Mauser M18 Volkswaffe Rifle: Solid and Affordable

The new "People's Rifle" offers remarkable quality on a well-proven platform for a price pretty much anyone can afford.

The Mauser name has quite a reputation. That iconic German gunmaker’s name is behind one of the most notable battle rifles of all time, the Karabiner 98k, used by the majority of German soldiers in World War II. The Mauser action design was strong and reliable. Since, the basic design has been used in all sorts of rifles around the world.

The new M18 Volkswaffe, or People’s Rifle, is designed for hard use, even in harsh hunting environments. Its synthetic stock isn’t affected by the elements, and the tree-position safety makes it suitable for carrying in the field with a round in the chamber—ready for sudden opportunities. The stock has areas of soft inserts for better grip and control and features a five-round magazine. The M18 is currently available in .243 Win., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag., and .300 Win. Mag. with 6.5 Creedmoor soon to follow.

“Being able to produce a rifle this good at such an affordable price means more sportsmen than ever before can realize their dream of owning a Mauser,” said Christian Socher, CEO of Blaser USA, Mauser’s North American distributor. “The value of the M18 lies not only in its price but also in its ultimate reliability, durability, and accuracy. This is a rifle for the everyday hunter, incorporating features they rely on, and it will get the job done time after time. That’s why we’re calling it ‘Volkswaffe’—’the people’s rifle’.” MSRP: $699