When I think of Mauser, I think of vintage K-98s: I own 20 or so. But these days, Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH is producing hunting rifles, and they’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And since these modern Mausers haven’t really been on my radar, I figured I’d visit with their reps and get the lowdown on their flagship M03 Modular system . . .
The thing that impressed me the most about the Mauser 03 was how modular the system really is. You can change out the barrel in a matter of seconds with the provided tool: only two screws hold everything in place. Furthermore, if you need to change from a “magnum” caliber to a “standard” or “mini” caliber, then you can change out the titanium nitrated bolt head in matter of seconds. So one minute you might have a .22-250, and the next you have a .338 Win. Cool. In the photo below, you can see how the barrel interfaces with the bedded stock.
Mauser is serious about providing a variety of options for their customers. There are different models, including the basic line: Alpine, the Trail, the Stutzen, the Stalker, the Africa, the Deluxe, and Old Classic, among others. They even make a Match version and a Target version which resembles a police sniper rifle. There are five different stock options, including the Basic, Extreme (synthetic) Alpine, Stuzen, and Target. Ten different grades of wood are available. Different barrel lengths and contours are available.
I’m digging the Mauser Banner engraved into the barrel:
I’m also pretty enamored with the “Hogs Back” stock option with the double fold Bavarian cheek piece.
Prices for these rifles start at $4500 and run to 6K+ with the options and upgrades shown above.