• Merkel Sidelock 303E Shotgun


Merkel Sidelock 303E Shotgun


Barrel Length

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Since 1924 – and probably for as long as hunters exist: the 303 is the over-and-under classic among the Merkel Meisterstücks. In 1932 this rifle cost around 1550 Reichsmarks; more than the Opel P4, which cost 1400 Reichsmarks at that time. No question about it: the 303 was and is a luxury product. Its functional principles and its appearance still correspond to the original idea of the perfect over-and-under gun – but the materials used and the performance of this gun have been constantly adapted to the current state of technology. Is there a better form of sustainability than being made to last for generations?


OVER AND UNDER SHOTGUN 303E: sidelocks with V-springs and concealed leaver for tool-less detach form the receiver | Kersten cross bolt with double conventional bottom bite | double trigger with an excellent characteristic | front trigger articulated | optional selective single trigger | manual trigger safety with intercepting safety sear | hammer ejectors with V-springs | engraving English arabesquese | highly figured luxury grade walnut, pistol grip or English styled stock| handcrafted stocks to individual specifications | three-piece forearm for a slim line| optional pairs


CALIBER: 12/76 and 20/76
CHOKE: 1/4-1/2 (steel-shot proofed), 1/4-3/4, 1/2-1/1
BARREL-LENGTH: 71 cm (cal. 12), 68 cm (cal. 20)
OVERALL LENGTH: app. 114 cm (cal. 12), app. 111 cm (cal. 20)
weight: app. 3,2 kg
WOODCLASS: basic wood class 7

Optional Extras

Other calibers

Alternative choke

Individual stock measurements

Pistol or Half-pistol grip stock

Long stock (over 15” or 14 ¾” in ST)

Half beaver tail

Single Selective Trigger

Polished trigger

Gold plated trigger

Spare barrel

Chrome lined barrels

Left hand stock

High gloss finish

Initials on oval gold/silver – cost per letter

Swing mounts


With W Horton & Sons, all Merkels come made to fit and with a plethora of bespoke options including stock configuration, choice of stock blank, bespoke engraving, trigger weight and configuration.

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