Steyr Arms Acquires Merkel USA
TRUSSVILLE, AL - -(AmmoLand.com)- Steyr Arms announced the acquisition of Merkel USA today. Merkel USA is the U.S. importer and service center for Merkels 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 Grullas exquisite line of Spanish-made sidelock side-by-side shotguns as well as Docter Optic sights and scopes.
The merging of Steyr Arms and Merkel USA will take place in the 25,000-sq.ft. headquarters facility in Trussville, complete with gunsmithing facilities and an underground testing range. The merged entities will continue normal operations under the leadership of Steyr Arms, Inc.
This really broadens the scope of Steyr Arms, and it establishes a rock-solid foothold in the American market for several legendary European brands, said Scott OBrien, chief executive officer of Steyr Arms. We are very excited about this acquisition. Both the Steyr and Merkel brands are synonymous with extraordinary quality, precision and reliability, and that ensures a solid market share within the premium rifle and shotgun industry.
Established in 1864, Steyr Arms is one of the worlds oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyrs comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles and precision sporting and tactical firearms are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. For more information, contact Steyr Arms North American Headquarters at P.O. Box 840, Trussville, AL 35173; call 205-467-6544; or visit www.steyrarms.com.