The Model Nº 56 was first made in 1941. It is AYA’s top competition double, and a long-time favorite of live-pigeon competitors around the world. Like guns for trap and skeet competition, pigeon guns must be strong, to endure the firing of hundreds of thousands of rounds. They must also be heavy enough to absorb recoil during days of gruelling competition, yet handle smoothly and point naturally. To accomplish this, the Model Nº 56 employs a frame that is wider and heavier than normal. This is augmented by a Purdey triple-bite bolting system, and sideclips to eliminate lateral flexing. The gun is normally made with a pistol grip and beavertail forend, to allow the shooter a solid hold on the gun. Barrels are extra long – up to 30 inches – and can be ordered with a ventilated rib. The stock and engraving are the same quality as the Nº 1, although special attention is paid to the strength of the grain through the grip, because of the extra stresses of competition.