Icon Logo Gun Mart

AYA No1

AYA No1

The Aguirre y Aranzabal (AyA) test gun came from the extensive stock of the West London  Gun Room who have often helped us with our gun testing (and my particular thanks to Martin Chapman there). AyA guns are, of course, imported into the UK by ASI of Snape, Suffolk, a long established firm who have been bringing in Spanish made copies of English guns since the 1950s. The No. 1 sells at 11K. This is quite a considerable sum, the Euro did us no favour in the recent past either; it will be interesting to see if it’s fall is reflected in changes to retail gun prices, somehow, I rather doubt it, but it may prevent excessive price increases on Italian and Spanish guns looking more positively.
 
The AyA No.1 meantime is a well-known gun in the UK (the No.2 has a RRP of £5,290 and must now be one of the most popular game shooting side by sides in Britain). The history of the gun is that the King brothers went to Spain in the 50s and took amongst other English guns a Holland & Holland with them. They wanted AyA to copy it, which they did. The No.1 and 2 are mechanically the same gun and both are frankly inspired by the H&H original (although H&H guns do not usually have the disk set strikers, which are a feature of AyA). The test gun, moreover, is a self-opener working on the H&H spring plunger principle, with the mechanism in a tube beneath the barrels revealed when the forend is removed.

First Impressions

story continues below...

AyA Guns are available in 410, 28, 20, 16 and 12 bore. They are built on dedicated actions too. Our test gun is a 20 bore model with 28” barrels and a traditional concave rib. It is in form and proportion a classic English game gun (albeit one made in Spain). If I was to pick I would note that the engraving was a little ordinary in execution – though rose and scroll is one of my favourite patterns – and the colour case hardening was competent without being inspiring.
 
The shapes and proportions, as noted, are good. This 20 weighs something over 6 1/4 lbs with its longish 15” stock and 28” tubes. It comes to face and shoulder effortlessly and I liked the classic straight grip - usually the best pattern for a double trigger gun. A 15” stock is my ideal length for a 20, 1/8” longer than my preference for a heavier 12 conforming to the old gunfitters’ lore (which also had the stock of Big Bertha wildfowling guns made shorter). 
 
As I have said before, it is a question of what feels right. Don’t think that you can take one set of dimensions and apply them to all your guns – it’s a myth. Long, heavy guns, by way of example, may not only want to be shorter, they may also need to be a little higher in the comb to compensate for the weight of the barrels.
 
The No.I balances very well, as one expects from a bench-made sidelock with hand struck barrels. The balance point is almost on the hinge pin as it should be in most (but not all) cases with a game gun. There is a nice sensation of mass between the hands, and the barrels are not too ponderous. I often play with the balance of my own guns. This can be done simply with over and unders by taking the pad off and introducing a little weight behind by some means (I often cut off the front section of a cartridge to get an extra ounce). With traditionally stocked side by sides one may drill a hole in the butt and pour molten lead in (though the proper gunmakers way is to mould the lead into a rod first, tap it in and cap it). A well balanced gun always feels good, and often lighter, even when you have made it a little heavier to get it to balance out.

Returning to our test gun. It has good dynamic qualities as well as very conventional spec. The chopper lump barrels have fixed chokes at quarter and half (ideal for this sort of gun). The AyA is chambered for 2 ¾” (70mm) cartridges and proofed in Spain at the high figure of 1370 BAR. The barrels were bored at 15.9 unless my memory fails me. The barrels are well presented as you would expect them to be and are well blacked too; AyA black, like that from Beretta and Browning, seems very long-lasting. Forcing cones are a bit short, as they usually are on Spanish side by sides. The sighting rib is of traditional concave pattern.
 
The action body of the No.1 (like the No.2) is based on a forging. It is of Holland & Holland mechanical type as discussed which is in essence an amalgam of all things good. It was introduced in its modern form in the 1890s (the Purdey Beesley sidelock of 1880 being the first really good hammerless guns of this type). The gun also has the excellent and simple Southgate ejector system which operates on the over centre principle. The locks, like all quality sidelocks, have intercepting safety sears. The internal work is good – no skimping here. This is a high grade gun.

The No. 1 is hand engraved and generally well finished with good machining and filing up. The form of the triggers (the front being articulated) was good, though I thought that they might have been a little slimmer. There are disc set strikers as one sees in most AyAs, and a Purdey style, ‘button’ safety, a very practical design when one has cold or wet hands. It is automatic in function as one needs on a game gun. The gold line cocking indicators on the tumbler axle look good too.  Another bonus is that this gun has quick detachable locks, provided one is not tempted to remove them too often.
 
Quality Woodwork
 
This AyA has upgraded wood but is a little light in colour. The stock is well designed and finished and quite slim in comb and grip. The splinter forend is not too small. There is a gold oval and the overall level of finish is good with competent chequering and a decent traditional oil finish. It is quite slim as noted – more refined than the Spanish average – and suits the gun well. As for the shelf measurements, I could not fault them at 1 ½” and 2 1/8” for drop, a little cast-off for a right-hander, and a good stock length. Dix points here.
 
Shooting Impressions
 
The AyA No.1 scored in the shooting department. I shot with Martin Chapman of West London and we did not miss much (or anything) between us. We did not take the gun to the high tower but used it on 40 and 70 foot towers at the ground where it was crisp and intuitive in use – a good gun. We also managed to bag a considerable number of simulated partridges. Overall? A well conceived, good shooting gun, generally well presented, but getting pricey.
 
West London Shooting Schools shop may be contacted on 0208 845 1377 (website www.shootingschool.co.uk ).

PRICE: £11,000 including VAT
CONTACT: ASI 01728 688555, website at www.a-s-i.co.uk

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • AYA No1 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

gun
features

  • Model: AyA No. 1
  • Bore: 20
  • Type: Side-lock, side by side
  • Barrels: 28"
  • Chamber: 2 3/4"
  • Rib: Concave
  • Chokes: Fixed
  • Weight: 6 6oz. approx

34 Comments

  • brand cozaar 50mg - <a href="https://losartann.com/">losartan 50mg over the counter</a> oral promethazine

    Default profile image
    Zytkcn
    29 Jun 2022 at 04:33 PM
  • order clopidogrel 150mg for sale - <a href="https://tmethotrexate.com/">methotrexate order online</a> metoclopramide 20mg usa

    Default profile image
    Iczjby
    27 Jun 2022 at 11:41 PM
  • cyclobenzaprine 15mg pills - <a href="https://rketorolac.com/">toradol 10mg over the counter</a> inderal 20mg canada

    Default profile image
    Ebrexe
    26 Jun 2022 at 06:13 AM
  • accutane usa - <a href="https://risotretinoin.com/">oral isotretinoin</a> purchase tetracycline pill

    Default profile image
    Yiecib
    24 Jun 2022 at 01:16 PM
  • buy modafinil 200mg pills - <a href="https://prednispill.com/">deltasone 20mg generic</a> rhinocort online

    Default profile image
    Ynyubp
    22 Jun 2022 at 04:09 PM
  • female viagra sildenafil - <a href="https://rsildenafilr.com/">sildenafil over counter</a> overnight delivery for cialis

    Default profile image
    Tuafgx
    21 Jun 2022 at 04:08 AM
  • buy cenforce for sale - <a href="https://xezetimibe.com/">ezetimibe oral</a> generic motilium 10mg

    Default profile image
    Vugsck
    19 Jun 2022 at 07:19 PM
  • cialis us - <a href="https://edtadxs.com/">cialis 10mg oral</a> viagra 50mg over the counter

    Default profile image
    Pkqjxh
    14 Jun 2022 at 07:21 PM
  • generic synthroid 150mcg - <a href="https://triamcinol.store/">triamcinolone 4mg cheap</a> generic plaquenil

    Default profile image
    Hffujn
    13 Jun 2022 at 07:43 AM
  • buy albuterol 4mg online - <a href="https://albuterola.store/">order albuterol sale</a> buy priligy online

    Default profile image
    Hxperg
    11 Jun 2022 at 07:54 PM
  • vardenafil usa - <a href="https://clomiphene.store/">clomiphene 100mg over the counter</a> clomiphene over the counter

    Default profile image
    Vnrqoo
    10 Jun 2022 at 04:58 AM
  • order lisinopril online cheap - <a href="https://metoprololpx.com/">order metoprolol 100mg without prescription</a> tenormin 100mg over the counter

    Default profile image
    Dhfyac
    08 Jun 2022 at 05:06 PM
  • buy metformin 1000mg - <a href="https://atorvastatin.store/">brand lipitor 40mg</a> brand amlodipine

    Default profile image
    Gurpth
    07 Jun 2022 at 04:21 AM
  • plaquenil 200mg tablet - <a href="https://baricitinib.store/">baricitinib us</a> buy generic baricitinib 4mg

    Default profile image
    Wvyuvp
    05 Jun 2022 at 03:04 PM
  • furosemide 40mg drug - <a href="https://doxycyclinet.com/">doxycycline ca</a> ivermectin generic name

    Default profile image
    Djjkog
    04 Jun 2022 at 12:18 AM
  • buy prednisolone 5mg without prescription - <a href="https://predsolone.store/">prednisolone 5mg price</a> sildenafil cost

    Default profile image
    Hrhffw
    02 Jun 2022 at 08:06 AM
  • amoxicillin 1000mg over the counter - <a href="https://amoxill.store/">amoxil 500mg for sale</a> generic viagra 50mg

    Default profile image
    Twnwaj
    31 May 2022 at 05:39 PM
  • deltasone generic - <a href="https://edpill.store/">best ed pills non prescription</a> generic isotretinoin 40mg

    Default profile image
    Gdtgqb
    30 May 2022 at 08:36 AM
  • tadalafil 10mg pill - <a href="https://pharmpill.store/">cheap online pharmacy</a> modafinil 100mg for sale

    Default profile image
    Iongnu
    28 May 2022 at 11:39 PM
  • order doxycycline 100mg online - <a href="https://doxycyclineg.store/">buy doxycycline 200mg pill</a> online cialis

    Default profile image
    Bgtzha
    27 May 2022 at 03:09 AM
  • ivermectin 3mg tab - <a href="https://vardenafilxn.store/">vardenafil over the counter</a> order vardenafil 10mg pill

    Default profile image
    Qrrhlk
    25 May 2022 at 01:36 PM
  • generic amoxicillin 250mg - <a href="https://amoxicillinc.store/">order amoxil 250mg generic</a> vardenafil 10mg us

    Default profile image
    Efvbrj
    24 May 2022 at 05:20 AM
  • buy acillin pill - <a href="https://tadalafixpls.com/">generic tadalafil</a> tadalafil 5mg

    Default profile image
    Qffsro
    22 May 2022 at 02:50 AM
  • order ceftin 250mg without prescription - <a href="https://xcialis.store/">tadalafil for sale</a> tadalafil 5mg uk

    Default profile image
    Gztnmr
    20 May 2022 at 05:23 PM
  • purchase rhinocort pills - <a href="https://xbudesonide.quest/">buy generic rhinocort</a> antabuse 250mg without prescription

    Default profile image
    Orezxe
    19 May 2022 at 05:46 AM
  • purchase fildena - <a href="https://stromectolx.store/">ivermectin new zealand</a> buy stromectol 6mg

    Default profile image
    Mubynv
    17 May 2022 at 05:26 PM
  • order cephalexin sale - <a href="https://xerythromycin.store/">oral erythromycin 250mg</a> buy erythromycin pill

    Default profile image
    Hspjxb
    15 May 2022 at 06:48 PM
  • order bactrim pills - <a href="https://xsildenafil.store/">purchase viagra pill</a> viagra 50mg pill

    Default profile image
    Wwuhuv
    13 May 2022 at 02:24 PM
  • order augmentin 375mg for sale - <a href="https://flagylgn.store/">cost cialis 40mg</a> tadalafil 40mg canada

    Default profile image
    Bkrrgu
    11 May 2022 at 06:09 AM
  • prednisolone pill - <a href="https://prednisolonex.store/">buy generic prednisolone 10mg</a> purchase cialis pills

    Default profile image
    Fsirxi
    08 May 2022 at 02:36 PM
  • sildenafil for men - <a href="https://bestusasild.com/">sildenafil 50mg brand</a> cheap viagra 100mg

    Default profile image
    Tiwukl
    06 May 2022 at 09:58 AM
  • it does have a marking its painted in gold on the gun in several places.  both on the barrel and on the stock of the gun by the safety switch

    Default profile image
    bryan
    02 Apr 2018 at 07:25 PM
  • I am the happy owner of a AYA No.1, it’s so well balanced and light but you don’t feel the recoil, i had so other side by side guns in my time but they don’t come close to the aya top guns, except the English made guns by example Holland & Holland , Purdey , Williams, and others but the price group is somewhere between the sun and the moon for a average hunter who wants a spectacular gun that lasts a lifetime. I was very lucky to purchase a second hand gun that was absolutely like new as well the mechanics and the appearance, the ejectors throws the used shells about 3-4 meters away from the gun , so it’s very easy to load fast. I am enjoying it every time my friend and I are going out for a bag day , or it’s a pheasant shoot I just love the gun, my friend has a gorgeous No..53 and it’s a blast to go hunting him and me with a good dog , we always have a good time and the guns never fail , I can only recommend the AYA shotguns they are so well made.
    Best Regards
    Claus Nielsen

    Default profile image
    Claus Nielsen
    26 Aug 2017 at 06:25 AM
  • Hi can you tell me if a aya no 1 is marked in any way, ie is no1 engraved on it or do i have to research the serial number thanks chris v

    Default profile image
    chris vine
    30 Apr 2017 at 11:24 PM


Arrow