SOLD FOR: $2544
Make: AyA – Aguirre y Aranzabal
Model: Number 4
Serial Number: 527706
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Gauge: 28 Gauge, 3” Chamber
Action Type: Side by Side Double Action Top Break Shotgun with Extractor
Markings: The top of the barrel rib is marked “AYA – AGUIRRE & ARANZABAL – MADE IN SPAIN” The top of the left barrel is marked “PRECISION SPORTS, INC. ITHACA, N.Y.”. “14.0” is marked on the bottom of each barrel with the left “***”, the right “***” and “AYA” circle proofs. The barrel flats have the AYA proof and logo “527706”, “X*1” date code, “1000Kgs” and with a series of Spanish proofs. The top of the forend iron is marked “527706”, the forend wood is stamped “527706”. The water table is marked with a series of Spanish proofs, the AYA logo, inspection marks and “527706”. The lower tang is marked “527706”. Each side of the receiver is marked “AYA AGUIRRE & ARANZABAL”. The receiver has light scroll and border engraving.
Barrel Length: 27”
Choke: Both barrels measure Improved Cylinder, Fixed.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass bead fixed to the barrel rib above the muzzles.
Weight: 5 lbs, 2.0 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, straight grip, straight comb, and checkered bare butt. The stocks have light handling wear with some scattered light compressions, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 14 1/2″ and 13 5/8″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the butt. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8″, drop at heel 2 1/2″. The cast is neutral. Overall, the stocks are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There is some mild erosion scattered in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. There is some contact wear near the muzzles and on the sides of both barrels. There are a few scattered nicks and handling marks. The screw heads are well defined. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel lockup is tight 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.
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, rivaling even the British “Best” gun makers such as Holland & Holland and Westley Richards. The No. 4 is their flagship boxlock model, patterned on a Westley Richards. Choked Improved Cylinder with a straight stock and coming in at under 6 pounds, this configuration will make for a fast-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 solid bores and strong mechanics. 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!