This pair of 160-2.2 Sidelock Double Rifles have fine, hand-engraved arabesque scrolls with gold busts of the Big 5 African game scenes engraved on the silver-grayed receiver. They each have octagon barrels and gold triggers. One is a .470 N.E. and the other is .500 N.E., making these a perfect set for collector or avid African hunter. These incredibly high-quality and detailed rifles are engraved by master Burkhard Häfner, who has over 30 years of experience. Each rifle comes with a beautiful case as well, and are marked with sequential serial numbers.
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 fulfill 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 optimized 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.