Here is a fantastic shotgun. It’s a 12g Greifelt Grade No. 1 over under. This shotgun was built on a boxlock-style OU action, and it features Purdey-style underbites and a Kersten-style topbolt. It is incredibly well made.
Check out how fine the slots are on the pins in the action. Look at the checkering. Take a close look out the engraving. Now try to find that kind of quality on another gun priced at $2499.99.
Firearms with stacked barrels have been around for hundred of years. But they did’t take off until German makers like Merkel and then London’s Boss & Co. started building them. I’m not sure when the first German-made OUs made it into the US, but I’m pretty sure Boss’s design could be ordered through retailers here soon after the gun was patented in 1909.
Von Lengerke & Detmold in NYC imported Greifelt OUs in the 1920s. Back then, the Grade No. 1 was a $400 gun and a Parker BHE cost around $330.00. Stoeger was imported Merkels at around the same time, and an outfit called Sloan’s was bringing in German-made OUs made built by Heym and Adamy.
If you have an old German OU, please let me know. I love these guns, and I’m always on the lookout for them.
Caliber: 12 ga.
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: nice
Wood Condition: good
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
13″ and `14″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter Checkered
Butt Pad: Black plastic
Sights: Front Bead on close rib
Chokes: Skeet and Imp Cyl