The M18 was released last year in seven calibers and one color. Moving forward there are even more options announced for 2019.
Advertised as a staple “People’s rifle” (Volkswaffe) or “People’s repeater” (Volksrepetierer) with a $699 price tag, Mauser’s M18 line will add Hornady’s new 6.5mm Precision Rifle Cartridge to the list of available chamberings this year. While the no-frills bolt gun was originally offered in any color you want– as long as you wanted black– this year the company has added four new, earthy shades aimed at sportsmen.
Simon Barr with Mauser told Guns.com at Industry Day on the Range on Monday that the M18 has proven very popular with consumers in over 20 countries interested in getting in on the iconic Mauser name at an entry-level price.
The rifle is packed with solid features like a trigger that is adjustable from 2.2 to 4-pounds, a 3-lug locking bolt that can be disassembled and cleaned without tools, a 60-degree bolt lift, and a three-position safety. The detachable polymer box magazine holds four rounds in the PRC chambering, five rounds in most other non-magnums. Meanwhile, the synthetic stock has two areas of soft-inlay and a hidden compartment in the buttplate for storing a bore snake and oil.
All told, the M18 is now offered in 243, .270, .308, 30.06, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 7mm Rem Mag, and .300 Win Mag.
Guns.com’s very own Kristin Alberts recently reviewed an M18 in 6.5 Creedmoor, topped with a Zeiss Terra 3-9×40 glass, in the below video.