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Wilhelm Brenneke GmbH & Co. KG.
GmbH & Co. KG (Companies register: Hannover local court, no.: HRB 9000)
FounderWilhelm Brenneke
Key people
Dr. Peter Mank, Managing Director and owner; Agnes Mank († 25 october 2010), managing director[1]
ProductsAmmunition for hunting, marksmanship and law enforcement; Bullets for Handloading
SubsidiariesBrenneke of America, L.P. in Clinton, Iowa, United States[2] (International) (Brenneke of America)

Brenneke GmbH is a German manufacturer of ammunition and bullets, based in Langenhagen, Lower Saxony.

The company was founded by Wilhelm Brenneke in 1895 and is currently owned and run by his great-grandson,[3] Dr. Peter Mank.

Brenneke makes shotgun shells for target shooting and hunting, special slugs for law enforcement,[4] and hunting rounds as well as projectiles for handloading. Its best-known products are the Brenneke slug for shotguns and a line of rifle bullets.

Langenhagen standard[edit]

In 1990[5] under the sponsorship of Brenneke, the Langenhagen standard (German: Langenhagener Norm) was created. Essentially it means that for hunting, the deviation of the shotgun slug must not on a distance of 50 metres (55 yd) exceed a circle with 10 centimetres (3.9 in) diameter. On a drilling, the total deviation of all three barrels must not exceed a circle of 15 centimetres (5.9 in) diameter.[6]

Rifle bullets[edit]

All Brenneke rifle bullets have a so-called torpedo-tail (German: Torpedo-Heck), a special form of boat-tail.

The best-known are

  • TIG (German: Torpedo Ideal Geschoß), mainly a fragmentation bullet with a soft core for smaller game, developed in 1917-1927.[7]
  • TUG (German: Torpedo Universal-Geschoß), mainly a deformation bullet with a hard core for bigger game, developed 1935.[8]

From 1935 to 2003, Brenneke concentrated on improving the Brenneke slug.[9] since 2003, the firm developed the

  • TOG (German: Torpedo Optimal-Geschoß) (2003), a deformation-bullet for big game[10]
  • TAG (German: Torpedo Alternativ-Geschoß) (2007), a lead-free deformation bullet.[11]

Lead-free versions of TIG and TUG are built as "TIG nature"[12] and "TUG nature".[13]

Brenneke TIG and TUG against RWS ID and UNI[edit]

From 1972 until 2006, those were manufactured and developed in license by RWS; in 2006, the license was not renewed, and RWS began marketing the bullets as ID-Classic resp. UNI-Classic from 1 July 2006 onward.[14] In February 2009, Brenneke declared it saw ID-Classic and UNI-classic as counterfeit consumer goods and launched a lawsuit against RUAG Amotec.[15]

Brenneke markets the bullets, as well as ammunition, from a different manufacturer under its own name now.


Wilhelm Brenneke developed some rifle cartridges. Normally, those have a brass length of 64 millimetres (2.5 in) rimless resp. 65 millimetres (2.6 in) flanged for combination guns and other break-action-rifles that are still popular with European hunters. Those calibers are in exclusive civil use; thus, they are tremendously popular in countries that ban military calibers like France. Those are:[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ (in German)
  2. ^ Contact
  3. ^ (in German)
  4. ^ Products
  5. ^ Archived 2010-11-02 at the Wayback Machine. (in German)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-12-20. (in German)
  7. ^ TIG
  8. ^ TUG
  9. ^ a b History
  10. ^ TOG
  11. ^ TAG
  12. ^ "TIG nature". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  13. ^ TUG nature
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-12-20. (in German)
  15. ^ (in German)