The side-by-side rifle is the traditional gun used for high-class big game hunting - a hunting gun befitting its station. Classic areas of application are hunting situations where a quick and sure second shot is needed - e.g. the driven hunt. Merkel precision engineering has also made sure that the side-by-side rifle also cuts a good figure on the high seat. The set trigger option gives the gun precision-shot capability.
The side-by-side rifle is not only a very elegant gun; it is also very reliable and responsive. All the mechanical systems are doubled and can thus function autonomously. That is the reason why experienced hunters value this rifle. To this day, the side-by-side rifle calls big game hunting in Africa to mind - but its legend lives on in every other region of the world. Inbuilt power and safety reserves are part of Merkel’s quality concept. The Merkel side-by-side rifle is the basis for the Merkel top-down principle for all side-by-side guns. The actions of lower load guns are identical with those of the high-power safari rifles - even if the side-by-side shotguns only fire low-load shot.
Traditionally, the big game hunter in the stories told around the campfire and in yellowing photographs is always carrying a side-by-side gun. And not without reason: the hunt for dangerous game has its own set of rules. Rifles used for this type of adventure must fulfil very specific, demanding requirements. In addition to tried-and-tested highpower big game caliber, Merkel side-by-side rifles of the Africa series offer everything the hunter needs to successfully and safely meet the challenges of the Safari. Robustness, reliability and intuitive handling - these are the properties that matter when every split second counts. The recoil and balance of these unique rifles are optimised by the “inert mass” in the buttstock and barrel set, which have been exactly calculated by Merkel. The resultant greater weight reduces the recoil. This enables the gun to be kept on target for the rapid second shot - experience the Merkel Africa Express.
SIDE-BY-SIDE RIFLE 140 - THE MOVING DOUBLE
A special offer for aficionados of soldered barrel sets: classically designed Merkel side-by-side rifles. The soldered barrels and the adapted 20 calibre receiver ensure an agreeable recoil due to the greater weight. Side-by-side shotgun barrels of calibre 20/76 and rifle/shotgun barrels are available as interchangeable barrel options. The forward trigger has a set prepared base for the swing mount,; thus the side-by-side rifle also excels with the precision shot. That means an extended range of use for this Meisterstück. The pivot mount, which is a standard fixture, enables flexible use of different scopes. Driven hunt sight, as standard.
SIDE-BY-SIDE RIFLE 141 - THE SLIM VERSION
The 141 model is a variation of the 140 side-by-side rifle. The particularly narrow receiver and the short barrels make this gun one of the lightest side-by-side rifles in the world. The option of vertical and horizontal muzzle adjustment facilitates retrofitting a scope or changing to ammunition with a different load or bullet weight. The rifle is prepared for the fitting of a pivot mount; a driven hunt sight is supplied as standard. This compact action is the result of masterly gunmaking expertise – and rewards future owners with an exceptionally slim and responsive hunting gun.
SAFARI SIDE-BY-SIDE RIFLE 140AE - THE WORKHORSE
The basis version of the Africa rifles is the favoured gun of many professional hunters. The Merkel version of the Anson & Deeley boxlock is traditionally valued for its unrivalled reliability for big game hunting. An uncomplicated workhorse, based on the experience of over 100 years of rifle development for big game hunting. All the mechanical systems are doubled and can thus function autonomously - this is particularly important in dangerous situations, where life and limb are at risk.
SAFARI SIDE-BY-SIDE RIFLE 160AE - THE SIDELOCK AFRICA RIFLE
The precision and reliability of Merkel safari rifles has delighted big game hunters and heads of state for generations. The 160 version combines the largest calibre with sidelocks – which also offers our engravers additional scope of decorating the long sidelocks. One of the most beautiful rifles – for the most exciting form of hunting.