Drillings and Combination Guns
Hubertus Meffert 9.3x72R / 16 bore Hammer Drilling
A classic Hammer Drilling made by Inman Meffert and marketed under the Hubertus brand. The double 16 bore barrels are nitro proofed and operate in the usual way with rebounding hammers. Slide the barrel selector catch forward (this is located where a safety catch would be on a normal double) and the front trigger and right hand hammer will operate the rifle barrel mounted centrally under the two shotgun barrels. The front trigger may also be pushed forward as a set trigger with a delicate rifle release. When the barrel selector switch is moved forward a folding rear sight will automatically flick up. The foresight has a manually operated hinged flick up night sight giving a bigger bead, but one in a bright white material for shooting at dusk or by moonlight. The action has a very attractive round body and is well engraved with the germanic style heavy relief game scenes. The underside of the butt has an engraved cover which opens out to reveal ammunition storage for a 16 bore cartridge and 3 rifle cartridges. The rifle barrel is chambered for 9.3x72R. This is a nitro round which developed from the black powder round of the same dimensions. It was popular in Drillings and the usual load is for a 198 grain bullet. This round is suitable for stalking and I have successfully used this rifle. The round should not be confused with the more modern 9.3x74R which is much more powerful . Ammunition is available for the 9.3x72R round by RWS and others. I also have plenty of once used brass and a set of reloading dies which can be made available. The 26 1/2" barrels are choked at full in both barrels. The stock has a 15 1/2" reach which included a well matched wood extension. The bores are all good and the gun shuts up tightly and properly. A beautiful hammer gun which will allow you to engage anything from Partridge to Deer or just about anything else legal. If using it on the continent the rifle barrel backed up with 16 bore slugs would make a very handy driven Boar set up. The whole gun is a mechanical marvel and has been 100% reliable. It is a very well made gun indeed and oozes quality.
Otto Ortlepp 7x65R and 16 bore Combination side plated ejector with double 16 bore barrels
A 7x65R and 16 bore combination side plated ejector gun by Otto Ortlepp with extra set of 16 bore barrels. Otto Ortlepp was one of the high end and well known gun makers of Suhl in what was at the time of it's manufacture in East Germany (DDR). Suhl was the home of many of the best known names in German gun making. The gun was made in 1958. The 7x65R is a very capable and very popular hunting round in Europe. It is suitable for all european game and is a very effective deer and boar round. The 16 bore barrel may be used for solid slug if hunting abroad and this as a very effective cartridge at modest ranges and on driven hoofed game. The Hensoldt Diavari telescopic sight is a good quality item and is a zoom from 1.5 to 6 x magnification, lending itself to both driven and stalked hoofed game. Hensoldt were purchased by Zeiss and then the companies separated again to allow Hensolt to specialise in military sights. The gun is of very high quality with germanic style deep relief engraving of game scenes. The action is a side plated boxlock with a quadruple grip action and side bolsters. The front trigger may be set forward to give a light pull when firing the rifle barrel. The sight has the traditional Suhl type claw quick release mounts. The stock has a reach of 14 5/8" including a rubber pad. When using the 28 1/4" shotgun barrels a folding rear sight may be flicked up if solid slug were to be used. The gun and extra barrels are in a solid and well made leather covered motor case with two combination locks. This is a very accurate rifle, and one I have used for stalking in the UK. Intensive range use will see the rifle barrel heat up unevenly and after a couple of shots the POI will rise. For hunting applications this is not an issue and it remains very accurate. An ideal outfit for trips to the continent or even Africa, where one gun will cover feather and fur, driven, stalked and walked up.
Heym .22WMR /16 bore Combination Gun Model 22ST
A very useful .22WMR or .22 Magnum and 16 bore combination gun. Made by Heym, and marked a such on the bottom of the lock, it was retailed by Stampfli Waffen in Luzern or Lucerne in Switzerland. The gun has one lock which is cocked by the rear trigger. The barrel selector on the left side of the lock moved the tumbler from the rifle to the shotgun barrel. There is a conventional sliding safety on the tang. The 4 x scope is of good quality. The rifle is very accurate, as you would expect from Heym and the gun makes a very effective rabbit gun. I have shot 1 1/2" groups at 100 yards, I I suspect the rifle can do better than I can. The .22WMR is flat shooting to beyond 100 yards and the heavier .22 bullet makes it a useful calibre for foxes - something the .17HMR is not. The 16 bore shotgun barrel has 70mm chambers. The gun comes with a leather sling.