Good gun alert: 20g AYA No. 2 SxS, $2695 ….

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

According to the gunmaker’s website, the AYA No. 2 shotgun is “the pre-eminent “affordable” sidelock double gun, and the most famous model in the AYA line. Since its introduction in the late 1950s, tens of thousands of Nº 2’s have been sold in the United Kingdom, the United States, and everywhere that shooters value the superb balance and handling of a fine double gun.”

Fair enough, and pretty much in line with what I known about these Spanish sidelocks. The one you see here looks like a great deal. While it does have a slight issue (a crack in the stock, right behind the safety), but that should be easy to fix.

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels: Aguirre Y Aranzabal (AYA) No. 2 side-by-side shotgun in 20 gauge. 27″ barrel, 2 3/4″ chambers. Choked IC/Cyl. 14″ LOP. Good case coloring on single, select trigger. Metal retains a good amount of case coloring with moderate wear in the usual places. Wood is in good condition with scattered carry and safe marks. Very minimal crack behind top tang but it stops at the checkering. Bluing is in good shape with a few spots of bluing loss, see pics for details. This great little AYA will make for a wonderful quail or close-flushing hunting piece! Price: $2,695

20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27" barrels
20 ga AYA No.2 SxS Sidelock Shotgun, 27″ barrels

Auction alert: 16g AYA boxlock side-by-side…

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun
Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

I always wonder what some guns are really worth. Auctions are nice because they give you a chance to find out. And when this auction ends, we’ll know just how much money people will pay for a nice, 16g AYA boxlock SxS. It’s on Gunauction.com and the listing ends on May 2, 2016 17:44:24 PT.

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AYA) is one of Spain oldest and best known gunmakers. This boxlock was one of their lower-end doubles. It’s a basic, no frills Anson & Deeley style SxS with extractors. I’m sure it’s well made, and it looks like it be a great grouse & woodcock gun.

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun
Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA

Make: Aguirre y Aranzabal

Model: Field Sport Game Gun / No. 4 box lock #3 frame

Serial #: N036

Gauge: 16 ga

Action: Double trigger, auto safety, selective auto extractors

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun
Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Markings: AyA – Aguirre & Aranzabal made in spain, on center rib marked FEIL SPORT GAME GUN

Barrel Length: 28″ solid concave rib, gold front bead

Chokes: Right hand imp. cyl. Left hand is mod.

Finish: Original factory blue barrels and trigger guard 99%, original factory case colored receiver 99%

Stock: Walnut straight grip, checkered butt

Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun
Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) AyA side by side 16 GA boxlock shotgun

Mechanics: Like new less than 100 rounds

Notes: Perfect grouse gun, nice easy fast pointing

Auction alert: Spanish 20 gauge SxS by Union Armera…

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

If Spanish doubles are you thing, or if you’re looking for lightweight SxS for the upland,here’s one you’ll want to check out: It’s a Union Amera Model 5000, and it’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 1/17/2016 @ 8:50:00 PM ET.

Union Armera was the predecessor to Grulla Arms. You can read more about how the company evolved here. This gun appears to be in nice, original condition, and it looks like it was one of the finest side-by-sides the company was making in the 1940s.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

NO RESERVE: UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS: Supreme Condition – Union Armera – Grulla – Model 5000 “Extra Light” (De Gran Lujo) Sidelock – 20 Gauge – Chamber: 2 3/4″ – Side Lock Shotgun – Dual Triggers – Side X Side – Produced in 1943 – Fancy European Walnut Stock With Hand Checkering – Leather Carry Case With Tools And Accessories – Full Coverage Fine Belgian Style Floral Engraving – Gold Parts.

This is a very rare and vintage factory original Union Armera Model 5000 (De Gran Lujo) “Extra Light” manufactured in Eibar, Spain. Later to be known as Grulla.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

The Union Armera Model 5000 “Extra Light” Custom Rifle was the flagship offering in 1943, hand-crafted to be handed down generation to generation. As a full custom sidelock, every detail, component and feature was subject to the highest standards and specifications. From German silver nameplate, to premier grade steel barrels to the fanciest European walnut available. No expense was spared. Full Belgian floral engraving and exquisite hand checkered walnut. A true Castilian “Old World Masterpiece”.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

Union Armera (Grulla) 20 Gauge. this gun was made by Union Amera In 1943 for the Spanish version of Abecrombie & Finch, SEAM. (Sociedad Espanola de Armas Municiones). A SEAM catalogue from that time period indicates this was their top of the line offering – A Modelo 5000 “Extra Light”. The gun has every attribute of a “Best Gun”: Chopper Lump Barrels, 100% fine floral or Belgian style engraving, hidden third fastener, disk set strikers, articulated front trigger, gold plated Holland & Holland pattern locks (Made by AyA), reinforced action, ejectors, horn buttplate and drop points. True to its designation, this shotgun has a special top rib and weighs 5.5 lbs. The perfect upland game gun.

UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK - CASE TOOLS
UNION ARMERA GRULLA MODEL 5000 DE GRAN LUJO EXTRA LIGHT 20ga SIDELOCK – CASE TOOLS

Good gun alert: A 16 gauge Arrieta Model 557, 29″ barrels …

Arrieta Model 557 16GA 29" S X S
Arrieta Model 557 16GA 29″ S X S

Arrieta is one of Spain’s oldest and most trusted gunmakers. For years, the 557 was their entry-level, no-frills sidelock side by side.  Ever one of these I’ve seen has been sound and well made. Bought right, they can be a lot of gun for little money. And the one you see looks like it can be bought right.

I think brand new ones go for around $6500+,  and the used ones I’ve seen with a lot of original condition are priced around $5400. So if this checks out, it’s a hell of deal at just $2,999.

Arrieta Model 557 16GA 29" S X S
Arrieta Model 557 16GA 29″ S X S

Arrieta Model 557 16GA 29″ S X S:  This is a very nice gun. Comes with an Americase in good condition. Manual Safety. Hand detachable locks . Smooth concave top rib. Straight grip to checkered butt. Splinter Forend. 14 1/2″ Length Of Pull. 1 1/2″ drop at comb,  2 1/2″ drop at heel. Cast Off 3/8″ at heel,  1/2″ at toe. Pitch 4 degrees. Trigger Pulls 4 pounds each. Color-cased hardened Frame. Balance point at hinge pin. Finish slightly reddish in color English style. Hand detachable side locks, twin triggers. Gun has a few minor dings and dents on the stock. Price: $2,995

Arrieta Model 557 16GA 29" S X S
Arrieta Model 557 16GA 29″ S X S

Good gun alert: a great looking Ugartechea 16g, perfect for the uplands…

Ugartechea Upland Classic in 16 Gauge
Ugartechea Upland Classic in 16 Gauge

I don’t pay a ton of attention to Spanish shotguns. Not that I have anything against them. Many Spanish doubles are well made, and some of them are bargains. I think this 16 gauge SxS by Ugartechea is both.

Ugartechea has been around since 1922 — a long time for a Spanish gunmaker — and today they build everything from basic boxlocks to fancy, Holland-pattern sidelocks.

The Upland Classic is a model imported by Lion Country Supply. It’s basic, Anson & Deeley pattern boxlock and it comes in a number of grades (I think this is a Grade 2). New, a Grade 2 in 16g is a $1999. The one here looks pretty much new and it costs $400 less — money you can put towards a hunting trip.

Ugartechea Upland Classic in 16 Gauge: Price: $1,599.99

Caliber: 16 Gauge

Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch

Ugartechea Upland Classic in 16 Gauge
Ugartechea Upland Classic in 16 Gauge

Metal Condition: Excellent

Wood Condition: Excellent

Bore Condition: Bright

Barrels: 27 Inch, Extractors

Triggers:Double Trigger

Stock:Checkered English Grip, Walnut

Stock Dimensions:14 7/8″ LOP, 2 3/8″ DAH, 1 3/8″” DAC

Fore End:Splinter

Butt Pad:Decelerator recoil pad

Weight:6 Lbs 9 Ozs

Sights:Concave Rib, Metal Bead

Chokes:Mod and IC

Ugartechea Upland Classic in 16 Gauge
Ugartechea Upland Classic in 16 Gauge

Would you pay $2,999 for this 12 gauge Arrieta SxS shotgun?

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

Do you love the idea of ordering a bespoke shotgun? A lot of people do. But there can be a downside to a having a shotgun custom made just for you: After all your anticipating and money spent, what you specified on paper may not be what arrives at your door.

That’s one reason I like used doubles. With a used shotgun, you know what you’re getting (at least once your gunsmith has had a chance to look it over). Even if you buy a side-by-side or over-under online, you should be able to get your money back in a couple of weeks if there’s a problem.

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

So you’re thinking about “bespeaking” a 12 gauge Spanish sidelock, I would take a long look at the Arrieta you see here instead.  I’m not sure if it’s 557, a 570, or something between. But whatever model it is, it sure looks like a good deal for $2,999 – especially when you consider that a brand  new 12 gauge 557 costs $4,999.

If you agree, now. This shotgun is at Gunauction.com, and the listing ends September 14, 2013 19:57:00 PT. Here’s more about it from the seller:

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun: This elegant gun is one of Arrieta’s best guns! It’s a 7 pin Holland & Holland style lock. It has has a case colored receiver and is beautifully engraved with ultra fine scroll engraving, gold plated removable sidelocks, double trigger (front hinged), auto ejectors and so much more. Notice all the details like N/S screws, the beautiful case color, the fit of wood to metal and so on. This particular gun is “as built” with the exception of an added pad (owner is tall), no wood was cut off. It is a 12 bore choked light modified and improved modified. 6 pounds 12 ounces. Stats: LOP 15″, BBls 27&3/4″, DAH 2&1/4″, DAT 7&1/4″, OAL 45&1/4.

12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
12 gauge Arrieta Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
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