The new Mauser M18 combines legacy with modernization.
Say the words “Mauser bolt-action” and almost everyone thinks of the Model 1898, i.e., Model 98 or M98. The M98 was in production for so long and Mauser made so many (as well as those produced by partners under license) that it’s difficult not to think of the M98 when the Mauser name is spoken.
What’s unfortunate about the M98 is that it has overshadowed many other Mauser rifle achievements introduced since the 1950s. By exploring new designs and manufacturing techniques for more than 60 years, Mauser has amassed vast rifle-manufacturing knowledge that makes the new Model 18 (M18) possible.
Combining several innovations, the M18 action features a large, super-hard, three-lug bolt for its short action.
Pieces of the Puzzle
Mauser licensed the Gehmann short action in 1965. This little gem was designed by one of Germany’s championship rifle shooters in the mid-1950s. The action is almost half as short as a regular M98 and was one of the first to have the bolt locking lugs seat into an extension of the barrel instead of the …Read the Rest
Source:: Guns and Ammo