The Nº 53 (also known over the years as the 53E and 53B) is one of the oldest models in the AYA catalogue, having been in production since the early 1950s. Both Jack O’Connor and Col. Charles Askins wrote glowingly about the Model Nº 53, which O’Connor described as one of the best values to be had in a side-by-side shotgun anywhere.
The Nº 53 is similar to the Nº 56, in that it employs a Purdey triple-bite and sideclips for maximum strength. However, it is built on a standard-size frame and is slimmer and lighter than the Nº 56. It is engraved in a traditional European ribbon-and-floral pattern.