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I was really psyched to have an opportunity to get my mitts on the new Model 101 by J.P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH. The Model 101 comes with a match grade 22 inch barrel and weighs in at a svelte 6.7 Ibs. . . .

It features a silky smooth bolt that ejects the round 90° from the vertical, so that the ejected round doesn’t come in contact with the scope. The 6 lug bolt locks directly into the barrel.

Sauer Pic 5

The rifle is fed via a detachable 5+1 magazine (4+1 for magnum calibers).

As you’d expect on a rifle of this pedigree, the trigger broke at 2 lbs. with no creep or overtravel. The Sauer 101 is fitted with either a walnut (“Classic”) stock or a black synthetic (“Classic XT”) version.  The Sauer’s stock includes the patented “Ever-Rest” bedding system, which features a metal block surrounding the front action screw.


Perhaps my favorite feature, however, was the new DURA SAFE safety system built into the bolt shroud. Unlike other systems I’ve used, engaging and disengaging the safety on the Sauer is absolutely effortless. Further, the safety employs an integral firing pin block that blocks the firing pin until the bolt has been fully locked into battery.

Courtesy Joe Grine

The test sample was equipped with a Minox ZA5 2.5x10x50 scope (top gun in photo above).  The rep recommended shooting the 800 yard target while holding on the 5th stadia with a 10 MPH wind hold. Low and behold, by following his recommendation I was able to bang the 800 yard gong with every shot.

MSRP is around $1500-1600, depending on options.

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  1. I like this one too, seems like a bargain at 1500 compared to a lot of other bolt guns in that price range. I just wish I had a larger gun budget…. Honey can the kids skip the dentist this year and forever?

  2. This rifle, for the weight, safety design, and a few other features, looks like an interesting mtn gun. Have they announced the calibers in which it will be available?

  3. That is a nice looking rifle. The stock doesn’t do too much for me – looks like stained beech, or some other furniture grained European hardwood. If it was a nicely figured walnut or maybe maple, it’d be much prettier – and more expensive. A rifle like that may well deserve putting a custom stock on it.

    • Definitely. But the difficulty in restocking it is the requirement to perfectly install the square block in the stock by the first lug.

  4. Looks like black walnut for the wood, and some matte black finish, I’m guessing it is not blued. That’s a shame to see a wood-stocked gun with the matte black, bead-blasted finishes.

    • I agree that this rifle would have looked better with a polished blue finish, but from the photos, this matte black looks better than some. I’d bet that it feels smooth to the touch, unlike some I’ve handled that felt like they were “finished” by a 16 year old kid using a can of spray paint.


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