Pair of AYA #2 Sidelock
Pair of AyA’s sidelock action, which is a copy of a classic Holland & Holland design.
AyA’s version is CNC-machined from a solid block of steel with double underlugs and hand-detachable sidelocks. The sideplates are removed by turning an engraved lever on the left side. Seven polished pins are clearly visible on each side of the color-casehardened action
The barrels are chopper lump 2 3/4″ chambered, choked 1/4 & 1/2, and always throw quite a tight 1/4 & 1/2 pattern as the bore size is that much tighter than the English guns.
Ribs are always brazed on so there is no problem with them lifting, the blueing a very deep lustre and very hard wearing.
Straight hand stock with 15″ to centre, good square toe for consistent mounting, bend of the stock is 1 1/2″ – 2″ and with a slight right hand bias.
As the gun has such good wood a gunsmith would be able to alter this to left handed or right handed if need be. The gun has nicely cut drop points with chequering finely done with no over-runs
The forend is push rod which makes it easy for assembly and disassembly and the Southgate ejector system gives good positive ejection on all cartridges.
The engraving is fine scroll throughout and comes with the colour hardened finish akin to that found on best London guns, and the detachable lock is the same as Holland & Holland Royals
The weight is 6 3/4 lbs, slightly forward of the hinge pin, so giving a smooth consistent swing and less barrel flip when firing the second barrel.