New Mauser M12

Mauser M12

The new Mauser M12 is now available according to the company.  The classically styled rifle comes with either a wooden stock or a synthetic stock.  All calibers and configurations are available with both stocks.  There are standard and magnum versions of the guns, each having different dimensions based on the cartridges.

According to Mauser, the action is very smooth with a 60 degree bolt lift to speed cycling.  The trigger has an approximate two pound pull.

The flush fitting magazine is detachable.  The rounds are staggered in the magazine to increase capacity.  For standard calibers, the M12 magazine holds five rounds.  For the magnum versions, the mags hold four rounds.  The magazines are metal, but polymer versions will also be available.

The M12 has a three-position safety called a Smooth Roll Safety (SRS).

The gun is drilled and tapped for scope mounting.  According to the company, any mounts designed for the Mauser 98 will fit the M12 “perfectly.”  The rifle does not ship with sights, but open sights can be added to the rifle for an additional charge.

Standard

  • calibers:  .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, 6.5×55, .270 Win, 7×64, .308 Win, .30-06 Sprg, 8×57, 9.3×62
  • barrel length:  22”
  • overall length:  42”
  • length of pull:  14.3”
  • magazine capacity:  5 rounds
  • weight:  6.75 lbs

Magnum

  • calibers: 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag
  • barrel length: 24.25”
  • overall length: 44.3”
  • length of pull:  14.3”
  • magazine capacity:  4 rounds
  • weight:  7 lbs




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  • michael

    How about in303 british?

    • Axel

      Modern bolt action hunting rifles are not chambered in .303 British. It is a round that uses an unusual caliber, while not offering anything that a .30 caliber bullet or an 8 mm bullet offers. It’s main problem is probably that it is rimmed. It’s difficult to design a bolt action rifle that feeds rimmed cartridges well. It’s obviously not impossible but it puts some restraints on the designer or the end user.

      Because it would be unwanted by the customers and expensive for the R&D department, Mauser chose wisely not to chamber it’s new rifle in .303.

      • pd

        it would be no different than any other bolt action that fires rimmed cartridges, so there would be no real r&d required. there are a couple platforms in new production that offer .303 chambering, such as ruger, and thomson center, and seeing how someone here asked about it, seems that it is not unwanted.

        • Axel

          It’s not that they would have to invent a new technology, the world knows how to make a bolt action feed rimmed cartridges. They would, however, have to make another version of the m12 in order to feed the rimmed cartridges. A different magazine would be required, in addition to some changes to the bolt design. To develop these things would cost money.
          Little would be gained for doing so, since the .303 British is an uncommon choice for european hunters, who are the main group of customers for Mauser. The rifles chambered in .303 British from Ruger and TC are single shot rifles, I presume. These are usually aided rather than hindered by the rim.

          When engineering new products having many different versions of the machined parts increases the cost of the developing project and the final production costs.

          Bear in mind that Mauser is going with the same length receiver for .22-250 as for .30-06. Making a shorter receiver for the .22-250 would give the customers a lighter and shorter rifle, but it’s not worth it for Mauser, since it would require the development, storekeeping, logistics and production for not only a new receiver but a different length bolt, firing pin and probably a few more parts.

          The way it is now, the .30-06 and .22-250 versions of the M12 probably share every single part except the magazine and the barrel. That makes for cost efficiency!

  • That thing is so awesome. I’m guess it’s going to cost around 6k.

    • jan Mack

      MSRP in the US is $1499,- Extreme and for the wood stock $1799,-

  • BBB

    MSRP?

    • Bill

      A google search yielded no MSRP, yet.

    • BBBB

      A comment on the video (not very official I know) says

      “Mauser M12 Extreme is around 1515 euros.

      Mauser M12 Basic is around 1800 euros.”

      So 1973.59 US Dollar and 2343.06 US Dollar respectively

      • Anosynum

        Gotta love how the “Extreme” variant is cheaper than the Basic. Something went wrong in the naming there.

        • David

          It’s cheaper because the stock is molded out of cheap plastic rather than carved out of expensive wood.

          It is called extreme because it is their all weather version, hence the plastic.

          Blaser, JP Sauer, Merkel, Krieghoff, and other top, but not bespoke, names in German sporting arms typically have an all-weather version that’s called “extreme” or “professional” or some other word that denotes rough handling and they are typically the cheapest in the line, mainly because of the stock.

          It’s actually very similar with American made sporting rifles, too.

      • G

        Those prices probably include German sales tax, which is 19%.

  • John184

    The synthetic stock in .308, cut down to 18″ or 20″ would make a great rifle.

  • wait so they chamber it in 7×64 and not in 7×57? I am aware that the 7×57 is a funky case length but it’s an original mauser round.

    • Marc

      7×64 is more common. But they really should offer a 7×57, as well as 8×68.

    • floppyscience

      I’m pretty sure 7×64 is much more popular in Europe, and most anywhere that isn’t the USA.

  • Esh325

    I wasn’t really aware that Mauser made rifles anymore. I would consider picking one up. I can’t really find one though. Who sells them?

    • ZB

      Mauser USA
      403 East Ramsey
      Suite 301
      San Antonio, TX 78216

      Phone (210) 377-2527
      Fax (210) 377-2533

    • FourString

      Any word on price? I might actually want one

  • enforcer233

    SWEET!!!!!

  • What about just Reproduction Mausers 98s and parts?

    • G

      Mauser makes M98’s but they are, as far as I know, very expensive:
      http://www.mauser.com/Rifles.61.0.html?&L=1

      • I was thinking more along the lines of new K98s or G98s.

        • Eric S

          They probably want to distance themselves from making weapons that the Nazis used. Some people are still a bit bitter about that whole WWII thing.

          • Axel

            No they don’t, they still sell 98’s and they are still proud of it. They should be. Guns don’t kill people and all that. The fact is though, that 98’s are expensive to make, and not very modern. Mauser has been making a large assortment of different sporter rifles since the war, including at least one type of straight pull.

          • Arisaka Repos? I mean they are simplified in construction compared to the German Mausers.

        • Marc

          There was a run of K98 repros for the 100 year anniversary of the 1898 pattern Mauser. The hunting rifle market is simply larger, no need for costly repros when there’s still plenty of cheap originals.

      • G

        http://waffen-krausser.com/Langwaffen/Mauser/Mauser-98/

        12,079 Euros (including German VAT) for the M98 Standard model

        13,389 Euros (including German VAT) for the M98 Magnum model

  • JT

    Needs a full stock version

  • Suburban

    Made by Mauser in Germany, or are they being made in Japan, or Hungary, or someplace cheaper?

  • .303

    Most rifle parts are out sourced these days & just assembled at the factory. Just like TV’s & Radios. We all want cheap cheap.