For those of you who have an affection with those fine made German built shotguns, I would like to know if you care for those that were done with the monte carlo style comb stocks. I have been interested in acquiring one of the German built guns, but most I come across have that built-up style comb, and I'm leery of those.
_________________ 1929 Thomas Bland 16ga SxS 28"
1947 Browning A5 16ga 28"
1948 BRNO 16ga SxS 27.5"
1950 Stevens 311A 12ga SxS 30"
1952 BRNO 12ga SxS 28.25"
1963 Superposed O/U 12ga 27"
1968 V Bernardelli SxS 12ga 28"
1972 Rem 1100 12ga Auto 26"
Not sure you actually mean a raised Monte Carlo comb. Do you mean the cheekpiece on the side of the stock? I am not sure the raised comb is that common on Germanic guns, while the side cheekpiece is on virtually all of them.
I have an Austrian SxS made in Ferlach with the side cheekpiece. Truthfully, I never notice it while shooting. So functionally it is not significant. It may be a help in keeping my head on the wood, but it certainly is not a detriment.
However, aesthetically I like it. I find the cheekpiece and the heavy game scene engraving marks it look authentic.
If all else is good, I would not have much concern over the cheekpiece.
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The only drawback to the cheekpieces ("Baecke", in German) is that they are either right-handed or left-handed. Shooting a gun with a cheekpiece which is wrong-sided for you is not ... useful. If you're a lefty it can take a while to find a gun with a left-hander's cheekpiece.
That said, I have a 16x16 / 8x57R drilling with a cheekpiece appropriate for my left-handed shooting. Even though it is heavy (compared to my doubles) it carries well and shoots where I point it. And it's kinda comfortable when I put my cheek on it, as opposed to some guns with excessively sharp combs.
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