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*VERY FINE ABESSER & MERKEL SIDE-PLATED BLITZ ACTION DRILLING WITH SCOPE AND CASE. SN 22522. Cal. 16 ga x 16 ga x 22 Hornet. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with full length matted rib fitted with claw mount bases and pop-up U-notch rear sight, have 1-1/2″ triangles of well cut scroll at breech ends, along with Bohler Blitz Stahl logos. Bottoms of shotgun bbls are stamped with German nitro proofs for 16 ga. Bottom of rifle bbl is stamped with BUG proofs for 22 Hornet, and with proof date of 7/37. A sling loop is soldered to bottom bbl. Case hardened Blitz action is very unusual in that it is fitted with sideplates, and also features rifle/ shotgun selector on top tang, Greener type side safety, pin type cocking indicators, crossbolt third fastener, side clips, slight bolsters to action, and double triggers (front set). Action is engraved with acanthus borders and well cut medium scroll with oak leaf highlights. Bottom of action is marked “Abesser & Merkel” “SUHL” “GERMANY”. Sideplates are also scroll engraved which frames circular vignettes of game; a royal stag ambles through woodlands on left plate, and a trio of pheasant are in mountain scene on right. Blued steel trigger guard is also scroll engraved. Fine, burl figured, and well marbled European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/16″ over horn buttplate with intricate embossing of hinds and stag in sylvan setting. Stock features shadow line right hand cheekpiece, sunburst horn grip cap, point pattern checkering with double line and mullered borders, along with a blued steel cartridge trap with space for four cartridges, a sling loop, and a silver oval engraved “P” on toe line. One piece splinter forend has inset horn tip and Deeley release. Hensoldt 4 X “Zieljagd” scope with crosshair reticle is in soldered-on claw mounts. Bore diameter: left-.670, right -.666. Bore restrictions: left -.033 (Full), right -.030 (Full). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Weight with scope: 8 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″. Abercrombie & Fitch leather case with stitched leather corners and brown canvas leather trimmed outer cover, is embossed “H C P” on central label. Top of case is embossed with an early owner’s name. Interior is lined in maroon cloth and has space for gun and scope. Case contains a pair of W. Cashmore snap caps and leather lens cover for scope. PROVENANCE: Old letter with description of gun. CONDITION: Excellent, near new. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig blue. Action retains nearly all of its orig case hardening color with some slight silvering on beads and fences. Top tang is also slightly silvered, as is the blue on thumbpiece of top lever and trigger guard. Stocks retain nearly all their orig finish with a few minor marks and scratches, as expected from limited field use. All bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Set trigger operable, but needs adjustment. Scope finish is beginning to brown. Optics are clear. Case is excellent, with only a few minor scuffs, as it was protected by the canvas outer cover, which has some scuffs, and is fine. Straps and handle are very fine. Interior cloth shows some compressions and minor rubs through. Accessories are fine. Guns by Abesser & Merkel are known for their high quality of fit and finish, this fine combo is no exception. 4-48364 MGM65 (7,500-12,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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