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Unread 06-18-2024, 08:36 AM   #1
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Good morning, all:

I did a cursory search in the forums but could not find a thread.

I read that late in life, George Bird Evans switched to a 28 gauge. If so, what was the gun and its info, and does anyone know its current whereabouts? I know the story behind his Purdey, I'm curious about the 28 gauge.

Thank you in advance for any information, and apologies if this is an overbaked topic.

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I’m pretty sure the 28 was an AYA .
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Seems to me he had injured his shoulder and wanted something with less recoil , hence the 28 AYA .
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A Spanish gun if i remember correctly of his writing about it.
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I remember reading about his 28ga, a little exploring Google found that it was a AYA boxlock. I remember he wrote more info about the gun but can't remember where.
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Craig is correct, it was an AyA, and was purchased because of a shoulder injury that kept him from shooting a heavier gun. He apparently fell for Bodio’s little 28 and got one like it. Pretty sure it was their 453 model. I have two such 28s and can attest to their quality.
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Craig is correct, it was an AyA, and was purchased because of a shoulder injury that kept him from shooting a heavier gun. He apparently fell for Bodio’s little 28 and got one like it. Pretty sure it was their 453 model. I have two such 28s and can attest to their quality.
To the best of my knowledge I don’t think he spent a great amount of money on guns . And I think he only had four 20 Sterlingworth , 12 Sterlingworth , the Purdey and the mentioned little AYA . By no means do I consider myself an authority on the man or a great friend of his . I did however talk to him on the phone usually twice a year back in the 80’s or so . And he’d tell me about that seasons points etc . I learned early not to ask “how many did ya kill this season” . So I found it better to ask how many staunch points that season or something along those lines .
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GBE had rotator cuff injuries in both shoulders making mounting a gun difficult

The AYA was acquired from a member of the Old Hemlock family if I recall

It had a very short length of pull that allowed him to mount it with raising his elbows much at all.
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The varying accounts of GBE and Steven Bodio of their meeting and Evan’s’ lust for his AyA is quite the lesson in differing perspectives. Worth seeking out.
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Catherine Harpers book on his life is a great read and well worth reading, even if you're not a huge fan of the man. Quite the life. Lots of in depth information in there.

https://www.amazon.com/George-Bird-E.../dp/0967464609
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