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.
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.
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.