Good gun alert: 20g Grulla sidelock, $2650 …

Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,
Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,

Following this AYA No. 2 I posted yesterday, here’s another Spanish SxS that looks like it could be a good deal. The seller’s calling it a Grulla 215, which it appears be.

That means it was made to be a solid, affordable, nice, but not out of reach for most people. It looks a bit rough, but sound, and I get it would benefit from a good cleaning and tuneup. Because it’s a Grulla (one of Spain’s top makers), it should be a good deal and an even better bird gun.

Grulla 215 20 gauge 26 inch barrels ic/mod,
Grulla 215 20 gauge 26-inch barrels ic/mod,

Grulla has been around since 1932, and many people consider them to be a step up from AYA or Arrieta. Maybe. I’ve seen a bunch of their guns, and I’ve always thought of them as some of the nicer doubles coming out of Eibar.

Grulla 215 20 gauge, Sidelock SxS, 26-inch barrels, ic/mod: STRAIGHT GRIP butt plate, double trigger, beavertail forend, 2 ivory beads, ejectors, side clipped, detachable sidelock, gold washed interior parts, bores bright/shiny, opens/closes tight.  Price: $2,650 

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

Get into the guts of a sidelock shotgun…

A Holland & Holland Royal sidelock side-by-side shotgun
A Holland & Holland Royal sidelock side-by-side shotgun

Locks make a shotgun go bang. When you pull the trigger, the locks drop the hammer, hit the firing pin, and set off the shell.

This quick video gives you a good look at some Holland & Holland pattern sidelocks– the kind of locks used on some of the finest side-by-side shotguns in the world. It also compares a 5-pin lock to a 7-pin, and talks a little about the benefits of one over the other. Interesting stuff.

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