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16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

The 16 Parker DHE I wrote about this AM is a tough gun to find. But the Parker you see here is even harder to track down. It’s  a 16g BHE.

According to the Parker Gun Collector’s Association, the Parker company made just 1,034 B- grade hammerless shotguns. Of those, I bet very few came with in 16 gauge a straight, ejectors, shootable dimensions, and 28″ damascus barrels, like this one.

Called “Hansome and Durable” by Parker Bros, B grades were the fifth grade from the top (Invincible, A1-Special, AAH, AH, BH) and always custom made. They came standard with Circassian walnut stocks and they featured checkered side panels with fancy fleur-de-lis drop points.

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

Here’s more about the gun from the seller:

Parker BHE, 16 ga, 28″, Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: #208XXX, 28” Damascus bbls, 2 9/16 ” chambers, IM/M chokes. Lop: 14 5/8 ” LOP, 2 5/8 ” DOH, Skeleton buttplate, 6 lbs, 12 oz. Made in 1924. Stock: Original finish. Metal: Original finish, Concave File Cut rib. Price: $35,000

BTW: If you’ve ever wondered about the strength of damascus steel barrels, make note that this gun was made in 1924 – well after nitro powders had become the standard in the industry.

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Shotgun, Damascus Steel Bbls

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