Vintage Firearms Inc


Merkel 147 EL 20 Gauge – 27”, 3” CHAMBERS, 99% AS NEW


SKU: Merkel 147EL 20ga sn409349 Categories: , , , Tags: , , , , , , ,

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: Merkel, 1989, 20 Gauge, 5lbs. 15oz., Chokes SK/IC, LOP 14 9/16″, DAH 2 3/4″, DAC 1 9/16″
Serial Number:  409349

Merkel shotguns made in Suhl Germany demonstrate legendary German engineering, with strength and function always foremost in the design.  The earlier Model 147 EL is a graceful, lightweight game gun utilizing 5 separate locking systems; Greener Crossbolt top fastener, the rib extension, the barrel lug through the bottom of the frame, and the traditional double underlug fasteners to give incredible strength and durability to this handsome double gun.  This 147 EL 20ga., sn409349 built in 1989, hand engraved with deep chiseled game scenes, and special attention to the smallest details, is in outstanding original condition.  The barrels retain 99% of their original blue.  The mechanics on this gun, to include crisp trigger pulls, strong well-timed ejectors, auto safety, are in excellent working order.   THIS IS A “VFI CERTIFIED GUN”, meaning we stripped the forend iron and receiver to the smallest parts, ran it through the Ultrasonic cleaner, inspected all parts for integrity and function, then lubricated and reassembled (a $375 service).  VFI CERTIFIED guns carry a 90-day mechanical warranty. The barrels are tight as new on the hinge pin and breech face.  These are hand engraved shotguns in the upper end of the Merkel line.  Just look at the beautiful English walnut stock on this gun with straight line mineral streaks and lots of fiddleback radiating through the buttstock, all laid out on perfect axis with the wrist!  Awesome!  The MSRP for the 147EL was $8880, and that was almost 20 years ago! The earlier guns did not have 3” chambers, which allows greater versatility of use. This one can be had at a fraction of the new retail cost.  With its 27″ SK/IC fixed chokes, she weighs a scant 5 pounds 15 ounces and balances gracefully 1/4” ahead of the hinge pin.  This is a dynamic handling shotgun for your upland hunts or sporting clays, just in time for summer practice and the upcoming bird season.  Priced to sell and destined to give you enjoyment for generations, it would be hard to find a better modern-day double gun value.  See the tables below for the specifications. Thanks for looking!

Barrel Length:   27″
Chokes:  .004/.010 SK/IC
Bores:   mirror
Bore Diameter:   .634/.630
Wall Thickness:   .023/.025
% Blue:  99% factory
Chambers:   3″ factory
Ribs:   tight-bells
Sights:   front brass
Action:   tight
Ejectors:   timed
Receiver Condition:   99% coin finish
Screws:   perfect
Engraving:   deep chiseled game scene hand engraved
Trigger Type:   double-crisp
Trigger Guard Color:   99% factory blue
Type:   English/splinter; straight grain Euro walnut with fiddleback; dark
LOP:   14 9/16″
LOP To End Of Wood:   14 5/16″
DAH:   2 3/4″
DAC:   1 9/16″
Cast:   neutral
Checkering Condition:   perfect
Butt Treatment:   factory butt plate
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on long guns. If it is a “VFI Certified” gun there is a 90 day mechanical warranty. Call or email us for more details or questions. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in CO, FL, MI, WI
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $125.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK.
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes. We accept C&R licenses for shipping on C&R eligible guns.
Terms of Purchase: Check your local and state laws before purchasing. It is the buyer’s responsibility to confirm his/her right to own the firearm or any item before purchasing.
PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. View all listings and our full inventory of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. Thanks for looking!We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs “tweaked”, let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns “as found” and others want them “just so”. We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
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