American Hunter - December 2013 - 88

hardware
Field Tests for Hunters

■ Stock, wood
or synthetic

By Terry Wieland

T

he Model  is the newest boltaction rifle in the Sauer line,
intended to provide Sauer quality
at a more affordable price than
the top-of-the-line . The 
lists at ,. It is difficult to find a comparable rifle for twice that amount.
The  is produced at Sauer's new
home in Isny, Bavaria, where it is part
of the Blaser-Mauser conglomerate.
Although Sauer rifles are produced by
the main Blaser machining operation, the
company has its own building and staff,
and the three marques compete at every
level. Sauer rifles are designed by Sauer
people, and assembled and tested by them.
J.P. Sauer & Sohn has been in business
since . This makes it the second-oldest
gunmaker in the world, after Beretta. For
the past century, rifles have been Sauer's
specialty, and are currently its only product. The company has always been known
for the quality of the machining, fit and
finish, and particularly the smoothness of
its bolt-actions.
The slogan for the  is: "Old school.
New rules." The rifle lives up to that. It is
a conventional turn-bolt design, with six
locking lugs and a low (-degree) bolt lift,
but that is only what you see. What you
don't see is a completely new approach
to attaching the barrel to the receiver,
and the receiver to the stock. The barrel
and receiver are machined to tolerances
so exact the barrel can be seated in the
receiver ring through heat treatment, providing an extremely precise, permanent fit.
The bolt lugs seat in the barrel, not

in the receiver ring, and the bolt is as
smooth as one expects from Sauer.
Other innovative features include the
trigger, safety and bedding system.
The barreled action is bedded using
a patented method, and is held in place
by one machine screw just forward of
the trigger. The trigger guard must be
removed to gain access to this screw, but
unlike the Mauser and its derivatives, the
bottom metal and guard screws play no
part in holding the rifle together.
The safety catch is located on the rear
of the bolt shroud, where it is pushed
forward and up to fire, pulled back and
down to be put on safe. The sliding catch
has a spring-loaded button that must be
depressed before the catch will move in
either direction. The safety immobilizes
the striker, rather than merely blocking
the trigger, and also locks the bolt closed.
The bolt can be opened with the safety
on and the striker immobilized by pressing a small button on the action just above
the bolt handle. This is a neat and effective way of dealing with the two-position/
three-position dilemma. Having the bolt

locked closed when the safety is on is an
extremely valuable feature missing from
many new rifles.
The magazine is a detachable, staggered box, made from polymer. It is
released by a recessed button just forward
of the magazine, which must be depressed
all the way to release it. There is almost
no chance of dropping the magazine
accidentally.
In range testing, the rifle's feeding,
extraction and ejection all functioned perfectly, performing equally well whether
working the bolt quickly or sliding it softly
back and forth.
The receiver accepts scope-mount
bases configured for the Remington .
Adjustable open sights are optional.
The most notable single feature of the
Sauer  is its superb trigger, set at the factory at a nominal  pounds; it is not adjustable by the user. The test rifle averaged a
pull of . pounds, which Sauer says is
within its accepted range. By modern
standards, this is a remarkably light pull.
As it comes from the factory, the quality of the trigger pull is extraordinary.

A superb, 2-pound trigger and a detachable yet
flush-fitting polymer magazine are two of the
101's most notable features.
  ❘

 ❘  .

Photos: Peter Fountain

Sauer 101 Classic


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