It was the one gun for which I felt an attachment at much more than a "here's my killing tool" level... unfortunately she had to be retired when the barrels separated due to moisture ingress into the rib or some such affliction. Sad.
About a year ago I was browsing around and saw a Merkel 201e in 20g for sale. Immediately I went on alert - this sort of gun just doesn't appear very often in NZ, and certainly not in 20g. At the time I just couldn't afford it, so pushed it to the back of my mind with a few thoughts about the lucky so and so who would be buying a dream (of mine, anyway) gun. When the same gun was recently advertised again, I was lucky enough to be in a position to make an offer. And so, it was with bated breath that I opened the package containing the gun.
She's a stunner.
Kirsten lock on a Blitz action; choked Improved and Improved modified, really nice engraving and with sling swivels (I'll actually buy and use a sling). 26" barrels, she'll be a joy to carry around for light game.
Like dad's Simson, she comes straight up; LOP is slightly shorter than my 20g Caesar Guerini. I may add a recoil pad (depending on a test fire session).
This will be a gun that I'll most likely never part with - one for the grand kids I reckon.