Lapua, or more officially Nammo Lapua Oy and Nammo Schönebeck, is part of the large Nammo Group. Our main products are small caliber cartridges and components for sport, hunting and professional use.
For decades Lapua has strived to produce the best possible cartridges and components for those who have a passion for precision. The results from various competitions worldwide prove that we are the preferred partner for the champions, everywhere. This has been achieved by consistent product development and cooperation with top shooters.
The top quality and superior accuracy that are characteristic to all Lapua cartridges are achieved with precise combining of the components. Reliable and timely ignition, optimal muzzle velocity and excellent ballistic properties are the result of well designed and carefully manufactured components.The ideal cartridge comes from the careful and precise combination of top-notch cases, exceptional bullets, well made primers and good powder selection. Assemble these with our well known passion for precision, and you have simply the finest ammunition in the world; Lapua.
2013 Unbeatable success again for Lapua ammunition in Nove Mesto - Lapua takes 32 out of 33 medals in the World Championships
2012 Team Lapua member Tony Boyer has accumulated unprecedented 159 points and leads the Hall of Fame Standings with a phenomenal 112 point difference
2011 This new generation of match bullets has been dubbed the Scenar-L, and is a fitting successor to the vaunted Scenar family. Sharing the same aerodynamic profiles as their predecessors, the Scenar-L are the perfect choice for any type of competitive shooting.
2011 300 m Standard Rifle, Men, Ole-Kristian Bryhn, NOR, result 590, Lapua Scenar-L , New CISM World Record
2011 Team USA (A) Gold Medal in Benchrest Group Shooting, result 5.881mm/.212", with Lapua .220 Russian cases and Vihtavuori N133 powder
Aug 5 2010 Josselin Henry (FRA) 300m Prone elimination, 600/600 with Lapua’s 6.5x47 Lapua GB458 9g/139gr HPBT Scenar
2010 Marko Nikko (FIN) 3 personal Gold Medals in Big Bore hunting rifle Big Bore silhouette rifle Big Bore rifle Aggregate all with Midas+ 2 personal Gold Medals in Small Bore rifle silhouette Small bore rifle aggregate with Lapua’s 6.5x55 SE GB458 9g/139gr HPBT Scenar
2010 Gold for Peter Sidi (HUN) in 50 m 3 Pos. Men and for Kim Andre Lund (NOR) in 50 m 3 Pos. Men Junior
2010 Henri Häkkinen (FIN) 2010 CISM World Champion in 300m Std Rifle with Lapua 6mm BR Norma GB478 Scenar
2010 Biathlon: 23 medals of 30 available in individual competitions were achieved with Lapua .22 LR Ammunition
Jul 25 2009 300m Rifle 3 Positions Men Peter Sidi (HUN) with result 1184
Jul 21 2009 300m Rifle Prone Women, Charlotte Jakobsen (DEN) 599
May 9 2009 600-yard IBS Light Gun Score Record 0.904" 50-5X group, Larry Isenhour USA, New World Record!
Apr 26 2008 New World Record! IBS 600 yards, Heavy Gun, 0.386" 5-shot group, John Lewis
2008 With the new X-ACT as the flagship ammunition, the enhanced .22 LR family including Midas+, Center-X, Pistol King, Pistol OSP and Polar Biathlon is announced. X-ACT has been developed after a long research period to unite all positive properties of all materials used. The shooters can benefit of its absolute accuracy and consistency and use an extremely sophisticated product of highest quality.
2008 New World Record 40/40 in .22 LR prone by Jyrki Viitakoski FIN
2008 Most medals were won with Lapua cases and Vihtavuori powder New World Record 40/40 in .22 LR prone by Jyrki Viitakoski FIN
Oct 2 2006 Gold Medal, 25m Pistol Women, Otryad Gundegmaa
Aug 3 2006 300m Rifle 3 Positions Women, Charlotte Jakobsen (DEN) 588
May 28 2006 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women, Sonja Pfeischifter (GER) 594
2006 The 6.5x47 Lapua is a cartridge designed for serious competition shooting. Lapua developed the 6.5x47 in conjunction with a Swiss rifle manufacturer, Grunig & Elmiger. The chamber and throat dimensions are optimized for target bullets. The 6.5x47 Lapua is CIP approved
2006 Team Norway was the best in the CISM military shooting World Championship games in Elverum, Norway (Military Rapid Fire Rifle Men Team Competition). All team members used the Lapua´s 6mm BR cartridges. Lapua was the most used cartridge brand in the CISM games in 2006.
2006 Biathlon: 18 medals of 24 available in individual competitions were achieved with Lapua .22 LR Ammunition
2005 Nammo AS ownership changed: 50% owned by Patria Oyj and 50% by the Norwegian government
2004 21 out of 31 medals were shot with Lapua cartridges. More than 70% of the competitors used Lapua cartridges.
2004 Gold Medal, Rapid fire, men, Hans Bakken, NOR 569 Gold Medal, Standard rifle, men, Milan Mach, CZE 584
2003 Unique Lapua technology. A great performing 99% copper bullet retains up to 100% of its weight. The valve at the tip of bullet opens immediately on impact, leading the bullet to expand symmetrically and without shattering. This high tech bullet design gives a maximal shock effect and it works perfectly within terminal velocities of 500 m/s - 1000 m/s. The Naturalis is extremely effective by giving a clean shot and minimizes meat loss.
Jul 12 2002 Gold Medal, Charlotte Jakobsen (DEN, women´s rifle (prone) and 3x20 shots). Charlotte Jakobsen shot a New World Record in both disciplines.
2001 3 gold medals
2000 Gold Medal in Rapid fire, 25 m, men, Team Norway Gold Medal in Rapid fire, 25 m, men, Peter Bratli (NOR) Gold Medal in Sport pistol, 25 m, women, Ayse Kil (TUR) Gold Medal in Rapid fire, sport pistol, women 25 m, Ayse Kil (TUR) Lapua cartridges are the first choice of the competitors: more than 60% of the pistol shooters used the Lapua .32 cartridges in the Ankara CISM competition.
2000 4 gold medals
2000 6 gold medals
1998 5 gold medals
1998 In August 1998 Patria Industries Oyj from Finland, Celsius AB from Sweden and Raufoss ASA from Norway signed an agreement to affiliate the companies into a Nordic Nammo Group, which started its operations in the summer of 1998. In Finland Nammo Lapua Oy became part of the Nammo Group.
1996 Finnish military manufacturers formed a state owned company Patria Industries including Patria Finavitec, Patria Lapua, Vihtavuori Oy, Patria Vammas and Patria Vehicles.
1995 Lapua Midas became the world’s most accurate .22 LR cartridge. It was available in two versions: L, bullet diameter 5.69 mm and M, bullet diameter 5.67 mm. This allowed the shooter to select the right round that matches the bore dimensions of his rifle. Shooters still remember the infamous Lapua Midas gold box.
1994 3 gold medals
1994 Nine (9) gold medals were shot with Lapua cartridges.
1993 All titles were won with the new Lapua precision case .220 Russian.
1993 New World Record: Wheelchair Shooting, Australia (.22 LR Dominator)
1993 2 gold medals ( Lapua .308 Win / GB422/ GB432)
1991 5 gold medals
1991 In 1991 Lapua became an independent limited liability company under the new name Cartridge Factory Lapua Ltd. In 1992, Lapua acquired the German cartridge factory SK Jagd- und Sportmunitions GmbH. The product line fulfills and supports the ammunition selection of the main factory.
Aug 15 1990 300m Rifle Prone Men Gold Medal and New World Record 600/600 to Harald Stenvaag, NOR, in free rifle 60 shots prone (.308 Win/GB432)
1990 5 gold medals. In Moscow Norwegian Harald Stenwaag made a new amazing world record in 300 m shooting : 600 points out of 600 possible!
1989 3 gold medals with Lapua Pistol King
1989 Medals of all colours in pistol as well as in rifle shooting were shot with Lapua ammunition!
1989 2 gold medals
1988 Lapua’s record-breaking line of Scenar target bullets were first introduced in the 1980s, and immediately made a name for themselves. They were the very first European manufactured OTM (Open Tip Match) bullets and set the standard from that point on. In 1990, the Scenar was used in Moscow to set a new world record in 300 meter ISSF competition, points 600 out of a possible 600. Literally, a perfect score.
1988 All medals in the centerfire pistol events were won with Lapua .32 S&W LWC. 85 % of all competitors used Lapua.
1988 The legendary .338 Lapua Magnum, our much-copied paragon of quality and accuracy has an effective range up to 1500 meters. The first lot of the .338 Lapua Magnum for testing was produced in 1988. A motion had however been made for CIP in 1987, and in 1989 the .338 Lapua Magnum was CIP approved with its measurements.
1987 4 gold medals. All medals in the centerfire pistol events were won with Lapua .32 S&W LWC.
1986 6 new world records and 5 medals for Lapua ammunition Lapua Cartridge Factory was in 1986 the only ammunition company in the world that won medals in all three world championship games.
1986 5 gold medals out of 8 possible
1984 The Lapua Mega is for hunting big game. This bullet is at its best in the field and typically more than duplicates on impact, causing an immediate shock effect in your quarry. The Mega is a soft point bullet with a protective copper jacket – traditional hunting performance. This ensures that the bullet’s lead alloy core remains intact when shooting through brush or branch. The mechanical bonding locks the lead alloy in place, allowing the bullet to achieve up to 97% weight retention. Mega product family covers the most popular calibres in Scandinavia including 9 products.
1984 5 gold medals
1981 Gold medal to Harri Eloranta, FIN
1980 7 gold medals
1980 In the 1980´s Lapua concentrated strongly in product development, which resulted in fast growth in the civilian product sales. As marketing and product development got stronger, Lapua became an even more competitive manufacturer in sport shooting, hunting and special purpose cartridge markets.
1978 6 gold medals (shot with calibers: .22LR Running Target,.308/D46, 7,62 x 53R/D46, .32 S&W LWC
1976 In 1976 an explosion accident resulted in the decision to build a new factory, further away from the city center. Next step was to further expand by building a new case and bullet factory, which was taken into use in 1984.
1956 Gold medal in Free Pistol Shooting, Pentti Linnosvuo, FIN
1946 The Cartridge Factory was incorporated with the Governmental Metal Factory, Valmet. The first rimfire cartridges were manufactured in 1947. The cartridge factory went under the Ministry of Defense in 1955.
1933 Often copied, never equaled. The legendary D46 is one by which all others of its type are measured. Manufactured to the strictest tolerances for concentricity, uniformity of shape and weight, it has shot its way to the record books since the 1930’s all the way to the 21st century.
1930 Gold medal in rifle shooting, Kullervo Leskinen, FIN
1923 Finland became independent in 1917, and the state owned cartridge factory was founded and built in Lapua in 1923. In 1927 the name State Cartridge Factory was taken into use. In the beginning the operations were modest, but since the political situation in the world changed before the World War II, the ammunition production quantities multiplied.