Erich Rößler - The Founder
Erich Rößler is the father of the company. He was born on 1948 in Amstetten, Lower Austria. Early on, he pursued his desire to become a gunsmith.
At 15, he began his training in traditional gun-making in his hometown. He completed the theoretical part of his training at the prestigious national college for handguns in Ferlach.
Having successfully completed the coursework, Erich worked in various gunsmith shops in Lower Austria. He was able to substantially expand his knowledge in this way. He came to Kufstein, Tyrol when he was 21, for a job offering. He then worked with an internationally renowned weapons manufacturer. Erich was especially able to develop his practical experience in the series production of rifles here. At that time, Erich already had exceedingly practical skills and an extensive knowledge of weapons technology. For this reason, he was soon offered the position of the department head of weapons assembly. He held this post until the year 1996."
Rößler AUSTRIA - The first steps
In 1996, based on his decades of experience, Erich decided to go into self-employment. Rößler Waffen AUSTRIA was born. After a short time, Erich´s son Walter Rößler joins the company. He mainly supports his father in the manufacture and processing of mechanical weapon components. Together they pushed forward the production and sales of their products. In the early years, the company focused on custom-made and small batch orders of single shot rifles, shotgun rifles and Bergstutzen. The products were sold under his own name and impressed customers with their extremely solid workmanship and the high quality of the materials used. The hunting community and the competitors quickly became aware of the company. Both showed strong interest in the products of the young company. Competitors approached the company with inquiries and made orders for the series production of 98 bolt-action rifles.
A Success Story
At the end of the 1990s, father and son began working together on the development of TITAN 6®. The idea was to develop a high-quality hunting bolt action rifle, which can be inexpensively passed on to end customers because of high in-house production depth and foregoing investment in marketing. In November 2001, the first shot was fired from the prototype of today's TITAN 6®. This has continued with the full satisfaction of the developers.
This product innovation was introduced to the international market just four months later. The interest in a high quality assembled weapon with high precision at a low price was great. The price-performance ratio of the TITAN 6® instantly convinced global players in the hunting industry, such as RUAG Ammotec. Within a few years, the sales of TITAN 6® grew throughout Europe.
The move to new premises
The capacity of the plant was exhausted shortly after the market launch of the TITAN 6®. The incoming orders only could be processed with difficulty, given the size of the premises and staffing resources. Erich and Walter Rößler bought the current plant premises in Kufstein in October of the same year. They converted it to meet the needs of the business.
Gradually, the dedicated network was further expanded. After a few years, Rößler Waffen – AUSTRIA became an internationally active company.
After three years, the TITAN 6® has already been sold on every continent of the world.
Expansion of the product portfolio
The Rößler Waffen – AUSTRIA team is in constant communication with its customers. The team follows the changing circumstances of the hunt and the needs of hunters. The innovative TITAN 16® straight pull was the result of this exchange. The basic idea for the development of this weapon was the same as the TITAN 6®: a high-quality weapon at a very affordable price. The TITAN 16® straight pull, however, is better suited to the specific conditions of the driven hunt. The weapon was first introduced in 2012 at the international arms exhibition in Nuremberg and appears to be a similar success story as the TITAN 6® before it.