Auction alert: 20g Merkel 200E OU shotgun, cased…

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Wow — here’s a really nice looking Merkel. Morphy’s Auctions has it and the sale is Saturday, July 31, 2016.

From I can see, this O/U is pretty much brand new, and its condition,  28″ barrels and straight grip make it a great find. The case and accessories are nice, too, and probably worth $750 on their own.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

These Merkels are incredibly well made, and even though some can be a bit heavy, they usually have the feel and liveliness of much lighter guns. They lock up with double Kersten locks, an incredibly strong and reliable system.

Cased Merkel Over-Under Shotgun: Serial # 34028 28″ barrels in 20 bore. Manufactured in Germany. Top barrel choked modified, bottom barrel choked cylinder. 2-3/4″ chamber. Auto-ejectors, mirror bores, solid matted rib, single bead front sight, three piece walnut forend finely checkered, case colored scalloped box lock, top tang safety, and checkered straight grip walnut buttstock with red Pachmayr pad. 14-1/8″ LOP to front trigger. Lock-up is tight. Receiver features fine scroll engraving and retains nearly all of the original case colors. Trigger guard is finely blued and engraved with light high edge wear. Stocks are near mint. Barrels retains 98% original factory blue. Has a 1-1/4″ drop at comb and 2-1/4″ drop at heel. Manufactured in Suhl, Germany. Near new condition throughout. Lovely 20 bore shotgun with scarce case colored frame. Comes in a period lined hard leather case with snap caps, cleaning rod, and tools.

Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun
Cased 20 gauge Merkel 200E Over-Under Shotgun

Good gun alert: 20g Merkel Model 201E O/U shotgun…

Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28" barrels
Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28″ barrels

Here’s a great looking over-under at a very fair price. These Merkels are extremely well made, and it’s rare to find on in 20 gauge with a straight grip, double triggers, and a nice long length of pull. The price looks very fair, too.

According to Hallowell.com, Merkel’s 201-E was the one up from the lowest-grade O/U that the company made after the war. I was built on a Blitz action with two Kersten locks and biteless underlugs. You can read more about the Merkel grades here.

Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201E Ejectors, 28″ barrels: IC & MOD, made in 1955, straight grip, double triggers, front articulated with vent rib. Dimensions aprox: 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ x 14 3/4″ LOP. Excellent condition with nice game scene engraving. Price: $2850

Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28" barrels
Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28″ barrels
Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28" barrels
Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28″ barrels
Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28" barrels
Merkel Model 201 20GA, Model 201 Ejectors, 28″ barrels
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