‘Friggin WOW. An incredible 28g Parker BHE side by side…

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. Here’s a double you don’t see every day–and may never see again.

It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).

Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″.  The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price: $59,500 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

This week’s 6 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout - letters exactly as found!
Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels.  “00” frame.  Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature.  It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left.  Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap.  Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining.  Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8.  The gun has these exact specifications today.  Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range.  The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead.  Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500 

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger: LOP: 14” to end of pad, Hawkins Pad with 3/4″ Spacers. Barrel Set No. 1 is 28” choked RH: Modified and LH: Full   Weight of gun is 7.7 pounds with these barrels. Barrel Set No. 2 is 26” choked RH: Improved Cylinder and LH: Modified   Weight of the shotgun is 7.65 pounds with these barrels.

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger
Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger

Both sets of barrels are 90% or better.  Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face.  There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels.  There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels.  Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use.  All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition.  There are no issues with either forearm.

The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use.  The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers.  The Hawkins Pad is period correct.  The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment.  There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.

The action has 90% or better case colors.  There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left.  The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row.  All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.

This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story.  According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels.  There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels.  This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action.  This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured.  With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use.  The firearm matches the Parker Letter.  This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price: $55,000

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)30″ Chokes: Improved Mod – Full L.O.P. : 15″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/8″ H Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz Ser. #: 7726 Price: $49,500 

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening - 1 1/4" oz. Nitro Proofed)
Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED

John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price: $24,500.00 

 

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ
W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ: Price: $3475

Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
Proof:Nitro: YES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - BOXLOCK - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSFRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSHere is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $1,200 

This week’s good guns…

 

A. Hollis .577 Nitro Express Underlever, Hammer Double Rifle
A. Hollis .577 Nitro Express Underlever, Hammer Double Rifle

A. Hollis .577 Nitro Express SxS Double RifleUnderlever hammer rifle. Weight 13-3/4 pounds, 25″ Krupp-Steel Chopper-Lump barrels, proofed 650-90 Cordite 577 3″ Nitro Express. Barrels have great bores with crisp, sharp rifling from back to front, dolls head extension, flip-up ivory night sight and excellent blacking. 15-1/8″ pull over Silvers recoil pad, Holland-style cheekpiece, excellent wood to metal fit, and blank initial oval. Traces of case-color remain on the lever, action and rebounding hammers. Includes trunk case and accessories as pictured, as well as RCBS loading dies, and a decent supply of brass, and Woodleigh bullets. Price: $34,500

GEORGE CRAHAY 12 BORE DOUBLE RIFLE/ SHOTGUN SET 1870'S, CASED WITH TOOLS
GEORGE CRAHAY 12 BORE DOUBLE RIFLE/ SHOTGUN SET 1870’S, CASED WITH TOOLS

GEORGE CRAHAY 12 BORE DOUBLE RIFLE/ SHOTGUN SET 1870’S, CASED WITH TOOLS: Price $14,000

  • CIRCA 1870’S
  • VERY UNIQUE & RARE
  • SIDELOCK HAMMER GUN WITH REBOUNDING HAMMERS
  • 27 ½ RIFLE BARRELS WITH FULL DEEP RIFLING
  • 1 ½ CHAMBERS 8LBS 12OZS AS RIFLE
  • 8LBS 2OZS AS SHOTGUN 27 ½ INCH SHOTGUN BARRELS2 ½ CHAMBERS
  • CHOKED IC/IC
  • AS NEW CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT
  • BELGUIM PROOFED OUTSTANDING QUALITY
Parker BHE 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun, 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker BHE 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun, 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker BHE 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun, 30” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm2 ¾” chambers, chokes measure .039 right and .040 left. Barrels retain 96% original bluing with various light handling marks. The rib has dual white beads and is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CONN. ACME STEEL”. Bores are clean and shiny. #2 frame has darkened and retains 40% original case coloring. Floorplate has darkened and retains 60% original color. Trigger guard retains 20% original bluing. Forend iron retains little color. Double triggers, ejectors and automatic safety. Pistol grip stock and forearm have had varnish added. Both have various light handling marks. Length of pull: 14 1/2” to the front trigger over a Pachmayr Old English recoil pad. Drop at comb: 1 3/4″. Drop at heel: 3 1/8″. Weight: 7.8 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $16,995 

Francotte (A&F) 28 Gauge -Side by Side – “The KnockAbout Gun” – M/IM Chokes – Single Trigger – Auto Safety – Ejectors – Straight Grip – BLE: 26” Barrels – 5 lbs 2 ozs – 14 1/4” X 1 1/2” X 2 1/4” – Raised Solid Rib – Third Fastener – Sweet Sweet Sweet little Francotte in its purest configuration. Price: $9,995

Francotte (A&F) 28 Gauge - “The KnockAbout Gun” - M/IM Chokes - Single Trigger - Auto Safety - Ejectors - Straight Grip - BLE
Francotte (A&F) 28 Gauge – “The KnockAbout Gun” – M/IM Chokes – Single Trigger – Auto Safety – Ejectors – Straight Grip – BLE
MANUFRANCE COSTO SxS 16 GAUGE - HIGH CONDITION - OPEN AND FULL CHOKES
MANUFRANCE COSTO SxS 16 GAUGE – HIGH CONDITION – OPEN AND FULL CHOKES

MANUFRANCE COSTO SxS 16 GAUGE – HIGH CONDITION – OPEN AND FULL CHOKESHere is a Manufrance Costo 16 ga with special barrels. The right barrel has slight rifling designed to dramatically open the pattern on the first shot (front trigger). This was confirmed by examining a vintage copy of the product catalog. This high condition gun has all original case color and finish. Excellent bores. The famous French retractable swivel system is fully intact with the leather as supple as new. It is very rare to find these swivel devices in fully functional condition. Swamped rib. Barrels are 27 5/8″ with bore measurements of .669 right and .671 left. While the right barrel has the spreader choke, the left barrel has 45/1000 choke (extra full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. Extractors. Swamped rib. Non-auto safety. Weight is 6 LBS, 3 1/2 OZ. LOP is 14 7/16″. A rare gun in this condition. Price: $1,650

BTW on that 20g Parker BHE with the 32″ barrels…

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

I put up a post about this side-by-side the other day.

Now this Parker is on Gunbroker.com. Even though the listing end on 7/30/2016 @ 9:00 PM, the bidding has already broke $30,000!

1916 Parker BHE 20ga with 32″ Barrels 20 ga SxS: Very rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for auction as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. USPS money orders preferred, with incentives to purchase with money orders or cash.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Wow! What a Parker: 20g BHE, 32″ bbls, straight grip…

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

If you’re a Parker fanatic with deep pockets, grab your check book. Here’s a super rare one, and even though it’s 100 years old, it looks like this side-by-side remains in incredible original condition.

According to the Parker collector’s site, Parker Bros made just over 1,000 BH-grades (which are Quality Bs without hammers — BH). I imagine very, very few of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels, ejectors (the E in BHE) and straight grips.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrelsVery rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. Price: P.O.R.

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Manufacturer: Parker
Model: BHE
Serial Number: 174053
Ejectors: yes
Metal Condition: very good
Wood Condition: verygood
Bore Condition: shiney
Barrels: 32 inch
Barrel Type: SxS
Action: boxlock

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Triggers: double
Gauge: 20
Stock: straight
Stock Comb: 1 1/2″
Stock Heel: 2 3/4″
LOP: 13 7/8″
Rib: solid
Weight: 6 lb 8 oz
Sights: single bead
Manufacture Date: 1916
Choke Left: full
Choke Right: mod
Engraving: B engraving

Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32" barrels, Straight Grip
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels, Straight Grip

Extras: Hard to find
Case: old leg-o-mutton

Auction Alert: good guns going off this weekend – Parkers, Brownings, Winchesters…

Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions in Irvine, CA, is having a big sale tomorrow. There are a number of good doubles in it. Here are a couple that caught my eye. And if you like Parker Repro, be sure you take a look through the entire sale. There are a lot of them listed, and some of them (like a couple I pointed out) are very hard to find.

Lot 190: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lot 190: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun

Lot 190: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun: #28-01164, 28 ga., 28” game rib blue barrels choked Full/Mod., roll-engraved game scene case-hardened boxlock frame, checkered pistol-grip walnut stock with engraved steel skeleton buttplate and splinter forend. All features are standard to this model, including auto safety, auto ejectors, single brass bead front sight, and single trigger. Condition is excellent, appearing new and unfired. Stock shows minor marks from handling. In original leather case, with Parker marked snap cap and canvas cover, showing some soiling to external of case. Length of pull: 14-1/4”. Est.: $3,000-$5,000.

Lot 194: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun: #12-1548, 12 ga., 28” game rib blue barrels with Winchester choke tubes, roll-engraved game scene case-hardened boxlock frame, checkered straight-grip walnut stock with skeleton buttplate and splinter forend. All features are standard to this model, including auto safety, auto ejectors, single brass bead front sight, and double triggers. Condition is excellent, appearing new and unfired. In original leather case with full compliment of choke tubes and Parker snap caps. Length of pull: 14-3/4”. Est.: $3,500-$5,000.

Lot 194: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun:
Lot 194: Winchester-Parker Reproduction DHE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun

 

Lot 214: Rare Winchester-Parker Reproduction BHE Grade Limited Edition Two-Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Lot 214: Rare Winchester-Parker Reproduction BHE Grade Limited Edition Two-Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

Lot 214: Rare Winchester-Parker Reproduction BHE Grade Limited Edition Two-Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun: #20-0065, 20 ga., 26” game rib blue matte barrels choked Imp./Mod.; and 28” game rib blue matte barrels choked Full/Mod.; both barrels show light roll engraving at breech; roll-engraved game scene case-hardened boxlock frame, checkered straight-grip fancy walnut stock with engraved steel skeleton buttplate and splinter forend. All features are standard to this model, including auto safety, auto ejectors, single brass bead front sight, and double triggers. Considered extremely scarce as only 100 were mfg’d in 20 ga., and only a handful were two-barrel sets. Mfg’d 1987-1989. Condition is excellent, appearing new and unfired, in original leather case showing minor scuffs, with Parker marked snap cap, instructions, and warranty card. Length of pull: 14-3/4”. Est.: $8,000-$12,000.

Lot 228: Browning B-S/S Side-by-Side Shotgun: #02363PY158, 12 ga., 28” barrels choked Imp.Cyl./Imp. Cyl., blue finish, checkered pistol-grip walnut stock, with later added Kick-eez rubber butt pad. Condition is excellent showing only light marks from handling and some very minor wear to finish at balance point of frame. Length of pull to end of wood: 13-1/8”; 14-5/8” to end of pad. Est.: $1,200-$1,800

Browning B-S/S Side-by-Side Shotgun
Browning B-S/S Side-by-Side Shotgun

Lot 217: Remington Model 3200 1 of 1000 Trap O/U Shotgun: #T0185, 12 ga., 30” barrel choked Full/Mod., roll engraved blue finish, select fancy checkered walnut stock and forend, with adjustable butt pad. Condition is excellent showing little use, with very light marks to stock from handling. Action is crisp, bores are bright. Est.: $1,800-$2,400.

Remington Model 3200 1 of 1000 Trap O/U Shotgun
Remington Model 3200 1 of 1000 Trap O/U Shotgun

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PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE - ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION - 30" BARRELS
PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS: Parker BHE (Grade 5) in 12 gauge with 30″ barrels. Straight grip with skeleton butt plate. Sharp engraving. Excellent case colors. Double triggers. Bores as original at .732 with 40/1000 choke (Full) in each barrel. Chambers as original at 2 3/4″. Number 2 Frame size. 163,000 serial number range (1912-1913 Date of Manufacture). Top lever far right indicating minimal use. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 13 1/4 OZ. LOP – 14 1/2″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 7/8″. Price: $27,995

 

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8" Bbls:
BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls:

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls: #1737, A Belgium Pre-War Quality 405 Winchester Double Rifle, 25 5/8″ extractor Dovetail lump barrels, Rib extension hidden third bite, Full length rib with a flip over two blade rear sight, Bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Open pistol grip stock, Wrap around checkering, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a full faced checkered butt, No cheekpiece, No cast so it is ideal for the left or right hand, Nice weight of 6 lbs. 11 oz., An excellent piece of European Walnut with deep black & brown contrast, 15% engraving coverage with deep carved oak leaves on the balls of the action, 50% original case colors, The barrel blue at 96%, The stock finish at 92%, The checkering at 92%, Excellent plus bores, It has “W. L.” engraved on the floorplate that was done later. This is a very nice and attractive double rifle that is light and has quick handling characteristics. Here is a neat fun gun in a great American cartridge. Price: $7,250

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.
Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore. This gun exhibits old world craftsmanship at its finest.  Overall in VG – Exc. Condition.  Bores are perfect, with no defects.  Action is sound on the face with no looseness throughout the drop.  Barrel blue remains at a conservative 90%.  Case colors have mellowed to a dark French Grey with mottled case color mixed in for a very classy appearance.  Just a great gun with a lifetime of service left.   Maker J.P. Sauer – Prussia Gauge/Caliber 12 Bore Barrels 28″ w/ 2 3/4″ Chambers. Chokes Mod. & Full Engraving Game Scene, Scroll, & Woodland Scene. Action BLE w/ Crossbolt Third Fastner Stock Well figured Circassian Butt Hawkins Pad. L.O.P. 14 3/8″ Weight 6 lbs. 12.9 oz. Stock Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 3/8 x 1/4 cast off. Price $6950

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:
AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box: This is a delightful gun that handles like a wand in virtually brand new condition. Matching factory box included. The only reason I know that the gun has been fired is the man who bought it new said he fired a handful of rounds thru it. SHOWS NO WEAR/USE Straight grip, automatic ejectors, double triggers. Imported by N.E. Custom Gun Service Plainfield, NH . Mfct 2003 by serial number. 27″ barrels choked IC & IC. The gun is so slender that the barrels feel longer. Perfect length for this little 28ga gun. 5# 12oz DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 3/8″ LOP 15″ Beautiful color case hardening and walnut with nice color and grain. Fantastic long dimensions with checkered butt. This gun offers an incredible value for the money!!! Price: $4895

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors
A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors: A H FOX, UTICA STERLINGWORTH DELUXE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY BEADS.  BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/8″, JOSTAM PAD.  100% ORIGINAL INCLUDING THE PAD, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN LAST YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1939.  TRUE DELUXE MODELS ARE SCARCE. Price: $2,500

 

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 PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE: #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER  EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS  8LBS 7 OZ X 2 1/4 X 1 7/8 X 14 1/2. Price: $18,500

Winchester – Model 21 Duck, 12ga., 32″ barrels, Double Triggers: Full/Full choked, 3” chambers, Duck gun, capped pistol grip,  3-point checkering, checkered butt, very rare double triggers, ejectors, splinter forend, highly figured, superb, as new gun with long length of pull. 7lb. 7oz.. 14 3/8” LOP  1 ½” x 2 ¼”. Price: $8,250

Winchester - Model 21 Duck, 12ga., 32" barrels, Double Triggers:
Winchester – Model 21 Duck, 12ga., 32″ barrels, Double Triggers:
Sidelock Belgian O/U Double Barrel Shotgun 12ga (pre-war)
Sidelock Belgian O/U Double Barrel Shotgun 12ga (pre-war)

Sidelock Belgian O/U Double Barrel Shotgun 12ga (pre-war): Fine Pre-War Self-Opener Sidelock Belgian O/U shotgun built in 1933. The gun is marked ‘SuperAuto’ H. Scherrer Patent. Barrels are marked ‘Fluid Compressed Steel’ with all appropiate proofs of that era including 12-70 for 2 3/4″ chambers. Barrels 27″ with solid rib, chokes Top-.004/Bot- .035, straight grip, 14″ lop to ck. butt, Doub. trig. non-auto safety, auto ejectors, Funeral Model finish with light border engraving. DAC 1 1/2″, DAH 2″, Cast neutral. Metal finish 90%++ with only light edge wear. This is a High Quality Sidelock Pre WWII O/U shotgun. Price: $4750

Westley Richards 12 gauge Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun
Westley Richards 12 gauge Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun

Westley Richards 12 gauge Side-by-Side Boxlock Shotgun: Factory 2 3/4″ chambers,   s/n T 10993,   heavy 1 1/4 oz. proof. Receiver:   crossbolt,  side clips,  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS,   double triggers,   receiver retains most of original case colors (some light scratching through clear coating on right side that doesn’t cut into case colors),   PROOFED FOR HEAVY LOADS (SEE PHOTOS OF WATER TABLE). Barrels:   28″ length,   BORES EXCELLENT PLUS,   choked Full & Improved Mod.,  swamped hand filed rib,   blue has somewhat thinned over the years (gun has never been reblacked). Stock:   English (straight) style,   splinter forearm,   buttstock has 14 1/4″ LOP over solid pad and spacer (see photos), DAC 1 3/4″,  DAH 2 1/2″,   twin Ivory beads, checkering is excellent on buttstock and forearm. Price: $5495

C. S. Rosson & Co., 12 gauge Side-by-Side, Boxlock Shotgun:
C. S. Rosson & Co., 12 gauge Side-by-Side, Boxlock Shotgun:

C. S. Rosson & Co., 12 gauge Side-by-Side, Boxlock Shotgun: Model Wildfowl Magnum,   12 GAUGE,   3″ CHAMBERS,   s/n 3223.  Receiver:   double trigger,   double underlocking lugs,   crossbolt,   side clips,   extractors,   not a droplock but a detachable bottom plate to access lock,   retains traces of original case colors,   blued detachable bottom plate. Barrels:   30″ length,   choked Full & Improved Mod.,   EXCELLENT BORES,   swamped and tapered hand filed rib,  nice blue (if they have been reblacked it was a nice job),   3″ CHAMBERS,   3 1/2 TON PROOFED. Stock:  no cracks,    LOP 15″ over solid recoil pad,  DAC 1 1/2″,  DAH 2 1/2″,   nice checkering on buttstock and forearm,  Walnut,   pleasing dark color. Cased in a nice canvas covered hard case. Price $3495

A great looking Parker BHE 16 gauge, damascus barrels…

16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485

In Catholic School, the nuns taught us that to covet is to sin. The second I saw this double barrel shotgun, I sinned. It’s a 16 gauge Parker BHE and it appears to be all original.

Parker made just 1,034 BH-grade hammerless shotguns. This one was built in 1924 and it was ordered with Extra Fine Damascus barrels – an unusual choice for such a later Parker. At $35,000 it’s not cheap. But judging by what nice, high-grade Parkers are bringing these days, it’s not that expensive, either.

16 gauge Parker BHE Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun – $35,000

16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485

Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 5/8 ”
Pad thickness:
Type of butt: Skeleton Buttplate
Drop @ comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop @ heel: 2 5/8 ”
Weight: 6 lbs, 12 oz

Gauge: 16 ga
Chamber: 2 9/16 ”
Length: 28 ”
Chokes: IM/M
Rib type: Concave File Cut

16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485
16 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun, #208485

Really rare Parker: A 12 gauge BHE Trap with special features…

Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip

Parker shotguns can be rare for a number of reasons.  There’s original condition – like this nearly new Lifter Hammer Gun – and there’s grade – like the 3 Invincible the company made.  Then there’s configuration, like the BHE Trap you see here.

Twelve gauge, BH-grade Parkers aren’t hard to find. Even though they were an expensive, custom ordered double, the company made 1,034 of them as hammerless side-by-sides.

Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip

But when you start adding in features like 32″ barrels, a single, selective trigger (introduced in 1921) and a vent rib, you’re talking about a very scarce Parker double barrel shotgun. Parker started delivering SxS shotguns with vent ribs around 1923, and they didn’t become popular options until 1926. In all, the company probably added this feature to fewer than 750 doubles.

PARKER BHE TRAP VENT RIB 12 GAUGE: #207XXX #1 FRAME 32″ VENT RIB FULL AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVER TAIL FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE COLORS. 8LBS 7 OZ X. 2 1/4: X 1 7/8″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $18,500

Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32" Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip
Parker Bros. BHE Double Barrel Trap Shotgun, 32″ Vent Rib Bbls, Straight Grip

Even rarer – a 16 gauge Parker Bros. BHE double barrel shotgun…

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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