The mauser lin­eage

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The orig­i­nal Mauser bolt gun – the Model 1871 and the var­i­ous mod­els of the 1880s and ’90s, cul­mi­nat­ing in the stronger and im­proved Model 1898 – was it­self an evo­lu­tion of the Dreyse nee­dle-fire, in­spired by the mech­a­nism of a door bolt. This tech­nol­ogy, of ex­tra­or­di­nary sig­nif­i­cance in its day, al­lowed the Prus­sian Army to dom­i­nate much of Europe for decades. It stim­u­lated us to pro­duce the Leemet­ford and Lee-en­fields, and the Nor­we­gians to re­ply with the Krag– Jør­gensen, as adopted by the United

States (which soon de­vel­oped the Spring­field M1903 – in ef­fect, a copy of the Mauser ’98, with two for­ward

lock­ing lugs).

The pro­duc­tion of mil­lions of mil­i­tary Mausers from the late 19th cen­tury and dur­ing both world wars led to a ready source of ac­tions that were taken up by many sport­ing mak­ers at home and abroad (and also stim­u­lated

ri­fle cus­tomis­ing in Amer­ica). High-qual­ity, com­mer­cial ac­tions con­tin­ued to be made by Mauser, too, in­clud­ing Kurz (short) and longer Mag­num-type ac­tions. The high-end Bri­tish gun trade of­ten sought DWM Oben­dorf ac­tions as the ba­sis for its be­spoke prod­ucts, although Mauser afi­ciona­dos may tell you the 1935 CZ ac­tion may have been the best of all 20th-cen­tury pro­duc­tion. Now, the style

of ac­tion is made in many coun­tries, in­clud­ing our own, to var­i­ous qual­i­ties. Re­mark­ably, Lon­don mak­ers con­tinue to re­fine the Mauser sport­ing ac­tioned ri­fle into some­thing supremely fit for the pur­pose of hunt­ing at home and abroad.

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