Joined: 28 Mar 2008
Location: Eagle, Nebraska
Just bought a new to me Merkel Model 8 in 16ga, double triggers. Built in '76.
Has good dimensions, fits me very well, choked great too, light imp cylinder and light modified. Should be a really good pheasant, quail, hun and chicken gun.
Knuckle buster, just like my Merkel 12ga.
Just ordered some bump guards for it.
Joined: 06 Aug 2004
Location: Kansas High Plains
I have these on all my double guns; wouldn't shoot without it! They work a lot better than any of the "home made" ones I tried, and look a bit classier too …
_________________ I feel a warm spot in my heart when I meet a man whiling away an afternoon...and stopping to chat with him, hear the sleek lines of his double gun whisper "Sixteen." - Gene Hill, Shotgunner's Notebook
Joined: 21 May 2010
Location: Victoria BC Canada
I have a 16 ga. Merkell Model 8 of about the same vintage. I bought it used online from a vendor I knew and trusted. Lo & Behold. It arrived with a first quality mark. I shot 23/25 at trap with it at a vintage match for third place, with the first shots I ever put through it. It never caused me any injury.
P.S: date mark is 274. February 1974. Double trigger. Plain looking, but comes to the eye perfectly when coming to the point.
Last edited by Carlos on Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:35 am; edited 1 time in total
Joined: 01 Dec 2005
The Knuckle Buster Issue -- I find those that "fly" their elbows have knuckle busting problems with straight grip guns. These are most likely folks that started their shooting lives with rifles, most likely pistol-gripped rifles, probably shooting prone, and carry the trigger hand elbow (and probably the pointing hand elbow also) parallel to the ground in their mount/stance. Some extremists have the elbow ear high or even higher. This rotates the trigger hand so the middle finger is "endangered" by the back edge of the trigger guard, and "weakens" the grip, preventing the hand from taking recoil through the grip as well as it should. The gun is then more free to slide back, and recoil drives the trigger guard back into that endangered middle finger. Probably, the more the victim is affected, the more he turns up or "weakens" his grip in anticipation of pain, making things worse. The answer is to change the mount to lower the elbows (both of them) to around 45 degrees down, and get the pointing hand (the forward one) a little straighter, too -- more forward.
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