VO Vapen was founded in 1977 rooted in the determination to build the world’s most exclusive hand-made rifles for hunting and collection. Master Gunsmith Viggo Olsson, who had had a lifelong passion for beautifully crafted artefacts, started off in a small workshop behind his house in Kristianstad in the south of Sweden. This is a rural region famous for its hunting traditions. Together with his son Ulf, Viggo Olsson carefully selected his staff and slowly but surely their reputation spread throughout the globe. Their focus was on exclusive collections, limited editions and unique tailor-made rifles for the most demanding of customers. And from the very first rifle created in that very small workshop, until the weapons produced today in the magnificent VO Faktori – next to the castle of Trolle Ljungby – where craftsmen work side by side, the vision has always been the same: building the finest rifles possible.
Our VO Faktori, where every single rifle is being created and rigorously tested, all in one grand building, is something very unique. Not only is it an outstanding facility solemnly created for the making of the finest rifles possible and located in a magnificent area of Sweden – on the land and castle of the Trolle Wachtmeister family. It is also a part of a long tradition. It was not far from here that the first Swedish armament manufacturers started and built a name for themselves many hundred years ago. Inventing solutions in rifle making that we still build on today. The castle next to the home of VO Vapen has medieval origins and our own building was first built in the early 1900s. In those days it was a starch factory. We converted it into a rifle factory: VO Faktori, choosing the old Swedish word from which the term factory once derived – a weapon factory. The only one of its kind in the world. Equipped also with its own shooting gallery. A house filled with craftsmanship and ingenuity. Every corner devoted to the art of gunmaking.