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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mauser. As they used to say about the Hawkin, " You cain't go no better."



"When it all comes down, the last man standing is going to be standing there in shorts and sneakers, armed with a '98 Mauser, and all the ninja-looking guys belly up at his feet-- with all their cool gear."

Louis Awerbuck

** Awerbuck was a member of the South African special forces during the struggle against marxist terrorism there. He later was a lead instructor at the Gunsite Academy, forming his own shooting school, the Yavapai Firearms Academy.  He was a noted gun writer and appeared in the top firearms magazines of the day.

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    1. He was an impressive individual. I was sorry when he passes away.

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  2. Maybe. A number of people swear by the old bolt action rifles. I think it will be someone with an M14 (or equiv) and good fire discipline myself after the Mauser and Enfield users ran out of ammo and couldn't scavenge anymore.

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    1. Unless they had enough stored away from the time when all that ammo was dirt cheap. :-)

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  3. One of the Israeli re-worked '98's in .308 or a Norwegian or Mexican in .30-'06 for the win. You could do a '98 in '06 and then when you run out of '06 drop in a chamber insert and start burning through your .308 supply.

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    1. I have a beautiful K98 reworked for the Israelis in .308. But I actually have a lot more 8mm Mauser stored than I do .308. I always figured I could get loaded ammo or components for.308 fairly easily. I think I have about two cases of Venezuelan 7.62 x 51, and maybe a couple of thosand rounds of Australian, and some German and Chilian. Then a couple of cases of commercial .308, and that's it.

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  4. I had one of the Israeli .308 Mausers and it was a amazingly accurate gun. I regret selling it. A buddy of mine has a Scout .308 built on the Mauser and its a sweet gun. One day I'll have a custom Mauser made up....every man should have a uniquely personal firearm, I think.

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    1. But don't sporterize a pristine collectible. Find a previously mutilated classic and get the action.

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  5. Well Harry I have to say that the sweetest bolt action rifle you will ever shoot is a Lee Enfield No. 1 MkIII or a No.4. Back in my old Military Rifle club days we used to practice rapid firing .303's, working the bolt from the shoulder and after doing this a few times it was remarkable how quickly you could get through 10 rounds, and reasonably accurately as well! Still a fair bit of the ammo left down here as well, probably because the Australian army went to war with Lee Enfields in 1914 and it was still our issue rifle in Korea.

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  6. I like the Enfields a lot. I'd be comfortable with an Enfield when the Morelocks were coming over the wall. I used to buy POF .303 British by the 840 round case, in the spam can, in the wooden case, for under$100 delivered. I also got some cans of British surplus in Vickers belts.

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  7. Louis was a rare breed. I spent five days with him in a carbine and pistol instructor course several years ago. He deserved the nickname Yoda - a true warrior philosopher. I was sorry to hear that he reached the point yesterday where the fight wasn't worth the effort. He had no family and was open about his unwillingness to go on if he lost his physical or mental faculties. It is a tremendous loss to the training community.

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    1. It often seems like the giants have passed on and only the pygmies are left in their place. I am impressed that you knew him. That's an experience worth having.

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  8. I love my old Browning Safari Grade '06, which is a Belgian-made version of the Mauser '98 in a nice piece of French walnut, and I've used it to slay a few deer, including three nice bucks over the last three seasons. What I wonder is, where would I find a new production, plainer, "all-weather" '98 Mauser-actioned rifle for rougher use? I mean, there's the Zastava (I assume Mark X action?) that Academy claims to carry and the Remington-branded "798" but are there any other options in this line? KB

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    1. I don't know a lot about civilian sporting rifles, but maybe someone else who comes by here can help with that.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I did not know that the Isreali's reworked '98 Mousers in .308.

    I gotta find a way to get one. I never had the pleasure of shooting a Mouser.

    By the way, does owning a E.O. Tech red dot on an AR classify as 'Cool Ninja Gear????
    I sold my "Picantinny Rail Coffee Grinder Attachment" that allows the six point adjustable stock to grind coffee beans.

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    1. I think he was referring to the "mall ninja" phenomenon that that so aggravated the survivalist community for a time.

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  10. Y'know, I didn't know until after reading that excellent Mauser quote last night (which I've loved for years, didn't know Louis Awerbuck was the source) and looking up articles of his on the SWAT Magazine website, and other places, that he took his own life after fighting some serious illness for some time-this on June 24-anybody know if this is the case? KB

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    1. Someone who knew him personally wrote on their blog that he "got tired of fighting" and had always said that he would not go on if his quality of life did not justify the struggle. That is a reasonable philosophy, particularly for a man who lived the life he did. So I have seen nothing which would be confirmation of that premise but I believe it is true.

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  11. Now between you and Zero I'm definitely wanting a Mauser 98 in .308. Suppose if it is meant to be I'll find one at a time there is enough jingle in the 'crazy account' (as Wifey so nicely calls it) to swing the deal.

    Not even sure what I would do with one though a collectible (for historic significance if not actual collector value) with good logistical support that didn't add another caliber it is easy enough too find a reason. Ze Germans sure did make some nice rifles. Also the Boers used em to play hell on the Brits, if just for a little while, which is an interesting historical footnote.

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    1. Strangely, the .308 K98 from Israeli stocks were common and cheap in the 1980's and 1990's. Nobody wanted them. They were altered so they weren't considered collectible.

      The Boer 1896 Mauser was essentially the same one the Spanish used at San Juan Hill. I don't have one but I sure wish I did.

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  12. Dont forget the FR-8, the transition Spanish military rifle from K98 bolt to CETME semi-autos. Like the Isreali K98k, used to be dirt cheap but now is only occasionally seen.

    I'd also look at the Swiss K31s - superb accuracy - fantastic construction - but the ammunition for it is pretty much dried up, its a handloaders propostion for the most part. Pity - they are great rifles too.

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    1. The FR-8 was built on a Spanish Oviedo Model 1916 receiver. I was always a little nervous about firing a .308 in that gun, modified or otherwise, so I never got one. Now that they are not common, I wish I had.

      I have two K31's. They are really tack drivers. Prvi Partisan , Hornaday and Norma make the ammo but only the Prvi is really affordable. I load my own for the most part although I have a few bricks of the 7.5 Swiss surplus stashed away.

      When I was shooting in the local gun club a lot more than I do now, there was a former German paratrooper who belonged to the club. He borrowed my K31 one day and was dinging white rocks way out on the berm. The guy was a shooter, no lie, and he liked the rifle. He died some time ago of a stroke. Had no relatives or family, so his friends at the club auctioned off the man's guns and then sent the money to a stroke research foundation as I reall.

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