ARRIETA Model 803, 20 Ga 2 ¾”, Sidelock Ejector 26"- ASSIST OPEN- ORIG. Excellent Plus Plus-
A BEST GUN:
ARRIETA’s MODEL 803 is the Top of the Line, a Best Gun. Any Arrieta model number above 800 is a Best Gun. The number indicates the style of engraving; for the 803 – it is the Purdey style, see list below).*
While you can pay more for Arrieta’s 872, 873 or 931, the 803 is exactly the same gun but with Purdey engraving instead of the Extra Finish models. Just like buying a base Purdey SLE, you can order a Purdey with Extra Finish, but the base gun (like Arrieta’s 803) is still a Best Gun. Try to find another Eibar double with an assisted opener; there are very few.
Metal: Consists of Arrieta’s polished coin-finished receiver with the finest Purdey-style rose and scroll hand engraving by the Eibar master -- Eduardo Aramburu. It also features H & H Hand-Detachable sidelocks, Intercepting safety sears, Bushed strikers, Traditional double triggers (articulated front trigger), Gas escape valves, Autosafety, H & H selective Southgate ejectors, Chrome-lined chopper lump barrels with Churchill rib, and H & H Assisted Opening. Serial number is 28731 and shows No.1 on the barrel rib. Barrels measure .621, choked Skt.II (.009”) and Imp.Mod.(.016”).
Stock: AAA Turkish walnut buttstock and forearm, hand checkered in point pattern, 24 lpi – double border with drop points (tear drops), and checkered butt in the English style: straight-hand stock and splinter forearm with Anson forearm release set in an engraved inlaid forearm tip escutcheon.
Measurements: 1 5/16 x 2 3/16 x 14 5/16" 5 lbs 13 oz.
The stock is cast off and has rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand.
The stock has strong figure, good color and contrast and looks stunning with Arrieta’s polished coin-finished frame and deep blue barrels. The blue remains 98%, Wood at 96% with some minor handling marks, and checkering is 99%. The bores are “as new” and remain tight on face.
Eibar Spain Guns:
In this Basque country of northern Spain, Eibar gun makers have become world famous for the best value in “Best Gun” quality sidelock actions for side-by-side shotguns. In the last couple of decades, even London gun makers are carrying lines of Eibar guns. (It has been recently reported that Arrieta is the Eibar maker selected by both William Powel and Churchill to build 90%of their guns behind the scenes for quality and cost control.)
All of these Basque Best Guns are internally a copy of the Holland & Holland Royal, with H&H Southgate ejectors, H&H Assist Opening (except AyA #1), H&H Hand-detachable sidelocks, bushed strikers, and Chopper Lump barrels.
This Model 803 is like getting a copy of a Holland & Holland Royal but with Purdey engraving, the best of both worlds. And there is no better Eibar-made gun. This includes the top of the line Grulla RL Supreme, Garbi Armes 103B, and Arrizabalaga, although all three of those guns are priced much higher.
The MSRP of the Model 803 is $13,900. Priced here to move, this excellent plus gun is $7,950 and comes with leather case as shown. Buyer must furnish FFL for shipping, payment by money order or cashier’s check. Buyer pays $50 toward shipping. Seller is the author of The Rifleman’s Rifle (pre-64 Winchester Model 70s) and will furnish a Letter of Provenance that this gun is from the author’s collection. Feedback can be checked on eBay under rcrwin70roger.
3-day non-firing return privilege, no questions asked.
*Arrieta Top of the Line Engraving Numbers
802 – Top of the Line, Churchill style engraving
803 – Top of the Line, Purdey style engraving
06 – Top of the Line, Boss style engraving
872 – Extra Finish, Avelino Arrieta Pattern engraving
873 – Extra Finish, Bulino style engraving
931 – Extra Finish, Arrieta’s Choi
$50 see description. Non-firing return privilege.
Trades considered at buyers wholesale value.
Author of The Rifleman's Rifle, on the Winchester Pre-64 Model 70. Although seller is in Hawaii, shipping costs are calculated from the West Coast.