Whether you are choosing a K-80 for Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays, it will be built around the same receiver, the difference between the models being in barrel length, rib configuration, and stock dimensions. Those choices will be described in detail but there are several important features that are common to all K-80's.
The K-80 receiver is the heart of the K-80 system. A workhorse capable of firing many hundreds of thousands of rounds in its lifetime, it begins as a piece of high quality forged steel being shaped in sophisticated computer controlled CNC machines. It is finished in the best tradition of German craftsmanship, all internal parts filed and hand fit with the consummate touch of one of Krieghoff's highly skilled gun makers.
The K-80's unique sliding top latch provides strong lock-up, easy barrel interchangeability, and great durability. Because the top latch secures the barrels to the receiver at the optimal leverage point, it eliminates the need for both under bites and side-lugs. This in turn makes for easier barrel fitting and makes it possible for a single K-80 receiver to be fit a great variety of barrels - from a .410 skeet over-and-under to a 34" unsingle. And because the top latch slides forward to adjust for barrel wear, it helps maintain the gun's tight fit and solid feel for hundreds of thousands of rounds.
The K-80 is driven internally by coiled main and sear springs that ensure both very fast lock-time and a predictable consistency of feel and performance. All essential internal parts are machined from high quality tool steel to withstand wear and stress during even the heaviest use.
The K-80 has a single selective mechanical trigger with a crisp, positive feel. The trigger shoe is wide and smooth, has a deeply curved profile for maximum control and comfort, and can be adjusted back-and-forth for best grip length.
Release trigger systems, which are particularly popular in competitive trap shooting are available from Krieghoff on special order, both in Single Release or Double Release configurations. The model K-80/RT featuring a removable trigger allows for the use of Release Triggers as well.
The barrel selector is located just in front of the trigger and can be made fully functional or locked in place with a turn of a small hex wrench to prevent its being switched unintentionally.
The K-80 is equipped with a large non-automatic sliding safety, which is located in the conventional manner on the top tang just behind the opening lever. The safety has a large button which must be depressed before the safety can be moved. During competition, when the gun is being used under strictly controlled conditions, the K-80's safety can be locked in the 'off' position to assure that no targets will be lost because the safety is inadvertently engaged. The K-80's safety must always be made operative, of course, when the gun is used in the field.
The K-80's barrels are also essential to its performance. It is the barrels that provide the K-80's legendary target breaking ability; that enhance its swing; and that minimize recoil to make it a pleasure to shoot. The design of the barrels is not the simplest, but each element of that design has a very specific purpose.
Optional screw-in chokes:
All K-80 Barrels (except Tula choked Barrels) are available with screw-in chokes. Also available are 2" and 4" barrel extending choke tubes in full choke only. K-80 over-and-under barrels are built without side ribs, which, in combination with the ventilated top rib, allows barrel heat to dissipate quickly and reduce heat wave distortion. Many shooters also notice that the lack of side ribs enhances their swing by reducing weight and decreasing wind resistance.
In addition, the absence of the side rib makes it possible to adjust the point of impact of the bottom barrel, which is joined to the top barrel at the muzzle by a unique, numbered front hanger. The front hangers provide different degrees of separation between the top and bottom barrels, so, with the exception of the Tula skeet barrel, which is not adjustable, the shooter is able to fine tune the point-of-impact of the bottom barrel by simply changing the front hanger. There are nine different hangers available for fixed choke over under barrels and six for choke tubed barrels. K-80 skeet and sporting barrels arrive from the factory shooting flat in the bottom barrels. Bottom trap barrels are set to pattern at 70%/30%. The top barrels are set to shoot to the same point-of-impact as the bottom barrel.
Different Ribs available:
Tapered step rib, 8mm rib, tapered flat rib.
Always a leader in experimenting with internal barrel design, Krieghoff was the first company to deliver barrels from the factory with long forcing cones and larger-than-standard bore diameters. These features play a critical part in the performance of the barrel both by producing more efficient patterns with fewer stray pellets and by reducing felt recoil. Choke is equally critical in shot gunning, of course, and Krieghoff offers both fixed choke and choke tubed barrels for trap, skeet, and sporting clays.
K-80 over-and-under barrels are available in lengths ranging from 28" to 32" with a choice of four ventilated top ribs, one each designed specifically for trap and international skeet and two that are most suitable for skeet and sporting clays. Each rib is designed to provide the best possible sighting plane for its intended use and to help lock your eye on the target.
K-80 stocks are made to a tolerance of plus or minus 1/16" from the published dimensions. please note that variations in wood's grain and density will also affect the overall weight of any gun.
Ludwig Krieghoff, the founder of Sempert & Krieghoff and Dieter Krieghoff's great-grandfather, was the first of the German gunmakers to recognize the importance of stock fit, and in 1900 he actually patented a stock fitting method for European hunting guns. Good stock fit may be even more important in competitive shotgunning, as is the notion that the same shooter may require different stocks for different shotguns sports. Krieghoff now makes a total of seven interchangeable stocks for the K-80, and these stocks provide the great majority of shooters with nearly ideal fit for their sport and style. If you require custom dimensions or simply want to have a stock made from a particular piece of wood, Krieghoff International also has excellent stock makers on staff who can create a custom stock to the dimensions that you provide. All K-80 stocks are made from select European walnut and hand-checkered.
All trap and skeet stocks have ambidextrous palm swells. Sporting stocks are available with or optionally also without palm swells. The stocks are filled and finished with a satin epoxy finish that is impervious to moisture and comfortable to shoot in any weather, and for ease of interchangeability and cleaning, all K-80 stocks are quickly removable with a Krieghoff stock wrench that is provided.
K-80 Stocks and Forearms
K-80 stocks and forends are made from specially selected European walnut, hand-checkered, and have a satin epoxy finish that provides comfortable shooting in all weather conditions. The stocks feature deep pistol grips and ambidextrous palm swells and are quickly removed from the gun with a standard stock wrench for easier gun cleaning and interchangeability.
K-80 stocks and forends are available in a variety of configurations. Trap stocks are fitted with deeply curved "tank tread" recoil pads, while the American skeet models have a flat pad with fine vertical ribs. Sporting and International skeet guns are equipped with recoil pads with hard plastic inserts at the heel which are specially designed for better mounting from the gun down position.
The Krieghoff adjustable comb trap stock has a vertical range from 1 1/4" to 1 5/8". The comb can also be offset up to 1/4" to the right or left. The comb's height adjustment is maintained by two screws which rest on steel plates inletted into the stock. This design reduces pressure on the clamp screws and assures that the adjustment does not change during shooting. Krieghoff International can also retrofit this adjustable stock system to existing Krieghoff stocks. While the various stock and forearm configurations described here will suit a vast majority of shooters, Krieghoff International also offers a custom stock making service. Our talented craftsmen can shape an exquisite stock and forearm to your own dimensions from a selected walnut blank and may finish it off with a fine checkering pattern of your choice.