Lipsey’s Ruger African and Mauser “A” 9.3x62
This, “Grandpa and Grandson”, family portrait shows the striking family resemblance of a 1939 production Oberndorf Mauser Type A and a 2019 Lipsey’s Ruger Hawkeye African, both rifles being chambered in 9.3x62. Born 80 years apart, and on different continents, these two rifles seem to share a remarkable amount of DNA. They don’t just look similar, they both share some similar dimensional characteristics as well:
Ruger- weight: 7lbs 10oz, brl length: 24”, O.A.L: 44.5” , L.O.P: 13.5”
Mauser: weight: 7lbs 14.5oz, brl length: 23.62”, O.A.L.: 44.63”, L.O.P.: 13.75” (This rifle likely left the Mauser factory with a 14.5” length of pull.)
When shouldered, the Mauser’s lower butt allows the open sites to come to bare, for me, much like a well fit shotgun, while the Ruger’s higher comb is more of a compromise, for me, between the open sights and scope use. My dimensions are such that adding an inch, or so, to the 13.5” LOP should make open sight and low mounted scope use much more comfortable. Everyone is built differently, however, and ones experience may be different than mine. I’m about 6’1” and I could get along quite well with the Hawkeye African, scoped or irons, with no serious complaint without any changes.
Last edited by ColoradoMatt; 11/17/19.