The Merkel Double Rifle is one of the leading side-by-side rifles in Europe. This firearm is the preferred weapon of choice even in the most dangerous African wilderness hunt. Curious? Me too, read on and find out more!
Merkel Double Rifle Side-by-Side Barrels
When it comes to top-class firearms, very few names can stand side-by-side with Merkel. This revered gun-making company in Germany manufactured the Merkel Double Rifle patterned from 28-gauge shotgun frames. If you’re looking for a super accurate long range firearm, this Merkel rifle is not a good option, however, it gives you the fastest two shots any rifle could ever shoot. No action is necessary to chamber a second round which makes this double rifle even faster than a semi-automatic firearm.
This 2-shot side-by-side rifle is available in barrel lengths of 21.65 inches and 23.6 inches. It’s made in 8 different calibers from 7x57R to .500 NE. The beautiful walnut stock features a pistol grip and beavertail forend. The steel blade front sight is ramp-mounted. This rifle’s weight is 6.6 to 11 lbs depending on the caliber.
Ease of Use and Performance
Unlike most single-barreled rifles, accuracy is not one of the strengths of the Merkel Double Rifle. On the plus side, it feels comfortable on your firing stance and the balance is superb. It’s very reliable and never misfires with the right ammunition. This rifle is handy as it is powerful, which makes it suitable for dangerous game hunting.
Pros and Cons
This Merkel’s second round shoots faster than a semi-auto rifle. Ammunition is chambered in two separate barrels, thus, no action is required to prepare the next shot. It solely depends on how quick the shooter pulls the trigger. I also like how the manufacturer built these rifles in a wide range of calibers making it versatile for different types of game. On the other hand, it would be great if Merkel develops a feeding system that loads ammo faster. I’m thinking of a mag type for both barrels which houses 4 to 5 bullets each. How cool is that?
Overall Verdict and Price
A price tag of around $13595 is just too expensive for a gun built for this purpose. There’s no doubt about Merkel’s ability to make firearms that stand above the rest, yet there are tons of cheaper brands that make rifles which are capable of handling the same task. It may be a good buy for collectors but for gun enthusiasts who want to use it in the field might just have to pass.
Here’s a shooting video of the Merkel Double Rifle:
This rifle is clearly not for the ordinary shooting fans. We can talk about all its great features and how it outshines many other brands, but the price will surely break your heart. Despite this, many gun aficionados would still be willing to spend a fortune to get their hands on one of these Merkel’s.
What can you say about the Merkel Double Rifle? Is it overpriced of is it worth it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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