Arrieta and Pedro Arrizabalaga are two traditional gun manufacturers. They were founded more than one hundred years ago – Arrieta – and more than seventy years ago in the case of Pedro Arrizabalaga, and now under the same ownership.
Avelino Arrieta established himself as a gunsmith in Eibar in 1919. The Arrieta family lived and worked in the industrial town of Elgoibar, a short distance from Eibar on the Deba river. The workshop has included over the years a variable workforce producing mainly sidelock shotguns on the bench. With very little machinery, these tough craftsmen have modeled their guns on the English ideal: Holland-pattern sidelock, with assisted-opening mechanism and Purdey triple-bolting system. And both shotguns of all the calibers and gauges and express rifles have been completely manufactured in the basque region and exported and sold all over the world.
Pedro Arrizabalaga became an independent company in 1944. His family name has been a part of the trade at least since 1748, with documents that link Tomas de Arrizabalaga, working in Eibar. Recent history records Pedro Arrizabalaga as the most elegant “best guns” in the basque production.
By 2022, with the reputation of both custom gunmakers no longer to be built, the company is evolving. New over & under shotguns have been developed and you will be able to appreciate them in this brochure, alongside the traditional side by side. Rejuvenated by the new craftsmen, experienced and young, most from the Basque country and other as imported foreign gunsmiths, all eager to face the challenge of giving continuity to a Manufacture that offers a bespoke service to the most discerning shots all over the world.
Jaime Patiño, Earl of Teba, architect and game-shooter. History scholar and technology enthusiast. Man of the outdoors and sophisticated art-lover.
lt is little wonder that Jaime is involved in the new era of Arrieta & Pedro Arrizabalaga. Through family, upbringing, personal interest and passion, his destiny was to join us in a fruitful partnership.
Brought up in and around nature by his grandfather, “Bunting” — the best gun in Spain of the 20th century — Jaime grew up in “Ventosilla de Doña Sol”, probably one of the best driven partridge estates at the time and still today. Jaime is our great source of encouragement, inspiration and help in our tireless pursuit of perfection.
Our designs are brought to fruition to satisfy the most demanding game and competition shooters. Our customers request that we supply faultless shotguns, for a superb partridge shoot culminating in a magnificent bag. Pairs or sets of more guns. Express rifles for big game on the Savannah or wild boar in a narrow gap between the trees.
To this end, we have assembled a team comprising the most skilled of today’s gun technicians and engravers and we have provided them with the latest CAD-CAM tools, all in Elgoibar on the banks of the river Deba in the Basque Country. We strive to keep alive the finest traditions with a personalised service for our new customers and future friends, who will have the benefit of pieces with the status of works of art which will grow in value over time.
Ricardo de Serdio
Jaime Muñoz-Rojas, María Martín, Miguel de Oriol and Javier Oraa
From Madrid’s office
From left to right:
Inma Fernández Actioner
Patxi Carrasco Finisher
Xeber Arriola CAD-CNC
Javier Oraa Finance
Miguel Oriol Gun Design and Testing
Angel Mazorriaga Master Gunsmith
Julen Ibarlucea Quality Control
Oscar Sánchez Engraver
Antton Osoro CAD-CNC
Iñaki Azcue Engraver