Hello this is my first post, my name is Alan. I am looking for a nice side by side, I own several nice OU shotguns, semi-auto, etc. I have always wanted to purchase a Merkel, I have held the 47e model and it fits me well, and I'm looking to purchase one. The one that I handled is a 12 gauge with 28" barrel, IC and MOD, single trigger and has a pistol grip. The barrel says it was made in Alabama, is this normal for Merkel to be made in Alabama? I prefer an English, both of my OU have them. What should I expect to pay for this shotgun, the shop is asking $3450 and it seems he's been sitting on it awhile. Also any recommendations where I can get the same shotgun with English stock for good price? Thanks!