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RARE - AYA Bournbrook Round Action 16 GA. Shotgun. See Description!
During a congenial chat, Mr. Lopez handed Mr. Reynolds a prototype of a round action boxlock 12-bore shotgun. He informed that the gun would not be put into production because he believed the gun would be too expensive to produce and, thus, would not sell at a price the market would accept.Mr. Reynolds had a different vision of the gun and its marketability. He saw uniqueness, for, to his knowledge, this round action boxlock would be the first produced by a Spanish maker. In his mind’s eye he saw images of the gun with upgraded wood and superior hand engraving in the deeper-cut ornamental style as opposed to the more traditional shallow English scroll style. He calculated that such an up-graded custom model would compete successfully against the far more expensive Italian and other European boxlock models. “I thought it would be a knock-out gun,” Mr. Reynolds told me.
The keystone to Mr. Reynolds’ vision for the gun’s economic success was that it be completely hand engraved. He began studying an array of best engraving patterns with particular scrutiny paid to a David McKay Brown side by side engraved by Creative Art of Gardone Val Trompia, Italy. After about a year and a half into the project, Mr. Reynolds reached agreement on a pattern selected by Juan Luis Guenaga, AyA’s chief engraver, employed by AyA for forty years and designer of the most famous AyA engravings.
The selection of the wood represents a unique aspect of the Bournbrook’s premise and marketing. Mr. Reynolds realized that the high-grade wood he desired would exceed his price point if it were supplied by AyA. Thus, he buys his own wood and offers it at no additional cost to AyA and at a reduced cost to the consumer. One important benefit that arises from this approach is that customers choose their own wood, making the gun truly personal. “They paint the painting,” Mr. Reynolds said.
Mr. Reynolds travels to three suppliers to hand pick every blank. He selects only English genetic walnut, now grown in California, and Circassian walnut from Turkey and neighboring countries such as Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.
AyA offers four grades of wood: #2, #1, Special and Exhibition, the latter two grades offered on guns costing over $10,000.00. Mr. Reynolds offers the equivalent of the Special and Exhibition grades. The Special grade is standard on the Bournbrook and the Exhibition grade is available for a slight price upcharge.
The Bournbrook includes features not typically included on boxlock firearms such as an articulated front trigger, best hand rubbed oil finish (found on AyA Models #1 and higher grades), demibloc barrel construction and disc set firing pins. The Bournbrook is available in 12, 16, 20 and 28 gauges and in .410 models. The action employees the Purdey double underbite locking system with a replaceable hinge pin.
Price: $7,950.00 Buy Now
Shotgun Gauge: 16 Gauge
Barrel Length: 29
Stock Comb: 1.5
Stock Heel: 2.25
Stock Cast: Off
Choke Left: MOD
Choke Right: IC