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Merkel Over and Under | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews



The Merkel Over and Under is a classic all-rounder German-made shotgun. It's a gun with a long tradition and a product of precision-made firearms mixed with expert handwork.

Merkel Over and Under Precision Shotguns

The Merkel Over and Under is a gun manufactured by expert gunsmiths in Suhl, Germany. These skilled gun makers inherited their craft from generation to generation making them unparalleled in their ability to build guns of the highest standards. These hand-fitted shotguns will be difficult to maneuver when first assembled, but after firing a few hundred rounds, it'll start to work smoothly and operate with ease. Merkel produces one of a kind firearms built with precision machining.


Gun Specs

Gun Specs | Merkel Over and Under | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews

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This 2-shot over and under shotgun is available in barrel lengths of 26.5, 28, and 30 inches. The ammunition ranges in 12, 16, 20, 28, and .410 gauge with ventilated rib and bead front sights. The wooden stocks also make up its weight of 5.5 – 7.05 pounds. The buttstock also includes a safety mechanism on the tang of the receiver.

Ease of Use and Performance

Ease of Use and Performance | Merkel Over and Under | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews

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There's nothing like the Merkel with its A-grade walnut stocks when held at the range. It's outright comfortable and the gun's stability makes it seem lighter even if it weighs roughly 7 lbs. As previously said, it's going to be somewhat difficult to handle out of the box. But after a break in of a couple hundred rounds, you'll be surprised how accurate this gun is.

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons | Merkel Over and Under | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews

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The performance of a Merkel Over and Under is undoubtedly seamless for a shotgun. It's hard to find anything negative to say about this gun with its German engineering precision firearm machining. The accuracy and ergonomics aspect of this gun is one of the best. Not to anger any Merkel fans but although the engravings are a trademark for these guns, I'm just not into it. I'm more of a rugged shooter so I prefer simplicity in the looks of a firearm.

Overall Verdict and Price

Overall Verdict and Price | Merkel Over and Under | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews

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The price of this gun at $15845 justifies the features, specs, and performance. Am I going to buy one of these? The answer is no, even if I have the money to purchase. The gun is just too handsome I wouldn't want it scratched when I'm out there hunting or doing my thing at the firing range.


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This Merkel is a terrific shotgun overall. I know a few shotgun aficionados who talk about this gun like it's a heavenly thing. Whether you're skeet shooting, hunting, or doing things involving a shotgun, its balance and stability will sweep you off your feet. It's accurate, good looking, versatile, just like a movie star.

What can you say about the Merkel Over and Under? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Care to know about other Merkel rifles too? Here's the Merkel K3/K4 single shot.

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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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  1. Vern Abeare

    March 19, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Are the barrels fixed choked or are there different choke tubes?

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