Merkel 65E Special Edition, “English Arabesque” Gravyre (Brukt)
Merkel 65E Special Edition er en meget påkostet klassisk side by side av meget høy kvalitet. Gravyre av type English Arabesque, meget detaljert og mesterlig utført. Nypris i følge engelsk artikkel omkring kr. 175 000,- inklusive norsk mva. Våpenet er brukt, men fremstår i meget god stand. Original koffert medfølger. Dette kan være den eneste av sitt slag i Norge.
Her er noe av det Michael Yardley skriveri Engelske The Field.
«The locks are powered by V-springs in the classic manner. The safety is automatic and the ejectors – on the well-proven Southgate plan – are also powered by V-springs. Beneath the barrels are classic Purdey-style double lumps, although the rest of the mechanics are more obviously inspired by Holland & Holland with some simplification in the internal lock design.
The barrels – perfectly true and made in-house – are neither chopper lump nor monobloc: two tubes sit on a table that has two corresponding recesses topside and lumps machined into it on the bottom. Thus there are three main parts braised together. Although technically this is not quite as strong as chopper lump, I think I would prefer it to monobloc as the chambers are attached and there need be no joining line.
This pretty, 28in-barrelled gun, shot at the Dornsberg shooting ground in Bavaria, surprised me with its pointability and low felt recoil. I had specified its dimensions, as noted: 11⁄2in and 2in of drop with a 15in length of pull, including an orange Pachmayr decelerator recoil pad. This partly accounted for the low felt recoil – the stock was less steeply angled and longer than previously. I put the rest down to good mechanical design and good chambering and boring (15.9mm). Trigger pulls and flat, pigeon-style rib were also excellent.
I used the gun while making a film and put hundreds of shells through it, so the test was intensive. All the ammunition used was steel, and breaks, even to 40yd-plus, were excellent. All else was effortlessly smashed, averaging 90%-plus. The only target where I had any issue was a bouncing bunny; the straight grip did not make it easy to hold the gun down on a low line. It is functionally the best 20-bore side-by-side that I have shot (and might be even better in 30in form with a semi-pistol grip, soon to be available). It is certainly an alternative to some high-end Spanish products and, regardless of cost, you won’t find a 20-bore side-by-side that looks or shoots better.
Les mer i The Field: https://www.thefield.co.uk/reviews/gun-reviews/merkel-65e-sidelock-20-bore
Link til Brosjyre fra Merkel: https://www.merkel-die-jagd.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Merkel_Portfolio_DE.pdf