lets see the mauser is one of the coolest Bolt action rifles of all time very easy to clean easy to work and hard to brake! History on my mauser i was 20 years old i was looking for my first Rifle! i didnt want a shotgun i didnt want a Assault rifle i wanted a Mauser! i shot one at the Ocean Side Public shooting Range i liked it alot! so when i got home to az i found what i was looking for at Big 5 after going to Many Other Gun shops where the cost was crazy! no one hade a Deal so i went to Big 5 and found the one i wanted i sayed i would love to have that old Mauser and the manger gave me a Discount of $80 that is how i got my first mauser 98 8mm Turkish mauser! ---------------The Mauser Found in the Old Barn---------------- i repaired a Mauser 98 for a friend its Just Like Mine sept his is year 1944 he found his on a Dirt Lot he got some place and the rifle was broken in two so i took the rifle home removed the Broken stock and in a weeks time the new one same in good as new Still dead on aswell so when i found his mauser in his barn lol it was so beat up i sayed holly man what did you do to this Gun? he sayed i found it like that lol bolt was hanging out of the gun jammed where it would not close was a real Mess of a Rifle now it works !!! First time shooting was on Thanks giving 2010 we put the rifle on a Board on a Saw Horse and clamp it to the wood put a String threw the Trigger and Took Cover Bhind the Truck i sayed ok i am Loading the Gun now Stay Back i closed the bolt ran Bhind the Truck go for it BOOM the gun fires and does not blow up! it works He screams it works! we then do it 3 more times and then take it out back to his home Created Range He has a Big Smile his face! says Here you go Mike take the first Shot see if the sights are on he puts a Can on the Post I fire hiting the Can ! dead on! now he says Try to Hit the Smaller Can Swinging from the Line i shoot BoOM i hit the wire cuting it in two! knocking the can threw the air onto the ground next thing he says is wow thats great i give him his rifle and then i pickup my own up and we both open fire with our Turkish mausers! Boom Boom hiting targets all over the place that was a Great Great Thanks giving! day i Gave him a Gift and then we both Have fun untell the sun went down!!!