Krieghoff ESSENCIA Sidelock

Photo courtesy of Gold Medal Concours / Steve Helsley


In partnership with German master gunsmith Jens Ziegenhahn, Krieghoff offers this hand-built shotgun. Available in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauge, the gun is missing the ornate ‘Continental’ look one might expect from a fourth-generation German gunmaker; instead, its elegant lines more closely resemble traditional British ‘best’ sidelock guns. One hundred percent German-made, the gun was developed to explore opportunities in the upper price segment for a Krieghoff game gun—a significant step for a company that has been a world leader in competition shotguns.

The response at 2003 The Vintage Cup, which attracts mainly people interested in side-by-sides, was overwhelmingly favorable. In the Gold Medal Concours d‘Elegance, concurrent with The Vintage Cup, the new shotgun was awarded a Silver Award in the category of New European Sidelock Guns and The Shooting Sportsman Magazine Award for “a contemporary custom-fitted game gun that best typifies the ideal for upland hunting”. As a result of this very positive showing, Krieghoff launched the Essencia program and deliveries began in the fall of 2004.

The Krieghoff Essencia Side-by-Side Sidelock Shotgun’s main attributes are very elegant lines combined with excellent handling and balance. The round body, clean lines and sleek, back-action sidelock contours stand out immediately.

The current retail price for the gun in 20, 28 or 16 gauge with standard specifications is $29,895.00. The optional single trigger is $1,450.00 extra. Extra barrel sets to fit the 20 gauge frame retail for $10,450.00 in 16 or $10,950.00 in 28 gauge, and $8,450.00 for a second 20-gauge barrel set on a 20 gauge gun. Typical delivery times are 12 months from receipt of order.

12-gauge guns can now be ordered also and are priced the same as the smaller gauge Essencias.


Krieghoff Essencia Guns

Krieghoff Essencia Boxlock
Krieghoff Essencia Small Frame 


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Specifications for the Krieghoff Essencia Side-by-Side Sidelock Shotgun

* 20 Gauge, 28 Gauge or 16 Gauge - all on a 20 Gauge action.
28” or 30" barrels in all three gauges (Optional 26.5" barrel also available).
3” chambers in 20 Gauge, 2 3/4" chambers in 16 and 28 Gauge.
* Also available in 12 Gauge, 28" or 30 ", with 2 3/4" chambers
* Now also available in a scaled 28 Gauge Small Frame configuration for 28 gauge and .410
* Round-body, back-action sidelock with a Purdey-style third fastener
* Choked 1/4 and 1/2 (IC/Mod)
* Non-ventilated, slightly raised rib, non-matted
* Automatic selective ejectors (H&H style)
* Front metal ‘pearl’ bead sight
* Double triggers, the front articulated; gold-washed triggers and lockwork
* Fine English scroll engraving; color case-hardening
* Gold-plated cocking indicators
* “KRIEGHOFF” engraved in gold on both sides of the action body
* Automatic sliding tang safety
* Trigger guard edges are rolled; guard tang with decorative tip
* Straight-grip stock in select Turkish walnut, with checkered butt
* Tru-oil finish
* Semi-beavertail forearm, Purdey-style pushbutton release
* Approximate weight: 6-1/4 lbs in small gauges; 6-3/4 lbs in 12 Gauge
* Krieghoff leather trunk case

Extra-cost Options for the Krieghoff Essencia Sidelock

* Single non-selective trigger
* Non-automatic safety
* Wood upgrades ‘ Special Select to Very Best
* Custom engraving (buyer's choice)
* Finish options (French Gray or Blued)
* Initials in gold on trigger guard
* Initials in gold oval inlaid in bottom of buttstock
* Briley thin-wall interchangeable choke tubes
* Deluxe Oak/Leather case with accessories
* Extra 16-gauge barrels with forend (fit on 20-gauge frame)
* Extra 28-gauge barrels with forend (fit on 20-gauge frame)
* Extra 20-gauge barrels (no extra forend necessary if base gun is a 20 Ga.)    Phone (609) 921-9358    Fax: (609) 921-3282    Princeton, NJ    -    Sitemap
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