SOLD FOR: $3825
Make: Armas Garbi, Imported by W.L. Moore
Model: 100 Two Barrel Set
Serial Number: 16300
Year of Manufacture: 1986 (F*2 Date Code)
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Side-Lock, Dual Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors and Cocking Indicators
Markings: The top of the right barrel is marked “ARMAS “GARBI” EIBAR SPAIN M100″, the top of the left barrel is marked “W. L. MOORE, WESTLAKE, CA”. The underside of the right barrel is marked with three stars and “13.9”, the underside of the left barrel is marked with two stars and “13.9”. Each barrel flat is marked “28” in oval above “R70”, with proofs on either side of the barrel lug and “1000Kp/cm”. The left barrel flat is also marked “G.A.16300”, the left with “1150 gmos” and “F*2” date code. The inside of the forend is marked “16300”. The water table is marked “28” in oval above “R70” on each lug. The left lug is marked with Garbi’s logo and “G.A. 16300”, 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. 16300”. The top of the rib is marked “2” in gold inlay.
There is a second barrel included, it is marked “1” in gold inlay on the top of the rib at the rear. The top of the right barrel is marked “ARMAS “GARBI” EIBAR SPAIN M100″, the top of the left barrel is marked “W. L. MOORE, WESTLAKE, CA”. The underside of the right barrel is marked with “SA, “CL”, and “13.9”, the underside of the left barrel is marked with four stars and “13.9”. Each barrel flat is marked “28” in oval above “R70”, with proofs on either side of the barrel lug and “1000Kp/cm”. The left barrel flat is also marked “G.A.16300”, the left with “1040 gmos” and “F*2” date code.
Barrel Length: Barrel No. 1 measures 25″ and barrel No. 2 measures 28″. Barrel No. 1 has been cut.
Choke: Barrel No. 1 measures Left: Improved Cylinder, Right: Cylinder. Barrel No. 2 has been threaded for chokes and is installed Left: Right: Improved Cylinder
Sights / Optics: Both barrels are mounted with brass beads at the muzzle and have a smaller brass bead at the midsection.
Weight: With barrel No. 2 Installed the shotgun weighs 5 lb. 11 oz., with barrel No. 1 installed the shotgun weighs 5 lb. 8 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with splinter forend with anson release, straight wrist, straight comb and checkered bare butt. There is a tiny crack on the left side of the forend at the rear edge. There are some scattered draglines and compressions, mostly scattered over the buttstock. There are a few little marks through the finish and little spots of finish loss. There is a tiny hairline crack on the top of the wrist at the rear of the top tang. The checkering is mostly strong. The LOP measures 13 5/8″ and 14 1/2″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. The drop at comb is approximately 1 1/2″, drop at heel 1 7/8″. The cast is about neutral. There is some light wear on the but. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: All of the bores are bright with no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The receiver has some light handling wear and strong case color. The bottom tang and trigger guard have areas of light oxidation and frost. Both barrel sets have a couple of minor scuffs that have thinned the finish and a few little marks through the finish. We think that barrel No. 1 has been cut the edges are slightly rounded. Some of the front sight threads can be seen on the left of the rib on barrel No. 1. The rib on barrel No. 1 is very thin. 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: Included is the second barrel that has been described, a green felt lined Americase, and extra springs and firing pins.
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 two barrels, and coming in at just under 6 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!