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I greatly appreciate all of the comments. I've been able to learn about British, German, and Japanese guns here, and now I'm learning about Spanish - which I've been gaining some interest in.

How does Ugartechea rate with the other high end spanish makers?


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Patrick,

Ugartechea, like many of the Spanish makers, built a wide range of guns... from affordable, utilitarian pieces up to best quality. Ugartechea can build guns that compare to the best of AYA, Grulla, Arrizabalaga, etc but their reputation has been gained primarily in the more entry-level boxlocks (like those available from Lion Country Supply). Ugartechea's line-up, both in boxlocks and sidelocks, probably offer the most bang for your buck in the Spanish gun trade.

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Originally Posted By: patrickwall

How does Ugartechea rate with the other high end spanish makers?


If by ‘high end maker’ we mean makers who make only highest price point guns, then the list is very small. Pedro Arrizabalaga would be on that list. There may be a half dozen other small, unknown, makers that would qualify.

OTOH, if we use ‘high end maker’ to indicate a maker who does make high end guns, even if they don’t exclusively make high end guns, then Ugartechea, Grulla, AyA, Garbi, and Arrieta would be on the list. At the high end, all these makers make pretty much the same guns.

That said, people tend to look down a bit on both Ugartechea and AyA, because both makers produce box lock guns in addition to side lock guns. That seems a little short sighted to me, but the attitude exists.

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Patrick,

I may be inciting to riot, but while looking at Spanish shotguns you might also look at Spanish double rifles. I’ve been very tempted to have one of the makers do me up a double rifle in either 7x65R or 9.3x62. So far common sense has prevailed, as I truly have no use for a double rifle.

Ah, but the temptation is there…

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Kyrie, thanks for the recommendation. If I ever see any double rifle here in Japan, I'll snap it up, but rifles are not nearly as plentiful as shotguns - Japanese must have 10 years of safe and proficient use with a shotgun before they can apply to own a rifle (It can take six months to get a gun permit and another 6 months to get a hunting permit - and about $400-$600 each). Since most Japanese shotgun owners are a bit older to start with, getting a rifle is not very common. I have got a rifle here, but have never seen a double on. Thanks again for te comments on Ugartechea.


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Patrick
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