Looking over the posts for the past week or so, it occurs to me that there are far too few entries which conform to the original premise of the GGP series, namely, providing pics of guns that we gun-lovers can drool over, for whatever reason. Allow me to remedy the situation forthwith.
Here’s one being offered by Collectors Firearms: a pre-WWII Mauser 98K Sporter in one of my favorite calibers, the venerable 7x57mm.
Good grief… this gun rings just about every single one of my rifleman bells: Mannlicher-style full stock, “butterknife” bolt lever, and a double set trigger?
The only way this rifle could be more beautiful is if it had breasts.
I know that modern-day shooters look askance at the old-style scope front claw mount (which grips the bell rather than the barrel), but there’s nothing wrong with the concept — having two barrel grips just simplifies the production process and therefore the cost thereof.
Okay, it’s expensive, because a) rare and b) Collectors. But like I said about the Colt 1903 pistol, this is not a “first gun”, at least if you wanted to go hunting: other more modern guns might be a tad better. But in a pinch, this gun could be your go-to hunting rifle, and I very much doubt that it would let you down, whether in its operation, accuracy, reliability or chambering. And for a hunting rifle, that’s pretty much all you can ask for, isn’t it? The fact that it is more beautiful than 90% of modern hunting rifles is just a bonus.
Speaking for myself: if I won the lottery, I’d buy this gun in a heartbeat.