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Stunning gun and looks to be beautifully put together. Congratulations!

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Well according to Germanhuntingguns and Larry this is only the 2nd one of these Merkel Drop locks found so far. Much more rare than i expected. I have sent Merkel an email asking to purchase the work card or factory letter, I hope they can provide.
Shot trap with it Sunday reached way out there with .055 choke and 1oz 1170 loads grin

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Either Bernhard Merkel or Gebrüder Merkel manufactured it as those were the 2 sources.

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I’m pretty sure this is a pigeon gun with 70cm barrels(27 5/8in)70mm chambers, non auto safety and no sling swivels. 7.5 lbs.
Sure worked out well on the sporting clays
Hopefully Merkel will provide the work card.

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Love the background!

Man that gun is in fine condition. What a score!


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Thanks. I’m going through the gun “ like a kid with a new toy”. Never had a drop lock to go through so I’m pretty ignorant of them. Thought it was odd to have a slotted hinge pin cover on one side with a drop lock but now I can see why.
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It gives access to the slotted( removable) hinge pin screwed in between these two bars milled inside the action. Crazy this was done without CNC.
Just sharing! Yes I’m getting geeked out over this one.

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This gun was proofed 2/42 unfortunately Merkel is missing the war time work cards. Da#$!

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Great to see it in its natural habitat!


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Congratulations on a beautiful gun. Your pictures are much better than the auction listing! I bid on that and thought it was special (and belonged with my Merkel 131 double rifle) but finances weren’t sufficient for that and another lot I want more. But I never realized it was a drop lock! That certainly wasn’t pictured.

That same seller is who I bought my 360EX Watson double rifle from.

Very jealous. Congratulations!

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