Auction alert: 20g Merkel 203e sidelock OU shotgun – No Reserve ….

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a true sidelock OU. This Merkel OUs is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing end Sunday, 9/13/2015 @8:55:00 PM ET.

Every Merkel shotgun I’ve seen has been very well made. And even though some (like this one) have looked clunky, they’ve all handled surprisingly well.

The 203E was Merkel’s entry-level sidelock shotgun. It features ejectors, double Kersten locks and hand-detachable back-action sidelocks. This one also features Briley chokes, making it extra versatile.

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German***NO RESERVE ***This model has true Holland & Holland style side lock with cocking indicators. These sideplates are removable with cranked screw. 20ga. 2 3/4″ chambers, Ejectors, articulated trigger, Silver grayed receiver with English style larg scroll engraving, 98% original finish, Perfect mechanics, Been fitted with Briley thin tube choke tubes. Has 26 3/4″ barrels, 14 3/4″ LOP, 2 1/2″ DAH, 1 3/4″ DAC, Right hand cast.Gun weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz. A very nice shot gun in high condition.

Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German
Merkel 203E 20Ga. O/U German

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#654A KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN
#654A KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN

#654A KERSTEN ANTINIT O/U ENGRAVED SHOTGUN: 12 ga., 31” bbls., extremely full choke almost down to a 16 bore, fully raised matted rib with 2 ivory beads, action engraved with game scenes, left side has a fox watching 4 pheasants flying, right side has 2 pointers watching 4 grouse flying, both are in an outdoor scene with brush, trees, hills & so forth, bottom of frame has a hawk sitting on a dead Mallard in an oval, also has “FCR” initials in gold on bottom of trigger guard with engraved scene around it, bbls. are also engraved & marked “Bohler Antinit”, right side of bbls. marked “Nitro”, SST, ejectors, cocking indicators, top tang safety, flat panel on both sides of stock behind the receiver, fancy checkered PG with engraved steel PG cap, oval gold inlay in bottom of stock, leather covered recoil pad, 15” pull, checkered forend with Deeley lever forend release, beautiful condition with 100% bbl. blue, mint bores, 100% casehardening, very high quality. Price: $9,500

PRUSSIAN LINDER – 16 GAUGE – 28″BARRELS – EJECTORS AND WELL FIGURED WOOD
PRUSSIAN LINDER – 16 GAUGE – 28″BARRELS – EJECTORS AND WELL FIGURED WOOD

PRUSSIAN LINDER – 16 GAUGE – 28″BARRELS – EJECTORS AND WELL FIGURED WOOD: Prussian Linder SxS 16 gauge with excellent original condition. Correct Linder markings with “crossed pistols”. Well figured wood with with grip cap with owners name. Ejectors. Barrels are 28″. Gun is in proof. Proofed originally 16/1 (.669 to .679). Bores measure right in the middle of that range at .674. Chambers are 2 3/4″. Right barrel has 15/1000 choke (Mod) while left barrel has 34/1000 (Full). Tight on face. Double underbite with Greener style cross bolt. Excelsior Steel Barrels. No loose ribs. Original case color in protected areas. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/4 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions: LOP – 13 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 11/16″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price: $3,800

FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 OU 20 Gauge Shotgun
FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 OU 20 Gauge Shotgun

FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 20 Gauge: FAIR Rizzini SRC 702 20ga imported by New England Arms, straight stock with beautiful wood, color case hardening, and gold line inlay.  The barrels are 26″ long with screw in choke tubes (included is one cylinder choke tube and one light-modified choke tube).  The bore diameter is 0.628 inches and the length of pull is approximately 14 3/8 inches.  Overall very clean, one small ding on the right side of the stock which can be seen in the picture of the right side of the stock. Price: $3,495

Browning Superposed – Superlight – OU – A1 Game Gun – Unfired – New in Original Box: 1975 – Browning FN Superposed – A1 Game Gun – 12ga, 26-1/2″, 2-3/4″, IC / IM (.011 / .028), Swan Neck Straight Grip Stock, Schnabel Forearm, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs. 10 oz. Same gun as U.S. Market Superlight except for the much more comfortable and practical Swan Neck Stock. Perfect Pheasant Gun with this choke setup! Gun is New – Unfired – MINT in Original Box. Price: $2,950

Browning Superposed - Superlight - OU - A1 Game Gun - Unfired - New in Original Box
Browning Superposed – Superlight – OU – A1 Game Gun – Unfired – New in Original Box

Browning Citori Superlight FEATHER 20ga. 26″ New in box: With invector plus chokes.3 included ic, mod, full. English stock and silver engraved receiver. weight( 5.60 lbs.)100% new in box. Price: $2,100

Browning Citori Superlight FEATHER 20ga. 26″ New in box:
Browning Citori Superlight FEATHER 20ga. 26″ New in box:

Amazing. More about that 20g Merkel Paragon O/U…

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

Here’s one of the finest German O/Us I’ve ever seen. It’s a sidelock Merkel Paragon, made in 1928 and ordered for an American through A.F. Stoeger’s in New York City. I spotted this shotgun at the Orvis Game Fair Show a couple weekends ago.

The gun is built on Merkel 303-style action with Double Kersten locks and double underbites and removable sidelocks with a concealed lever release (the lever is the round thing you can see behind the gold inlays in the pic to the right).  It was an awesome, and I couldn’t believe how well it handled. Absolutely stunning.

This Merkel changed hands between dealers at the show, and now it looks like it’s sold. I think the price was close to $60,000 — a ton of money, but not that much when you consider what you’re getting: one of the finest and most unusual over-unders you’ll ever find, at any price.

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE: MADE 1928 I HAVE SHOWN THIS GUN TO A LOT OF PEOPLE AND ITS THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST MERKEL EVER MADE PROBABLY A FEATURE ARTICLE ON THE GUN IN AN UPCOMING DOUBLE GUN JOURNAL ARTICLE AMAZING PROVENANCE AND ORDER SHEET THIS GUN IN 1928 COST THE SAME AS A BOSS OR WOODWARD O/U IN THE STOEGER CATALOG JUST OVER $1000 AND MORE THAN A PARKER INVINCIBLE. 32″ VENT RIB SPLIT BARRELS 28″ VENT RIB BARRELS HEEL AND TOE PLATES THE PHOTOS WILL TELL THE REST ALONG WITH T HE UPCOMING ARTICLE. PRICE: SOLD

MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE
MERKEL PRE-WAR PARAGON GRADE 2 BARREL SET 20 GAUGE

Check out this crispy, 16 gauge F.W. Heym over/under…

I’m always amazed by the doubles people have squirreled. Judging by the condition of this 16 gauge over/under, this F.W. Heym has been hiding under some bed, or in some back closet, most its life.

16 gauge F.W. Heym over/under shotgun
16 gauge F.W. Heym over/under shotgun

F.W. Heym was a German gunmaker founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Heym in July 1865. This shotgun was sold through the Sloan’s Sporting Goods back in the roaring ’20s. Sloan’s  used to be a big player in the fine firearms world. They had a store in NYC and Ridgefield, CT, and back when this o/u was bought, it was probably just another one of the fine doubles on the shop’s racks.

The shotgun itself is a mid-grade boxlock ejector with sideplates. The scrollwork is very well done, even though there isn’t all that much of it. I think the single trigger is original. The gun locks up on the Kersten-style system and I bet it closes with a bold KERCHUNK! Judging by the serial number, I think it was made around 1924.

A few things I love about this gun:

-The wood. It looks like real French walnut.

-The horn inlays on the stock.

-Its 28″ barrels.

-All its original condition. Not many shotguns make it past their 80th birthday that way. Fortunately, this one has.

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