- Not my Mauser, but a Mauser, that looks basically the same as mine. Image from Wikipedia.
One of the toys that I received for Christmas is a 1948 Turkish Mauser from my brother. It’s a bolt-action rifle that fires 8mm rounds, has a five-round capacity, a 29″ barrel and a weight of 9.2lbs. It’s a beast. It’s certainly a lot more gun that I’m accustomed to, since my primary firearm has long been a Mossberg .22.
I test fired it this afternoon. It was interesting to load. I’m using surplus Yugoslavian ammo, from 1954. It comes in boxes of fifteen, with each five joined by a stripper clip. The five are jammed into two rows in the magazine from the top, the strip extracted, and the first round is chambered once the bolt is is closed.
- These are very large rounds.
I expected some kick when I squeezed the trigger, but it surprised the hell out of me when it came. It was as if I’d fired a shotgun. My shot went wild, my teeth snapped shut and my ears rang, despite the earplugs. Naturally, I immediately chambered another round and gave it another shot. A fraction a second later, a small explosion of debris burst up from side of the mountain a hundred yards in front of me. Fun. For comparison’s sake, I took a few shots with my .22. Considerably less fun.
Now that I know it works, I’m going to set up some targets on my impromptu range and have a little fun. I think I’ll skip the paper targets, though. I think I’ll want something a little more…explody.
Anybody looking to put a hole about yea big in that thing over there will find a Mauser a damned fine way to do it.