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Spotting a refinish is an important skill to have if you start collecting old double barrels. A lot of the vintage side-by-side shotguns out there are 70+ years old and most of them have had some work done on them. Because collectors place such a premium of original condition, it pays to know what it looks like (and it can cost you a lot if you don’t). To that end, lets check out this 12g DH grade Parker shotgun:

First, take a look at the action. There’s a lot of color there, but are they Parker colors? ¬†And take a look at the wood, especially at the horizontal edge against the edge. Does it look a little rounded?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up, check out the stock. The wood’s fairly light. And where are the dings and scrapes? Would you expect to see some on a gun this old?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, take a look at the checkering. What do you think? Is that really Parker checkering?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, if you haven’t figured it out already, this Parker is totally redone – wood, metalwork, and barrels. The works pretty good, but it wasn’t done in Meriden, CT. You can see more pics of the gun and buy it here.

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