Albert Oskar, Karl Paul Merkel and Gebhard Merkel founded the company Gebrüder Merkel Suhl in 1898, then in 1905 the company began manufacturing weapons.
After the second world war the production of hunting weapons commenced, and in 1952 the company became owned by the government of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). After the reunification of Germany in 1990, the company went through modernisation, and in 2007 it was sold to the UAE company Caracal International which is a part of the state’s owned Tawazun Economic Council,
Today, Josef Werndl’s drive to produce the most reliable firearms on the market is alive and well in Steyr Arms USA. We manufacture top-of-the-line guns, like the Steyr AUG, proudly at our American headquarters in Bessemer, Alabama. We are the exclusive importer of the Jagdhund and X Jagd clothing lines. Our weapons are distinguished as accurate, proven and engineered for precision. Steyr Arms is the exclusive importer and distributor of all Merkel products in the USA.