I have always be intrigued by the german side lock over and under shotguns. What can you tell me about them? Who makes a good entry level option? I know that Simson, Merkel, and possibly Sauer made them? Any other makers to consider?
Do they all have ejectors, extractors. What should I be aware of? Are they all good quality?
What price range would I be expecting to find a 16 gauge in nice condition selling for?
Joined: 06 Nov 2009
Location: West Coast of WI
Those are fairly rare around here. A few of us have had non-sidelock German OU's, I've had 5 myself, 4 Merkels and I guess one was a Belgian, but I can't speak to the sidelocks. In general I'd be confident in the quality of the makers you mentioned.
Joined: 08 Feb 2009
Location: Western WA
I wonder how many of the German O/U sidelocks are actually sideplate guns. Virtually all modern O/Us today are boxlocks. Sidelocks were originally made for SxS and make little sense for O/Us because the hammer layout is not symmetrical. Check them over closely if they claim to be sidelocks.
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