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 Post subject: Merkel Model 8 SxS 12 Gauge help
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:47 am 
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Can anyone tell me about the history of the Model 8 - when they were made and anything about the bottom picture here with the olympic rings - what they mean?

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 Post subject: Re: Merkel Model 8 SxS 12 Gauge help
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:21 am 
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Hi, the Model 8 was a basic Boxlock design, nothing really special about them. A very solid gun and well made. A good entry level SxS. Your gun was made in May 1969 (the 569 mark) and was made in East Germany. The gun is chambered for 2 3/4" shells (12/70 means 12ga and 70mm chamber).

The Three rings are the trade mark for Krupp steel.

Your gun is an ejector gun, so I'm wondering if the Model is not a 47E and not a Model 8, which were extractor guns.

I don't know the production dates of the model 8, but the 47E is still being made. You can Google Merkel Model 8 and 47E for a comparison of the two.

Guns made in Soviet Occupied Germany were all made in the same factory, the Ernst Thalmann Peoples Works. The guns made there, were Simson, Merkel and a host of other well known German makers, same guns, different maker marks stamped on them.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!

Greg


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 Post subject: Re: Merkel Model 8 SxS 12 Gauge help
PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:25 pm 
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Thanks Greg,

I thought it was a Model 8 based on the engraving and its look being less elegant than a 47E, but I think you're right that it's probably a 47E. I DOES have ejectors, not extractors, which seems to be the only difference. I've not seen 47E's with the same engraving as mine, as well as with the hunting scenes.

I saw a model 8 for say the other day that was made in the 1990's, so I guess they're still around.

What's the best way to clean up rust on the outside?


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 Post subject: Re: Merkel Model 8 SxS 12 Gauge help
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:56 am 
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147e and 147 have the game scene engraving....yours is a 47e...

oil the rust liberaly and rub lightly with bronze wool....wipe clean and do again if rust remains....from what I can see one light rubbing should do it....

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 Post subject: Re: Merkel Model 8 SxS 12 Gauge help
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:06 pm 
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Four rings on the barrel - it isn't a trademark of Krupp Steel. Four rings on the barrel indicate 50A type Soviet steel. It means, that your shotgun has barrels made from Soviet steel (type 50A).


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 Post subject: Re: Merkel Model 8 SxS 12 Gauge help
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:22 pm 
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Sonder wrote:
Four rings on the barrel - it isn't a trademark of Krupp Steel. Four rings on the barrel indicate 50A type Soviet steel. It means, that your shotgun has barrels made from Soviet steel (type 50A).


Good eyes!!! I didn't notice the 4 rings.

All the best!

Greg




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