Good gun alert: AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99…

AYA is one of Spain’s most famous gunmakers, and the No. 2 is probably AYA’s most famous shotgun. This model was introduced in the ’50s and went on to become the company’s top seller. Today, these guns gun around $8000 brand new.

The one you see here looks like it’s in good shape. If it is, it’s a great deal.

AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 -- $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99

AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99: The Aguirre Y Aranzabal No. 2 is a handmade side by side shotgun with hand detachable side locks, cocking indicators, automatic ejectors, double triggers and case hardened frame with scroll engraving. There are few spots of finish damage on the barrels. The action is tight, the barrels are on face and the top lever is right of center. This is a truly fine shotgun at a very affordable price. Manufactured 1999 in Spain. 12 Gauge. Chambers: 2 3/4 inch chambers. Metal Condition: Good overall with some scratches, small spots of finish damage on the barrels and some wear on the sharp edges. Wood Condition: Good with some scratches and dents. Bore Condition: Very good. Barrels: 28 inch barrel. Triggers: Double triggers with articulated front trigger Stock Dimensions: 15 1/4 in. LOP, 1 5/8 in. DAC, 2 3/4 in. DAH Fore End: Splinter fore end Butt Pad: Rubber pad Weight: 6 Lbs. 10 Oz. Sights: Concave game rib with single bead Chokes: Improved cylinder and modified. Price: $2,399.99

AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 -- $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 -- $2,399.99
AyA ~ No. 2 ~ 12 — $2,399.99

Bargain bests: A nice pair of 12g sidelock Henry Atkin shotguns…

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER
ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER

I love vintage British shotguns – especially sidelocks. But even though I think they’re as good as guns get, they can have problems. One comes from their age. Because they’re old, people have had a lot of time to mess with them. That’s why so many Purdeys, Holland & Hollands, and other top-tier British shotguns around today are tired, shot out, and pretty much dead.

This pair of best-quality Henry Atkins was made around 1896, so they’re very vintage. What caught my eye is their new stocks and barrels, all made by Atkin, Grant & Lang in 1988. They make this pair of 119-old SxSs part vintage and part brand new.

Whoever had these guns rebarreled and restocked spent a lot of money. Today, a single set of new barrels by Atkin, Grant & Lang costs £8995. These guns have two new sets – so that’s £17990, or about $28,000. All new wood costs $10,000+ a gun and brings the costs to $48,000 in all.

When you see the asking price —  just $24,000 — you understand why these Atkins such a steal.

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER
ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER- NEW BUTTSTOCKS by the MAKER- ALL LONDON: #912 & 913, Henry Atkin (From Purdey’s) 6 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, A Very Nice Pair of Bar Action Sidelock Ejector 12 Bore Game Guns, Both guns with modern and new 28″ Chopper Lump barrels installed and proved in London in 1988 when they operated as Atkin Grant & Lang & Co Ltd at 6 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London (The address on these barrels), Both barrels remain as new since 1988: The #1 gun London proved at 3 1/4 tons with 2 3/4″ chambers, #1 is .730 .008 & .020″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers: The #2 gun London proved at 3 1/4 tons with 2 3/4″ chambers, #2 is .730 .008 & .016″ (Imp.Cyl. & Mod.), 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness all the way around at .032″, Both with new buttstocks with excellent internal inletting (I presume done in 1988 when the new barrels were added), Very nice wood with excellent color and contrast, The pair with Ejectors, Double triggers, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock and both 14 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 2 1/8″ over checkered butts, Both guns 6 lbs. 11 oz., Stanton & Son locks, 94% coverage of period scroll engraving, The action body’s still retain 15-20%

ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER
ATKIN 12 SIDELOCK PAIR- NEW CHOPPER LUMP Bbls. in 1988 by the MAKER

original case colors, The barrel blue at 97% on both, The buttstocks and forends remain at 94%, The checkering at 98%, Number 1 & 2 in Gold in 3 places, The engraving is very sharp & crisp and has never been brushed, All 4 barrels are almost as new inside & out, The pair is cased in what appears to be the original brass cornered trunk & now with the trade label from AG &L when the new barrels and new buttstocks were installed in 1988. Here is a very nice pair of guns with new modern Chopper Lump barrels & wood that will go a lifetime. These are a super pair of guns that are in much better condition than many of the vintage pairs offered on the market today. Price: $24,000

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