The triumphal procession of Merkel over-and-under guns started with the 200 series in the 1920s. A gun with a long tradition - but free from preciousness. The 200 series was reengineered in 1995 and then - in homage to the outgoing millennium - renamed the 2000 series.
From an historical viewpoint, this was the first time that Merkel combined handwork with industrial processes, gunmaking culture with series precision in one class of gun. The individual parts for this series have always been manufactured in the Merkel high-precision parts department. The gunmaker comes into his own when fitting and refining the parts: the free forms of these Meisterstücks can only be perfected with painstaking handwork.
The main difference to the 303 series is that 2000 series over-and-under guns are made with a boxlock. Only the flagship of the series traditionally has sidelocks. The Merkel lock is a Suhl modification of the Anson & Deeley boxlock of 1875, with compression spring ejectors. This classic lock is highly functional and offers maximum reliability. This derives from the puristic simplicity of the design. All the functional parts are accommodated in the receiver, and no compromises are made where aesthetics are concerned. At Merkel each calibre has its own dimensioned steel receiver, which makes for perfect optical harmony from the barrel to the action (calibre-adapted receiver).
And the slim line can be perfectly rounded off by selecting the matching three-piece forearm - distinguishable by its finely engraved screws. A stock mounted in three parts enables more elegant forearm forms than a onepiece, which has to fit over the lower barrel.
Similarities with the 303 series: in terms of individualisation the 2000 series does not fall short of its fine sister. Every finishing stage is offered by Merkel - through to the individual engraving of long side plates.
The over-and-under combination guns and over-and-under rifles of the 2000 series are equipped with the Merkel Duo manual cocking system. This allows the two locks to be cocked immediately before the shots are fired using the manual cocking system, or alternatively cocking via the barrels, and thus rapid following shots.
The muzzle adjustment (horizontal and vertical) of the over-and-under double rifle is technical treat.
This unique and complex Merkel system functions via a thread-adjustable slot wedges. This enables the gunmaker to finely adjust the barrels - without stressing the hard and soft solder joints.
OVER-AND-UNDER SHOTGUN 2000C - GAME SHOTGUNS: COMPLETELY FITTED OUT
The over-and-under shotgun 2000 series has a long hunting tradition and has achieved a great deal of sporting success. Besides the dominant 12 calibre, Merkel also makes lightweight shotguns in the 2000 series. The 20 caliber is characterised by its light weight, excellent responsiveness and comfortable recoil. The “C” in the in type designation signifies the complete fitting out of the gun: C stands for “Complete”. From a technical point of view, complete fitting out means: steel-shot capability and interchangeable chokes, selective single trigger, adjustable in the length. A convenient detail: the shotguns are equipped with disconnectable ejectors as standard. Optically, the 2000C gleams with rich arabesque engraving.
OVER-AND-UNDER SHOTGUN 2001C - GAME SCENE ENGRAVING AS STANDARD
The C version of the 2001 is characterised by high-grade wood and extensive game scene engraving with arabesque trimming on the steel receiver assembly. Even the forearm catch, trigger and locking lever are richly decorated with Merkel engraving.
OVER-AND-UNDER SHOTGUN 2002C - SIDE PLATES – ROOM FOR DECORATION
The long side plates are a traditional feature of fine hunting guns. They offer room for decorative engraving and optically extend the receiver. Merkel has produced the 2002C for lovers of these guns. The prismatically inset side plates make an impression with their perfectly handcrafted workmanship. A stock of class 5 walnut, a “Jagd” (game scene) engraving and the three-piece forearm with engraved screws bring the 2002C to “complete” perfection.
OVER-AND-UNDER SHOTGUN 2003C - WITH FINE SIDELOCKS
The 2003C version is the flagship of the 2000 series – it relates to a forerunner from the pervious century, the 203, which was the link between the 200 and 303 series. Like its predecessor, the 2003C makes an impression with its special Merkel sidelocks. The precision engineered parts draw their energy from powerful compression springs, which combine optimised shot development time and excellent trigger pull, with extreme robustness for everyday use. A functional gun for the hunt – and also for the fireplace room, because the sidelocks are removable.