Steyr Arms has aquired Merkel USA

From the press release …

Steyr Arms announced the acquisition of Merkel USA today. Merkel USA is the U.S. importer and service center for Merkel’s side-by-side and over/under shotguns, fine double rifles, drillings, combination guns, K1 single-shot stalking rifles, the innovative KR1 bolt-action rifle, and the exceptionally reliable SR1 semiautomatic rifle. Merkel Hunting And Sporting Arms was created in 1898 in Suhl, Germany, and its firearms have been available in the U.S. since 1991, two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Merkel USA is also the importer for Anschutz precision rimfire sporting rifles. It also imports Grulla’s exquisite line of Spanish-made sidelock side-by-side shotguns as well as Docter Optic sights and scopes.

Merkel USA is an importer and should not be confused with Merkel in Germany who manufacture firearms.

Steve Johnson

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  • Todd

    This is good news for those of us who love the Steyr brand. Maybe now they can finally get a rock solid distribution channel in the USA from which to offer their entire product line from. As a proud owner of Steyr handguns I will tell you that they are among the most shootable and accurate pistols in my collection. Wilhelm Bubits really knows how to design a gun, and Steyr made/makes some great ones!

    As an aside I would like to know the status of Caracal the United Arab Emirates weapons manufacturer who hired Bubits to design their pistols. When will the Caracal be coming stateside? Their products look nice.

  • Lance

    Never a fan or Steyr. Mabie they can make mil spec AUGs here now?

  • Ed

    where is the “confused” emoticon when you need it?

    Steyr has acquired Merkel USA.
    Merkel was bought by Caracal Llc from Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Means an importer belonging now to Steyr will distribute a competitor’s products?

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