Image Lot Price Description


*EXCEPTIONAL WWII VINTAGE MERKEL BLITZ ACTION EJECTOR OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE. SN 27421. Cal. 8 x 57JR. 25-5/8″ Demi-bloc bbls have matted one third rib, mounting single standing leaf U-notch rear sight, and integral matted front ramp with longitudinally dovetailed silver bead front. Ejector bolsters are engraved with scrolled thistle motif and “Gebruder Merkel Suhl” on left and “Suhler Waffenwerk” on right. Bbl flats are stamped with Feb. 1942 German proofs. Left side of rear lump is stamped with “GM” logo. Bottom of bottom bbl is stamped with SN, caliber and “Boehler Stahl”, along with GM logo. Coin finished, scroll backed, OU action features non-automatic tang safety (S engraved), double Kersten lock, reinforcing bolsters, pin type cocking indicators, and double triggers (front set). Action is engraved in relief with scrolled thistles on bolsters, top, and bottom, which is also engraved “SUHLER WAFFENWERK” and “GEBRUDER MERKEL SUHL”. Bottom of sides of action are engraved with well done, high relief renditions of game animals; a royal stag roars in foreground at another stag in background with three hinds in between on left side. Right side depicts roebuck and two does bounding through woodlands. Blued top lever and trigger guard are semi-relief engraved in thistle motif. Slightly burl figured and well mottled European walnut horn (?) capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/16″ over checkered horn buttplate embossed with GM logo, and features sculpted side panels, well cut point pattern checkering, small shadow line right hand cheekpiece, and a sling loop on toe line. Matching three piece ejector forend has Deeley release. Drop at heel: approx 2-3/4″, drop at comb: approx 1-11/16″. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 14-3/16″. PROVENANCE: Old catalog description. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with only a few minor, almost insignificant marks, on metal finishes, and a number of light marks and scratches in wood finish. Two are small but somewhat deep. Bores are excellent, bright, sharp and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Set trigger works. This very fine highly embellished wartime production rifle is possibly unfired. 4-48680 MGM78 (6,500-9,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.