Good gun alert: 20g Merkel 200E, double triggers, 28″ bbls…

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

If you’re looking for a good deal on an O/U, here’s a shotgun to get excited about. It’s a 20g Merkel 200E and it looks pretty much new. Merkel’s 200Es feature Blitz-style action with double Kersten locks. They’re solid, sound guns, and tough to find with double triggers, 28″ barrels, a long stock.

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U: mfg. 1955, 28″ bbls. choked F/M,Dt’s, ejectors, hand checkered oil finished deluxe stock, 14 5/8″ LOP over factory buttplate, 5lbs., 13ozs., 99% as new condition. Price: $2999

Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
Merkel 200E 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction alert: a nice looking 12g Gebruder Merkel O/U…

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns
12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

Over the past few years, I’ve developed a real appreciation for German and European O/U shotguns. Continental gunmakers built some of the first breechloading, over-under shotguns. Gebruder Merkel was making O/Us as early as 1903, and the company continues to make them to this day.

The Merkel O/U you see here looks like it was made around 1952 or so. It’s a 200E, built on Blitz-style action  with double Kersten bolts. Overall, it’s a very solid gun and extremely well made. It’s on Gunbroker now and the listing ends on Sunday, 4/20 @ 8:56:14 PM ET.

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns: Straight grip. It has working cocking indicators, double triggers and auto ejectors. It has 28″ barrels the chokes are .685 on top barrel and .700 on the bottom, and the length of pull on front trigger is 14 5/8″ and 13 5/8′ to the back trigger. The weight is about 7 pounds + -. The bluing is very nice, and it still retains some of the case color. The wood is solid with no visible signs of cracking. There are some light marks on the wood work which can be seen in the photos. The bores are very bright and shiny.

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns
12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns
12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns
12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

Two real nice Euro O/Us: A 12 gauge Sodia and a .410 Merkel…

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F
MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

I have a fondness for older, European O/Us, especially for ones like you see below. The doubles have everything you need — 28″ bbls, decent dimensions — and they appear to be beautifully made and in good original condition.

One thing: I would double-check the chambers on the 12 gauge. They may have come from the factory or 3″, or someone may have bored them out. Buyer beware.

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F
MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F

MERKEL, .410 Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun, 28” bbls F/F: Round knob pistol grip, single trigger, serrated horn butt plate, cocking indicators, solid rib, automatic ejectors, late 1920’s manufacture, scalloped and rebated receiver, imported by A.F. Stoeger, completely original untouched gun, highest quality between the wars workmanship, an extremely small-action tiny gun. 14” x 1 5/8” x 2 ½”. 5lbs. 11oz. Price: $13,995

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls
Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls: Beautifully engraved case hardened receiver shows minimal signs of wear and use. The barrels are 28″ long and choked full and full. The barrel has a ventilated rib with a matte finish and a silver bead. The barrels have a blued finish with a few small scratches, and wear around the muzzle. The European Walnut buttstock and forearm are finely hand checkered, and have a few minor scratches from regular use. The buttpad is fitted with a Pachmayr Decelerator buttpad. Price: $3,799.99

Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28" bbls
Franz Sodia Model Over Under Shotgun, 12 Gauge, 28″ bbls
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 3
Metal: Very Good
Wood: Very Good
Bore: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: European Walnut
Fore End: European Walnut
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Decelerator
Weight: 7 lb 2 oz
Sights: Silver Bead
Chokes: F/F
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