The KAHLES Identity
KAHLES is known world-wide as the rifle scope pioneer and is the premium manufacturer of rifle scopes and binoculars on the international market.
Established in 1898, KAHLES is the oldest scope producer in the world. Backed by a wealth of tradition we are known throughout the world for our pioneering spirit and capability to deliver exceptional quality rifle scopes and binoculars. Our products combine precision with completely reliable operation and timeless designs. All KAHLES products are manufactured under a single roof in Guntramsdorf, Austria near Vienna.
Never miss THE MOMENT!
We are aware that every shooter and observer requires a very clear image through an easy-to-use and absolutely reliable product in order to evaluate the situation the best way possible. With this defined goal in mind we develop and manufacture rugged, high quality optical products that allow users precise targeting and observation at the crucial moment.
Our history and our passion for innovation make us strong.
Based on the KAHLES organizational culture, in which engineering, quality consciousness, the preservation of know-how within the company and ensuring production and job quality are core values, we produce high class products for shooters and observers. A sustainable and modern production facility in Austria, which is heated and cooled completely without fossil fuels and works exclusively with renewable energy was built for a sustainable and environmentally friendly production on the pulse of time.
Managing Director/CEO Christian Wildner
Since September 2015 Mag. Christian Wildner is the management director of KAHLES. Before he started at KAHLES he has worked for many years in a variety of responsible positions in the areas of marketing, sales, and the strategic development of well known international brands and premium products.
Setting optical standards since 1898
Karl and Friedrich Kahles are synonymous of the highest Austrian engineering knowledge of world renown.
Their innovative strength and quality awareness were the basis for groundbreaking products in the optical business.
A story of passion and success
Karl Robert Kahles merged the Simon Plössl Company
and the Opto-Mechanical Workshop of Karl Fritsch
in Vienna and found the KAHLES Company.
KAHLES introduced the legendary TELORAR riflescope in five different magnifications. Precise and reliable, these early KAHLES riflescopes soon became highly respected by hunters everywhere. At the same time, KAHLES offered binoculars and telescopes for astronomic viewing.
Following the founders sudden death, the second generation -
Ernst and Karl Kahles - took charge and expanded the product
range. Some of the MIGNON scopes produced during this time
are still used by hunters.
KAHLES introduced the first HELIA-
series riflescope - a brilliant scope
with a wide field of view.
An economic regime is imposed on KAHLES to produce military products for the ‘Wehrmacht’. KAHLES products of that time are marked with the military code ‘CAD’.
Following severe damage during the World War II, Friedrich Kahles III undertook the task of rebuilding the company. This skilled physicist, specialized in rifle scope production led the company to new levels of success again.
KAHLES developed one of the first variable power rifle scopes.
KAHLES as the first optical manufacturer invented and introduced a waterproof rifle scopes by utilizing O-rings for sealing (a KAHLES-patent). Soon KAHLES improved the HELIA-model further presenting the legendary HELIA SUPER-series.
KAHLES was the first rifle scope manufacturer implementing multi-coating on all air-to-glass surfaces in series production. The new KAHLES-AMV coating (Achromatische Mehrschicht Vergütung) for the very first time, allowed light transmission of more than 90% which is a standard for fine rifle scopes up till now. The new generation of HELIA scopes continues to set higher standards for precision optics, even under extreme conditions.
On the occassion of their 100 year anniversary, KAHLES again set a new milestone in rifle scope history, presenting their new HELIA COMPACTS. With high optical performance, and incredible wide field of view, advanced compact design and typical KAHLES-Ruggedness, hunters everywhere quickly make KAHLES their first choice.
A new line of KAHLES binoculars once again reestablishes the long tradition of precision optical performance, rugged construction and a strong price value relationship that many have come to respect on KAHLES products.
The new HELIA CSX-line with digital dimming control sets new standards in optical performance and ergonomic design.
The new HELIA CS-line with the innovative multizero™ elevation adjustments opens a new era in ballistic drop compensation for hunting. The new HELIA CBX-line with digital dimming control for night hunting is the specialist on the edge of physics.
The new HELIA CL-line with serially parallax adjustment and optional multizero™ micromechanics allows the shooter to zero the riflescope in up to five different shooting distances.
KAHLES invents the innovative illuminated reticle on and switch-off "automaticlight" function and integrates them for the first time in the HELIA CSX and CBX models.
The new HELIA KX and KXi set new standards in the 1-inch rifle scope series.
KAHLES presents in its new facility in Guntramsdorf the first model of the series Helia 5.
KAHLES reached the hurdle of 50x magnification with the new developed K1050.
KAHLES presents a innovative ballistic drop compensation accessories for all Helia 3/5 products.
Personalities of KAHLES success story
Karl Robert Kahles,
the founder and widely respected optics maker succeeds in 1898 to merge two traditional Viennese optical manufacturers into one pioneering enterprise in high end optics. Both his sons,
Ernst und Karl Kahles,
successfully manage to grow the company to be one of the leading optical manufacturers of the Austrian Empire. The technical skills of Karl and the management skills of Ernst soon make KAHLES products popular around the globe. Following severe damage of the KAHLES plant during World War II, Karl Kahles’ widow
successfully rebuilds the company with skills and passion. Soon her son,
a skilled physician and graduate Engineer, leads the company to new levels of success. His passion for state-of-the-art machinery as well as his awareness of social responsibilities within the company are in line with the long-lasting family tradition. Some of his technical achievements in riflescope design and coating technology are setting milestones in the field of optics.
Following the end of the Kahles family dynasty and the creation of the KAHLES Ltd in the late 1980th,
successfully managed the operations in Vienna. His high technical competence and sound management skills soon find their expression in highly competetive KAHLES products.
tooked the critical task to build up the new facility in Guntramsdorf and could restart the production at the highest level outside of the city of Vienna with nearly the entire highly qualified KAHLES main team, because of his fine management skills. Through his distribution knowledge and his passion, he could place new and innovative products on the market and found new market fields around the world.
The idea of sponsorship and teamwork are fixed components in the corporate identity of KAHLES. Therefore our sponsoring activities are planned very carefully and with the best possible compliance with our brand values.
An active support of athletes worldwide, as well as the active support of sociopolitical events, is in addition to the increase our brand awareness a crucial element in our daily business. As a traditional Austrian company, KAHLES considers to support general community interests as an obligation, even if they do not directly serve business purpose.
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