The first time I saw a Mauser K98 PCP was at IWA in 2019. It was introduced in 2019 but was not available on the market until recently. Several dealers have had it in stock for a few weeks now. I took the opportunity and got myself a test model.
Technical specifications of Mauser K98 PCP
Mauser is a pre-charged pneumatic air rifle (PCP) and is equipped with a 100cc air cylinder. This cylinder is completely hidden in the real wood stock. The manometer is located on the bottom of the front stock. Right in front of it is also the Quick Fill connector, which is not visible at first glance. The capacity of the cylinder (200 bar -> 80 bar) was sufficient for 136 shots. But due to the missing regulator, the performance drops quite a lot towards the end, so I recommend refilling the cylinder starting at about 120 bar.
The Diana Improved Trigger (DIT) has a manual safety mechanism. Once the drum is loaded with 12 pellets, it can be shot completely blank without the need to use the safety mechanism again. The safety catch is located directly above the trigger.
You can mount a scope on the 11 mm prism rail, or you can shoot Mauser K98 PCP using the rear sight and front sight. In comparison to the original model, the rear sight is located a little further towards the end of the barrel. It can be adjusted laterally as well as in height. The front sight is surrounded by a front sight tunnel.
There is no adjustable cheek piece on the stock, but the target can be aimed comfortably with the rear sight and front sight as well as with a scope on a high mount.
The pellets are inserted into the barrel while repeating. This procedure works absolutely reliable. Other rifles have often the problem that pellets get slightly damaged during loading. This doesn’t happen with Mauser K98 PCP.
Both the single-shot and the 12-shot drum magazine can be easily placed in the guide from the left.
Precision and shooting
I have mounted Mauser K98 on my new gun rest, so mistakes caused by shaking during shooting can be easily avoided. The precision of K98 PCP is really good. I performed my first tests with H&N Field Target Trophy .177 (4.5 mm) pellets. In the end, the hole in the target measured only 6 to 7 mm after 12 shots.
There is no jamming while repeating, and it works very smoothly. The pellets can be inserted into the barrel without resistance using the lever. The trigger has a precise trigger pull and an estimated trigger weight of 500 to 600 grams. The shot is quiet thanks to the silenced barrel. It is a real pleasure for the ears, especially when shooting indoors.
Material and workmanship of Mauser K98 PCP
The dark beech wood stock is very nicely finished. The haptic is excellent. The only thing I don’t really like about it is the rear sight. Especially if the rifle is transported in a bag or if the rear sight gets caught somewhere, there is a risk that it will get misaligned. Since I shoot the air rifle with a scope anyway, this doesn’t bother me.
Of course, the Hawke Airmax 6-24×50 scope doesn’t fit the design of Mauser K98 PCP. You should use one that looks better with the rifle. However, I couldn’t find one right away. Does anyone here have a suggestion for me?
I like the PCP version of the Mauser K98 air rifle even a bit better than the underlever one. For me, the design is very consistent, and the quality absolutely justifies the price. The precision meets all requirements.
At the moment, I am still struggling with myself and our household budget. But I’m afraid there’s no way to avoid Mauser. I have to make room in my gun locker.
But now I wish you a lot of fun with my video!
I am looking forward to your first impressions!
Thanks for reading!
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