I know your situation as until recently I was in the Army as well. I have a Chapuis and a Blaser and while I like both of them I can assure you that the Blaser is the better gun. Blasers get a bad rap because they don't have the traditional style and 1000s of hours of ornate engraving that Merkels or Chapuis or k-guns do. People constantly sway people away from Blasers because they say the cocking mechanism doesnt allow you to reload and quickly get off a third or fourth shot but quite honestly I find that criticism idiotic. First off, no reliable PH is going to allow you to make a shot on dangerous game at more than 50 yards. So let's say a cape buffalo charges at 50 yards after the first shot. He can run 35mph (51fps). Which means that he's on you in about 3 seconds. Wile I'm not saying it can't be done, but it takes a pretty seasoned and practiced guy to fire the second round, break the action, dig out two more rounds, reload those rounds, remount the gun on your shoulder and fire one to two more aimed rounds. That's the reason PHs carry a gun with them on dangerous game hunts. Secondly, you can achieve pretty decent accuracy with most if not all double rifles at 50 yards. However with the Blasers free floated barrels and adjustable regulation it pretty hard to beat the accuracy you can get from one. IMO the first shot is the one that counts most and while my Blaser may not be the prettiest gun out there I know when I fire either barrel, it's going to hit where I was aiming. My Chapuis is pretty accurate too but it took literally hundreds of dollars and a lot of time in different bullets, powder, cases, primers, and tweaking case length, to find a load that it would shoot to the standard I was comfortable with. Lastly, it's unfortunate but I think a lot of double rifle owners buy a certain brand because of how they look instead of how they perform. Which is okay because most of them perform for there intended purpose (except for Sabatti, which are absolute junk). However IMO accuracy is the most important feature in any gun that I intend to use to hunt things that could kill me and i find it pretty hard to beat a Blaser in terms of that.