Merkel Firearms

Nestled in Germany’s Suhl region, Merkel Firearms has been synonymous with the perfection of firearm craftsmanship that dates back nearly six centuries. Much like Glashutte’s mechanical watches, Brussels’ fine lace, and Bordeaux’ amazing red wines, Merkel Firearms has adhered to the centuries-old European tradition of craftsmanship only found in the attention to detail that has been passed down through generations. Entering the 21st Century, Merkel has continued to blend artisanship with technology. Merkel’s firearms are luxurious and exceptionally balanced with no sacrifice to economy, and the Merkel brand is exclusively imported by Steyr Arms into the U.S. For more information on Merkel Firearms, contact Steyr Arms, 2530 Morgan Rd., Bessemer, AL 35022; call (205) 417-8644; or visit


Merkel Officially Launches Its MHR 16 Bolt-Action Rifle in the U.S.

BESSEMER, Ala. (Jan. 4, 2017) — Last year, legendary German firearms manufacturer Merkel tested the waters of the American market with the company’s first exceptionally affordable bolt-action rifle. The market responded very positively to this rifle, which combines the classic hunting rifle style with old-world craftsmanship and the latest manufacturing technology. Freshly renamed the MHR 16 for its official full production run, this bolt-action rifle was designed and manufactured specifically to exceed the expectations of American hunters and shooters.

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Merkel Introduces the Practical 40E Field-Grade
Side-by-Side Shotgun

BESSEMER, Ala. (Jan. 12, 2016) — Renowned for its elegant, high-performance shotguns, Merkel has introduced the minimally adorned yet exceptionally functional Merkel 40E field-grade side-by-side shotgun at an attractively attainable price. Basically a working-man's version of the 47E but without the rich finish and hand engraving, the new 40E was designed to be an extremely functional and reliable shotgun that’s going to spend its time in the hunting fields rather than stashed away as a safe queen. The 40E shotguns are perfectly balanced when swinging.

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Merkel Creates an Elegant yet Affordable Bolt-Action Rifle for the U.S.

BESSEMER, Ala. (Oct. 6, 2015) — German firearms manufacturer Merkel has announced the introduction of the R15, a new bolt-action rifle designed and manufactured specifically to meet the expectations of American hunters and shooters. Available in both wood- and synthetic-stocked versions, the R15 rifle combines the classic hunting rifle style with old-world craftsmanship and the latest manufacturing technology to create a platform that is refined yet surprisingly affordable for the American market.

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Merkel RX Helix Awarded Gray’s Best of 2015

BESSEMER, Ala. (Feb. 10, 2015) Gray’s Sporting Journal has selected the Merkel RX-Helix straight-pull bolt-action rifle as its 2015 “Gray’s Best” award winner in the rifle category as announced in the magazine’s 2015 Expeditions & Guides Annual. GSJ representatives Amos Crowley and Mike Floyd formally presented the award to Merkel’s Anke Sauerteig and Steyr Arms CEO Scott O’Brien—Merkel’s U.S. importer—Jan. 21 during the 2015 SHOT Show.

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The World’s Fastest Centerfire Bolt Action Goes Polymer
in the New Merkel RX Helix Explorer

BESSEMER, Ala. (Jan.22, 2014) — Having cast aside the century-old design of conventional bolt-action rifles in favor of its revolutionary straight-pull RX Helix that cycles faster than any other manually operated centerfire rifle, Merkel has taken the platform a step further with the introduction of the RX Helix Explorer, complete with a synthetic stock.

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Merkel Reinvents the Bolt Action Rifle with the Introduction of the RX Helix—The World’s Fastest Bolt-Action Rifle

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (January 30, 2012) — Merkel has cast aside traditional workings of the bolt-action design that has reigned supreme for more than a century, and it has created a truly revolutionary design of bolt action that cycles in half the length of the conventional system. This new Merkel rifle is the linear-bolt-action Merkel RX Helix, and it stands as the fastest operating centerfire bolt action in the world.

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Merkel Arms Helps L.L.Bean Celebrate 100-Year Anniversary with Limited-Edition Shotguns

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (December 14, 2011) — Merkel is pleased to announce that it has been commissioned to create a special line of shotguns to celebrate the centennial anniversary of L.L.Bean in 2012. Recognizing Merkel’s unparalleled workmanship and dedication to the craft of fine gunmaking, the premium outdoor outfitter chose Merkel to provide its marquee product—a limited number of L.L.Bean 100th Anniversary Commemorative Shotguns—to headline a short list of fine heritage products.

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