IWA OutdoorClassics 2018 was jam-packed with interesting firearms. On the high-end side of things was British company Medwell Precision Rifles and its new Vanquish and Wraith high-performance models.
At the heart of both the MPR Vanquish and MPR Wraith is the Mayfair M98 action. In its press release announcing the guns, Medwell says Mayfair 98 is the only hot drop hammer forged Mauser action. Each takes “a great many hours” to finish and each is made individually by the company’s craftsmen, Medwell says. The actions are made from 8620 steel. In addition, the bolts are one piece drop hammer forged in the same way from EN36(AISI 9310) nickel steel. The full-length claw extractor is made from EN47 Chrome Vanadium Spring Steel.
The MPR Vanquish and MPR Wraith come with detachable magazines and are available in the following calibers: .243, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308, 7mm Rem Mag and 300-Win Mag. The barrel is made from 416R stainless steel. It is CNC machined, precision reamed, button rifled, fully stress relieved, hand lapped and CNC contoured, Medwell says.
Meanwhile, the contoured walnut grip offers a palm swell with finger grooves and a hand stop. Additionally, the stock has an adjustable length of pull. The adjustable cheek piece is hand-crafted in leather, offering up a comfortable cheek weld. The rear of the stock also has a spring tensioned micro adjustable integral monopod for both range and field use.
Medwell Precision Rifles’ Vanquish & Wraith
The Vanquish sports a British Racing Green finish, with tan leather on the cheek and recoil pads. It has a 24-inch barrel. Furthermore, it also features an extended forend with M-LOK accessory slots. is touted as being suited for long-range shooting and hunting. The Wraith is the more compact, practical offering. It features a 17-inch barrel; shortened forend; enlarged bolt knob; and is designed to work with an over-barrel suppressor.
“These rifles are the first of their kind to incorporate aerospace engineering precision, blended with the time old skills of traditional English gun making and finishing. Each of the rifles are individually custom made to order,” said Ian Medwell, the managing director of Medwell Precision Rifles. “The specially commissioned Mayfair Mauser action, with detachable magazine, had enabled us to take the Mauser action back to its origins: that of a practical precision rifle.”
There’s no word on pricing for these bespoke rifles, but it’ll likely cost a pretty penny. For more information, visit medwellprecisionrifles.com.