vierling

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  1. jim b

    jim b New Member

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    A friend of mine ask me to look into a gun his father brought back with him from Germany after the war.
    This gun is a 4 barrel
    The top barrel is a 5.4 mm
    The bottom is a 7.8 mm
    and has sxs 16 ga.
    The name on the side of the barrels is (KRUPP-LAUFSTAHL)
    After some research, I had found the KRUPP family history in the steel mills one of the largest, then I found out the LAUFSTAHL is the type of steel used to make the barrels ( fluid steel) I did find the name SUHL stamped in the gun, my research tells me this is a town in Germany that produced this gun, (is this true) I also found that SUHL mean SAUER, I have found JP sauer guns but nothing in a 4 barrel
    the ser # on this gun is 17758
    I have found many 3 barrel gun by KRIEGHOFF & SEMPERT (Neptune) but I have not been able to locate a 4 barrel I believe the 3 barrel is a (drilling)
    Can anyone help with info in the gun please
    thank you for your time
    Jim
  2. jondar

    jondar New Member

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    Jim, are you saying that the small rifle barrel is above the 16 gauge SXS? My chart from the NRA of multi-barrel guns shows both rifle barrels below the shotgun barrels, and does identify it as a Vierling. I guess it would have been possible to arrange the barrels as you describe. Just curious.
  3. muddober

    muddober Active Member

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    jim b, I have seen vierlings like the one you are describing with the shotgun barrels in between the rifle barrels and I have seen them the way jondar has described. All of the guns I have seen are of very high quality as I am sure your friends gun is as well.

    You are correct that a 3 barreled gun is called a drilling which comes from the German word for 3 being drie and vierling from vier for 4.

    I know that isn't much but it is all I have got.

    Ron
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