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(sponsored post) The 2016 Texas Firearms Festival has over 40 manufacturers demonstrating and selling their latest and greatest firearms — not to mention 45 amazing retailers hawking their wares. [Click here to buy your tickets for October 14 – 16 at Best of the West Shooting Sports, just outside of Austin.] It would be churlish of me to play favorites. But I’m really looking forward to getting behind three rifles from Blaser USA/Sauer/Mauser. Specifically . . .

R8 (above) – You want accuracy? The R8’s precision trigger, perfectly concentric free-floating forged barrel, radial locking system (locks directly in the barrel without rotary motion) and ergonomic stock design make it a tack driver. Speed? The R8’s action slides like a greased pig thrown into a plastic kiddie pool. Safety stuff too. It’s my go-to game gun.

Sauer 100 – Available in a wide variety of calibers, the lightweight 100 boasts a polymer stock, cold-hammer forged barrel, adjustable trigger (2.2 – 4.2 lbs), three-position safety and Sauer’s patented EVER REST system (a double-fitted bedding element bonded into the stock, decoupling the shooting system from the stock). The Sauer 100 is guaranteed to shoot sub-MOA at 100 yards.

Mauser M12 –  The M12’s solid steel construction features the distinctive wide Mauser loading breach, (another example of) an extremely smooth bolt movement and a classic, straight stock shape with “Prince of Wales” pistol grip. A crisp, direct trigger and 3-position safety with “target-driven design” and perfect balance make this rifle a worthy example of a deeply venerable rifle brand.

To paraphrase Patek Phillipe’s tag line, you don’t own one or more of these rifles. You merely take care of them for the next generation. After you’ve shot the snot out of them, that is. Don’t take my word for it, or the word of thousands of satisfied customers. Click here to buy your tickets to the 2016 Texas Firearms Festival, then come and shoot it!

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  1. I looked around the Mauser site, but I couldn’t find any 98 actions in anything other than magnum calibers. Do they still make 98 action rifles in other calibers?

    • Have they ever given a reason why they won’t? There are a few here in Canada, but not many- we just don’t have the market for higher end rifles that the US has. It seems to me they’d have done better selling them stateside.

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