Still smarting from the experience with the POS Savage Predator (see here), I happened upon this little video (watch it first before heading below the fold).What really gets up my nose — and this is not a knock against the kid from Brownells — is that blithe acceptance of bad quality in our guns. Yeah, they’re mostly mass-produced (as though that’s an excuse), and if we want our guns to work properly, then we should simply accept the fact that we have two choices: buy a gun for a grand, and then spend money with a gunsmith to get it to work properly; or spend a lot of money on a “premium” quality rifle which should be fit for purpose straight out of the box.
Here’s what I’m talking about. From Sportsman’s Warehouse, in .308 Win:
And from Europtic:
Note that other than the camo pattern, the two rifles have identical features. But wait! that’s not all! Still from Europtic:
Now I’ll admit that the M18 is not the equivalent of the M12 — like the Savage, the M18 has two lugs instead of three, push-feed not controlled feed, cheap plastic stock, etc. In all respects, then, the two rifles should be identical. (And I should point out that the only reason I didn’t get the M18 for Boomershoot 2021 is that there was an unconscionable wait time for delivery — 6 months, if memory serves.)
Ask yourself the question:
If you had both the Savage and the Mauser in front of you: brand new in their boxes, and you had to pick one to go hunting that same day, which one would you choose?
Yeah, I’d go with the M18 too.
Now ask yourself the final question:
And that’s why I’m unlikely ever to buy a new American rifle ever again.