FOR SALE: $6,000
Make: Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA)
Model: Number 2
Year of Manufacture: 1980 (Z1 date code), shipped December, 1980 per AyA
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Shells
Action Type: Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun with Ejectors, Cocking Indicators, Single Trigger (mechanical, non-selective)
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “AYA – AGUIRRE & ARANZABAL – MADE IN SPAIN” The top of the left barrel is marked “W.L. MOORE & Co., WESTLAKE VLG,. CA.”, “13.8” is marked on the bottom of each barrel with the left “***” and the right “****”. The flat has the AYA proof and logo “548032”, “Z*1” date code, “Mo 2”, and a series of Spanish proofs. The top of the forend iron is marked “548032”, the top of the forend is stamped “548032”. The water table is marked with a series of Spanish proofs, the AYA logo, and “548032”. The guard is marked “548032”. Each sideplate is marked “AYA AGUIRRE & ARANZABAL”. 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.
Barrel Length: 25.9” (66cm)
Choke: Our gauge reads Left:Full, Right: Modified, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: There is a silver colored bead at the front of the rib.
Weight: 5 lb., 12.6 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, straight grip, straight comb, silver-colored initial plate inlet to the belly, orange rubber Old English buttpad with black spacer, and a sling stud in the belly (the other is mounted to the bottom of the barrel rib in front of the forend). The stocks have light handling wear with a few scattered light compressions, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximatley 14 5/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the pad, 13 3/4″ to the back of the wood. Drop at comb is approximately 1 1/4″, drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine 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 96% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning lightly at most edges. The barrels have a few scattered light marks, one more notable nick in the top of the rib over the sling stud, and minor wear from the forend, concealed when assembled. The case color is strong. The guard has scattered minor freckling, as from very minor surface oxidation which has been cleaned. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine 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: This shotgun comes in a black synthetic case with yellow foam lining, locking latches, keys for the latches, and a black nylon Bianchi Ranger sling. The case shows light-moderate wear with stickers on the exterior and the black synthetic material starting to peel from the alloy frame, in about Fair-Good condition. The sling shows minor wear.
Our Assessment: The Eibar region of Spain has long been a center of arms manufacture in the region. While there has long been a large range in quality, since the 1950s Aguirre y Aranzabal has been recognized as the best of the “Best” in Spanish shotguns, rivalling even the British “Best” gun makers such as Holland & Holland and Westley Richards. The No. 2 is one of their flagship models, modestly described on the website as having “standard walnut” and “engraved in a simpler pattern”, but you wouldn’t know it looking at this gun! We have confirmed with AyA that this shotgun was produced in 1980 in its present configuration, a 28 gauge with 66cm (25.9″) barrels. Choked Full and Modified with a straight stock and coming in right at 5 3/4 pounds, this configuration will make for a fast-handling and versatile gun for hunting and will turn some heads on the range, too. This is a beautiful shotgun made by one of the finest gunmakers in the world and will take a prized place in any hunter’s collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred in California.
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