I love old, German OUs–especially smallbores. And the 20 gauge you see here really has my heart pumping.
Greifelt & Co used to be a major German gunmaker. Founded in 1885 in Suhl, the company went bust in 1945 at the end of WWII. In those 60 years, they exported shotguns and rifles throughout the world, including to Von Lengerke & Detmold (which was purchased by Abercrombie & Fitch in 1929).
This gun is typical of the German-style OUs that companies like VL&D imported into the US. It looks like it’s built on a Blitz-style triggerplate action with double Kersten locks. I love the engraving and the carving on the metalwork as well as the horn drop points on the stock. All very classy.
German over-unders like this were part of the first wave of the OU revolution that started in Europe and the UK before the first World War and then boomed in the US in the 1950s with the Browning Superposed.
GREIFELT #1 PRE WAR O/U 20 GAUGE VL&D IMPORT: 26″ SOLID RIB, IC AND MOD, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 3-PIECE FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, MAKER’S CASE, EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 5LBS 14 OZ, 3″ DAH, 2″ DAC, 14 1/2″ LOP. Price:$13,500
When it comes to grouse and woodcock guns, a lot of hunters pass over twelve gauges. That’s a shame. Twelve gauge shotguns are the most versatile doubles out there. Size wise, I find twelve gauges feel better in my hands twenties. When their weight is right, I think they’re perfect for all kinds of upland hunting.
Another thing I like about twelves is their versatility. Because there’s so much ammo out there for them, you can load a 12g up for wild pheasants (1 1/8oz loads) or down for smaller game (try 7/8 oz loads). And if you want to shoot a few ducks, you can even pick some non-tox ammo (or steel if you’re shooting a modern 12).
This Merkel looks like it would be a great do-it-all double. With double triggers, ejectors, and 2 3/4″ chambers, it’s as versatile as any shotgun gets. And because it’s pretty light (6lbs 8oz.), you can carry anywhere, too.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Strong barrel bluing, Case colors present only at the protected areas of the receiver
Wood Condition: Refinished, Scattered dings and scratches
Bore Condition: Very Bright
Triggers: Double Trigger, Articulating Front
Stock: Round Knob
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: 3 Piece
Butt Pad: Suhl Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 8 Ozs
Sights: Solid Rib with White Mid and Front Bead
Chokes: .048/ .052, Extra Full