I have onwed two of the MAuser m201 rifles in the last 20 years. One in deluxe grade walnut and the other a standard beech stocked gun. Both in 22LR.
The guns are well fit and finished and are no longer made. Not many were ever brought into the US. in the 1990s. I have never heard of one that was not very accurate for a sporter. They shoot 1/2" at 50 yard with just about anything, normally.
I would rate them a bit above the CZ m453 or oldeer Brno m1 and m2 rifles in terms of accuracy from rifle to rifle.
They are beatufilly blued and fitted. Some folks make a big deal about the Twin "front" locking lugs on the Mauser m 201, but actualy the lugs are sort of a gimmick. They are merely part of a rotating cover attached to the bolt handle with the static portion of the bolt that actually holds the cartridge inside . They are a very complex little rifle with about twice as many parts as the Brno /CZ rimfire bolt guns (typical post war German engineering).
The real problem with the Mauser 201 rifles is the spring loaded ejectors. They are made from bent sheet steel and heat treated. I have seen two different guns where the little ejector tabs had snapped of making them inoperable.
In the US, due to the collectabilty/rarity of the Mauser 201 rifles, I would say they would be worth at leadt 50% more than a comparable condition BRNO m1.
From the standpoint of a user, the Brno/CZ bolt rifles are better guns, IMHO. They are simpler, just about as accurate, and more reliable. Spare parts and extra magazines can be found relativley easily. That cannot be said for the Mauser 201.
If the Masuer 201 is priced less than say, $600, and is in mint shape, that is a fair price. Otherwise you are buying a rare collector's rifle that if used much in the field could leave you S.O.L. if you need parts or a spare mag.
Edited by jim62 (10/16/10)
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