Why an AyA?
With lesser guns makers, the striker is an integral part of the tumbler. These are simpler to make, but require the replacement of the entire tumbler when the striker becomes worn.
All AYA side-by-sides are fitted with disc-set strikers. The striker is a separate piece with its own return spring, either of which can be replaced simply by removing the inset disk in the face of the standing breech. This is a feature of all London "bests" - and another example of the quality design and workmanship one expects from AYA.
The steel used in AYA locks and springs is the very best available, and exclusive to AYA. Softer steel is cheaper and easier to work with, which is why it is preferred by lesser gunmakers, but AYA will never compromise on the basic quality of its lock mechanisms. The locks and actions are all engraved entirely by hand, with superb attention to detail. Each AYA gun is a unique work of art.
With chopper-lump forgings, the barrel and lump are forged from one piece of steel, resulting in unequalled strength and uniformity. This means, however, there is no margin of error in manufacturing: One mistake in shaping the lump and the entire barrel must be scrapped. All AYA side-by-sides, even the least expensive, have chopper-lump barrels, giving them unbeatable strength.
After exceptionally long service (or more often, after repeated use of extra-heavy loads), a gun may "shoot loose". Such a gun can be returned to its original tightness only by fitting a new hinge pin.
With many other makes of gun, the hinge pin is an integral part of the frame and cannot be replaced. All AYA guns have removable hinge pins which can easily be replaced by a gunsmith, to give the gun another lifetime of use.
AYA has a wide selection of quality blanks from which clients can make their choice.
All AyA models can be upgrade with better quality wood, just ask for it and we will provide pictures of avalaible blanks.
Great Lakes Sporting Arms
8585 PGA Drive, Suite 104
Walled Lake, MI 48390