Barella drilling in 12 gauge and 7x57R. Light, lively and spectacular, this H. Barella (Berlin/Frankfurt) was made in March, 1929. Serial number 13425 features 25.6-inch barrels with a beaded front blade, full-length matted rib with pop-up rifle sight and an integral quick release mounting system (the claw rings having been custom built by American Master Gunsmith George Hoenig). The shotgun barrels are both full choke and have 2.75-inch chambers. A pedestaled sling loop (.75-inch) is positioned on the rifle barrel. The side-plated extractor action has side clips, cocking indicators (those for the shotgun barrels on either side, the rifle barrel at upper right), niter-blued triggers with lightly checkered faces (forward trigger is an adjustable single set), extended upper tang with mechanical locking-button safety, barrel selector (positioned on left plate), horn guard with full-length tang and niter-blued disc-set strikers. STOCK: Shaped from a staggering walnut blank set with sinister figure, the forend wears 28 lines-per-inch checkering with points and double borders, along with ebony tip and diamond accents. The stock showcases an exceptional European check rest (scalloped and beveled), checkering over the grip, scalloped heel and toe clips with a partially-checkered butt and timed niter-blued screws, steel grip cap and a sling loop on the toe line. ENGRAVING: The action is adorned with full coverage game scene engraving featuring a pair of consorting roe deer on the right side and roaring red stag attending a hind on the left. The balance of metal surfaces are covered by an intricate pattern of oak leaves and vines refreshingly executed without the heaviness one expects on a German firearm of this vintage. The engraving theme touches the barrels, washes over the forend release and grip cap, then reappers as the border for the latticed clips. Gold initials “FG” appear on the grip cap. No external import markings are present. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.6 pounds sans scope. Length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. Drops (exaggerated from the rib) are 1.7 and 3.4 inches. Cast off is approximately .35-inch. CONDITION: At the time Hoenig created the rings he stated this drilling showed no evidence of firing or use since regulation. Since then it has seen but limited and careful use by a single owner. The bores are bright and the rifling in the third barrel appears new. The barrel’s rust blue stands at approximately 97 percent with a modest distribution of small superficial rubs and freckles. The action is 100 percent. Both wood and the horn guard are at least 97 percent, with a few minor impressions and a bit of flattened checkering on the butt. INCLUSIONS: A Zeiss Diavari-C 1.5-4.5x18mm scope with pointed plex reticle in Hoenig custom rings (1-inch medium height) in superb condition is included. Forty two rounds of Norma 156-grain Oryx (soft point), 34 rounds of Sellier & Bellot 139 grain softs and 20 rounds of Sellier & Bellot 173-grain softs are also included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $6,500 plus shipping.