A mythical Parker: a 12 gauge A1-Special …

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

The double you see here is one of the highest-grade side-by-sides ever made in America. It’s a 12 gauge Parker Bros. Quality A. No. 1 Special and it’s on a #2 frame with 32″ Whitworth steel barrels

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

This incredible double just came on the market this week and it’s being offered by a dealer in North Carolina called Lion Stone Consultants. You can reach them at 704-280-2382. Price? Well, let’s just say it ain’t cheap.

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

As you can imagine, this is a rare gun. Parker made about 79 A1-Specials. Of those, only thirteen were 12 gauges with 32″ barrels. It was ordered on 5/5/1914 and its original price was $397.75 — a lot of money considering the average annual salary for an American man was about $687 back then.

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

Parker added the A-1 Special to their lineup in 1907.  and up until they built their first Invincible in 1923, it was the company’s highest-grade gun.

Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America's finest firearms
Parker 12g Quality A. No. 1 Special, one of America’s finest firearms

Spectacular Parker A1 Special 20g SxS coming to auction …

Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the finest doubles ever made in America. It’s a 20 gauge Parker A1 Special SxS, and it’s coming up in Julia’s Spring 2017 sale. If

Stunning Parker A1 Special With Extraordinary Engraving And Gold Inlay 20 ga In Original Untouched Condition, A Spectacular Find

Parker introduced the A1 Special in 1907, and it was their finest shotgun until they introduced the Invincible in the 1920s. In all, around 79 A1 Specials were made.

Parker A1 Special, from the Parker Collector's site
Parker A1 Special, from the Parker Collector’s site
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker A1 Special 20 gauge SXS Double Barrel Shotgun

 

 

On Ebay now: an original 1937 “The Parker Gun” shotgun catalog…

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

Old gun catalogs from the original makers are one of the best places to learn about vintage shotguns. This Parker shotgun catalog on Ebay now is one of the nicest the company every produced. It’s also one of the most detailed and informative. If you’re really into Parker shotguns, it’s a must have.

This catalog is from 1937 – so well into Parker’s Remington period. I think it’s the final retail catalog Parker/Remington ever produced. With nice pictures, long descriptions and big pages (the catalog measures 11″ x 8 1/2″), it’s also one of the best. Ever single Parker shotgun available at the time is featured – from the A1 Special to single barrel Parker Trap guns. There are also accessories like butt pads and detailed instructions for ordering a new Parker side by side.

On the collector’s market, a catalog like this is a $400-$475 item, so if you can get this one for any less than that you’re going well. The auctions end on Feb 07, 2013 @ 17:30:18 PST, so get on it now.

Here’s part of the description of it from the seller’s listing:

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

“This is a all original Parker Gun Catalogue from when Remington took over production. The catalogue is in excellent condition with minimal wear , one small tear on one page…The catalog has all of the information when one was going to order one of these fine shotguns. It includes all of the grades from A1 Special to Trojan. It describes each grade in detail…”

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