top lever for left-handed shooters. Most of our guns can be configured for left-handed shooters.
What type of custom stock services do you provide?
Krieghoff International has a Custom Stock department located in its Ottsville, PA facility. From selecting your own blank, designing a custom checkering pattering and making a stock tailored to fit you, our highly trained woodsmiths can do it all.
Your website mentions that a #3 Sporting Stock comes on the K-80 Sporting shotgun. What if that stock isn’t the best fit for me. Do I have other options?
Any of the Krieghoff buttstocks and forends offered for the K-80 will fit the receiver. We recommend you work with your Krieghoff Dealer to select the best stock and forend combination that works for you.
Can I have a custom engraved Krieghoff factory engraved using my ideas?
Yes, you may provide your ideas, photos etc to Krieghoff and request a quote on a custom engraving. Be sure to check out the Custom Engraving and GOY sections of the website for ideas.
Do you buy or sell pre-owned guns?
Krieghoff does not purchase or sell pre-owned firearms. Most of our dealers will gladly take a gun in trade or purchase used Krieghoff guns as well as sell pre-owned firearms. Visit our Authorized Dealer locator to find the Dealer in your area.
I am wanting to do a custom stock with a new gun I have picked out at my dealer, how do I go about that?
If you buy a new gun Krieghoff International will take the wood on the gun that came from our factory in on “trade” as long as it is in 100% condition. Any scratches or damage will be billed to dealer / end customer. Assuming it is 100% condition, you may pick a blank up to the corresponding wood grade that we are taking in. For example, if you buy a Vintage Scroll engraving and we take the wood in. You may pick up to a CAT002 blank and upgrade from there. When done this way, all you are doing is paying our custom stock charge and not for additional wood.
Questions for maintaining and servicing my Krieghoff
How often should I clean my gun?
We recommend that the bores of your shotgun be cleaned after each use with a bore solvent and brass bristled brush followed by cleaning patches until clean. This will help prevent plastic and lead buildup.
What's included in an Annual Service, and how many rounds should I shoot before I get one?
We recommend an Annual Service every 15,000-20,000 rounds. We conduct a complete disassembly of the gun, inspect the parts for undue wear, headspace and bore, install new springs and firing pins, clean the action and ejectors, lubricate all critical parts, and adjust everything back to factory specifications.
Is it Ok to have a gunsmith other than Krieghoff International perform service on my Krieghoff?
While there are many accomplished gunsmiths, it is suggested that Krieghoff International or one of our factory service/warranty locations handle your service. We have provided training to a small number of additional gunmiths scattered throughout the country, and depending on the service needed, we can point you to one of these other shops.
Can I ship my gun to Krieghoff for service or do I have to ship it through a dealer?
As a repair you can ship your gun directly to us and we can return it directly to you. If you ship your gun from a dealer it has to be returned to a dealer.
What is the best way to ship my gun for service?
You can ship via UPS, Federal Express or through the mail. We return ship via UPS/Ground unless other arrangements are specified. Note our UPS/Fed Ex shipping address is: 7528 Easton Road, Ottsville PA 18942
Do I have to ship my gun Next Day Air?
No, unlike pistols, shotguns do not have to be shipped next day air. Shotguns and rifles can be shipped ground. We do recommend that you insure for the full value of the gun.
How do I package my gun to ship for service?
Your gun should be sent in a protective case within a cardboard box. Proper packing material should be used to ensure that the gun cannot shake, rattle, or move around in the box at all. Make sure to insure each package for the full value of the gun.
What is the typical turnaround time for service?
Service times vary throughout the year; it depends on the shooting season as well as the type of service you need. Our objective is to complete a common service like a K-80 Annual in two weeks, but it's best to call the service department to get a more precise timeline.
What is the best way to oil or grease my gun?
We recommend using Krieghoff Gun Glide on the friction parts, and GP Oil on the metal surfaces to prevent rust. There are detailed instructions on how to properly lube and oil your firearm based on the model in the Owners Manual. Owners Manuals are available for download in this Resource Section of the website. There is also an excellent video on YouTube on lubing your K-80.
Should I take my stock off to clean and lubricate any parts?
No, unless a situation demands it. Short of shooting the gun in the pouring rain. There's no need to take off the buttstock. If you do get the gun tremendously wet, carefully remove the stock and use an aerosol type oil to “mist” the receiver to lubricate it. You may place small amounts of grease on the sears, hammers, and selector as well if none is present. If grease is present, no additional grease is needed.
How can I tell the age or year of manufacture of my Krieghoff?
In many cases we can identify the age (approximate in some cases if it was pre-WWII). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to include the Serial Number and Model information.
Questions for customizing my Krieghoff
What size thread is factory K-80 front and mid sight and can I use mid bead in the front sight location?
The thread size on both sights is a metric 2.5mm, M2.5. Yes, you can install a brass mid bead in the threaded hole of the front sight.
The front sight is too large for me. Are there other options?
Yes we have several sizes and styles, please contact our Parts Department to learn what sights are offered for the K-80 and K-20
Can I have an adjustable rib installed on my existing barrel?
No. The barrel monoblock on a barrel with an adjustable rib has a special base integrally attached to the monoblock providing a solid base for the rear of the rib.
How does changing the front hanger on my gun affect my POI? Does it go up or down?
The POI is dependent on the ammunition and distance. At 25 Yards with #7.5 1oz. 1200 fps load one size in fronthanger changes the POI about 2-3 inches.. The smaller the number, the higher the bottom barrel will shoot in relation to the top barrel.
Can I change the fronthanger myself?
Yes, however we suggest a qualified Krieghoff gunsmith do this with the proper tool to insure that the barrel or barrel finish is not damaged.
Is it possible to install a K-80 trigger in my K-32?
Yes and this is a common K-32 upgrade. Contact the Service Department for pricing.
Can I use a K-80 stock set or K-80 barrel on my K-32?
Yes. They need to be fitted by a qualified Krieghoff gunsmith, but you can use a K-80 stock or barrel on your K-32. The K-80 stock will have a small gap by the triggerguard however since the profile of the K-32 triggerguard is different.
I want to install a different trigger shoe, can I change this myself?
It's not recommended that you try to change the trigger shoe without the proper tools and experience. The trigger guard must be removed first, and removing and replacing the triggerguard without damaging the finish of the receiver and stock is tricky.
I want to put my initials on my trigger guard and my dog’s head on my top latch, is this possible?
Yes, it is possible. If we are adding to an existing gun, we need to do a new top latch and trigger guard but both can be done with matching finish type, scroll work and have the desired figures in gold or no gold. The choice is yours! Contact your local dealer today for a quote.
Can I exchange the Toplatch of my K-80/K-20 by myself.
No, it's not recommended. The Toplatch must be fitted to your receiver and barrels. It's advised that you have a qualified Krieghoff Gunsmith install a new or different Toplatch.
How do I lock/unlock the safety or barrel selector on my K-80?
Refer to the Owners Manual for locating the screws to lock/unlock your safety or barrel selector. The Owners Manual is located in the Resource Section of the website in PDF.
Is it possible to add more engraving on my K-80 or K-20?
We don't recommend it. Since the receivers have a hardened surface after the original engraving it is very difficult to add engraving to a hardened surface.
Is it possible to change the finish on my Krieghoff shotgun to another such as blue or nitride?
Yes, this is often possible depending on the type of finish. Some finishing processes can be done in Ottsville in other cases it may entail sending parts to Krieghoff in Germany which usually take as 4-5 months.
How do I set/change/find the combination lock on my case?
Krieghoff uses both Negrini and Americase for our shotgun and rifle cases. We don't keep records of codes, it's best to contact the manufacturer at: Negrini https://negrinicases.com/contact-us/ Americase https://americase.com/connect/