SOLD FOR: $2525
Make: Armas Garbi, Imported by W.L. Moore
Serial Number: 27-03-125-01
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Gauge: 12, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Side-Lock, Dual Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors.
Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “ARMAS GARBI SPAIN.”, the top of the left barrel is marked “WILLIAM LARKIN MOORE, SCOTTSDALE AX. MOD. 100”. The underside of the right barrel is marked with four stars, “M.G.” and “18.5”, the underside of the left barrel is marked with three stars and “18.5”. Each barrel flat is marked “12-70” in oval, with proofs on either side of the barrel lug and “1020 bares”. The left barrel flat is also marked “G.A. 27-03-125-01”, the left with “1340 gmos”. The inside of the forend is marked “125”. The water table is marked “12-70” in oval on each lug. The left lug is marked with Garbi’s logo and “G.A. 27-03-125-01”, the right with three proof marks. The receiver, sideplates, lever, guard, and forend iron have foliate scroll and border engraving. The bottom tang is marked “No. 125-01”.
Barrel Length: 29”
Choke: The barrels have been threaded for chokes and are installed with Briley chokes, Left: Improved Cylinder, Right: Skeet
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead, screwed into the barrel set’s solid rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 11 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with splinter forend with anson release, straight wrist, straight comb and black rubber buttpad. There is a pair of cracks on the right side of the wrist behind the lock plate. There is another crack on the top of the wrist at the rear of the top tang. There are a few little scuffs, light compressions, and small marks through the finish, mostly scattered over the buttstock. There is thinning on the left side of the buttstock from use. The checkering is mostly sharp but there are a few scattered marks, most noticeable on the left of the wrist. The LOP measures 14 7/8″ and 14″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttpad and 14 1/8″ and 13 1/4″ to the wood. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/8″. The cast is about neutral. There is some light wear on the buttpad. The pad is slightly off-center. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Coin
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The right sideplate has some spots of surface oxidation and discoloration surrounding one of the pins at the rear. The bottom tang and trigger guard have a few areas of minor discoloration and some of the metal is cloudy. The barrel set has some thinning at the muzzles. There are a few little spots of oxidation on the barrels, some of the most noticeable are on the side of the left barrel at the forend. There are a few scuffs on the barrels that have lightly discolored. There are some scattered oil marks on the barrels. There are a few little marks through the finish. The action has minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun has double triggers and selective ejectors. The action closes tightly with no movement. 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.
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, Garbi makes some of the best. Armas Garbi guns are manufactured in Eibar, in the Basque gun making region in the north of Spain. Garbi is a Basque word, which means, “clean” and is an acronym formed from the initials of the names of the firm’s founders. “G” is for Guerrena Barrena, in charge of scale adjustments. “A” is for Alday, head of the engravers. “R” is for R. Churruca, who is in charge of assembly and final finish. “B” is for Barrenechea, the general manager of the company. “I” is for Irondo, an expert in adjustments and finishing of stocks. Clean is certainly a fitting word as this side by side is a perfect combination of beauty and simplicity that come together for a superb looking gun. This model 100 is a sterling example of their craftsmanship with handsome engraving, rich blued barrels, and some rather impressive wood-work. With removable Briley choles, a straight stock, and coming in at just under 7 pounds, this configuration will make for a quick-handling and versatile gun for hunting and will turn some heads on the range, too. The gun shows signs of light use, but still has great bores and strong mechanics. This is a beautiful shotgun and will take a prized place in any hunter’s collection. Please see our photos and good luck!