Absolutely awesome: A super rare 3-barrel shotgun …

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

What’s better than a double-barrel shotgun? How about a triple-barreled one.

While long guns with 3 barrels aren’t hard to find, top-quality 3-barrel shotguns are extremely scarce. John Dickson & Son made a few 3-barrel SxSs, and so did Westley Richards and  Boss & Co. Today, Johann Fanzoj builds high quality triple-barreled shotguns. These are best-quality guns, and they sell for €100,000+. (BTW: At the other end of the market, an outfit called Chiappa Firearms sell a Turkish-made 3-barrel shotgun call the Triple Threat. But from what I’ve seen, it’s junk.)
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

The Frederick Surkamer 3-bbl shotgun you see here was built on design patented by a R.M Jenkins in the 1930s.  The front trigger serves as a double single trigger firing the 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock barrels.  The firing sequence is 9 o’clock barrel, 12 o’clock barrel, and then 3 o’clock barrel — if done in order. But if you want, you can also fire the 9 and 3 and then pull the front again for the 12.  You can also fire the 3 first space and then the 9 and 12.

What makes this design unique is that the ejectors track whichever barrels have been fired — making it the only true three-barrel, selective ejection firing system in existence. No matter which barrel you fire, the correct  ejector will trip a kick the hull clear of the chamber.
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

Frederick Surkamer was  Chicago-area gunsmith who built custom rifles, worked for Von Lengerke & Antoine and Marshall Fields, and imported & finished drillings and shotguns from Europe.  I’ve been told that this 3-bbl gun was manufactured by him here in the United States. There are absolutely no proof marks on the gun anywhere, which helps supports this claim.

R.M. JENKINS SURKAMER THREE BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGEONE OF A  KIND GUN DESIGNED BY R.M. JENKINS FOR SURKAMER CHICAGO SERIAL #1 28″ BARRELS CYLINDER IC AND IM  CHOKES DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS, FIELD FOREARM PISTOL GRIP NEW CONDITION 6LBS 6 OZ X 2″ X 1 9/16: X 13 1/2″. Price: $45,000

SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE
SURKAMER/ R.M. JENKINS THREE-BARREL DRILLING PRE WAR ALL 20 GAUGE

This guy had an awesome mom. These two O/Us prove it …

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action
Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

I have no idea who TAK who was (Theo A. Koch?), but I do know he had an awesome mom. How? Because she bought him the two shotguns you see here.

Both of these OUs were built in Germany and then stocked by Frederick Surkamer, a Chicago-area gunsmith who built custom rifles, worked for Von Lengerke & Antoine and Marshall Fields, and imported & finished drillings and shotguns from Europe.

These O/Us both look very Merkel to me, and even though both listing says the doubles are boxlocks, I bet both of these shotguns are built on Blitz-style actions.

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action
Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action: proved in January of 1929 with 30″ F/XF Krupp Steel ejector barrels with raised file cut solid rib with ivory mid and front beads. Bores are as new measuring .724 top and bottom. Choked .046 top and .040 bottom. This is the best of Merkel boxlocks with double underlugs and double bite. Double Kersten top lock. Bushed strikers. Triggers turned for the right hand. Extensive and very well done German Acanthus leaf and gamebird engraving. Stocked in English Walnut. Two piece forend with wrap around checkering. Pistol grip buttstock with arrowhead points and Monte Carlo. 15 3/8″ LOP to a solid 5/8″ pad. DAC-1 1/2″  DAH-2 1/2″ although effectively less with the Monte Carlo configuration. The pistol grip cap reads “From Mother TAK [Theo A. Koch] 1928. This is an outstanding Pre -War gun and a true piece of Americana in outstanding condition showing minimal use. Overall condition is 99%. The previous owner had this gun for 50 years and acquired it from the original owner. It is an outstanding collector piece and well configured for Sporting Clays or Live Birds.

F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun
F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun

F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun:

Action: Boxlock
Manufactured in: Germany
Manufacture Year: 1928
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 15 3/8 ”
Pad thickness: 0.75 ”
Type of butt: Pachmayr Pad
Drop @ comb: 1 5/8 ”

F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun
F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun

Drop @ heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 8 lbs, oz

Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 30 ”
Chokes: IM/M
Proof:
Reproof:
Rib type: Solid

Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action
Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action
Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action
Frederick Surkamer, Chicago 12 bore on a Merkel 301-E boxlock action
F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun
F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun
F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun
F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun
F. Surkamer - Boxlock Ejector - 12 ga - OU - Double Barrel Shotgun
F. Surkamer – Boxlock Ejector – 12 ga – OU – Double Barrel Shotgun
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