Auction alert: 12g AYA No. 2, 28″ bbls, No Reserve …

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

The decades now, the AYA No. 2 shotgun has been one of the most highly regarded Spanish shotguns on the market (read reviews of the shotgun in American Rifleman and in Shooting Times).

Why? Because it’s a reliable, well-built sidelock shotgun that combines best-gun features like chopper-lump bbls and hand-detachable locks with an affordable price.

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

The one you see here is on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends 12/16/2018 @ 8:00 PM. Because it’s listed at No Reserve, it could end up being a steal. Here’s more info about it from the seller:

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve: From what I understand, this is a number 2. The number one has higher grade wood. Chambered for up to 3-inch magnum shells. Excellent mirror shiny bores, modified and quarter chokes, 28-inch barrels retaining a conservative 96% finish. it appears that there were two sets of barrels for this side-by-side at one time, as indicated by the number 1 on the barrels. we have tried to locate them with no luck so far. The coloring on the receiver is better than 98%, the engraving is beautiful. The trigger guard is thicker on the right side, set up for right-hand shooting. The bottom of the trigger guard is engraved with three letters, the previous owner’s initials. The stock shows only a few very light handling blemishes and would rate 96%. The leather recoil pad is in excellent condition. LOP is 14 inches to the front trigger. On the forend, there is a very small crack that there will be photographs taken of. It appears to be non-structural. If not for that, it would rate 96%. everything is tight, along with lockup being rock solid. A beautiful double with Nice balance. Weighs exactly 7 pounds.

AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve
AYA #2 Sidelock SxS Mfg for Orvis 12 ga No Reserve

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 

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

Good gun alert: 28g AYA Sidelock Ejector, great condition ….

AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99 
AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99

Now this double looks like a great deal. I’m not sure what model AYA it is, but it’s a nice looking gun. And even though it’s smallbore, its 29″ bbls and 14 7/8″ LOP probably give it the heft and swing it takes for big boys to shoot it well.

AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 GaPrice: $3,599.99 

Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: No Blemishes
Wood Condition: Very Few Very Lite User Marks
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 29″

Chokes: SKEET (.005″) and IC (.010″)

AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99 
AYA ~ SxS ~ Sidelock Ejector~28 Ga: Price: $3,599.99

Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Checkered English Grip
Stock Dimensions: 14 7/8″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Splinder
Butt Pad: Checkered Butt
Weight: 6 Lbs 2 Oz.

This week’s 5 good guns…

 

Winchester Model 21, 20 Gauge SxS, 28 Inch Barrels, 1935 Vintage
Winchester Model 21, 20 Gauge SxS, 28 Inch Barrels, 1935 Vintage

Winchester Model 21, 20 Gauge SxS, 28 Inch Barrels, 1935 Vintage: Choked full and modified (stamped on the bottom of barrels).  The length of pull is 14 1/8 inches over the checkered hard rubber Winchester butt-plate.  This is a double trigger and extractor gun and is all numbers matching (serial number on frame, barrel, & forearm).  It is in fine condition, retaining 70% of its original blue finish, with bright bores and perfectly functioning action.  The pistol grip checkered stock is in very good condition, retaining most of its old refinish, with assorted handling marks/dents, with the worst located on the bottom of the stock.  The checkered forearm is in good condition, with a small repair on the upper left side, next to the frame.  A nice honest Winchester 21 in the desirable 20 gauge chambering.  PRICE: $5,750 

Parker Bros - PHE, 16ga, SxS Shotgun
Parker Bros – PHE, 16ga, SxS Shotgun

Parker Bros – PHE, 16ga, SxS Shotgun28” F/F, capped pistol grip stock, recoil pad, splinter forend, “1” frame, double triggers, rare auto ejector gun, 211,xxx serial number,70% wood finish and checkering, 85% barrel bluing, 25% case coloring, great configuration, hard to find small bore gun with ejectors that remains clean and tight. Inv# 23009, 14” x 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”, 6 lbs. 9 oz. Price: $5,250

Parker PHE 20ga. SxS Shotgun26″ barrels, IC & Cyl choke. All Original, Mint Bores. 80% on Wood and 75% on Metal. 2 triggers. Case Colors. Serial #217900 Price: $4995
Serial Number: 217900
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ejectors: Yes
Metal Condition: 75%
Wood Condition: 80%
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 26″
Barrel Type: Double
Triggers: 2
Gauge: 20

Parker PHE 20ga. SxS Shotgun
Parker PHE 20ga. SxS Shotgun
Charles Boswell Boxlock Ejector 12 Gauge SxS Double Shotgun
Charles Boswell Boxlock Ejector 12 Gauge SxS Double Shotgun

Charles Boswell Boxlock Ejector 12 Gauge SxS Double Shotgun: Serial number 14XXX. Features 30” nitro proofed bbls., solid matte rib, 2 ½” chambers, automatic safety, double triggers, single steel bead front sight, semi-pistol grip stock & splinter fore-end with Anson release. Choked improved modified/cylinder, LOP to the horn buttplate 14 3/8”, drop at comb 1 ½”, drop at heel 2 ¼”, weight 6lbs 13oz. Rib marked “CHARLES BOSWELL. MAKER. 126. STRAND. LONDON. W.C”, rib engraved with scrolls near breach. Boxlock Action, features scroll engraving with 3 pheasants on right side & 3 grouse on opposite side, with scroll engraving on the bottom. Excellent condition, being redone with barrels retaining 98% re-blue with action retaining 60% of fading case colors. Stock is excellent showing sharp checkering with carved panels terminating in teardrop behind each side of action, showing only minimal handling/storage marks. Barrels are tight and on the face with firm lockup, excellent shiny bores. Price: $4,500 

Lucio Loyola S/S Sidelock Shotgun – 12 GaugePrice: $1,499.99 
Caliber: 12 Gauge

Lucio Loyola S/S Sidelock Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Lucio Loyola S/S Sidelock Shotgun – 12 Gauge

Chambers: 2¾”
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double Set
Stock: Checkered Walnut with Pistol Grip
Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Black Rubber
Weight: 6lb 4oz
Sights: White Bead Front
Chokes: Fixed – Left – Full / Right – Modified

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PIOTTI KING ROYAL SXS 16 GAUGE
PIOTTI KING ROYAL SXS 16 GAUGE

PIOTTI KING ROYAL SXS 16 GAUGE: MADE 1999 28″ 010 AND 018 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CASED EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 8 OZ X 2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15″ Price: $29,500

J. Purdey & Sons .303 Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Rifle: Beautifully made J. Purdey & Sons .303 sidelock non ejector double rifle. 25 1/2″ barrels with a ramp foresight, one fixed 100 yard express sight and one folding leaf regulated at 200 yards. The barrels feature an extended third bite and a scope rail has been fitted to the rib. The bolstered, non ejector sidelock action is engraved with classic rose and scroll with some original colour, has two triggers, bolt safe, underlever opening and clipped fences. A nicely figured stock which has been refinished has a pistol grip with cap, cheek piece, chequered butt, sling swivel and silver oval. A very attractive Purdey in very good condition. Stock: Pistol Grip. LOP: 14″. Weight: 9lbs 1.6oz Price: $22,500

J. Purdey & Sons .303 Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Rifle
J. Purdey & Sons .303 Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Rifle
AyA Model No.53 Sidelock SxS in 20 Gauge
AyA Model No.53 Sidelock SxS in 20 Gauge

AyA Model No.53 Sidelock SxS in 20 GaugeThis No.53 features 27″ barrels with I.C. & Mod. (.011 & .019) chokes and a concave, tapered rib with a silver bead front sight, 2 3/4″ chambers, ejectors, double triggers with articulating front (hinged), engraved and extended trigger-guard, manual thumb actuated safety and gold-lined cocking indicators. For strength and safety there is the Purdey type triple-bite with side-clips and gas venting action and includes the two bite chopper lump steel barrels and a concealed third bite, released by top lever. And for beauty, the No.53, is fully engraved in a traditional European ribbon and floral pattern, and includes beautiful high grade walnut stocks, a straight-hand-grip and wrap-around extended checkered butt-stock with a leather covered red/orange recoil pad, and a checkered splinter forend with engraved iron and a push button release. Stock dimensions: LOP: 15 3/8″ to recoil pad, or 14 1/8″ to wood; DAC: 1 5/16″; DAH: 1 3/4″ & Cast Off: 3/16″. Weighs: 6 1/2 Lbs. All in very good to excellent condition. The barrel blue is near new with full coverage, a little lighting up of the blue on the exention of the trigger-guard, and the coin finished sidelock action is very bright and shiny with eye-popping engraving! The beautiful grained stocks and glossy lacquer finish shows some occasional light wear, a few wood scratches and smudges in the lacquer finish. There is tiny chipping of the butt-stock’s bottom fingers where they meet the action. Also includes a traditional oak hard-case fitted with with leather and canvas covers and red cloth interior, and inside are chrome snap caps and a chrome oiler, a bottle of Lightwood & Son neverust oil and a two piece wooden cleaning rod with brass jag and brush. Included in the ad are a total of 12 photographs, and all can be seen on Cabela’s Gun Library. Price: $3828.88 

Celta Borchers - Guernica, Spain - Sidelock Ejector - 28ga - Perfect Quail Gun - Long LOPCelta Borchers - Guernica, Spain - Sidelock Ejector - 28ga - Perfect Quail Gun - Long LOP
Celta Borchers – Guernica, Spain – Sidelock Ejector – 28ga – Perfect Quail Gun – Long LOP

Celta Borchers – Guernica, Spain – Sidelock Ejector – 28ga – Perfect Quail Gun – Long LOP1966 25-1/4″, IC / M (.005 / .010) Hand Engraved, Raised Rib, Rib Extension Third Bite, Hand Detachable Locks, Bushed Strikers, Automatic Safety, Double Triggers (Front Articulated), English Stock, LOP 15″ to Original Checkered Butt, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 5 lbs. 12 oz. Excellent Condition. Tight. Barrels Ring Nicely. Price: $2975

Jas. R. Watson – Nice English BLNE SxS – Great Handling Classic: 12ga, 2-1/2″, 28″ CYL / M (.000 / .020), Extractors, Double Triggers, English Stock, LOP 14-3/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2″,  Weight 6 lbs. – 7 oz. Excellent original condition. Barrels measure to original specifications. Jas. R. Watson & Co. was in business from 1876 to 1976. This gun probably made between 1920 and 1939. Price: $1975

Jas. R. Watson - Nice English BLNE SxS - Great Handling Classic
Jas. R. Watson – Nice English BLNE SxS – Great Handling Classic

Auction alert: AYA #2 Round Body 16 GA, No reserve …

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun
AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

For decades now, AyA’s No 2 Grade sidelock shotguns have been one of the best deals in a custom made side-by-side. Introduced in the ’50s, thousands of them have been sold to shooters across Europe and in the US, including famous gunwriter Michael McIntosh, He had one built for him in ’90s, and he shot the crap out of it on trips around the globe. The gun didn’t seem to mind. After around 80,000 rounds, the only thing it required was a new firing pin.

Whoever buys this one will probably have the same kind of luck. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 3/12/2017 @ 9:00 PM.

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun: Choked MOD/IC. No dings or dents in barrels. Barrels are perfect, very shinny and no pits. Gun has seen very little use and spent its life in a safe. Cocking indicators, double trigger and ejectors. LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 1/2″. DAC 1 1/2″. Gun weighs 6lb 6.4oz. No cracks or chips in wood. Beautifully figured wood. A few very light handling marks. All screws are clean and show no sign of screwdriver use.

AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun
AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun
AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun
AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun
AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun
AYA Aguirre Y Aranizabal #2 Round Body SxS 16 GA Shotgun

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LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26" CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW
LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW

LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW: #18803, Charles Lancaster Sidelock 280 Flanged That Never Went Hunting & Appears Unfired, Pre-War piece that was finished in 1946, WWII altered the intended use of many Sporting Firearms and I believe this gun is one of those as it remains to this day like a new rifle. The address is 7 Bury Street, St. James’s, London: A Bar Action Sidelock with 26″ Extractor Chopper Lump barrels with A Dolls Head rib extension plus a third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, London Nitro Proved, Regulated with 140 grain bullets, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Lever forend release, 14 13/16″ LOP over a checkered butt, 9 lbs. 14 oz., 95% coverage of period scroll engraving that is very well cut, 99% original case colors that remain bright & vivid, 99% original barrel black with near perfect striking on the barrels, The original stock finish remains at 98% with a few gun cabinet marks, The checkering is at 100%, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The breech face has 100% case colors, The bores are new.
Price: $35,500

Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under Shotgun
Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under Shotgun

Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under ShotgunNew-in-box 20 gauge Perazzi MX20 Over/Under shotgun with fixed chokes. Shotgun comes complete with a Perazzi hard case. Wood is lighter colored with a prince of wales stock and light Perazzi engraving and blued receiver and barrels. Choke constriction is Top: .028, Bottom: .020. Price: $8,999.99

Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28", MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00
Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28″, MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00

Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28″, MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00
Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .002/.005  CYL/IC factory
Bores: perfect
Bore Diameter: .621/.622
Wall Thickness: .026/.027
% Blue: 99% factory
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight, hand cut filed
Sights: single
Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: 99% factory
Screws: perfect
Engraving: clear, sharp fine English scroll
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 99% factory
Type: figured French, English stock/splinter forend
LOP: 14 11/16″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/4″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 7/16″
Cast: 3/16″ off
Checkering Condition: perfect
Butt Treatment: sporting clays black

MAINWARING - SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga
MAINWARING – SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga

MAINWARING – SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga27 1/2″ BLS. M/IM, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, 100% COVERAGE IN SCROLL ENGRAVING, STRAIGHT GRIP, BUSHED FIRING PINS, 14″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 1/16″ x 3/8″ OFF, WEIGHT 6 LBS. 2 OZS., CC 50%. FIRST RATE GUN.  Price: $6,500

W.W. Greener – Damascus SxS Hammergun – 12 ga: Price: $5,900

Ejectors: No
Trigger: Double

W.W. Greener - Damascus SxS Hammergun - 12 ga: Price: $5,900
W.W. Greener – Damascus SxS Hammergun – 12 ga: Price: $5,900

Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 3/4 ”
Cast amount: 3/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Extra barrels: 0
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 1/2 ”
Length: 30 ”
Chokes: Full
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks.

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

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Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga
Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga

Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga Cogswell & Harrison Matched pair, numbered 1 and 2. SN is 446xx. 12ga with 2.75″ chambers on both, Nitro Profed for 1 1/8oz loads. Chokes in both guns are Sk1 & Sk2 (.005/.015). LOP is 14″ with the wood butt plate. Comes in a factory leather (tired) hard case for both guns. Nice solid old guns, actions are nice and tight, bores are great. Price: $16,999

W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%
W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%

W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30”  2 ¾” 99%This is the famous Facile Princeps action, designed in 1998, and touted as, pound for pound, the strongest action ever produced.  This Royal was built in 1914. Its condition is 100% original and most likely only taken out for a shoot just a couple of times, stored all these years in some fine gun rack as can be seen by its nearly mint condition. The Royal model came in both sidelock and best boxlock versions, and is described as a Best Self-acting or Unique ejector with customer-ordered engraving which could be ordered with fine scroll or deeply carved relief or game scenes (depending on customer choice), with a gold crown on the top lever.  For pairs, the gold crown was replaced with gold numbers, 1 and 2, as noted in Graham Greener’s book, The Greener Story, page 110.  This specimen is a #2 of a pair, serial number 64144, and you can see that its owner chose elegant game scenes of dogs, birds, and a rabbit surrounded by extremely fine scroll work.  True to all Royal models, the fences are arcaded and the strength of the Facile Princeps action is enhanced by its bolstered receiver. All Royals were fitted with the best wood available. Barrels are original with mirror bores.  Right bore measures .732” with .040 choke (Full) and left bore is .733” with .040 choke (Full).  Proved for 1 ¼ oz. Nitro. The automatic ejectors are well-timed, manual safety and double triggers. Price: $9,750.

Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge
Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge

Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge: Barrels: 28″, 2 3/4″ chambers, ic/mod chokes, ejectors, double triggers, auto-resetting safety. Barrel Markings: The right barrel has Arrieta made in Span markings, and the left barrel is marked with the importer/dealer’s name “Quality  Arms INC. Houston Texas USA”. Rib: Tapered, matted, solid rib with brass bead front sight. Receiver: The receiver is lavishly engraved with English floral bouquet & scroll engraving on case colored side plates, cheeks, receiver top and bottom. Wood: Straight grip walnut stock with extended checkering and a leather covered recoil pad. Splinter forearm with checkering and a push bottom release. LOP: 14 3/8″; DAC 1 1/4″; DAC: 1 7/8″. Weighs: 6 Lbs. 4 oz.Condition: The barrel blue is in very good condition, about 98% condition. The case color on the left side plate is very strong but is faded toward front hinge, on the right side plate the case color is not quite as strong, but still very good with fading towards the front hinge along the bottom. The case color on the top of the receiver and tang is quite strong, while the bottom of the receiver the case color is fading some and yet there is lots of remaining color. The bores are very bright and shiny. The wood has quite a few very small superficial scratches, typically found on guns that have been hunted with but not abused. There are a couple of small dings as well. The oil finish is getting dry and could use a bit of freshening up. The leather on the recoil pad is raw in places and can use a good going over with some leather preservative/conditioner.  Price:  $3999.99

Caliber: 16 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very good.
Wood Condition: Very good but could use some TLC. For more info. see “Description”.
Bore Condition: Very good.
Butt Pad: Leather covered recoil pad.
Weight: 6 Lbs. 4 oz.
Chokes: IC & Mod.

Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun
Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun

Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch  20ga SxS Shotgun: Unfired factory delivered condition. This gun is “as new” with the original factory packaging and paper in the makers case and RBL shipping box. 28″bbls, English grip,14 1/4″, splinter fore arm, double triggers, hidden chokes, upgraded 3x wood, assisted opening, ejectors, case color is great on this gun. Factory price for this gun with these specifications is $4700. Buy this one and save $800.  Price: $3,900

Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga
Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga

Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga. 26” barrels chocked IC/Full, beautiful straight grip stock, checkered butt, double trigger, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, Belgian manufacture, marked “For Frank Pugliese” on the right side of the barrel, the gun remains in excellent overall condition with very minor handling marks, a wonderful upland bird gun, available for immediate delivery. 6lbs. 4oz. 14 ¼ “ x 1 ½ “ x 2 3/8”. Price: $2,499

Good gun alert: 16g Arrieta 871 SxS shotgun…

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

Arrieta is one of Spain’s best known gunmakers, and they’ve been making quality side-by-sides for decades. The 871 is there version of a Boss Round Body, and it features a sleek-looking rounded action and stock. William Larkin Moore lists a new 871 at $10,500, and I doubt it would be as nice as the one you see here.

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN, 28 IN BBLS. MOD/IC CHOKES: Mod/Imp. Cyl. Chokes, Double Triggers   Beautiful Wood, Straight English-style Checkered Walnut Stock, Checkered Walnut Splinter Forend. Intracately-engraved Receiver, Tang, Trigger Guard and Forend Metal. Truly Beautiful Shotgun in Excellent Condition. Price: $3,995

ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
Model: 871
Serial Number: 57-03-191-00
Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28 in
Barrel Type: side by side
Action: Sidelock
Triggers: Double
Gauge: 16 GA
Stock: Straight English checkered walnut
Stock Drop: 1 1/2 in. at Comb, 2 1/2 in at Heel
Stock Cast: Off
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Splinter
Butt Pad: Checkered walnut
LOP: 14 1/16 in.
Finish: Blued/Case-Colored
Weight: 6.2 lbs.
Sights: Metal Front Bead
Choke Left: Modified
Choke Right: Improved Cylinder
Engraving: On Receiver, Trigger Guard, Tang, Forend Metal
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
ARRIETA MODEL 871 16GA SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN

Auction alert: a 28g AYA No. 4 / 53 boxlock shotgun…

AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels

AYA is on of Spain’s oldest gunmakers. Founded in 1915 by Miguel Aguirre and Nicolas Aranzabal— Aguirre y Aranzabal is still making shotguns and double rifles today. Since 1960, the No. 4/53 has been their standard boxlock. According to the company’s website, the No. 4 was modeled off of a Westley Richards. Mechanically, it’s a simple Anson & Deeley design which employs a Purdey double underbolt locking system. It also features disc-set firing pins, a replaceable hinge pin, and chopper-lump barrels.

BTW: This catalog is a great way to learn more about the company and the guns they build.

AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels

The AYA No. 4 you see here is up on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends 3/1/2015 @ 5:36:20 PM ET. If you’re looking for a good deal on a 28 gauge SxS, this is it.

AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels: Choked, according to my cheap choke gauge,it has fixed Cylinder & Improved Cylinder, and the right barrel would not quite take the Cylinder indicator so its tighter than Cylinder, the bores are like new. The outside of the barrels retain 98% or more of the original blued finish. The receiver which is patterned after the famous Westley Richards box lock design is lightly engraved and color case hardened, retaining 95% or more of the case colors, the only wear is on the edges where the balance

AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels

point for carrying is. No rust or cracks its in excellent condition, very solid and clean, near new looking. Double triggers but it has automatic ejectors and they work very positively. It has the strait English style stock and the corresponding splinter forend which makes it look very trim and racy, the LOP is 14 & 3/4’s inches and the end of the stock is checkered sans buttplate. The wood used for the butt stock seems to be a high grade Walnut, I don’t know if this is the grade 2 model or not, it does have the silver initial plate on the bottom of the stock. I do know its a great looking gun, fast handling, it only weighs in at 5 pounds & 2 ounces.

AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels
AYA 28 gauge No. 4 model Boxlock SxS with 27 inch barrels

Good gun alert: A sidelock 20g AYA 117 at a great price…

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun
AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

Here’s something you don’t see much of anymore: A decent price on a shotgun at Cabela’s.

If you’re looking for a great upland gun, you just found it. This 20 gauge sidelock AYA looks like it’s pretty much new, and at $2,499, it’s a great deal.

AYA Model 117 Sidel by side 20 gauge : Price: $2,499.99

Chambers:2 3/4 Inch
Metal Condition: Mint, color-cased hardened action

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun
AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

Wood Condition: Mint
Bore Condition: Mint
Barrels: 27 1/2″
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: Walnut Straight Grip Stock
Stock Dimensions:LOP 14 1/2″
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Checkered Wood Buttplate
Weight: 5lbs. 12oz.
Sights:Single Front Bead
Chokes:Full and Cylinder Fixed Chokes

AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun
AYA Model 117 Side by side 20 gauge sidelock shotgun

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Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28' barrels
Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28′ barrels

Pre-war Westley Richards 12 ga. pair, 28′ barrels: 2-3/4″ chambers.  Numbered 1 and 2 in gold; #1 choked modified/modified (.017/.017), #2 choked improved cylinder and open modified (.010/.013).  Single selective triggers, automatic ejectors.  These are “Best Quality” Westley guns as described in their catalog.  The scalloped back actions feature hinged floorplates and the Westley patent detachable locks, dolls head extension with sliding third bite.  Guns are fully engraved with fine English scroll surrounding “Westley Richards” in a banner.  Trigger guards engraved with a pointing dog.  Guns retain 95% case color and 96% blue.  Splinter forends, nicely figured straight grip stocks measure about 1-1/2′ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, LOP 14″ over a 3/4″ leather pad. Weight is just shy of  6 lbs, 12 oz.  Complete with fitted full leather trunk case with brass corners. Price: $23,500

Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal
Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal

Beautiful and rare 16ga Bittner Side lock, built in 1915, as shown in the Double Gun Journal: Very Rare Bittner side lock, built in 1915 and sold by Stavanoha in Vienna. The gun features beautiful wood and fine rose scroll engraving, 29.5″ long barrels, a LOP of 14.25″, DAC of 1.5″ and DAH of 2.75″. Solid silvers pad and the nicely engraved long trigger guard tang as should be found on a straight gripped gun. This remarkable gun not only survived two world wars but was also featured in the Double Gun Journal a few years ago. This little sweetheart weighs only 6.6lbs too. Price: $7,800

 

Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS
Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS

Rigby Hammer Double 12 GA SxS:  Caliber: 12 GA, Chambers: 2 3/4 inch, Metal Condition: Very good. Shows a little age, Wood Condition: Very good with minor handling marks. Bore Condition: Bright and shiny. Barrels: 30 inch Damascus steel with a solid rib. Triggers: Double. Stock: Checkered walnut straight stock. Engraved receiver, tangs, hammers and side plates. Stock Dimensions:LOP 14 1/2 inches. Fore End: Checkered walnut Splinter. Butt Pad: Smooth steel plate. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. Chokes: Fixed Mod. and Cyl. Extras:With Case. Price: $6,499.99

W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun
W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun

W.R. Pape 12b Hammer Gun:  Pape hammer gun in excellent original condition utilizing Papes patent 1504 of 1866 for lock up. 29″ damascus barrels choked R -IC, L-IM, and with recent British nitro proof and 2 3/4″ chambers. Bores are near perfect. Min wall Thickness R=.030 6″ from muzzle, L=.026 9″ from Muzzle. It was made in 1887. Profuse and crisp engraving all over along with Papes fancy checkering patterns make for a beautiful and unique gun It weighs 6lbs 2oz. Back action locks with rebounding hammers. LOP is 14 3/8 to heel and toe plates and a uniquely checked butt in between. There is a sligtht cast for right hand shooters. This gun is a collectors dream, made by the “Purdey” of the north. The only negative is that one of the hammer screws is missing – it has been replaced but it shoud be remade and engraved by a professional. The original was lost while shooting skeet several years ago. Price: $5500

Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks
Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks

Uriguen 12b sidelock SxS shotgun with 7 pin H&H style locks: Like new condition Uriguen high end Spanish double with removeable H&H style 7 pin locks with gold washed parts. 100% very crisp engraving coverage with more at breech end of barrels. Barrels are 32″ choked R=IC, L=IM and beautifully blacked. My original intent when I got this gun was to have the barrels shortened to 30″ and removeable chokes installed but I never got to it. Nicely grained stock wood with crisp fine checkering. It weighs 7 lbs. 4oz. LOP=14 5/8 to a Silvers style pad. Dac= 1 1/4, Dah= 1 3/4. There is also a slight cast for a right handed shooter. Non ejector. I will split shipping your dealer in contiguous 48. More Pix to interested buyers. Price: $2500

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

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PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE - ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION - 30" BARRELS
PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS: Parker BHE (Grade 5) in 12 gauge with 30″ barrels. Straight grip with skeleton butt plate. Sharp engraving. Excellent case colors. Double triggers. Bores as original at .732 with 40/1000 choke (Full) in each barrel. Chambers as original at 2 3/4″. Number 2 Frame size. 163,000 serial number range (1912-1913 Date of Manufacture). Top lever far right indicating minimal use. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 13 1/4 OZ. LOP – 14 1/2″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 7/8″. Price: $27,995

 

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8" Bbls:
BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls:

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls: #1737, A Belgium Pre-War Quality 405 Winchester Double Rifle, 25 5/8″ extractor Dovetail lump barrels, Rib extension hidden third bite, Full length rib with a flip over two blade rear sight, Bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Open pistol grip stock, Wrap around checkering, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a full faced checkered butt, No cheekpiece, No cast so it is ideal for the left or right hand, Nice weight of 6 lbs. 11 oz., An excellent piece of European Walnut with deep black & brown contrast, 15% engraving coverage with deep carved oak leaves on the balls of the action, 50% original case colors, The barrel blue at 96%, The stock finish at 92%, The checkering at 92%, Excellent plus bores, It has “W. L.” engraved on the floorplate that was done later. This is a very nice and attractive double rifle that is light and has quick handling characteristics. Here is a neat fun gun in a great American cartridge. Price: $7,250

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.
Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore. This gun exhibits old world craftsmanship at its finest.  Overall in VG – Exc. Condition.  Bores are perfect, with no defects.  Action is sound on the face with no looseness throughout the drop.  Barrel blue remains at a conservative 90%.  Case colors have mellowed to a dark French Grey with mottled case color mixed in for a very classy appearance.  Just a great gun with a lifetime of service left.   Maker J.P. Sauer – Prussia Gauge/Caliber 12 Bore Barrels 28″ w/ 2 3/4″ Chambers. Chokes Mod. & Full Engraving Game Scene, Scroll, & Woodland Scene. Action BLE w/ Crossbolt Third Fastner Stock Well figured Circassian Butt Hawkins Pad. L.O.P. 14 3/8″ Weight 6 lbs. 12.9 oz. Stock Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 3/8 x 1/4 cast off. Price $6950

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:
AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box: This is a delightful gun that handles like a wand in virtually brand new condition. Matching factory box included. The only reason I know that the gun has been fired is the man who bought it new said he fired a handful of rounds thru it. SHOWS NO WEAR/USE Straight grip, automatic ejectors, double triggers. Imported by N.E. Custom Gun Service Plainfield, NH . Mfct 2003 by serial number. 27″ barrels choked IC & IC. The gun is so slender that the barrels feel longer. Perfect length for this little 28ga gun. 5# 12oz DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 3/8″ LOP 15″ Beautiful color case hardening and walnut with nice color and grain. Fantastic long dimensions with checkered butt. This gun offers an incredible value for the money!!! Price: $4895

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors
A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors: A H FOX, UTICA STERLINGWORTH DELUXE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY BEADS.  BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/8″, JOSTAM PAD.  100% ORIGINAL INCLUDING THE PAD, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN LAST YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1939.  TRUE DELUXE MODELS ARE SCARCE. Price: $2,500

 

Auction alert: 16g Evans, Boswell, 20g Darne, 20g Scott, 12g AyA…

Macon Brother’s Auctions in Walla Walla, WA, has a handful of nice looking doubles coming up tomorrow. You can check all of them out here. These are the ones that caught my eye:

DARNE MODEL P17 SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN
DARNE MODEL P17 SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN

DARNE MODEL P17 20 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 4S545; 20GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; 25-3/4″ BARRELS; IMPROVED CYLINDER & LIGHT MODIFIED CHOKES; 15″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-5/8″; DROP TO HEEL 2-1/2″ TO STOCK & 2-5/8″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; SLIDING BREECH; RECOIL PAD; 5.85LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; SOFT CASE.

WILLIAM EVANS 16 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 5649; “WILLIAM EVANS FROM PURDEY’S, 65 PALL MALL, ST. JAME’S, LONDON”; 16GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; 28″ BARRELS; MODIFIED & FULL CHOKES; 14-5/8″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-1/2″; DROP TO HEEL 2-5/8″ TO STOCK & 2-3/4″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; RECOIL PAD; 6.05LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; WILLIAM EVANS HARD CARRY CASE.

WILLIAM EVANS 16 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN
WILLIAM EVANS 16 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT 20 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN:
WEBLEY & SCOTT 20 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN

WEBLEY & SCOTT 20 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 129817; 20GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; SINGLE TRIGGER; 28″ BARRELS; MODIFIED & FULL CHOKE; 14-5/8″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-3/8″; DROP TO HEEL 2-5/8″; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; CASE COLORED; SHELL EXTRACTORS; 5.65LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; SMALL RECOIL PAD.

AYA AGUIRRE-ARENZABAL 12 GAUGE MODEL 2 SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 437736; 12GA; 2-3/4″ CHAMBERS; 26″ BARRELS; IMPROVED & MODIFIED CHOKES; 14-9/16″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-9/16″; DROP TO HEEL 2-7/16″ TO STOCK & 2-1/2″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CASE COLORED; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; 6.65LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; RECOIL PAD.

AYA AGUIRRE-ARENZABAL MODEL 2 12 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN
AYA AGUIRRE-ARENZABAL MODEL 2 12 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN
WEBLEY & SCOTT 12 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN

WEBLEY & SCOTT 12 GAUGE SIDE X SIDE SHOTGUN: SN 123521; 12GA; 2-1/2″ CHAMBERS; 28″ BARRELS; IMPROVED CYLINDER (SKEET) & IMPROVED CYLINDER MODIFIED CHOKES; 14-3/4″ LOP; DROP TO COMB 1-3/4″; DROP TO HEEL 2-3/4″ TO STOCK & 2-7/8″ TO PAD; CAST OFF; ENGRAVED FRAME; CASE COLORED; CHECKERED STOCK & FORE END; RECOIL PAD; 6.60LBS TOTAL WEIGHT; WEBLEY & SCOTT HARD CASE.

 

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

Good gun alert: a nice little 28 gauge AyA #2 sidelock shotgun…

AyA, Aguirre Y Aranzabal Model No. 2 double barrel side-by-side shotgun
AyA, Aguirre Y Aranzabal Model No. 2 double barrel side-by-side shotgun

Aguirre y Aranzabal is one of Spain’s most famous gunmakers. The Model No. 2 side-by-side is one of their most popular double barrel shotguns.

AyA has been making the Holland-pattern No. 2 sidelock since the ’50s, and these side-by-sides are pretty easy to find on used. But most of the ones you see are in 12 gauge and 20 gauge. The really smallbores are harder to find, especially nice earlier ones like the 28 gauge you see here.

AyA, Aguirre Y Aranzabal Model No. 2 double barrel side-by-side shotgun
AyA, Aguirre Y Aranzabal Model No. 2 double barrel side-by-side shotgun

This one has a lot of nice features – a straight stock, 28″ barrels, lightweight, double triggers, and decent chokes. The price is pretty fair, too. If I were in the market for a 28g, I would take a long look at this one.

More about it from the seller:

EARLY AYA #2 28GA — 28″ MOD/FULL — FANTASTIC ORIGINAL GUN: BEAUTIFUL LITTLE EARLY (1979) AYA #2 28GA — 99% ORIGINAL CASE COLOR — SUPER DIMENSIONS — ARTICULATED FRONT TRIGGER – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK — CHECKERED BUTT — SINGLE FRONT BEAD — ALL ORIGINAL GUN THAT IS LIGHT AT 5LB 8 OZ — 28″ MOD/FULL .020/.040 — EJECTORS — SPLINTER FOREND WITH ANSON PUSH BUTTON RELEASE — FANTASTIC ENGRAVING BLUE AND COLOR — THESE EARLY GUNS WERE HAND ENGRAVED AND TRUE BONE CHARCOAL CASE HARDENED — Price: $4,950.00

BTW: If you’re interested in learning, more about AyA, check out this video:

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