See this week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

Winchester Model 21 Custom Grade 3" SxS 20Ga. NIB
Winchester Model 21 Custom Grade 3″ SxS 20Ga. NIB

Winchester Model 21 Custom Grade 3″ SxS 20Ga. NIB: Winchester model 21 Custom Grade 3″ 20 gauge new and unfired in the original box with hang tag. This gun is one of an estimated 46 20 gauge model 21s with 28″ barrels with 3″ chambers. The barrels are choked modified and full and have a solid rib. The rib is marked “custom built by Winchester” with no name on the rib. The flat side action is engraved in the #1 pattern. The pistol grip stock is nicely figured wood and has a 131/2″LOP over the factory installed ventilated pad. Just like the 12 gauge duck 21s. The gun retains 100% of the original blue and wood finishes. Features include ejectors, single selective trigger, and beavertail forend with ebony tip. The box is in very good condition and retains the original waxed paper, wood dividers, and end label. This is an extremely rare model 21 in this configuration and condition. Price: $15,900

Arrieta - New England Arms - Side Lock Ejector SxS 28ga 28" IC / M
Arrieta – New England Arms – Side Lock Ejector SxS 28ga 28″ IC / M

Arrieta – New England Arms – Side Lock Ejector SxS 28ga 28″ IC / M: Ejectors, Double Triggers, English Stock – LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/14″, Slight Cast Off, Weight – 5 lbs. 15 oz. Made for New England Arms in 2001. Remains in New Condition! Price: $5,450

WEBLEY & SCOTT 720 BOXLOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:
WEBLEY & SCOTT 720 BOXLOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:

WEBLEY & SCOTT 720 BOXLOCK SXS 20 GAUGE: English mfg. 26 inch barrels. IC & IM choke. .006 & .024. Double triggers. Ejectors. 14 5/8 LOP checkered butt. 1 3/8 comb 2 inch heel. 5 lbs 13 oz. Action is tight and gun and bores are in excellent condition. In leather hard case with oil bottle, cleaning rod and Webley label. Price: $5,450

Beretta 471 Case Colored SxS 20 gauge 28" Bbls
Beretta 471 Case Colored SxS 20 gauge 28″ Bbls

Beretta 471 Case Colored Double Triggers SxS 20 gauge 28″ Bbls: This is an elegant 20 gauge Beretta 471 side by side with case colored steel and 28″ barrels choked IC/IM. It is a model J471437. The stock has a length of pull of 14-1/2″ to the first trigger from a checkered wood butt plate and the double triggers allow for instant choke selection on the flush.  This model also has the unique feature of a switch in the forend that allows the ejectors to be in extractor or ejector mode; see picture 14. The drop at comb is 1-1/2″ and the drop at heel is 2-3/8″. It has tasteful light engraving and gold inlays of a woodcock, a grouse, and a hawk’s head. The gun was made in 2005 and has no wear except one small ding on the top of one of the barrels. The gun weighs 6 pounds 7 ounces. It has the Beretta factory hard plastic blue case, the white flannel Beretta barrel and stock sleeves, the manuals & documents. Price: $4,599

Gil & Cia Fca. De Armas 28 gauge Antonio Gil Sidelock SxS 30-in barrels
Gil & Cia Fca. De Armas 28 gauge Antonio Gil Sidelock SxS 30-in barrels

Gil & Cia Fca. De Armas 28 gauge Antonio Gil Sidelock SxS 30-in barrels: Gil & Cia Fca. De Armas, (Eibar, Spain) engraved 28 gauge sxs made by specialty maker Antonio Gil. Full sidelock case hardened receiver with double triggers and 30 inch mod and full barrels with filed rib. Gun has fancy wooded English stock  with checkered butt and triangular grip at 14.5 Lop and splinter forearm. Gun weighs 6 lbs 4 oz. Disc set strikers and hand-detachable sidelocks. Extremely high quality gun. Price: $3,700

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Truly Exceptional and exceedingly rare Holland and Holland Dominion Grade 8 Bore shotgun with Huey case – A wonderful big bore: Easily the single finest 8ga Holland and Holland I’ve ever had the privilege of handling, this very rare Dominion Grade gun, made in 1903, made with 32″ fluid steel barrels with maker name and Bond street address on tops.  Large splinter forend is checkered in point pattern with horn tip.  Hand detachable case hardened locks with nice border engraved and frame is also case hardened and border engraved.  Locks aslo engraved “Holland and Holland” on both sides.  Beautifully figured English walnut buttstock is checkered in point pattern through the wrist and terminates with its original hard Silvers type pad.  The gun has double triggers and extractors, safety with the word “SAFE” in gold.  The gun is housed in a fantastic Marvin Huey fully furnished oak and leather case with accessories which itself is a work of art and $4500 to replace today.  This gun remains in superb all original condition (exceedingly rare) with more than 97% original barrel blue.  The locks and action retain nearly all of their original case color with toning at carry point but colors still present on most all surfaces.  Particularly vivid on locks.  The stocks are sound and retain nearly all of their factory original finish with only the most minor of handling marks.  Bores are brilliant and shiny.  Mechanics are crisp.  The case is excellent to near mint with only a few minor rubs. It would be impossible to find a finer 8ga Holland and this is by far the most choice I have examined. Price: $49,500

W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please!
W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please!

W&C Scott Crown Grade 28 gauge—cased and near new! Sure to please! for sale: This 28 gauge Abercrombie & Fitch import is in outstanding all original condition. A Crown Grade W&C Scott with 25 inch barrels bored improved cylinder and full.(.009 & .022). The wood has much better then average wood and the dimensions are 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches. In the factory case with accessories and a correct label. It weighs 5 pounds 6.6 ounces and will make a dandy field gun. Check out the pictures and I think you’ll agree. Price: $5950

Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES
Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES

Orvis Custom 28 Gauge – ARRIETA MODEL 578, 99% FACTORY FINISHES: 5lbs 13oz, Chokes SK/LM, LOP 13 7/8″, DAH 2 3/8″, DAC 1 1/2″. Serial Number: 37459. Orvis periodically creates a custom shotgun offering with “Orvis Custom” labeling and some very nice, upgraded features.  You will see these custom labeled guns made by various quality makers over the years.  This gun was produced for Orvis by Arrieta of Spain.  The Arrieta y CIA is one of the finest of the Spanish made shotguns produced in the true Basque traditions.  Michael McIntosh praises the Arrieta in his book “Best Guns” and in fact carried his Arrieta afield as much as any other gun he owned.  The Basque makers were famous for making quality “copies” of other guns, and this Arrieta is a Holland & Holland sidelock action produced to perfection.  With chopper lump barrels, removable striker discs, articulated front trigger, stocked to the fences, drop points, beaded fences, sculpted frame, cocking indicators, deep chiseled, hand chiseled engraving, perfectly struck barrels, file cut rib, you have ALL OF THE BEST GUN FEATURES AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE!  This gun, sn37459 built in 1984 was special ordered by Orvis with the options of case colored receiver and skeleton buttplate. Weighing in at 5lbs. 13oz. and balanced on the hinge pin, she is just what you would expect of a fine sidelock 28ga. game gun…dynamic handling characteristics and lightning fast mounting for the fast flush of quail, grouse, woodcock, or the wild upland birds of the western plains.  This gun will be a delight for all day walks over hill and dale.  These guns ran over $6800 when new, and this gun has barely been carried or fired.  You might as well save hundreds of dollars and buy this one.  Cased in a nice canvas and leather case with accessories and Arrieta trade label worth over $450, the case adds a lot of value to a fine little shotgun like this small bore.  Arrieta closed its doors several years ago and there are no more being made.  You will not find a better value in a modern, Holland & Holland style sidelock small gauge gun. Price: $4,950

Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32" Vent Rib Original Single Trigger
Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32″ Vent Rib Original Single Trigger

Christoph Funk for Baker & Kimball, Boston 32″ Vent Rib Original Single Trigger: The action is in original condition with some colors remaining, single,selective trigger original to the gun, auto safe, very tight scroll engraving with an attractive fancy back action and a stippled top, cross-bolt, ejectors are in time, nitro proofs and tight on face. The selector for the single trigger works via the top safe and is very intuitive. The barrels are 32″ with perfect bores, .724/.724 and chokes: over, .025 and under .020. 2 3/4″ chambers, full length vent rib, blue is near perfect with only a small amount of wear at the end of the fore end. This gun shoots very well with RST 7 1/2 Pigeon loads and also with 7 1/2- 2 1/2″ light loads. The patterns are wonderful and 3/4 above with both shells. The stocks are both in great condition with nice finish, small chequering that shows some wear, bone inlays original based on seeing another of these with them, 14 1/2″ length of pull to a Silvers pad, the pistol grip butt is sligthly cast off with a high straight comb, 1 3/4″ drop at comb and 2 3/8″ drop at heel, weight is 8lbs 9oz and the guns balances forward of the hinge pin. Price: $3,650

Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge
Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge

Browning Shotgun BSS Sporter 20 Gauge: This is a rare find. A New Unfired BSS 20 Gauge with Box and Manual! 26″ barrels Left Choke Full, Right Choke Modified with 3″ chambers. Barrrel Selector behind Trigger. Straight stock with beautiful wood.  LOP is 14 1/4 ” Original owner,  stored assembled in a safe. Barrels Stamped Browning Arms Co Morgan Utah and Montreal, Made in Japan. Gun only assembled for storage, pictures and to remove most original grease (some remains in the tight spots.) Gun is factory tight as the day it was made. Serial Number 03218PZ168 Buyer pays shipping. Price: $3,250

Auction alert: AYA No. 2 sidelock 16g, NO RESERVE …

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

This nice looking 16g AYA shotgun is on Gunbroker.com now. It’s listed at NO RESERVE and the sale ends Wednesday, 3/24/2021 @ 3:21 PM EST.

The seller’s calling this side-by-side a No. 2, which AYA says is its “affordable sidelock double gun”. To me, it looks like a great grouse gun. It has a longish length of pull (14 3/4″) and it weighs just 5lbs 13oz. If I were bidding on it, I would ask for some more pics and info on it — specifically, I would want to see the proof marks, and I would want to know if the gun is tight, on the face and fully functional. I would also want to know if there are any issues with the barrels (bulges, dents, repairs).

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

I would ask about seller’s inspection/return policy, too. Sellers should give you 3 days to inspect a gun and allow you to return it within that timeframe if it has issues.

I’ve always heard good things about AYAs. Michael Yardley reviewed an AYA No. 1   for The Field back in 2008 and liked it. I guess the No. 2 is one step down from that gun.

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun
AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun

AYA 16g No. 2 Sidelock SxS Shotgun: 28” barrels. 14 3/4 LOP. Choked at IC/M. 5 lbs 13oz’s. Balances and swings great. Costs 8k new ! FREE SHIPPING.

BTW: The same seller is also offering this 20g AYA No. 3, which is worth checking out.

3 good looking Spanish doubles coming up at Morphy’s auction…

Check’em out. Here are three decent looking Spanish sidelock shotguns coming up at Morphy Auctions Field & Range Firearms – Day 4 sale, which starts Friday, December 18, 2020, @ 10:00 AM EST. There are many other decent looking doubles in the sale, including SxSs & OUs by Ithaca, Parker, Fox (including this 16g Sterlingworth Brush gun), Connecticut Shotgun, Browning, LC Smith, Winchester, and other makers. So if you have the time, it’s worth wading through the listings.

LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.
LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by Quality Arms, Houston, Texas. Blued fine steel barrels with smooth concave rib with fixed chokes with ejectors. Silver finished scroll and floral engraved sidelock action with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in Beretta hard plastic case. CONDITION: 90% overall finish with gun having the appearance of being fired very little. Gun has small handling marks and dings. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case is in good condition. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Imp Cyl and Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/2″ Drop at Heel: 2 – 1/4″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14 -1/4″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57037511 Weight: 6lbs 2oz

LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. 
LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by William Larkin Moore and Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fine blued steel barrels with matted rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage scroll and vignette engraving with engraved barrel lugs with side clips. Gun has double triggers and non-automatic safety. Walnut checkered pistol grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes with weather cased Maker’s label canvas trunk with accessories from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: 95% plus overall with some small usage scratches and some small dings in stock near comb. Gun looks to have been fired very little. Perfect bores with good mechanics. Case in good shape with some small handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case, accessories Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 1 – 7/8″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 16 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57031912 Weight: 6lb 5.6oz

LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.
LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Aguirre y Aranzabal Model XXV side by side shotgun made in Spain circa 1988-1993. Blued fine steel barrels with Churchill rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage vignette engraved detachable sideplates with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip style stock with raised diamond carving behind locks. Gun comes with added “Kick-EEZ” pad. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in fitted canvas case with weather cover from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: Overall like new with some light usage scratches and marks. Stock cut for added recoil pad. Gun appears to have been fired very little. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case in great shape with some light handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 2″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: AYA Model: XXV Serial Number: 602227 Weight: 5lbs 11.6oz

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

Online auction alert: 16g AYA No. 2, Sidelock, 29″ bbls…

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a great upland gun. This 16g AYA No. 2 is on Gunbroker.com. The online auction ends on Sunday, 6/28/2020, @ 7:59 PM.

The AYA No 2 is a Holland & Holland-style sidelock shotgun, and it has been popular with shooters in the US and the UK for decades. According to Dave Florent of The Oxford Gun Co. it’s the best value you’ll find in a sidelock.
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
The one you see here is a recent gun, and it appears to be in excellent original condition.
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Make: Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA), Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells Model: Number 2 Serial Number: 238, Action Type: Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun with Ejectors. Barrel Length: 29” Choke: Left: Modified, Right: Improved Cylinder, both fixed. Weight: 6 lb. 8.2 oz.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Year of Manufacture: 2012 (AyA guns have a coded serial number, 16-03 identifies the maker as AyA, 238 is the serial number, 12 is the year of manufacture), shipped January 2013 per AyA.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “AYA – AGUIRRE & ARANZABAL – MADE IN SPAIN” The top of the left barrel is marked “”NECG-Claremont NH” / 16 Gauge”, “16.9” is marked on the bottom of each barrel with the left “***” and the right “****”. The flat has the AYA proof and logo “16-03 / 2338-12” and a series of Spanish proofs. The top of the forend iron is marked “238-12”, the top of the forend is stamped “238 12”. The water table is marked with a series of Spanish proofs, the AYA logo, and “16-03 / 238-12”. The guard is marked “N238”. The receiver has extensive fine scroll and border engraving with engraving motif continued on the guard, lever, exposed portions of the forend iron and the rear of the barrel rib.

Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012
Online auction alert: AyA Aguirre y Aranzabal Number No. 2, 16 GA SXS Side by Side Shotgun MFD 2012

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, straight grip, straight comb, gold-colored initial plate inlet to the belly and bare checkered butt. The stocks have only minor handling wear, most notable in the butt at the heel. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 14 7/8″ and 13 7/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8″, drop at heel 2 1/4″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Case Color and Blue Finish Originality: Original Bore Condition: The bores are Bright. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. Most of the balance is in light operational wear, concealed when assembled. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The safety returns to safe when the action is opened. The barrels lock-up to the receiver with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

New film: The Story of AYA Fine Guns – Alex Aranzábal

Here’s a great new film about AYA shotguns from the folks at Project Upland. If you have a few minutes, you should check it out. It’s a great story.

AYA IMPERIAL Sidelock SxS shotgun
AYA IMPERIAL Sidelock SxS shotgun

In Our Veins – The Story of AYA Shotguns

“The story of AYA fine guns is long, interesting, and ultimately about people. Alex Aranzábal, now at the center of that story, is of the fourth generation of the AYA family. His story, like that of AYA itself, is full of layers, culture, and triumph.”

To learn more about AYA visit: http://www.aya-fineguns.com/

AYA ANNIVERSARY Sidelock SxS hammer shotgun
AYA ANNIVERSARY Sidelock SxS hammer shotgun
AYA LEGEND DE LUXE Over Under Shotgun
AYA LEGEND DE LUXE Over Under Shotgun

 

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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