Merkel German Drilling Model 32 in excellent condition, circa December 1982 manufacture (proof mark # 1282).
All matching serial numbers 2524xx, this combo gun is chambered in 2x12 gauge, with 2 & ¾” chambers. Rifle is 7x57R -- this is a great caliber that I hunted with in Germany -- long and straight, less recoil, and ammo is easy to find here in the U.S. and not expensive.
Barrels are 25" long; overall gun length is appx. 42". Overall stock length is appx. 16 & 1/4"; length of pull from front trigger to center stock is appx. 14 & 1/4 ". Drop to heel is appx. 3", drop to toe appx. 7.5". Checkered Merkel “Suhl” bakelite buttplate with engraved screws, and is appx. 3/16" thick.
Receiver is nicely engraved with arabesque scrollwork throughout receiver, fences, Greener side safety, trigger guard and on bottom of receiver, and includes maker's emblem and "Suhl" on bottom of receiver as well. Greener cross bolt with double under barrel locking lugs. Tight action with zero movement. Brass auto-cocking indicators; trigger select lever automatically raises 100 m rifle sight on barrels & engages front trigger.
Woodwork is nicely figured in dark walnut, with very minor handling marks on wood but otherwise in fine condition; has raised cheek piece as common to German guns. Highly checkered fore-end and grip with horn cap. Sling swivels professionally added to stock and barrels.
Barrels in gunmetal blue, bores and receiver are beautiful with no pitting. 2 & 3/4" chambers for shotgun. Left barrels are marked "Gebr. Merkel Suhl Made in GDR." Right barrels marked " Special Gewehrlaufstahl." Rifle barrel marked “Special Gewehrlaufstahl 7x57R.” Three separate claw scope mount points on the top rib.
Now includes Zeiss Jena scope in 6x42 -- German sniper scope with dual claw mounts.
Regular or certified checks accepted, but shipment will occur after check has cleared. Will also accept credit card but with a 3% service charge. This gun is not an antique and must go to a FFL, with all paperwork to be provided at the time of payment. Insured shipment via USPS at a flat rate of $50.
This gun is priced from $3000 to $5000 less than similar Merkel models on any number of websites, especially given that it is in 12 gauge rather than the more common 16 gauge, and made in GDR. Please e-mail with any questions and for many extra photos, and thanks for your interest. Good hunting!
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