My cheating heart: a 20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun…

20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.

I love my 20 gauge Beretta 686. With 28″ barrels, a reliable single trigger, and choke tubes, it’s a hard gun to beat. And it’s great looking gun. The flat-black Onyx finish really sets off the figure in the stock, and gives the entire gun an elegant, classic look.

But this little post-WW2 Merkel 200E has my eyes wandering. I don’t know why it appeal to me. It’s probably the gun’s age. For some reason, I like old doubles. It looks like this one Merkel made in the ’50s. According to Hallowellco.com., the Model 200-E featured a  Blitz action with double Kersten locks and  underlugs with no bites. Even though my Beretta is a more practical gun, this Merkel has me wondering if it’s time to make a trade. Here’s more about it from the seller:

20 gauge Merkel 200E Double Barrel Shotgun: Kersten crossolt action, 20ga, 26″ m/IC, DT’s ejectors, fancy checkered English stock, 14 1/” LOP over buttplate, 6 lbs., 90%+ blue bbls, 40% fading receiver color, some light stock handling, tight as new
Price: $1,595.00

20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.
20g Merkel 200E O/U shotgun.

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