Renowned for its elegant, high-performance shotguns, Merkel has introduced the minimally adorned yet exceptionally functional Merkel 40E field-grade side-by-side shotgun at an attractively attainable price.
Light and modestly dressed for practicality – basically a simplified version of the famous 47E, with none of the latter's embelishments – the Merkel 40E boasts the precision hand fitting of Merkel's craftsmen and features a very reliable Anson & Deeley boxlock action with a Greener cross-bolt locking mechanism and double under-lump locking lugs.
The 28-inch barrels are cold-hammer-forged and cold blued and polished. The barrels are assembled on the proven monobloc construction, and a solid sighting rib tops the pair. The 40E also features selective automatic ejectors.
The steel receiver of the 40E is finished in silver nitrate with simple, full-coverage Arabesque engraving, and an automatic safety is mounted on the tang. The Turkish walnut stock and forend are finely checkered and have open pores with a single oil-and-sand finish. Weighing in at approximately 6.2 pounds, the new 40E is available in 12- and 20-gauge with either double triggers or a single-selective trigger and the choice of a straight, English-style stock or a pistol-grip stock. A 28-ga. version with a single-nonselective trigger and built on the 20-gauge frame is also available in limited quantities.
The 12- and 20-gauge shotguns have 3-inch chambers, while the 28-gauge version has 2 3/4-inch chambers. The integral chokes are Improved Cylinder and Modified. The suggested retail price of the Merkel 40E is $4,595.