Awesome gun alert: Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrels …

Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrelsPre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrels
Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrels

Wow — now here’s a super cool little gun. Most of old .410s I see have short barrels and stubby stocks. Not this one. It has 28″ tubes and a 14″ LOP, so it’s enough gun for most of us to shoot. I would love to get it in my hands and check it out. Check out how the action is filed up. Great work.

Merkel Brothers 301E .410 Bore: Rare 1920s Merkel Brothers .410 O/U ejector. A.F. Stoeger import. 28-inch barrels with solid rib and two ivory beads. M&F chokes. 2.5″ chambers. 14″ LOP to original Merkel buttplate. Single trigger. Scroll engraving. Round grip. About 50% of blacking remaining on trigger guard strap. Nicely grained wood with minor handling marks and overall excellent condition.  Price: $12,900

Serial Number: 14746

Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrels
Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrel

Bore: .410
Chambers: 2.5
Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Excellent
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Action: Kirsten cross bolt
Triggers: Single
Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP

Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28" barrels
Pre-WW2 Merkel .410 OU, 28″ barrels

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

Good gun alert: a 28 gauge Spanish sidelock, just $2150…

28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun

Victor Sarasqueta was a Spanish shotgun maker who opened for business in 1883 and firearms were made under his name up until around 1980s. This little 28 gauge sidelock side-by-side was made for the U.S. firearms importer Stoeger. For just $215o, it looks like a decent little shotgun.

Sarasqueta 28ga: Made for Stoeger as “The Sterlingworth” in the 60’s. Metal is in like new condition with very crisp 50% engraving coverage, stock has been professionally redone to resemble a British style field gun. Perfect bores on 26″ barrels with full chokes in both. True side lock in Holland style with interceptors and well finished. LOP is 14 1/4 to hard rubber plate. DOC = 1 1/2, DOH 2 5/16. It weighs 5 1/2 lbs.

28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Saraqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
28 gauge Sarasqueta side-by-side double barrel shotgun
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