8mm / 8mm Mauser / 7.92 / 8×57…… Take your pick. This Bolt Action Rifle from Rudolf Hoffmann covers all three calibres so pick whichever suites you.
This is hand built on a Genuine Mauser M98 Action and done in a very traditional English Sporting Rifle style. It is stamped with the detail (UELZEN). I assume this refers to the town in the North East Lower Saxony region of Germany.
A 23 ½” (598 mm) barrel steps down in profile. This keeps weight as low as possible whilst retaining sufficient sturdiness. Barrel mounted sling stud and original open sights give this the hallmarks of a classic none dangerous game Safari rifle. It will be equally at home and just as devastating on the open hills of Scotland.
The stock is equally proportioned with a Slender, Rounded Prince of Wales grip. It appears to have had an original pull length of 13 ½” (343 mm). Now extended to a long 15 1/6” (384 mm). With a standard but straight and strong grain it has a raised cheek rest. All together finishes the rifle off at 45 ½” (1115 mm ).
Action is currently fitted with Quick Detachable, Return to Zero Claw Mount bases but unfortunately no rings. Light and simple border line engraving to the action. Along with the trigger guard and magazine floor plate just give this a high quality look and feel.
In reality spend the extra few ££ and pay for a set to match. OR simply learn how to use the existing open sights and ENJOY. It has a fixed blade ‘V’ site detailed to 100 yards / meters then a folding leaf for 200.
The Fully Adjustable Double ‘Set’ or Hair Trigger will only assist with accuracy. Just LEARN to use one and you will NOT regret it. At 7 Lbs dead (3.17 Kg), the slim line Butter Knife Bolt Handle just finishes the detail off.
An extract taken from the internet:
Even more obscure is Frank L. Hoffman, an early 1920s-era U.S. Marine sharpshooter lured away by an entrepreneur named Harry M. Synder to start the Hoffman Arms Company, makers of some of the best bolt actions ever produced in pre-war America. I learned about him from Michael Petrov’s Custom Gunmakers of the 20th century. A must-have tome that highlights many pioneering gun makers.