The arms manufacturer Heckler

Since 2020, the USA has been the most important market for the Swabian gunsmiths, previously it was Germany. In Georgia, H

The competition is fierce, big contenders are Smith

Weakened US business

Although US business has weakened somewhat this year, the management of the German gun manufacturer expects demand to recover in 2024. This is due to the presidential elections: Before such a ballot, some Americans go on a shopping spree to stock up on firearms in anticipation of a tightening of gun laws.

Pacifists, who had gained access as small shareholders, were also present at the general meeting. Charlotte Kehne from the association “Life Without Armor” complained that H

Heckler’s total sales

This year, however, the tide has shifted somewhat. Long-term energy contracts have expired, follow-up contracts have become more expensive and H

Long-term growth path intact

At the start of the year, skid marks were already noticeable in the business: In the first quarter of 2023, sales fell by 4.3 million to 73.2 million euros compared to the previous year and the operating profit (Ebitda) fell by 2 million to 18 million euros. Company boss Koch emphasizes that after the “exceptional year” 2022, it is only a matter of normalizing business and that the long-term growth course is intact.


The shareholders of the company, which has been listed since 2015, will receive a dividend for the first time this year. However, only 4 cents per share should flow – the company wants to transfer a total of 1.1 million euros to the shareholders.