Walter Gehmann, Founder
1937: Walter Gehmann invents the first shooter’s frame with a swivelling lens holder.
and manufacture of their first rear-sight iris. This iris and other versions that were patented later gave rise to Gehmann’s unique ability today of giving a 30-year guarantee on any one of their rearsight irises -
The company background
During the 1930s young Walter Gehmann started being noticed on the range. A pain to fellow competitors in small-bore and full-bore rifle for continually winning competitions to national level. Ever seeking improvement in his scores he began to develop shooting equipment of the day. As early as 1936 he designed his first precision rearsight assembly. The following year he developed the first pair of dedicated shooting glasses using a moveable lens holder.In 1939 he then came up with Germany´s first target-shooting jacket, a shooting sling, shooting boots and a specialised glove.
1949 gave birth to the company name. Although for 40 years the company was steered by founder Walter, son Markus came to the firm and assisted his father for some 10 years - before taking over. His position and knowledge arrived with the sad passing of his father in 2012 to the point of him owning the company from 1st January 2013.
Returning to Walter´s career - it was to see him achieve world championship status which was followed by his first rearsight iris in 1953 with which he won no less than seven German championships! In 1956 he produced his first foresight iris. Two years later he produced his first rearsight colour filter unit. Another little-known fact about Gehmann's founder was his talent for aiding design and development for other well-known manufacturers whilst still in their pioneering days. Patenting the Mauser 66 action, designing the Anschutz Match 54 action and assisting design and production of the Feinwerkbau 65, 150, 300 and small-bore rifle ware just a few. He also carried out development work for Walther. Herr Gehmann Snr. eventually acquired more than one hundred patents however, sadly, he is no longer to be found working hard behind his desk.
Some of his best ideas never got to us. Two examples are his electronically controlled iris which automatically adjusted to ambient light - and a dual eyesight combined prism enabling rifle shooters to use both eyes for sighting. Inquiring minds forever explore avenues of possibility though not all reach maturity. More recently Gehmann has witnessed the introduction of world leading pre-charged match air weapons and been chosen as manufacturer´s major distributor.
The Morini162.E pistol with electronic trigger, a revolution in its day, sent rivals scampering for new ideas. Pre-charge weapons were later complimented by a revolution in handpumps - at the same time as he developmed the first lockable rearsight. In tune with the modern world there were works programmes developed within Gehmann for continued improvement of irises, sights, clothing, competition control equipment and product long-term adaptability. New focus was brought to bear on service and warranty issues and a heightened awareness that the customer comes first. The future looks bright. With your help we all look forward to many years looking after target shooters from the age of 9 to 90.
In conclusion, Gehmann has world-wide recognition as the leading target shooting equipment manufacturer... Graham Manley - GRM International
1997 saw registration of our latest iris patent following non-stop development in design, engineering and materials. We made, for us, one of our biggest decisions - to exceed any other manufacturer's standards and lead the field.
Walter Gehmann with son Markus
in the 40’s Walter Gehmann continued developing equipment we now all assume to be common-place on the range. One of these products was a dedicated target
shooting jacket with the now familiar non-slip shoulder pad. The family business
was born becoming
the company we know today.
1956 led to the first foresight iris - from then on the product range just grew and grew. There is now just about every item we see on the
range - from the shooter to the competiton controller, the weapons and clothing, the targets and the smiles.
1958 saw the first 5-colour filter.