The Merkel 96K Drilling is a 12 or 20-gauge shotgun and rifle combo with handsome looks as well as reliable hunting performance. It's German-made and an outstanding work of art.
Merkel 96K Drilling 3-shot Capacity
The Merkel 96K Drilling is a three-barreled firearm combination of a shotgun and rifle. The Merkel brand may not be very popular, but some sources say Europe has been making these guns for over a hundred years now.
This 96K model is just one of three other drilling rifle types, namely the Doppelbock Drilling 961L, Bergstutzen Drilling, and Rifle Drilling/Shotgun Drilling.
Merkel has a dozen expertly trained engravers, which explains why each of their firearms has elegant engravings on the metal sides and other parts of the gun.
The Merkel 96k Drilling is a 3-shot capacity shotgun with a Blitz locking system. Its 23.6-inch barrel is available in 12 and 20 gauge including calibers .223, .243 Win, 7x57R, 7x65R, .308, .30-06, and 9.3x74R.
The rear sight is pivot-style and the blade is front on the tip of the barrel. This gun has an overall weight of 6.83 lbs including the beautiful Walnut-made stocks.
Ease of Use and Performance
This gun has excellent balance for a 12 and 20-gauge long arm.
One of the four types of long barrel drilling guns, the 96k version is the basic two-barrel shotgun with an attached rifle barrel. This firearm is a lethally precise German-made weapon.
Pros and Cons
I like this gun's versatility in the small game hunting area. The workmanship is readily obvious as soon as you set eyes on this Merkel with its elegant handcrafted carvings.
A classic design with technically advanced features is what this gun is made of.
Though I'd rather prefer it to be a pure shotgun leaving the rifle aspect aside, it does work efficiently on both aspects.
Overall Verdict and Price
For a shotgun and rifle firearm combination, the 96K Drilling model is one heck of a gun.
Expert shooters are able to utilize two different gun types without having to carry them separately.
It's definitely not cheap at $5950 – $9000, but some folks just want to get their hands on this baby.
Take a closer at the Merkel 96k Drilling in this short video:
I have to admit I was surprised when I first knew about this gun. Looking at the beautiful engravings is one thing, but knowing there are three barrels handcrafted side-by-side with one being a rifle, that's a whole different ball game. I gotta have one of these guns soon!
Have you tried shooting this bad boy? Share your experience in the comments below!
This Merkel rifle is a fine piece of hunting equipment. Check out the Taurus PT92 also for your handgun needs.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.