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  1. All a mater of opinion . Every Perazzi I have handled felt numb and clubby to me .I'm sure the stock could be altered to suit but to compared to other off the self guns they do not suit me .
  2. Plank is a little harsh .Thats the description of a Perazzi .
  3. Having held one I think thats very much a matter of opinion . They did feel/handle like their German/Austrian counter parts which I guess comes down to dimensions and weight distribution .
  4. They are based on the " Merkel "/German design . There were always rumours that the AyA was built by Merkel , that AyA bought barrelled actions from Merkel or that AyA were making them for Merkel . Gun makers over the years have copied , modified or adapted others designs as do most other industries . Good examples are the Kemman / Perazzi , Browning/Miroku, Berretta /Galazan AR ,SKB/Webley and just about any sidelock and Holland and Holland . The Coral is not a Merkel or vice-versa ,the parts are not interchangeable as I have been told on numerous occasions .They were mostly well made but suffered for over complex single triggers and out dated design . The gun mentioned , a double trigger should be OK . They were always expensive new but I dont think their second hand values held up in comparison . I dont know for certain but I always suspected it was a gun made with the idea that a more traditional design would appeal the the northern and central European market.
  5. Not trying to drum up work for my fellow gunsmiths , well may be a little bit , but like all mechanism's guns do need to be thoroughly cleaned every once in a while . Prowler mentions a Miroku that " doesn't fire the second barrel occasionally" . A vague description that could have several meanings or causes .If the fault isnt obvious and on a brief examination no major problems such as very loose actions or forends , no broken strikers for example then have to consider the inside . It may have nothing to do with the possible build up of gunge in one of the striker wells / dried up oil in the trigger piston/rust in the sear springs/ a combination of old oil and dirt in the inertia block , etc. It may be a worn striker , a weak or damaged spring or any one of several possible reasons . It may be that a deep clean is all that is required . A strip and clean should mean a full strip the gun to its component parts , some single trigger units best left alone . I started by washing off in paraffin to remove excess grease and oil if very dirty or oily , then using an ultrasonic cleaner to get all the rest clean . When all the parts were clean and dry check for any rust or roughness on plungers, signs of damage or wear on springs and strikers before assembly using only light oils and only greasing heavy bearing surfaces . Barrel bores would be polished to remove any leading or powder build up in the chamber cones , multi choke threads cleaned and chokes checked for build up of leading , not uncommon ,and damage . The gun would then be checked for function and timing . Point is a full clean can often solve a problem and or give warning of possible future problems such as weak springs , worn strikers ,worn threads and loose axel pins to name but a few .
  6. AyA parts were certainly up till I retired in 2016 , readily available for most of there range although not for some of the pre 19070's guns , due to changes in design to make component parts heavier /stronger , tumblers and ejector hammers a good example . All the parts came machined but needed to be fitted and finished , some required more fitting than others unlike mass produced Berettas or Miroku's About the only part that needed no fitting were the box lock strikers .Even so it made repairs much cheaper and quicker ,an hours fitting rather than several hours making then fitting .
  7. This question is one I have been asked many times and the answer is -It all depends -. OK I take the points raised above that AyA like many companies went through a bad patch when the guns were not as well built or finished as they might have been .There was an ongoing problem with sidelock strikers that was resolves 10/12 years ago and yes there are common problems with all AyA's that come down to they way they are made , but should not be any problem if the gun is well maintained . That said I maintain that they were a better gun than several other Spanish guns although some were better finished , Arazabagalaga , were notorious for uneven and having thin barrel walls . So yes you have to pick your guns ,look for ones that have as much original finish as possible and show the least signs of wear . Comparing to a London or Birmingham made gun is difficult , age , maker , amount of use the gun has had will all be factors and is difficult to tell .Generally if looking at middle range guns and second grade sidelocks , say Evans or Cogswell for example , you may find a good original gun that has had little use . There are also an awful lot of spiffed old knackers . As much as it hurts to say it in latter years I found that I was recommending people who wanted a side by side for moderate to heavy shooting , to seriously consider a new or recent AyA No2 , which if well looked after should give many years of service , having seen AyA's built in the early 60's still in regular use and in very good condition . The one advantage the AyA has over many British guns is the 70mm chamber , some say they are heavy and do not handle as well as a " classic English gun , which may be true but how many people have actually handled a brand new British built gun to compare ? So yes in general AyA's are not as " nice" as their British counter parts .They are not as well made or finished as the equivalent British gun would have been in its day and yes I would own and use one were I a shooter and of course you can get most parts , springs etc should you need them cheaply .
  8. After the creation of East Germany the 3 Companies of Haenel , Merkel and Simson were combined . The shotguns all based on what we can call the basic Merkel design . The Simson branded guns were the basic range usualy plain guns with boarder lie engraving and plain wood . Higher grades were branded/sold under the Merkel name . They are all the same gun . The single triggers were similar to that of Westley Richards and were/are over complex and did cause some problems . This was frequently manifest in the fact that they did not work well with light trigger pulls . All these guns made under the GDR government suffered for the same problem of lack of investment ,sticking to traditional methods of manufacture and designs that were long out dated . They were not alone in this and you can see a direct comparison with Webley and Scott in the UK . As a result the build quality was not as good as it should have been . It worked when it left the factory attitude and men who had lost pride in their workmanship under management that just wanted the product out of the door . I did see quite a few of theses as I did warrantee and repair work for Viking so got to know them quite well .I also worked for Webley in the latter years so saw first hand how once great companies can decline through inaction and complacency .
  9. All I can say is it does .I dont no why , its something I've seem many times
  10. I take it by " sub gauges " you meant small bores . Americans use terms like these , we are not Americans.😉
  11. Not saying it is but slamming the actin shut can cause this
  12. Possibly not cocking fully so you are trying to pull it off on the half cock/ interceptor. Could also be going onto safe after the first shot .
  13. You do not specify the make of gun , I wish people gave a bit more info when asking questions , so in general terms . I have used different steels over the years and I have made hundreds of strikers for all makes and models of guns . Normally I have used standard silver steel stock left untreated without any problem at all .At a pinch have used high tensile bolts as well as old drill bits , but this was in the minority .
  14. Dont know what the hourly rate is in Turkey but its probably less than the rest of Europe . Almost certainly less than you or I would work for .When We last bought barrel tubes from Italy they cost around £70 a pair ex works , cheap stock blanks cost upward of £ 20 .Even buying in large quantities the costs are much higher than the Turks are paying .Thats why they have taken over the bottom end guns from Spain and Italy . The same with all else its down materials and manufacturing techniques .
  15. Please bare in mind that a low priced gun may be vey well for light use ,but will not stand up to prolonged and heavy use . Materials and production methods all count , what may look good on the outside can be very different to what it looks like on the inside . My life in the trade that spans a large part of the change from domestically made to imported guns has show me time and time again that a gun made for a Spaniard [for example ] to take out on a Saturday to shoot a few birds for the pot , will not stand up to 100 or so cartridges a week on a clay ground . This is not the case with all guns ,but look how many makes have been imported and disappeared over the last 10/15 years . How many names have come and gone how many changes of models of the Hastan autos have ther been to improve and over come problems ? I may be a bit cynical but time will tell and its told me to be cautious about all cheap guns . £500 less VAT is £420, Take off the dealers mark up say £100 and the importers mark up after shipping and charges say another £100 so the gun leaves the factory and costs the importer £220 landed which means the cost at the point of manufacture is around £200. Think on that .
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