Buy Mauser M18 Rifles


Buy Mauser M18 

Buy Mauser M18 

Similar to other rifle lines from Mauser, the M18 delivers state-of-the-art technology that will inspire confidence on the hunt. With its incredible design and manufacturing techniques, the Mauser M18 has the look and feel of rifles twice its price. Budget-conscious hunters will enjoy the reliable performance at this reasonable price point.

A synthetic stock provides a lightweight rifle ideal for those long days in the field. Additionally, the M18 comes in a wide variety of calibers, so you can be sure to find your perfect fit here at

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Mauser M18
The new Mauser 18 condenses hunting to its fundamental form: pure, no-frills ­workmanship. It’s not merely a hunting rifle, but something which Mauser has always symbolized: the ­ultimate gun for all men at all times. The Mauser 18 is more than just another ­component;

it is the whole package. It brings together all the essentials for hunting in the best ­possible way and does not include ­anything that isn’t necessary in the field. The result is a genuine tool for ­genuine hunters with a sensational price-performance ratio. In other words: Mauser brings you: “The People’s ­Rifle”. Mauser M18

Mauser M18

IN STOCK NOW .243 Win .270 Win., 308; 30-06 .300 WIN
Barrel length: 56 cm for Standardcaliber / 62 cm for Magnumcaliber
Overall length: 106 cm for Standardcaliber / 112 cm for Magnumcaliber
Weight: 2,9 for Standardcaliber / 3,0kg for Magnumcaliber
Magazine capacity: 5+1
Surface: black burnished
Open sight:
Stock: Polymer 2- Componend with Softgripinlays

Mauser M18, the People’s Rifle at the SHOT Show 2018

Don’t be deceived by the vaguely scary payoff “the People’s Rifle”: the newly-introduced Mauser M18 is a real deal, being offered at just 699 USD. A solid, no-frills hunting real Mauser hunting rifle, the M18 is advertised as a gun that “brings together all the essentials for hunting in the best possible way and does not include anything that isn’t necessary in the field”.

Among its features, a cold-hammered barrel made of special steel with sub-MOA precision guaranteed, an adjustable trigger, and a synthetic stock with non-slip inlays on the pistol grip and forearm. Opening a butt-cap, the stock also reveals a storage space for important tools such as cleaning kit. Magazine is a classic removable, Mauser double-row 5-round type. The optics on the tested Mauser M 18 is the new Minox ZP3 (you can see it in the opener image). That’s an affordable version for US-hunters.

Mauser M18 chambered in seven different calibers

The three-position safety, another Mauser trademark, operates silently with direct action on the trigger. A multi-purpose cap opens a storage space in the stock for important tools such as cleaning kit.

Mauser M18

The Mauser M18 is an affordable quality rifle for hunting, available in 7 calibers. Mounted riflescope: Minox ZP3, a new “good value” model for the US-market.

Being offered at half the price of many competitors’ guns and produced by a prestigious brand, the Mauser M18 is something more than an entry rifle: it’s a lightweight, reliable and well-made firearm with German Technology inside. The fact that it’s also very affordable is just another good quality.

The M18 is also available in a quite wide range of calibers:

6.5 Creedmoor, .243, .308, .270, .30-06, .300 Win Mag and 7mm Rem Mag.

What more can you ask from a 699 USD rifle? We guess that also in Europe the price will be below 1.000 €. We’ll keep you informed. Latest at IWA the official price for Europe should be announced.

Mauser M18: technical data

Model: Mauser M18
Calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor, .243, .308, .270, .30-06, .300 Win Mag and 7mm Rem
Barrel length: 22 in / 56 cm for standard calibers, 24.4 in / 62 cm for Magnum calibers
Overall length: 41.7 in / 106 cm for standard calibers, 44 in / 112 cm for Magnum calibers
Weight: 6.4-6.6 lbs / 2.900-3.000 g

Mauser has returned to its commercial rifle roots with a simple and robust modern bolt-action hunting rifle designed and priced for the “everyman” — the M18.

At the time the Mauser company came of age, double rifles and even some single-shots were the tools of elite hunters. Regulating sights for a specific load or multiple barrels to hit the same point of impact were time consuming and expensive endeavors that generally only the rich could afford. The “magazine” rifle dispensed with all of that necessary attention, making them economically more in reach of “average” hunters, either as commercially produced hunting rifles or sporterized military ones.

Since those early days, Mauser has made top-of-the-line rifles and also dabbled in ones that are arguably “complicated” and thus more expensive. For example, there was the Model 66 that had a “telescoping” action, the more recent Model 96 that is a modern straight-pull and various other models with “slide-bolt” actions.

With the M18, though, all thoughts of designing it with complicated components were set aside in favor of a rifle the company endearingly refers to as the volkswaffe — the people’s rifle — that competes for market share against such basic guns such as Ruger’s American and Mossberg’s Patriot.

That’s not to suggest German engineering is cast aside on the M18 in favor of inexpensive production — quite the contrary. Instead, company representatives tell me that Mauser asked themselves why not put those collective decades of technology into a rifle that retains Mauser’s DNA, yet is simple. That is what they did.

Mauser asked themselves why not put those collective decades of technology into a rifle that retains Mauser’s DNA, yet is simple. That is what the gun maker did. Photo: Mauser

Mauser asked themselves why not put those collective decades of technology into a rifle that retains Mauser’s DNA, yet is simple. That is what the gun maker did. Photo: Mauser

“We were kind of missing out,” a Mauser representative tells me regarding why the company decided to offer an entry-level rifle. “Everybody knows Mauser, so why not put [one] in the hands of the average working man who’s out there who truly can’t afford a $5,000 switch-barrel rifle. Let’s give him something with the name ‘Mauser’ on it and have him be happy with it.”

How those decades of learned technology were implemented in the Mauser M18 is not what I expected. For example, European hunters are well-known for contriving scope mounting systems that make American hunters roll their eyes. By comparison,

if we could get away with duct taping scopes to hunting rifles, we probably would. Because of that cultural difference, I was expecting some new Mauser-made, hard-to-get, special order scope mount that was the epitome of efficiency. Instead, the M18 uses Remington Model 700 bases, which are about as ordinary and available as you can get.

Another item that surprised me is the simplicity of the action — it’s a tube inside and out without the complicated machining needed for bolt lug raceways or recoil lugs. This is clearly a manufacturing expediency, but one that has proven itself as not only economical, but also capable of accuracy. Because the machining is essentially nothing more than a round hole, the M18 uses a full-diameter, three-lug bolt design that’s recently become popular with many makers of modern hunting rifles. This design incorporates three locking lugs, resulting in a short 60-degree bolt lift for faster cycling.

Instead of a conventional recoil lug, the M18 has a notch in the action that mates with a block in the stock. Photo: Mauser

Instead of a conventional recoil lug, the M18 has a notch in the action that mates with a block in the stock. Photo: Mauser

Similar tubular actions frequently have the recoil lug as a separate piece sandwiched between the action face and barrel. Instead, the M18 has a simple machined notch that engages a metal block set in the injection molded synthetic stock. “It’s part of the bedding system,” Mauser representatives explain of the metal block. “It allows you to basically have an aluminum bedding block, but it’s really not.”

This system design is indeed unique, but again not complicated. Whereas most bolt-action rifles usually have two bolts that pass through the bottom metal and into the bottom of the action, the M18 has threaded studs fixed in the action that are secured by removable nuts. “It works,” a Mauser representative explained. “The nuts have to do with the bedding system because the bedding, when you tighten that up, it tightens the rifle into the bedding system. The trigger guard is just put on. [It’s actually molded integral with the stock] It’s not what’s holding the rifle together.”

Despite the M18 being a “basic” rifle, there are some advanced features. Chief among them is the user-adjustable trigger. Adjustment is simply a matter of turning a set screw in the face of the trigger blade — clockwise to increase pull weight, counter-clockwise to decrease weight — and Mauser cautions you to “ensure that you do not fully un-screw the screw.” There is also a cocking indicator on the bolt’s tail that lets you see and feel if the rifle is cocked, and a sliding three-position thumb safety that lets you unchamber a round with the safety on, or lock the bolt closed.

The trigger is adjustable from two to four pounds of pull. Photo: Mauser

Another arguably advanced feature is the dual plunger ejectors. Contrary to what some might think at first, this is not a redundancy in case one fails. Instead, the dual plungers cause empty cases to eject perfectly 90 degrees to the rifle, eliminating the possibility of an empty case hitting a large scope windage turret and bouncing back into the action. Though Mauser is famous for its massive claw extractor and controlled round feed, this is a push-feed and the ejectors work in conjunction with a small sliding extractor.

At $699, this rifle is economical, but that doesn’t mean Mauser cheaped out. The cold hammer-forged barrel is the exact same barrel Mauser’s sister companies put on premium — and significantly more expensive — guns such as the Sauer 404 and Blaser R8. The synthetic stock is essentially “American” in its style and proportions and has simple, but welcome features, such as sling swivel studs, rubberized grip panels and a tool-less removable recoil pad with storage compartment underneath.

The sample rifle came chambered in .30-’06 Sprg. and fitted with a one-inch Minox 4-12x40mm ZL3 scope in Talley bases. To see how well the M18 shot, I gathered two types of premium and one “everyman” load and fired for accuracy at 100 yards. True to the M18’s target customer, the most accurate load was Hornady’s humble American Whitetail. It uses a simple 150-grain InterLock cup-and-core bullet that has a mechanical locking ring to prevent jacket/core separation on impact. I’ve been killing deer with it for decades. Average accuracy for five, consecutive three-shot groups with that load was 1.14 inches.

The second most accurate load was Norma’s 170-grain TipStrike. This bullet also has a mechanical lock that prevents core separation and adds a pointed polymer tip for flatter shooting, as well as to facilitate bullet expansion. Average accuracy for this load was 1.79 inches.

The final load was Swift’s High Grade Ammunition with the 180-grain Scirocco bonded bullet. Unfortunately, this particular M18 positively hated this load. My experience with Scirocco bullets is that most rifles will shoot them well, but those that don’t, really don’t. Suffice it to say this load patterned from the M18 instead of grouped, and I’ll leave it at that.

Accuracy from the M18 varied quite a bit between loads with Hornady's American Whitetail a clear favorite. Photo: Mauser

Accuracy from the M18 varied quite a bit between loads with Hornady’s American Whitetail a clear favorite. Photo: Mauser

As far as handling and performance, this is an exceptionally nimble rifle. It has a 14-inch length of pull, which is slightly shorter than what most people are used to, but also makes it quicker to shoulder. The trigger, set at three-pounds-pull on the sample rifle, is fantastic. It hardly moves when you pull it, and provides a smart, snappy release.

Removing and loading the flush-fitting polymer magazine is simple; just push a button in front of the magazine and it leaps out of the stock. Cartridges are easily pressed straight down on top of the follower to load. The rifle’s ejection port is a little small for topping off the magazine while it’s seated in the gun, but because the magazine accepts cartridges so easily, with a little dexterity you can do it.

Overall, I think Mauser has done a great job of creating a feature-rich entry-level rifle with a German pedigree, and that is what the company was shooting for. “Right off the bat you get a 10-year warranty. I don’t think anybody else even gives that,” a Mauser representative explained to me when going through the reasons someone would want the M18 over others in its class.

“We have a price of $699, [and] you get a cold hammer forged barrel with an accuracy guarantee. You also get an adjustable trigger — all of the nice features that you could have on other rifles that cost more money. We have it on a rifle that costs less money and that’s backed up by the Mauser name and the warranty.”

Bottom Line

The Mauser M18 is not like some other German-made products such as a Mercedes or BMW where you have to be concerned about complicated systems and expensive repairs. Simple, straight-forward and effective is the best way to describe the Mauser M18 bolt-action rifle. Chambered for popular American calibers, this European thoroughbred speaks with a decided accent — as in deer whisperer. It truly is that simple.

Pressing the Mauser logos on both sides of the buttstock releases the recoil pad and exposes a small storage compartment. Photo: Mauser

Pressing the Mauser logos on both sides of the buttstock releases the recoil pad and exposes a small storage compartment. Photo: Mauser

German Mauser M18 Product Specs

Manufacturer: Mauser

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Model: M18

Calibers: .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win., 7mm Rem. Mag., .308 Win., .30-’06 Sprg., .300 Win. Mag.

Action: Bolt-action repeating rifle

Magazine Capacity: 5+1

Barrel: Cold hammer-forged, 22 inches (24 1/2 inches in magnum)

Related: Should Hunters Adopt Shooting Techniques Used by U.S. Snipers?

Trigger: User adjustable from 2 to 4 pounds pull

Sights: None. Drilled and tapped for Remington 700 bases

Stock: Black synthetic with rubberized grip panels

Overall Length: 41 3/4 inches (44 inches in magnum)

Weight: 6.5 to 6.6 pounds

Other: Storage compartment under tool-less quick detach buttpad, sliding three-position safety, sling swivel studs, 10-year warranty, 5-round sub-MOA accuracy guarantee.


.243 Win.,, 6.5 Creedmoor,, .270 Win.,, 7mm Rem. Mag.,, .308 Win.,, .30-’06 Sprg.,, .300 Win. Mag.


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