Photo Credit: Merkel Jagd und Sportwaffen GmbH

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If your sound is turned on you are hearing a sample of Hunting Horn music. This is a track from the German Hunting CD “Die Suhler Jagdhornblaser”

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A grade 60 J. P. Sauer & Sohn sold by Schoverling, Daly & Gales, photo courtesy of the master engraver Mr. Hendrik Frühauf of Germany

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A Double Rifle made by Bernhard Merkel in Suhl


A Over-Under made by Gebr. Merkel in Suhl

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