Mausers might be made with one of the toughest rifle actions that have ever been produced. Actually, some might even tell you that the Mauser action is the toughest firearm action that has been designed. A bolt with three locking lugs, there is an additional failsafe built right into it. Smooth, dependable and extremely strong, Mauser actions went on to redefine reliability in bolt-action firearms.
While the influence of Mauser Arms cannot be understated, Mauser rifles, like all firearms, need periodic maintenance in order to continue to deliver. Here are some Mauser parts that will need to be serviced or replaced periodically.
Barrels don’t seem like a part that will wear out over time, but every time you pull the trigger, the bear experiences possibly more wear than any other single component of the firearm. The pressure of the load literally forces the bullet to expand into the rifling. Every shot wears down the lands little by little. Over time, accuracy will suffer until you need to replace the barrel completely. Luckily, it’s not a particularly hard repair to make.
- Extractors and Ejectors
Extractors and ejectors are surprisingly fragile components of most firearms. Though they are not central to the performance of the action; the gun can still be operated without them as a single-shot, they do make use very cumbersome. No one has time to pry out spent casings or shake the receiver to get them to fall out.
Finding the right Mauser parts just might be the hardest part. As for the replacement itself, you can find the information on how to do that easily enough online!
- Firing Pins
Firing pins break over time. They experience a lot of stress after slamming forward into the cartridges primer hundreds if not thousands of times on repeat, and over them they break. Without a functioning firing pin, or with one that does not land properly on the primer, your Mauser won’t be particularly functional. You can replace the firing pin alone or replace the whole bolt assembly; whichever is easier or makes more sense to you given the condition of the action.
- Sear Springs
The mainspring or the firing pin spring sends the firing pin forward into the primer when the trigger breaks, but that is not the only event in the cascade. The sear holds the hammer in the cocked position until it is disengaged by the trigger. The sear is also activated by a sear spring. With this wears out, the trigger won’t work properly despite the fact that the mainspring and firing pin might be in good working order
- Bolt Assemblies
Sometimes it makes the most sense just to swap out the old bolt and place a brand new bolt in the action. Of course, this should be reserved for bolt assemblies that are beyond your ability to disassemble and repair them. However, taking out an old bolt and replacing it with a newer, smoother-operating one is faster and easier, despite being more expensive.
Finally, though it’s not a Mauser part in the same sense of a barrel or a trigger or a firing pin, when you lose your stock to dry rot or water damage, your firearm is effectively inoperable until you address the issue. Luckily, there are a number of Mauser stocks available to would-be buyers, and the replacement is generally not too difficult.
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