The new Mauser 18 condenses hunting to its fundamental form: pure, no-frills workmanship. It’s not merely a hunting rifle, but something which Mauser has always symbolized: the ultimate gun for all men at all times. The Mauser 18 is more than just another component;
it is the whole package. It brings together all the essentials for hunting in the best possible way and does not include anything that isn’t necessary for the field. A result is a genuine tool for genuine hunters with a sensational price-performance ratio. In other words: Mauser brings you: “The People’s Rifle”. Mauser M18
|IN STOCK NOW .243 Win .270 Win., 308; 30-06 .300 WIN|
|Barrel length:||56 cm for Standardcaliber / 62 cm for Magnumcaliber|
|Overall length:||106 cm for Standardcaliber / 112 cm for Magnumcaliber|
|Weight:||2,9 for Standardcaliber / 3,0kg for Magnumcaliber|
|Stock:||Polymer 2- Component with Softgripinlays|
Mauser M18, the People’s Rifle at the SHOT Show 2018
Don’t be deceived by the vaguely scary payoff “the People’s Rifle”: the newly-introduced Mauser M18 is a real deal, being offered at just 699 USD. A solid, no-frills hunting real Mauser hunting rifle, the M18 is advertised as a gun that “brings together all the essentials for hunting in the best possible way and does not include anything that isn’t necessary for the field”.
Among its features, a cold-hammered barrel made of special steel with sub-MOA precision guaranteed an adjustable trigger and a synthetic stock with non-slip inlays on the pistol grip and forearm. Opening a butt cap, the stock also reveals a storage space for important tools such as a cleaning kit. The magazine is a classic removable, Mauser double-row 5-round type. The optics on the tested Mauser M 18 is the new Minox ZP3 (you can see it in the opener image). That’s an affordable version for US hunters.
Mauser M18 chambered in seven different calibers
The three-position safety, another Mauser trademark, operates silently with direct action on the trigger. A multi-purpose cap opens a storage space in the stock for important tools such as a cleaning kit.
Being offered at half the price of many competitors’ guns and produced by a prestigious brand, the Mauser M18 is something more than an entry rifle: it’s a lightweight, reliable, and well-made firearm with German Technology inside. The fact that it’s also very affordable is just another good quality.
The M18 is also available in a quite wide range of calibers:
6.5 Creedmoor, .243, .308, .270, .30-06, .300 Win Mag and 7mm Rem Mag.
What more can you ask from a 699 USD rifle? We guess that also in Europe the price will be below 1.000 €. We’ll keep you informed. Latest at IWA the official price for Europe should be announced.
Mauser M18: technical data
|Calibers:||6.5 Creedmoor, .243, .308, .270, .30-06, .300 Win Mag and 7mm Rem|
|Barrel length:||22 in / 56 cm for standard calibers, 24.4 in / 62 cm for Magnum calibers|
|Overall length:||41.7 in / 106 cm for standard calibers, 44 in / 112 cm for Magnum calibers|
|Weight:||6.4-6.6 lbs / 2.900-3.000 g|
Mauser has returned to its commercial rifle roots with a simple and robust modern bolt-action hunting rifle designed and priced for the “everyman” — the M18.
At the time the Mauser company came of age, double rifles and even some single-shots were the tools of elite hunters. Regulating sights for a specific load or multiple barrels to hit the same point of impact was time-consuming and expensive endeavors that generally only the rich could afford. The “magazine” rifle dispensed with all of that necessary attention, making them economically more in reach of “average” hunters, either as commercially produced hunting rifles or sporterized military ones.
Since those early days, Mauser has made top-of-the-line rifles and also dabbled in ones that are arguably “complicated” and thus more expensive. For example, there was the Model 66 that had a “telescoping” action, the more recent Model 96 that is a modern straight-pull, and various other models with “slide-bolt” actions.
With the M18, though, all thoughts of designing it with complicated components were set aside in favor of a rifle the company endearingly refers to as the volkswaffe — the people’s rifle — that competes for market share against such basic guns such as Ruger’s American and Mossberg’s Patriot.
That’s not to suggest German engineering is cast aside on the M18 in favor of inexpensive production — quite the contrary. Instead, company representatives tell me that Mauser asked themselves why not put those collective decades of technology into a rifle that retains Mauser’s DNA, yet is simple. That is what they did.
“We were kind of missing out,” a Mauser representative tells me regarding why the company decided to offer an entry-level rifle. “Everybody knows Mauser, so why not put [one] in the hands of the average working man who’s out there who truly can’t afford a $5,000 switch-barrel rifle. Let’s give him something with the name ‘Mauser’ on it and have him be happy with it.”