Revolutionary is the best word to describe this new version of the legendary Mauser. The M 03 is an innovative rifle with many new features, including interchangeable bolt heads and barrels.
IT’S UNCANNY HOW this magnificent marque – bearing a name that for over a century has been virtually synonymous with the bolt action rifle – has been unable to come up with a successful design in the 45 years they’ve been back in sporting rifle production. After several abortive attempts to launch the Models 2000, 3000 and 4000, the Mauser 66, the Mauser 99 (actually nothing more than a turnbolt version of the Blaser R-93), and the straight-pull Model 96 they may be destined to hit the jackpot with their latest model M 03, which is being built with the cooperation of that wunderkind of the German arms industry – Blaser.
Truly original rifle designs appear only once in a blue moon. Most rifles promoted as being “new” are, with few exceptions, just revamped versions of an existing design that’s been around for ages. All it takes for a riflemaker to call a gun “new” is to offer it with a different stock design, in a new calibre, a different action or barrel length, or metal finish. So it’s pretty refreshing when something like the Mauser M 03 turns up, a rifle that conforms to the true meaning of the terms “new” and “different.” Here’s a gun which despite its traditional stock styling doesn’t copy the machanical features of any other rifle. In fact, it is a radical departure without appearing outlandish in any way – a spectacular new-generation rifle that’s the latest in a long line of magnificent Mausers.