A Tradition in Precision: The Kahles Optics Legacy
With roots tracing back over a century, Kahles has been at the forefront of producing cutting-edge optics that redefine clarity and performance.
From humble beginnings, Kahles has consistently delivered optics that meet the highest standards of hunters, sports shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
This article takes a brief peek into the unique blend of tradition and modernity that sets Kahles apart, exploring the company’s tradition in the pursuit of excellence, its iconic products, and the unwavering dedication to providing a visual experience that goes beyond the average. Welcome to the world of Kahles Optics, where every lens tells a story of craftsmanship and innovation.
KAHLES – 125 years in the making.
Making optics since 1898, Kahles has a pedigree in the world of rifle scopes that few can match.
It was in fact Karl Robert KAHLES who replaced the rudimentary lenses in the existing rifle scopes in around 1900 with achromatic lenses.
This development resulted in:
- a much shorter tube
- an improvement in colour rendering
- a far wider field of view
- greater eye relief
Kahles, started the company in Vienna Austria in 1898.
Both of his sons Ernst (Management) and Karl (Technician) continued developing the company into a leading optics manufacturer.
After the devastation of World War II, the widow of Karl Kahles rebuilt the company which was furthered by her son, a physicist and engineer.
Today, the company KAHLES Ges.m.b.H continues its heritage in Guntramsdorf near Vienna, Austria.
Key evolutionary factors
Replacement of simple lenses with achromatic lenses.
O-ring seal for the first waterproof rifle scope (Helia Super)
Achromatic multi-layer lens coating
Intelligent switching function for illuminated reticles
Repositioning the parallax adjustment below the elevation turret allowing the windage turret to be placed on the left or right sides of the scope.