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Testing out the single-shot Merkel K5 Black extreme

Testing out the single-shot Merkel K5 Black extreme
Broadsword Ballistics takes us through the single shot Merkel K5 rifle one of the most interesting rifles within the market right now.

The ever-entertaining Broadsword Ballistics takes us through one of the most interesting rifles within the market right now.

In the world of rifles, there’s an undeniable charm in the simplicity and precision of a single-shot design, and the Merkel K5 Black Extreme embodies this allure. Hailing from the renowned Suhl district of Germany, Merkel has created a masterpiece that seamlessly blends traditional sportsmanship with modern craftsmanship.

  

At first glance, the Merkel K5 Black Extreme exudes quality and style, capturing the attention of old-school enthusiasts. The rifle’s traditional Bavarian cheekpiece, grade five walnut stock, and open sights pay homage to classic aesthetics, while its fluted barrel and nitrided Suhler tilting bolt lugs add a contemporary touch.

Weighing a mere 5.0lb with an overall length of 36.5in, the K5 strikes a perfect balance between style and functionality. The Monte Carlo stock, available in various grades from four to exhibition, caters to diverse preferences. For those seeking an extra touch of elegance, the K5 Arabesque model boasts superb engraving and a non-fluted barrel.The Merkel K5 is available in a range of calibres, including .223 Rem, .243 Win, 6.5x57R, .270 Win, 7x65R, .308 Win, 30.06, 8x57IRS, and 6.5 Creedmoor. 

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As a single-shot break-barrel design, the K5 disassembles easily, allowing for swift calibre changes if needed. The nitrided Suhler-type breechblock ensures smooth and effortless opening, adding a safety feature by engaging the firing pin only when the action is closed.

The K5 features a manual ejector system, aligning with its “take your time” ethos. On the test, there were no issues with careful finger extraction, even when wearing gloves. The 20in barrel, especially in .270 cal, with fluting and a 15mm/1 metric muzzle thread, delivers superb performance. The removable open sights and optional quick-detach scope mount system provide versatility for different shooting preferences.

During field tests, the K5 exhibited surprising accuracy with factory loads. Various ammunition, including Remington, RWS, Federal Power-Shok, and Winchester E-Tips, delivered consistent and impressive results at 100 yards. The K5’s compact design, coupled with its well-designed hogsback stock, minimised recoil, making it suitable for diverse shooting positions. In real-world stalking scenarios, the K5 proved to be a reliable companion. Its lightweight nature and ease of handling allowed for a natural pointability, making it well-suited for British woodland stalking or hill use. The rifle’s safety features, such as the de-cocking mechanism, further enhanced the overall experience.

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Specifications

  • Oversized Loading Port
  • “Quad-Loadable” from factory
  • Ergonomic / Large Bolt Release
  • Oversized Charging / Bolt Handle
  • Drilled Receiver to accept Optics
  • Recoil Reducing Tri-Polymer Synthetic Stock
  • 5 – Flush Mount Chokes
  • Ghost Ring Rear Site – Available
  • Extension Tube – Available
  • Barrel Options: 18.5”, 21” 24” 28” 30” Step-rib
  • Barrel Options: 24” & 26” with Front Rifle Site
  • SilencerCo Salvo Compatible
  • High Luminosity Fibre Optic Front Site
MODEL
Alpinist Green – M15x1 threaded with removable sights
Calibres: .223 / .243 / .270 / .308 / 30-06 / 9.3×62
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