The assistant to the Merkel management, Bettina Sokolowski, and her team underwent detailed researches about the company’s history before the jubilee celebrations. Out of these findings, not only the contact to the descendants of the founders resulted, but also a small company history, which is documented in the manufacture. This not only includes old Merkel hunting guns and the stories of their owners, but also the stories of the stock-makers, gunsmiths and engravers, who were the founders of the worldwide fame of Suhl guns.
Opening day for the families of the workers
During an opening day for workers and their relatives, the families used the rare opportunity to visit the production at Merkel. The last large brand of the old weapons city informatively and enjoyably presented itself and about 400 relatives used this possibility to visit the Schützenstraße, as it is not every day, that you can have a look behind the curtains of gun making.