First introduced in 2018, the Mauser M18 is one of the newest bolt action rifles offered by the legendary German small arms brand. The latest iteration of this rifle is the Mauser 18 LR Chassis. This version stands out from the rest of the M18 family, which members have classic-profile polymer stocks, as it features an aluminum Oryx chassis.
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The Mauser 18 LR Chassis rifle is available in .308 Winchester, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 6XC caliber options. The rifle is fed from proprietary 10-round double-stack detachable box magazines. The receiver is fitted with a Picatinny rail. The three-lug bolt has a spring-loaded plunger ejector and the action is push feed. The 62cm (24.4″) free-floated cold hammer forged blued barrel is threaded with the M18x1 metric thread pitch. The rifle also features a three-position safety and an AR-15 compatible pistol grip. The overall length is 110cm (43.3″) and it weighs in at 4.5kg (9lbs 15oz).
Oryx is a brand of budget-friendly rifle chassis established by MDT (Modular Driven Technologies) in 2019. The Oryx chassis is made of black anodized aluminum with OD green polymer side panels added to the stock and forearm. This chassis has a fixed stock with an adjustable cheekpiece and bottom Picatinny rail section. The length of pull is adjusted via spacers. The Oryx chassis also features M-LOK slots at the bottom of the forearm, a barricade stop in front of the magazine, and a pair of QD sling swivel sockets on either side – at the very front of the forearm and bottom rear portion of the stock.
At the time of writing this article, this iteration of the Mauser 18 rifle couldn’t be found on the websites of US retailers. What price point do you think will make this rifle competitive in the US market of chassis bolt action rifles?
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